Dawes County 4-H


Jenny Nixon, Extension Educator/Unit Leader    jnixon@unl.edu
Jamie Goffena, Extension Educator                        jgoffena2@unl.edu
Leah Gremm, Extension Educator                           lgremm2@unl.edu
Jack Arterburn, Extension Educator                       jack.arterburn@unl.edu
Terri Lemmon, Extension Assistant-4-H               tlemmon2@unl.edu
Christi Yeatts-Sprague, Office Manager                 cyeatts-sprague2@unl.edu

Facebook:  Nebraska Extension Dawes County

FUN SUMMER ACTIVITIES! - Check out what is planned so far

4-H Fair Schedule 2017

4-H Fairbook 2017

NEW - NE 4-H County Fair Website!

4-H Clover Chase Scavenger Hunt starts March 1

Raise Your Hands Alumni and Support Nebraska 4-H - Starts March 1

2016-2017 4-H Calendar of Events
(updated 06/23/2017)

4-H Enrollment Information and Project Resource Central:

4HOnline - Enrollment System


4-H Enrollment for Members and 4-H Project Enrollment Deadline - June 1

4-H Animal Affidavits (ID Sheets) Deadline - June 1:  Includes Rabbit, Horse, Beef (Market, Breeding Heifer, Feeder Calf), Dairy, Sheep (Market, Breeding), Goat (Market, Breeding, Dairy), and Swine (Market). 

Formerly known as Livestock Quality Assurance - June 1 (Includes Poultry, Rabbit, Beef, Dairy, Goat, Sheep, and Swine).  New site is ready - Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

Dog & Cat Vaccination Forms Deadline - July 15

Dawes County Fair Entry Deadline - July 15 (without fee)

Dawes County Fair LATE Entry Deadline - July 19 (with fee)


YEAR AROUND Small Engine Repair - 7 pm, Wahlstrom Ford OR Henkens Roberts Building, Fairgrounds. EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING. Contact Roger Eaton.

Livestock Evaluation Classes:

  •       Classroom - 3rd Thursday at 5:30 pm, Extension Office
  •        Field - 2nd Sunday at 1:00 pm, Fairgrounds

June 29:  Shopping in Style!  Extension Office, 9 am - 3 pm, Register by June 26
July 12: 
"Home on the Range" - Plant ID, Collection, Range Judging Contest, Chadron State College Rangland Complex
July 19:  Consumer & Family Sciences (Pre-Fair) Day with Clothing and Fashion Judging, FCS Life Challenge, Presentations, Public Fashion Show, Chadron High School

SUMMER LIVESTOCK EVENTS - Judging, Progress Shows, Horse Shows

State 4-H Horse Show, Grand Island, July 16-20, 2017

2016-2017 Dawes County 4-H Executive Council:

Clint Phillips, Suzanne Davidson, Maribeth Moore-Cogdill, Kerri Wild,
Jera Boeselager, Karen Lewin, Jodi Sellman

Youth Members - Madison Cogdill, Clayton Vahrenkamp, Cody Madsen




Dawes County 4-H Council Constitution & By-Laws


Active Dawes County Clubs

Bordeaux Trappers - Roger Eaton Leader                                                             Chadron
Corn Valley - Justin & Tami Tollman, Leaders                                                    Crawford
Dawes County Jr. Leaders, Jodi Sellman & Robert Vahrenkamp, Advisors  Chadron/Crawford
Happy Hustlers - Suzanne Davidson, Leader                                                       Chadron
Highland Huddlers - Jodi Sellman, Leader                                                           South of Chadron
Ponderosa Pals - Bill Cogdill, Leader                                                                      Chadron

Small Engines - meets all year on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.  Roger Eaton Instructor
Hound Dog U - meets Tuesday evenings from October to November.  Professor Roger Eaton Instructor
Shooting Sports - meets Saturday or Thursday evenings from November to March.  Roger Eaton Instructor


Nebraska 4-H Club Resources
Nebraska 4-H Guidelines for Leaders
Nebraska 4-H Policy & Procedure HandbookNebraska 4-H Council Financial Handbook - TO BE USED FOR CLUB FINANCES TOO!
4-H Club Tax Exempt Information
Volunteer Information
Dawes County 4-H Handbook
2017 Veterinary Feed Directives Information
Livestock Premise ID Information


  • Dawes County 4-H Foundation - Financial Assistance Form.  Providing financial assistance for 4-H related activities and educational opportunities which occur outside of county lines.
  • FSA Youth Loans - FS2301.  Helping 4-H and FFA members purchase livestock, feed, and supplies for their projects.
  • White River Feed in Chadron 4-H Feed Program.  No interest and no application.  4-H members may charge their feed and pay after they sell their 4-H project animal.
  • Farmer's Co-Op in Hemingford 4-H Feed Program - Application.  Helping 4-H members finance their livestock feeding needs.
  • Kickstarter is a website where people post descriptions of their projects and anyone can chip in to help. Some pledge a few bucks, others preorder the product by contributing above a certain level.  It’s quite simple. You have a project you want to fund. You set a minimum amount to be raised. If you hit that target within 30 days of posting, everyone who pledged money gets their credit cards charged. You get the money and move forward with the project. If you do not reach the funding goal, nobody pays and you find another way to fund your project.  Crowdfunding: Supporters, prospective customers collectively contribute money needed to get a product to market. Not a new concept; think of it as a glorified tip jar or a formal loan—not funded by a bank, but by people.

4-H Newsletters:

May 2017
April 2017

March 2017
February 2017
January 2017

December 2016
November 2016

October 2016
September 2016
July 2016
June 2016

Animal Affidavits / Project Books:
NEW - NE 4-H County Fair Website with Affidavits!


Career Portfolio Information

Award Application for Medals

Clover Kid Record Book

Diamond Clover Awards

Project Records - Scroll to bottom of the page for list

  • NE4H9010- Nebraska 4-H Project Record  doc
  • NE4H9020- Nebraska 4-H Animal Project Record  doc
  • NE4H9030- Nebraska 4-H Companion Animal Project Record  doc
  • NE4H9040- Nebraska 4-H Junior Leader Project Record  doc


Nebraska 4-H Website
Nebraska 4-H Horse Information
Nebraska 4-H Foundation
UNL Marketplace - Order 4-H Curriculum Here!
4-H Mall - Order 4-H Curriculum and More Here!
4-H Judge's Resources