Click the below link to find the 2018 Shooting Sports schedule for the spring and summer. This includes the practices and competitions for B.B. Gun, Air Rifle, Archery, .22 and Shotgun.
The complete 4-H Horse Packet is available on our website at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/educational-programs/cherry-county-4-h/ under Cherry County 4-H Horse Project Information. Be sure to read it thoroughly as District Horse Show deadlines are fast approaching.
Clinics, ride meets and Advancement Levels testing information will be sent out at a later time when they are scheduled.
Come join the fun for the 2018 Design Camp at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey on June 14 and 15. This camp is for youth enrolled in “STEAM Clothing 2 – Simply Sewing” or “STEAM Clothing 3 – A Stitch Further” and are 10 years of age or older.
Youth will create their own original design on a yard of fabric, then specifically design fabric for a garment. They will also design a t-shirt learning about Sun Printing and develop their very own Design Portfolio while learning the science behind sewing. By the completion of the two day camp, youth will have learned new skills, designed and made a garment, designed a t-shirt, created a Design Portfolio to enter in Beyond the Needle, and a Clothing Portfolio.
The Cherry County 4-H Council has scholarship funds available for those wishing to attend. Contact the Cherry County Extension Office for details.
Check out the 4-H Design Camp Brochure 2018.
4-H gives youth the opportunity to learn by doing, grow from failure, and develop the skills they need to handle what life throws their way. We are asking you – friends and alumni of Nebraska 4-H — to Raise Your Hand to support 4-H’ers in Nebraska.
Each hand raised is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the three states with the most hands raised. Help bring the high-quality 4-H experience to even more youth right here in Nebraska.
Raise your hand to support youth in your community.
Raising your hand is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
Raise Your Hand: Go to 4-H.org/RaiseYourHand to vote for Nebraska.
Compete for Your State: Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most hands raised.
Pay It Forward: Tweet, post and share your #4HGrown support and ask your network to raise their hands at 4-H.org/RaiseYourHand.
Thank you for your support and don’t forget to Raise Your Hand by May 15!
Ak-Sar-Ben, Animal Ownership Affidavit, April 15, Breed registration papers, DNA, Ear Tags, EID tags, ID sheets, Market Beef, Market Heifers, Market Steers, On-line nomination, Premises ID, State Fair
Please see the below information regarding information for Cherry County and State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben regarding your market beef projects.
Cherry County Only information
Exhibitors will need to tag and have an Animal Ownership Affidavit (ID sheet) turned in to the Extension Office by April 15 to be eligible to show at the Cherry County Fair. 4-H ear tags are available at the Extension Office and will cost $1.25. FFA ear tags can be obtained from your advisor. ID sheets can be found and downloaded at https://4h.unl.edu/county-fair/affidavits. If your animal has a 4-H or FFA ear tag from a stocker feeder project, you do not need to retag.
Ak-Sar-Ben and State Fair information
Exhibitors that plan to show at State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben will need to have the following:
- Exhibitors showing market animals at State Fair or AKSARBEN must have a signed and sealed official DNA collector with hair samples for DNA verification turned into their county office by April 15. It is recommended that you make a copy or a photo image of completed envelope you turn in.
- Complete the online nomination (showstockmgr.com) along with submitting payment online by April 15.
- Any animal carrying an 840 EID tag will require the exhibitor to obtain a Premises ID. Contact the Extension Office if you don’t already have one prior to April 15.
- Exhibitors will be required to complete Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) for the enrolled livestock projects by July 16.
- Exhibitors will notify the County Extension Staff of any retags that may occur up to time of check-in at either the State Fair or AKSARBEN show.
- Exhibitors will select which animal entries they have chosen to show at State Fair on the State Fair pre-entry website. All nominated and validated animals will be automatically listed as a choice option for pre-entry registration.
- 4‐H and FFA youth participants will declare which youth organization they will show their animal projects by August 10 in ShoWorks.
- If an animal is shown in FFA at the State Fair, it is no longer eligible for AKSARBEN. If an animal is entered in FFA, but isn’t exhibited, that animal will still be eligible to be exhibited at AKSARBEN.
- Exhibitors will be required to bring the breed registration association paperwork to check-in at State Fair for animals wanting to show in a breed class. The exhibitors name should be identified on the registration paper.
