4-H'ers planning to exhibit a live animal or participate in an in-person contest at the Nebraska State Fair must register in ShoWorks by August 10 at 5:00 pm. This includes youth participating in any of the following shows or contests:
- Meat goats
- Dairy Judging Contest
- Dog Skillathon
- Livestock Premier Exhibitor
- Presentations Contest
- Public Speaking Contest
- Fashion Show
- Culinary Challenge Contest
- Insect ID Contest
- Tree ID Contest
- Horticulture ID Contest
- Weed & Grass ID Contest
Registration must be completed by the family and must be paid for using a credit card. There are no other options for payment. For help entering, please review the 4-H/FFA Registration Instructions or watch our tutorial video. For more information about exhibiting in 4-H at the State Fair, please visit the State Fair 4-H Exhibitor page.
Congratulations to the Hooves and Hearts 4-H Club from Sheridan County for being selected at the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month! This Club from Hay Springs, NE, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.
The Hooves and Hearts 4-H Club has only been in existence for only two years but has been up and running from the start and rapidly growing! This club has made it their top priority to help the community they live in. In November, they finished creating books for the local nursing home and delivered them to the residents. In October, they picked up trash around town and created tie blankets for the local hospital. Its members are well informed and very active in the sewing group, horse camps, rabbit project, cooking projects, swine project, and rockets.
Since the club’s existence, it has invited a presenter to help members prepare a 4-H Speech for the County Speech Contest and had members attend classes to learn about chickens and rabbits. Through the classes, the members completed Quality Assurance, made rabbit hutches, learned how to care for their animals, and practiced showmanship. The club members continually set up to help at the county-wide events. This club has grown from seven members to almost 35 in only two years! It will be exciting to see what this club conquers next.
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides the 4-H Club of the Month program to all Nebraska 4-H clubs throughout the state. Clubs can nominate themselves by telling why their club should be chosen as Club of the Month. A different club will be chosen each month and will be awarded with a certificate and $50 cash card. For more information go to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's county fair season in Nebraska! County fairs are events held throughout the state of Nebraska that involve 4-H by giving youth an opportunity to develop their 4-H skills. At county fairs, 4-H members are able to exhibit the knowledge and ability that they have developed in their 4-H project areas, whether it is showing a bucket calf or displaying their photography. Members can showcase their work and accomplishments from 4-H through county fair shows.
Take your support of “Making the Best Better” and “Learning to Do” wherever you go with the new license plates showcasing Nebraska 4-H and Nebraska FFA! The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska FFA Association in cooperation with the Nebraska FFA Alumni, have teamed up to create the first ever license plate supporting the two largest youth organizations in Nebraska. Similar to other organizational specialty license plates, there must be 250 applications received before the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing this organizational plate. Order yours today by filling out the application form and mailing it along with the $70 fee to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Be one of the first 4-H and FFA license plate owners and show the world you are an advocate of these outstanding youth organizations. Show your support of using your “Head, Heart, Hands and Health” to promote “Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success”.
This spring, Nebraska 4-H is asking alumni to raise their hands!
We believe that every child deserves the chance to succeed. If you're a 4-H alumni or know someone who is, we're asking for your help in spreading the word. Together we can help 4-H provide the hands-on learning that empower kids across America with the skills to hands what life throws at them.
- Raise Your Hand: Go to http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ to show your pride as a 4-H alumni.
- Compete for Nebraska: Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000, or $5,000 award for the states with the most alumni hands raised. In Nebraska, this award will be used to reach more youth through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.
- Pay it Forward: Tweet, post, and share your #4HGrown and #NE4H experience or support and tag fellow alumni asking them to raise their hands for their state at http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/.
Help kids learn responsibility, compassion, respect, and the value of hard work by supporting 4-H. Together we can grow the next generation of true leaders.
Nebraska 4-H youth, families, and volunteers are invited to participate in a statewide community service effort by creating and donating quilts to the service men and women who are protecting our country and who are "touched by war." The quilts will be collected and given through the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
4-H members and volunteers can work alone or in groups to make the quilts. Donations of fabric, batting or machine-quilting may be located in order to complete the project. Service organizations or other donors in the community may help provide funds for the Quilt of Valor. The quilts may then be entered in county fairs and the Nebraska State Fair in the citizenship, quilt quest, or design decisions project areas.
If you are interested in participating in this project, please review the Nebraska 4-H Quilts of Valor Statewide Guidelines.
The Quilts of Valor Presentation will be held at the Nebraska State Fair. For times and locations, please see the 4-H State Fair schedule.
Thank you for your support of the United States military!
Clubs, families, and 4-H'ers are encouraged to submit their 4-H community service projects of any scale to our statewide community service map. Service to the community is an integral part of the 4-H experience. This map is a way of showing the value of 4-H'ers contributions and a chance for youth to gain statewide recognition for their efforts. See the current map or submit your own community service project using the links below.
4-H Grows Here... Empowering youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime.
In Nebraska, 4-H reaches 1-in-3 age-eligible youth and engages youth and families in all 93 counites. As positive development professionals, we strive to prepare youth for their successful futures through career development and healthy living. We engage them in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Agricultural Literacy efforts that will enable them to lead these industries in the future. And, we empower their unique leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirits that will ensure they make a lasting and positive contribution to their communities.
Data included in the 2016 Impact Report represents youth responses from across the state following their engagement in one or more 4-H program experiences, more than 4,000 responses were collected. 4-H reaches youth in clubs, afterschool, school enrichment, special interest and camp programming.