Iowa State Fair 4-H Handbook

2017 Iowa State Fair, August 10 - 20

General Information

2017 Combined ISF 4-H Exhibits General Rules and Class Descriptions
     with special rules, for county fairbooks
2017 Iowa State Fair 4-H Exhibits Building Fair Book & Schedule
2016 County Quotas (2017 coming)
2017 Tuesday, August 8 Exhibit Check-In Times (new list coming soon)
2017 Exhibit Check-Out Posted Times - Please check here FIRST for open times!
2017 Exhibit Checkout Form
2016 CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT INSTRUCTIONS: Preparation of 4-H Exhibits for Check-In and Check-Out at Iowa State Fair 4-H Exhibits Building--this is how to prep and get your county exhibits to/from the 4-H Exhibits Building--for actual Exhibit Entry see FairEntry Manual
2016 Additional Sunday Night Checkout Instructions
2016 FairEntry Manual: Fair Entry Static Exhibits
Fair Entry Printed Exhibit Tags = Avery 8387, perforated, 4/page
2016 State Fair 4-H Exhibitor Instructions & Letter

Suggested County Judges Orientation
General 4-H Evaluation Form (PDF) (MSWord)
2017 County Fairs by Date or 2017 County Fairs Alpha

Judging Philosophy

Strengthening Goal Centered Learning-Adults, 4H 203
4-H Judges Information webpage
Evaluating 4-H Exhibits Handbook: where you may find more information


2017 Communication Event Reservations
Reservation questions, please contact

Counties may bring up to 6 Educational Presentations, 4 Working Exhibits, 3 Share-The-Fun, and 2 Extemporaneous Speakers.  We will not schedule more than two (2) performances from a county during a Noon Share The Fun show.  2 Communications Posters per County
Exhibitor Letters, Report Forms, Evaluations, Copyright
Exhibits Building Map

Family and Consumer Sciences

The 2017 ACE will be held on the Iowa State Fairground in the Youth Inn on Thursday, August 10
County Staff Checklist (includes eligibility requirements)
Required Youth Forms
    Report Forms (required to be uploaded by County Staff by July 31)
         6-J Clothing Selection Participant Report Form (MSWord)  (PDF)
         6-J Fashion Revue Participant Report Form (MSWord)  (PDF)
         6-J The $15 Challenge Participant Report Form (MSWord)  (PDF)

Help Documents for Youth (Optional)
    Report Form Help Sheets
         6-K Clothing Selection Report Help
         6-K Fashion Revue Report Help
         6-K The $15 Challenge Report Help
    6-M Clothing Event Writing Stage Commentary Help
Helpful Clothing Project Links
    4-H Clothing and Fashion Project Page
Volunteer, Judges and Evaluation Information
     6-F1 Duties of a Group Volunteer/Coordinator
     6-N Clothing Event Judges Orientation
     6-N1 Suggested Interview Questions
    Judges Evaluation Forms
        6-O Clothing Selection judges Evaluation Form (MSWord)  (PDF)
        6-O Fashion Revue Judges Evaluation Form (MSWord)  (PDF)
        6-O The $15 Challenge Judges Evaluation Form (MSWord)  (PDF)

6-P County Clothing Report Form for Junior/Intermediate (MSWord)  (PDF)
6-Q Importance of the Fashion Show
6-R Checklist for Ready To Wear
6-G1 The $15 Challenge Q/A

Food & Nutrition

Inappropriate Food Exhibits for Iowa 4-H Fairs, 4h 3023, April 2009 Preserved Food 4-H Exhibit Label, Word, VI-991291, December 2000
Food & Nutrition Evaluation Form (PDF) (MSWord)
Food & Nutrition Project Webpage -- Check here for more information


PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT QUOTAS: Counties see 2016 County Quotasfor details of restrictions.
Photography FairEnry Help Sheet - in MyExtension
Photo Label - Full Sheet, single sided (PDF) (MSWord)
Photo Label - Half Sheet, double sided (PDF) (MSWord)
Photo Label - Half Sheet, two per page, double (PDF) (MSWord)
Photography Evaluation Form (PDF) (MSWord)
NEW 10304X  Alternative/Creative Photography – A single photograph or photographic image that has been created with an alternative photographic process, or a photograph that was creatively edited or modified beyond reality in a creative, imaginative and experimental way to make it more interesting and visually engaging. Could be a composite of multiple overlapped photographs.

Alternative/Creative Photography Special Rules:

  1. Photograph/Image must be mounted on foam core no smaller than 4”x4” and no larger than 10” x 10” in height and width. No matting and no framing is allowed, put your creativity into the photography!
  2. Photograph/Image can be created from film negative, digital negative, or digitally manipulated in computer.
  3. Photograph must be on photo paper, canvas, or other flat material.
  4. Exhibit must have Photo Exhibit Label on back with required information for photo exhibits. Include information about the processes used.
  5. Subject matter must be in good taste and be appropriate for public display in a 4-H setting, photographs depicting unsafe practices or illegal activities will not be displayed.

10304X Photography Help Sheet = Directions to enter, upload, and submit your digital 10304X photograph in FairEntry. 

Science, Mechanics, Technology

2017 Auto/Motorcycle Exhibit Form (Word, PDF)
2017 Tractor Exhibit Form & Letter (Word, PDF)
State Fair Gate Map

4-H Resources
General Evaluations
  • General 4-H Evaluation Form (PDF) (MSWord)
  • Food & Nutrition Evaluation Form (PDF) (MSWord)
  • Photography Evaluation Form (PDF) (MSWord)

Pinterest to Original Source in 3 Easy Steps 
For Staff and Judges, Use of COPYRIGHT/TRADEMARK Material, VI-010401-WB, March 2004; Instructions on obtaining permission to use copyright materials; Additional Listing of Copyright Resources; Instructions on obtaining permission to use copyright materials and Sample Letter
Instructions on obtaining permission to use copyright materials and Sample Letter (Word, PDF) re-posted June 2005

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