2018 Cherry County Fair Schedule

* Please Note this is a Tentative Schedule and dates and times may change.

The schedule can be downloaded here CHERRY COUNTY FAIR Schedule 2018 Tentative

 Denotes 4-H Event
Friday/Saturday July 27th & 28th
Time TBA Queen Contest

Friday, August 3
 6:30 p.m. Trap Shoot-off

Saturday, August 4
 9:00 a.m. BB, Air Rifle, Archery & .22 Shoot-off

Sunday, August 5
9:00 a.m. Junior Rodeo

Monday, August 6
10:00 a.m. Open Horse Show

Tuesday, August 7
 8:30 a.m. Check In & ID Horses
 9:00 a.m. 4-H Horse Show

Wednesday, August 8
 2:00 – 5:00 pm 4-H Static Entries & Interview Judging
5:00-7:00 p.m. Open Class Entries
6:00 p.m. Best Dressed Pet Contest

Thursday, August 9
 9:00 a.m. Dog Show (Pavilion)
 10:00 a.m. Market Beef Check-in & Weigh, Dairy Heifers, Breeding Heifer Check-In
 11:00 a.m. Market Goat, Sheep & Swine Check-in & Weigh
 12:30 p.m. Companion Animal, Poultry, Rabbit & Clover Kid Animal Show & Tell Check-In (Pavilion)
 1:00 p.m. Companion Animal, Poultry, Rabbit Show & Clover Kid Animal Show & Tell (Pavilion)
 3:00 p.m. Bucket Calf & Dairy Goats & Breeding Goats Check In
 3:30 p.m. Bucket Calf Show (Pavilion)
7:00 p.m. Parade

Friday, August 10
9:00 a.m. Nebraska States Rodeo Slack
 9:00 a.m. Swine, Sheep, Dairy Heifers, Market Goats, Dairy Goats & Breeding Goats Show (Pavilion)
9:00 a.m. Trade Show Open until 7:00 p.m.
 10:00 a.m. 4-H Building/Exhibits Open until 10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. Scavenger Hunt “4-H Themed” until 6:00 p.m.
 1:00 p.m. Market Heifer & Steer Show (Pavilion)
 4:00 p.m. Team Fitting/Salesmanship Contest
 3:00-4:00 pm 4-H Music Entertainment (Glory Be Studio- “Annie” Songs) (Pavilion Stage)
 4:00 Team Fitting/Salesmanship Contest (Pavilion)
 5:30 Fashion Show (Pavilion Stage)
7:00 p.m. Mutton Busters
7:30 p.m. Nebraska States Rodeo

Saturday, August 11
 7:00 a.m. Feeder Calves Weigh-in, Breeding Heifer Calves & FFA Bulls Check-In
7:00 -11:00 a.m. CCH Foundation Pancake Breakfast
 8:00 a.m. 4-H Building/Exhibits Open until 10:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. Trade Show Open until 7:00 p.m.
 9:00 a.m. Stocker Feeder, Breeding Heifer, FFA Bull Show Beef Showmanship (Pavilion)
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Art Workshop- Landscapes in the 4-H Building (Contact Pat Schemmer 402-376-4222)
10:00 a.m. Scavenger Hunt “What Doesn’t Fit” until 6:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. Turtle Races
 1:00 p.m. Round Robin (Grand & Res Champs from Horse, Swine, Sheep, Beef) (Pavilion)
2:00 p.m. Kids Ranch Rodeo
 4:00 p.m. “Friend of 4-H” Presentation prior to Livestock Sale (Pavilion)
 4:00 p.m. Livestock Sale (Pavilion)
6:00 p.m. Chamber of Commerce Watermelon Feed
7:00 p.m. Mutton Busters
7:30 p.m. Nebraska States Rodeo
9:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m. DANCE TO THE SHEILA GREENLAND BAND (Old Show barn)
Sunday, August 12
9:00 a.m. Cowboy Church – Pavilion
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Art Workshop- Landscapes in the 4-H Building (Contact Pat Schemmer 402-376-4222)
10:00 a.m. Borderline Tractor Pullers Tractor & Truck Pull
12:00 p.m. Ranch Rodeo
 12:00 p.m. 4-H Building/Exhibits Open until 4:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. Heartland Series Tractor & Truck Pull
3:00 p.m. Paul Goodwin Horseshoe Tournament
 4:30-5:00 p.m. 4-H & Open Class Exhibit Hall Pick-up




