Working with some of the greatest kids around, awesome parents and families, makes our jobs fun and exciting. 4-H helps kids learn and grow, building life skills, helping kids get ready for life. The summer is a busy time. Livestock and horse projects are in full swing. District horse shows were hosted across the state last week. Many exciting summertime learning workshops are scheduled late June and July. Gage County Fair & Expo is only a month away, July 24-28. 4-H - it grows on you!

Summer 4-H camping

Over 75 young kids will have a blast at the 2019 4-H Camp Renegade, June 18-19. A new 4-H camp this year is Camp Venture, June 20-21 with 40 participants. Outdoor recreation, swimming in the new pool, canoeing, shooting sports, creative workshops, plus new camp friends, camp food, and teen counselors make this a highlight of the summer. Teen camp counselors make it all possible; thanks to Gage County 4-H counselors: Kate Osterhaus, Chris Janssen, Ashtyn Humphreys, Makenna Blum, Emily Rempel, Kylie Lancaster.

4-H makes ideas happen

Hope you’ll be along the parade route next Saturday, June 22, for the annual Homestead Days Parade, 10 a.m., downtown Beatrice. 4-H members, families and volunteers “Make Ideas Happen” as we make the best better in our community. Get your copy of the 2019 Gage County Fair brochure.

Table setting and presentation contests

Setting the table is fun and inexpensive, combining creativity, color, seasonal items, or whatever the occasion calls for. Presentation Contest builds life skills. Our county contest is Tuesday, June 25, beginning at 3 p.m. Call for information packets; pre‑entry due June 19. This event is so much fun, promotes project education, life skills and creativity! Clover Kids can enter the Table Setting event, non-competitive and fun.

Invitational dairy show – July 6

Great pre‑fair show to get your animals ready for the county fair and perfect your showing skills. 4‑H youth are invited to the Invitational Dairy Show, Saturday, 9 a.m., fairgrounds, Beatrice. Animals in place by 8:30 a.m., with showmanship, class judging, and awards for breed champions and supreme champion. A youth may enter a maximum four animals. Entry deadline: July 2.

4-H fashion show

One of the most exciting pre-fair events is the annual Fashion Show, Monday, July 15, Hevelone Center, Beatrice High School. Modeling sewn garments, purchased garments, showing Quilts of Valor and other quilts give participants the skills of sewing, consumer buying, design and creating quilts. We are proud to present and honor a veteran with a Quilt of Valor that evening. 4-H members should note the pre-entry date of July 8. See fairbook (p. 72).

We need you

The Gage County Fair showcases Gage County and southeast Nebraska. It’s a community event that is successful with the help of so many volunteers. If you would like to help at the fair, contact the Extension office by July 1. Call 402-223-1384 or email: jesau2@unl.edu. Thank you in advance. Making it fun gets the job done. 4-H grows kids, life skills, leadership, families, volunteers, strong communities.

Clover Kids

Many kids tag along to 4-H activities; they can’t wait to join 4-H. Or maybe kids don’t know about 4-H but want to find out what it’s all about. We offer Clover Kids, a non-competitive experience for kids ages 5-7. Adult volunteers work with children in simple, fun activities. The fairbook lists the classes (p. 73-76); entry day is Tuesday, July 23. Clover Kids modeling is at the 4-H Fashion Show, July 15, Beatrice High School. Future 4-H members, don’t miss the fun! Contact the Extension Office for online enrollment, stop and pick up a packet and check out a wonderful resource book for project ideas.

Quote of Note: “A champion is a dreamer who refused to give up.” - unknown

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