Southern Plains 4-H Newsletter

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - Sept. 1, 2021

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Note From Kylie

Greetings! August 2021 was All About Fairs. The Thayer Co. Fair started with its first contest on August 4 and concluded with fair clean up on August 15. State Fair project collection and set up started August 24, and we had Thayer and Nuckolls exhibitors compete in nearly every static category as well as six different animal species (horse, beef, goat, sheep, rabbit and poultry). I was the assistant poultry superintendent, the co-superintendent for FilmFest Contest, and the co-superintendent for the state public speaking contest exhibitions at the 2021 Nebraska State Fair.

We're looking forward to school enrichment for Fall 2021, and we have a variety of workshops in the works (including a Culinary Challenge/Favorite Food Review how-to workshop and a small animal showmanship workshop). Thayer Co. is also hosting the 2021 Area 6 FFA Range Judging Contest, so Southern Plains Extension is working with our ag education partners in the Little Blue NRD and the NRCS-Hebron office to facilitate a successful contest for 40+ FFA chapters on September 14. I am excited for the educational opportunities coming up this fall, and hope you can attend/compete in them as you are able.


Curious about 2021 state fair results? All the information is on the Nebraska 4-H app!

To download this mobile app, check out the “Go Mobile” section at or click on these direct links to the iPad/iPhone and Android apps. Please note, if you have the 4-H at the Nebraska State Fair app on your device that has been used in previous years, download the new Nebraska 4-H app to access all of the latest features and information available.

This year’s Nebraska State Fair information, available through the Nebraska 4-H app, contains many helpful features for 4-H families, staff, and the general fair attendee.


2021 Cake Auction Results and Check Info

The 2021 Cake Auction was very successful. The 4-H Council raised in $6700.00. Half of these proceeds stay with the 4-H Council to facilitate events and activities. Half of these proceeds are returned to the 4-Hers who helped raise this money with their cakes.

Here's how it works:

The office has checks ready for each family who furnished a cake.

If you need to know who purchased your cake, call the office.

Please bring a stamped thank you to the office, ask for the pre-printed mailing label for your sponsor, and pick up your check.

2021 Supreme Market Awards

Due to some late lab results and mistakes made by the office, the Supreme Market Awards for 2021 were delayed/incorrectly announced at county fair. The following results are the correct 2021 Supreme Market awards:

Supreme Market Beef - Kara Kniep

Supreme Market Hog - Lacey Schmidt

Supreme Market Lamb - Taylor Tietjen

Supreme Market Goat - Addi Crockett

2021 Thayer Co. Beef Ultrasound Contest Results

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Thayer Co. Starts FIRST LegoLeague Team

Thayer Co. has a FIRST LegoLeague Team starting this fall. The team will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm with some occasional Saturday morning meetings also planned.

Team membership is capped at 10 youth, and all youth have to be enrolled Nebraska 4-H members. The team is not actively recruiting for members, but they welcome guests to visit or ask questions. They are actively recruiting for the high school level team, so please contact Shamlynn Francik ( if you are interested.

There may be options for additional teams, but resources, coaches, and space are issues at this time. The Thayer Co. team sponsors are Reinke Manufacturing, Inc. and GMP Pros.

You can learn more about Nebraska 4-H FIRST LegoLeague here:


2022 Clayton Hergott Award Nominations

2022 Clayton Hergott Award Nominees - The recipient of the Clayton Hergott Legends Award must display exemplary service, determination, and dedication to 4-H. They will go above and beyond the duties asked of them by volunteering and helping wherever needed, even in the face of adversity. They show grit, determination, and outstanding leadership skills. These qualities are shown and noticed by peers and others. The 4-H Council votes on the candidates, who may be nominated by any Thayer Co. 4-H family member by October 1 of each year. Please submit your nominees at the link below:

2022 TC 4-H Council Nominations

We will have 3 openings on the Thayer Co. 4-H Council beginning in January 2022. Elected members will serve one (1) two-year term with the option to continue for a second two-year term at the end of their first term. Please submit nominations here (all nominees will be contacted to see if they accept the nomination before their names go on the ballot):

TC Achievement Applications Due Oct. 1

2021 Achievement Applications and 2021 Livestock Record Books due to Thayer Co. Office in hard copy by 4:30 p.m. Fillable record book templates and rubrics to help you write your record books can be found here:

Thayer Co. 4-H Achievement Night Oct. 24

Thayer County's 2021 4-H Achievement Night will be held on Sunday, Oct. 24 @ 6pm. The event will be at the Thayer County Fairgrounds. The night will be spent celebrating this year's 4-Hers' accomplishments. After the ceremony, there will be a s'mores bonfire!


Thayer Co. Quilt of Valor presented to Veteran Joseph Hansen of Deshler on August 11

Each year, 4-Hers are invited to complete a Quilt of Valor as a Community Service Project. In 2021, with the help of Emeritus Extension Educator Phyliss Schoenholz and volunteers from SouthCentral Peacemakers, 6 quilts were completed at the all-day workshop held in June. Quilters Phyliss Schoenholz, Barb Blinko, and Cindy Bartels donated their quilting services, and others donated their time helping youth and binding. Volunteers sat with the youth during this all-day workshop and assisted them in completing their projects. The youth that were involved this year were: Delainey Mumm, Jocelyn Mumm, AnnaMae Howe, Aliecia Howe, Laiden Heinrichs, and Klarissa Wenske. The Quilt was presented to veteran Joseph Hansen on Wed. August. 11 during 4-H Night.

Jean Stichka Honored as State Fair Celebration Parade Marshal August 30

Check out Jean and her husband, Greg, as 2021 State Fair parade marshals (photo at left). The tradition of the Grand Marshal Program is an opportunity to thank individuals who have made significant contributions to their county fair or ag society. Jean was nominated by the Nuckolls County Fairboard. Congrats, Jean!



September 9 - State Fair project pick up at Extension Offices

September 9 - Beef in the Schools at Lawrence

September 14 - Thayer Co. Extension co-hosts FFA Area 6 Range Judging in Thayer Co. with the Little Blue NRD and Hebron NRCS

September 22-23 - Water Jamboree at Liberty Cove


October 1 - 2021 Achievement Applications and 2021 Livestock Record Books due to Thayer Co. Office in hard copy by 4-:30 p.m. Templates and rubrics to help you can be found here:

October 6 - Small Animal Showmanship Clinic tentative date @ Deshler Fairgrounds 4-6 p.m.

October 23 - Nebraska Extension 4-H Drone Zone Clinic @ GI CCC, 8:30-12 p.m. (Kylie is teaching)

October 24 - Thayer County 2021 4-H Achievement Night @ Deshler Fairgrounds, 6 p.m.

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