Dog and Cat Vaccinations – Plan ahead and make sure your dog or cat vaccination records are up to date as they are due with the Companion Animal fair entry form (July 24) and subject to the $10 late fee.
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.
4-Hers enrolled in the Cat project have an opportunity to participate in a state-wide event.
The Nebraska 4-H Video Cat Showmanship Contest provides youth an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills they have developed in their 4-H cat project. The contest is open to youth ages 10-18 who are enrolled in the cat project.
Youth should thoroughly review the rules and regulations below before participating. Rules can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/cat-showmanship-contest.
Videos will be recorded by Extension staff at the Cherry County Extension Office on July 28. Contact the office to set a recording time. The Extension office will then submit youth’s entry including the video recording and Cat Vaccination Form.
April 29th is the National 4-H Day of Service. On this day, 4-Hers as well as volunteers will be working within their communities to meet the needs of those around them. This year, the Panhandle 4-H District, including Cherry County, has teamed up with Bomgaars to help restore part of the fencing that was lost during the fire near Ash Hollow.
On March 16th a wildfire started near Lewellen burning approximately 4600 acres or 7 square miles of grassland as well as many miles of fencing. Although there were no livestock or structure losses, at least five families in the area that have lost a significant amount of pastureland through this tragedy.
On Saturday, April 29th from 9am to noon, 4-H members will be located at Bomgaars stores across the region to receive Donations for Donuts. Bomgaars has graciously agreed to provide the donuts as well as a matching fund up to $3,000. All of the proceeds will go to the families to help them restore the fencing that was lost in the fire. Depending on the materials used, a mile of fence costs approximately $10,000 to build.
Cherry County 4-Hers (and adults) are needed to assist with manning the donation table on April 29th from 9 to noon at Bomgaars. Please contact the Extension Office by April 27 if you can help.
Cat Club is a monthly webinar series offering educational information about caring for your cat and showing your cat in 4-H. Youth do not need to be enrolled in 4-H or in the 4-H cat project to participate. Cat Club is a great resource for anyone interested in showing cats in 4-H whether you have one now or not! Youth of all ages are welcome to join. Webinar topics change each month and cover topics such as
selecting a cat
at home cat setup
The Cat Club series is held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm CT.