4-H Music & Entertainment will take place during the Cherry County Fair on Friday, August 11th at 4:00. If you would like to sing, play an instrument or have a special talent to share on stage, contact Eve Millar at 402-425-3303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer seems to be flying by so I wanted to be sure to remind 4-Hers of a few things prior to the rush of County Fair and pre-fair activities.
- Special Foods Contest is July 6 with entries due June 30. The Special Foods handbook and entry forms can be found under Cherry County Fair Events Resources at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/educational-programs/cherry-county-4-h/ or stop by the Extension Office for a hard copy.
- Clothing Day is July 11 with entries due June 30. Project judging on Clothing Day includes: Knitting, Crocheting, Needle Arts, Quilt Quest, Quilts of Valor, Shopping in Style, STEAM Clothing I: Fundamentals, STEAM Clothing II: Simply Sewing, STEAM Clothing III: A Stitch Further, Tailoring, STEAM Clothing: Beyond the Needle and Clover Kid sewing projects. Please remember, this is the only judging for these projects. 4-H members cannot bring them to the Exhibit Hall entry day during fair, as there are no 4-H clothing judges available that day. July 11 is also the day of the Fashion Show Judging. Entry forms can be found under Cherry County Fair Events Resources at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/educational-programs/cherry-county-4-h/ or stop by the Extension Office for a hard copy. The public Fashion Show will be held during County Fair on Friday, August 11 at 5:30 PM at the Fairgrounds.
- Look at project requirements in the Fairbook. Pay special attention to labeling requirements and any additional information that may be needed. The Fairbook can be found under Cherry County Fair Events Resources at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/educational-programs/cherry-county-4-h/ or stop by the Extension Office for a hard copy.
- All other 4-H fair entries are due Monday, July 24. Entries may be mailed, dropped off at the Extension Office, emailed to email@example.com faxed to 402-376-2867. We have a drop box (mailbox) near the front steps of the building if you cannot get here during business hours. Entries for everything expect what goes to the Exhibit Hall is pre-entered including: Shooting Sports, Horse, Dog, Beef, Sheep, Swine, Companion Animals, Poultry, Rabbit, Clover Kid Small Animals, Bucket Calves, Goats and Dairy. Include Team Fitting on the Beef entry form. Static exhibits may be pre-entered if you would like to have entry tags waiting for you on entry day of the fair. It is not required, but it will speed up check-in. If not pre-entering, bring a filled out entry form to the Exhibit Hall on entry day.
- The $10 late fee will apply to all entries not received by July 24. Late entries will not be accepted after July 26.
All entry forms can be found under Cherry County Fair Events Resources at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/educational-programs/cherry-county-4-h/ or stop by the Extension Office for hard copies.
Youth planning to exhibit any livestock, poultry or rabbit projects at the county fair are required to complete Livestock Quality Assurance (LQA). This includes: beef, sheep, swine, rabbit, poultry, meat and dairy goats and dairy cattle. Three options for completing this requirement are out-lined below.
- A hands-on training for Cherry County 4-Hers will be held in conjunction with the Livestock Judging Contest on June 20 at Valentine Livestock Auction at 4:00 PM, CT. Attention new families: This is by far the easiest option, mark your calendars and plan to attend!
Youth NOT attending the class offered in conjunction with the Livestock Judging Contest must complete either the online LQA (all ages) or the Written Test Out Option (ages 12-18).
- Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)
The new LQA Online Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is available at yqca.learngrow.io. Cost of the course is $15.
- You will use your 4HOnline login (email address) and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family. Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course.
- If you have forgotten your password for 4-H Online, use the 4-H Online program to make a password change. Then log into YQCA.
- Google Chrome browser works best for this program.
- All registration questions with YQCA should be directed firstname.lastname@example.org. There will not be local support for the YQCA program.
- All 4-H’ers need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations.
