SHERIDAN COUNTY NEWSLETTER

MAY 2021

Calendar of Events

May 3 Archery Practice Rushville Legion 4:00 pm

May 4 Extension Board Meeting Extension Office 6:30 pm

May 7 Clover Bud Kit Activity Zoom 10:00 am

May 7 HS After-school Sew Fun Extension Office 1-4 pm

May 10 Rushville Clover Buds Rushville Elementary 3:30 pm

May 11 Gordon Clover Buds Gordon Elementary 3:30 pm

May 15-16 Sheep & Goat Clinic Morrill Fairgrounds 8:00 am

May 16 Sheep/Goat Weigh-in Sheridan Fairgrounds 1-3 pm

May 17 Gordon After-school (3-5) Rushville Elementary 3:30 pm

May 17 Archery Practice Rushville Legion 4:00 pm

May 17 4-H Council Meeting Extension Office 6:30 pm

May 19 G/R After-school Quilting Extension Office 1-4 pm

May 21 Dawes Livestock Judging Contest Dawes County Fairgrounds8 am

May 21 HS After-school Quilting Extension Office 1-4 pm

May 22 Horse Clinic: Trail Class & Reining Rushville Arena 9-12

May 23 Speech/Presentation Contest Gordon Auditorium 2 pm

May 24 4-H Foundation Meeting Extension Office 6 pm

May 25-26 Log N Camp Halsey 4-H Camp

May 28 YQCA Training Extension Office 9 am

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

· Fort Robinson Horse Camp registration is due May 14th. Youth and adults work to improve their horsemanship skills while experiencing the beauty of Fort Robinson. The fee for youth is $50. Any adult riding and coming with a youth member are $40. https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/Dawes_County_4-H/Programs/Horse%20Camp%20Registration%20Form%202021.pdf

· District Horse Show registration is due May 7th. https://4h.unl.edu/state-horse-expo-district

· Reminder – to nominate animals for state fair, deadline is June 15th at: https://4h.unl.edu/livestock/state-id

· The Resource Book is available online. Copies can be picked up at the Extension Office. https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/Sheridan_County_Documents/4-H_Programs/Fair%20book%20proposed%20changes%20for%202021%20%20last%20format.pdf

· Information about area Progress Shows can be found at: https://www.smore.com/gmcr1-livestock-opportunities

· Reminder – there will be a $10/day or $50 camping fee at the fairgrounds during fair week. This helps to make some updates around the fairgrounds.

· Tractor Safety Training will be held on June 8th in Gering. Call Stacy Brown at 308-632-1480 to register your youth age 14-15.

New 4-H Family Information

We welcome new 4-H families to Sheridan County! Please watch this video to see what is needed to participate at fair this year! https://youtu.be/3O_gtcGFw4g

Pressure Canner Testing

Have a gauge pressure canner needing to be tested? Bring it to the Extension office to get tested for free!

Project of the Year Kit

Looking for an easy way to get started in 4-H? Check out our Project of the Year kit! Our 2021 Project of the Year kit, focused on the 4-H entrepreneurship project, includes instructions and materials for completing four hands-on activities that lay the groundwork for a county fair exhibit. Order yours now while supplies last at 4h.unl.edu/project-year

Big Red Camps

Big Red Camp tuition fees increase after Friday, May 7th! Big Red Camps offer unique opportunities for students to explore the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, work with University faculty, meet peers from across the state, and explore potential careers and college majors. Learn more, apply for scholarships, and register at 4h.unl.edu/big-red-camps

Clover Buds

The Gordon Clover Bud workshop will be held on May 11th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at the Gordon After School program. The Rushville Clover Bud workshop will be held on May 10th from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm as a part of the Rushville After School program. The Hay Springs Clover Bud workshop will be held virtually on May 7th from 10-11 am. Please register for the Hay Springs event with Marie Nelson by May 1st.

Clover Bud members are youth between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1st, 2021. These youth will experience teamwork, social interaction, and decision-making skills while participating in hands on activities. Upon participating in these workshops, youth will have Clover Bud projects to display at the 2021 Sheridan County Fair.

