4-H Fall Festival

The Cherry County 4-H Council invites its 4-H members, their families and friends to a fun-filled afternoon of games, recognition and food.

The 4-H Family Fall Festival will take place on Sunday, October 22 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, CT at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. Join us for fun and games beginning at 3:00. Following games we will have an awards presentation based on the submitted Career Portfolios, highlight a few special projects and honor a few other awards. Premium checks from County Fair will also be available for families to pick up.

The 4-H Council will provide a nacho bar and asks that families bring either a side dish or dessert. Eve Millar will entertain us with a cakewalk and fun music so please bring a cake, cookies or your favorite dessert for that event.

Some of the fun activities will include trap shooting (bring or borrow a shot gun), archery (bring or borrow bows and arrows), wagon rides, horse rides, face painting, spider races, ghost topple, bobbing for apples and more! This is a great opportunity for families wanting to join or learn more about 4-H so please tell your non-4-H friends to join in the fun!

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Cat Club

Cat Club is a monthly webinar series offering educational information about caring for your cat and showing your cat in 4-H. Youth do not need to be enrolled in 4-H or in the 4-H cat project to participate. Cat Club is a great resource for anyone interested in showing cats in 4-H whether you have one now or not! Youth of all ages are welcome to join. Webinar topics change each month and cover topics such as vaccination, diseases, grooming, diet, reproduction, breeds, genetics, selecting a cat, at home cat setup, and showmanship.

The Cat Club series is held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm CT. Meetings are hosted via Zoom, a video and web conferencing service. Participants may join starting 30 minutes prior to the meeting. Information for joining the can be found in the Join From Home section on this page. The Cat Club will convene on the following dates:

  • September 14, 2017 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • October 12, 2017 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • January 11, 2018 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • February 8, 2018 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • March 8, 2018 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • April 12, 2018 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • May 10, 2018 @ 6:00 PM CT

Go to https://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/cat-club to register and for handout materials.

Quilts of Valor workshop

Cherry County 4-H be offering a Quilts of Valor workshop for 4-H members on Saturday, October 28 and Saturday, November 4, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM CDT at the United Methodist Church in Valentine. Quilts of Valor is a national project honoring military service personnel by donating quilts to those service members.

Those 4-H members who wish to participate must have a minimum of two years of sewing experience, a sewing machine and tools for sewing, and a sewing mentor.  There is no charge for 4-H members to participate.

4-H members need fabric donations in colors of red, white, blue, gold and tan or combinations of those colors, batting and thread. Those who wish to donate can do so at the Cherry County Extension Office at the old Courthouse on Main Street. The project also needs individuals with sewing experience to mentor 4-Hers during the workshops, as well as volunteers who are willing to quilt the finished projects.

 

See the attached flier for complete details and registration information. Quilts of Valor October 2017

4-H Family Fall Festival

The Cherry County 4-H Council invites its 4-H members, their families and friends to a fun-filled afternoon of games, recognition and food.

The 4-H Family Fall Festival will take place on Sunday, October 22 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, CT at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. Join us for fun and games beginning at 3:00. Following games we will have an awards presentation based on the submitted Career Portfolios, highlight a few special projects and honor a few other awards. Premium checks from County Fair will also be available for families to pick up.

The 4-H Council will provide a nacho bar and asks that families bring either a side dish or dessert. Eve Millar will entertain us with a cakewalk and fun music so please bring a cake, cookies or your favorite dessert for that event.

Some of the fun activities will include trap shooting, archery, wagon rides, cakewalk, bobbing for apples, pumpkin bowling, antler ring toss and other fun games. This is a great opportunity for families wanting to join or learn more about 4-H so please tell your non-4-H friends to join in the fun!

Career Portfolio 

It’s the time of year for Career Portfolios!

What is a Career Portfolio?

  • It is a record of your 4-H experiences which builds year after year and shows growth in expertise and leadership in project areas.  It also keeps a record of 4-H activities and non-4-H experiences.

Why should you complete a Career Portfolio?

