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Nuckolls County boosters receive honors

Nuckolls County 4-H recognizes top fair exhibitors


Joe Theer (right) was named Nuckolls County Outstanding 4-H leader by the Nuckolls County 4-H council. Theer has been a 4-H leader for 26 years and plans to continue helping members with their horse projects at his arena in Lawrence. He is pictured with his wife, Kay and his granddaughter, Preslea Adams.

Kylie Kinley, Southern Plains Extension Educator served as mistress of ceremonies for the 2021 Nuckolls County 4-H awards night.

Kylie Beard and Wyatt Brockman, 4-H ambassadors, opened the ceremonies by leading the audience in the 4-H pledge and the Pledge of Allegiance.

4-H alumni were asked to stand, and then members from each of the Nuckolls County 4-H Clubs and Independents stood and were recognized: Alban. Dry Creek. Farm Friends. Lucky Buckaroos. Oxbow. Rough Riders. Independents. Shooting Sports and the Superior FFA.

4-H Club leaders and volunteers were recognized as well as members of the Fair Board (Ag Society) and 4-H Council.

Members of the Ag Society (fair board) were then recognized: Dustin Cassell- president; Shane Kohmetscher - vice-president; Nicole Beisel - secretary and Tammy Bargen - treasurer, Chris Boehle, Cole Epley, Owen Grube, Nick Kucera, Dorrel Lipker, Amy Schroer, Garrett Schroer, and Kaci Schroer are members.

Cassell recognized retiring Ag Society members for their years of service. Dennis Shroyer has served for the three years after a break from 23 prior years of service. Dustin and Rochelle Schoneberg have served on the Ag

Society for the past six years.

Members of the 4-H Council include Seth Going - president, Lea Rempel - vice-president, Laura Elledge - secretary, Alesia Bauer - treasurer, John Mertens, Daren Ostdiek, Russ Kohmetscher, Becky Funk and Julie Otero. and 4-H ambassadors: Kylie Beard and Wyatt Brockman.

Stichka To Serve As Nebraska State Fair Grand Marshall

Kinley then announced that Jean Stichka has been selected to be the grand marshall for the 2021 Nebraska State Fair on Monday. Aug 23, because of her work within the 4-H program. Stichka has been the Nuckolls County extension secretary for many years and will be the first Nuckolls County resident to be a Nebraska State Fair grand marshall.

Two Senior 4-H Members


Todd Keifer and McKenzie Ostdiek were recognized during the Nuckolls County Fair by 4-H Council as long-time 4-H members. Both have been in 4-H for six years or more and graduated as high school seniors this year.

Keifer graduated from Superior Public Schools and plans to attend North Central Kansas Technical School in Beloit and study ag mechanics. His parents are Jim and Jeannie Keifer. His favorite 4-H projects are showing goats and dogs and shooting archery. He served as a 4-H ambassador for 2019.

Ostdiek graduated from Lawrence-Nelson High School and plans to attend University of Nebraska at Kearney where she will major in pharmacy. Her parents are Ken and Shannon Ostdiek. Her favorite 4-H projects are horse and dog. She served as an ambassador in 2018.

High Point Buckles and Round Robin Winners Recognized

The Junior High Point Horse Buckle is given in memory of Drew Cassell and was presented by the Cassell family during the 4-H awards activities at the Nuckolls County Fair. Hadley Schoneberg won the buckle this year.

The Intermediate High Point Buckle is sponsored by the James Watts Memorial, and was presented by the Watts family. Anna Paus won the buckle this year.

The Senior High Point Buckle and the Overall Trail Buckle was sponsored by Superior Pharmacy. This year's recipient of the Senior High Point Buckle was Ella Gardner.

Maya Fanning won the Overall Trail Buckle.

Ella Gardner won the Large Animal Round Robin belt buckle which was sponsored by Superior Physical Therapy.

On behalf of the Frank Jones family, Mia and Ella Gardner presented the Beef Champion Rate of Gain Buckle Sponsored Chasity Ostdiek. Her home bred and fed had an average daily gain of 5.25 pounds per day.

Chase Ostdiek and Chasity Ostdiek each received the Brownfield Buckle. They are awarded to the top two individuals exhibiting the most ag related exhibits at the Nuckolls County Fair.

Supreme Market Animal Awards Announced

The Supreme Market Animal award given to each large animal species. For this award, the score is calculated on a combination of the exhibitor's live placing, the animal's ultrasound placing, and rate of gain.

Lauren Kohmetscher won the Supreme Market Swine Jacket sponsored by Chet Hawley Memorial.

Chase Ostdiek won the Supreme Market Lamb Jacket, sponsored by Superior Physical Therapy.

Dennis Shroyer retired from the Nuckolls County fair board for the second time this year. He most recently has served three years and had previously served 26 years.

Chasity Ostdiek won Supreme Market Beef Jacket sponsored by Little Lip Land & Cattle.

Emma Henderson won the Supreme Market Goat Jacket, sponsored by C&M Supply.

Outstanding 4-H Leader and Friend of 4-H Recognized

Joseph Theer was recognized as the "Nuckolls County Outstanding 4-H Leader of the year. He is no stranger to the 4-H program. He has been a leader for 26 years and works with youth at his horse arena every Sunday morning throughout the summer.

Cory Kopsa was recognized as this year's Friend of 4-H. He is known for sports casting, playing great country music, and his daily dose every morning. His advertising prior to and throughout the Nuckolls County Fair

is appreciated.

The new 4-H Ambassadors for Nuckolls County are Sadie Rempel and Emily Watts. Each Ambassador received a jacket from the 4-H Council and will promote 4-H throughout the year.


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