UNL Extension plans centennial celebrations throughout western Nebraska
The 100th birthday of the nation’s Cooperative Extension system will be observed in communities across western Nebraska this summer, during county fairs, community celebrations, and other special events.
Nebraska’s and the nation’s Cooperative Extension system turned 100 years old in May. The Smith-Lever Act, which established Cooperative Extension through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state and local governments, was signed on May 8, 1914.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has educators, assistants and office staff in 83 of Nebraska’s 93 counties. The Panhandle Extension District encompasses 16 counties in western and north-central Nebraska, including Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Cherry, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Morrill, Kimball, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, and Thomas counties.
UNL Extension emphasizes several program areas important to the state—Beef systems, 4-H Youth Development, The Learning Child, Cropping Systems, Community Vitality, Nutrition and health, and Water and Environment.
Here is a tentative list of local plans to observe the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act in western Nebraska. Some celebration dates remain to be scheduled, and more details will be announced by local Extension offices as the celebration dates get closer:
Banner—During the Banner County Historical Day on June 14 (Banner County 125th Anniversary) will set up a booth and serve ice cream at the Banner County School from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Box Butte—A celebration is planned for June 12, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in cooperation with the Alliance Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours.
Central Sandhills—Events are planned for July 26 during the Thomas County Fair barbecue; Aug. 1, at the Hooker County Fair, after the livestock auction; and Aug. 15 at the Grant County Fair, after the livestock auction.
Cherry—The centennial will be observed during the Cherry County Fair Aug. 8 or 9, exact date to be announced.
Deuel—Scheduled for Aug. 9 in Chappell during the county fair after the Livestock sale.
Garden—A celebration is planned for July 4 in conjunction with the festivities in Oshkosh that day.
Kimball—Kimball-Banner County Fair will feature an Extension centennial booth Aug. 10 and ice cream will be served during the Ag Society’s free barbecue.
Scotts Bluff—A celebration is planned for Aug. 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the County Fair Livestock Pavilion in conjunction with the Small and Large Animal Round Robin at the County Fair. Another event is might be scheduled for September.
Sioux—The Sioux County Fair (Aug. 1 to 3) will feature a booth with a combination of items old and new and a game to help demonstrate the breadth of education coverage by UNL Extension. Also, Extension will be part of the annual Pie and Ice Cream Social July 31.