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. 

Market Beef Weigh-In

If you are planning to show Market Beef for the 2014 4-H year there is one opportunity left  for the required I.D. and weigh-in. The last weigh-in date is February 23rd from 2:00 to 3:00, CT, at Valentine Livestock Auction. Please be punctual, as our volunteers have other commitments.  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: http://4h.unl.edu/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=a52e7404-6586-4cb2-b1e4-520b935ebecc&groupId=635885&.pdf

Sewing Classes

The next sewing class for beginners will be March 11, 2014 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 6:30 pm. This is for Sewing For Fun level 4-H’ers. The next class for Intermediate level 4-H sewing will be March 13, 2014 at Our Savior Lutheran Church starting 6:30 pm.  Watch the next 4-H Alert for a supply list.

 Summer Fun doing Community Service

Nebraska State 4-H Camp near Halsey is seeking counselors for the 2014 Summer Camps.

If you are motived, enthusiastic, caring and love the great outdoors and are at least 15 years old by June 1st, THIS JOB IS FOR YOU!!!! Rewards from being a counselor include making lifelong friendships, being able to tell endless stories of fun, personal growth and a summer full of adventure. Plus you can help out with the camps that work best for you.

Camp counselors teach and lead campers in recreational activities, as well as supervise daily life at the camp. Counselor positions are ideal for students seeking hands-on, resume-boosting experience working with children and nature. Counselors are also responsible for ensuring campers’ well-being and enforcing camp rules.

CAMP ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Canoeing, zipline, highwires, tanking, tubing, shooting sports, water slide and much more.

On March 15th, 2014 the camp will be hosting a Counselor Retreat. This will give anyone that is interested in being a counselor and idea of what they would be doing. Past counselors will also be there to share new ideas for the upcoming summer camps. This retreat is a great way to make friends, memories and a chance to help put that positive self-image into a younger generation.

Interested in the summer counselor position and/or the Counselor Retreat send us an email, ccox5@unl.edu, or call us @ 308-880-0121.

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 http://cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h  Applications must be postmarked or emailed by March 5, 2014.

 Youth ATV Training (6-16 years)

Our children’s safety is important when they are helping on the Ranch or spending time outdoors.  Help them be safer by taking this course. The course is designed to provide youth, ages 6-16, proper rider safety and handling techniques.  Students will learn about proper safety equipment and ATV pre-ride safety checks.  We provide the correct size ATV and helmet for each youth, or they can bring their own.  Anyone under the age of 10 must have a parent present for the class.  This is a 3-hour course approved and instructed by Nebraska Safety Center on Saturday, May 24th 8:00am/11:30am/3:00pm. Space is limited so, register EARLY!!!  Mid-Plains Community College at 402-376-8033.


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, if needed. This project can either be a breeding or market project.