4-H Alerts

State Fair Newsletter #3
Fri, 08/11/2017

Author: Kim Novotny


Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop to be Held at Imperial
Fri, 08/11/2017

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for October in Imperial. It will be held October 14-15 at the Chase County Fairgrounds in Imperial. The deadline to register for the Imperial session is October 4th.

Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Six project areas will be offered at the Imperial Workshop - rifle, hunting skills, shotgun, pistol, muzzleloading, and archery. There is a minimum number of participants needed to offer these disciplines at the workshop. Workshop participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.                                              

The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification and those individuals adding an additional discipline. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Late registration, after October 4, is $140. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.                                                                                  

Please share this information with volunteers in your county. For more workshop information and registration link, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports web page or contact Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691. Registration is available only online at the link provided in the brochure or individuals can register directly by clicking HERE.

Author: Steve Pritchard


4h.unl.edu Content Updates
Fri, 08/11/2017

Below is a list of Nebraska 4-H webpages with recent content updates. Please contact the specific program coordinator for more information. The program coordinator’s information can be found at the bottom of the program webpage.

- Shooting Sports Instructor Resources (7/10) http://4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports/instructor

- 4-H Promotion (7/9) http://4h.unl.edu/4-h-promotion

- Employee: Promotional Events (7/9) http://4h.unl.edu/employee/promotional-events

- State Fair 4-H Exhibitor Information (7/9) http://4h.unl.edu/state-fair/exhibitor

- Shooting Sports Competition Calendar (7/8) http://4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports/calendar

- Shooting Sports Instructor Calendar (7/8) http://4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports/instructor/calendar

- Employee: State Fair (7/7) http://4h.unl.edu/employee/state-fair

- 4-H Community Service Map (7/7) http://4h.unl.edu/community-service-map

For help locating resources on 4h.unl.edu, please watch the Website Navigation Tips recording available at http://4h.unl.edu/employee/webinar-recordings. This recording was trimmed from the Support Staff Training Webinar held in April.

Author: Danielle Dewees


Fall 2017 Paper Clover Fundraiser, October 4-15, 2017
Fri, 08/11/2017

Two times a year, National 4-H Council partners with the nation's leading rural lifestyle retailer, Tractor Supply Company (TSC), to host a national Paper Clover Promotion! 

The Paper Clover Promotion is a consumer-driven fundraising promotion where customers at your local Tractor Supply can support 4-H by purchasing a paper clover for $1 at the checkout. The Fall Paper Clover Promotion will be held from Wednesday, October 4, through Sunday, October 15, 2017. 4-H Clubs are encouraged to participate in store during the event to help increase fundraising dollars and be entered into the Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes.

During the semi-annual event, we invite friends and family to support 4-H by donating $1 at checkout in stores to contribute to scholarships that send kids in your state to 4-H camp and other leadership experiences.

This fall, 90% of the funds raised in our state will be given back to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. The funds given to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation will be used for scholarships to support 4-H youth from all areas of the state who will be attending camp or other leadership activities. During the spring Paper Clover promotion, Nebraska raised $3,272 for 4-H camp and leadership experiences.

A promotional toolkit will soon be available at the National 4-H Marketing Online Resource Center at http://4-h.org/professionals/marketing-resources/paper-clover-toolkit. Learn more about 4‑H’s partnership with Tractor Supply, including how to win incentives and year-round fundraising opportunities, at www.tractorsupply.com/4-h.

Author: National 4-H Council, Nebraska 4-H Foundation, State 4-H Office


2017 AKSARBEN Stock Show Online Entries - DEADLINE AUGUST 31
Fri, 08/11/2017

The 2017 AKSARBEN Entry process is open, entries will be accepted through August 31 at the published entry fee rates.  Entries from midnight August 31 until midnight September 7 will be at 2 times the normal entry fee.  Entries received September 8 through September 14 will be at 3 times the normal entry fee.  NO entries will be accepted after September 14

The online entry process will require parent contact information and verification of 4-H member information.  Payment will be processed via credit or debit card prior to leaving the entry page.  Each family will be able to create a unique password to ensure security of information.

Complete login and entry instructions are be posted on the aksarbenstockshow.com website. 

Other important dates to remember: 

  • August 31 - All entries for the AKSARBEN Stock Show are due online.
  • September 14 - No entries accepted after this date.
  • September 23-24 - AKSARBEN Horse Show in Grand Island, NE at Thompson Arena / NE State Fair Grounds.
  • September 28-October 1 - AKSARBEN Stock Show in Grand Island, NE at Fonner Park / NE State Fair Grounds.

For any questions or assistance with the online, please contact Chyann Smith, smithc@aksarben.org, 402-554-9600 ext. 103.

