June 2017 4-H Newsletter

Contents
1) Welcome Tayler Blume as Summer Office Assistant and Jill Patel as Summer 4-H Assistant
2) Entry Deadlines
3) 2017 County Fair Book
4) NEW County 4-H Tee Shirts
5) Stockville Fair Parking and Traffic Flow
6) 4-H Fashion Show & Clothing Construction & Shopping in Style Judging
7) Photography Judging
8) Local 4-H Outdoor Camps
9) Presentation Contest
10) Entry Day Schedule for Static 4-H Exhibits (Foods, Home Environment, Ag Miscellaneous, Robotics, etc)
11) Home Environment Support Information For Fair Exhibits
12) 4-H Family & Consumer Science Quiz - County
13) 2017 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest
14) West Central Youth Animal Science Field Day (May 25)
15) NCTA Livestock Judging Camp (May 24)
16) Next 4-H Council Meeting
17) 4-H Achievement Day Award Committee
18) Financial Committee to Audit 4-H Council Records
19) Frontier County Fair Livestock
20) 2017 County Livestock Health Requirements & Other Information
21) Animal Exhibits for Clover Kids
22) New 2017 State Fair Livestock
23) 2017 AKSARBEN
24) 2017 Fair Dates
25) Upcoming Summer Programs
26) Club News
1) Welcome Tayler Blume as Summer Office Assistant and Jill Patel as Summer 4-H Assistant!
2) Entry Deadlines
June 23 - Friday Pre-registration DUE for Clothing Construction, Shopping in Style & Fashion Revue
June 23 - Friday Pre-registration DUE for Photography Exhibits
June 23 - Friday Pre-register exhibits for STOCKVILLE FAIR
July 10 - Monday Pre-register exhibits for EUSTIS FAIR
Stockville - late entries accepted June 23-27 with a $25.00 late charge fee.
Eustis – late entries accepted July 10-14 with a $25.00 late charge fee.
3) 2017 County Fair Book
• Save this as a reference all year long.
• Notice some changes in livestock health requirements, horse rules, shooting sports sections.
• Can also be found online at http://go.unl.edu/vfkw.
4) NEW County 4-H Tee Shirts
Thanks to our local Farm Bureau Financial Services for providing each Frontier County 4-Her ONE FREE tee shirt every two years!! (So take care of your shirt because it has to last 2 years.)
Shirts should be ready for pick-up after June 15 and will be given to club leader that you wrote on order form. Independent members can pick theirs up at Extension Office.
Page 3 of Fairbook: DRESS CODE - Exhibitors showing beef, dairy, dairy goats, meat goats, sheep, and swine, are REQUIRED to wear dark blue jeans, hard soled shoes or boots, county 4-H T-shirts sponsored by Farm Bureau. Dress code is required in the contests of poultry, rabbit, cats, dogs, shooting sports with the exception that closed-toe footwear may be worn. Long sleeved white shirts are REQUIRED when showing rabbits and poultry for safety reasons. NO hats, caps or other types of headgear are to be worn in the show ring (except for horse). Horse Show attire MUST follow the dress code requirements found in the current “Nebraska Horse Show & Judging Guide.”
5) Stockville Fair Parking and Traffic Flow
The Frontier County Fair Board has created new driveways and parking for 4-H families.
ALL 4-H families are asked to enter the fairgrounds on the EAST side and park trailers, campers and pickups in the new parking area. The WEST parking lots will be for spectators.
When bringing in livestock on July 6 Wednesday 8:00-11:00 am (and picking up livestock on Sunday July 9), enter fairgrounds on EAST side and drive towards west. Exit fairgrounds on west side and re-enter 4-H parking lot from the east. Thank you for your cooperation and patience! It will be a nice improvement for all those involved.
4-H CONTEST / EVENT OPPORTUNITIES
6) 4-H Fashion Show & Clothing Construction & Shopping in Style Judging
Curtis Methodist Church - June 28 - Wednesday starting at 9:30 a.m. thru the afternoon
7) Photography Judging
June 28 -Wednesday 1:00 pm – Curtis New LOCATION- NCTA Ed Center Rooms 129 & 131. Data Tags are required for all classes and are available at the Extension Office or print off at http://go.unl.edu/vfkw. These have been revised this year. Do NOT use last year’s data tags! (Refer to page 7 in fair book for photography details.)
