Jefferson County 4-H

June 2019

University of Nebraska is Celebrating 150 Years!

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Newsletter Contents

  • 4-H Highlights!
  • Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events
  • Animal Information
  • Special Opportunities
  • Calendar of Events

4-H Highlights!

Regional Public Speaking Contest Results

Congratulations to our Jefferson County Regional Speech Participants!!!

Junior Speech

  • Henry Holtmeier - Pruple
  • Iaunna Lucking - Purple
  • Cale Schmidt - Purple

Intermediate Speech

  • Brennan Schultis - Purple
  • Preston Engelman - Purple

Senior Speech

  • Alexis Gerritse - Purple
  • Allison Engelman - Purple

Senior PSA's

  • Megan Mees - Blue
  • Allison Engelman - Blue
  • Alexis Gerritse - Blue

2019 Jefferson County Fair

Mark your calendars for July 10-14, 2019 for the Jefferson County Fair. The theme for this year's fair is - "Celebrating the Bounty of Our County"!!!!!!

2019 Jefferson County Fairbook Available

You an stop by the Extension office and pick up a copy or you can download and print a copy from

4-H Council Foodstand

ALL 4-H families are required to work in the 4-H Foodstand at County Fair.

Signup will happen online this year. Spots will be a first come first serve basis!

Every 4-H family must work 1 (3-hour) shift. We need at least one adult from each 4-H family to accompany the 4-H members.

We will be sending out an email to notify you when the sign-up site is available online.

Trailer Parking at County Fair

The Fairboard requires that ALL livestock trailers be parked across the PWF road in the south parking lot during the 2019 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!


There are 21 hook-ups and it will be a first come first serve basis for sign up. You are able to reserve your spot on June 11th. Payment will be due at the time of sign-up & cost will be $50 per 15' camper for the fair week. If your camper is wider than 15' you must reserve and pay for a second spot. A map can be found at .

NO CAMPERS ALLOWED BEFORE 3 p.m. ON SUNDAY, JULY 7th PER FAIRBOARD. Please stop in the office or call to reserve your spot!

Upcoming Workshops, Contests and Events

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Fairgrounds Clean-Up

All 4-H and FFA members are encouraged to attend the fairgrounds clean-up days held on Tuesday, June 11 & Wednesday, June 12 at 5:00-8:00 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!

Fair Entries Due June 17th

Pre-fair entries for foods, clothing, fashion show and livestock are due on Monday, June 17th. All entries will be done on paper this year, no on-line entries. Forms can be picked up in the office or can be found at . Call the office with any questions.
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Favorite Foods Contest - Tuesday, July 2nd @ 1:30 pm

What to bring:

Menu - menu for a full meal. May be any meal of the day, but not just party refreshments or snack. Use proper form for writing menu. Consider variety, color and nutrition when planning menu. Here is a publication about writing the menu.

Food – one food item from the menu. Baked items work best.

Place setting for one person - table cover (placemat or table cloth), tableware, napkin, glassware and dishes

as needed for the meal. You must set your own place setting with no assistance.

Centerpiece - appropriate for the meal planned.

Recipe - must have recipe of the food item brought for the judge to sample


Participants will interview with the judge. The following points will be considered.

  • Knowledge of nutrition – know the food pyramid and what food groups the foods you are serving belong in.
  • Meal preparation – how will you prepare your meal? Which foods do you prepare first, second, etc. It is a good idea to have actually prepared the entire meal before the contest.
  • Menu - suitable for the occasion, pleasing combination of flavors, textures and color
  • Place setting - appropriate for the occasion, table properly set
  • Creativity
  • Quality of food prepared
  • Contestant – neatly groomed, appropriately dressed, speaks up and answers questions

Presentations Contest - Tuesday, July 2nd @ 1 pm

All presentations by youth 10 years and older should be related to how the 4-H youth is learning about agricultural literacy, career development, citizenship and leadership, healthy living, or science/animal science, through their 4-H experiences or 4-H project.

General Information: Presentations should be related to the member’s 4-H experiences, or 4-H projects. Presentations must include an introduction (the “why” portion of the topic), a body (the “show and tell” portion of the topic), and a conclusion/summary (the “what” portion of the topic). A team presentation, consisting of two individuals, may be given. There is no separate class for team presentations. Live animals of any kind may be used in the presentation. Health papers are required to bring the animal on the grounds. Presenters are responsible for all care and handling of animals. Animals can only remain in the presentation area while the owner is present. For all classes; the age groups, as of January 1 of the current year, are as follows: Junior 8-9, Intermediate 10-11, and Senior 12 and up. Presentations in the Intermediate and Senior age group are eligible for State Fair. One presentation for the senior group will be selected at the county level to compete in the Premier Presenter Contest at the Nebraska State Fair.

112. Illustrated Presentation – An Illustrated Presentation is a live presentation with a formal talk where youth will use visual aids (such as props, posters, computer-based visuals, handouts, video, etc.) to show and tell others how to do something. Time limit is 6-8 minutes for individual, or 8-10 minutes per team.

114. Teaching Presentation – A Teaching Presentation is a live, interactive, trade show style presentation where youth will continuously engage a constantly-changing/moving audience for 30 minutes by showing and telling them how to do something while answering questions.


