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County Fair Time

"It amazed me how much time they took to prepare for all of us to come to the county fair. But the day after, when we were cleaning up and putting everything away from the week's activities they would let a big holler out saying-'Until Next year' as they were closing the doors. I was always the most disappointed-I had so much fun-and a year was a long ways away."

--Lisa Wiegand--Member, Gage County--1968-77, speaking about leaders Vaughn Domirer (county extension agent) and Dean Goes (fair board member).

To encourage 4-H'ers to do their best, contests were organized, usually in conjunction with county fairs. In time, 4-H exhibits became a staple of Nebraska county and state fairs.

Comforter protector
Comforter protector with ribbon and tag that went with it. Made by Jan Stehlik in the 1940s.
Courtesy: Jan Stehlik

Pajamas ribbons, certificate, and record book
Sewing project completed by Jan Selk Stehlik in the 1940s. Also shown are the ribbons, certificate, and record book that go with it.
Courtesy: Jan Stehlik

Judging 4-H livestock in 1957
NSHS RG2018, 2018PH:71-50

Linda Gilson made this quilt comprised of her 4-H ribbons.
Courtesy: Linda Gilson, Merrick County, "with thanks to my 4-H leaders Norman Bosselman, Clarence Benson, Earl Meyer, and Janice Kurz."


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Once a 4-H family;
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War Time

County Fair Time

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