Thurston County 4-H News

June 2017

Upcoming Dates

June 9 - Ponca Day Registration DUE

June 12 - Joint 4-H Council Meeting @ Dakota City (7:00 pm)

June 12 - District Horse Show - Lexington

June 13 - District Horse Show - Taylor

June 14 - District Horse Show - Wayne

June 15 - All Livestock Affidavits DUE

June 15 - Quality Assurance Deadline

June 15 - Ak-Sar-Ben Sheep, Swine, Goat & Feeder Calf DNA DUE

June 19 - Ponca Counselor Training

June 19 - District Horse Show - Hemingford

June 20 - Ponca Day Camp @ Ponca State Park

June 20 - District Horse Show - Lincoln

June 26-27 - PASE/Life Challenge @ UNL

July 4 - Office Closed - 4th of July Holiday

July 10 - Thurston County 4-H Council Meeting

July 16-20 - State Horse Show @ Fonner Park, Grand Island

July 19 - ALL Dakota-Thurston County Pre-Fair Entries DUE

July 26 - 4-H Clothing Day Judging @ Emerson

July 29 - Pre-Fair Clean Up

July 30 - Aug 1 - Pre-Fair Judging Shows

Aug 2-6 - Dakota-Thurston County Fair

Aug 7 - Post Fair Clean Up

Aug 10 - State Fair Animal and In Person Entries DUE

Aug 22 - State Fair Exhibits DUE @ Extension Office (noon)


Need to Know

Summer Workshops

We are exited to announce our summer workshops for youth are HERE!! We will be holding several sessions every week in June & July. Several of these camps will be open to all ages but others, like Clover Kid Camp, will be for either older or younger youth. Come join us for an exciting summer of learning. To register or learn more go to:

The following are workshops provided by Thurston County:

  • Mugs for You - June 6
  • Stars & Stripes - June 8
  • Young Entrepreneurs Camp - June 12-16
  • Let's Paint Run-A-Ways - June 19
  • Ponca Day Camp - June 20
  • Clover Kid Camp - June 22
  • Let's Get Cooking #1 - June 26
  • Let's Get Cooking #2 - June 27
  • Drone Discovery - July 6

Save the Date for Ponca Day Camp

Come get a taste of camp in your own backyard at this year's 4-H Ponca Day Camp. It will be held at Ponca State Park on Tuesday, June 20th. All 4-H members and their friends ages 8-11 in Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Thurston, and Wayne counties are invited to attend this hands-on camp. For complete registration/health statement please contact the Nebraska Extension Office in Thurston County. Registrations are due by Friday, June 9th. More information is available at Come on! Camp can't get any closer!

Workshop Scholarships for 4-H Members

The Thurston County 4-H Council had a donation that came with the stipulation to use the money to pay forward a kindness. As a result the 4-H Council decided to pay $15 towards a 4-Her's attendance at summer workshops after filling out a short form. See attached.

Shooting Sports Archery Event

The Nebraska 4-H archery shooting sports trailer is coming!

June 9th, 1-4 p.m., Dakota County Fairgrounds

Please plan on taking part in this free event that will introduce you to Nebraska 4-H Shooting sports. Open to all ages 8 and up.

Contact Donella Busker for more information. She is also looking for some volunteers to help with the event.

Favorite Food & Presentation Contest Results

The contest was held on Thursday, May 11, at United Church of Pender. Mary Loftis of Craig and Julie Kreikemeier of Columbus served as judges for this contest. Grand Champion in the Junior Division (8-11) was Nate Sanderson of Thurston; Reserve Champion, Harper Jensen of Pender. Grand Champion in the Senior Division (12 & Over) was Nathan Busker of Emerson, Reserve Champion was Grace Dorcey of Ponca.

One local 4-H’er also participated in this year’s Presentation contest. Grand Champion Presentation was award to Nathan Busker of Emerson, teaching us how to groom a calf so that it is ready for show.

