Sioux County Newsletter

April 2022

Calendar of Events

Apr. 7 - 4-H After School at the Security 1st Bank Basement from 4 to 5 pm

Apr. 8 - Horse Level Testing at the Courthouse from 2 to 4 pm

Apr. 14 - 4-H After School at the Security 1st Bank Basement from 4 to 5 pm

Apr. 21 - 4-H After school at the Security 1st Bank Basement from 4 to 5 pm

Apr. 21 - Public Speaking and Demonstration Contest registrations due

Apr. 26 - 4-H Council Meeting at Courthouse at 6 pm

Apr. 29 - Office Closed - Arbor Day

May 1 - Public Speaking and Demonstration Contest at Harrison Fire Hall starting at 1 pm

May 20 - Dawes County Round Up at Dawes County Fairgrounds

May 25 - Wilderness Wonders Camp for 3rd-5th grades

May 26 - Wilderness Wonders Camp for K-2nd grades

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Summer Fun!!

Packets of all summer camp and workshop opportunities will be shared with youth in the middle of April. Be on the look for all the local opportunities.

Nebraska 4-H State BB Gun and Air Rifle Shooting Sports Championship

Sioux County Shooters competed at the Nebraska State BB Gun and Air Rifle Championships in Mitchell, NE March 19th and 20th.

Ten Sioux County 4-H youth traveled to Mitchell to exhibit their shooting disciplines and try for a placing at the state level. The Sioux County Shooters competed against 122 youth in BB Gun, 53 in Air Rifle Sporter and 27 in Precision.

In BB Gun 8 year old division, Ruger Pelster placed 2nd with a 422-6 and a test score 86, Clancey Newlyn 6th with a 404-4 and a test score of 76 and Natalie Turbiville 19th with a score of 294-1 and a test score of 54. In 9-10 year olds, Chisum Pelster was awarded 1st with a total score of 446-6 and a test score of 96. Chisum also won the Top test score on the test in the state. Tilton Button placed 10th with a 396-4. In 11-12 year old division, Boone Button received 14th with a 428-5. In 13-15 year olds, Victoria Turbiville placed 11th with a score of 454-14 and Becca Reece received 18th with a score of 433-3. As a BB Gun team they placed 6th with a score of 2183-34 and a total test score of 440 points.

In Sporter Air Rifle 8-10 year old division, Chisum Pelster won 1st with a score of 422-5. In 11-12 year olds, Boone Button placed 2nd with a score of 483-6. In 13-14 year old division, Baxter Reece placed 14th with a 419-6 and in 15-18 year olds, Jaime Turbiville placed 7th with a score of 495-6. As a Sporter Air Rifle team they placed 7th with a total score of 1819-22.

In Air Rifle Precision 8-10 year old division, Chisum Pelster placed 2nd with a 244-1. In 11-12 year olds, Boone Button placed 6th with a 239-1 and in 15-18 year old division Jaime Turbiville place 6th with a score of 324-4.

Congratulations to all the youth for your hard work and dedication throughout the year.

The youth are currently preparing for a State 4-H Postal Pistol Championship Match. The youth will participate from the Firehall and then mail the targets in. The Sioux County Shooters who use Air Pistol will participate in a slow-fire, single-shot rapid fire and Air Pistol silhouette before April 20th. Good Luck!

4-H Service Hour Challenge

National Volunteer week is celebrated in April. This year the Panhandle 4-H staff has a goal of reaching 1,000 volunteer hours as a panhandle unit through the month of April. The staff will award the county with the most volunteer hours with a traveling trophy.

4-H members can participate in service activities as a group or individually to help reach this goal. Participants can perform trash pick up, collect pop tabs, create blankets for those in need, play with shelter animals, etc. As long as members are helping their community, it will count.

In Sioux County, during the workshop on April 5th, we will break from Horse Level prepping to work on a community service project as well.

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Panhandle Service Challenge Tracker

Visit this link to entry your hours of service towards the Panhandle's 1,000 hours.

LOG N 4-H Camp - Halsey, NE

Click Here to Register! For Youth in Grades 5th - 7th during the 2021-2022 school year.

Public Speaking and Demonstration Contest

The Speech, Public Service Announcement (PSA), and Demonstration contests provide 4-H'ers the opportunity to learn to express themselves clearly, organize their ideas, and have confidence. This is open for all age divisions from Clover Kids to Seniors. The Demonstration Contest would be a great opportunity for anyone hoping to complete their Horse Demonstration as a part of the Horse Level testing as well.

