Southern Plains 4H Newsletter

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - August 4, 2020

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County Fair Season 2020

We're sending this out from Deshler and the 2020 Thayer County Fair 2020. Thayer County exhibitors, please review the 2020 Schedule and press release and don't forget that we are gathering all relevant 4-H information in ONE PLACE at this web site:

Nuckolls County exhibitors, volunteers and families - thank you for all of your hard work and dedication that made Fair 2020 a success in spite of COVID-19 modifications!

---- Kylie


Want reminders and show programs sent directly to your cell phone via the Remind app? Follow the directions below!

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THAYER COUNTY ONLY - Livestock Record Books

Livestock Record books are due in hard copy to the Thayer County Extension office by 4 pm on Thurs. Oct 1, 2020. You do not need to turn in your record book at fair time (except for bucket calves); you will need to enter fair result information into the book before submitting.

2020 Livestock Record Book:

2020 Livestock Rubric:


Nuckolls County 4-H exhibitors, families, volunteers, and staff gathered to celebrate a successful 2020 Nuckolls County Fair on Tuesday, July 28. Several awards that were calculated post-county fair were announced, and several members and volunteers were honored.

Senior 4-H Members

Graduating senior 4-H members who have been in 4-H for six years or more earned a commemorative 4-H leather portfolio: Garrett Albrecht, Cody Buescher, Karigan Drudik, Hunter Healey, Isaac Meyer, Annie McCartney, and Joanie Schultz.

Buckles & Round Robin Awards

Junior High Point Buckle- Natalia Wehrman

Intermediate High Point Buckle- Hadley Ostdiek

Senior High Point Buckle- Sadie Rempel

High Overall Trail All Divisions Buckle- Sadie Rempel

Beef Champion Rate of Gain Buckle- Chase Ostdiek – with Steer Average Daily Gain of 5.259 lbs

Presentation of Supreme Market Animal Awards

  • Supreme Market Swine Jacket- Lauren Kohmetscher

  • Supreme Market Lamb Jacket - Cody Funk

  • Supreme Market Beef Jacket - Chase Ostdiek

  • Supreme Market Goat Jacket - Chasity Ostdiek

Champion Bucket Calf & 2nd Year Bucket Calf

  • Champion Bucket Calf Banner - Jasper Elledge

  • Champion 2nd Year Bucket Calf Banner - Kaliahna Cassell

Outstanding 4-H Leader

  • 4-H Outstanding Leader - Duane Himmelberg

Friend of 4-H

  • 2020 Friend of 4-H Award recipient- Michelle Kohmetscher

Ideal Market

The Ideal Market award is a monetary award given by Ideal Market to the youth with the champion exhibit in all areas of the 4-H Program:

Champion Market Beef- Chase Ostdiek

Reserve Champion Market Beef- Riley Funk

Champion Breeding Beef- Collins Porter

Reserve Champion Breeding Beef- Chase Ostdiek

Champion Market Lamb- Cody Funk

Reserve Champion Market Lamb- Lauren Kohmetscher

Champion Breeding Sheep- Chasity Ostdiek

Reserve Champion Breeding Sheep- Chase Ostdiek

Champion Breeding Goat- Maya Estropia

Champion Market Goat- Chasity Ostdiek

Champion Market Hog- Lauren Kohmetscher

Reserve Champion Market Hog- Kylie Beard

Champion Western Horsemanship- Hadley Ostdiek

Champion Mare- Cody Buescher

Champion Gelding- Bayleigh Bohlen

Champion Companion Animal- Avery Ostdiek

Champion Dog- Sadie Rempel

Champion Poultry- Grayhm Beck

Champion Rabbit-Alanna Albrecht

Outstanding Construction- Preslea Adams

Champion Style Revue- Jaelyn Himmelberg

Champion Foods- Emily Watts

Champion Home Environment- Karigan Drudik

Champion Ag & Natural Resources- Wyatt Brockman

Champion Science, Technology, and Engineering-Keaton Mazour

Champion Horticulture- Trevon Watts

Champion Miscellaneous- Maddy Laughlin

Champion Photography-Cody Brockman

Mini rosette winners. These awards are given to the individual who brings the most high-quality exhibits in the static building:

Preslea Adams- Reserve Champion Jr. Foods

Cody Brockman-Champion Sr. Miscellaneous Project, Champion Sr. Science/Technology/Engineering

Wyatt Brockman-Champion Sr. Foods, Champion Sr. Home Environment, Reserve Champion Sr. Miscellaneous Project, Reserve Champion Sr. Science/Technology/Engineering

Karigan Drudik- Sr. Reserve Champion Home Environment

Addie Kohmetscher- Reserve Champion Jr. Clothing

Maddy Laughlin-Champion Jr. Home Environment, Reserve Champion Jr. Miscellaneous Project

Adriyanna Mazour-Reserve Champion Jr. Science/Technology/Engineering

Avery Ostdiek-Champion Jr. Miscellaneous Project

Kara Peters-Reserve Champion Jr. Home Environment

Sadie Rempel-Reserve Champion Sr. Clothing

Rowan Statz-Champion Jr. Clothing

Emily Watts-Reserve Champion Sr. Foods, Champion Sr. Clothing

Trevon Watts- Champion Jr. Foods, Champion Jr. Science/Technology/Engineering

Nuckolls County 4-H Ambassadors

Ambassadors are selected based upon their application, a resume of projects and community service, and two letters of recommendation. Ambassdors support 4-H programing in Nuckolls County and gain professional development skills. This year’s Nuckolls County Ambassadors are: Kylie Beard & Wyatt Brockman.


2020 4-H Dog Show October 3, 2020 at UNL Animal Science Complex

The 2020 4-H State Dog Show entry due date is coming up!

  1. State Dog Show Entry forms, Fees & Vaccination forms will be due to your County Extension office by the end of the day August 10th, 2020.
    1. It is up to the county office if they would like forms to be mailed or physically dropped off to the office or to have entries emailed to the office.
    2. Please have checks for the entry fees made out to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln or direct deposit into the Cost Object listed on the Summary Sheet.
  2. Counties should have all entries put into Showorks by August 17th, 2020
    1. Showorks URL to submit entries:
  3. Counties need to mail the Summary Sheet, State Dog Show Entry form, & Vaccination forms to

Grace Kim

University Nebraska-Lincoln C204g

Animal Science Lincoln, NE 68583-0908

By August 20th, 2020

The Summary Sheet will need to be printed and filled out by County Ext. when you mail in all your entries, fees, and vaccinations per exhibitor. Please put this sheet on top of all the paperwork.


Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center Retiring

Nebraska 4-H will be retiring our site at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center near Gretna Effective August 1, 2020. This was an extremely difficult decision. We had to carefully assess the fiscal and programmatic structure of the site and how it aligned with camping trends as well as the local market.

We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Nebraska Game and Parks which we look forward to continuing in new and exciting ways. A summer residential program at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey will continue to be a flagship experience of our program and we will expanding our summer day camp model in the metro areas as well as providing school based programs, interactive virtual experiences, and do-at-home camping kits.


Nebraska Grazing Conference - Aug. 11 and 12

The Nebraska Grazing Conference has been moved to a two part webinar format to be held on the afternoons of August 11th and 12th. The Beef team has decided to hold small (less than 25 people) watch parties across the state for producers to come have coffee/snacks and view the program. Watch party information is to the left. This also gives more information regarding registration and sponsorship opportunities.

4-H Calendar At a Glance


Mon. Aug. 10 8:00 PM - State Fair entries due. All live animal and contest entries must be completed only by 8:00 PM CST

Aug. 29-30- Nebraska State Fair 4-H contests and live animal shows

Aug. 31st @ Noon - Ak Sar Ben Entries Due


Sept. 24-27 - Aksarben Stock Show


Oct. 1 - Thayer County Record Book Deadline

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