Speech/Presentation Contest

Speech/Presentation date for Sheridan County will be 2:00 pm on May 23rd at the Gordon City Hall. The Speech, Presentation and Public Service Announcement (PSA) contests provide 4-H'ers the opportunity to learn to express themselves clearly, organize their ideas and have confidence. The 2021 state PSA theme is “Opportunity 4 All”, and time limit is 60 seconds. Contests are open to all 4-H'ers ages 5-18 (by January 1 of the current year) -- need not be enrolled in a specific project. Speech lengths for: Clover Bud – under 2 minutes, Junior – 1-3 minutes, Intermediate – 3-5 minutes, Senior – 5-8 minutes. Youth may choose to participate in either or both the Speech and PSA contests. If questions, contact Marie Nelson at mnelson82@unl.edu or 308-327-2312.

Livestock Achievement Program

Excited to announce a new opportunity for 4-H youth participating in livestock projects! The Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program is designed to promote all educational aspects of 4-H livestock projects including selection, production, leadership, and exhibition by recognizing youth striving to improve in their livestock project knowledge and leadership.

The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including: beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry.

The program consists of two levels that require 4-H members to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate and project-related accomplishments. For each level, the Livestock Achievement Program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H members choose their goals. Each accomplishment is worth a specific number of points. Intermediates, ages 10-13, must complete 100 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Intermediate Member of Excellence. Seniors, ages 14-18, must complete 150 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Senior Member of Excellence. The Plan and Reports, linked on the webpage, show examples of the project related accomplishments they can choose or they can identify their own with approval of their local educator.

Youth completing the achievement program and receiving member of excellence recognition in the various species will be recognized during the Parade of Champions, 4-H weekend at the Nebraska State Fair. 4h.unl.edu/livestock-achievement-program

Sheep & Goat Weigh-In

Sheep and goat weigh in will be held on May 16th at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds from 1-3 pm. If you are doing a sheep and goat 4-H project this summer, you must attend a weigh in. If you are unable to attend the Sheridan County weigh in, you may attend another county’s weigh in. Please contact the Extension Office to get the paperwork prior to the weigh in. Box Butte County weigh in is May 16th from 6-7 pm at the Box Butte County Fairgrounds. Dawes County weigh in is June 1st from 8-10 am at the Dawes County Fairgrounds.

Design Camp

Are you at a STEAM Level Clothing 2 and have some experience sewing? Are you up to the challenge to learn some new sewing techniques? If you are, the 4-H Design Camp is for you!

Youth will design and construct an original sun dress or shorts using trendy dyeing techniques, construct a leather accessory, and design a mixed media project for their portfolio!

BONUS: Many exciting memories will be made as you tube down the Middle Loup River and take a turn on the zip-line. Enjoy a s’more and learn some camp songs and stories as you sit around the campfire with your new friends.

4-H Design Camp will be June 10-11, 2021 at State 4-H Camp in Halsey, NE
Participants must be at Clothing Level STEAM 2 and be 10 years of age.
Registration is due by May 21. Please fill out the registration form https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/Design%20Camp%202021%20%282%29.pdf and measurement form https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/Size%20up%20Your%20Body.pdf to reserve your spot. Limited to 20 youth.

YQCA last face-to-face training

Youth Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training must be completed for youth members taking a livestock project including beef, swine, sheep, goats, rabbit, and poultry. To complete training, youth must submit their certificate to the Extension Office before June 15th. The training can be completed online at yqca.learngrow.io or in person. The final in person training will be May 28th, 9-10 am at the Extension Office in Rushville.

Jump into SUmmer

- Hay Springs

This fun all day long camp on June 7th, allows youth to experience a variety of projects in one day! Youth between the ages of 8 and 12 will get to design their day by selecting from a variety of projects including Marbled Clay Coasters, Elements of Art – Line, Leather Work, Cake Decorating, Tiered Wood Slice Shelf, and sewing a Quilt of Valor. Youth between the ages of 5 and 7 will experience projects in healthy living, consumer and family science, and STEM. The fee for this workshop is $15 and it will run from 9 am until 4 pm. Please contact the Extension Office to register by June 1st.

