Webster County 4-H Newsletter

May 2023 Edition

Happy May!

This year is flying by! Summer programming is starting to happen this month. We are excited for our upcoming workshops and camps happening these next few months. Fair entries will be open for you to start entering the first part of May, so keep an eye open for the link to be announced! Congrats to our seniors and happy end of the school year! Have a fun and safe summer!

-Webster County 4-H Team

Important Dates & Events

  • May 20th: Henry Show Lamb's Sheep/Goat Clinic
  • May 23rd: 4-H Culinary Challenge
  • May 23rd: ShoWorks Office Help
  • May 23rd: YQCA
  • May 23rd: Sheep/Goat Weigh-In
  • May 23rd: Youth Council Meeting
  • May 25th: Animal Science Discovery Days
  • May 30th: YQCA
  • May 30th: Set up for SC Livestock Judging
  • June 1st: SC Livestock Judging

Congratulations to Our 4-H Public Speaking Contestants!

The Webster County Public Speaking Contest was held on April 30th at the Webster County Fairgrounds. Congratulations to the 14 participants below!

Junior Speech:

  • Lauren Macklin: Champion-Purple
  • Avery Macklin: Reserve Champion-Purple
  • Zane Anderson: Blue
  • Emily Pavelka: Blue

Intermediate Speech:

  • Anna Macklin: Champion-Purple
  • Elisha Johnson Reserve Champion- Blue
  • Molly Hemberger: Blue
  • Isabella Whitten: Blue

Senior Speech:

  • Megan Macklin: Champion-Purple
  • Ava Pavelka: Reserve Champion- Blue

Intermediate Presentation:

  • Lizzy Berns: Champion-Purple
  • Tallie Berns: Reserve Champion- Purple

Senior Presentation:

  • Libby Macklin: Champion-Purple
  • Anna-Hope Berns: Reserve Champion- Purple

Congratulations to our Seniors!

Congratulations to all of the seniors graduating this month, especially to our 4-H seniors! Give them a big congratulations when you see them!
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Webster County 4-H Events

Fairbooks are In!

2023 Webster County Fair Premium Books are in and at the office! Stop by and grab yours today. ShoWorks is projected to be open at the end of the first week of May.

Photo Help Wanted

The Red Cloud Chief is looking for a 4-H youth member that has participated in advanced photography to take pictures during the Webster County 4-H shows at the fair this year. Please contact Ron Bartels at the Red Cloud Chief for more information at 402-746-3700.

Enroll in Webster 4-H

Enroll in 4-H for 2023! Use the button below to get enrolled in Webster County 4-H. When enrolling in the system, please select all possible projects you may do at the county fair. In late May, you will register the exhibits that you are bringing to the county fair based on the projects you enrolled in. Enrollment in the project means you have an interest in learning more. Fair exhibit registration means and animal or static exhibit is coming to fair.

All volunteers must enroll prior to service. The state deadline of enrollment is June 15th.
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Sign-up for Premier Animal Science Events (PASE)!

There is still time to say ‘yes’ to PASE! Youth must be committed and teams finalized by May 15th. The contests include Poultry Judging, Meats Judging, Quiz Bowl, Skill-a-Thon, and Livestock Judging and will be held on Wednesday, June 21st and Thursday, June 22nd on UNL East Campus. Families cover the cost of the dorms ($24 / night) and paid by May 15th to the Webster County Youth Council.

Practices will be held the following dates w/ locations to prepare the youth.

  • Sunday, May 21st – 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Webster County Fairgrounds, Bladen, NE
  • Wednesday, May 31st – 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm – Adams County Extension Office, Hastings, NE
  • Friday, June 1st – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Adams County Extension Office, Hastings, NE
  • Monday, June 12th – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Blue Hill Community Center, Blue Hill, NE
  • Saturday, June 17th – 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Adams County Extension Office, Hastings, NE

Let Beth know if you want to join in the fun!


