Dawson Details Guide to 4-H News & Events

2024 Dawson Details

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 built a legacy of winning teams through the years. 

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

* 2018 Champion & Reserve Team and they were 4th at the National Contest

* 2019 a repeat with both Champion & Reserve Teams

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

* 2022 Dawson County had 4 individuals place in top 5

* 2023 Dawson County was State Champion and placed 7th at the National Contest

Discover where all those good cuts of meat you eat come from, how they are cooked and their nutritional value.  Become a wise consumer and learn a skill you can use the rest of your life.

The 2024 Meats Program will begin January 22 and will culminate with the State Contest held at PASE (Premier Animal Science Event) in Lincoln held the end of June.  For the complete meats schedule: 

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

Interested in competing at the 2024 State Fair ID Contests?  Join Sarah Sivits and Regina Hofaker this winter and learn about the key terms, plant characteristics and how to identify plants for the contest! 

If interested, contact them by as soon as possible.

4H Exploration Days Workshops

Friday, February 16 & 23 - Sewing for Fun Workshop, See Dawson County Extensio Office for questions or other possible dates.

Other Workshops & Dates to be Announced

Summer Workshop Registration

2024 County Events

  • February 16 & 23 – Sewing for Fun Workshops
  • March 2 – Weigh Day @ Darr
  • March 4 – Speech Contest
  • March 10 – Bull Judging
  • March 22 – 4-H Presentation Contest Entry Cards Due
  • March 23 – Horse Stampede
  • April 12 – 4-H Presentation Contest Equipment Practice
  • April 15 – 4-H Presentation Contest
  • April 19 – 24 National 4-H Conference
  • May 22 - YQCA in person training with Dr. Walahoski , D.V.M.
  • May 29 – Dawson County Life Challenge, Horticulture, Photography, Weed & Grass Judging, and ID Contest
  • June 1 – Livestock ID’S due for Club Incentives
  • June 1 – Livestock QA’s due
  • June 4-6 - Dawson County 4-H Camp
  • June 7 – Sheep & Goat Tagging and Weigh in Day
  • June 12 – Clothing Entries Due
  • June 13 – Pre-Entry Deadline for all 4-H Static and Livestock Due.
  • June 14 – Livestock Judging Contest
  • June 15 – 4-H Online Enrollment Deadline
  • June 17-18 – State 4-H Premier Communications Event (PCE)
  • June 29 – Shootings Sports BB Gun, Air Rifle, & Air Pistol Competition
  • June 20- 21 – Premier Animal Science Event (PASE)
  • July 8 – Clothing Contest
  • July 8 – Fashion Show
  • July 13 – Dawson County Archery Competition
  • July 13-17 – State 4-H Horse Show
  • July 17- 21 – Dawson County Fair
    • July 17- Enter Static Exhibits, Dog Show
    • July 18 – Enter All Livestock & Small Animals
                  ~ Bucket Calf Show; Dairy Cattle Show; Feeder Calf Show
  • July 19 – Sheep Show; Goat Show; Beef Show; Sheep Lead
  • July 20 – Swine Show; Small Animals; Cat, Rabbit & Poultry Show; Elite Showmanship
  • July 21 – Horse Show
  • July 23 – 4-H Awards Workshop
  • July 27 – Small Bore Rifle, Small Bore Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloader @1000-yard range
  • July 31 – Hunting & Outdoor Skills, Small Bore, Silhouette @ 1000-yard Range
  • August 23 – Sept 2 – Nebraska State Fair
  • September 7 – Outdoor Archery Competition
  • September 23 – Youth Members Application of the 4-H Council Due
  • September 23 – 4-H Award Application & Diamond Clover Reports Due
  • September 24 – 4-H Council Awards Selection
  • October 13 – 4-H BBQ
  • November 23- Wool Contest – Lexington
  • November 29 – December 3 – National 4-H Congress Atlanta Georgia