Jefferson County 4-H

May 2015


Career Portfolios are available to be picked up at the Extension Office at any time.

4-H ACHIEVEMENT DAY AWARDS at Extension Office

We have many awards left from 4-H Achievement Day that need to be picked up at the Extension office. Please contact the office to see if you received an award this year.

4-H Workshops & Events

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4-H Dog Practice

The 4-H Dog Club will have practice on the following dates at 7:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds:

May 19th

May 26th

If you have any questions, please call Janet Winter at 402-587-0747.

Beyond the Needle Workshop

Come join us on Monday, June 22nd from 1:00-3:30 pm for a Beyond the Needle workshop. Ann, Megann & Madison Freese bring years of experience and creativity to participants as you design a painted shirt using contact paper and textile glitter paint and learn about the new project, Beyond the Needle, and modeling tips for the Fashion Revue. Register at the Extension Office by June 16 and you will receive the flyer with supply list, etc. For the designer in all of us who like a little sparkle, don’t miss this one!
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Fair Information

4-H Foodstand Sign-Up

There are still many families that haven't turned in a foodstand sign-up form. I would like to remind you that all families are required to work a 3 hour shift to help support the 4-H Council fundraiser for the year. Blank forms can be found at and need to be turned into the office ASAP or you will be stuck with a time that you may not like. Thank you for your help!

Fairgrounds Clean-Up

All 4-H and FFA members are encouraged to attend the fairgrounds clean-up days held on Wednesday, June 17 & Thursday, June 18 at 5-9 pm each day. During these two days the fairboard will be working on various projects to get the fairgrounds ready for the upcoming fair and would appreciate anyone who can help!

2015 Jefferson County Fair

July 16-19, 2015

This year's theme: Country Pride Jefferson County Wide


All fair entries and livestock ID sheets are due on Monday, June 15th. This includes entry forms for foods, clothing, livestock and all static exhibits. Livestock ID sheets are also due on this day. We want to try to make less trips to the office for all of you so we are having everything due on the same day! Forms will be available at the office and on our website so please contact us with any questions. We are also making some how-to videos to help you fill out your forms!

Quality Assurance Training

4-Her’s can now complete their Livestock Quality Assurance requirement online! All 4-Her’s enrolled in swine, beef, sheep, dairy goat, dairy cattle, meat goat, rabbits or poultry need to complete Livestock Quality Assurance. 4-Her’s completing their quality assurance requirement online must complete three modules and present their three certificates to their local county extension office prior to June 15th. There will be a $5 fee that each participant must pay before they will have access to course.

The course is divided into three levels: Junior (ages 8-10), Intermediate (ages 11-14), Senior (15-18). Each year youth are required to complete three modules within their age level. Each youth needs to have an e-mail address that they can use to log onto the website. Youth may work ahead and complete as many modules as possible in order to maximize the $5 course fee. Intermediate and Senior age youth also have the option to test out of Quality Assurance training at no charge. Contact the office for more information.

For more information about registering and using the online system, go to or for more information.

New County Fair Livestock Policy

All livestock at the Jefferson County Fair will be subject to random drug testing as directed by the Fairboard. These tests can be performed at any time during the fair so please make sure you are following the rules and guidelines outlined in the fairbook. Also any unethical fitting of livestock will not be tolerated.


Information and registrations for the District and State 4-H Horse show is available at the office or on line at Registrations are due May 8.


All exhibitors (including those who may only do halter classes) must pass 4-H Advancement Level 1 to be eligible to exhibit at the county fair horse show. The exam must be completed by June 15th of the current year. (Different deadline dates apply for district and state competition.) All participants who have not passed the 4-H Advancements Level 1 are not eligible to exhibit in the fair. State 4-H horse rules will be followed (refer to manual 373, 4-H Horse Show and Judging Guide).


UNIT II: NEBRASKA PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER EXHIBIT PRINT: Explore a career as an editorial photographer. Editorial photographers take pictures that highlight the topics being written about in books, magazines, and newspapers. Editorial photos should be creative, powerful images that tell an intriguing story. Let’s tell a story about why we love our Nebraska communities. Capture editorial photos that tell a story about your Nebraska Community.

UNIT III: NEBRASKA PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER EXHIBIT PRINT: Explore a career as a commercial pho-tographer. Commercial photographers take pictures that are used for promotional purposes. Commercial pho-tographs are often used in print and online communication materials (advertisements, brochures, flyers, web sites, social media banners, direct email messages, etc.). Capture commercial photos that tell the story of 4-H in your Nebraska community; photos should show the Nebraska 4-H Program in action. Photos may be used to promote the UNL Extension 4-H Youth Development Program.


The Fairboard requires that ALL livestock trailers be parked across the PWF road in the south parking lot during the 2015 Jefferson County Fair. This will help alleviate the congestion along the roads by the livestock barns and allow for more vehicle parking. Please let them know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Other Opportunities

National Festival of Breads

The National Festival of Breads is the nation's only amateur bread-baking competition and will be held in Manhattan, KS on Saturday, June 13th. The event is free and features a host of unique activities for families to enjoy: baking demonstrations, taste tests, a trade show and the preparation of the recipes for the 2015 National Festival of Breads!

For more information including the schedule of events, please contact the office and we will get you all the details!

Calendar of Events


1 - Camp Renegade Counselor applications due

8 - District & State Horse Show entires due

20 & 21 - Sewing Workshops, Extension Office

21 - District Speech Contest, UNL Animal Science Complex, Lincoln, 1-7 pm

26 - Project Bonanza Day, Fairbury

27 - Horticulture/Entomology Workshops, Wilber Extension Office


8 - Clover Kid Camp, Fairbury

10 - Animal Science Day Camp, Fairbury

15 - Livestock IDs & Pre-Fair Entries Due

18 - District 4-H Horse Show, Seward

22 - Beyond the Needle Workshop, Fairbury

23 - 24 Camp Renegade, Camp Jefferson, Fairbury

29 - 30 PASE/Life Challenge, UNL East Campus, Lincoln


10 - Favorite Foods/Presentations Contest, 4-H Building

12 - Clean-Up 4-H Kitchen, 4-H Building

16 - 19 Jefferson County Fair, Fairgrounds


28 - Sept 7 Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island

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