Horse Incentive

A reminder to those involved in the horse project, the Horse Incentive calendar log sheets and award request form is due to the Extension Office by October 15. If this is your rookie year, be sure to turn this in! There are a variety of awards you can earn for the time you spent on your horse project from May 1 through September 30. Go to the horse information on our website to get the full details and find the request form and log sheets at

Shooting Sports – Air Pistol

There will be an informational meeting for 4-Hers and their parents that want to participate in the 4-H Air Pistol program. This informational meeting will be held at the Cherry County Extension Office on September 29 at 7:30 pm. 4-H leader, John Wilson, will go over needed equipment, expected cost and set practice times. This is for 4-Hers 8 years old and up. Please bring your calendars. Don’t hesitate to call or email if you have questions.

Awards, Ribbons & Exhibits

Families that need to stop by the Extension Office to pick up either ribbons, awards or exhibits include: Jeff Fay, Witt, Hammond, Marty Miller, Blume, Hockenbary, Painter, Kippes (from 2013) and Schied. We still have jeans, t-shirt and shoes left from Clothing Day. 4-Hers that turned in Sandhills Production records at County Fair can pick them up. Those include: Hollopeter, Chism Miller, Lincoln and Brawner.

Livestock Sale Checks

4-Hers that sold animals in the county fair Livestock Sale should be watching their mail for the checks. Checks will be mailed on September 18. Bernie Eklund at Union Bank & Trust and Greg Arendt and Lisa Bellin at Valentine Livestock Auction spend a lot of time and effort on ensuring that you are rewarded for your efforts in your projects. In addition to a special thank you to your buyers, please drop these three volunteers a note of your appreciation. Bernie Eklund, Union Bank & Trust, PO Box 783, Valentine NE 69201. Greg Arendt/Lisa Bellin, Valentine Livestock Auction, 126 N Government, Valentine NE 69201.

 Career Portfolios  

All Cherry County 4-Hers are encouraged to submit the Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio. This is the annual record-keeping system used by 4-H youth. It is a composite of all 4-H and non 4-H projects/activities throughout an individual’s 4-H career. It includes your project accomplishments, leadership, community service and educational experiences. The Career Portfolio is required for Cherry Co. youth to be eligible for many county and state awards. Some of our county awards include individual project areas (beef, horse, communications, foods and nutrition, shooting sports, woodworking, entomology, etc.) and Best Record Book for Jr., Int., and Sr. divisions. Nebraska will select youth to represent the state at the National 4-H Youth Congress based on achievements outlined in the Career Portfolio. Information is available at the Extension Office about forms, requirements, awards, etc. If you need help in completing your Career Portfolio, call Jody at the Extension Office. Appointments can be made to assist your club or small group with your Career Portfolio. The portfolios are due to the Extension Office by October 13.

Go to to find instructions and a downloadable copy.

A great video resource in helping complete the Career Portfolio can be found at

 Family Fall Festival & Year End Recognition

The Cherry County 4-H Council invites all 4-H families and friends to attend the Family Fall Festival & Year End Recognition for some old fashioned family fun. There will be horse drawn wagon rides, horse shoes, bobbing for apples, pumpkin painting, cake walk, photo booth and more! This will be held on October 19 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. Fun and games will take place from 3 to 5 pm. A potluck dinner and short recognition program will begin at 5 pm. Awards from the Career Portfolio judging will be given. Cherry County 4-H has over 200 members and the Council would love to see all of them there! Mark your calendars and plan to attend.

 Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshops Offered in October

Two Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshops are scheduled in October. They will be held October 11-12 in Seward and October 25-26 at Auburn. Both workshops will be held at the fairgrounds in the respective locations. Registration deadline for Seward is October 1 and the deadline to register for the Auburn session is October 15.

Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Four project areas will be offered at the Seward Workshop – shotgun, rifle, hunting skills, and archery. Three project areas will be available at Auburn – pistol, rifle and archery. Participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.

The registration fee is $100.00 per person for initial certification and $90.00 for any person that is adding an additional discipline. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements.  Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.  The Cherry County 4-H Council has scholarships available to off-set the cost. Currently Cherry County has no one certified in Archery. Please consider this discipline as we have 4-Hers interested in the Archery project.

Please share this information with potential volunteers. For more information and registration materials see the 4-H Shooting Sports web page at, or contact the Extension Office or Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691.

4-H Camp Trail Ride in Halsey

The Nebraska State 4-H Camp near Halsey is hosting their annual 4-H Camp Trail Ride on October 10 – 12, 2014. Riders are invited to bring family, friends and their horses to ride the trails through the Nebraska National Forest. Four trail rides will be held throughout the weekend.

In addition to the trail rides, the AQHA will be putting on Trial Challenges. Prizes will be given out to the best in class and there will be other drawings.  All ages are encouraged to see how rider and their horse can work together to conquer these challenges.

On Saturday, along with the Trail Rides & Trail Challenges there will be a crafts you can make for your horse.  A huge steak supper will start at 5:30 pm for the riders and those who would like to come in and enjoy a great meal and a night of entertainment.

The Old Rusty Minstrels, Bill Hord and Larry Porter, will provide entertainment. Lyrics will be provided on a big screen so those attending may sing along. They will start singing at 6:30 pm.  You are invited to come and listen, dance or sing. There will be a silent and live auction following the meal.  Donated auction items are much appreciated. All money will go toward camper scholarships and camp up keep.

More information can be found at or by calling (308) 533-2224 or (308) 880-0121.

CASNR Power of Red Open House

High school and transfer students can learn about the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the Experience the Power of Red Open House on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The open house, held on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus, gives students the chance to hear about the college’s 30 academic programs and two pre-professional programs. They can also meet current UNL faculty, staff and students.

The open house will begin at 9 a.m. with refreshments and a browsing session, when students can get a brief introduction to each department in the college. Following a welcome at 10 a.m., students and parents will attend academic sessions that offer more in-depth information about each academic program. The event finishes with lunch and a scholarship drawing at 12:45 p.m. Optional tours of both UNL campuses start at 2 p.m.

Academic interest areas featured at the open house include agribusiness/agricultural economics; agricultural education/agricultural and environmental sciences communication/hospitality, restaurant and tourism management; agronomy; animal science; applied science; biochemistry; food science and technology; food technology for companion animals; forensic science; grazing livestock systems; horticulture; insect science; mechanized systems management/agricultural engineering/biological systems engineering; microbiology; natural resources, including applied climate science, environmental restoration science, environmental studies, fisheries and wildlife, grassland ecology and management, natural resources and environmental economics and water science; PGA golf management; plant biology; turfgrass and landscape management; veterinary science; and the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship program.

For more information or to register, visit \

4-H Club of the Month

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska 4-H Ambassadors have joined together to start a program which recognizes 4-H clubs throughout the state of Nebraska. Any 4-H club may nominate themselves to be the Club of the Month. Nominations are due the second Friday of the month before the club will be the Club of the Month. The club who is chosen to be Club of the Month will receive a $50 cash card from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and their story will be showcased on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation’s Facebook, Twitter, and website along with the State 4-H website and Facebook and in their local newspaper. Nomination forms can be found at