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Youth Gardening - County/State Fair Contest Resources

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Resources for 4-H Plant Science Contests at the Lancaster County & Nebraska State Fairs.

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2017 Lancaster County 4-H Plant Science Contests

Three Plant Science Contests will be held Wednesday, June 14, 10 a.m.–Noon at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln. New this year, preregistration is required by Monday, June 12 by calling 402-441-7180 (there is no entry form). Open to all 4-H'ers from all counties ages 10-18 -- premiums paid by the county where the youth is enrolled.

Youth choose which portions of the contest to participate in:

  • tree identification
  • weed & grass identification
  • horticulture contest

2017 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest

Nebraska 4-H is offering an online Horticulture Judging Contest at https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=2010-nebraska-horticulture-judging-contest. The contest tests your knowledge in three areas; identification, judging, and general knowledge. The quiz will be available June 9, 8 a.m. to June 19, 8 a.m. There is no password this year.

Lancaster County Super Fair & Nebraska State Fair Plant Science Resources:


4-H members and volunteers should use these plant lists/photos and resources to help prepare for Lancaster County Super Fair and Nebraska State Fair Contests.

  1. 4-H & FFA Fair Forms, Fair book, Resources, Maps, Photos/Results
  2. Selecting and Preparing Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruit or Exhibits at County Fairs and the Nebraska State Fair - Nebraska 4-H
  3. Preparing Cut Flowers for Exhibits at County Fairs and the Nebraska State Fair
  4. Showing Flowers and Vegetables at the Lancaster County Super Fair
  5. NebGuide G1853 "Propagating House Plants" includes a list of includes a listing of common houseplants found in Nebraska
Special Garden Project, Jazzy Mix Zinnia

4-H families are invited to participate in a special garden project growing Jazzy Mix Zinnia. Twenty seed packets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more

Horticulture Contest:

Plant List:

Identification Examples & Photos

How to Judge Horticulture Products

Grass, Forb, Crop and Weed ID Contest:

All grass and weed plants on the list are described in either the Weeds of the Great Plains (published by Nebraska Department of Agriculture, (402) 471-2394, Cost: $25.00) or in Common Grasses of Nebraska, EC170, (published by the Nebraska Extension, http://extensionpubs.unl.edu/, Cost: $5.00). There is not currently a crop identification guide available.

Tree ID Contest:

Contest Resources:

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