Sewing Classes

4-H Leaders, Jody Wilson and Michelle Garwood are offering a series of sewing classes for 4-H members.They will be offering separate classes for beginner and intermediate levels.

The beginner class will meet on February 11, 2014, at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 6:30 pm. This is for Sewing For Fun level 4-H’ers.  The leaders are planning to have a session the 2nd Tuesday of every month to prepare for 4-H fair projects. At the first class we will be sewing a sunglasses case.  Supplies you will need to bring:

sewing machine with thread and bobbin

sewing tool kit including a hand needle and thimble

small paper sack for throw away threads

2 different cotton woven fabrics, each @ 4″ x 16″

1 decorative button

 Intermediate level sewing will be February 13, 2014, at Our Savior Lutheran Church starting 6:30 pm. This class is for Clothing Level I and II projects. Additional sewing sessions will be every 2nd Thursday of the month to prepare for 4-H fair projects.      

Please bring:

sewing machine with thread and bobbin

sewing tool kit including a measuring ruler gauge

Jody will supply practice fabric for learning to make a casing.  

 Questions can be directed to Jody Wilson at or (402) 322-3908 or Michelle Garwood at or (402) 389-1655.

Celebrate Nebraska 4-H Month with events held during the Heart City Bull Bash

Nearly 200 4-H members and 75 volunteers are involved in Cherry County 4-H.  The month of February is Nebraska 4-H Month, and Cherry County is celebrating by hosting the annual 4-H “Luck of the Draw” fundraiser.  On February 15th at 10:30 am at the Cedar Canyon Steakhouse, local 4-H youth and leaders will connect with the community to raise funds for the Cherry County 4-H program.  These funds support 4-H programming, trophies, awards, scholarships, exhibitor t-shirts, and 4-H project manuals. 

Support 4-H Luck of the Draw. Tickets may be purchased on Saturday, February 15th from 10:30 am to 4 pm in the Banquet Hall of Cedar Canyon Steakhouse.  Ticket prices are 10 tickets for $10.00 or 30 tickets for $25.00. Choose from the many items you would like to take home and place your tickets in that item’s draw pot for a chance at winning. Ticket sales close at 4 pm and winners will be announced beginning at 4:30 pm. 

Pre-ticket sales will be offered for the Luck of the Draw. 4-Hers can stop by the Extension Office to pick up packets. Pre-sale tickets will only be sold through February 6. This is a great opportunity to sell tickets to those individuals that might be short of time the day of the Bull Bash. 4-Hers will be responsible for all the tickets that they pick up for pre-sale. Any unsold tickets will need to be returned to the Extension Office. The 4-H Council will provide a $100 scholarship towards a camp at the State 4-H Camp in Halsey or a $50 cash award to the top pre-sale ticket seller.

Market Beef Weigh-In

If you are planning to show Market Beef for the 2014 4-H year there are two options for the required I.D. and weigh-in. Weigh-in dates are February 8th from 10:00 to 11:00, CT or February 23rd from 2:00 to 3:00, CT, at Valentine Livestock Auction. Please be punctual, as our volunteers and staff have other commitments on both days. Calves need to be 4-H tagged prior to weigh-in. ID sheets, bills of sale and ear tags need to be picked up at the Extension Office. Tags will cost $1.25 each. If you have ear tags from last year, or tags still in from a feeder calf project, those can be used unless you plan on exhibiting at the Nebraska State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben. Bill of Sale and ID sheets must be turned in at the time you weigh. Make sure you have all required signatures. If you are planning to show at Ak-Sar-Ben or State Fair, DNA hair samples will need to be collected. Cost for each DNA sample is $6. Please share this information with any new youth that might be considering a Market Beef project, but haven’t enrolled in 4-H yet. A fillable ID sheet can be found at this link:

 New opportunity for 4-H members with an interest in Fashion Design

Omaha Fashion Week producers have announced plans for a Student Night on Tuesday, March 4th, the first night of fashion week. The event will include a runway show and panel discussion with current OFW designers. It will be free for all students, including 4-H members. Adult tickets are $15. Now here is the really cool part: The fashion show that evening will feature 3 collections, one of which will be a 4-H collection. 4-H’ers who have participated in the Celebration of Youth exhibit have been invited to model their garments on the runway as part of this event. This collection will consist of 10-12 garments from across the state. Omaha Fashion Week is the 5th largest fashion week in the nation! This is a great opportunity to feature the outstanding work of young designers at a regional level. Contact the office for specifics.

Communication and Expressive Arts Contest

The Communication and Expressive Arts Contest is set for April 5th at the Valentine High School. Divisions include Speech, Public Service Announcements, Job Interview contest, Music and Presentations. Details will be coming soon!

 Cherry County 4-H Scholarship

Cherry County 4-H is offering three $500 scholarships. Two scholarships will be awarded to a graduating high school senior and one to an undergraduate college student. Applicants must be or have been an active member of Cherry County 4-H, including their senior year of high school. More information can be found on the 2014 application at  Applications must be postmarked or emailed by March 5, 2014.

Opportunity for a Sheep Project

Are you interested in lambs? Have you ever wanted to exhibit one, but didn’t have the means to do it? You are in luck. Cordell Jeffcoat, former 4-Her of the Sandy Sheep 4-H Club is so passionate about this project that he donated the sale of his 2013 market lamb to the Cherry County 4-H Foundation to set up a Lamb Futurity.

The object of this program is to provide new and current Cherry County 4-Hers the opportunity to start or add to an existing sheep project. It is also designed to promote the number of sheep that are shown at the Cherry County Fair, thus increasing the number of 4-Hers participating in livestock projects. A sheep project can provide those that do not have large areas to house an animal the opportunity to participate in showing livestock and all of the benefits that come from raising animals.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity all that is required is to write an essay explaining why you want a sheep project or why you would like to start a breeding program. After the essays are reviewed, top essays will be chosen for interviews. Essays need to be turned in to Jody Dexter at the Cherry County Extension Office by May 1.

Two lambs will be provided to the winning 4-Her. The lambs will be picked from a local flock at the end of May. The 4-Her will be responsible for IDing, tagging and showing it at the Cherry County Fair. The 4-Her will have assistance in care and feed management, fitting and showing. This project can either be a breeding or market project.