- Rushville

This fun filled annual Rushville Jump into Summer workshop will be held on Monday June 14th from 9 am until 4 pm. Youth ages 8 and above will get to design their day selecting from a Can Lantern, Elements of Art – Line, Leather Work, Cake Decorating, Tiered Wood Slice Shelf, and a Holiday Wreath. Clover Buds will experience a variety of activities in healthy living, consumer and family science, and STEM. The fee for this workshop is $15. Please register for this workshop by June 1st. Contact the Extension office for more details.

Summer Workshops

For a complete list of Sheridan County Summer Workshops email mnelson82@unl.edu to receive the list. Registration forms are available at the Sheridan County Extension Office.

Wilderness Wonders Camp

Come outwit, outplay, and outlast at the 2021 Wilderness Wonders Camp. Test your survival skills at this summer’s Wilderness Wonders Camp! New this year, there will be two – one day camps. The camp application can be found at: https://extension.unl.edu/.../norther.../4-h-event-calendar/.

Applications are due by May 14th. Please contact the Extension Office if you have any questions.

Sheridan County Horse Program

To compete at the Sheridan County Fair participants must complete Horse Advancement Level 1. This includes a riding skills test and a written test. These must be complete not later than June 15, 2021. The riding tests can be taken by appointment by calling:

Wendy Andersen – 308-327-2312 or 308-360-3761

Megan Reinnman – 308-360-3323

Written Test must be taken in the Sheridan County Extension Office, 105 Loofborrow, Rushville NE 69360 308-327-2312 Please call ahead for an appointment.

Study Materials can be found here: https://4h.unl.edu/horse/advancement

If you ever have any questions or concerns contact the Extension Office 308-327-2312. Or email at wandersen36@unl.edu.

CLINICS – Don’t forget our wonderful clinics.

May 22, 2021 – Trail Class and Reining - 9:00 am to Noon

June 5, 2021 – Building Confidence and Having fun with your horse – 9:00 am to Noon

June 26, 2021 – Fitting and Showmanship – 9:00 am to noon

All clinics will be at the Rushville Arena, 1 mile south of HWY 250, Rushville, NE 69360.

Sheridan county progress show

Sheridan County Goat, Sheep, and Beef Progress Show will take place on Saturday, June 12th. Check-In and Weigh-in is from 7-9am, show starts at 10 am. Entry fee is $20/head by June 1st, and $25/head after June 1st. Showmanship entry is $5 at the gate. Awards will be presented to the top two places and overall. Entry form: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/Sheridan_County_Documents/4-H_Programs/2021%20Progress%20Show%20Flyer%20with%20Registration.pub.pdf

Dawes County Progress SHow


Dawes County Goat, Sheep, and Beef Progress Show will take place on Saturday, June 19th. Check-in and Weigh-in is from 7-8:30 am, show starts at 9:30 am. Entry fee is $20/head by June 7th, and $25/head after June 7th. Showmanship entry is $10 at the gate. Awards will be presented to the top two places. Entry form:

https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/Dawes_County_4H/Programs/Dawes%20CO%204-H%20Progress%20Show%202021%20All%20Documents%20FINAL2.pdf

Western Livestock Challenge

Prepare for the premier animal science event while winning cool prizes. June 17th, registration starts at 8 am and contest starts at 9 am, entry fee is $15. Awards for top three in each age division. Located at the Box Butte County Fairgrounds.

dawes county round up

Come compete in a livestock judging contest on May 21st at the Dawes County Fairgrounds. Registration is $15 and starts at 8 am and contest at 9 am. Awards will be presented to the top three in each age division.

dawes county livestock clinic

Plan to attend one or more sessions of this hands-on multiple species clinic to learn how to show or gain tips to help improve taking care of your animal. Topics include showmanship, fitting, nutrition, carcass ultrasound and education. June 1st, at 10 am, located at the Dawes County Fairgrounds.

4-H Council Camp Scholarships

Interested in attending a camp this summer, but don’t have enough money to cover the camp? The 4-H council has camp scholarships available. Please email mmracek2@unl.edu for more information.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.

The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.


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