- Youth are required to complete three (3) modulesin the YQCA Online Course by July 24 in order to complete this year’s LQA requirements. To receive credit for the modules, youth will need to pass the module’s associated quiz with a score of 80% or higher. If youth do not pass a quiz on the first try they will have the option to return to the materials and review them again prior to attempting the quiz, or choose a different module instead.
- Please print the certificate of completion from YQCA and bring it to the Extension Office when complete or email to email@example.com.
Intermediate and senior level youth are eligible to test-out by taking a written test at the Extension office to fulfill Quality Assurance age level requirements. To test-out of Quality Assurance, please contact the Extension office at 402-376-1850 for more information and/or to schedule a testing time.
All training and/or testing must be completed by July 24.
Animal ID sheets (animal ownership affidavit forms) are due to the Extension Office no later than June 15. ID sheets and ear tags may be picked up at the Extension Office or you can find the ID forms at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/educational-programs/cherry-county-4-h/ under Cherry County 4-H Project Resources.
This applies to:
- Breeding Heifers
- Feeder Calves
- FFA Bulls
- Bucket Calves
- Cow/Calf pairs
- Dairy & Meat Goats
- Breeding & Market Sheep
- Market & Breeding Hogs
- Horse (unless turned in with District entries)
- Dairy Heifers
There will not be a county-wide I.D. day for livestock. There is no need to take pictures of your animals.
Be sure to review the information on the Sandhills Production breeding heifer classes on our website at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/educational-programs/cherry-county-4-h/ under Cherry County 4-H Project Resources.
If you are planning to show livestock at State Fair or AK-SAR-BEN, DNA samples must be turned by June 15. State Fair Breeding Heifers must have a tattoo and registration papers. Registration papers need to be submitted (unless showing commercial) along with a Breeding Nomination Card. FFA Stocker Feeders showing at State Fair will need an EID tag and Breeding Nomination Card. 4-H Feeder Calves going to AK-SAR-BEN need an EID tag and DNA collected. A premise ID is required for any animal carrying an EID tag. County only breeding heifers may have a ranch tag or tattoo. If you have questions about the process, please contact Jody at (402) 376-1850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This workshop for beginning sewers will take place June 6 at the Exhibit Hall of the Cherry County Fairgrounds. We will begin at 10:00 AM, CT and should conclude by approximately 3:00. Youth will sew a pillowcase, pajama bottoms and decorate a t-shirt to match.
What to bring?
Pillowcase: 7/8 yard of fabric for the body of the pillowcase, ½ yard for the cuff and 1/8 yard for the trim band, matching thread. Please select good quality, 100% cotton fabric. Preshrink your fabrics by washing and drying them in the dryer. Remove from dryer, straighten and press.
PJ Bottoms: 2 1/8 yard of 45 inch wide fabric or 1 ¼ yard of 60 inch wide fabric. Enough elastic for the waistband and matching thread. Select cotton or flannel fabric. Pre-shrink by washing.
T-shirt: Buy your own to coordinate with the PJ Bottoms or choose from our supply ($5).
Please bring a sack lunch, sewing notions, matching thread and sewing machine. The Extension Office has a few machines to borrow if needed. There is a $5 fee to cover patterns and extras and an additional $5 if using a t-shirt from our supply. Pre-register by May 31 to ensure enough supplies.
This is for all ages in and will fit projects in STEAM Clothing 1 and Beyond the Needle.
4-H Leader, Robbi Blume will be hosting a series of workshops to construct a quilted wall hanging.
4-Hers will learn how to use the Accu Quilt and Accu Cut machines for the project. Workshops will be held on May 31 from 2 to 4, June 9, 16 and 23 from 10 to noon at the Cherry County Extension Office. 4-Hers need to be able to attend 3 of the 4 workshops to complete their project.
Fabric will be supplied unless there is something special the 4-Hers want to use. 4-Hers should bring a sewing machine, sewing kit and a helper if needed. Cost for the series is $15. Pre-register by May 26 to ensure enough supplies. This is for ages 8 and up and the completed project will fit in the Design Decisions or Quilt Quest projects.