Favorite Foods

Clover Kids (5-7)

Participation ribbon: Amaryn Bodlak, Thurston; Logan Hansen, Pender; Annika Jensen, Pender; Shaylee Sanderson, Thurston

Junior Division (8-11)

Purple: Nate Sanderson, Thurston

Blue: Mason Bodlak, Thurston; Harper Jensen, Pender; Haeden Paeper, Pender

Senior Division (12 & up)

Purple: Alexis Bodlak, Thurston; Nathan Busker, Emerson; Grace Dorcey, Ponca; Carley Hofmeister, Pender; Colton Sanderson, Thurston

Blue: Nickolas Busker, Emerson

Presentation Contest

Senior Division (12 & Up)

Blue: Nathan Busker, Emerson

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Busy Programming - Out of the Office

Summer is a busy time of year for all 4-Hers, including staff. To make sure we are in the office when you need us, we suggest calling or contacting us to make sure we will be around. We hope that you will join us on some of these days for the programming we are providing.

Days we know that we'll both be out of the office are:

  • June 2 - afternoon
  • June 9 - afternoon
  • June 16 - morning
  • June 19 - afternoon
  • June 20 - all day
  • June 21 - morning
  • June 22 - all day
  • June 23 - morning
  • June 26 - all day
  • June 27 - all day
  • July 4 - all day
  • July 6 - morning
  • July 10 - afternoon
  • July 11 - all day

Nebraska 4-H/Nebraska FFA License Plate

Take your support of “Making the Best Better” and “Learning to Do” wherever you go with the new license plates showcasing Nebraska 4-H and Nebraska FFA! The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska FFA Association in cooperation with the Nebraska FFA Alumni, have teamed up to create the first ever license plate supporting the two largest youth organizations in Nebraska. Similar to other organizational specialty license plates, there must be 250 applications received before the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing this organizational plate. Order yours today by filling out the application form at and mailing it along with the $70 fee to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Be one of the first 4-H and FFA license plate owners and show the world you are an advocate of these outstanding youth organizations. Show your support of using your “Head, Heart, Hands and Health” to promote “Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success.”

Fair Information

Dakota-Thurston County Fair UPDATES!

The Dakota-Thurston County Fair will be July 30-August 6, 2017. Pre-fair judging events will be July 26-31. The theme is 50 Years of Family Fun. If you run across old pictures please send to Lisa ( We are trying to get something put together for it. Could you put something in the news letter for families to bring in pictures or send them to Lisa. They will get the originals back or they can scan and email to her. If you prefer the Fairboard making the article please let Lisa and Mary Paeper know.
The Exhibit Hall will have AC this year.

The Fair Board is also looking to set up a schedule for each 4-H Club or Staff to do a short shift in the information window of the Fair Office. Let the Extension Office know if you're interested.

Fair Movie

We invite each 4-H youth to place their vote for the movie that will be shown at the Dakota-Thurston County Fair Family Movie Night. This will take place on August 5th during the fair. The movie options are 1) The LEGO Batman Movie, 2) Beauty and the Beast, 3) Sing, and 4) Moana. To place your vote go to:

Fair Entry Information

Each family will be receiving a packet sometime toward the beginning of July that will have entry forms for the 2017 Dakota-Thurston County Fair. Once again this year we hope to personalize the forms so they contain most of the information the office needs. You just need to fill in class #'s, animal ID's, etc. These forms will be DUE back to office by July 19th.

Late Affidavit & Late Entry Policies

The Joint 4-H Council created the following rules:

1) Late animal affidavits will be accepted for one week following the entry deadline and will be accessed a $10 late fee per individual for the Dakota-Thurston County Fair.

2) Late fair entries will be accepted for one week following the entry deadline and will be accessed a $10 late fee per individual for the Dakota-Thurston County Fair.

4-H King & Queen Contest

It's time to be thinking about the 2017 Dakota-Thurston County Fair Royalty! If you are between the ages of 14 & 19, you are eligible to compete for the title of 4-H King or Queen. If you are interested, please read through the rules and complete the entry form available online at Applications will be DUE June 30th, with interviews taking place in July. If you have any questions contact Sandy Ahlers at

New Market Sheep Class

New Market sheep class for 2017 Prospect Lamb Class: Maximum weight in the Prospect Lamb Class is 100 pounds. Any lamb 101 pounds or over will be shown in the Market Lamb Class. Prospect Lambs are not eligible for overall Market Lamb.

