4-H Friday News Blast for 6-28-2019

Fair theme: "Country Fun for Everyone"

Independence Day

The Cass County Extension Office will be closed all day on July 4th, Independence Day. The office will re-open on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m.


Read the 4-H Fair Book

The Cass County Fair Book is updated and printed each year so 4-H members and families know what they may exhibit at the county fair.

It also contains rules for county fair exhibitors as well as rules for project exhibits.

It is very important for you to read your fair book, so you can be prepared!

You can purchase a copy at the Extension Office for $2.00, or access it on-line. Click here for the on-line version.


Livestock and Contest Deadline for Showing at the County Fair - July 15th

ALL animal entries and all county fair contests need to be pre-registered for the county fair. This is done on-line at https://cass.fairwire.com/

Animal entries includes Horses, Cats, Poultry, Rabbits, Small Animals, Dogs, and all livestock.

Contest entries include: Tractor Driving, Performing Arts, Table Setting, and Shooting Sports.

How do you do this? The link for detailed instructions is on our website at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/showorks-entry-instructions-for-livestock-entries/

Please give us a call if you are having any issues entering your registration. Also, please do not wait until the last minute to register. The deadline for these entries is Monday, July 15th at 11:59 p.m. This is a FIRM deadline.


County Fair Bedding Fees

The Cass County Ag Society/Fairboard will be collecting money for livestock bedding for beef and dairy animals. Livestock entries for the county fair are due July 15th. Payment for ordering wood chips and or shavings is also due July 15th. This cannot be done on-line - it needs to be paid in person at the Extension Office. The cost is $10.00 per head. Note: many clubs have their club leaders bring this form in to the office, so check with your leader to find out what he/she wants to do this year. Click here for a fillable Stalling and Bedding Form. Bring the form to the office with a check made out to: Cass County Ag Society.


Cattle Showmanship Workshop at Cass County

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Dog, Cat, and Ferret Exhibits

Dogs, cats and Ferrets need to be pre-entered on-line by July 15th. When 4-Hers bring their dogs and cats to the fair, they need to have up-to-date vaccination papers to present to the superintendents on show day.

· Dog Vaccination Certification form

· Cat-Ferret Vaccination Certification form


Table Setting Contest

The Cass County Fair Table Setting Contest will be held on Thursday, August 1st at 1:00 pm in the EXPO Building at the Cass County Fairground (same day as clothing and Fashion Show judging). 4-Hers must choose on a theme, bring a small table (example: card table, square or round), on which they set at least one place setting, a centerpiece and/or other table decoration, handmade food item(s), a recipe card, and a menu card. The meal can be for any event.

ALL 4-H MEMBERS MAY PARTICIPATE. Dressing to the theme is encouraged but not required. Official 4-H t-shirts are also acceptable attire.

Pre-entry must be completed on-line by July 15th at: https://cass.fairwire.com/


Shooting Sports

The 2019 4-H Shooting Sports Contest will be held Saturday, July 27th, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Platte River State Park. This is for Rifle, Shotgun, and Archery competition.

The 4-H Air Rifle and Air Pistol Competition will be held at the county fair fairgrounds on Monday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m.

4-Hers must pre-enter for these contests by July 15th. Go on-line and enter at: https://cass.fairwire.com/

Youth wishing to participate in the Cass County Shooting Sports project and contests must be under the direct supervision of a certified 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor. Participants who make entry for the county contests must be signed off by a certified shooting sports instructor with a minimum of 10 hours total instruction.

Please refer to the fairbook on page 38 for more specifics on the equipment, entries, attire, parental attendance, safety, tests, rules and classes.

If you have questions, please contact the 4-H Office at 402-267-2205.


Leaders of Shooting Sports

Shooting Sports instructors need to fill out the Shooting Sports Verification form to verify their youth members' meeting of the 10 hour training requirement. The form is on our website at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/Shooting%20Sports%20Participant%20Hours%20Log%20Fillable%20Form.pdf

No youth will be allowed to participate until this requirement is met.


Performing Arts Contest

All 4-Hers and clubs exhibiting in the Performing Arts Contest can pre-enter on-line by July 15th OR you can enter with a paper copy. Enter on-line at https://cass.fairwire.com/. Enter on paper using this fillable form-click here. Band performances, Instrumental solos, duets, or combo, Song groups, Drill or Dance Routines, and Vocal or instrumental solos are all encouraged.


Workshops Next week ...

Monday & Tuesday ... Tractor Safety Workshop


KUDOS - The Clock is Fixed!

Kudos to the family of Lynn Dowding for fixing the Livestock Barn Clock. It was originally made by Mr. Gregory Arp from The Arp Clock and Wood Shop in Bennet, NE. Mr. Arp also fixed the clock this summer! Greg says he delights in bringing life to clocks others have said were not repairable.

Pictured with the clock is: Mrs. Jean Arp, Pete Dowding, Todd Larsen, Greg Arp, Alan Horn and Shane Hennessy. Mark Rathe was not available for the picture.

This year we'll know what time it is in the Livestock Barn!!! Thank you, Dowdings, for this generous, meaningful, and helpful donation!


Would you like to be a 4-H volunteer at the Nebraska State Fair?

Do you want to spend a few hours at the state fair as an important part of the 4-H programming going on during the fair? They need your help! Nebraska 4-H is looking for volunteers to help with exhibit entry day, judging, and serving as 4-H exhibit building hosts. Volunteers will also be needed to serve as the Lil’ Green Mascot and an event photographer. We also need people to assist with all 4-H contests and events throughout the fair. State Fair 4-H volunteers will receive a gate pass for the day(s) they volunteer.

For more information go to our website at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/the-nebraska-state-fair/

If you have questions about being a 4-H volunteer at the Nebraska State Fair, please contact: Cathy Johnston, Extension Educator, cjohnston1@unl.edu or (402) 472-1762.


State Fair Tickets

New in 2019! 4-H youth exhibiting static exhibits at the Nebraska State Fair will order advance discount tickets directly from the Nebraska State Fair. Discount tickets will no longer be available through our county office for 4-H families. Details on ordering the tickets will be available soon.

All livestock exhibitors and in-person event exhibitors (contests, fashion show, presentations) will still be able to order discounted tickets when they enter in ShoWorks for State Fair.


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Campanion Animal Showmanship Contest

Did you know there is a Companion Animal Showmanship Video contest on the State Level?

Go to their website to learn all about it https://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/showmanship-contest It

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Agronomy Youth Field Day

Nebraska Extension Cropping & Water Systems and 4-H Youth Development Educators along with Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis Agronomy / Ag Mechanics Department professors invite ALL youth to this FREE Field Day to get excited about Science & Agronomy/ Irrigation / Mechanized Agricultural careers for producing Nebraska crops! Keep reading to learn more about this event ....

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KUDOS to our Cass County 4-Hers who competed at PASE!

In Livestock Judging...Luke Lambert


In Poultry Judging ... Kenneth Malchow, Kila Good, Trey Lamkins and Kate Zakaras




Ag Information & Other Opportunities:


Nebraska Extension Cass County

Lauren Stohlmann, Extension Educator and Unit Leader, lauren.stohlmann@unl.edu

Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, katie.kreuser@unl.edu

Tracy Ensor, Extension Assistant, tracy.ensor@unl.edu

Sondra Buell, Office Manager, sondra.buell@unl.edu

Harlee Brauckmuller, 4-H Summer Intern, harlee.brauckmuller@huskers.unl.edu

General Mailbox, cass-county@unl.edu