The Event Center at the Dawes County Fairgrounds was alive with activity on Sunday, October 16, as the Dawes County 4-H Program celebrated “Home Grown Fun” at their annual achievement celebration. Current members, leaders, volunteers, and supporters were honored during the afternoon program as everyone joined together to share food and fellowship.
The evening began with introductions by Master of Ceremonies, Clint Phillips, Dawes County 4-H Executive Council President. Veteran Honor Guards Larry Hix and Miles Winchester posted the colors, standing at attention as 4-H member Dylan Davidson led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the 4-H Pledge. Jake Lemmon, 4-H Junior Leader and Executive Council Member gave the invocation. An election was held to fill two adult positions on the Executive Council and three youth positions. Karen Lewin and Suzanne Davidson were re-elected for a second term and Madison Cogdill, Cody Madsen, and Clayton Vahrenkamp filled the open youth positions.
After a delicious meal with food provided by Dawes County 4-H families and roast beef courtesy of Northwest Rural Public Power District, prepared by Peggy Fox, the official program began.
One of the evening’s highlights was honoring the Senior Royalty made up of outgoing seniors and crowning a 4-H King and Queen. This year’s candidates included Jerhett Cattin, Jody Cowell, Abby Dyer, Cindy Mansfield, Seth Oetken, and Megan Tidyman. Abby Dyer was crowned queen and Jerhett Cattin the king. Sage Dyer and Bailey Sellman served as crown bearers with Jack Phillips carrying the robe. Special thanks goes out to Jodi Sellman for organizing the Highland Huddlers and Independent Members in conducting the ceremony. Special nomination awards honoring individuals or businesses that made a significant impact, impression, or contribution throughout the year were awarded to the following:
Roger Eaton, Key Leader Award, sponsored by the Dawes County 4-H Foundation; Farm Credit Services of America, 4-H Appreciation Award, sponsored by generous donations to the 4-H Council; Shellie Johns, Helping Hand Award given in memory of Robert and Nellie Hawthorne, sponsored by Bob and Judy Hawthorne; Roy Lambert, Outstanding 4-H Alumni, sponsored by the Nebraska State 4-H Foundation; Clint and Kelly Phillips family, Heart of 4-H Award, sponsored by the Nebraska 4-H Foundation; Jake Lemmon and Katie Lewin, Youth Leadership
Award, sponsored by generous donations to the 4-H Council; Kaylie and Jack Phillips, Outstanding 4-H Members of the Year, sponsored by the Nebraska State 4-H Foundation; Cody Madsen, Outstanding Jr. Leader of the Year, sponsored by generous donations to the 4-H Council; Bordeaux Trappers, Outstanding 4-H Club of the Year, sponsored by generous donations to the 4-H Council.
Youth membership awards were presented to the following: Clover Kid Membership: Miranda Betson, Caseton Brunsch, Connor Butler, Sadie Chesley, Sage Dyer, Kadence Fisher, Landen Heine, Paityn Heine, Dalila Hinrichs, Vaughn Hinrichs, Jayce Hoffman, Brylee Huffman, Samuel Kahl, Kody Keim, Preston Kreman, Joe Lambert, Taylen Lambert, Aksel Lans, Matthew Lien, Cade McKillip, Thaine Monroe, Elizabeth Montgomery, Ryder Nixon, Tatianna Obando, Graycen O’Donnell, Levi Penaluna, Treyvan Pieper, Brandon Rising, Roudy Schommer, Miranda Smith, Tripton Stec, Karsen Stokely, Garrett Tollman, Anabelle Vander May, Carle Welling, Josey Werner, and Gunner Wild
First Year Membership: Hazel Anderson-Beguin, Trinity Boeselager, Jaelyn Brown, Caroline Butler, Clayton Butler, Layne Davidson, Krysta Dawson, Carson Gibbons, Alexis Gomez, Bailee Gremm, Cali Hendrickson, Brooklynn Hoffman, Jack Hunter, Tayven Jenkens, Taylor Kreman, Ava McKillip, Logan Monroe, Paden Morava, Dalton Norman, Emma Norman, Jose Obando, Emilynn O’Donnell, Cody Penaluna, Jack Phillips, Ava Pyle, Grace Pyle, Teagan Scoggan, Bailey Sellman, Cade Smith, Joshua Smith, Isabelle Thiry, Jadyn Tidyman, Alexa Tollman, Cambrea Vogel, Hannah Wegesser, Owen Wess, Sophia Wess, and Paige Yeatts
Ten Year Plus Membership: Jarrod Briggs, Jayden Garrett, Lane Jersild, Clay Madsen, Amber Milner, Alaina Riesen, Chance Snook, and Kane Wellnitz.