Author: AKSARBEN


2017 E-Academy & Registration Link
Fri, 08/11/2017

A diverse environment requires a knowledgeable, respectful, and inclusive community. I am excited to announce that the 2017 E-Academy professional development series will focus on engaging our diverse youth. “The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Positive Youth Development” will be a 10 session online professional development series taking place from October 2 – October 23, 2017.

This e-academy is free and requires pre-registration. To register click here: 2017 E-academy Registration.  

Please promote this opportunity to all of the target audiences listed below.

Purpose

This e-academy will be an in-depth, targeted online professional development series designed for 4-H and other youth development professionals. The focus will be on promoting diversity and inclusion throughout 4-H’s programs and increasing the awareness of social issues that affect youth development.

Outcomes

  1. Participants will understand how culture, diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality play a role in youth development.
  2. Participants will understand how race relations and social justice affect youth.
  3. Participants will be introduced to methods on how to make 4-H programs inclusive to all minorities.

Target Audience

  • Field level 4-H youth development professionals
  • State level 4-H youth development professionals
  • Youth development professionals from partner organizations

Format

  • 10 one hour live interactive webinar style presentations spread over several weeks

 The following topics focused upon the role of diversity and inclusion in positive youth development include: Keynote, Social Justice and Activism, LGBT, Disabled Youth, Race Relations, Latino Youth, Tribal Youth, Homeless Youth, Civility and Civil Discourse, and Intersectionality and Inclusion.

Author: 4-H National Headquarters


4h.unl.edu Content Updates
Fri, 08/04/2017

Below is a list of Nebraska 4-H webpages with recent content updates. Please contact the specific program coordinator for more information. The program coordinator’s information can be found at the bottom of the program webpage.

For help locating resources on 4h.unl.edu, please watch the Website Navigation Tips recording available at http://4h.unl.edu/employee/webinar-recordings. This recording was trimmed from the Support Staff Training Webinar held in April.

Author: Danielle Dewees


4-H Culinary Challenge Contest at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair
Fri, 08/04/2017

Just a quick reminder that the registration for the 2017 4-H Culinary Challenge Contest at the Nebraska State Fair is due on or before August 10, 2017, by 5 p.m. CST. 4-H’ers can register in ShoWorks – no additional forms are needed this year. The contest will be on Saturday August 26, 2017.

The 4-H Culinary Challenge Contest will require youth to demonstrate healthy decision making through nutrition, food preparation, menu planning, and food safety. Winners at a county contest (Table Toppers, Favorite Foods or other such contest) may advance to the 4-H Culinary Challenge Contest, but participation at the county level is not required. A team will consist of two members to be eligible to compete. 4-H members need to be at least 10 years of age by January 1st. Selection of eligible teams is at the discretion of the county but the 4-H’ers must be rolled in at least one Foods and Nutrition project. Each county can submit up to 4 teams of two 4-H members.

A challenge ingredient will be selected each year, highlighting a Nebraska commodity food product.  The 2017 challenge ingredient is dried beans, peas and lentils.

More information can be found at:

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Author: Brenda Aufdenkamp, Amy Peterson and Cami Wells


Articles to Share Promoting Participation in 4-H Presentation Contest at 2017 Nebraska State Fair
Fri, 08/04/2017

Like all other contests and shows, registration for the 2017 4-H Presentations Contest at the Nebraska State Fair is underway! 4-H youth participating in any of the 4-H Presentations Contest divisions must register in ShoWorks on or before August 10, 2017, by 5 p.m. CST.

Below are timely reminder emails and/or newsletter articles that can be shared with potential youth participants in your county. Also, a reminder that the Participant Registration Information Helpsheets found at http://4h.unl.edu/employee/presentation-contest can also be used to assist youth with registering for the State Fair 4-H Presentations Contests.

PLEASE NOTE: If your county does not host a County 4-H Presentations Contest, 4-H’ers in your county may still participate in Division 152: Teaching (Trade Show Exhibit) Presentations Contest and Division 153: Digital Video – 4-H FilmFest (see first article below).

Thank you for promoting these opportunities! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at your convenience!

Suggested Article for County Email Newsletter

Show and Tell Others About Your 4-H Learning: Give a Teaching (Trade Show Exhibit) Presentation at Nebraska State Fair!

Did you give a presentation at a 4-H Club Meeting or other event this year? Do you have a static 4-H fair exhibit that’s sitting on a shelf that you’d like to show and tell others what you learned by creating it?  Or have you helped a younger 4-H’er learn how to complete a 4-H project? If so, you may be eligible to participate in the Teaching (Trade Show Exhibit) Presentation Division at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair!

A Teaching (Trade Show Exhibit) Presentation, given by one (1) individual or a team of two (2) individuals, is a live, interactive, trade show style presentation where youth will continuously engage a constantly-changing/moving audience for 30 minutes by showing and telling them how to do something while answering questions. Multiple (up to 6) Teaching Presentations will be scheduled simultaneously, allowing fairgoers/contest attendees to learn from many 4-H youth at one time. Teaching Presentations are given behind a table amongst 4-H exhibits. A judge will occasionally stop to view the presentation, ask questions, and observe audience engagement.

