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:

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:

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  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

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

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to email me at 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! 🙂


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?   We 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.

Volunteers can sign-up by completing the 4-H Volunteer Interest Form available online at .    If you have questions about being a 4-H volunteer at the Nebraska State Fair, please contact: Cathy Johnston, Extension Educator, or (402) 472-1762.

We look forward to seeing you in Grand Island!

2018 Photography Theme Unit II, III

Photography Exhibitors,

2018 4-H Photography Theme – The 2018 4-H Photography Theme for Units 2 and 3 is TRUE LEADERS! Explore true leaders in your community. True leaders can be anyone from community leaders, teachers, and volunteers to parents and friends. So, what sets them apart? What makes someone a true leader? What effect do they have on the people or environment around them? How can you tell their story through photography?

Preparation of exhibits for fair – This helpful publication found here:  gives information on how to prepare your photographs for county and state fair entries.

Photography Project Data Sheets – Nebraska 4-H has implemented new data sheets for photography exhibits entered at fair. These are to be attached to the back of each photo entered. They are different for the specific class entered. The sheets may be accessed and filled in or printed and filled in by hand. Photography Unit I Data TagPhotography Unit II Print/Display Data TagPhotography Unit II Showcase Data Tag and Photography Unit III Data Tag.

The above resources can all be found at  under Photography.

If you have photography questions you can call the office at 402-376-1850 or .

Happy Shooting   🙂


Upcoming Events June 12th-15th

Hello 4-H Families,

Summer is definitely full steam ahead.  This is a reminder for all the upcoming events for the week of June 12th thru June 15th.  The most important deadline is for Livestock IDs on June 15th.  You won’t want to miss this date.    

JUNE 12th

Cherry County 4-H Livestock Quality Assurance 4:00 pm CT – Valentine Livestock Auction

A hands-on LQA training for Cherry County 4-Hers will be held in conjunction with the Livestock Judging Contest on June 12th at Valentine Livestock Auction at 4:00 PM, CT. Attention new families: This is by far the easiest option, mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Youth NOT attending the hands-on class must complete either the online YQCA (all ages) or the Written Test Out Option (ages 12-18).

Livestock Judging Contest 5:00pm CT

Livestock Judging Divisions will include Clover Kid (5-7), Junior (8-10), Intermediate (11-13), and Senior (14-18).

Livestock judging allows 4-H & FFA members to improve their basic livestock evaluation and selection skills as well as provide a good foundation for decision making skills.

Please RSVP for the Quality Assurance Training and the Judging Contest by June 11th.

JUNE 13th

Archery – Cody, NE THIS IS A DATE CHANGE from June 12th. The new date is JUNE 13th 6:00-7:00 pm MT    Please RSVP by June 12th

 JUNE 13th

Cooking with Liz – For Youth Enrolled in Levels 301, 401 and Food Preservation –Nenzel Community Hall   *BRING A SACK LUNCH*

4-Hers will be making cinnamon rolls and a jelly.  Youth will also be introduced to, and learn about, the Special Foods contest that will be held July 2nd  for ages 8 and up. Cooking with Liz fee is $10 fee.  Please RSVP by June 11th.

JUNE 14th

Making a Splash Day Camp at the Cherry Co. Fairgrounds. 8:00 am – 5:00pm CT

Registration fee is $30

Register ONLINE at

JUNE 15th

ALL LIVESTOCK IDs DUE to the Extension Office.   You can drop them off in person, mail, email to  or fax them 402-376-2867.  Please make sure you have the correct ear tag identification for your animals.  Tags can be purchased at the Extension Office.  ID sheets can be found at the following links.


All Other Livestock ID forms:

If you have questions please call the office at 402-376-1850 or email

Making a Splash Day Camp

Making a Splash Day Camp   (ages 6-12)

Join us for outdoor fun, including art with insects, animal discovery, exploring nature with experiments and much more. The day will be packed full of exciting experiences you won’t want to miss! Sign up for the Day Camp in Valentine.

Cherry County Fairgrounds, Valentine

Thursday, June 14, 2018 – 8:00am to 5:00pm

Standard Fee: $30

Register online at

Livestock Quality Assurance and Judging Contest June 12th

Cherry County 4-H Livestock Quality Assurance & Livestock Judging Contest  

 The Cherry County 4-H program invites all 4-H families interested in spending time together and evaluating livestock to attend the Cherry County 4-H Livestock Judging Contest on June 12th. This is great opportunity to share family time together.

Livestock judging allows 4-H & FFA members to improve their basic livestock evaluation and selection skills as well as provide a good foundation for decision making skills.

Livestock Judging Divisions will include Clover Kid (5-7), Junior (8-10), Intermediate (11-13), and Senior (14-18).

The contest will be held at the Valentine Livestock Auction beginning at 5:00, CT on Tuesday, June 12th.

The Livestock Quality Assurance hands-on training will take place before the judging contest at 4:00 CT. Youth planning to exhibit any livestock, poultry or rabbit projects at the county fair are required to complete Livestock Quality Assurance (LQA). This includes: beef, sheep, swine, rabbit, poultry, meat and dairy goats and dairy cattle. Three options for completing this requirement are out-lined below.

1. A hands-on training for Cherry County 4-Hers will be held in conjunction with the Livestock Judging Contest on June 12th at Valentine Livestock Auction at 4:00 PM, CT. Attention new families: This is by far the easiest option, mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Youth NOT attending the class offered in conjunction with the Livestock Judging Contest must complete either the online YQCA (all ages) or the Written Test Out Option (ages 12-18).

      2.   Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

The new LQA Online Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is available at . Cost of the course is $12.

  • You will use your 4HOnline login (email address) and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family.  Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course.
  • If you have forgotten your password for 4-H Online, use the 4-H Online program to make a password change.  Then log into YQCA.
  • Google Chrome browser works best for this program.
  • All registration questions with YQCA should be directed There will not be local support for the YQCA program.
  • All 4-H’ers need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations.
  • Youth are required to complete three (3) modulesin the YQCA Online Course by July 16 in order to complete this year’s LQA requirements. To receive credit for the modules, youth will need to pass the module’s associated quiz with a score of 80% or higher. If youth do not pass a quiz on the first try they will have the option to return to the materials and review them again prior to attempting the quiz, or choose a different module instead.
  • Please print the certificate of completion from YQCA and bring it to the Extension Office when complete or email to

      3.  Testing-Out
Intermediate and senior level youth are eligible to test-out by taking a written test at the Extension office to fulfill Quality Assurance age level requirements.  To test-out of Quality Assurance, please contact the Extension office at 402-376-1850 for more information and/or to schedule a testing time.

Study Guides for Testing Out can be found here:



All training and/or testing must be completed by July 16.

Please RSVP by June 11th to or call the Ext. Office 402-376-1850 if you plan to attend the QA Training & Judging Clinic.