Cherry County 4-H members are needed to join the Thank You drive for businesses and individuals that donated items for the recently held “Luck of the Draw.”
For the Valentine area, everyone will meet at the Extension Office on Tuesday, April 3rd after school at 3:45. From there, we will divide up and personally visit businesses to thank them for their donations. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to help. We will need at least 6 drivers. If you are willing to drive 4-Hers, or have 4-Hers willing to help, please contact Michelle Garwood at email@example.com or (402) 389-1655.
For the western part of Cherry County Thank You drive, please contact Michelle McNare at 402-322-1438 for a date and time.
If you missed out on “Luck of the Draw” collection, this is a great way to participate and a chance to personally thank those that are great supporters of our 4-H program. Money that was raised during the Luck of the Draw supports Cherry County 4-H awards and trophies, clinics, scholarships, leadership development and project resources.
A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for April 21-22 at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The early bird registration deadline is April 11th.
Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Seven project areas will be offered at the workshop – rifle, pistol, muzzleloading, archery, shotgun, hunting skills, and a new discipline, coordinator. The new certification being offered in Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports, Coordinator, is for individuals who work with certified shooting sports leaders, 4-H club leaders for shooting sports projects,
4-H volunteers managing shooting sports events/competitions.
Coordinators will explore and learn more about the different disciplines in 4-H Shooting Sports, how to support the different types of coaches, structuring a budget, designing a fund-raising plan, build an overall plan focused on positive youth development, practice handling conflict, discover how to manage and recruit volunteers, best practices for managing events and competitions, teaching more than just shooting with science and healthy lifestyles, and work within your county’s 4-H structure.
There is a minimum number of participants needed to offer these disciplines at the workshop. Workshop participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.
The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification and those individuals adding an additional discipline except for Coordinator. The special early bird registration fee for Coordinator is $80 for this workshop. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. The registration fee after April 11 is $150. 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 for Cherry County leaders. Contact the Extension Office if you are interested.
For more workshop information and registration link, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports web page. Or contact your local Nebraska Extension Office or Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691. Registration is available only online at the link provided in the attached brochure or register directly by clicking HERE.
If you or your club has an idea for a program or project that would improve the 4-H experience for Cherry County members, apply for a Cherry County 4-H Foundation Grant. The Cherry County 4-H Foundation offers funding to clubs, independent members or groups that would like to develop and carry out a program that would enhance 4-H programming in Cherry County.
Examples of past projects that have been funded include: Landscape project at the Cherry County Fairgrounds, CWF sponsors, horse clinics, die cut machine, fans for livestock barn at County Fair, B.B. guns, archery equipment, dog agility equipment and trap equipment.
If you would like an application, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Extension Office at 402-376-1850. Applications can be found on our website under “4-H Project Resources” at http://cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h. Grant applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on March 9, 2018.
The purpose of the 4-H Foundation is to act as an integral support system of 4-H programs and youth in Cherry County. The goal of the foundation is to develop leadership and to stimulate interest in lifelong learning, while encouraging the betterment of Cherry County and its communities. Funds generated by the Cherry County 4-H Foundation are to be used for adult and youth trainings, program development and acquisition of equipment to benefit 4-H and youth.
A 4-H Roping Clinic for Tie Down and Breakaway will be held March 24 and 25 in Grand Island. Instructors are Justen Nokes and Garrett Nokes. Stalls are available. This clinic fills fast and is on a first come, first serve basis. Registration and payment is due March 16.
Please see 2018 Roping Clinic flyer for complete details.
The Cherry County 4-H Council will be hosting the annual 4-H “Luck of the Draw” fundraiser during the Heart City Bull Bash on February 10. Local 4-H youth and leaders will connect with the community to raise funds for the Cherry County 4-H program. This is the only annual fundraiser for Cherry County 4-H. Money raised supports 4-H programming, trophies, awards, scholarships, grants, exhibitor t-shirts and project resources.
Tickets may be purchased during the Luck of the Draw event on Saturday, February 10th from 10:00 am to 4 pm at the Veteran’s Club on Main Street. Please make note of the new location!
Tickets may be pre-purchased beginning January 22 through February 5 from Tiffany Swanson at Security First Bank in Valentine or Michelle McNare at Erin Heath’s CPA office in Cody. 4-H members that have volunteered to sell tickets will also have them available.
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 at the Veteran’s Club.