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. 

* 2017 State Champion Team and the team members captured the top 4 individual placings. 

* 2018 Champion & Reserve Team and all 7 contestants placed in the top 8 and they were 4th at the National Contest. 

* 2019 Champion & Reserve Team -  top 4 individuals and 6 of the top 8 individual placings.

* 2021 State Champion - 5 placings in the top 7 at state and placed 5th at the National Contest.

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 2022 Meats Program will begin February 7 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, February 7, 2022               7:00 pm            Extension Office                  Beef

Monday, February 21, 2022             7:00 pm            Extension Office                  Pork & Variety

Monday, March 14, 2022                  7:00 pm            Extension Office                  Lamb, Pork & Variety

Monday, March 21, 2022                  7:00 pm            Plum Creek Market             Beef, Pork, Lamb & Variety

TBA, 2022                                            7:00 pm            Plum Creek Market              Retail ID & Quiz

TBA, 2022                                            7:00 pm            Plum Creek Market              Retail ID & Quiz

TBA, 2022                                            7:00 pm            Plum Creek Market              County Contest

TBA, 2022                                            7:00 pm            Plum Creek Market              Retail ID, Quiz & Judging

TBA, 2022                                            7:00 pm           Plum Creek Market               Retail ID, Quiz & Judging

TBA, 2022                                            7:00 pm            Plum Creek Market              Retail ID, Quiz & Judging

TBA, 2022                                            7:00 p.m.          Plum Creek Market              Retail ID, Quiz & Judging

Wednesday, June 22, 2022                                          PASE @ UNL

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

Interested in competing at the 2022 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

May 21 - Fishing

May 28 - Aerospace Adventures 1

June 6 - Clover Kid College - Aerospace Adventures

June 11 - Aerospace Adventures 2

June 17-18 - Outdoor Skills

Summer Workshop Registration

2022 County Events

January 8 - Market Beef Weighday

February 12 - Market Beef Weighday

March 7 - 4-H Public Speaking Contest

            Dawson County Extension Building - Registrations due February 11, 2022.  Contact the Dawson County Extension for further information or for registration cards.

May 1 - Early Bird 4-H Enrollment Discount Deadline

June 1 - Dawson Co. Life Challenge, Horticulture, Photograph, Weed & Grass Judging and ID Contests

June 2022 - 4-H Summer Exploration Days - Open to all youth in Dawson County

June 7-9 - 4H Camp at Camp Comeca

June 14 - Sheep & Goat Weighday  - 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Dawson County Fairgrounds

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

June 22-23 - PASE & Life Challenge, Lincoln 

June 23 - State Public Speaking Contest, Lincoln

June 28 - Presentation Contest - Dawson County Extension Office - Registration Deadline – June 2

July 5 - Fashion Show Judging & Clothing Construction Interview Judging

July 6 - Public 4-H Fashion Show - 7:30 p.m.

July 7-17 - Dawson County Fair

July 20 - 4-H Awards Workshop - Dawson Co. Extension Building, Meeting Room, Fairgrounds, Lexington - 7:00 p.m.

August 26 - September 5 - Nebraska State Fair, - Grand Island

September 22-25 – AKSARBEN Stock Show – Grand Island

October 1 - Nebraska 4-H Foundation Trailride - Halsey

October 3 - 4-H Awards Applications and Diamond Clover Reports Due Before 5:00 P.M. in Extension Office

October 23 - 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