Looking for Trophy Sponsors

One aspect of the 4-H program is awards and recognition. If you would like to donate a trophy fro the 2017 Dakota-Thurston County Fair, contact the Extension Office. Trophies are $15 each. If you have suggestions for other ways to reward our youth, please let the Extension Office or a committee member know. If you believe there is a support that may have not been asked, please relay this information to the Extension Office.

Livestock ID's/Affidavits DUE

If you are exhibiting: beef, sheep, swine, goats or rabbits at the Dakota-Thurston County Fair, livestock ID's/affidavits' are DUE to the Extension Office by June 15th. Absolutely no late paperwork will be accepted! Forms are available by stopping at the Extension Office on the website at Make sure the form is fully completed.

DNA Samples DUE

Just a reminder that Ak-Sar-Ben/State Fair Feeder Calf & Market Swine DNA samples are DUE to the Extension Office by June 15th.

State Fair Schedule and Handbook

The 4-H State Fair Schedule has now been posted online for 2017. The schedule can be found online on the public pages as well as in the employee resources and in the State Fair Book under General.

Member Information

Nebraska 4-H Email Newsletter

Nebraska 4-H Youth Development and the Nebraska 4-H Foundation are excited to announce the launch of a monthly Nebraska 4-H email newsletter that will be distributed to 4-H families, volunteers, donors, alumni, and those interested in learning more about Nebraska 4-H. Distribution of the digital newsletter will begin in June and will include featured programs, news, social media highlights, and other timely information. The creation of a statewide email newsletter will provide an opportunity for Nebraska 4-H to stay connected to 4-H alumni who are sharing their contact information through the Raise Your Hand campaign. Others interested in receive the monthly newsletter may subscribe using the signup form available at If you have any questions regarding the Nebraska 4-H Email Newsletter, feel free to contact Tracy Pracheil at

4-H Clover Chase: A Nebraska 150 Event Starts March 1

Nebraska 4-H, in partnership with the Nebraska 4-H Foundation, is celebrating the Nebraska Statehood 150 with the 4-H Clover Chase!

Between March 1 - August 15, 2017, Nebraska 4-H will be hosting a photo scavenger hunt for all 4-H members. Using an app, participants will complete challenges and submit photo entries on social media using #NE4HChase. After submitting photos and earning 150 points, participants will be eligible to receive a commemorative water bottle from their local Nebraska Extension Office and will be entered into a drawing to win a drone with video capability. The Nebraska Extension Office with the highest percentage of participation wins a free National Youth Science Day kit!

Complete details about the 4-H Clover Chase can be found at Celebrate Nebraska’s Statehood, and Nebraska 4-H, by participating in this fun-filled opportunity with your friends, club, or family!

National 4-H - "Raise Your Hand"

Between March 1 – June 30, 2017, National 4-H will kick off the “Raise Your Hand” promotion that will focus more upon attracting 4-H alumni back to the program as parents, volunteers, and donors. During this promotion, alumni will be asked to complete the following steps:
  1. Raise Your Hand – Complete the form at to show your pride as a 4‑H alum.
  2. Compete for your state – Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most alumni hands raised.
  3. Pay it Forward – Tweet, post and share your #4HGrown experience or support and tag fellow alumni asking them to raise their hands for their state at http://4‑

With every alumni hand that is raised, Nebraska 4-H has the opportunity to receive $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 from National 4-H Council.

Consumer & Family Sciences

2017 Life Challenge

The 2017 Life Challenge contest will be held on June 26-27, 2017, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus Union.

The Life Challenge contests encourage youth to explore and study family and consumer sciences project manuals and UDSA/ NIH/CDC or other cooperative extension websites and other government related resources . Youth will then apply their knowledge to the various Life Challenge contests listed below. The main purpose of this event is to help young people apply their knowledge of family and consumer sciences to everyday situations to enable them to be capable citizens.

