Hamilton County Hi-Lights

October 2019

Reminder: www.4honline.com will be shut down from Oct. 1-Oct. 15th 2019 for annual cleanup. Re-enroll after the 15th for the new year!

Achievement Party

Our annual Achievement Party will be Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2 PM. It will be held in the Ag. Auditorium. We will be serving ice cream and brownies. You will be able to pick up your premium checks and awards at the party. There will be a Jr. Leader activity at 1PM for all families!

4-H Olympics 2019

Come early to Achievement Party and participate in the 4-H Olympics starting at 1:00 PM! The Junior Leaders will offer fun activities that will complement healthy lifestyles lessons and hand out PRIZES to participants!

- Located in the Ag Auditorium

-Fun for the whole family!


Have you ever wondered why the 4-H program runs the way it does? Have you ever wanted a voice on how the 4-H programming is run in our county? We are looking for nominations for the Hamilton County 4-H Council for the 2020 year. If you are an adult or a youth age 13 and older, send me the name of the person you would like to nominate! We will vote for the next council members at Achievement Party!

The Hamilton County's 4-H Councils mission is to help develop the youth of Hamilton County to become competent, confident, caring, contributing citizens of good character through a series of progressive learning experiences through youth development.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 4-H Council!

We are looking for 2 adults and 6 youth to run! The youth must be 13 years old by January 1st, 2020.

We will vote at our Achievement Party held on October 20, 2019. Please let us know by calling our office at 402-694-6174 if you would like to run!

The Council will meet approximately 6-8 times a year in Aurora, at the Courthouse.

The responsibilities of the 4-H Council is to:

1. Develop the Hamilton County 4-H youth program by:

a. planning the yearly program, including the needs of youth and considering the resources available.

b. Implementing the Hamilton County 4-H youth program and plan of work by working with the extension staff in providing support for planned Hamilton County 4-H youth activities and events.

c. Evaluating the progress of the 4-H youth program and reporting this progress to the Hamilton County Extension Board.

2. Promote interest in the Hamilton County 4-H youth program by:

a. Planning and promoting activities that will encourage personal, leadership and life skill development.

b. Recruiting and securing 4-H leaders, volunteers and members.

c. Informing the community and gaining support for the Hamilton County 4-H youth program.

3. Determine and make decisions on 4-H Policy by:

a. Recommending policy for the 4-H program when not determined by district, state or national regulations.

b. Helping interpret policies in the county.

c. Monitoring the 4-H program concerning existing policies.

4. Secure and manage the private resources available to the 4-H youth program by:

a. preparing an annual budget.

b. Giving direction to acquiring private funds.

c. Approving all expenditures from the Council budget.

d. Holding title to any property owned by the Council and providing for management of such property.

5. Serve as a link between the 4-H program and the Extension Board, Agricultural Society and the public.

6. Serve as the 4-H Expansion and review Committee as required by the Civil rights Act of 1974, Title VI.

7. Provide a recognition program for volunteers and youth in the 4-H program.

Make It With Wool Competition 2019

The object of the Make It With Wool Contest is to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns; to encourage personal

creativity in sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving of wool fabrics and yarns; and to recognize creative skills.


Age will be determined as of January 1, 2019

 Preteen, ages 12 & under

 Junior, ages 13-16

 Senior, ages 17-24

 Adult, age 25 and older

 Made for Others

• Nebraska MIWW information (entry form and brochure) is located on this website: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/dawson/

• All entries are due October 15, 2019 because of the national wool testing requirements.

• Age is determined by January 1, 2019 (national rule).

• In addition to the National and State entries fees there is a $7 wool testing fee per fabric swatch and/or 36 inch length of yarn.

• The entry form has been enlarged and will be printed on 8.5 X 11 inch size paper. Contestants will need to print copies of the entry form.

• The size of the wool sample(s) required for national entry has changed (see brochure).

• Entries are mailed to Andrea Nisley, PO Box 757, Lexington NE 68850-0757 (see brochure).

• Lynda Johnson is the National Make It With Wool Director.

• The National MIWW has a NEW website: www.makeitwithwool.com

Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge

The University of Nebraska – Extension 4-H Youth Development and Department of Animal Science present the

Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge 2020. The Fed Steer Challenge is a contest/educational opportunity for youth

with a desire to become the next generation of leaders in the Nebraska Cattle Industry.

The goal is to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H Market Beef Project by rewarding production merit

and carcass value of the market animal, along with accurate & complete record-keeping, industry knowledge, and

producer engagement by the 4-H member.

The contest will consist of two parts:

I. Raising a Commercial Steer

 4-H’er selects and raises a commercial steer to market weight (~1,350 lbs.).

 Utilizes management and nutrition protocol similar to a commercial feedlot.

 Maintains detailed record book related to the management and feeding of the steer

 Steers will be displayed in the Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge Commercial Cattle Class at the 2020

Nebraska State Fair.

 Steers will be visually evaluated by a commercial cattle buyer representing a packer.

 Predicted Carcass Merit (USDA Quality Grade and Yield Grade) and Market Value

 Following the live exhibition, steers will be transported to a commercial packer, harvested and carcass data


II. Evaluation of 4-H’ers knowledge and interpersonal skills

 Knowledge related to their project and the Cattle Industry as a whole

 Accuracy and details related to record books

 Showcase Presentation with representatives from the Cattle industry

 Recognition and awards will be based upon:

 Carcass Merit and Carcass value

 Record book

 Project Presentation

 Interview with representatives from the cattle industry

Want to Learn More?

 On-line applications will be due December 1, 2019. 4-H’ers will be informed of their selection into the program

by mid-December. Cattle selection day will TBA. Industry interviews and awards will be held during the

Nebraska Cattleman’s Convention in Kearney.

 Contact: Bryan Reiling (402) 472-8960 or breiling2@unl.edu or Ashley Benes (402) 480-3392 or


Prairie Fire Shooting Sports Practices

Thursday, Oct. 17th, 5-6pm

310 A Street

Aurora, NE

If you are interested in Archery and have your own equipment, or needing practice time for the state shoot in January, The Prairie Fire Shooting Sports Club will be meeting every Thursday starting October 17th. You will NEED to be enrolled in the new 4-H year to be eligible to shoot. Email hillary.fuhrman@unl.edu with any questions.


Calling all volunteers and club leaders! We will be hosting our annual leader training on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19th, 2019! Mark your Calendars. We will be meeting here at the Extension Office from 6:30PM-8:30PM.

State Fair 2019

Congratulations to all of our Nebraska State Fair contestants for their representation of Hamilton County this year! To see a complete list of all the results, click HERE

Some notable results:

Cooper Reeson- 2nd in the Pork Carcass Contest

Grace Ziegler- Top Floriculture Exhibit

Grace Ziegler and Hailey Hanneman- Champion Culinary Challenge -5th year in a row!

Grace Ziegler and Hailey Hanneman- Top Presenters for Presentation Contest

State Fair Fashion Show Contestants