Hello 4-H Families,
Fair is just a week away. This year’s Fair Theme is “Making the Fair Great”. As in year’s past I look forward to seeing the premium livestock you will bring to the fair and the unique projects exhibited in the 4-H Building. Below you will find some information to make your time at the fair an enjoyable one.
Fair Clean-Up/ Set-Up Day
I want to extend a HUGE Thank you to those who turned out on Sunday to help with fairgrounds clean-up/set-up day. We had a great turn out and the Fairgrounds look really nice. The garden gazebo area was weeded and new landscape chips were put down, the concession stand picnic tables were painted, the barns were cleaned and weeds were cut down and the show ring and pens were set up. It was a big project and we had many helping hands to make it all come together. Your time and service are very much appreciated.
If you haven’t printed your schedule now is the time. The schedule can be downloaded here CHERRY COUNTY FAIR Schedule . You can also download the Open Class Premium book here Cherry County Fair Book.
Static Entry Day – Wednesday August 8th 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Please arrive with your entry forms completely filled out. You may stop by the office and pick up the entry form this week or find it online Static Entry Form. The Premium Book can be found here. If you have questions about how to correctly fill out the form please call or stop by the office. The entry process will go much smoother if everyone does their part to be prepared on entry day.
Mandatory Livestock Exhibitor Meeting at NOON on Thursday August 9th.
This year we will have a mandatory livestock exhibitor meeting which will be held in the Pavilion show ring following the market animal check-In at approximately 12:00 pm. We will go over expectations and Livestock Sale requirements. Please be sure to be there.
Livestock Committee Members are Craig O’Kief, RJ Luthy, Sarah Schied, Dale Bowlin, Rob & Brenda Brawner, Dan O’Kief, and Brent Nollette.
Livestock: Dan O’Kief
Team Fitting: Craig O’Kief
Round Robin: Rob & Brenda Brawner
Sandhills Production: Dan O’Kief & Dale Bowlin
4-H & FFA Livestock Sale Info
We have information to assist you in providing sale information to buyers. Copies of the Livestock Sale Brochure are available at the Extension Office or you can download the brochure from our website at here Link to Livestock Sale Brochure.
Our 4-H & FFA members enjoy the success of the livestock sale each year. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERYONE TO PROMOTE THE SALE.
It is the responsibility of every exhibitor to personally visit with potential buyers.
PARENTS: Make sure your children deliver the brochures in a timely manner and in person. A good place to start is with the person who was at the sale bidding on their animals last year. Make the effort to directly visit with the person who will be attending the sale (not the secretary or other office staff or by passing brochures in the drive through). A nice handshake and a thank you for attending last year’s sale and a sincere invitation to attend this year is perfect. Your sale price reflects your direct involvement with potential buyers.
Our economy is tight and it is going to take effort on the part of everyone to have a successful sale. There are a lot of people looking for support from our area businesses. Having an attitude of gratitude and that personal contact is always important.
Poultry and Rabbit Exhibitors
Space will be available in the northwest corner of the Beef 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 beef barn are released on Saturday following the livestock sale.
There will be a designated area in the Beef Barn this year for 4-H and Open Class Bucket calves. If 4-Hers choose to display their bucket calves, they will be on exhibit following the bucket calf show until all other animals housed in the beef barn are released on Saturday following the livestock sale.
State Fair Entries
4-H members exhibiting any 4-H live animal exhibits or participating in any 4-H contest at the Nebraska State Fair must be entered in ShoWorks before 8:00 PM CST on August 10, 2018. These exhibits and contest participants must be entered by the 4-H member (or their family). Fees must be paid for using a credit card. There are no other options for payment. Live animal exhibits and contest participants will not be entered by the county Extension office. For help entering, please review the 4-H/FFA Registration Instructions or watch our tutorial video.
Culinary Challenge Contest
Dairy Judging Contest
Digital Video – 4-H FilmFest
Horticulture Identification Contest
Insect Identification Contest
Premier Livestock Exhibitor
Public Speaking Contest
Tree Identification Contest
Weed and Grass Identification Contest
If you have any questions be sure to call the office. It is going to be an Awesome Fair this year as we are “Making the Fair Great”. I look forward to seeing everyone.
~ Eve Millar
Nebraska Extension – Cherry County
365 N Main, Suite 3, Valentine, NE 69201
(402) 376-1850 * firstname.lastname@example.org