8) Local 4-H Outdoor Camps
June 13th the State 4-H Camp staff from Halsey, NE will be holding a Day Camp at the Curtis Park for all youth ages 6-12!! Camp cost $25/youth. If rain, camp will be held at Curtis Community Center.
9) Presentation Contest
4-H Presentation County Contest will be held June 27 6:00 pm in McCook at the Red Willow Fairgrounds. Registration deadline is June 20. There will be a practice session in Curtis at NCTA Ed Center, June 22 from 4:00-6:00 pm for anyone wanting help or extra practice with projector/computer.
Ask Kathy for ideas and help. Public speaking is an IMPORTANT Life skill that can be fun, too! (Refer to page 10 of fair book for more details.)
10) Entry Day Schedule for Static 4-H exhibits (Foods, Home Environment, Ag Misc, Robotics, Etc)
Entry Day at Stockville is Thursday, July 6 between 11:00-2:00 pm and Eustis is Wednesday, August 2 between 3:00-6:00 pm.
4-Hers and Clover Kids will sign in upon arriving at the North Main Building (Stockville) or the 4-H Building (Eustis). When your name is called, you will talk to the judge about your exhibits. Make sure you bring ALL THE SUPPORTING material. (Refer to 2017 county Fair Book).
Please have patience and remember to smile for judge! 
Stockville, judging will be in North Main (air conditioned) Building and then will be moved to 4-H Building for display.
11) Home Environment Support Information For Fair Exhibits
(Page 17 of fair book) Supporting information is REQUIRED for all Home Environment exhibits. Information MUST also include the elements and principles of design used and steps
taken to complete project. Tag templates can be found on 4-H State Fair website:
https://unl.box.com/s/toup6mp99jpkzepy9bqupwltwu2841yk and/or county website at: http://go.unl.edu/vfkw .
Cool informational Power Points that explain design elements and principles are available on the Lincoln County 4-H website at: http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/lincolnmcpherson .
12) 4-H Family & Consumer Science Quiz - County
There is a statewide written quiz any 4-Her can take to challenge their family & consumer science knowledge. The intent of this quiz is to engage youth’s interest in family & consumer sciences in a challenging, educational experience. The test can be taken independently or at a club meeting. 4-Her’s can study for the quiz by reading and reviewing family consumer related 4-H curriculum. Ribbons and premium money will be given. Call the Extension Office at (308) 367-4424 for more information and to get the written test.
13) 2017 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest
This year the contest will be available from June 9th at 8:00 a.m. until June 19th at 8:00 a.m. It is composed of three parts; general knowledge questions, plant part and seed identification, as well as a judging portion. It is open to all 4-H youth, as well as adults. No password needed, the following link will take you directly to the contest: http://go.unl.edu/2017onlinehortcontest
Please fill in all of your information completely. The online contest should only be taken once by each participant, if it is taken multiple times the first score entered will be the one used. No study materials are to be used while taking the test. The contest will allow an opportunity for the participant to review the answers prior to submitting. Once submitted, the participants will see their score, but they will not be able to see which questions they missed. After the contest has ended, the participants can request to see their scores and their answers
Study Materials for the Online Horticulture Judging Contest and the State 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest held during State Fair are the same and they can be found at:
http://4h.unl.edu/fairbook/plant-science/horticulture-id
http://njha.org/contests-projects-activities/horticulture-identification-judging-contest/
14) West Central Youth Animal Science Field Day (May 25)
Thank you for the great Frontier County participation!! Total 153 youth from Nebraska, Colorado and the country of Rwanda attended, plus several adults.
Thank you 4-H Council for serving a delicious hamburger meal and for getting most of the food donated!
Thank you Frontier County Fair Board and Eustis Fair & Corn Show Ag Society for paying the $5.00 lunch fee for West Central Youth Animal Science Field Day!
