Washington County 4-H Families

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.

4-H DEADLINES (Updated May 20, 2020)

  • Nebraska State Fair 4-H Livestock Nominations – DEADLINE July 1
  • Washington County 4-H Enrollment – DEADLINE June 15
  • Washington County 4-H Livestock Identification – DEADLINE July 1
  • Washington County YQCA Certification – DEADLINE July 1
  • Washington County 4-H Horse Identification – DEADLINE June 15
  • Washington County 4-H Horse Advancement Testing (State) – DEADLINE June 15
  • Washington County 4-H Horse Advancement Testing (County) – DEADLINE July 10

WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR BOOK (4-H) – completed & posted on website (will not be printed this year!)

https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/washington/washington-county-4-h-fair-book/

Please note that the contents of the fair book may be adjusted/modified as decisions are made due to the COVID-19 situation.   

OFFICE AND STAFF AVAILABILITY

May 18 - 30:

  • Office staff (including Mary Larsen, 4-H Support) remain in the county office as support.
  • Washington County Extension Office is closed for scheduled appointments only.
  • Clientele will be required to follow the health guidelines put in place by county officials.  

Beginning June 1:

  • Office staff (including Mary Larsen, 4-H Support) remain in the county office as support.
  • Washington County Extension Office will be open for business.
  • Clientele will be required to follow the health guidelines put in place by county officials.  

Until June 15 (at least)

  • Extension Assistants and Educators (includes Tracy J. Behnken, Autumn Lemmer and Jaki Zahourek) are required to work from home until at least June 15 as per requirements of the University.
  • 4-H clubs are required to follow the same protocol with no face to face meeting or activities until at least June 15 and/or upon further notice.
  • Allowing Extension Assistants and Educators to return to the Extension office will vary across the state and will be based on state and local health departments, Governor Rickett’s guidelines, and University (Extension/State 4-H) guidelines.

DECISIONS – COUNTY FAIR

  • The Washington County 4-H Staff will be working with the Washington County Fair Board as they make decisions about 4-H exhibition for this year’s fair. Regardless of the decisions, the goal is to provide positive youth development experiences while making sure the most current health guidelines are in place.
  • The 4-H Council will support our staff as details are made regarding modifications to this year’s county fair.
  • Decisions will be based on state and local health departments, Governor Rickett’s guidelines, University (Extension/State 4-H) guidelines.

EXHIBITION – COUNTY FAIR

We are currently reviewing the possible exhibition options for this year’s fair. NO DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE – THESE ARE ONLY OPTIONS!

  • Face to Face Judging  (with health guidelines in place IE: masks, social distancing, 10 people limit)
  • Virtual (4-Her will submit recorded videos, live videos, photos and/or combination)
  • Blended – (use a combination of both Face to Face and Virtual options)

SUPPORT – COUNTY FAIR

As the county fair is modified, the 4-H staff will need assistance and support from 4-H members, leaders, superintendents, parents, grandparents and community members. We will need your support more than ever to ensure the success of this year’s fair. As we call out for assistance, please respond by helping us to make this year a positive experience for our 4-H youth.

Again, we will do our best to communicate the most updated information and decisions to you as they come available to us. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.

We are in this together no matter what it looks like this year!

The Washington County 4-H Staff

Tracy J. Behnken, Ext. Educator 4-H YD, Unit Leader

Autumn Lemmer, Extension 4-H Assistant

Jaki Zahourek, Extension 4-H Assistant

Mary Larsen, 4-H Support Staff