Information for 4-H Judges

Self-Study for Exhibit Judges Training or Refresher

To judge 4-H exhibits you must watch the State Fair Update Webinar and access the webpage 4-H Projects to study and print the Tip Sheets & Hot Sheets. Your county Extension office or the county you are judging in should also provide the sheets to you upon request. 

Current 4-H Judges, who have changes to their contact information or judging preferences
new 4-H Judges, who have completed a recent training, please use the 4-H Exhibit Judges Preference Form (PDF download or type-in MSWord) to let us know your judging preferences and personal contact information.
(Livestock only judges, see info below.)

If you would like more information about 4-H Exhibit Judge opportunities, please e-mail Mary Kay Litzel and she will send you pertinent information.

 Iowa State Fair 4-H Exhibits Information 

NEW 2015--Digital Photography Exhibit

The addition of this experimental class is intended to provide a different photography exhibition experience for 4-H members. It also serves to provide legitimacy to on-line galleries as a medium for photography exhibition. Additionally, the class may reduce barriers for some 4-H’ers who may not have ready access to matting and mounting expertise or materials. We will keep this class at least two years before evaluating if the class is achieving the desired goals. See above Combined ISF 4-H Exhibits General Rules and Class Descriptions, with special rules, for county fairbooks. Photography and Digital Photography will use the same Photo Label and Evaluation. 

Will be evaluated on good photo criteria:  Composition, technical factors, rule of thirds – all criteria for photos whether they are digital or printed.  For digital photos – won’t have a finish (matte or glossy) or matting/mounting choices.  That portion of the evaluation sheet will not apply.

The youth should still be able to answer/explain all other decisions made as they would with any other photo. Cropping, enhancement, camera settings, etc. Would be appropriate to ask (not as a ribbon deciding question but a process type question) why they chose to exhibit as a digital image. Whatever it is, they should be able to tell you why they chose digital.

4-H Livestock Judges Information

Individuals who want to be considered for Iowa 4-H Livestock Judges need to fill out the 4-H Livestock Judge Preference form (PDF download or type-in MSWord).  Please be sure that you include livestock show judging experience and qualifications (i.e. county fair judging experience, regional, national show experience, etc.).  The completed form should be mailed to the State 4-H Office (or e-mail attached to Mike Anderson).  After review, your name may be placed in the State 4-H Judges database where Iowa County Extension offices have access to names of potential livestock judges for their county fairs and shows.  For further information contact Mike Anderson, 515-294-8617.

 4-H Clothing Event Judges

Clothing Event Judge's Tips webpage explains the different areas of and rules for the 4-H Clothing Event at the Iowa State Fair--Clothing Selection, The $15 Challenge, and Fashion Revue.  This page also has many links to webpages and information participants will be using.  All Clothing Event forms will be found in the Iowa State Fair 4-H Handbook.    

4-H Food & Nutrition Judges Information

Answer Line, 800-262-3804, is the final word for food safety and preparation along with the Ball canning and processing information.

A special online Food & Nutrition judges training was held online Monday, April 27, 2015. The session was on 4-H Food & Nutrition Judges Training Webinar on “Gluten-Free Myths, Truths, & Baked Goods” and how to evaluate products and informational posters as fair exhibits.  Use the left column menu to go to the Judges Training webpage for this timely information.

On the Food & Nutrition Project webpage are the following helps. 

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