4-H Leaders and Volunteers were also recognized for their years of service. This included the following:
Two Year Leaders/Volunteers: Millie Butler, Bill Cogdill, Greg Galbraith, Jennifer Galbraith, Shalee Lemmon, Kelly Phillips, and Robert Vahrenkamp.
Five Year Leaders/Volunteers: Kerri Caparoon, Matt Fisher, Jeff Johns, and Shellie Johns.
Ten Year Leaders/Volunteers: Tim and Vicki Milner.
Fifteen Year Leaders/Volunteers: Joe Lemmon
Twenty Year Leaders/Volunteers: Karen Lewin, David Paris, and Dena Paris.
Nebraska 4-H honors clubs who help develop enthusiastic young people, boldly taking action to demonstrate life skills as capable, caring, confident, competent kids of character. To achieve the “Club of Excellence” standard, clubs must meet a certain set of criteria and document how they achieved the results. This year, three clubs in Dawes County were honored with this award.
They were Bordeaux Trappers, led by Roger Eaton; Happy Hustlers, led by Carey & Justin Madsen; and Dawes County Jr. Leaders, led by Jodi Sellman and Robert Vahrenkamp.
The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program encourages 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring, and contributing citizens. The program consists of six levels that require a 4-H member to plan and report a broad range of age appropriate accomplishments. Four Dawes County 4-H members received recognition in the Diamond Clover program including: Level 1 Amethyst, Bailey Sellman; Level 2 Aquamarine, Alex Fisher and Morgan Schommer; Level 5 Emerald, Jake Lemmon. Awards were purchased from generous donations to the Dawes County 4-H Council.
The livestock and horse judging awards were presented by volunteer coach, Roy Lambert.
Livestock Judging – Jr. Division, Kaylie Phillips Champion and Jack Phillips Reserve Champion; Sr. Division, Clark Riesen Champion and Katie Lewin Reserve Champion.
Horse Judging – Jr. Division, Kaylie Phillips Champion and Regan Anderson Reserve Champion; Sr. Division, Katie Lewin Champion and Ema Ackerman Reserve Champion.
Sponsors for these awards were Ken and Tammy Wellnitz, Pat Spiers, Butler Ag Equipment, Farmer’s Coop, Carnahan Financial, Paul and Ericka Lans, and Rick and Deb Lien. There were no intermediate participants for this area, but award sponsors in that division were Tom and Carol Foster, D & S Market, and LeAnn Canaday.
Herdsmanship awards were presented to individual youth or clubs who showed excellence during the Dawes County Fair through keeping their livestock pen areas clean and animals well cared for. Those receiving recognition included: Beef, Seth Oetken; Goat, Gunnar and Aksel Lans; Sheep, Kaylie and Jack Phillips; and Swine, Grace and Ava Pyle. Sponsors for these awards were Crawford Livestock Market, Paul and Ericka Lans, White River Feed, and Wahlstrom Ford.
Roger Eaton, Dawes County 4-H Shooting Sports Leader, presented awards in both archery and shooting for youth who had participated in the program. Those receiving recognition were: Archery: Alex Fisher, Caden Galbraith, Kayley Galbraith, Jada Pieper, Jorja Pieper, Renee Redfern, Joshua Smith, Sara Rose Smith, Emmalynn Thiry, Isabelle Thiry, Owen Wess, and Jace Wyatt. Shooting: Alex Elliott, Alex Fisher, Caden Galbraith, Kayley Galbraith, Hayden Heine, Ethan Johns, Samantha Johns, Kade Moore, Jada Pieper, Jorja Pieper, Garrett Reece, Chance Snook, Emmalynn Thiry, Isabelle Thiry, and Hannah Walker. Eaton also gave medals to the clubs best Clover Kid helpers, Kadence Fisher, Landen Heine, and Treyvan Pieper.
Each year the Chadron Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee chooses one photo from the 4-H exhibits at the Dawes County Fair to be used as the program cover of the annual Ag Banquet.
This year’s award went to Bailey Oetken.
