Iowa State Fair 4-H Handbook

2016 Iowa State Fair, August 11-21

Updated items will show 2016

General Information

2016 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 coming soon)

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 Quotas coming soon!

2016 Exhibit Checkout Form
2016 Exhibit Checkout OPEN TIMES--check here before submitting form!


2015 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 Entry Process
Additional Sunday Night Checkout Instructions

2015 Entry Process: Fair Entry Static Exhibits Entry Helpsheet - Staff
Fair Entry Printed Exhibit Tags = Avery 8387, perforated, 4/page

2015 State Fair 4-H Exhibitor Instructions & Letter

2015 SF Gate Map
Exhibits Building Map

Suggested County Judges Orientation

General 4-H Evaluation Form (PDF) (MSWord)

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


FairEntry County Communication Entry Helpsheet - Staff

2015 Communications Reservation Process and Entry Form  - STAFF login required
Reservation questions, please contact

2016 4-H Exhibit Building Communication Information & Rules 

4-H State Fair Communications webpage 
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 Awardrobe Clothing Event (ACE) main webpage
2016 Awardrobe Clothing Event (ACE) County Groups -- Day of County Participation August 11 or 12 at Memorial Union-ISU, Ames

2016 Awardrobe Clothing Event (ACE) Entries Helpsheet - Staff (coming soon)
NOTE: ALL participant information will be entered and uploaded in FAIR ENTRY

Awardrobe Clothing Event Categories webpage - Cited Publications in right column

2016 ACE UPDATES below

6-F Clothing Event Schedule or PDF
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
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


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--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.

Science, Mechanics, Technology

Auto/Motorcycle Exhibit Form (Word, PDF)
Tractor Exhibit Form & Letter (Word, PDF)

SF Gate Map


4-H Iowa State Fair Results & News Releases -2015


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