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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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2018 Lancaster County 4-H Plant Science Contests

Three Plant Science Contests will be held Wednesday, June 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln. Registration is required by Monday, June 11 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

Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest

Nebraska 4-H usually offers an online Horticulture Judging Contest each June. The contest tests your knowledge in three areas; identification, judging, and general knowledge. More information will be posted.

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.

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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