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Thomas County Fair

Thursday, July 8 at 10:00 am CT

Clothing and Sewing Judging 

Halsey State 4-H Camp

Tuesday, July 20

Horse Show at 9:00 am CT

Small Animal Show at 3:00 pm CT

Wednesday, July 21 at 9:00 am CT

Livestock Show

Thursday, July 22 at 9:00 am CT

Static Entries

Blaine County

Thursday, July 8 at 10:00 am CT

Clothing and Sewing Judging

Halsey State 4-H Camp

Tuesday, July 27 at 8:00 am CT

Static Entries

Wednesday, July 28 at 9:00 am CT

Horse Show

Thursday, July 29

Livestock Show at 9:00 am CT

Small Animal Show at 1:00 pm CT

Central Sandhills Summer 4-H Programs

 For all workshops except camps at Halsey, minimum registration number will be 5 youth.

May 18

8:00 am – 11:00 am MT Hyannis Clover Kid College Location: Winters Building

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm MT Mullen Clover Kid College Location: 4-H Office

Calling all youth ages 5-7!! Even if you are NOT yet in 4-H, come and see what we have to offer. You can enroll until June 15. We will explore most of the Clover Kid project areas in our time together and walk away with some Fair exhibits. Please send a snack with your child. Cost is $10/youth. Pre-register by May 14 by contacting the Extension Office.

Free webinar Wednesday, May 5, 10:00 - 11:30 am CDT Register Here

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for 4-H youth participating in livestock projects! The Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program is designed to promote all educational aspects of 4-H livestock projects including selection, production, leadership, and exhibition by recognizing youth striving to improve in their livestock project knowledge and leadership.

 The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including: beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry.

Deadline Reminders:

4-H youth must be enrolled and membership paid by June 15 to be eligible to exhibit at any NE county fairs or the Nebraska State Fair, per new State 4-H rules.  Membership fees are $10 per youth for the entire membership year, reguardless of how many projects a 4-H member may participate in. When enrolling online at be sure to use Firefox or Google Chrome. We ask that all of our 4-H volunteer and leaders also enroll. Dues can be paid online or a check will need to be mailed to the Extension Office in Thedford.

Need help choosing your 4-H projects for the year? Utilize the Nebraska 4-H Pick-A-Project website and/or the handy printable project checklist at:, on the Central Sandhills Extension web page or


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