#NE4H Video View Wall

Showing a rabbit. Interview judging. Zooming down the zipline. Aiming for the archery target. Jumping into the saddle. Riding a bike. Baking muffins. Programming a robot.

Nebraska 4-H youth from across the state are learning by doing – and we want to share your #NE4H view with others!

The #NE4H Video View Wall that features 12 large televisions will once again be used at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair as a way of telling the Nebraska 4-H story through point-of-view, highlight reel, and narrative videos taken by Nebraska 4-H’ers, like you.

Using a GoPro, digital camera, or a mobile device, record your 4-H experience (either completing a 4-H project or participating in a 4-H event). Then, edit the footage, upload it to a cloud storage system, and share it for display on the #NE4H Video Wall.

Complete details can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/video-view.

Shooting a rocket. Searching for insects. Sewing a dress. Drilling a hole. Shearing a sheep. We want to see your #NE4H view and share it with others at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair!


Nebraska State Fair entries

4-H’ers planning to exhibit a live animal or participate in an in-person contest at the Nebraska State Fair must register in ShoWorks by August 10 at 5:00 pm. This includes youth participating in any of the following shows or contests:

  • Beef
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Meat goats
  • Poultry
  • Rabbits
  • Dog
  • Dairy Judging Contest
  • Dog Skillathon
  • Livestock Premier Exhibitor
  • Presentations Contest
  • Public Speaking Contest
  • Fashion Show
  • Culinary Challenge Contest
  • Insect ID Contest
  • Tree ID Contest
  • Horticulture ID Contest
  • Weed & Grass ID Contest

Registration must be completed by the family and must be paid for using a credit card. There are no other options for payment. For help entering, please review the 4-H/FFA Registration Instructions or watch our tutorial video. For more information about exhibiting in 4-H at the State Fair, please visit the State Fair 4-H Exhibitor page.

Quilt Show

4-Hers enrolled or interested in quilting should consider attending the Sandhills Piecemakers Quilt Guild show. This Quilt Show is in honor of their 25th anniversary. It will be held on July 21-22 at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church Parish Hall from 10:00 to 4:00 both days.

Mary Lou Kerr will hold a Trunk Show on Saturday, sharing information about patterns and how the quilts were made.

TEC Box – Entrepreneurship program

Cherry County 4-H will be offering an entrepreneurship program for youth ages 8 to 11 on July 26 and 27. This will be held at the Cherry County Extension Office from 1:00 to 3:00 both days.

Youth are invited to experience the exciting world of entrepreneurship where the possibilities are endless and the only thing liming them is their own imagination! Tinker. Explore. Create. or TEC Box, is a program to introduce youth to the idea of entrepreneurship, encourage active listening, facilitate creative problem solving and focus on the non-technical aspects of entrepreneurship.

For more information or to sign up by July 21 call the Cherry County Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or email jdexter3@unl.edu.

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