The following areas are components of family and consumer sciences:

  • Foods and nutrition
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Design/housing/home environment
  • Child and human development
  • Personal finance

2017 Culinary Challenge Contest

The contest this year is focusing on dried beans, peas and legumes. In 2015, Nebraska was rated #1 in the nation in Great Northern bean production, 2nd for pinto bean production and 4th for all dry edible bean production. Nebraska produces equal approximately 1 billion servings of dry beans a year. 2016 was the “Year of the Pulse” (dried beans and peas) and we are happy to be able to continue the focus on dried beans, peas and legumes for the 2017 Culinary Challenge. Look for more info from the Culinary Challenge and the Nebraska Dried Bean Commission for menu, food prep, and recipe ideas in the future!

Continuing Education

Nebraska 4-H Foundation Scholarships 2017

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides 4-H members the opportunity to apply for scholarships.

All scholarship applications must be submitted to

2017 Scholarships Available:

For guidelines and more information, please visit our scholarship guidelines and application form.

More information can be found at

Plant Science

Nebraska Youth Range Camp - June 5-9

The 54th Nebraska Youth Range Camp will be held June 5 – 9, 2017 at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey.

Eligible students need to be between the ages of 14 – 18. We are accepting applications online this year and they can be found at . More information about Range Camp can be found there as well!

The fee for students to attend is $200 but every student should be able to get reimbursed for all or part of their fee by their local Natural Resource District, FFA Chapter, 4-H group, or local businesses. To find contact information for your NRD, please visit .

The Nebraska Youth Range Camp consists of a four-and-a-half day dynamic curriculum that appeals to students with a wide array of interests including, but not limited to, rangeland management, conservation, ecology, animal science, and wildlife. With over 50 years to perfect and evolve this curriculum, every student, no matter what prior experience they have, will learn substantial information that will help them become more aware of Nebraska’s most prevalent landuse; rangelands. The students that attend this camp will be actively involved with field activities, lectures, hand-on experience, and recreational leadership and team-building activities that are all led by up to 20 of Nebraska’s most respected and dedicated leaders, teachers, and professionals from various agencies, colleges, and universities. Each student will be sent home with a binder that is filled with educational materials.

Please direct questions to Shelly Kelly (Range Camp Co-Director) at or 308-214-0065.

4-H Horticulture Contest

A horticulture judging contest will be held on June 7, 7:00 p.m. at Scott and Vicki Rundell Acreage (85213 544 Ave., Pierce). The program is open to all 4-Hers and interested adults. There will be prizes for first, second and third place finishers; snacks and fun for all. Contact the Madison County Extension Office at 402-370-4040 for more information and to register or email Pre-registration due by 5 p.m., June 2. Directions will be given when registering.

2017 Online Horticulture Contest

The 2017 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging contest is just around the corner. This year the contest will be available from June 9th at 8:00 a.m. until June 19th at 8:00 a.m. It is composed of three parts; general knowledge questions, plant part and seed identification, as well as a judging portion. It is open to all 4-H youth, as well as adults, and even Extension individuals. No password needed, the link listed below will take you directly to the contest.

Please have the youth fill in all of their information completely. The online contest should only be taken once by each participant, if it is taken multiple times the first score entered will be the one used. No study materials are to be used while taking the test. The contest will allow an opportunity for the participant to review the answers prior to submitting. Once submitted, the participants will see their score, but they will not be able to see which questions they missed. After the contest has ended, the participants can request to see their scores and their answers. If this is your county contest and you need the scores from individuals in your county(ies), please let me know and I can forward them to you once the contest is done.

Study Materials for the Online Horticulture Judging Contest and the State 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest held during State Fair are the same and they can be found at:

Animal Science

Upcoming Shows & Events

2017 Lively Livestock 4-H Sheep/Goat/Swine Jackpot Show

The York County Lively Livestock 4-H club would like to invite everyone 21 and under to participate in our upcoming Jackpot Show, June 3. For more information go to: All funds from this event are used for community service projects. We have great payouts and prizes. Please join us for great day!

