Jane Esau News Column

For the latest 4-H news in Gage County from Jane Esau, 4-H Coordinator


Nebraska Extension in Gage County                        

Jane Esau, Gage County 4-H                                                                       

June 28, 2018   

Come Home to 4-H

            Forty years of fabulous 4-H members, families, and volunteers! Bringing me back to my desk every day is the fun of providing learning experiences and challenges for youth to grow life skills and skills for life, leadership skills, project skills, and encouraging kids and clubs to serve our communities.  Even more important are the pillars of character that I love to see growing in 4-H kids - trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness and caring.  I have worked through the years to network 4-H with Gage County and southeast Nebraska, area organizations and businesses, as together we grow the places we live and make this a great place to raise kids.  

            My parents raised my sisters and me in 4-H in McPherson County, Kansas; we organized the Country Cousins 4-H Club.  Can’t say I loved every outfit I sewed or the brown slippers I knitted or the hard boiled eggs I had to keep boiling to get a fair exhibit that featured eggs that weren’t green in the center, but I remember having fun, making friends, learning skills and family time.

            4-H is about more than the ribbons and awards... It’s about the people, the experiences, the life-long sills, the memories, the county fair.  It’s about being a role model, giving back, and making the best better.

Pre-Fair Livestock Shows

          Invitational 4-H Dairy Show - Saturday, July 7, 9:00 am, fairgrounds in Beatrice.  Entries due July 2.  Public invited to attend.          

          Nemaha Valley Livestock Show - Beef, Sheep and Goat Show,  Saturday, July 7,  downtown Adams.

           Wymore Area 4-H Show - Thursday, July 19, Arbor Park is the site for showmanship and classes for

bucket calves, stocker feeders, breeding and market beef (blow and go show),  sheep and meat goats.  Entries due July 13; email : dacton@lps.org

Fashion Show      

            One of the most exciting pre-fair events is the 4-H Fashion Show, Monday,  July 16, Hevelone Center, Beatrice High School, featuring awesome 4-H kids with sewn garments, decorated outfits, and purchased outfits.  We will again feature quilts and present a Quilt of Valor.  Look for the class with Dresses for Africa.  Entry deadline: July 6.  Thanks to award donors Blossom Khardt and Bezan Insurance, Esther Bezan.  We offer Clover Kids Modeling for youth under second grade, with no pre-entryCome out and enjoy the event at 7:00 pm.

Gage County Fair & Expo

          Come Home to the Gage County Fair; excitement is building as we make preparations for this community event.  We celebrate the accomplishments of our youth, the spirit of our community and the bounty of agriculture, a long-standing tradition at the Gage County Fair.  Lasting friendships and memories are based on positive experiences that add to this strength.  All of us have a stake in making the 2018 fair the best ever. Volunteers make this big community event successful; contact the Extension Office or the Fair Office to volunteer your time.  Thank you in advance!

           Good sportsmanship and ethical decision making is for youth, parents, volunteers, officials, staff, etc.

Youth learn from adults.  With everyone’s effort, we help our youth grow and make this a fabulous event for everyoneThere is no magic show stick or lucky brush.  What there is - is hard work, confidence, passion and a desire to succeed.

                4-H exhibitors should note these pre-entry deadlines for exhibits in the 4-H Building - July 11 (paper) OR July 18 (online).  New this year is online livestock entry: July 6 (paper) OR July 18 (online).  Website: https://gage.fairwire.com.    We will print entry tags. Questions?  Call 402-223-1384.

Enjoy three nights of entertainment of Two Way Crossing, Josh Turner, and Lanco, Eve of Destruction

Saturday nite, IMCA Racing Sunday evening, livestock and horse shows, 4-H and Open Class exhibits, fair food and so much more.   Get your tickets now at the Extension Office or the Fair Office, both located on the fairgrounds.            

       New this year is a celebration of the one room schoolhouse.  The Country School  Treasure Hunt features a visit to the Freeman School at the Homestead, Center Sicily School on the fairgrounds, and the 4-H schoolhouse exhibits in the 4-H Building.  Kids get a free pioneer toy when you bring your completed treasure hunt card to the schoolhouse during the fair.

Livestock Premium Auction

            We are proud to support 4-H and FFA youth and their market livestock projects as we present the 2018  Market Livestock Premium Auction, Sunday, July 29, 3:00 pm, Main Livestock Barn. Families, donors, buyers are invited to attend the auction and the supper following. Brochure available at the Extension Office and Fair office.

Clover Kids -  Future 4-H Members 

             The excitement for young kids bringing a cookie, plant, artwork or poster to the fair is a joy to see.  Featured at the Gage County Fair are many noncompetitive exhibits for pre-4-H age kids. Enter exhibits  Tuesday, July 24, 2:00 - 7:00 pm, 4-H Building. Non-competitive showmanship in companion animals and livestock add to the pre-4-H experience.  Everyone gets a ribbon!

Quote of Note:    It’s up to us to set the example, to teach children that sportsmanship and character building go hand-in-hand, at the fair and in life.  Sportsmanship makes good people GREAT!