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Congratulations to Gage County 4-H members, Hannah Parde and Chet McGrury IV, Beatrice, winning state record book competition to represent Nebraska at National 4-H Congress, Atlanta, Georgia, November 29 - December 3. Proud to have these 4-H members represent all Nebraska youth!

Hannah will attend, joining 1,000 delegates from the United States and its territories at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. This event not only recognizes excellence but provides an outstanding educational opportunity. Atlanta rolls out the red carpet with southern hospitality for the delegates. Schedules include workshops, discussion groups, entertainment, and a service learning experience. Sightseeing includes the Carter Presidential Library, Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca-Cola, the Atlanta Zoo, CNN Center, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Atlanta History Center. County winners receive financial support from the Gage County 4-H Council and the Gage County Ag Society. The Nebraska 4-H Foundation sponsors a major portion of fees for the Nebraska delegation. Congratulations to these outstanding youth and parents for their excellence in 4-H work, leadership and community service.

Lohse wins in National Judging Contest

Congratulations to Gage County 4-H Member, Jeffrey Lohse, a member of the Nebraska 4-H Horticulture Judging Team. The youths entered the National 4-H Junior Horticulture competition on October 12 in Lincoln. We are proud to announce that Jeffrey placed sixth individually; the team placed fourth. Their success included judging 100 specimens of seeds, twigs, leaves, fruit flowers and underground structure, as well as an eighty question test. Proud of you, Jeffrey; this is an amazing accomplishment!

Celebration honors excellence

Excellence is a choice. Excellence is an expectation. We're honored to recognize 4-H members for their excellence this past year at the annual 4-H Achievement celebration. Gage County 4-H Council will host 4-H friends, families, and supporters Sunday, November 10, 1:30 pm, 4-H Building, Beatrice. A very special presentation will be a Quilt of Valor to two veterans. Persons receiving awards will receive an invitation; the public is invited to attend.

Fantasy of trees

Proud to have Gage County 4-H light up the halls of the Indian Creek Mall... it's time for the Fantasy of Trees with a new location this year. Stop by the Mall to enjoy the beautiful tree and wreath display throughout December.

Decorate with fresh wreaths

Decorate your home, porch or yard for the holidays. Gage County 4-H members are selling a beautiful fresh 18" Fir wreath for $20 from Pinecrest Tree Farm, Blue Springs. Order deadline is November 15; call 402-223-1384. Pick up orders at the Extension Office Monday - Wednesday, November 25-27.

Ag Society annual meeting

You are invited to the Annual Meeting, November 21, 8:00 pm, 4-H Building. They will review the past year and hold election of board members.

Romeo Scholarship offered for seniors

Nebraska Association of Fair Managers is proud to offer the Martha and Don Romeo Scholarship for 2020 to high school seniors; applications available at the Extension Office. Deadline to submit is December 2.

Make change matter

The 4-H Building houses exhibits during the fair each year, as well as many community events each year. The 4-H Council is sponsoring a year-round drive for the 4-H Building. You can help by saving your change and filling a small M & M container with quarters. Make Change Matter!

Dresses for Africa

Please join us in this awesome sewing and service project, making a difference to girls in Africa. Dresses are simply made from fabric or pillow case; pre-cut kits are available at the Extension Office, just waiting to be sewn. Stop by to pick up; sewing a dress takes just a few hours. We're not just sending dresses, we're sending hope.

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