Merrick County Youth and Agriculture Education Center Donation information

Merrick County: Breaking New Ground Campaign

Our goal is to raise $2,312,500

Contractor: Rathmann-Manning Corporation of Chapman, Ne
Architect: Joseph R. Hewgley & Associates, Inc., North Platte, Ne

"Merrick County needs a 4-H Building . The current one has out lived its body.  Merrick County is in need of a building, a center... an agriculture center, a community centerfacility that meets the county's agriculture, business, and community needs."                                            -Jim Helgoth, County Supervisor

Merrick County Youth & Agriculture Education Center

The new center provides a premiere facility equipped to educate Merrick County residents, and the surrounding area from 1-80 to Grand Island to Columbus. The nearby crossroads of highways 30 and 14, 14 and 92, and 30 and 92 make this facility's location a way to draw people to Merrick County.

The facility will have an education wing with an education center room able to accommodate 350-500 people, a classroom/conference room accommodating 40 learners, and will house the Merrick County Extension Office for a staff of 4-5 people employed by UN-L and the county.

A kitchen designed for teaching youth essential life skills, and adults healthy living and food safety,will be in the education wing.

The agriculture wing will tailor to events including farm technology days, equine and livestock shows, and ag/commercial exhibits. Due to the facilities layout, community groups and families will be able to host events from Santa's arrival to weddings/reunions to commercial expos. This will finally be the facility where county residents come to gather that has been discussed for generations.


All donors will be recognized on a wall inside the main entrance vestibule. The vestibule is located through the main doors on the east side.

Grand Champions
$50,000 and above

Reserve Grand Champions


Reserve  Champions

Purple Ribbon Club

Blue Ribbon Club $1-$999


Building Area

Recognition/Naming Rights


Agriculture Wing

Naming rights on the outside of the agriculture wing (arena).


Education Wing

Naming rights on the outside of the education wing.


Education Room

Naming rights on the education room inside the building placed on wall above main entrance and inside room.


Education Suite

Naming rights on the conference room and offices, placed on suite entrance.



Naming rights on kitchen, placed on main wall in kitchen seen from serving wing to the education room.


Arena Vestibule

Naming rights on agriculture wing (arena) vestibule with aluminum sheet.


Arena Large Door

Large Overhead door in agriculture wing recognized by 4' x 8' aluminum sheet.


Arena Small Door

1st Small Overhead door in agriculture wing recognized by
4' x 8' aluminum sheet.


Arena Small Door

2nd Small Overhead door in agriculture wing recognized by
4' x 8' aluminum sheet.


Education Room Overhead Door

Overhead door in education room recognized by a plaque on or above door.


Arena Sign - Design your own

A 4' x 8' aluminum sheet provided and paid for by the donor placed in arena.

$2,500 or $5,000

Sponsor A Door -single or double

Any walk in door recognized by plaques at the door (may be in honor or memory).

$1,500 or $3,000

Sponsor a Window -single or double

Any window recognized by plaques at the window (may be in honor or memory).


Sponsor a Brick

An engraved brick placed on a wall.


Arena Sign
One Brick at a Time
Cat's Meow Commemorative Piece

Floor Plan of the building