Premier Livestock Exhibitor Award

Attention Livestock Exhibitors,

The Premier Livestock Exhibitor Award is designed to recognize and honor Cherry County 4-H members that show a dedication to the agricultural industry. Winners of this award will have demonstrated their passion, hard work and integrity through participation in events related to their livestock projects.

4-H exhibitors must meet the minimum requirements, have the highest score from the point system and show at least one of the species of beef, sheep, swine, goat and/or dairy to qualify. Points will be accumulated starting after the end of the Cherry County Fair of the previous year (2017) until/including County Fair livestock shows of the current year (August 2018).

The winner will be awarded their choice of a belt buckle or an equivalent monetary award donated by the Dale and Karen Bowlin family.

If this is an event you would be interested in, the complete details can be found at Premier Livestock Exhibitor Award

Robotics Kick-Off July 18th 3-5 pm


Hey Kids do you like robots and legos?

The Town & Country 4-H Club is working together to make a more active Robotics/Lego program for all youth in Cherry County!  If you are interested, please attend a kick-off activity on July 18 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Extension Office.

The kids will get a chance to explore one of the Robotics kits and program the robot to write “4-H”!  Parents are encouraged to attend or at least try to make it for the last part of the meeting so we can discuss the future of a robotics club that will meet throughout the school year, possibly as an after-school club.

Please bring your ideas for making this a success!  We would love to eventually send a team to the state competition.  Questions?  Contact Michelle at michellejeangarwood@gmail.com.  Chad Gaver will also help lead this group.  No pre-registration required for this workshop and it is FREE!

~ Eve

Nebraska Extension – Cherry County
365 N Main, Suite 3, Valentine, NE 69201
(402) 376-1850 * emillar2@unl.edu

Hey Dog Exhibitors!

Dog Show Exhibitors,

Fair is going to be here before we know it and now is the time to be working with your dog every day.  Because we are so short handed in the office this year, and I’m not sure if we will have a dog clinic before the fair show, so I have put together several videos links for you to review and then practice with your dog.

I know this is a lot of information and you kids showing dog for the first time may have lots of questions.  Please take the time to read through the entire Show Rules book.  Many of your questions will be answered there.  Many of the videos are from Oregon, so if you find something in a video which isn’t in our rule book simply disregard it.  For the most part these videos will be helpful guides to give you some idea of where to start with your dog.

If you do have questions which you can’t find answers to please don’t hesitate to call the office or email me at emillar2@unl.edu.

Now, go spend some quality time with your dog,

~ Eve


Dog Show Rules


Dog Vaccination Record


UNL 4-H Dog Clinic


Dog Showmanship Videos from Oregon 4-H Dog Project

Introduction to Showmanship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05NGAoSoF7I&list=PL63E4740A35EF4E7E

Dog Showmanship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQTY_baWHec

Individual Examination  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3hzolbThEA

Showmanship Triangle Pattern  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_Aiuremfi4

Showmanship L Pattern  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMj5w2PZsLs

Showmanship T Pattern  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbD2rHU1_1A

Stacking  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h59Ahyrcuw

Dog Obedience Videos from Oregon 4-H Dog Project

Obedience:  Introduction  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGr6UdWUFDA

Obedience: Heeling  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWcZFPnB0pE

Obedience: Long Sit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk9o57pwxbE

Obedience: Long Down https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_By9RoIKV0

