Premier Livestock Exhibitor Award

The Premier Livestock Exhibitor Award is designed to recognize and honor Cherry County 4-H members that show a dedication to the agricultural industry. Winners of this award will have demonstrated their passion, hard work and integrity through participation in events related to their livestock projects. 4-H exhibitors must meet the minimum requirements, have the highest score from the point system and show at least one of the species of beef, sheep, swine, goat and/or dairy to qualify. Points will be accumulated starting after the end of the Cherry County Fair of the previous year (2016) until/including County Fair livestock shows of the current year (August 2017). The winner will be awarded their choice of a belt buckle or an equivalent monetary award donated by the Dale and Karen Bowlin family.

Complete details can be found at Cherry County Premier Livestock Exhibitor Award version 2.

Friend of 4-H

It is nomination time for the Cherry County Friend of 4-H award. Friend of 4-H is our chance to show recognition of individuals or businesses that are dedicated to making our 4-H program in Cherry County a success.

To nominate an individual or business, simply submit an essay that describes how this person or business has impacted and influenced Cherry County 4-H. Nominations are due by July 12th and can be dropped off at the Extension Office or emailed to 4-H Council member, Dana Ramm at dramm@elanco.com. Presentation of the Friend of 4-H will take place prior to the Livestock Sale during the county fair on Saturday, August 12.

Pre-fair and Fair event reminders

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 jdexter3@unl.edu 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.

 

Photography Project reminders

2017 4-H Photography Theme – The 2017 4-H Photography Theme for Units 1, 2 and 3 is RURAL AMERICA! Reflect your definition of RURAL AMERICA! Capture rural living in your Nebraska county through your camera lens! Use your photo to express what rural means to you, why you value rural life or how rural life is changing. This is YOUR story to tell!

Preparation of exhibits for fair – This helpful publication gives information on how to prepare your photographs for county and state fair entries.

Photography Project Data Sheets – Nebraska 4-H has implemented new data sheets for photography exhibits entered at fair. These are to be attached to the back of each photo entered. They are different for the specific class entered. The sheets may be accessed and filled in or printed and filled in by hand. Photography Unit I Data TagPhotography Unit II Print/Display Data TagPhotography Unit II Showcase Data Tag and Photography Unit III Data Tag.

For more information go to Cherry County 4-H Project Resources at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/educational-programs/cherry-county-4-h/.

4-H STEM Day Camps

Area youth are invited to attend the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Day Camps that will be held July 18 and 19 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds.

Youth will learn the Engineering Design Process taught by UNL STEM Outreach Interns.

July 18 activities: Wired for Wind – discover engineering design and wind physics through building, testing and calculations using small wind turbines; Monsters – make a plush monster with light up eyes using circuits of conductive thread; Mining for ChoCOALate – discover renewable and nonrenewable resources and sharing limited resources using cookies.

July 19 activities: Solar Cars – discover engineering design through building and testing solar powered cars; Paper Circuits – explore electrical circuits using conductive tape, paper and a battery; Food, Fuel and Fiber – discover sugar chemistry and the structure of sugars, starches and celluloses, culminating in how the body rapidly breaks down starch into sugar in a wet chemistry experiment.

Participants may attend one or both days and the workshops are intended for youth ages 8 to 15. It is limited to the first 25 registered. Cost is $10 per day for 4-H members and $15 per day for non 4-H members. For more information or to register call the Cherry County Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or email jdexter3@unl.edu. Registrations are due by July 14. These day camps are partially funded by the Cherry County 4-H Foundation.

Science, technology, engineering, and applied mathematics form the STEM program priority. Nebraska 4-H works to develop science interests, skills, and abilities in the areas of agriculture, energy, environmental stewardship, and technology, of youth across the state. Through STEM programs, youth develop positive interests and attitudes about science and related careers, gain a base knowledge of science content and their projects, apply science to their 4-H projects, utilize science skills and abilities to solve everyday situations and teach others about science related to their projects.  STEM programs help youth process information, analyze complex problems and make informed decisions regarding current agricultural, environmental, energy, and technology related issues, and seek out higher education opportunities and careers related to science.

Through STEM programs youth develop important life skills, including: decision-making, problem solving, critical thinking and wise use of resources.

Check out the link below for a flyer.

STEM flyer2017

Special Foods Contest

The Special Foods Contest will be held on July 6 at the Catholic Parish Hall. The first session will begin at 10:00 AM, CT. Depending on the number of entries, a possible second session will begin at 12:30.

4-H participants will have 90 minutes to prepare a main dish for a meal and complete a place setting. During the preparation time the judge will observe and score on components including: measuring methods, presentation of finished place setting, knowledge of nutrients and personal diet needs.

