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Welcome to youth, families and volunteers in the 2019 4-H program. It’s great to have you in 4-H! We’re fortunate to work with some of the greatest families in Gage County. It’s exciting to see youth develop and grow, to become winners in life. We’re proud to be green - 365 days a year.

Summer 4-H camping

Bet you didn’t know these famous 4-H alumni attended camp as kids - Julia Roberts, Chevy Chase, Drew Carey, Neil Diamond and Albert Einstein. The summer season promises to be a blast. Nebraska 4-H camping facilities are the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna, and the State 4-H Camp, Halsey. 4-H enrollment not required. Website: http://4h.unl.edu/camp/

Locally, we offer two camps at Camp Jefferson near Fairbury - Camp Renegade for 8-10 year old kids, might be their first overnight experience, June 18-19, fee: $40; new this year is Camp Venture, June 20-21, for the next level campers, fee: $60. 4-H membership not required. Contact the Extension Office for registration forms. Don’t miss out on this summer fun.

Livestock & horse information

4-H & FFA youth are reminded of the deadlines for I.D. sheets, June 1 for horse and June 15 for livestock; bring ID sheets to the Extension Office. Each 4-H and FFA youth exhibiting beef, sheep, swine, dairy, goats, poultry or rabbits at the Gage County Fair or Nebraska State must complete YQCA training each year, on-line or in-person. Jacie Milius offers the course here at the Extension Office on Saturday, June 1, 9:00 am; register online prior to attendance. Deadline for YQCA compliance is June 15; we must have a copy of completion certificate at the Extension Office.

New this year is Swine Tagging Day, June 1, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., fairgrounds. All 4-H and FFA hogs to be shown at the Gage County Fair are required to have an EID tag and must be tagged at the Extension Office. Swine exhibitors, don’t miss this date; call the Extension Office if you have questions.

Horse exhibitors and families, the 3 G’s Horse Show is June 8 at the Extension Office; join in the fun and sharpen up your riding skills prior to the Gage County Fair.

Anytime 4-H summer learning

Let the summer 4-H learning begin: May 28, 2 p.m. 4-H Cares Workshop – sew a Quilt of Valor top, bake cookies for local National Guard and give back to our community; May 29, 9:30 a.m., Macrame Key Chain Workshop; May 29, 1:30 p.m., Virtual Reality

Workshop; May 30, 1:00 p.m., Kid’s Banking Seminar, First National Bank, Beatrice; May 31, 9:30, Upcycled Flannel Shirt Tote Workshop; May 31, 1:30 .pm., Dog Balloon Pillow Workshop; June 4, 1:00 pm, Cake Decorating Workshop, Carolyn Schlake’s home. Location for workshops is the Extension meeting room (unless otherwise noted). We have openings; contact the Extension Office for online registration sites.

Clover Kids workshops

Just for kids ages 5-7 enrolled in Clover Kids – May 30, 9 a.m., Good Vibrations; May 30, 1 p.m., Family Celebrations Around the World; June 13, 9 a.m., Plants & Animals Workshop. Contact the Extension Office for online registration sites. In addition, the 2019 Clover Kids packet is ready to pick up at the Extension Office. Available for check-out “The Big Book of 4-H Cloverbud Activities” with fabulous projects and non-competitive fair exhibits.

Quote of Note: “Success if the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence.” – Colin Powell

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