Obedience: Recall  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLyYgEGtlCs

Obedience: Figure 8  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlQKA6tpcHw

Obedience: Gaiting  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYDnlps8D0s

Lancaster County Dog Agility Examples

Dog Agility Example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0e9KkUCFRY

Dog Agility Ex 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11YjQXqWqdM

Dog Agility Ex 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG9gFfgBoZY

Clover Kid College July 16, 2018

Attention youth ages 5-7 enrolled in the Cherry County 4-H Clover Kids program!  There will be a one day Clover Kid College covering nearly all the available projects on Monday, July 16 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds.  The day will run from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CT.  Youth can sign up for up to three 60-minute interest sessions throughout the day.


8:00 am- 9:00 am   Bicycle Safety

9:15 am – 10:15 am   Just Outside the Door

10:30 am – 11:30 am  Aerospace

11:30 am – 12:00 pm   Lunch Break

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm   Theater

1:15 pm -2:15 pm   A Space for Me

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm    Making Food for Me

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm   Family Celebrations Around the World

Youth will need to pay a $3 registration fee for each class they register forRegistration deadline is July 11.  If there is room available in classes after the July 11 date, youth will be able to sign up for additional classes beyond their top 3 choices.

You can email questions and register by emailing Michelle Garwood at michellejeangarwood@gmail.com

Volunteers are needed to assist with classes.  At this time we have teachers for all topics, we just need extra hands!  No lunch will be provided.  You may bring a sack lunch if you would like to stay at the fairgrounds over the lunch break.

Poultry, Rabbit & Companion Animal Workshop July 12th 2-4 pm CT

Hey Kids!

Do you want to know more about how to show your poultry, companion animal or rabbit?  Join us on July 12th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Fairgrounds for a companion animal workshop.  We will cover general animal care, show preparation and showmanship.

You may bring your animal with you if you like.  Please bring your animal in a cage or kennel, and be sure to bring water and a water dish.

Below are the requirements for show day so it is a good time to practice and help your animals adjust to how it will be at fair time.

*HOUSING: Cats must be brought in durable plastic or wire carriers (not cardboard) Cats will remain in carriers or other appropriate cage provided by the exhibitor except for when being judged. The exhibitor may provide food, water, and litter for the cat in the carrier if necessary. Exhibitors may want to provide a cover for the carrier to prevent their cat from seeing other cats. ALL CATS MUST BE SHOWN ON A LEASH and be on a leash at any time they are removed from the carrier/cage.

All other animals should be brought in appropriate housing either their normal cage or a durable plastic or wire travel cage (not cardboard). Cages must be secure. Exhibitors should provide water and food for all animals as appropriate. If a cage/enclosure is deemed inappropriate by the show superintendent, the exhibitor will not be allowed to show.*

In the meantime there are many resources to use when preparing your animals for show.  You can find these resources at the links below.

This is the link to the main Companion Animal Resource Page.  https://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal

These are the individual page links.  Please take time to watch a few of the videos and check out the resources before the workshop on July 12th.


Showmanship Scorecard:  https://4h.unl.edu/documents/sf290.pdf

Showmanship Videos:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk7e2agO3bI






This isn’t a UNL Video, but it has some good information for you to see the process and adapt it to your own flock and show preparation.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIAZGI8q_tQ

Lancaster County has several great resources and videos.  Be sure to check out all the links.




Showmanship  Presentation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1MRDn2xA7o



Companion Animal Careers

Animal Training    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ns2NZwrbt4

The Cat House   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kebj8_5vfbA

NE State Patrol Canine Unit   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqZPfeCCWOo

Entry Forms and Vaccination Verification Forms can be found here.  These are due July 16th.



The Premium Book can be found here: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/2018%20CHERRY%20CO.%204-H%20PREMIUM%20BOOK%203-26%20%20final.pdf

 Please RSVP by July 11th by either calling the office or emailing me at emillar2@unl.edu so I know exactly how many kids to plan for.