This year the contest will be held on Sunday, May 1st at the Harrison Fire Hall starting at 1 pm.

Registration forms are due to the Sioux County Extension Office by Thursday, April 21st!

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Horse Level Testing Workshop

Join us on April 8th to learn more about the horse project and prep for Horse Level testing. We will meet at 2 pm at the Courthouse. This is open for youth ages 8 and up. If the weather is nice we can try to complete the riding portion after 4 pm at the Sioux County Fairgrounds.

During this workshop we will take a break from prepping to complete a community service project.

Please register with the Extension Office or Melissa Mracek at by Wednesday, April 6th in order to ensure we have enough supplies.

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Become a Sioux County 4-H Ambassador

Join our pilot ambassador program. The primary goal of the Ambassador Program is to develop leadership skills, build communication skills to be utilized in an advocacy role for the Sioux County 4-H Program. Youth ages 14 and above who participate in this program will be recognized at the Fun Feed with a nice 4-H jacket. Ambassadors will complete a couple of tasks in each of the sections such as write a newspaper article about 4-H, promote 4-H to a classroom, help present awards at fair, assist at a workshop, etc.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity visit .

2022 Sioux County Fair Book

The Sioux County Fairbook will be available at after April 15th. Families can request a paper copy from the Extension Office.
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Wilderness Wonders Camp

Grow Your Spark at the 2022 4-H Wilderness Wonders Camp! On May 26, camp from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm will be offered for youth going into 3rd-5th grade. The camp is limited to 40 and will have a $40 fee. On May 27, camp from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm will be offered for youth ages 5-7. The camp is limited to 30 and will have a $30 fee. Youth will need to bring their swimming suits and towels to the May 27 camp.

Registrations are due by May 13. You may turn in your registrations to your local Extension Office or mail them to Box Butte Extension Office.

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Fort Robinson Horse Camp

The annual Fort Robinson Horse Camp will be held on June 9-11 at Fort Robinson. Participants enhance their horse skills through training sessions such as Reined Cow Horse, Pattern Tips, and more. This year the craft is Martingales. The fee for youth participants is $50 and $40 for an adult accompanying them. This fee includes a stall for Thursday night, meal for Friday night, Saturday breakfast, and a craft. Scholarship application, camp program, and registration can be found online or in our office. Registration is due May 13th.
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Design Camp

4-H Design Camp on June 22-23 is for level 1 sewing. Campers will complete 3 projects. Youth with dip dye fabric and sew a simple skirt or shorts, create a pair of earrings, and batik decorate and sew a pillow case. The fee is $65, it includes swimming, food, and the option to stay the night at the new Sheridan County Extension Office.

2022 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Insitute

Apply now to attend one of the biggest youth agriculture outreach events in the state—the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI). NAYI brings together high school juniors and seniors to learn more about Nebraska agriculture, network with agriculture leaders and discover the many careers available in agriculture. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) helps sponsor and coordinate NAYI every year.

NAYI will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus July 11–15, 2022. Applications for NAYI are available at and must be submitted online. Current high school juniors and seniors interested in attending have until April 15, 2022, to apply. This year’s theme is “Cultivating Connections.”

NDA selects students to attend NAYI based on their leadership skills, interests and involvement in agriculture. Students attend NAYI free of charge due to generous donations from numerous agricultural businesses, commodity groups and industry organizations.

Participate in the National 4-H Annual Index Study

Nebraska 4-H is participating in the National 4-H Annual Index, a national 4-H study designed to help us evaluate the positive youth development experience and 4-H program impacts experienced by youth across the country. If your youth are in the target age range (13-18 years old) and were enrolled in 4-H in 2021, you will receive an e-mail invitation from Nebraska 4-H at the email address provided in your enrollment profile.

We encourage your participation in telling the 4-H story!

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Chadron is hosting a District Horse Show this year! 4-H'ers must have passed Horsemanship Advancement Level II by May 6 in order to participate at a district show. District classes are held as qualifiers for corresponding classes at the State 4-H Horse Expo. District show classes include Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Horsemanship, Reining, Barrels, and Poles. All entries are due by May 6th. Go to to learn about the entry procedure.

Attend the April 8th workshop to start the process of passing Horsemanship Advancement Levels.

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Chadron District Horse Show