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  • Nebraska 4-HPremier Animal Science Event

Premier Animal Science Events (PASE) is a two-day event designed to help youth learn about issues related to the animal industry, explore career opportunities that are available, compete with other teens from across the state, and have FUN! The event is sponsored by Nebraska 4-H, the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska Investment Finance Authority.

Opportunities at PASE include livestock, meats, and poultry judging contests, as well as livestock skill-a-thon and quiz bowl. Youth can participate in more than one contest or event as thier schedule allows. Some 4-H’ers might also want to participate in the Life Challenge Events that will be taking place on campus at the same time as PASE. In addition, youth will have chances to attend special presentations and tours, explore East Campus, meet with faculty members and current college students, and have fun with friends! Download the PASE information packet for more information.

Eligibility: PASE is open to any current 4-H’er who is 10 and older before January 1st of the current year. Pre-registration for PASE is required and can be done through your local Extension Office. Registration will open on TBD, 2018  and will close on TBD, 2018. Each participant must turn in a 4-H Permission and Health Form through 4-H Online. Please see PASE Contest Eligibility for more rules and regulations.

Entry Fee: 4-H members participating in any of the judging , quiz bowl, or skill-a-thon contest are required to pay a non-refundable entry fee of $8.00 per individual.

Meals: Through a generous contribution by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority and the Nebraska 4-H Foundation, Monday’s picnic supper will be provided at no charge to participants. Monday and Tuesday’s lunches will be at a cost of $4.00 per contestant. These meals will be available to parents and family members who are helping with the event at no charge. To properly prepare for meals, pre-registration is necessary; please contact your local Extension office.

Lodging: Lodging will be available in Massengale Residential Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus (1710 Arbor Drive) on Sunday and Monday evenings. Pre-registration is necessary; please contact your local Extension office. Youth pre-registering for a stay in the residence halls will be assigned roommates and will stay in double rooms unless accompanied by their parent or guardian, in which case they may stay with their parent or guardian. Rooms are $24 per person, per night and include continental breakfast. Lodging fees are required in advance and are non-refundable. Sheets, pillows and pillowcases will be provided. Participants will need to bring their own blankets, towels and personal products.

Schedule of Events


While a contest with individual placings is in progress, a contestant shall not communicate with others, except as directed by the superintendent of the contest. Participants will be informed of regulations at the beginning of each contest.

No hats, caps, or other types of headgear are to be worn and no countyor club identification is permitted. If PASE T-shirts are available contestants are encouraged, but not required, to wear these during contest competition.

Participants in ANY PORTION of these events and contests are expected to conduct themselves in a positive manner that contributes to the program. Disruptive behavior may result in expulsion form the event and/or the violator being sent home at the parents’ expense. Remember, character does count! Youth are expected to:

  • Participate fully in all scheduled programs.
  • Be courteous and kind to everyone. 
  • Respect people, furnishings and equipment.
  • Observe building and residence hall rules. 
  • Do not use alcohol, drugs (except as prescribed by a doctor) or tobacco products. 


To register, please contact your local Extension office.

PASE and Life Challenge Results

Results & Photos

Click the button below to see a list of downloadable contest results from Premier Animal Science Event and Life Challenge contests.

Contest Results

Awards Photos