Any youth 4-H ages 8-18 showing livestock such as poultry, rabbit, swine, sheep/goat, and beef are required to complete YQCA by June 15th. You may sign up for an in-person training (you must ask me for a code first) by going here: https://yqcaprogram.org/ If you are unable to attend an in-person training, you may complete online.
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Webster 4-H Culinary Challenge

Save the Date for the Webster 4-H Culinary Challenge happening May 23rd at 9:00 am. This year’s challenge ingredient is sunflowers. You do not need to compete at the county contest to qualify for state. Register by May 16th here: https://go.unl.edu/culinary23
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County Fair Horse Level Update

All Horse Levels must be completed by June 15th. Levels are required for Speed and Performance Events. Junior exhibitors must have Level 1 to compete. Intermediates must at least have a level 1 and recommend level 2. Seniors must at least have a level 2, recommend a level 3. Classes that are levels 3 & 4 at the Nebraska State 4-H Horse Show will be dropped one level lower at the Webster County Fair. If exhibitor is only showing halter and/or showmanship, levels are not required. Please see the list of level requirements below.

4-H Superintendents & Crew

We are still looking crew and youth to help our superintendents for the day of a specific area during fair week! Please sign up here: https://go.unl.edu/super-crew23
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South Central Livestock Judging Day- Volunteers

We are looking for the following to help make our South Central Livestock Judging Day complete! Reach out to Katie or myself if you can help with anything listed below.
    • 8 group leaders from 10 am to 1 pm
    • Adults and/or youth to help set up on May 30th starting at 10 am (YQCA will be held at 9 am)
Contact Katie Bolte if you can fill these needs! katie.bolte@unl.edu
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State Wide Events

Nebraska 4-H Opportunities

Take a look at the Nebraska 4-H Opportunties newsletter that shows different events, such as horse shows, progress shows, and much more happening across the state! This is updated weekly. Check it out here: https://www.smore.com/mdacv
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UNL Livestock Judging Camp

Looking to level up your livestock evaluation and oral reason skills? Make plans to attend this year’s UNL Livestock Judging Camp in Lincoln on June 7-9. Registration is $300 and is due by Monday, May 22. Learn more at https://animalscience.unl.edu/winners-unlimited-judging-camp

Come Learn with Clara

Take your horsemanship skills to the next level by attending one of our upcoming Come Learn with Carla horsemanship clinics: Central City on June 2, Lincoln on June 3, and Albion on June 4. In a fun, safe environment, you’ll practice horsemanship and training maneuvers under the guidance of Carla Wennberg – an experienced horseman, clinician, and judge. Carla has been an AQHA & NSBA judge for 36 years and NRHA judge for 28 years. With experience as a teacher and coach at St. Andrews University, Carla has coached 2 National Champion IHSA teams. She is currently a committee member for AQHA and NSBA judges and an IHSA board member. Each clinic offers separate tracks for beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders, so you can build confidence alongside others at your own comfort level. Clinics are open to all youth ages 8-18, regardless of 4-H membership, as well as adults. Registration and fees are due by Friday, May 5. Register now at https://events.unl.edu/NE4H-Horse/search/?q=Come+Learn+with+Carla+Clinics

Fort Robinson 4-H Horse Camp

Set in the beautiful Pine Ridge region of Western Nebraska, Fort Robinson provides the ideal setting to enjoy one of the greatest outdoor experiences of a lifetime – horseback riding! Youth ages 8+ are invited to join us for the Fort Robinson 4-H Horse Camp from June 8-10 to enhance their expertise as horse enthusiasts, practice their horsemanship skills, and build a greater bond with their horses. For more information, visit https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/fort-robinson-4-h-horse-camp/

Tractor & Farm Equipment Safety Course

Tractor and farm equipment safety courses are now open for registration! Teens ages 14- 15 who work on farms, or others who are interested in learning about tractor and farm equipment safety practices, can register for a safety training course offered at seven locations across Nebraska from May 22 through June 8. Learn more at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/lincolnmcpherson/2023-tractor-safety-training-for-teens-announced/

