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 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 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


  • 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.

#NE4H Video View Wall

Showing a rabbit. Interview judging. Zooming down the zipline. Aiming for the archery target. Jumping into the saddle. Riding a bike. Baking muffins. Programming a robot.

Nebraska 4-H youth from across the state are learning by doing – and we want to share your #NE4H view with others!

The #NE4H Video View Wall that features 12 large televisions will once again be used at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair as a way of telling the Nebraska 4-H story through point-of-view, highlight reel, and narrative videos taken by Nebraska 4-H’ers, like you.

Using a GoPro, digital camera, or a mobile device, record your 4-H experience (either completing a 4-H project or participating in a 4-H event). Then, edit the footage, upload it to a cloud storage system, and share it for display on the #NE4H Video Wall.

Complete details can be found at

Shooting a rocket. Searching for insects. Sewing a dress. Drilling a hole. Shearing a sheep. We want to see your #NE4H view and share it with others at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair!

Nebraska State Fair entries

4-H’ers planning to exhibit a live animal or participate in an in-person contest at the Nebraska State Fair must register in ShoWorks by August 10 at 5:00 pm. This includes youth participating in any of the following shows or contests:

  • Beef
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Meat goats
  • Poultry
  • Rabbits
  • Dog
  • Dairy Judging Contest
  • Dog Skillathon
  • Livestock Premier Exhibitor
  • Presentations Contest
  • Public Speaking Contest
  • Fashion Show
  • Culinary Challenge Contest
  • Insect ID Contest
  • Tree ID Contest
  • Horticulture ID Contest
  • Weed & Grass ID Contest

Registration must be completed by the family and must be paid for using a credit card. There are no other options for payment. For help entering, please review the 4-H/FFA Registration Instructions or watch our tutorial video. For more information about exhibiting in 4-H at the State Fair, please visit the State Fair 4-H Exhibitor page.

Quilt Show

4-Hers enrolled or interested in quilting should consider attending the Sandhills Piecemakers Quilt Guild show. This Quilt Show is in honor of their 25th anniversary. It will be held on July 21-22 at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church Parish Hall from 10:00 to 4:00 both days.

Mary Lou Kerr will hold a Trunk Show on Saturday, sharing information about patterns and how the quilts were made.

TEC Box – Entrepreneurship program

Cherry County 4-H will be offering an entrepreneurship program for youth ages 8 to 11 on July 26 and 27. This will be held at the Cherry County Extension Office from 1:00 to 3:00 both days.

Youth are invited to experience the exciting world of entrepreneurship where the possibilities are endless and the only thing liming them is their own imagination! Tinker. Explore. Create. or TEC Box, is a program to introduce youth to the idea of entrepreneurship, encourage active listening, facilitate creative problem solving and focus on the non-technical aspects of entrepreneurship.

For more information or to sign up by July 21 call the Cherry County Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or email