Washington County Weekly 4-H Update

July 23, 2021


  1. Washington County 4-H Calendar
  2. 4-H Council Applications Now Being Accepted - through July 28th
  3. Contest Day - July 24th
  4. 2021 Washington County Fair
  5. Horse Show Patterns
  6. Fairgrounds Clean-up Day
  7. WCF Sign-ups Are Open (Booth, Pizza Stand, Pancake Feed, Volunteers)
  8. 4-H Grows and Gives Back!
  9. Washington County 4-H Council Pancake Feed
  10. 4-H Fashion Show and Awards Program
  11. 2021 Nebraska State Fair Entry Link is OPEN
  12. Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest
  13. Rabbit Showmanship Resources
  14. Virtual and At-Home Learning Opportunities
  15. Other Statewide Events and Resources



July 24....................................................Washington County Fair Contest Day

July 25....................................................Washington County Fairgrounds Clean-up Day

July 30 - August 4, 2021........................2021 Washington County Fair

Washington County 4-H Calendar

Did you know that you can find the Washington County 4-H Calendar on our webpage? View just the month or download and print the whole program year!

Visit https://go.unl.edu/washingtoncounty4hcalendar to view. As dates/events continue to be added we will update the calendar. The webpage will show the most recent date that the program calendar was updated!

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4-H Council Applications Now Being Accepted

The purpose of the Washington County 4-H Council is to promote and to assist in the planning and execution of the 4-H program. Apply to serve in an integral role to the Washington County 4-H Program. For the 2021 election, there are two adult full term (3 year) positions open and 6 youth full term (1 year) positions open. Applications can be found by going to https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/washington/washington-county-4-h-council/. Applications are to be sent to WashingtonCounty4h@unl.edu - the deadline has been extended to Wednesday, July 28th Online Ballots will be announced when available.

Contest Day | July 24th

Contest Day will be held on Saturday, July 24th at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Arlington. The letter and schedule for the day was sent out to all participants who were pre-entered by Thursday, July 8th. Visit https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/washington/washington-county-4-h-contests/ to find all information pertaining to Contests for the Washington County Fair Contest Day on July 24th.

The Fashion Show, Favorite Foods, Life Challenge and Presentation Contests will be held in the Rybin Building and NOT the Two Rivers building.

Please Note: There will not be any food vendors on the grounds during Contest Day. Please plan accordingly.

2021 Washington County Fair - July 30 to August 4

At this time we are planning to proceed with a "pre-Covid" fair schedule - much like the 2019 schedule. Updates will be provided as necessary regarding any Covid restrictions.

We hope you will join 4-H now and enjoy "FAIR FUN IN 21"

Fairbooks are in!! You may pick yours up in our office (1 per family please). You may also find the 2021 Fairbook at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/washington/washington-county-4-h-fair-book/

Horse Show Patterns

Attention Horse Exhibitors -- all the horse patterns have been uploaded to the website. Here is the shortcut link: https://go.unl.edu/wcfhorsepatterns

Washington County 4-H Families—

Plan to attend Fair Clean Up Day this Sunday 07/25 from 1-4PM at the Fairgrounds, plan to meet by the 4-H Building. The Washington County Fair Board puts in a lot of work to make the grounds as well as the 4-H Space looking top notch each year for the fair. This is a great opportunity to pitch in and help out!

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2021 WCF 4-H Sign Ups Are Open

It takes several people to ensure that the 4-H portion of the Washington County Fair runs smoothly. Consider volunteering for one of the many opportunities available. Opportunities include; Static and Contest help, Pancake Feed help, Pizza Stand help or volunteer to lead the morning Meet Me at the Flagpole. All are good opportunities for both adults and youth to directly be involved at the fair and learn more about the 4-H Program by being at the forefront of a large event. Sign ups and more information can be found at https://go.unl.edu/wcfsignups

Questions can be directed to Jaki at jaki.zahourek@unl.edu or by calling the Extension Office by 402-426-9455.

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4-H Grows and Gives Back at the Washington County Fair

Happening again for the 2021 Washington County Fair. All Horticulture exhibits will be donated to the Washington County Food Pantry. Have extra produce at home? Plan to bring to static exhibit check-in Friday OR Saturday and we will add to all of the produce that we will donate for 2021.

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Washington County 4-H Council Pancake Feed

Join the Washington County 4-H Council on Sunday, August 1st for their annual pancake feed fundraiser at the Washington County Fair. The council will be serving from 8AM-11Am in the Rybin Building on Sunday. The pancake feed will be a Free Will Donation with all funds raised returning to the Washington County 4-H Program.

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4-H Fashion Show & Awards Program

Don’t forget to join us on Sunday, August 1st at 6 PM in the Rybin Building. Fashion Show participants will start us off following with our Contest Day award winners and our Top Exhibit winners. We are looking forward to celebrating all of the accomplishments of our Washington County youth!

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2021 Nebraska State Fair - Entry Link is OPEN

Entry link for the 2021 Nebraska State Fair is now OPEN! Please go to https://nebr.fairwire.com/ to the ShoWorks link to register nominated 4-H and FFA Livestock! State Fair Rules and Regulations and schedule can be found at https://www.statefair.org/competitions-participate/competitions/4-h-ffa-exhibitors.

Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest

    • The Nebraska 4-H Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest provides members an opportunity to showcase the knowledge and skills they have developed in their 4-H companion animal project. Entries are now open. Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/companion-animal-showmanship-contest.

Rabbit Showmanship Resources

Did you miss the Rabbit Showmanship workshop held last spring? Here are

3 examples of Rabbit Showmanship to assist you.




Virtual & At-Home Educational Resources

Living Room Learning

Jump into the world of ART+ENTREPRENEURSHIP with the upcoming Living Room Learning+! This interactive virtual experience will engage youth in using the elements and principles of design to create artwork and tell a story. Participants will also meet two creative entrepreneurs who will share their own ART+ENTPRENREUERSHIP stories. This opportunity is free and open to all youth! Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/living-room-learning.

Photography Showcase

Calling all 4-H photographers! Submit your photos for a chance to be showcased by Nebraska 4-H! Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/photo-showcase.

Livestock Achievement Program

We’re excited to announce the NEW Livestock Achievement Program. This opportunity is design to promote all educational aspects of the 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 intermediate and senior Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry. Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/livestock-achievement-program.

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Washington County Extension | 4-H

Jaki Zahourek, 4-H Extension Assistant - jaki.zahourek@unl.edu

Mickayla Blender, 4-H Ext. Assistant - mblender2@unl.edu

Mary Larsen, 4-H Support Staff - mlarsen9@unl.edu