Luck-of-the-Draw Collection   

Any 4-H’er age 8 and up is invited to join in the 4-H Council’s donation drive for the “Luck of the Draw” on Friday, January 3rd.  For those of you that are new to 4-H or the area, this is the 4-H Council’s yearly fundraiser for Cherry County 4-H.  Items collected on the 3rd are used in drawings to raise money during the Heart City Bull Bash on February 15. We will meet at 1:00 P.M., CT, at the Extension Office.  From there, we will divide up and personally visit Valentine businesses to collect their donations. We will also be telephoning individuals and business not in Valentine.  This was tons of fun last year and it will be again, snow or shine!  Money raised during the Luck of the Draw supports Cherry County 4-H awards and trophies, clinics, scholarships, leadership development, and project resources.  Leaders and parents are welcome too. We will need drivers! If parents are willing to drive or 4-Hers can help with the phone calling and collection please contact Maggie Cox at or (402) 322-0180.   Snacks will be provided. 4-H families and clubs are invited to donate items for “Luck of the Draw.” Items are needed by January  31st and may be dropped off at the Extension Office.

4-H Council Meeting   

The next meeting of the Cherry County 4-H Council will be January 13, 2014 at 7 pm at the Extension Office.  All interested persons are welcome to attend.  If you have suggestions or ideas for the upcoming 4-H year, please share them.  The 4-H Council and project area committees are planning for 2014 and welcome your thoughts and ideas.

2014 Photography Career Exhibit Print Themes

 UNIT II: CAREER EXHIBIT PRINT: Explore a career as a pet photographer.  Pet photographers know just how much pet owners love their animals and capturing pets in print is a great way to honor that relationship.  Capture photos of your favorite pets and consider creative locations and whimsical props for your photo shoots.

 UNIT III: CAREER EXHIBIT PRINT: Explore a career as an editorial photographer.  Editorial photographers take pictures that highlight the topics being written about in books, magazines, and newspapers.  Editorial photos should be creative, powerful images that tell an intriguing story.  Capture editorial photos that tell Nebraska’s story.

Black Hills Stock Show Youth Day, February 1st

In addition to the livestock show, youth (non 4-H and 4-H) are invited to enter up to 2 Youth Day activities. Youth must be at least 8 years of age by January 1, 2014 and must not have turned 19 by January 1, 2014 to enter the Beef Cook-Off, Livestock Judging, Livestockology, Horse Quiz Bowl, Hippology, Dog Show and Youth PQA . Entry deadline is January 10, 2014. For more info go to:

 Cherry County 4-H Scholarship

Two $500 scholarships are available to Cherry County 4-Hers. One will be awarded to a graduating high school Senior and one to an undergraduate college student. If college applicants do not meet the criteria, two high school scholarships will be awarded.  To be eligible for the scholarships the applicant must be or have been an active member of the Cherry County 4-H program, including their senior year of high school. The scholarships committee’s decision is final. An individual can be awarded a scholarship once as a high school senior and once as a college student. Applications are due to the Cherry County Extension Office by March 5, 2014. Eligible participants were mailed an application. If you were missed, contact the office for an application.

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