There are Junior (8 -10), Intermediate (11-13) and Senior (14-18) divisions.  For more information, contact the Extension Office.  The Special Foods Handbook is available under “Cherry County Project Resources” and entry forms can be found under “Cherry County Fair Events Resources” on our website at cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h. Stop by the Extension Office if you would like a hard copy. Entries are due on or before June 30. An agenda with participants start times will be sent to 4-Hers after entries are received.

4-H Clothing Day

Cherry County’s 2017 Clothing Day is fast approaching! It will be held Tuesday, July 11 at the Valentine High School beginning at 10:00 AM, CT.  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.  The public Fashion Show will be held during County Fair on Friday, August 11 at 5:30 PM at the Fairgrounds.

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 http://cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h under Cherry County Fair Events Resources. Contact the Extension Office if you prefer a hard copy. Refer to the 2017 Cherry County 4-H Premium book pages 21-31 to make sure the clothing projects are entered in the correct list of classes.  Entry forms are due on or before  June 30. 

The style review narration must be submitted with the entry form by June 30. Refer to the 2017 Cherry County 4-H Premium book page 30 to make sure the fashion show entry is entered in the correct list of classes.  Narrations will not be re-written. They will be read as submitted, so please be legible, complete, and creative.

 

Narration must be submitted in this format:

  • Name________________  Age _________________   4-H Club __________________

School __________________________________  upcoming grade in school__________

  • Plus, write a script about you and your outfit that is long enough to span the time it takes to model on stage. Please emphasize fashion trends, not a detailed description of your outfit. Include in your script one new experience you had while selecting/constructing/modeling your outfit. This is in keeping with State Fair requirements.

Following are two examples of the kind of script envisioned:

Crisp white lines, cooled by silky blue navy, is the perfect fabric choice for Janet Smith from Rice County. She worked a miracle turning these fabrics into a stylized cardigan jacket, a pleated skirt, and a soft blouse. Janet enjoyed learning the art of making pleats with her skirt. This high school senior loves playing softball.

 Dan Brown, from Block County, wears this grey European-cut, double-breasted suit he made from 100% wool. Dan sewed with wool for the first time this year. The fuller-cut, athletic fit is perfect for this high school junior, who will be a starter on his football team this fall.

Design My Space Workshop

4-H leader, Michelle Garwood will host a Design My Space Workshop on June 16 from 1:30-4:30 pm at the Cherry County Extension Office.

Youth will learn the elements and principles of design and will create a bulletin board, a metal tooling wall hanging, and a pencil holder from rolled recycled paper.

Cost for the workshop will be $10.  Fabric for the bulletin board is available or bring your own the size of the bulletin board you would like to make.   Please bring a recycled glass jar (about medium pickle jar size) and old magazines (about 2-3 per child).   Please register by June 15 by calling the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or emailing jdexter3@unl.edu.

Robotics workshop

A Robotics project workshop will be held on July 12 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds from 9 AM to noon.

This workshop, hosted by 4-H leader Chad Gaver, will introduce youth to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. It is designed for youth in grades 4-8, but older youth are welcome to attend. During this workshop youth will design, build and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology.

Adult volunteers are encouraged to attend and learn side-by-side with the 4-Hers. It will give the adults an introduction to First Lego League and they will have the knowledge base to support a long term program.  No technical skills required! Attendance at this workshop will help Cherry County 4-H determine long-term programming and interest in developing an area First Lego League team.

Pre-register by July 10 by calling the Cherry County Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or email jdexter3@unl.edu

To learn more about the Robotics program and First Lego League go to http://4h.unl.edu/nebraskarobotics.

Volunteers needed for Mobile Children’s Museum

The Valentine Rotary Club is seeking youth volunteers between the ages of 15 and 19 as well as adults to assist with the Mobile Children’s Museum. Volunteers are needed for two shifts each day. Training for the activities will be provided. This is a great opportunity for 4-Hers to provide a community service.

The Nebraska150 Celebration’s “Truckin’ Through Nebraska: A Mobile Children’s Museum” will be at Valentine High School Parking on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25.

Hours of operation will be:

  • Saturday, June 24: 1:00 p.m.-8:00p.m.
  • Sunday, June 25: 1:00 p.m.-8:00p.m.

Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. While exhibits in the Mobile Children’s Museum are intended for children ages 5-12, audiences of all ages are welcome. All visitors 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

4-Hers and their families that would like to volunteer can contact Ronna Morse at 402-322-0404 or email at ronna.morse@gmail.com or Jennifer Nollette at nollettej@mpcc.edu. Please contact Jennifer or Ronna by June 14 if you can help.