Cream of the Crop Dairy Cattle Show

Saturday, June 3rd 2017

Cuming County Fairgrounds, West Point, NE

For more information contact:

Nebraska Junior Dairy Association - Carl and Jan Aschoff, advisors

1585 River Road, West Point, NE 68788

Cell phone Carl: 402-380-2465 or Jan: 402-380-4461


Complete Show details can be found here:

Hustler 4-H Progress Show

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Cuming County Fairgrounds, West Point, NE

Swine - Sheep - Cattle - Goats

Swine & Goat Check-in 7:00-9:00 a.m.

Sheep Check-in 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Cattle Check-in 8:00-11:00 am.

For more information see:

Platte County Swine Progress Show

Sunday June 18th

Check in & Registration begins at 12:00

Show starting at 1:00

(Lunch and concessions will be available)

$15 Entry Fee/Animal

$5 Showmanship Entry Fee

More information call: Jerry Osten (402-910-8509) or Jamie Meyer (402-276-7501)

Tractor Safety Training 2017

All youth aged 14 and 15 and working on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST be certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course. Successful completion of the course will allow trained youth to operate an approximately 20 PTO horsepower tractor, or to connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor. Cost: $60

Kearney Fairgrounds - May 30 & 31

Auburn Fairgrounds - June 1 & 2

Valentine Fairgrounds - June 6 & 7

North Platte WCREC - June 13 & 14

Gering Legacy Museum - June 15 & 16

Wayne Fairgrounds - June 19 & 20

Gordon Fairgrounds - June 22 (Day 1 is online)

McCook Fairgrounds - June 23 (Day 1 is online)

Grand Island College Park - July 10 & 11

Advance registration is required. More information can be found at:

3rd Annual Papio Valley Broiler Show

We will be holding our 3rd Annual Papio Valley Broiler Show on June 24th at the Sarpy County Fairgrounds in Springfield. Some information about the show and the entry sheet can be found at:

The Final Drive

Sheep & Goat Progress Show

Sunday, June 25th 2017

Fillmore County Fairgrounds

Geneva, NE 1:00 P.M.

Entry Fee


$3 Showmanship

Elite Showman Competition at Nebraska State Fair

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture along with the Rural Radio Network will be hosting the 12th Annual Elite Showman Competition on Saturday, September 2nd at the Nebraska State Fair.

Ak-Sar-Ben Moving to State Fairgrounds in Grand Island

AKSARBEN says they will move the classic 4-H livestock show to Grand Island in order to have more space to grow the 89-year-old event.

This year, it will be held September 28 through October 1 at Fonner Park in Grand Island, in the facilities built for the Nebraska State Fair.

The 2017 AKSARBEN Show Schedule, Programs and Judges can be found at: Additional information can be found at:


We are excited to announce that the new QA Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is now active. Anyone who has not registered for the LQA online course for 2017 should now navigate to the NEW online YQCA course at You will use your FAMILY 4HOnline login and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family. Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course. All registration questions with YQCA should be directed to There will not be local support for the YQCA program. All 4-Hers need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations. There is a button for families that have forgotten their password. 4-Hers that have started their QA training in the LQA site will be able to complete their modules and print off their certificate of completion and take it to their Extension Office. The YQCA site is user friendly and should make it easy for 4-H families to complete their QA training for this year.

Youth Livestock Projects and the VFD Regulation

Effective January 1, 2017, all livestock producers that use antibiotic medicated feeds to prevent, treat or control animal health issues will be required to get a written order or directive from a Veterinarian to purchase and feed these feeds. The regulation will only affect antibiotics administered in feed or water for livestock.

Antibiotics are important to both human medicine and animal health, to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance in both areas; producer must follow the FDA Approved Labels. These labels determine what animal health issues can be treated with that specific antibiotic, dosage and proper administration.

The first step youth producers should take is to develop a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship by visiting with their veterinarian. Within this discussion, producers need to review their herd/flock health plan and evaluate vaccinations and treatment plans for the animals they care for. If you determine that medicated feeds should be used, plan on how to acquire a VFD Order from the veterinarian.

