Pawnee County Fair Updates


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Clean Up Day: July 27

All 4-H youth who are exhibiting static or livestock projects will need to be present at fairgrounds clean up on Saturday, July 27 from 8-NOON. Plan on bringing rakes, shovels, brooms, weed eaters, cleaning supplies, paint brushes, etc. 4-H youth who attend clean up day will receive one ticket for free admission to either Friday or Saturday night for the tractor pull & rodeo.

Trash Pick & Bathroom Cleaning Schedule

All 4-H members and their families are expected to help keep the fair grounds clean during fair this includes emptying trash cans, picking up trash from around the fairgrounds, cleaning bath rooms, and re-stocking paper products.

  • Thursday, Flying Tigers & Independents
  • Friday, Little Wranglers & Creative Hands
  • Saturday, Cloverleafers & Freedom Riders

Safety on the Fairgrounds

County fair should be a time of fun, but youth can never be too careful when it comes to strangers. Before fair sit down youth your youth and talk with them about what they should do when talking or interacting with older youth or adults they do not know.

Some suggestions include:

  1. Have your youth tell you (their parent) or a trusted adult where they are going.
  2. Youth should always have a buddy and avoid being along with someone they do not know.
  3. Remind them to not reveal too much about themselves to people they do not know, no matter how friendly the person may be.
  4. Tell them that making a decision to leave a situation where they feel uncomfortable or unsafe can be hard and scary. But ask them to tell you (their parent) or a trusted adult about what happened and who was there.

Clover Kids Show: August 3

Youth ages 5-7 may compete in the fashion, pet, and/or showmanship divisions of the Clover Kids Show. Families are asked to turn in the entry form by July 29, so the program can be printed before fair starts.

Clover Kids Entry Form

Check Out & Clean Up: August 4

Livestock and static projects will be released Sunday, August 4. Families are expected to assist with cleaning up the barns and fairgrounds once they have removed all their livestock and static exhibits. There will be a check off list outside the livestock office and youth will have to sign out before leaving with Karly or Mary. Failure to assist with clean up may result in loss of ribbon premium money.
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Horse Arena

Please remove all equipment from the arena after you are done with practice, as the arena will need to be worked a few more times before county fair.

Dress Code

  • All exhibitors in the 4-H Animal Shows and 4-H Premium Sale are required to wear a white shirt 4-H T-shirt or long sleeve white blouse with a 4-H armband for horse events. 4-H Club/County, State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben shirts are not considered appropriate. FFA shirts will be allowed for those exhibitors participating as a FFA member.
  • Dark blue jeans are preferred. Dark blue jeans or white pants are allowed for dairy and dairy goat exhibitors.
  • Shoes or boots providing adequate protection and comfort for the exhibitor are preferred. Hard soled shoes or boots are required in the beef division.
  • No hats, caps or other types of headgear are to be worn in the show ring.
  • Youth are asked to wear the green Pawnee County 4-H shirt during the Livestock Premium Sale.
  • There is no dress code for Clover Kids.

Show shirts and arm bands are available for purchase from the Extension Office. We have a few donated, gently used white button down blouses which families can pick up at no cost.

Tagging or Tattoo

All animals which require an ear tag or tattoo MUST be tagged or tattooed BEFORE they arrive on the fairgrounds.

Record Books

All youth exhibiting broilers and bucket calves must complete a record book.
  • Broiler record books are judged based on completeness and are turned in at check in.
  • Bucket calf record books are handed to the judge during the bucket calf show and the judge will ask the youth questions based on their record book.

Both record books can be found online (HERE) or picked up in the office.


Again this year, youth who are doing an exceptional job at maintaining a clean barn and keeping animals feed and watered for their animals and helping out other 4-Hers with their animals can be nominated for a Herdsmanship Award. Parents, club leaders, and 4-H’ers may nominate youth for this award along with a sentence or two about why they are nominating them. These Herdsmanship Awards will be presented during the premium sale.

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Home Environment: Design Decisions, Sketchbook Crossroads, Portfolio Pathways, & Preserving Herlooms

ALL Home Environment exhibits require a supporting information sheet or exhibits will be dropped a ribbon placing and not allowed to be selected for state fair. You may use the sheet located in the back of the fair book or type your own.

NOTE: Projects without supporting information will not be selected for state fair.

Static Check In: July 29

All non-livestock projects will be checked in for judging on Monday, July 29 from 5-7pm at the fairgrounds. Please plan ahead and have entry tags filled out before arriving at the fairgrounds. Pick up entry tags at the office and contact Karly for help in identifying what class exhibits fit into. Refer to "How to Enter Static Exhibits".


The office has black mat boards for photography exhibits for $.50 a piece.

Static Project Classes

The list of static projects completed at summer workshops, community clubs, or library craft club is HERE.
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Poison Ivy

There is poison ivy in the south tree line, youth should avoid building forts and playing in the area during county fair.

State Fair Livestock Entries: August 10

4-H members exhibiting any 4-H live animal exhibits or participating in any 4-H contest at the Nebraska State Fair must be entered in online in ShoWorks before 8:00 PM CST on August 10, 2019. These exhibits and contest participants must be entered by the 4-H member (or their family). Fees must be paid for using a credit card. There are no other options for payment. Live animal exhibits and contest participants will not be entered by the county Extension office.

To enter livestock projects, please visit

Nebraska Extension - Pawnee County

Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture. The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.