Looking for new projects to bring to the fair? Well, look no further! We are starting a series called “4-H Friday”. Every other Friday, we will post a project from the Pierce County 4-H Premium Guide with information on the project, ideas for the project, and information needed to make the project fair ready! The first “4-H Friday” will be November 6th. You can find the highlights here or on our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/UNLPierceCounty/.

November 6th, 2020

With the election in November, we are going to highlight the Citizenship area!
Class 1 in the citizenship division is a Care Package Display. For this project, youth will make and donate a care package to a service organization. Take pictures and keep a record of the experience and make a poster, PowerPoint, or other media to tell the process of developing and giving the care package. Some ideas are filling backpacks with school supplies, food, and supplies for an animal shelter, or bags of personal supplies for homeless shelters/missions.
This would make a great club project! Each member would make their own care package and project but would donate all together.
How to prepare this project for fair:
The following information is taken from the Pierce County 4-H Premium Guide. Please read all the division information and the class description in the fair premium guide for all details.
• Include supporting information statements on the following.
 The purpose of the exhibit
How the exhibit will be used.
 Exhibitors are encouraged to show evidence of their personal experiences, study, or observations that relate to their exhibit. This helps the judges understand what the 4-H’er did and learned in the process that led to the exhibit.
 References - All exhibitors should reference material sources or supporting information used in exhibits (i.e., if questions from a game were taken from an outside source, they must be referenced).
• Label the exhibit with the exhibitor’s name, club, and county on the back of the poster
• Answer the following questions on your project
o How did you select the organization?
o What items did you include in your care package?
o Why did you select those items?
o How did it feel to present your care package to the organization?
o What did you learn from this experience?
o Other information that you feel is important about the care package or organization.
• Enroll in “LC&PD: Citizenship (D) -Citizenship: Public Adventures” on 4-H Online
• Pre-Enter project on Static Pre-Entry Sheet-Will be mailed in June/July
• Attach entry tag to exhibit and bring to entry day at fair
See the scoresheet here https://go.unl.edu/ne4hcitizenship

November 20th, 2020
The holidays are right around the corner and for many that means family gatherings, traditions, and food!
Family Food Traditions is today’s project. Class 2.- Family Food Traditions can be found under Division 412-Cooking 401. This division and class are designed for the older 4-Hers (14-18), but there are other options for younger youth that I will talk about at the end of this post.
For the Family Food Traditions class, youth will make any baked item that is associated with family tradition and heritage, and bring ¾ the baked product or 4 muffins or cookies on a disposable plate or in a disposable pan. The project must also include the recipe, information on the tradition/heritage associated with preparing and/or serving the food, and where or who the tradition came from.
How to prepare this project for fair:
The following information is taken from the Pierce County 4-H Premium Guide. Please read all the division information and the class description in the fair premium guide for all details.
• Each exhibit must include the recipe. The recipe may be handwritten, photocopied, or typed.
• Place food on the appropriate sized plate or container and put it in a self-sealing bag. Attach entry tag and recipe at the corner of the bag.
• Additional information including recipes and supplemental information should be identified with 4-H’ers name and county.
• Any ingredient that the 4-H'er uses must be able to be purchased by the 4-H’er. Ingredients such as beer, whiskey, rum, etc. may NOT be used in any recipe file or food exhibit. Exhibits that include alcohol will be disqualified.
• Please think FOOD SAFETY! Items that require refrigeration will not be accepted, judged, or displayed as exhibits must be safe to eat when entered, whether they are tasted or not. Glazes, frostings, and other sugar-based toppings are considered safe due to their high sugar content. Egg glazes on yeast breads and pie crusts BEFORE baking are acceptable. Eggs incorporated into baked goods and crusts are considered safe. The following food ingredients are considered unsafe for fair exhibits and will be disqualified:
o Egg or cream fillings and cream cheese frostings
o Any meat item including meat jerky, imitation meat bits (bacon bits, pepperoni, etc.);
o Melted cheese on top of food exhibit (cheese mixed into baked goods is considered safe and will be accepted)
o Uncooked fruit toppings (i.e., fresh fruit tart).
• Enroll in “HL: Food and Nutrition (C)- Cooking 401” on 4-H Online
• Pre-Enter project on Static Pre-Entry Sheet-Will be mailed in June/July
• Attach entry tag to exhibit and bring to entry day at fair
Youth whose family tradition isn’t a baked product, but still want a project on family traditions should see Division 101 Heritage1: Beginning Class 11.- Family Traditions Book or Class 12.- Family Traditions Exhibit. See the Premium Guide for more details.

