Clip & Fit and Showmanship Clinic

Shear & Fit and Showmanship

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. In addition, Brenda Brawner will be teaching the same thing on lambs. If you have questions about what to bring, be sure to call the Extension Office. Pre-registration is not required but call or email to give an idea of how many will be attending.

Clover Kid Fun Day

The last of three Clover Kid Fun Days will be July 11 from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Cherry County Extension Office. There is a full slate of activities planned. Two of the major events will be making coffee can ice cream and a no sew pillow.

4-H & FFA State Fair Livestock Entry Information

FFA and 4-H are sharing an online entry system and are allowing exhibitors/parents to submit their entries for the first time in 2013. You can find a link called 4-H and FFA Online Entries here: Families will find a link to the State Fair Livestock entry website, a PDF with entry instructions and a YouTube video with entry instructions.

4-H and FFA exhibitors and their families are responsible for submitting all livestock entries online this year. This includes:

• 4H and FFA Livestock entries

• 4H Companion Animal entries

• 4H Dog entries

• 4H Dog Skillathon entries

• 4H and FFA Premier Exhibitor entries

Registration opens on July 1. All livestock entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM Central Time on August 10, 2013. A credit or debit card is required to submit entries. 4-H Static Exhibit Registration will continued to be entered by the local Extension Office staff.

 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 2:00 (Note new end time). Youth should bring a sack lunch. There is no charge for the camp, but pre-registration is required on or before July 8.

Horse Practice

The last horse practice to work on horsemanship levels will be held July 16 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds starting at 6 PM.

 Help Needed!

Youth 12 and older are needed to help run the Commodity Carnival during Thursday and Friday of fair week. This is a great way to learn new things and teach others about agriculture. Your help is also needed to assist with the Clover Kid Day on July 11. If you can spare an hour or two and would like to help, call Ben at 402-376-1850 or email

 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 will 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 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 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.

County Fair Shoot

The County Shoot to be held August 1 at the Fairgrounds will include Archery, BB Gun, Pellet/Air Rifle, .22 Rifle and Shotgun/Trap.  Participants must bring their own ammo (excluding trap) and own guns.  (We have a limited number of BB guns available for check-out at the Extension Office), safety glasses and ear plugs.  Participants, be sure to refer to the 2013 4-H Premium Book for required 4-H dress code, clothing and safety attire.  You may bring a mat to lie on.  Seniors, remember your Hunter’s Safety Card.  The pre-registration forms are available at and are due July 24th.