Local 4-H members receive recognition at Nebraska State Fair

LINCOLN — While the fair looked different than it has in the past, the Nebraska State Fair provided an opportunity for young people to celebrate their successes and the work they have been doing throughout the year. The 2020 Nebraska State Fair included 4-H and FFA livestock competitions, contests, presentations and static exhibits. Despite the changes because of the pandemic, Pierce County 4-Hers shined at the Nebraska State Fair.

Static exhibits chosen for exhibition at the Nebraska State Fair were displayed in booth style by county. Because of the change, some of the projects, such as foods, horticulture, floriculture and large item exhibits, were to be submitted virtually. The static exhibits displayed for exhibition were not rejudged but were given the opportunity to be selected for special recognition and “Best of Show” Awards.

Pierce County 4-Hers receiving special recognition are: Landon Oltjenbruns, Aerospace (rocket); Cayden Holan, Home Environment; Sarah Fenton, Photography; Brandon Thomsen, Photography; Alexus Sindelar, Photography selected to be displayed in the Extension Dean’s Office and CASNR

Receiving “Best of Show” Awards — Madeline Huwaldt, Reserve Best of Show-Home Environment-Portfolio Pathways (acrylic painting); she also received special recognition on this project; Kaila Spieker-Best of Show, Photography

The 4-H livestock shows were not without changes either. All 4-H shows were moved to the first weekend of the fair instead of being with the FFA shows on the second weekend. The youth exhibiting livestock were able to compete in a live event, giving them the opportunity to showcase their efforts.

Pierce County 4-Hers who received awards are: Jaycee Schomberg, Champion Senior Beef Showmanship, Champion Foundation Simmental Breeding Heifer; Weston Stemick, Reserve Champion Market Beef Hereford, Reserve Champion Steer-British Breed

This year, the Nebraska State Fair 4-H Fashion Show was divided into three smaller fashion shows to accommodate the new space in Raising Nebraska and social distancing requirements.

Pierce County 4-H Fashion Show Participants: Kaila Spieker, Constructed STEAM 3 Clothing; Sara Thomsen, Shopping in Style Purchased Outfit

Ribbons and awards presented to Osmond 4-H’ers are as follows:

Matthew Alderson — Creative techniques and lighting display or print photography, creative composition display or print photography, abstract photography display or print, expression through color display or print photography, baked item made with frozen produce, dried herbs, one jar jellied exhibit, cultivar vegetable collection, all showcase ribbons

Zachary Alderson — Advanced composition print photography, freeze-blur the moment print photography, baked item made with frozen produce, dried vegetables, one jar fruit exhibit, one jar pickled exhibit, three jars jelled exhibit, showcase ribbons

Madeline Huwaldt — Original pencil or chalk drawing, original ink drawing, original watercolor painting, showcase ribbons; original acrylic painting, showcase ribbon, Reserve Best of Show, Special Recognition

Sierra Koehler — 3D accessory, showcase ribbon

Landon Oltjenbruns — Handpainted or air-brushed rocket, showcase ribbon, Special Recognition

Payton Oltjenbruns — Handpainted or air-brushed rocket, showcase ribbon

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