The Cherry County 4-H Livestock Committee has made a few changes concerning Market Beef projects for 2017. There will not be a Rate of Gain Contest for market steers and heifers. Consequently, there is no longer a mandatory county ID and weigh-in.
County only exhibitors will need to tag and have ID sheets turned in to the Extension Office by April 15 to be eligible to show at county fair. Tags and ID sheets are available at the Extension Office.
Exhibitors that plan to show at State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben will need to have EID tags, DNA collected and ID sheets submitted to the Extension Office by April 15. Verification will need to take place by a livestock committee member or Extension Staff.
Come hear the entertaining talents of your fellow 4-Hers during the Cherry County Fair! They will be performing on the entertainment stage in the Pavilion on Friday, August 12 from 5:00 to 5:30. Stay and watch the 4-H Fashion Show beginning at 5:30.
All Cherry County 4-Hers are wanted for a group photo at the Cherry County Fair!
This photo will be taken on Friday, August 12, at the conclusion of the Fashion Show at about 6:00 pm in the Pavilion. Find leaders Maggie Cox and Michelle Garwood near the stage and they will line everyone up and take the photo. Please wear your 4-H t-shirt and a smile!
We want to show everyone that Cherry County 4-H is over 200 members strong! This photo will be used for promotional and historical purposes.
This year we are adding a fun new contest to the Cherry County Fair, Ice Cream Making! Any 4-Her is eligible to complete in the ‘You Scream, I Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream’ contest that will be held on Thursday, August 11th beginning at 4 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Youth will create their very own Coffee Can Ice Cream with their choice of flavor and will be judged to decide who makes the ‘Sweetest Treat of them All’. To sign up, contact the Extension Office at 402-376-1850, or contact Ben at email@example.com by Wednesday, August 10th at 5. Participants are required to bring all their own utensils and ingredients (Ice and Salt will be provided). The only main recipe to be used is as follows (you get to add your own flavor twist):
1 c. Milk
1 c. Whipping Cream
½ c. Sugar
½ tsp. Vanilla
1 lb. Coffee can w/ lid (or similar container)
2 lb. Coffee can w/ lid (or similar container)
- Place milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla in 1 lb. (small) coffee can. Place on lid and shake to dissolve sugar.
- Place small can into 2 lb. (large) can and pack crushed ice around smaller can.
- Pour ¾ c. salt evenly on ice.
- Place lid on large can
- Pick a partner; roll the can back and forth for 10 minutes
- Remove small can and wipe off the outside. Remove lid and stir ice cream with spoon or spatula (this is also the best time to add different flavors to your ice cream). Replace lid.
- Drain water from large can and place small can back inside, repack large can with ice and add another ¾ c. salt.
- Roll the can back and forth between your partner and you for 5 more minutes.
- Remove small can and wipe clean.
- Scoop out ice cream and enjoy!
Here are just a few flavor suggestions. Come up with whatever crazy flavor you can think of!
Nut Brittle: Grind or Crush nut brittle, add 1/3 to ½ c.
Raspberry or Strawberry: In step 1, add 1-2 drops red food coloring, 1/2 c. berries
Chocolate: In step 1, add 3-4 Tablespoons
Cherry Mint: In step 1, as 1-2 drops green food coloring and a few drops of mint extract. (Do NOT add vanilla) Add ½ c. chopped maraschino cherries.
Banana: Add ½ c mashed bananas and ½ tsp. lemon juice
Mint: In step 1, reduce vanilla to 1/8 tsp, add oil of peppermint to taste, 1-2 drops green food coloring
Peach: Add ½ c. mashed peaches
Chocolate chip: Add ½ c mini chocolate chips
Peppermint stick: In step 1 add 1-2 drops red food coloring. Add ¼-1/3 c. finely crushed peppermint sticks