15) NCTA Livestock Judging Camp (May 24)
Thank you for the great Frontier County participation!! 80 youth from several Nebraska counties & some Colorado families attended. Thanks Dr. Doug Smith, livestock judging team, and assistants for helping our youth understand the fun in livestock judging & exposing them to college life!
4-H COUNCIL NEWS
16) Next 4-H Council Meeting
The next council meeting will be July 17 at 7:30 pm in Eustis. Please contact a 4-H Council member with concerns or suggestions. For their contact information, go to http://go.unl.edu/s6o9.
17) 4-H Achievement Day Award Committee
July 10 7:00 pm at Extension Office. Open to ALL 4-H families. Contact office at 308-367-4424 if interested in bringing ideas to meeting to improve the achievement day awards!
18) Financial Committee To Audit 4-H Council Records
A financial committee will be formed which will audit 4-H Council records once a year and make other council financial plans. Anyone with an accounting background or financial interest is welcome to join. Contact office at 308-367-4424 if interested in helping out.
LIVESTOCK & SMALL ANIMAL NEWS
19) Frontier County Fair Livestock
Frontier County Fair Livestock Committee in Stockville will post the stall assignments for all livestock by noon July 5th. The tack can be set up on the fairgrounds after that time. Depending on number of entries, tack space will be allocated per club/ independents. So please plan accordingly. *TACK can be brought in on Wednesday after 12:00 noon and left in ASSIGNED stalls at your own risk. Neither Frontier County Fairboard or Extension Office are responsible for stolen items.
Remember if you are showing registered breeding beef, please remember to bring the original registration papers when livestock is checked in, and have readable tattoos, otherwise will be shown as commercial breeding heifer.
A vet will be at livestock check-in to inspect the livestock. All animals must be healthy & free of warts, ringworm, & any other fungus.
4-H families are asked to provide their own wood chips for bedding. The Fair Board will not have any available.
Market Beef Carcass Contest will be held at the Frontier County Fair in Stockville again this year. The contest is optional and will include a small cost. Ultrasounds will occur between 8:00-11:00 am July 6 during livestock check in.
20) 2017 County Livestock Health Requirements & Other Information (Page 35 of fair book)
*2017 Health Requirements: Only animals NOT showing signs of infectious or contagious diseases will be allowed to show. Animals that have active ringworm, visible warts, fungus, or abscesses will NOT be allowed entry to the Frontier County Fair or to the Eustis Fair and Corn Show for exhibition. The inspecting veterinarian may judge the ringworm to be inactive if the lesion is NOT encrusted and hair has begun regrowth in the area. Animals with warts that are visible by a hand-off inspection will NOT be allowed to remain on the premises. Animals that have visible abscesses will NOT be allowed to exhibit and will NOT be allowed to remain on the premises.
Sheep Check-In Inspection: All sheep exhibits (breeding and market) will be inspected by a veterinarian for evidence of club lamb fungus. Exhibits determined to have “active” club lamb fungus will NOT eligible to show and will be sent home.
*Animals shown as 4-H in Stockville MAY NOT be shown as FFA in Eustis.
* THE FAIR BOARDS ask that EVERY LIVESTOCK 4-H EXHBITOR PLEASE KEEP YOUR STALLS/CAGES CLEAN THROUGH OUT THE FAIR AND CLEAN YOUR STALLS/CAGES AS SOON AS YOUR ANIMALS HAVE BEEN RELEASED
21) Animal Exhibits for Clover Kids
Animals and animal subject matter can contribute to Clover Kids objectives. However, for safety, liability, and competitive reasons often associated with livestock shows, some restrictions are necessary to maintain Clover Kids program objectives. The Clover Kids program will be developmentally appropriate and involve the following components:
• Encourage involvement of parent or significant adult
• Focus on self-esteem and provide positive feedback
• Foster the development of life skills that are essential for the cognitive, social, emotional and physical maturation of youth by providing a unique educational opportunity
• Share through cooperative learning
• Noncompetitive — emphasizing fun and success of every child
• Programs are activity-focused and not project focused
• Recognize individuals for participation
• Present recognition and incentives without rank or placing
Specific reasons for being cautious with direct large animal involvement are as follows:
• Children eight and under often lack the mental and physical skills for controlling and understanding the strength of large animals (Livestock Conservation Institute, 1994).
