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Previously, Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska State 4-H Program had made the decision to cancel all events scheduled for March 16-29. While this was an extremely difficult decision, it is important to put the health and well-being of 4-H staff/families/youth at the forefront.

Update: Nebraska 4-H programming from March 30 - May 31, will proceed in a virtual format. This includes all scheduled educational programs, competitive events, and 4-H club and council meetings hosted by Nebraska 4-H. Additionally, there will be no tagging or weigh-in; families will be responsible for their own tagging and DNA collection.

What is 4-H?

4-H is a community of young people who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills by using the “learn-by-doing” approach. 4-H encourages youth to reach their full potential through learning experiences, completing projects, and volunteering.

In Nebraska, 4-H is provided through Nebraska Extension in cooperation with county governing boards, the University of Nebraska and the United States Department of Agriculture, along side the Land Grant University in Nebraska. Through these strong partnerships, Extension Staff are able to deliver 4-H and other agriculture and community services to youth, families and producers across the state.

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Save the Date for the 2021 Washington County Fair! 

The 2021 Washington County Fair will be held July 30, 2021 through August 4, 2021. Stayed tuned in the coming months as more information will become available. We are looking forward to another great year for the Washington County 4-H Program!

A special thanks to our 2020 Washington County 4-H Program Sponsors -  Award Sponsors | Livestock Boosters | Washington County Fair Special Awards Sponsors

Due to restrictions currently in place by COVID-19, it was necessary to make changes to this year’s 4-H exhibition at the Washington County Fair. The following changes have been discussed and approved by the Washington County 4-H Council (6-15-2020) and the Washington County Fair Board (6-16-2020). Details and protocol for the Directive Health Measures that will be followed by 4-H will be guided and provided by the Three Rivers Public Health Department at a later date. (JUNE 18, 2020)

Approved 2020 Washington County Fair 4-H Schedule 

Dear Washington County 4-H Families,

With the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s 4-H program will undoubtedly look and feel differently than our past “normal” years. Regardless of how we handle summer workshops, county contests and county fair exhibition, we will do our best to provide positive youth development experiences to our 4-H families. As things change and are announced, the 4-H staff will continue to do our best to keep you informed.

Nebraska Extension in Washington County

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