Youth Leadership Conference

At the Youth Leadership Conference, teens will find inspiration and motivation, network with like-minded peers and mentors, and develop the necessary skills so that they can make a difference in their community, their country, and their world. This year’s Conference will be held at Camp Comeca in Cozad from June 19-21. All youth–not just 4-H members–ages 14-18 are welcome! Visit https://4h.unl.edu/leadership-conference

Summer Camps

Summer will be in full swing before you know it, so now is the time to register for 4-H Summer Camp! Our camps provide a safe, structured, and supervised environment where young people are inspired to get active, disconnect from technology, develop friendships and social skills, and create lifelong memories! Find more details and register now at https://4h.unl.edu/camps-summer

Diamond Clover

The Diamond Clover Program gives youth a structured opportunity to learn and practice skills that prepare them for success in the future. Participants earn rewards for setting goals, trying new things, and keeping records. All youth are invited to participate, regardless of enrollment. Learn more at https://4h.unl.edu/diamond-clover

Big Red Camps

Big Red Camps give students the opportunity to develop new skills, prepare for college, stand out in applications, explore potential careers, and meet like-minded peers in a safe and structured environment. This year, we’ve got sessions on Agriculture & Natural Resources, Animation, Cryptography, Digital Media, Engineering, Esports, Veterinary Science, and so much more! Find all the session descriptions, register, and apply for scholarships at https://4h.unl.edu/big-red-camps

4-H Shooting Sports National Championships

We need your help! The 2023 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships are being held in Grand Island from June 25-30. Volunteers are incredibly important to the success of this event, and we need help to ensure this everything runs smoothly. We have a huge variety of roles and shifts available. To volunteer, please complete the interest form athttps://4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports/national-volunteer , and we’ll send out volunteer assignments by May 30.

Happy Birthday to those Celebrating in May!

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UNL Extension in Webster County Newsletter

Check out what is happening in Nebraska Extension here! This newsletter is separate from 4-H.
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Our Office Will Be Closed Monday, May 29th in Observance of Memorial Day

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Meet Our Team!

Alexa Pedersen

Alexa Pedersen is the Office Manager for the Webster County Extension Office. Alexa provides help in assisting clientele with questions that can be forwarded to a specific educator. She assists educators in programs that are put on in Webster County, such as pesticide training, and beef programs. She also provides knowledge in the 4-H world by helping families with any 4-H questions that come in. She is skillful in 4-H Online, ShoWorks, and helps prepare for 4-H programming, county fair, and state fair. Alexa is also a part of the 4-H Data Dream Team for Nebraska 4-H as well as the State Fair 4-H Beef Team.

Katie Bolte

4-H Programming Assistant

Katie Bolte is the 4-H Programming Assistant for the Webster County Extension Office. Katie is at the extension office on Mondays and Tuesdays. Katie provides programming in school enrichment, after-school programs, and 4-H workshops. She is knowledgeable when answering any 4-H questions that comes in and helps prepare for programs, county fair, and state fair.

Samantha Bonifas

4-H Programming Intern

Samantha is our 2023 summer 4-H intern. She has been a Webster County 4-H member for over 10 years and has participated in projects such as showing pigs, static exhibits, contests, or camps. She has always loved the connections, friendships, and life long skills that she has developed through 4-H. She is so excited to help spread the joy of 4-H this summer!

Beth Janning

4-H Youth Development Extension Educator in Adams/Webster Counties

Beth Janning is a 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator. She provides programming in school enrichment, after-school, and traditional 4-H Programs. Her topic areas include but not limited to animal science, science, engineering and volunteer development.

Photo and Bio from UNL Extension

Dr. Lindsay Waechter-Mead

Beef Systems Educator, DVM

Lindsay Waechter-Mead is the Beef Systems Educator in Webster County and serves surrounding counties in this region. She is excited to bring her interests surrounding cow/calf health and preventative medicine to the Beef Team. Her current work involves looking at environmental effects on neonatal calf immunity and colostral transfer. She is also passionate about rural agriculture and what the veterinary profession can do to positively influence rural communities to ensure that generations can continue to enjoy the life that she loves.

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