I look forward to seeing each of you and your animals,

~ Eve

Nebraska Extension – Cherry County
365 N Main, Suite 3, Valentine, NE 69201
(402) 376-1850 * emillar2@unl.edu

County Fair Entry DEADLINE ~ JULY 16th

Hey County Fair Exhibitors!

ALL Entries are DUE Monday JULY 16th. 

Entry FORMS can be downloaded from the County Fair Resources page here: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/cherry-county-fair-events-resources/

All of the following entry forms may be filled in, printed and mailed or brought to the Extension Office.  You can always come to the office to get hard copies.  Late entries will be subject to the $10 late fee.  No entries will be accepted after JULY 18th.

Pay close attention to class descriptions, labeling requirements, etc. as found in the Fair Premium Book available at the office or it can be downloaded here:   https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/2018%20CHERRY%20CO.%204-H%20PREMIUM%20BOOK%203-26%20%20final.pdf

In order to stream line the entry process this year I encourage everyone to have ALL entries into the office by July 16th.  This allows us to have all entry questions answered and tags printed prior to check-in on Wednesday August 8th.

EXCEPTION:  Static Exhibits (exhibits that come to the 4-H Building) will be accepted on Wednesday Aug. 8th during the Interview Judging from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

Livestock QA Training
If you were unable to attend the QA training on June 12th this will need to be completed by July 16th.  Intermediates and Seniors have the option to come to the office and test out.  If you would like a study guide email me and I will send it to you.

Online YQCA Training can be found here https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login  you will use your 4-H Online information to log in.  The cost for the training is $12.

If you completed the online YQCA Training please be sure to print out your certificate and email it to me or drop it by the office.

**There is a COMPLETE SCHEDULE online at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/2018%20County%20Fair%20schedule.pdf

Entry forms can be mailed, dropped off at the office or emailed to emillar2@unl.edu When emailing please put “ENTRY FORM” in the Subject Line.

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to email me at emillar2@unl.edu or call the office at 402-376-1850.

~ Eve

Lady Wrangler Open Horse Show

 Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 22nd 10:00 am CT.

The Lady Wranglers and the 4-H Horse Committee have joined forces to bring an Open Horse Show to the Cherry Co Fairgrounds. 

This is a great opportunity for 4-H Horse members to get a practice show in before the 4-H Horse Show on August 7th.

For more information call Judy Reece 402-376-1879 or
Shirley Kime 402-376-1317

4-H Horse Member’s Ride Night

Hey horse exhibitors,

We will be having our first 4-H Horse Ride Night on Wednesday June 27th at 6:00 pm CT at the Cherry Co Fairgrounds Arena.

We will be working on different aspects of showing and riding in order to prepare for the County 4-H Horse Show on August 7th.

If you have questions you can call the office.

We ask that you please RSVP by June 26th to 402-376-1850 so we know how many kids to plan for.

See you down the trail! 🙂

Trap Shooting Schedule

Hey Trap Shooters!

We only have three more trap practices scheduled for the season before the Cherry County Trap Shoot-Off on Friday, August 3rd at 6:30 pm CT.  The remaining practice dates are Monday June 25th, July 16th and July 23rd at 6:30 pm CT. at the Cherry Co Fairgrounds.

If you are a first or second year trap shooter you will need to attend two practices in order to be eligible to shoot at the county shoot-off.

Older youth who have been participating for three or more years need to attend at least one practice to be eligible to compete at the Cherry County Fair Shoot-Off.

Hunter Safety Certification is required for the County Shoot-Off.

If you have questions you can contact Mike Murphy at 402-389-2250, Zach Peterson at 308-871-0431 or the Extension Office at 402-376-1850.

^^RSVP one day prior to each practice if you plan to attend.^^

**Remember members must show their Hunter Safety Card and you must provide your own gun, ammo, ear and eye protection.

See you on the Range! 🙂