Dawson Details Guide to 4-H News & Events

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4-H Meats

The 4-H Meats program is open to all 4-H members regardless of project carried.  Under the capable leadership of Curt Rickertsen, the tradition of outstanding meats teams continues.  Dawson County has a legacy of Championship teams through the years.  Dawson County was the State Champion Team in 2017 and the team members captured the top 4 individual placings.  In 2018, Dawson County was Champion & Reserve Team, and all 7 contestants placed in the top 8 and they were 4th at the National Contest.  In 2019, Dawson County again had top two teams, the top four individuals, and six of the top eight.

Learn where all those good cuts of meat come from, how they are cooked and their nutritional value.  You too can become a wise consumer.

The 2021 Meats Program began April 19th and will culminate with the State Contest held at PASE (Premier Animal Science Event) in Lincoln held the end of June.  Following is the schedule of workouts for this year:


Monday, April 19, 2021               7:00 pm            Extension Office                       Beef

Monday, April 26, 2021              7:00 pm            Extension Office                       Lamb, Pork & Variety

Monday, May 3, 2021                 7:00 pm             Plum Creek Market                  Retail ID & Quiz

Monday, May 10, 2021               7:00 pm            Plum Creek Market                   Retail ID & Quiz

Monday, May 17, 2021               7:00 pm            Plum Creek Market                    Retail ID & Quiz

Monday, May 24, 2021              7:00 pm             Plum Creek Market                    County Contest

Monday, June 1, 2021               7:00 pm            Plum Creek Market                    Retail ID, Quiz & Judging

Monday, June 7, 2021                7:00 pm           Plum Creek Market                    Retail ID, Quiz & Judging

Monday, June 14, 2021             7:00 pm            Plum Creek Market                    Retail ID, Quiz & Judging

Monday, June 21, 2021             7:00 p.m.          Plum Creek Market                    Retail ID, Quiz & Judging

Monday, June 28, 2021                                        PASE @ UNL

Tree ID, Horticulture ID, Weed & Grass ID, and Insect ID

Interested in competing at the 2021 State Fair ID Contests?  Join Sarah Sivits and Mike Wolff this winter and learn about the key terms, plant characteristics and how to identify plans for the contest!  Read More

If interested, contact them by as soon as possible.

4H Exploration Days Workshops

March 12 - Sewing for Fun Workshop

June 7 - Clover Kid College - Aerospace Workshop (for ages 5-7 yrs old)

June 10 - Fishing Workshop

June 12 - Aerospace Workshop

June 14 - Rise N Shine Breakfast Workshop

June 16 - Bake N Take - Quick Breads Workshop

June 18-19 - Outdoor Skills Workshop

Summer Workshop Registration

2021 County Events

February 6 - Market Beef Weighday

March 8 - 4-H Public Speaking Contest

            Dawson County Extension Building - Registrations due February 12, 2021.  Contact the Dawson County Extension for further information or for registration cards.

March 13 - Market Beef Weighday

May 1 - Early Bird 4-H Enrollment Discount Deadline

May 25 - Dawson Co. Life Challenge, Horticulture, Photograph, Weed & Grass Judging and ID Contests (TBA)

June 2021 - 4-H Summer Exploration Days - Open to all youth in Dawson County

June 1-3 - 4H Camp at Camp Comeca

June 10 - Sheep & Goat Weighday - 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

June 15 - Final 4H Enrollment date - to show at County Fair

June 22 - Presentation Contest - Cozad Middle School - Registration Deadline – June 3

June 28-29 - PASE & Life Challenge, Lincoln  (tentatively moved to September/October)

July 6 - Secretary Books, News Reports & Club Scrap Books DUE! at the County Extension Office, Lexington or bring to 4-H Clothing Contest.

July 6 - Fashion Show Judging & Clothing Construction Interview Judging

July 7 - Public 4-H Fashion Show - 7:30 p.m.

July 8-18 - Dawson County Fair

July 21 - 4-H Awards Workshop - Dawson Co. Extension Building, Meeting Room, Fairgrounds, Lexington - 7:00 p.m.

August 27 - September 6 - Nebraska State Fair, 4-H Schedule

September 23-26 – AKSARBEN Stock Show – Grand Island

October 2 - Nebraska 4-H Foundation Trailride - Halsey

October 4 - 4-H Awards Applications Due Before 5:00 P.M. in Extension Office.

October 24 - 4-H Achievement BBQ

4-H Heritage Tour

     The next Heritage Tour is tentatively scheduled for 2023.    Nearly every 4-H’er who has been on this trip in the past tells us it is the highlight of their 4-H years and the greatest trip ever and especially for the money.  Some of the stops that have been included: Amana Colonies; Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago; Henry Ford Museum in Detroit; Canada; Niagara Falls; Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts; Boston; New York City; Medievel Theatre; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C. (Capitol, Mt. Vernon, Presidential Memorials, Arlington Cemetery, the Pentagon, the Smithsonian, Holocaust Museum); Amish farms; Gettysburg; a thoroughbred farm, Kentucky Derby Museum and much more.

     For costs, further information, and application, click on the links below:

4Heritage Tour Information

4Heritage Tour Application