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

2016 Letter of Changes in above
2016 Iowa State Fair 4-H Exhibits Building Fair Book & Schedule
County Quotas
2016 County State Fair Insurance Information
2016 County State Fair Insurance Form--REQUIRED OF ALL COUNTIES

2016 Tuesday, August 9 Exhibit Check-In Times
2016 Exhibit Checkout Form
2016 Exhibit Check-Out Posted Times
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


2016 Communications Reservation Process and Entry Form (in JotForm)
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

2016 ACE UPDATES below

6-F Clothing Event Schedule orPDF
6-F1 Duties of a Group Volunteer/Coordinator
6-G Clothing Event Eligibility Requirements 
6-G1 The $15 Challenge Q/A
6-H County Checklist--COUNTY STAFF
6-I Clothing Event Participant Letter, PREForm, & Information (MSWord)  (PDF)
      PRE-Form only (MSWord)
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)
6-K Clothing Selection Report Help
6-K Fashion Revue Report Help
6-K The $15 Challenge Report Help
6 4-H 315ABC Adventures In Clothing Publication
     A-Adventures in Clothing
     B-Challenges in Clothing
     C-Strategies for Clothing
6-L Clothing Event County Intent to Participate - Staff
6-M Clothing Event Writing Stage Commentary Help
6-N Clothing Event Judges Orientation
6-N1 Suggested Interview Questions
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
Campus/Memorial Union Map

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 Digital Photography Exhibit -- Deadline Extended to August 1
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.
10304X Photography Help Sheet = Directions to enter, upload, and submit your digital 10304X photograph in FairEntry.  August 1 submission deadline.

Science, Mechanics, Technology

2016 Auto/Motorcycle Exhibit Form (Word, PDF)
2016 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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