Horsemanship Levels Testing

The last opportunity for county-wide Horsemanship Levels testing will be Thursday, July 10, starting at 10:00 AM at the Hoss Barn. The Hoss Barn is located at Jackie Qualley and Shannon Martin’s place East of Valentine on Highway 12. Turn left at mile marker 6. Take a right at the grey gate at the top of the hill. Horse leaders will work with youth to complete the riding skills and demonstration portion of the levels. Be sure to bring along your 4-H Horse Advancement Level book. If you are planning to attend, RSVP by calling 402-376-1850 or emailing by July 8.

 Horse Clinic

There will be a 4-H Horse Clinic on July 17 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Clinicians will work with 4-Hers on Horsemanship, Working Ranch Horse, the new Ranch Horse Pleasure class and Showmanship. Clinicians include Ryan Sexson, Robert and Marla Shelbourn, Jackie Qualley and Shirley Kime. RSVP your attendance by calling 402-376-1850 or emailing by July 15.

 Robotics Camp

A robotics day camp is scheduled for July 24 in the 4-H Building at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. Watch this newsletter for additional details as they become available!

Woodworking Skill Day

On July 18, Ben Shelbourn will be hosting a woodworking skill day. Level 1 4-Hers will be making a napkin or letter holder from the project manual. Level 2 & 3 4-Hers will be making a bird house out of the project manual. Bring your manuals with you. Level 1 will be from 10:00-12:00 and Level 2 & 3 will be from 1:00 – 3:00. Place of the workshop will be announced soon, watch the newsletter for details.

Shooting Sports

Only two trap practices remain for the summer. They will be July 14 and July 21, starting at 6:30. 4-H members must attend at least two practices with a certified shooting sports instructor to participate at the County Fair Shoot. The County Fair Shoot-Off will be held on Thursday, July 31. Watch the newsletter for start time. All county fair entries are due on or before July 21.

 Fairgrounds Clean-up

All 4-H Clubs and Independent members are needed to help get the Cherry County Fairgrounds in tip top shape for the County Fair. Fairgrounds Clean-up day will be held Sunday, August 3 beginning at 2:00 PM. Bring shovels, rakes, gloves and whatever tools you have to assist with trimming, mowing, pulling weeds and sweeping out the barns. Community Service is a big part of what 4-H is about and this is your opportunity to help out. Ag Society members will be on hand to organize work groups and assign specific tasks.

 County Fair Clothing Day & Special Foods Contest

Cherry County’s 2014 Clothing Day and Fashion Show is fast approaching. It will be held Tuesday, July 15. 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 at 7:00 PM. 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 7, 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.

 Livestock Quality Assurance (QA)

If you plan to exhibit livestock at the fair and did not attend the QA training held after the Livestock Judging Contest or have not “tested-out” you will need to complete the on-line certification. To enroll and complete the course go to The enrollment key to log into the course is “Nebraska.” Complete instructions can be found on the website. Certificates may be dropped off at the Extension Office or e-mailed to The course must be completed before fair entries are due, July 21.

2014 Clover Kid Days

There are only three Clover Kid Day Camps left in the schedule! Youth ages 5 to 7 will have a chance to experience much of the Clover Kid curriculum and activities throughout the summer. Cost for each session is $5. Please sign up by the dates listed in the schedule so we can be sure to have enough supplies for everyone. RSVP for each session by calling the Cherry County Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or by emailing Ben Shelbourn at Jr. Leaders are needed to help with all of the sessions. If interested in assisting please contact Ben. Weather permitting, many activities will be outdoors so please use sunscreen and bug spray.

 July 9 – A Space for Me – Cherry County 4-H Building – 1 to 3 PM. RSVP by 7/7

July 16 – Making Foods for Me – Cherry County 4-H Building – 1 to 3 PM. RSVP by 7/14

July 23 – Theatre Arts, Leap Into Careers & Safety – Cherry County 4-H Building – 1 to 3 PM. RSVP by 7/21

 4-H Fair Schedule & Information

The 2014 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 21. Clothing entries are due on or before July 7. Entries forms are available on our website or you may call the Office for a hard copy.

 4-Hers Helping 4-Hers

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation has established a fund to help aid Nebraska 4-Hers that have been affected by the severe weather across our state.  For more information, please visit the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website (following the link below) or calling the Nebraska 4-H Foundation office at (402) 472-1178.

 2014 Photography 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.

 State Fair 4-H Foods Event

You may have heard the buzz, but here’s the scoop on the NEW State Fair Foods Event! The purpose of the Foods Event is for youth to demonstrate healthy decision making through nutrition, menu planning, food preparation, and food safety.

Similar to Favorite Foods or Table Toppers contests already happening in counties, the contest requires teams of two youth to choose a theme, create a menu, prepare one food item (and bring it to the contest), and present their table to a judge.

Youth must incorporate a CHALLENGE ingredient into their menu. This can be in the food they prepare and bring, or in another menu item. The2014 Challenge Ingredient is CORN.

Technology MUST be incorporated into their presentation. Some possibilities include: use of an iPad or laptop with PowerPoint, picture story, video of food prep, or digital menu card. Youth are encouraged to be creative!

The contest is a team event. Each county may submit up to four teams of 2 youth. How teams are decided is at the discretion of each county. A full description of the contest, including the Foods Event scoresheet, is available in the State Fairbook If you are interested in participating, contact Jody.