The 4-H Achievement Program will be held on Monday, July 8th, 2019 during the Public Fashion Show & Talent Showcase. Please plan on attending to support the participants and award winners. Contact the office with any questions!

Animal Information

2019 Animal Identification Guidelines

There are new Animal ID guidelines for 2019 and are explained on our website at Animal ID Guidelines. Please look over the information carefully so you know how to ID your animals. If you would like a printed copy of the guidelines please contact the office.

Horse Levels Testing

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 17th 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).

PASE and Life Challenge

PASE/ Life Challenge will be held June 17-18, 2019 at University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. The Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) is a two-day event designed to help youth learn about issues related to the animal industry, explore career opportunities that are available, complete with other teens from across the state, and have FUN! Opportunities for youth include Livestock Judging, Poultry Judging, and Meats Judging, as well as Livestock Skill-a-thon and Livestock Quiz Bowl.

Life Challenge is a two-day event designed to help youth learn about issues related to family and consumer science, explore career opportunities that are available, compete with other teens from across the state and have FUN! Opportunities for youth include the Foods & Nutrition Challenge, Human Development Challenge, Design Challenge, and Entrepreneurship Investigation Challenge.

Deadline to sign-up is June 1.

Youth Quality Assurance Training

If you haven't completed your YQCA requirement for this year, 4-Her’s can 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 need to complete their quality assurance requirement by June 15th.

Other in-person training opportunities:

  • Saturday, June 1, 9:00 am, Beatrice

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

Livestock Progress Shows and Clinics

Spring and early summer is a great time to start taking your livestock to progress shows and attending showmanship/fitting clinics. This allows the kids to get themselves and their animals experience before coming to the county and state fair. The extension office has been receiving numerous progress show and clinic flyers. We have them available here at the office or we can send them to you upon request.

Dog & Cat Vaccination Certifications Due July 1st

All dogs and cats need to turn in vaccination certification to be eligible to show at the fair. These forms can be found at:

All forms need to be turned in by July 1st.

Special Opportunties

State 4-H Camp

Summer 2019 is approaching fast! No summer is complete without a Nebraska 4-H Camp experience. Summer camps are open to everyone between the ages of 6 and 18. The full color brochure is now on our 4-H page at: or you can pick one up at our office.

Nebraska State 4-H camps offer camps at these locations: Halsey and Gretna with more than 40 day and overnight camping programs and trips. Whether your child’s interest is in animals, robotics, nature and outdoor skills, tubing and kayaking, or just plain adventure, Nebraska 4-H camps provide the opportunities for all youth and all interests.

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Nebraska 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week

To honor our hardworking Nebraska youth in agriculture, the Midwest Messenger is featuring a new 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week spotlight. Each week, a new club or chapter is highlighted on a sponsored full page display in the paper, featuring a photograph of current members and a brief biography of the club/chapter’s history and accomplishments. Finally, to boost their organization’s endeavors, the Midwest Messenger is giving each featured group a $50 gift card.

The nomination form can be found on our website at

The 4-H Club/FFA Chapter spotlight will appear each week in the print edition of the Messenger, as well as online at and our Facebook page,

For any questions about this program or submitting a nomination, please contact Katy Moore at (402) 374-2225 ext. 122,

Thank you for helping us celebrate the accomplishments of Nebraska’s ag youth — the next generation of America’s proud farmers, ranchers, and ag advocates.
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Farm Safety Day Camp - July 30!!!

The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is for students who will be entering Kindergarten through seventh grades. It will be held on Tuesday, July 30th, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Registration will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Please do not bring children earlier than 7:45 a.m.

This fun-filled day will include demonstrations/discussions of 10 safety topics, including 8 sessions, a lunch program and a closing program.

Applications will be available at the Nebraska Extension office along with other area businesses. Applications must be submitted by July 17 to receive the early registration discount.

A non-refundable fee of $5 per child or $10 per family includes lunch, snacks, speakers, t-shirt, and freebies. The fee must accompany the application. After the early registration deadline the fee will be $7 per child with no family discount available. Lunch will be provided. Checks should be made to Jefferson County Farm Safety 4 Just Kids.

Workshop Ideas

We are looking for ideas for workshops in 2019. We would like to hear ideas of what you would be willing to attend. We would also like to hear from you regarding what times would work best for most people, after school, 1⁄2 days when school is out, etc. Please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487 and let us know what YOU are interested in.


Just as a reminder, check out our Facebook page! The page name is "Jefferson County Extension & 4-H Youth Development". Along with our newsletter, we will be using this page to update our members about upcoming events, activities, and deadlines. We also hope to use this page to provide information about community outreach opportunities, scholarships, and research that is important to our followers. The staff will do our best to keep this updated and inform you all of what is going on at the office, Jefferson County, and in Nebraska.

Calendar of Events


7 - Camp Renegade & Camp Venture Applications Due

11 - 12 - Fairgrounds Clean up

17 - Fair Entries Due

18 - 19 - Camp Renegade, Camp Jefferson

20 - 21 - Camp Venture, Camp Jefferson

24 & 25 - Faux Stained Glass Project Workshop, Extension Office

27 - Sand Painting Project Workshop, Extension Office


8 - Fashion Show & Talent Showcase

10-14 - Jefferson County Fair, Fairgrounds

30 - Farm Safety Day, Fairgrounds

Nebraska 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 Sates Department of Agriculture.

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