• Young children may lack the strength, balance, and attention span to adequately manage large animals (American Medical Equestrian Association, 1993).
Because of these reasons, Clover Kids programs involving live animals must adhere to the following:
• Exhibition only includes enrolled 4-H Clover kid members, 4-H does not sponsor or support pee-wee events or exhibition. Pee-wee referring to non 4-H age youth.
• Exhibition includes discussions with youth based on their knowledge of the care and raising of the animal.
• Exhibitors show in a non-competitive setting for participation only.
• Age, size, and temperament of animal projects must be appropriate for the exhibitor’s age and size.
• Horse projects and/or horseless projects are not allowed or an option for Cloverkids. They are not allowed to handle, ride or participate in or at 4-H events.
• Calves or other animals weighing more than 350 pounds at time of show are not allowed or appropriate for this age group.
• Animals that are appropriate for this age group include bucket calf, sheep, goat, dog, poultry, rabbit, cat, and companion animals.
• There will be one adult/teen volunteer present for every Clover Kid member that is handling or exhibiting animals. This applies to all animal projects.
• Exhibitors in this age group are not allowed to participate with their animal in a livestock sale or sale or premium auction.
22) New 2017 State Fair Livestock
ALL beef, sheep, swine and goat show will be “Blow & Go”. This includes market, breeding & showmanship.
23) 2017 AKSARBEN
Show schedule, programs and judges can be found at: http://www.aksarbenstockshow.com/p/events/359 Additional information can be found at: http://www.aksarbenstockshow.com/
OTHER 4-H NEWS
24) 2017 Fair Dates
• Frontier County Fair in Stockville July 5-9
• Eustis Fair & Corn Show is August 2-5 for 4-H events/contests.
• NE State Fair August 25-September 4, 2017
• AKSARBEN Stock Show Sept 28-October 1, 2017 moved to Grand Island!!
25) Upcoming Summer Programs (Contact Extension Office for more details)
• June Thursdays - 4-H Statewide STEM Reading Connections 1-6th Graders at Curtis Library
• June 9 & 16 - Robotics Camp- Curtis
• June 13 - State 4-H Day Camp at Curtis Park (If rain, camp will be held at Curtis Community Center)
• June 14 - Clover Kid & Jr Horticulture Camp (morning) - Curtis
• June 14 - ALL 4-H members “How to Exhibit 4-H Gardening, Flowers & Fairy Gardens Workshop” (afternoon) - Curtis
• Aug 9 - Agronomy Youth Field Day – Curtis
• Aug 3 - Solar Eclipse Workshop 3:00 pm– Eustis Fairgrounds
• Aug 14 - Solar Eclipse Workshop 1:30-3:00 pm –Curtis Library
Go to the Nebraska Extension Frontier County website for the latest dates, news and forms at http://go.unl.edu/7nyn . Like us on Facebook! Go to Nebraska Extension Frontier County on Facebook to get the latest updates/changes.
26) Club News
Sharp Shooters 4-H Club
June 11th 4:00 pm Sunday Practice/Shoot at Stockville Fair Grounds
LAST PRACTICE-June 25 4:00 pm Sunday Practice/Shoot at Stockville Fair Grounds
County Fair Contest (part #1) July 1st at 8:00 am - Stockville Fair Grounds for ALL Archery, BB Gun, Air Pistol, Air Rifle 4-H participants
County Fair Contest (part #2) July 5th at 9:00 am - Stockville Fair Grounds for ALL Archery, BB Gun, Air Pistol, Air Rifle 4-H participants
Shotgun June 8th practice starting at 5:30 pm Curtis Gun Club Shooting Range
LAST PRACTICE- June 22 starting at 5:30 pm Curtis Shooting range (Alan Taylor is willing to have one extra practice time if needed. Contact him at 308-530-9889.)
County Fair Contest July 1st at 2:00 pm - Curtis Shooting range for ALL SHOTGUN 4-H participants