December 4th, 2020
The holidays can be expensive, but making goals can help you make SMART financial decisions. For the SMART Financial Goal project, youth will be making a poster. This poster should include 3 financial goals youth have written for themselves. One should be a short term goal, one an intermediate goal, and one a long-term goal. For each goal explain how you intend to reach the goal.
Example: Short Term Goal-Spend under $50 on holiday presents. To reach this goal I will shop the sales that happen during the holiday season. I will also split payments with my siblings to lessen the expense of larger gifts.
Intermediate Goal-Only stop at the convenience store once a week. I will make breakfast/lunch at home and also cut down on the pop I drink.
Long Term Goal-Put $20 a month into my savings account. With one paycheck a month I will transfer $20 to my savings account.
How to prepare this project for fair:
The following information is taken from the Pierce County 4-H Premium Guide. Please read all the division information and the class description in the fair premium guide for all details.
• Entries should be typed and then attached to a piece of colored card stock or colored poster board.
• Limit the size of the poster board or card stock to 14” x 22” or smaller.
• You may use the front and back of the poster board.
• Exhibit should be identified with 4-H’ers name and county on the back of the poster.
• Enroll in “C&FS: Consumer Management (A/B): My Financial Future” on 4-H Online
• Pre-Enter project on Static Pre-Entry Sheet-Will be mailed in June/July
• Attach entry tag to exhibit and bring to entry day at fair

December 18th, 2020
The *National Fire Protection Association states that “71% of Americans have a home fire escape plan but only 47% have practiced it”. This class will have youth make a fire escape plan and document the plan being practiced at least four times. The home floor plan drawn should be drawn to scale showing primary and secondary escape routes and where fire extinguishers and smoke detectors are located. Draw every room, including all doors and windows. Use black or blue arrows showing primary escape routes from each room. Use red arrows showing secondary routes to use if the primary routes are blocked. Primary and secondary escape routes must lead outside to an assembly location. Documentation should include evidence the escape plan has been practiced at least four times.
How to prepare this project for fair:
The following information is taken from the Pierce County 4-H Premium Guide. Please read all the division information and the class description in the fair premium guide for all details.
• Posters must be constructed of commercial poster board at least 11" x 14" but not larger than 22” x 28”.
• Exhibit should be identified with 4-H’ers name and county on the back of the poster.
• Enroll in “HL: Safety (A)-Fire Safety” on 4-H Online
• Pre-Enter project on Static Pre-Entry Sheet-Will be mailed in June/July
• Attach entry tag to exhibit and bring to entry day at fair
See the scoresheets and resources here https://go.unl.edu/ne4hsafety.
*National Fire Protection Association- https://www.nsc.org/…/safety-to…/emergency-preparedness/fire

January 15th 2021

Have you made a project using a laser cutter, vinyl cutter, heat press, or CNC router? If so then this project is for you! The Maker Space/Digital Fabrication is a class where you can display your finished project. This project should also include a notebook with the following information:
a. What motivated you to create this project?
b. Software and equipment used
c. Directions on how to create the project
d. Prototype of plans
e. Cost of creating project
f. Iterations or modifications made to original plans
g. Changes you would make if you remade the project

How to prepare this project for fair:
The following information is taken from the Pierce County 4-H Premium Guide. Please read all the division information and the class description in the fair premium guide for all details.
• The name and county of each exhibitor should appear separately on the back of each board, poster, or article and on the front cover of the notebooks so the owner of the exhibit may be identified if the entry tag is separated from the exhibit.
• Reports should be written using the scientific method whenever possible (Background, the Question or hypothesis, what you plan to do and what you did, Method used and observations, Results: what you learned. All reports should be computer generated and enclosed in a clear plastic cover. The reports should be attached securely to the display.
• Please refer to the General Rules for the policy regarding firearms, items with a blade, and other related items.
• Team Entries: To qualify for entry at the Nebraska State Fair team materials entered in class 8-Digital Fabrication must clearly be the work of a team instead of an individual, and must have at least 50% of all team members enrolled in 4-H. Additionally, all enrolled 4-H members on the team should complete and attach an entry tag to the materials. A supplemental page documenting the individual contributions to the project should be included. The entry will be judged as a team, with all team members receiving the same ribbon placing.
• Enroll in “SET: Computers (C)-Computer Mysteries 3” on 4-H Online
• Pre-Enter project on Static Pre-Entry Sheet-Will be mailed in June/July
• Attach entry tag to exhibit and bring to entry day at fair
See the scoresheets and resources here http://go.unl.edu/ne4hcomputers.