Only two trap practices remain for the summer. They will be tonight, July 14 and next Monday, 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.

Casey Foster of Berry Creek Gun & Pawn will be supplying the shells for the County Fair Trap Shoot-off. Be sure to drop a note of thanks to him at: 403 N Main St., Valentine NE 69201.

Public Fashion Show

Everyone is welcome to attend this year’s 4-H Fashion Show on Tuesday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Valentine High School Auditorium. This year’s theme is “Fashion Rocks”. There will also be styles showcased from local businesses. There will be a reception following. Come and support all the 4-H youth who have worked so hard this year on their projects.

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.

Woodworking Skill Day

Today is the last day to sign up for the Woodworking Skill Day to held on July 18. 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. Level 1 and 2 participants need to bring a hammer. Level 2 participants need to bring a hand saw.

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.

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 are due to the Cherry County Extension Office on or before July 21. Entries forms are available on our website or you may call the Office for a hard copy.

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.

Horsemanship Levels

Be sure you have completed the required horsemanship levels by July 21 to compete at the 4-H County Fair Horse Show. Juniors need to have completed level 1. Intermediate and Seniors need to have completed level 2. Don’t wait until the last day to take your written tests!

2014 Clover Kid Days

The last Clover Kid Day for this summer will be on July 23 at the 4-H Building from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. The project area they will be exploring is Theater Arts. 4-H leader, Eve Millar has an eventful afternoon planned! RSVP by July 21. Cost is $5.

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. 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 this 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

2014 Dog, Cat & Pet Exhibitors & Best Dressed Pet Contest

If you plan to show cats, dogs or other small animals or enter in the Best Dressed Pet contest, you need to read all the information in the 2014 Cherry County Fair Premium book on pages 79-83. Proof of vaccination must be attached to the Companion Animal entry form which is due to the Extension Office on July 21. Only those animals listed on page 82-83 are eligible to be shown at County Fair. The Posters class may include entries covering any companion animal (including reptiles, companion birds or others listed.) However, a poster should not display information about an animal which the exhibitor is actually showing at County Fair.

Clover Kid Small Animal Show & Tell    

A Clover Kid Small Animal Show and Tell will be held with the Companion Animal Show on August 7. This is an opportunity for our young 4-H’ers to “show” their pets in a non-competitive setting. Dogs and cats must be on a leash. Submit the Companion Animal Entry Form by July 21 to participate. Please refer to page 79-83 of the 2014 4-H Premium Book for vaccination, kinds of pets, and other requirements.

Team Fitting/Salemanship Contest    

The Team Fitting/Salemanship Contest is August 8 at 5:00 pm CT. Call the Office to sign up for this contest by July 21. Please make sure to arrange and have names for your team before the deadline. No additional teams can be added after the entries are received. Each team must include a member 13 or under.

Static Exhibits    

Static Exhibits are those entries that are displayed in the Exhibit Hall, such as photography, food, woodworking, etc. that are judged with the interview judging process. (The 4-Her must be present to be interviewed by the judge about his/her project exhibit.) 4-Hers have the option of pre-entering items on the entry form found at, by submitting it to the Extension Office by the deadline of July 21. This will make your check-in time for Interview Judging shorter, as the entry tag cards will already be printed and waiting for you. If you prefer, as in the past, you may bring the properly completed form with your exhibits when you come to Interview Judging. Your entries will then be entered into the computer and your entry tags will be printed at that time.

Clover Kid County Fair  

A Clover Kid can submit two entries from each of the project areas he/she is enrolled in (maximum of 3 project areas).  See additional above information regarding Static Exhibits. Clover Kids do participate in Interview Judging.

4-H Dress Codes  

Remember to refer to the 2014 4-H Premium Book for proper dress codes for County Fair 4-H Activities. The 4-H Council will provide the official 4-H T-shirts to you for $3.00 each. Stop by the Extension Office to pick up your T-shirt before Fair. We have a limited selection of white long-sleeved shirts suitable for horse shows. If you need a white shirt for horse shows, stop by the Office to see if we have your size. The white shirts have been donated for that purpose and there is no charge.

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.