Tractor Safety Training

Valentine will be one of the seven sites across the state for the 2013 Tractor Safety Trainings. Any youth 14 or 15 years of age who works on a farm or ranch other than his/her parents’ is required to be certified through a tractor safety course. Extension Educators and field specialists will teach the 2-day courses. The training in Valentine will be June 6 and 7 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. Cost for the course is $60, which includes all course materials, lunch both days and breaks. Registration is required by May 30th. For details or to register, contact the UNL Extension office at (402) 376-1850.

Cherry County 4-H Enrollments due April 1

2013 4-H Enrollments are due to the Cherry County Extension Office by April 1. Join the Revolution of Responsibility and become a Cherry County 4-H member today!  Project information and enrollment forms can be found at Bring your forms and enrollment fee to the Extension Office. The enrollment fee is $5 per child, not to exceed $20 per family. Leaders and volunteers, including Independent Club leaders/parents, need to fill out an enrollment form also. If you are a new leader this year, you must fill out the volunteer screening forms and mail it to the address listed on the form. Enrollment forms will not be mailed to families this year, unless requested. Don’t hesitate to call the Cherry County Extension Office at (402) 376-1850 if you have questions.

Communications & Expressive Arts Contest

The important life skills of being able to speak before a group and to perform before a crowd can be strengthened by taking part in the 4-H CEA Contest on Saturday, April 20, at the Valentine High School at 10:00 am. Divisions include music, talent, public service announcements, speech, presentations and the newly added job interview contest.  Entries are due April 15. Go to to see complete guidelines and to find the entry forms.

Shooting Sports

Check out the spring Shooting Sports schedule for Trap and B.B. at Practice and safety sessions begin April 1.


  • 4-Hers must provide their own eye and ear protection.
  • 4-Hers must provide their own ammunition.
  • Trap participants must bring one box of clay pigeons to their first practice.
  • Trap participants must have completed or this year will complete Hunter’s Safety to practice.
  • B.B. guns are available to check out from the Cherry County 4-H Council

4-H Expo

The Cherry County 4-H Council is hosting the 4-H Expo on April 26 from 6-8 pm at the Cherry County Fairgrounds 4-H Building. We need your help to make this a successful event. Clubs and groups of independent family clubs are asked to host a “booth” space with hands-on activities. Your activities can be anything related to 4-H projects. Animals, sewing machines, robots, games, etc. are welcome! When planning your activities, think about relating it to Careers, Science & Technology, Ag Literacy, Citizenship & Leadership and/or Healthy Living. (These are the Nebraska 4-H Signature Outcomes.) The public is welcome, so don’t forget to invite all of your friends and family to a fun evening of sharing. Please call the Cherry County Extension Office at (402) 376-1850 or email Jody at with a description of what you or your club will be doing by April 17. We have 10 spaces to fill. Larger clubs could even have two booths!