  • These statistics will be invaluable when you are older and applying for things such as National Honor Society and FFA positions and scholarships.  All the information you need will be readily available and organized!
  • Career Portfolios are a competitive project.  You can apply for County awards, then at the State Level as you are older, with the Grand Prize being a trip to National 4-H Congress. In order to apply at the state level you need to have a history in your portfolio. Therefore, the reason to begin when you first become a 4-H member is that you have as complete of a record as possible.  If you have been a 4-H member for a few years, is it too late to begin a portfolio?  Absolutely not.

When is the Career Portfolio due?

  • Completed portfolios are due to the Extension Office by October 4th.
  • We exchange the judging of the portfolios with another county. Results and awards from the Career Portfolio will take place during the 4-H Fall Festival on October 22.
  • Go to http://4h.unl.edu/careerportfolio to find instructions and a downloadable copy.
  • If you have questions or need assistance in completing your Career Portfolio, contact the Extension Office or email jdexter3@unl.edu to set up an appointment.

Shooting Sports Leader Certification in Imperial

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for October in Imperial on October 14-15 at the Chase County Fairgrounds in Imperial. The deadline to register is October 4th.

Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Six project areas will be offered at the Imperial Workshop – rifle, hunting skills, shotgun, pistol, muzzleloading, and archery. There is a minimum number of participants needed to offer these disciplines at the workshop. Workshop participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.

The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification and those individuals adding an additional discipline. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Late registration, after October 4, is $140. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.  The Cherry County 4-H Council has scholarships available for local leaders. Contact the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 for details.

For more workshop information and registration link, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports web page or contact Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691. Registration is available only online at the link provided in the brochure or individuals can register directly by clicking HERE.

Reminders for the Cherry County Fair

A few reminders as we start the Cherry County Fair:

  • Static exhibits and Interview Judging take place between 2:00 and 5:00 on Wednesday, August 9. 4-H projects will remain on display throughout the fair. You must pick up your exhibits between 4:30 and 5:00 on Sunday. It is your responsibility to make arrangements for someone else to get your items if you cannot be there to pick them up.
  • Exhibits selected for State Fair will have an instruction sheet attached to the exhibit. Please read to find out when items need to be to the Extension Office to travel to Grand Island.
  • Senior Champion and Reserve Champion showmanship winners of Horse, Sheep, Beef and Swine will participate in the Round Robin Showmanship contest at 1:00 on Saturday.
  • After the Livestock Sale on Saturday, all livestock are released. The hog and sheep barn and the beef barn are to be cleaned out. Wood chips are taken out and the barns are swept and hosed out. Families work together to make this happen. Help will be needed to take down the alleyway panels and the show ring Saturday evening.
  • T-shirts for official dress are at the Extension Office. T-shirts will not be available at the fairgrounds during fair. We do have a selection of various sizes of long-sleeved white shirts available for horse show participants.
  • Fashion Show participants are reminded to get your outfits from the Exhibit Hall. Arrive at the pavilion 1 hour prior to the Fashion Show start.
  • The 4-H Fair schedule can be found at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/county%20Fair%20schedule%202017.pdf.

 

  • Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Poultry and Rabbit Exhibitors

Space will be available in the wash barn for Poultry and Rabbit exhibitors during the Cherry County Fair. Exhibitors must bring their own cages and housing for display. If 4-Hers choose to display their poultry and rabbits, they will be on exhibit following the poultry and rabbit show until all other animals housed in the wash barn are released on Saturday following the livestock sale.

Two additional classes have been added to the poultry division:

Egg Production Breeding Pen – need to be of laying breeding age and can be different breeds.

Eggs – One dozen white eggs, one dozen brown eggs or one dozen other colored eggs.

 

Keep in mind the Animal Educational Display. You are invited to create a poster highlighting an educational aspect of your animal project. The poster could focus on a current livestock issue, animal industry career, animal care or health, or economic impacts of the livestock industry. Complete details can be found on page 92 of the Fairbook.

Livestock Set-up

Attention: 4-H Livestock Families

There will be a livestock set up to get prepared for the County Fair on Sunday, August 6 at 6:00 PM, CT. Again this year, all livestock shows and the sale will be held in the pavilion.

Your help is needed setting up the hog and sheep pens in the wash barn, panels set up for the tie out pens, and panels to get the livestock to and from the pavilion. Dads and teenagers are especially needed.