Achievement Award winners, selected through an application process and completing of the 4-H Career Portfolio and project record books included the following: Animal Science: Beef, Layne Davidson, Dylan Davidson, and Abby Dyer; Cat, Morgan Schommer and Chance Snook; Companion Animal, Morgan Schommer; Dog, Layne Davidson and Chance Snook; Goat, Regan Anderson; Horse, Morgan Schommer, Jasmine Dyer, and Jacob Lemmon; Poultry, Cole Madsen and Cody Madsen; Sheep, Jaycee Lambert; Swine, Carson Gibbons, Cole Madsen, and Kylee Garrett.
Communications & Expressive Arts: Communications, Chance Snook; Photography, Alexa Tollman and Chance Snook. Consumer & Family Sciences: Clothing & Textiles, Morgan Schommer and Katie Lewin; Heritage, Jake Lemmon; Home Environment, Alex Fisher, Jacey Garrett, and Jake Sellman; Leather, Lance Cattin.
Environmental Education & Earth Science: Shooting Sports, Alex Fisher and Chance Snook; Wildlife, Jake Sellman.
Healthy Lifestyles: Food & Nutrition, Bailey Sellman, Jacey Garrett, and Katie Lewin.
Plant Science: Horticulture, Layne Davidson and Dylan Davidson.
Science Engineering & Technology: Aerospace, Alex Fisher; Welding, Alex Fisher and Chance Snook; Woodworking, Alex Fisher and Lance Cattin.
Overall Achievement Awards: Achievement, Alex Fisher, Jacey Garrett, and Jake Lemmon;
Citizenship, Layne Davidson, Dylan Davidson, and Cody Madsen; Leadership, Alex Fisher, Cole Madsen, and Jake Lemmon.
Clover Kids who completed a record book each received a certificate and Career Portfolio Cover. They were Sage Dyer, Kadence Fisher, Roudy Schommer, Miranda Smith, Garrett Tollman, Anabelle Vander May, and Josey Werner. Meri Werner, who isn’t quite 4-H age, took the initiative to also complete a record book earning her a new Clover Kid T-shirt. All awards were sponsored by the Dawes County 4-H Council.
Sponsors for the Achievement Awards included: Adam and Jodi Sellman Family, Bob and Judy Hawthorne, Boone and Nadene Huffman Family Ranch, Bruce and Marie Wohlers Family, Chance Snook, Corn Valley 4-H Club, Country Kitchen, Crawford Livestock Market, Crawford Pharmacy, Dale and Pam Anderson, Dale and Phyllis Eitemiller, Dave and Phyllis Carlson, Davidson Ranch, Dawes County Farm Bureau, Del and Aletta Hussey, Dyer Ranch, LLC, Farmer’s State Bank, First National Bank of Chadron, Anita and Gerald Boeselager, Geraldine Brott, Hencey Plumbing & Hydronics, Jeramy Walters Memorial Tom and Geneice Walters, Joe and Terri Lemmon, John and Kim Madsen, John E. Blundell Memorial, Ken and Tammy Wellnitz, Littrel Construction, LLC, Melvin and Sheryl Bruns, Marc and Judy Vahrenkamp, Norm’s NAPA Auto Parts, Office and Staff of Dr. Dan Johnson, Pat and Jackie Cullan, Randy and Lynn Mathis, Rockin Arrow Ranch Dave and Dena Paris, Security First Bank-Chadron, Sellman Field Spraying Richard and Shirley Sellman, Tim and Vicki Milner Family, and TSR Ranch Tom and Shirley Sellman.
Dawes County 4-H also recognized members who have gone outside our county borders to attend state and national events. They include: Alex Fisher and Samantha Johns, State Individual Medalists in Shooting Sports; Cadell Brunsch and Kelsey Tighe, Finalists at the State 4-H Horse Exposition; Katie Lewin, Top 4 Premier Presenter, and Chance Snook, Top 2 PSA at Nebraska State Fair; Brylee Allred, Alex Fisher, and Jake Lemmon, Special Recognition at Nebraska State Fair; Chance Snook, Team Medalist at National 4-H Shooting Sports; Jake Lemmon and Chance Snook, Nebraska Delegates to National 4-H Congress. Nebraska Extension in Dawes County would like to thank everyone for helping to make this afternoon very special for all in attendance. This annual event would also not be possible without the assistance of all the 4-H families and clubs who donated their time and energy to decorations, hosting, food, door prizes, and many other services.