Saunders County 4-H Smore

July 16, 2018

In this week's Smore...

** Did you know that new items added are BOLDED?!?

  1. Extension Educator, Farewell!
  2. County Fair Office
  3. Check In Times - some new!
  4. SC Entry Tags & Exhibitor Numbers
  5. Large Static Items Warning
  7. Favorite Foods & Fashion Revue Letter
  8. New Speech Contest & Parli Procedure workshop
  9. 4-H Shotgun Shooting
  10. SCF Carnival Help Needed!!
  11. Ne State Fair Entry Open
  12. Ne State Fair Volunteers needed
  13. Message for State Horse Exhibitors
  14. Video Companion Animal Showmanship
  15. Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, & Events

Extension Educator, Farewell!

Hello Saunders County!

I wanted to let you all know that I have accepted a position with the New Mexico State Parks system, so I will be moving back to the desert on July 26th. (My last day with Saunders County will be July 25th). Thank you so much for the opportunity and privilege to serve as your 4-H Educator for these past two years. I am so very thankful for all the learning experiences and adventures I gained while working in this position. I will miss working with all of Saunders County and I wish the best for you in the years to come! I will also definitely miss the youth of Saunders County, and I know you will all succeed in life, no matter which paths you choose! Thanks again for making my last two years back in Nebraska so wonderful. Best wishes on all your future endeavors and continue to make the best better!

Good luck to you all at the county fair, and remember - “There is no magical show stick or lucky brush. What there is, is hard work, confidence, passion and a desire to succeed.” –Unknown



We will at the Saunders County Fair Office beginning on Thursday, July 19 and will move back to our office on Monday, July 30.

During the fair our office phone number will be: 402-443-5822

Check In Times

Please make sure you are on time for Animal Check-In! If you will be late or have an issue with getting checked in at that time, please talk with a superintendent or 4-H Staff.

Monday, July 24

Cats - Check In 8:30 A.M.

Tuesday, July 25

Halter Horses- Check in prior to 8:30 A.M.

Performance Horse - Check in prior to 9:30 A.M.

Poultry - Check In 4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Rabbit - 4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. ** NEW IN 2018!!

Static Exhibits - Check In 5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Goats - Check In 5:45 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Sheep - Check In 6:30 P.M. - 7:15 P.M.

Beef - Check In 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.


Wednesday, July 26

Swine - Weigh In & Carcass Eval: 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.

Weigh In ONLY: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. ** NEW IN 2018!!

Dairy Cattle - Check In 10:00 A.M.

Saunders County 4-H Entry Tags & Exhibitor Numbers

Entry tags can be printed here:

or can be picked up at our office.

Youth Exhibitor numbers can be found here:

Large Static Item

If you are bringing a LARGE STATIC item to the Saunders County Fair. Please let our office know so that we can work out a time and spot to bring in object.



IN 2018 we are asking that every club send 1-2 people to set up their respective livestock ring the night before the show.

Dairy Goat & Cattle Ring Set Up: Following Hay Hauling Contest

Lamb & Meat Goat Ring Set Up: Following Hay Hauling Contest

Beef Ring Set Up: Around 7:00 P.M.

Swine Ring Set Up: 30 minutes following Beef Show

4H Shotgun Shooting

Female and Male Youth, grades 6 thru 12, interested in trapshooting are encouraged to contact Ashland Gun Club 4H. We are wanting to establish 5 person, Female and Male, Middle and Senior High School Teams for the 2018-2019 school year. No experience necessary! Hunter Safety Required!

For more information, please contact Ashland 4H: Email: Website:


As you know our Saunders County Fair runs on our very gracious volunteers.

If you appreciate our Saunders County Carnival being all locally owned and operated, THEY NEED YOUR HELP!

Nebraska State Fair Livestock & In-person Contest Entry OPEN

4-H'ers planning to exhibit a live animal or participate in an in-person contest at the Nebraska State Fair must register State Fair 4-H Live Animal & In-Person Contest Registration. is where they can be made! Entries will be due by 5:00 P.M. on August 10, 2018!

This includes youth participating in any of the following shows or contests:

  • Beef
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Meat goats
  • Poultry
  • Rabbits
  • Dog
  • Dairy Judging Contest
  • Dog Skillathon
  • Livestock Premier Exhibitor
  • Presentations Contest
  • Public Speaking Contest
  • Fashion Show
  • Culinary Challenge Contest
  • Insect ID Contest
  • Tree ID Contest
  • Horticulture ID Contest
  • Weed & Grass ID Contest

Please see; a shortened URL for this link is

Nebraska State Fair Volunteers

We are again asking your assistance in recruiting 4-H volunteers for the 2018 Nebraska State Fair. Volunteers may sign up at by August 15, 2018. The web site will be closed at the end of the day on August 15. More information can be found at

A Message for State Horse Exhibitors

Changes for 2018 Show:

Health requirements: a 14-day health certificate from July 15 (dated no earlier than July 2nd) and a proof of a negative coggins test will be required for the 2018 Fonner Park Show. Please bring copies that you will be required to leave at the check-in office. (We will not accept a picture on your phone and we do NOT have access to email at the check-in office, so make sure to print off copies that you can leave at check-in).

All horses will be ID’d before a youth can check-in. So, be aware that check-in will be a longer process and require your horses. All horses whether being shown or not will be required to have a 14-day health certificate and proof of negative coggins (dated within the last 12 months) to remain on the grounds throughout the expo. Horse check-in will take place under the overhang of the Thompson arena and will start at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 15th. All horses during check-in will need to be unsaddled with no blankets, wraps etc. during the check-in process. Please bring your horses health papers and horse ID form when you bring your horse up for check-in. If you are not coming in for the show until later in the week then please head to the Thompson office to get your horse checked-in before going up to the main show office to get your numbers and program.

Stall assignments are grouped by county. Please go to the following link to find the stall assignments for your county:

We do not post patterns for state prior to the show. You can pick up a pattern book when you arrive at check-in.

You can find a show schedule at:

Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest

Youth will be judged on their showmanship presentation and animal knowledge. Open to youth over 10 as of January 1, 2018. Free registration. A video recording done by the county extension office will be submitted as the entry to be judged. Entries are now being accepted and will be accepted until August 10th at 5pm.

Information found at :

Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, and Events

Companion Animal Challenge, Horse Stampede, etc....

Saunders County Extension

Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.

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.