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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2021 Lancaster County 4-H In-Person Plant Science Contests

Three Plant Science Contests was held Wednesday, June 9, 10 a.m.–12 noon at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln. Registration is required by Monday, June 7 by calling 402-441-7180 (there is no entry form). Open to all 4-H'ers from all counties ages 10-18. Enrollment in a horticulture project is not required to participate.

Youth choose which portions of the contest to participate in:

  • Tree identification
  • Weed & grass identification
  • Horticulture contest

Participants will be able to use a list of plants while identifying samples. Ribbons will be awarded at the Lancaster County Super Fair or mailed.

Here is a print-friendly flyer with above information.

2021 Lancaster County 4-H Online Tree ID and Grass & Weed ID Contests

The contests was open to all youth, as well as adults. Youth do not need to be enrolled 4-H members to participate. The contests were available from Friday, June 4, 2021, 9 a.m. through Monday, July 21, 2021, 9 a.m. Rules and links to participate were at

2021 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest

Nebraska 4-H offers a statewide online Horticulture Judging Contest which tests 4-H'ers knowledge in three areas: general knowledge questions, plant part and seed identification, as well as a judging portion. This year, the contest were available June 4-21, 2021. The link to participate was at

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Resources for Plant Exhibits at Lancaster County Super Fair & Nebraska State Fair

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

2021 Special Garden and Agronomy Projects

4-H families have the opportunity to participate in the special garden and special agronomy projects this year. The Special Garden Project is growing Hakurei Turnip. This vegetable is a white salad turnip. The Special Agronomy Project is Teosinte. A Mexican grass that is considered to be one of the parent plants of modern corn. Seed packets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the Extension office, 402-441-7180, to sign up for these special projects. The seed packages are free and one seed packet per project, per family. Seeds will be mailed after April 30.