Any 4-H’er who is 10 years old by January 1, 2017, may participate. All classes require the presence of the contestant(s). Additional participation requirements, and scoresheets, can be found in the Nebraska State Fair 4-H Fairbook.

Special awards will be given to the top two (2) outstanding presentations in each class. Classes for the Teaching (Trade Show Exhibit) Division include:

·         Class B152001 - Teaching Presentation Contest, Any Topic.

o    Contest Date/Location: Sunday, August 27, 2017; 4-H/FFA Building in 4-H Interactive Activity Space.

·         Class B152002 - Teaching Presentation Contest, Special Topic: Science.

o    Contest Date/Location: Sunday, August 27, 2017 (approximate presentations times: 1-3pm); 4-H/FFA Building in 4-H Interactive Activity Space.

·         Class B152003 - Teaching Presentation Contest, Special Topic: Nebraska Agriculture.

o    Contest Date/Location: Saturday, August 26, 2017 (approximate presentations times: 1-3pm); Raising Nebraska Building in Interactive Activity Space.

Registrations for this Presentations Contest division must be completed by August 10, 2017, by 5 p.m. CST at http://4h.unl.edu/state-fair/exhibitor. After August 10, exhibitors will receive an email from 4HOnline. This email will contain a letter to exhibitors AND a link that will allow them to select their actual presentation time. Presentation time slots will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Exhibitors have until Friday, August 18, 2017, to select their presentation time. Final schedules will be made available on the Nebraska State Fair 4-H Fairbook page (in forms section, bottom of page) on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Suggested Email/Correspondence to County 4-H Presentations Contest Participants from Your County

Share Your 4-H Presentation at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair!

Thank you for participating in the County 4-H Presentation Contest! Because you have participated in this contest, you may be eligible to participate in the 4-H Presentations Contest Division at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair!     

Any 4-H’er who is 10 years old by January 1, 2017, may participate. If participating in Division 151: 4-H Illustrated Presentations Contest, a purple rating at a County 4-H Presentations Contest is required; a purple rating is not required to participate in Division 152: Teaching (Trade Show Exhibit) Presentation or Division 153: Digital Video - 4-H FilmFest.  All classes require the presence of the contestant(s). Additional participation requirements, and scoresheets, can be found in the Nebraska State Fair 4-H Fairbook.

Registrations for this Presentations Contest division must be completed by August 10, 2017, by 5 p.m. CST at http://4h.unl.edu/state-fair/exhibitor. After August 10, exhibitors will receive an email from 4HOnline. This email will contain a letter to exhibitors AND a link that will allow them to select their actual presentation time. Presentation time slots will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Exhibitors have until Friday, August 18, 2017, to select their presentation time. Final schedules will be made available on the Nebraska State Fair 4-H Fairbook page (in forms section, bottom of page) on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Author: Tracy Pracheil, Julie Kreikemeier, Cathy Johnston


State Fair 4-H Fashion Show Registration Guidelines
Fri, 08/04/2017

This is a reminder that the following registration requirements for the State Fair 4-H Fashion Show must be met by Thursday, August 10 by 5:00 p.m. CT:

  • Register in advance via ShoWorks. 4-H members should work with their county extension office to register.
  • For constructed garments, 4-H members need to complete the 4-H Fashion Show Script Information Form SF24 form and send to Sarah Purcell in Otoe County.  Address:  PO Box 160, Syracuse NE  68446
  • For purchased garments, 4-H participants must submit the 4-H Shopping In Style Fashion Show Written Report with Narration Form SF184, revised 2/2013, to Andrea Nisley in Dawson County.  Address:  PO Box 757, Lexington NE  68850

These forms as well as the participant’s letter can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/fairbook/consumer-family-science/fashion-show at the bottom of the page within the box.

Remember all this needs to done and received by Thursday, August 10th, 5:00 p.m. CT, unless your county fair Fashion Show results/awards are announced after the August 10th deadline.

The types of garments that qualify for the 4-H Fashion Show are listed in the State Fair Fairbook. Example: STEAM Clothing 2 garments include: dress, romper, jumpsuit, or two-piece outfit combination. 4-H members must model both a constructed bottom and top in STEAM 2 or they will be disqualified. 

On September 4th the registration will be from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  We encourage Shopping in Style 4-H members to register first, since they will modeling first.  For registration, they will enter through the north or south doors of the Heartland Event Center’s glass foyer.  The dressing and judging areas will be open to contestants only.  Hostesses are available to assist the 4-H members in the dressing room.  There is an optional rehearsal from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. for the 4-H members to practice on the stage.

 The public Fashion Show will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Heartland Event Center.  Doors will open to the public at 9:30 a.m.

Author: Sarah Purcell, Andrea Nisley


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