4-H News in Keith/Arthur Counties

September 2022


Office Hours:



Michael Eskelson Extension Educator

Tammy Kutsch Office Manager/4-H Assistant



September 5 Labor Day

November 11th Veterans Day

November 23rd closing at noon - November 25th Thanksgiving

December 23-26th Christmas Eve and Christmas

January 2nd New Years Day

Other Events

Aug. 26th - Sept 5th Nebraska State Fair

Sept. 30th Keith Co. Career Portfolios Due

Nov. 6th Achievement Keith Co. 2:00pm


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The Nebraska State 4-H Rodeo offers youth an opportunity to showcase their skills in working with their equine partners through speed and agility contests. This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 8 in Pavilion 3 at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Nebraska State 4-H Rodeo event is hosted with the help of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Rodeo Team.

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Diamond Clover


The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program encourages 4-H youth to engage in a variety of programs, projects, and activities that will enable youth to acquire skills and abilities that will prepare them for success in the future. The program is designed to reach and recognize all youth engaged in 4-H, from club members and campers to school enrichment, afterschool, and special interest program participants.

The program consists of six levels that require a young person to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. For each level, the Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H youth choose their goals. The accomplishments increase in quantity and difficulty for each level. At the beginning of the 4-H year, participants plan what to accomplish and at the end of the 4-H year, they report on their completed accomplishments. Successful completion of a level's Plan & Report form results in a 4-H youth earning that level of the Diamond Clover program.

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4-H Career Portolion/Achievement ApplicationsDue

Achievement Days

Keith Nov. 6th

Arthur TBD

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Club of Excellence Due September 15th


The overall goal of 4-H Clubs is to develop enthusiastic young people who boldly take action to demonstrate life skills as capable, caring, competent kids of character thus contributing to the improvement of themselves, their family, their club, their community, and their world. One way clubs might choose to measure their success in meeting that goal is their ability to gain status as a Nebraska 4-H Club of Excellence. To receive the designation as a Nebraska 4-H Club of Excellence, clubs must meet a certain set of criteria and document how this criterion was met. Clubs meeting the requirements will initially receive a certificate. In subsequent years clubs successfully meeting the requirements will receive a special insignia to place on their certificate. Clubs must apply annually to receive this recognition.


To apply for the Club of Excellence recognition, complete the Nebraska 4-H Club of Excellence Annual Summary Form PDF or Doc. The completed form should be turned into your local Extension office by September 15 or earlier as designated by your county.

If the Club meets all the requirements, they will get a certificate and a seal the first year and an additional seal in subsequent qualifying years.

Shooting Sports Leader Training Dundy County

December 3rd 8:00 AM

Event Information and Registration: https://go.unl.edu/w7od
Online Training Notification Letter: https://go.unl.edu/oyem
Online Module User Guide: https://go.unl.edu/ans0

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Check out all the Volunteer Resources @ https://4h.unl.edu/volunteer

Especially the Lunch & Learn Webinars found at https://4h.unl.edu/volunteer-lunch-learn

Adults interested in judging county and state 4-H projects, including live animal shows, static exhibits, and contests need to complete the Judges Sign Up Form. By completing the online process, you are agreeing to be screened according to the 4-H Youth Safety Policy, verifying your receipt of the UNL Activity Worker Guidelines, and signing the 4-H Code of Conduct. Once the screening process is complete, your information will be made available to county Extension offices and State Fair 4-H superintendents. Those interested in hiring you to judge will contact you directly.

Judges must have signed up by September 30, 2021, in order to be included on the 2022 list. To be added to the 2023 list, judges must sign up by September 30, 2022.


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CWF 2023

CWF Trip is being planned for the summer of 2023. If your 4-Her is interested in going please contact the Keith County Extension office. A meeting will be held in October-November. We are currently working with the surrounding offices to ensure we have a trip that has been in the past.

Currently National 4-H does not have their 2023 schedule available for registration.

For more info go to https://4-h.org/parents/citizenship-washington-focus/

Project Day Friday October 21st 10 to 2 Keith County Fairground!

Save the Date! Join us for a day of projects.



Indoor Herb Garden

and more to come!

Register by Calling the Extension Office 308-284-6051. Register By October 14th.

County and State Fair projects and premium checks

Please stop by the office to pick up your County Fair premium checks available now.

State Fair projects and State Fair premium checks will be available Thurs. Sept. 8th.

State Fair results can be found here: https://nebraska4hresults.com/2022-results

Robotics Showcase @ Library

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