Copies of the VFD must go to you and your feed supplier/dealer before you can purchase or feed these feeds. Youth Livestock Participants may visit with their feed supplier/dealer to plan a nutrition/feed program prior to getting their project animals to discuss if medicated feeds should be used and if a VFD is required.

For more information visit the Nebraska BQA VFD Webpage at: Or Contact Rob Eirich, Extension Educator/Director of Beef Quality Assurance via email at:

Premise ID

All State Fair exhibitors will be required to obtain a Premise ID for 2017. This will not be required for county-only exhibitor unless the county chooses to do so. Further education, in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will be coming out by January 10th for counties to use in print form via email blasts and newsletters. These resources will explain the reasoning behind both EID and Premise ID while also giving families a step-by-step process for obtaining the Premise ID.

While that is being developed, what follows is a brief explanation on why Premise ID will be required in 2017. Also attached to this email is a rough document going through the process of obtaining a Premise ID. This document is for your reference only and a more complete resource will come out by January 10th that can be easily disseminated to youth.

  • In 2016, through our partnership with NDA, we were able to obtain an exemption from USDA that did not require each exhibitor to obtain a Premise ID. Thus why each county extension office or fairgrounds has a Premise ID number.
  • That exemption will not be renewable for 2017, thus requiring this step. The Premise ID Application process can be completed online. That URL will be available in the coming resources.
  • Swine exhibitors, through completion of PQA, already have a Premise ID so they have already completed this step. They can continue to use the Premise ID generated through that program for other species as well.
  • Cattle, Sheep, and Goat exhibitors who do not have a Premise ID will need to obtain one. In some cases, a farm or ranch may already have a Premise ID in the parents (or other relative’s name). As long as the livestock are being housed and cared for at that location, the existing Premise ID should be used.

We are well aware that there may be some not willing to comply with the Premise ID step; however, this process is vital in our youth understanding the shape of the agriculture landscape and the world economy as it is changing. Source verification programs are becoming critical, and as the world population becomes more interested in where their food is grown, Premise ID will play a major role in our youth’s future in agriculture.

While acquiring Premise ID is the choice of a family/exhibitor, those who choose not to get the Premise ID will not be able to show at State Fair or AKSARBEN. Exhibitors can contact me ( and I can help to answer their questions.

2017 State Fair Livestock Fees

The price breakdown for each animal entry that a State Fair 4-H livestock exhibitor will pay upon the time of pre-entry in ShoWorks. Please remind your families that this will be per animal and the total they will see in ShoWorks will not be broke down like you see below. This chart may be helpful as you work with families on State Fair entries this summer. These charges do not include things done before fair like tags and DNA samples.

Species Fees Total

Breeding Beef $18+$15 $33.00

Market Beef $18+$15+$3 $36.00

Dairy $10+$15 $25.00

Market Sheep $5+$5+$3 $13.00

Breeding Sheep $5+$5 $10.00

Market Meat Goat $5+$5+$3 $13.00

Breeding Meat Goat $5+$5 $10.00

Market Swine $5+$5+$3 $13.00

Entry Fee: Beef-$18, Dairy-$10, Sheep/Goat/Swine-$5

Bedding Fee: $15 Beef/Dairy, $5 Sheep/Goat/Swine

Drug Testing Fee: $3

2017 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Shows

All entries due to county office May 12, 2017. Note: ALL Level testing required for participation in the 2017 District 4-H Horse Shows MUST be completed by May 12, 2017.

Reminder: All Entries for the State Horse Show must be mailed by May 12, 2017. These include Showmanship, Halter, All Cattle Classes, Hunter Hack, Dressage, Advanced Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Pleasure and Horsemanship. Trail, 2 year old and 3 year old Western Pleasure and Working Ranch.

The website has been updated with the correct information for the 2017 District and State 4-H Horse shows. There are changes to the halter classes so please be aware when looking at the entry form.

2017 4-H Horse Show Dates and Sites

  • June 12th - Lexington
  • June 13th - Taylor
  • June 14th - Wayne
  • June 19th - Hemingford
  • June 20th - Lincoln
  • July 16-20 - 2017 State 4-H Horse Show - Fonner Park
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