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

Post Fair Positive Improvement Meeting - August 16, 2016

Minutes          4-H Fair Schedule 2017

4-H Horse Camp - June 8-10, 2017

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 03/16/2017)

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). 

Quality Assurance for ALL Market & Breeding Animal Projects Deadline (QA link will only work until February 28) - 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

April 10: Dawes County 4-H General Council Meeting, 6 pm, Extension Office
April 17:  Dawes County 4-H Public Speaking Contest, 6 pm, Chadron High School Auditorium.  Speech Outline   pdf   doc          PSA Outline   pdf   doc
April 22:  Panhandle Regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest, 9 am,
Harrison, Bridgeport, Sidney.  Entry Form   pdf   doc
April 23-29:  National Volunteer Week
May 8-10:  Babysitting Basics, Harrison
May 12: Entries due for District 4-H Horse Show
May 22-24:  Babysitting Basics, Chadron
May 23:  Engineering Day Camp, 9 am (8-10); 1pm (11-14), Extension Office
May 25:  Horseback Riding Practice & Level Testing, 6 pm, Fairgrounds
May 26:  Hop & Skip 2 It Rabbit/Poultry Workshop, 1-4 pm, Fairgrounds
May 30:  Dawes County Sheep & Goat Clinic, 9 am - 2 pm, Fairgrounds
May 30:  Dawes County Sheep & Goat Weigh-in, 3 - 6 pm, Fairgrounds
May 30-31:  LOG N Leadership Camp, State 4-H Camp, Halsey, Applications due May 1
                       Essay Application    pdf      doc
                       Video Application    pdf      doc

Wilderness Wonders Camp, June 2-3, 2017
Great Outdoors Camp, June 6, 2017
4-H Horse Camp, June 8-10, 2017  DEADLINE MAY 19!
       Registration Form       T-Shirt Order Form
Fun in the Sun Progress Show (Cheyenne County), June 10, 2017
Sheridan County 4-H Livestock Progress Show, June 11, 2017
Deuel County 4-H Livestock Progress Show, June 11, 2017
Pre-District / Practice Horse Show, June 12, 2017,  Sheridan County Fairgrounds, Gordon
Western Livestock Challenge, June 16, 2017
Dawes County 4-H Livestock Progress Show, June 17, 2017
District 4-H Horse Show, Hemingford, June 19, 2017
4-H PASE/Life Challenge, June 26-27, 2017
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:

April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017

December 2016
November 2016

October 2016
September 2016
July 2016
June 2016

Animal Affidavits / Project Books:


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