County Fair Clothing Day & Special Foods Contest entries due today

Cherry County’s 2014 Clothing Day and Fashion Show will be 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.  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.

The public Fashion Show will be held at the Valentine High School auditorium at 7:00 PM. NEW this year: In addition to the 4-H projects, area businesses will be showcasing their fashions. We will also be piloting an open class division at the fashion show, Textiles Made for Others. This will be limited to one outfit and must be styled by a 4-Her. There will be no awards or premiums for this class, just an opportunity to showcase creative skills. Entries and styling narrations must be turned in to the Extension Office by July 7.

 Shooting Sports

Only two trap practices remain for the summer. They will be July 14 and July 21, starting at 6:30 at the Fairgrounds. 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.

 Shooting Sports Make-up Practice

A make-up session for those that did not make it to two practices in B.B., Air Rifle and .22 has been scheduled for July 21 from 6:00 to 6:30 at the Fairgrounds. It is not necessary to bring your firearm or protective equipment as you will not be shooting.

 Ethics Affidavit & Statement of Disclosure

All 4-Hers that have animals going through the sale need to turn in the Ethics Affidavit & Statement of Disclosure at check-in/weigh-in. This is to ensure that you are a responsible food producer and that your animals have not received any non-approved drugs and that approved drugs are not within any withdrawal time relative to administration. The affidavits can be found under Fair Entry Forms at

 Sandhills Production Class

4-Hers that plan to enter the Sandhills Production class at county fair will need to complete an essay as part of their project. 4-Hers will be equally judged on completeness of information in the essay, live cattle evaluation at County Fair and personal interview.

Submit essay at check-in at County Fair.

This is a guideline of what the Sandhills Production essays should include. 4-Hers may add additional information that is important to their project.

Genetics/Pedigree: Pedigree if registered. Breed(s) of heifer.

Breeding Plan: What is it, or will it, be bred to? Natural, Embryo, or A.I?

Financial Statement: Cost associated with project, money borrowed and interest, projected income, etc.

Nutritional Program: What did your animal eat? Include range, hay, supplements, protein.

Veterinary Practices: Vaccinations, health program, parasite control.

What you have learned and future plans.

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. You can find a link called 4-H and FFA Online Entries here: The direct link is: The Nebraska State Fair web page has some links to a written document and a video help file:

 4-H and FFA exhibitors and their families are responsible for submitting all livestock entries online. 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, 2014. A credit or debit card is required to submit entries.

4-H Static Exhibit Registration will continue to be entered by the local Extension Office staff.

 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.

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. This will be held in the upstairs of the Extension Office. Call the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 to sign-up by July 14. Level 1 and 2 participants need to bring a hammer. Level 2 participants need to bring a hand saw.

 2014 Clover Kid Days

There are only two 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 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

 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!

 Scavenger Hunt

The UNL Extension Office will be holding a scavenger hunt on August 1st at 6 p.m. Participants will start and finish at the Show Barn at the Cherry County Fairgrounds . 4-Hers will be split into groups and search the town for a list of preplaced items. We will be using GPS units that will help find the hidden items as we learn about using a GPS to travel and find points. Then, they will return to the Fairgrounds. Prizes will be given to groups by placing. For more information or to sign up call the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or email Ben at Please sign up by July 22nd at 5 p.m. Drivers are needed for the event. If you would like to volunteer as a driver contact Ben or call the office.

 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.

 4-Hers Helping 4-Hers

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation has established a fund to 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.

 Fair entries due July 21

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.