2nd Annual 4-H Environmental Skill Day

Cherry County 4-H, in cooperation with the Niobrara Valley Outdoor Education Partnership (NVOEP), is pleased to offer an Environmental Skill Day on July 10 from 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Mill Pond and City Park in Valentine.  This event is for all youth ages 8 and up who are interested in learning more about the outdoors. Youth do not have to be enrolled in 4-H, but those that are will walk away with at least one completed project for fair.  Topics to be offered include Wildlife – wildlife tracks, Forestry and fires, Range, Entomology, Intro to Kayaks and Canoes, and Leave No Trace orientation.  This is an excellent opportunity to work on a 4-H project, connect with area experts, learn more about environmental careers, and gain more knowledge about the amazing Niobrara River and its unique resources.  The RSVP deadline for this workshop is July 8.  Participants will need to bring:  a sack lunch (don’t forget an ice pack), water bottle, life jacket (if you have one), shorts for the canoe/kayak session (optional), extra shoes/socks to change into after the canoe/kayak session.  We will provide: snacks and drinks, life jackets, plastic bags for wet items, sunscreen and bug spray.  What to wear:  long pants, old shoes or closed toe sandals/river shoes (NO FLIP FLOPS), and a hat or cap. Call the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or email benshelbourn@outlook.com to reserve your spot.

Junior Leaders

Cherry County Junior Leaders will meet this Friday, June 28 at 7:30 PM at the Cherry County Extension Office. All youth 12 and older are welcome and encouraged to attend. Junior Leaders will help plan 4-H events, Clover Kid Day and help with an ag literacy project. If you have questions call the Extension Office or email Ben Shelbourn at benshelbourn@outlook.com.

Special Foods Contest

NEW this year in the Healthy Lifestyles project areas we are adding a new event called Special Foods! In the Special Foods contest each participant will have 90 minutes to prepare a main dish for a meal and complete a place setting. During the preparation time the judge will observe and score on components including: measuring method, presentation of finished place setting, knowledge of nutrients and personal diet needs. This contest will be held in conjunction with clothing day on July 16.

Special Foods Workshops

We will be hosting two workshops to prepare 4-Hers for the Special Foods Contest. During the workshop 4-Hers will learn: proper measuring, place settings, menu planning and nutritional requirements, as well as answer any questions that 4-Hers or parents may have. The first workshop will be held at the Nenzel Community building on June 26th at 10 am MT, for all ages. The second workshop will be at the Cherry County 4-H Building on June 27th from 10am to 1pm.  Please note there is now only one session on the 27th.  A few openings are still available. Call the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or email Ben at benshelbourn@outlook.com.

Clip & Fit and Showmanship Clinic

Stephen McIntyre will be hosting a clipping, fitting and showmanship clinic for Cherry County 4-Hers. This clinic will take place at the Cherry County Fairgrounds on July 7, starting at 2 PM, CT. 4-Hers are encouraged to bring their cattle along with a chute, clippers, fitting supplies and a showstick. If you have questions about what to bring, be sure to call the Extension Office. Pre-registration is not required but call or email jdexter3@unl.edu to give an idea of how many will be attending.

Energy Exploration Day Camp

4-Hers, ages 8 and older, interested in exploring the world of energy will have a perfect opportunity on Tuesday, July 9 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds.  Youth will experience many activities:  Wired for Wind – In this activity, you will learn how windmills work to create electricity.  You will then get to design your own windmill and shape the blades into your favorite shapes to see which one creates the most electricity.

Biofuels – You will learn that different plant materials (apples, grass, corn starch) dissolve easier and are more easily turned into a fuel source than others because of their chemical structure with hands on chemistry activities. Bioenergy Trivia – You will learn and be quizzed over topics such as corn ethanol, ethanol producers, and other types of ethanol.  You will respond to the questions with clickers and be placed into teams. Mining ChoCOALate – Do you ever wish there were more chocolate chips in a cookie?  In this activity you will be given various tools to dig out chocolate chips from a cookie, much similar to how coal is dug out of the ground.  You will see what it can mean to run out of a resource.The Appliance Challenge – Have you ever wondered how much electricity a toaster, PlayStation, or even a computer uses?  We will use a tool that measures these things and will be able to show you how much power you save if you simply turn it off when you’re not using it. Bioenergy Trivia – You will learn and be quizzed over topics such as corn ethanol, ethanol producers, and other types of ethanol.  You will respond to the questions with clickers and be placed into teams.The camp will start at 10 AM, CT, and conclude at approximately 4 PM. Youth should bring a sack lunch. There is no charge for the camp, but pre-registration is required on or before July 8.

Fairgrounds Clean-up

All 4-H families are encouraged to help get the Cherry County Fairgrounds cleaned up and ready for fair! Clean-up day will be Sunday, July 28 starting at 1:00 PM, CT. Come whatever time you can. Bring gloves, shovels, rakes and any other equipment you need with you. If you have questions, call Council President, Brent Collier at (402) 425-3333. The Livestock Committee will also be setting up pens and doing stall assignments.

County Fair Clothing Day & Special Foods Contest

Cherry County’s 2013 Clothing Day and Fashion Show is fast approaching. It will be held Tuesday, July 16. It is tentatively scheduled to be held at the Valentine High School. The Special Foods contest will be held in the morning with the construction judging of sewing, quilting and needle arts projects to begin in the afternoon.  The public Fashion Show will be held in the school auditorium in the early evening.  Exact starting times will depend upon the number of entries to be judged and styled. An agenda with detailed information will be sent to 4-Hers after entries are received.  Entry forms can be found at http://cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h. Contact the Extension Office if you prefer a hard copy. Entry forms are due on or before July 10, including the style review narration. Narrations will not be re-written. They will be read as submitted, so please be complete, creative and make the narration long enough to span the time it takes to model the outfit on stage.  Project judging on Clothing Day includes: Knitting, Crocheting, Needle Arts, Quilt Quest, Attention Shoppers, Shopping in Style, Clothing Level I, Clothing Level II, Sewing for You, Sewing for Fun, Tailoring and Decorate Your Duds.

4-H Fair Schedule & Information

The 2013 Cherry County 4-H Fair schedule is available at http://cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h. All fair entry forms can be found there as well. All entries, except clothing, are due to the Cherry County Extension Office on or before July 24. Clothing entries are due on or before July 10. Entries forms are available on our website or you may call the Office for a hard copy.