WILL BE JULY 28-July 31,2016

2015 Emmet County Fair Booth Decorating Theme

Start planning now for a great fair booth with the newly announced theme of “DARE TO DISCOVER”!  This will also be the theme for the National 4-H Week window decorating contest!

              All animal entries due by July 11th                  All non-animal entries due by July 17th

**Click here for a copy of the Emmet County Fair 4-H & FFA
Premium Rules Book for 2015**

Click here to be directed to the Emmet County Fair-Agricultural Show website.

Click her to be directed to Fair Entry Program to enter animal and non-animal exhibits.

Click Here for Emmet County 4-H Livestock Information for 2015


Click here to be directed to Emmet County Fair Informational Page


2015 Livestock Health Requirements

The 2015 State 4-H Livestock Health Requirements are now posted on theirhomepage , under the “4-H Resources” column (right side).  There are no changes for 2015 from last year, but it’s good for 4-H families to review them each year.

4H202 Iowa 4-H Livestock Show Requirements

C.O.O.L. (Country of Origin Labeling) Required for 2014/2015

The USDA is again requiring COOL for ALL LIVESTOCK. What 4-Her's need to do: The Iowa COOL Coalition has a simple affidavit that can work for all species of livestock (beef, sheep, swine, poultry, goat).

This affidavid is located at: .  Page 1 explans the steps needed to be taken as well as example documents that can be used for an audit trail. Page 2 is the actual affidavit.

***4-H'er's who raise their own livestock for projects need to fill this affidavit out and keep
it on file for a minimum of two years.***

***4-H'er's who purchase their livestock from others MUST have the producer fill out the affidavit, give it to the 4-H'er, and the 4-H'er should keep the affidavit on file for a minimum of two years.***



ALL animals that have not been weighed-in, must be identified in by May 15th.  This includes; Breeding Heifers, Bucket/Bottle Calves, Cow/Calves, Breeding Gilts, Market Swine not weighed as derby, Breeding Ewes, Breeding Meat Goats, Dairy Goats, Horses, Pets, Dogs, Poultry, and Rabbits


Don’t forget to identify any of the following animals that you might possibly be exhibiting by May 15th at

  • Breeding beef (County Fair, State Fair, Clay County Fair)
  • Feeder Calves (Clay County Fair)
  • Cow/Calf Pairs (County Fair)
  • Bucket/Bottle Calf (County Fair)

Breeding Heifers for State Fair, Clay County Fair, and Ak-Sar-Ben need a tattoo and 4-H tag.

If you originally weigh your heifer in as a market heifer, the animal does NOT need to be ID’d again in 4hOnline as a breeding heifer. It just needs to be entered correctly for the fair.

**If you have a bucket-bottle calf that you plan to bring back as a breeding heifer in 2015, you should have the calf vaccinated for brucellosis before 10 months of age**

Market Beef weigh-in verification

Everyone who weighed-in market beef needs to log on to their 4honline account and verify that the information entered is correct.  Mistakes that aren’t caught and corrected now will cause major headaches later and in some cases will prevent you from exhibiting your animal at the fair.  All information must be verified by the end of January.  Check the helpsheet attached to this email if you need help completing this process or find it on the website at:

If you do find any discrepancies in the information, please do not approve it – once this is done, the information cannot be changed!  Let me know what information needs to be changed and I will do that, then you can go back in and verify it is correct.

Market Beef weigh-in information

Pens of three and individual market beef animals need to be weighed-in and DNA verified on Saturday, December 13th (snow date is December 20th) from 8:00-11:00AM at the Gary Madden Farm—5150 240th St, Ringsted. Ear tags must be in before weigh-in and are for sale at the Extension Office for $1.50 (FFA calves must have FFA tags)! **If you are planning to show beef at the Iowa State Fair, you will need to have your market calves verified through retinal imaging ($15 per head). This will be done the Friday afternoon (Dec 12th) before weigh-in. (Let the Extension Office know by December 5th if you plan to retinal image calves for the Iowa State Fair so that we will have enough supplies on hand). Those who plan to verify for Ak-Sar-Ben will do this on Saturday ($15 per head)—let us know by Dec 5th, so we have supplies on hand.



FREE BROILERS PROJECT—Any 4-H members who have never participated in the poultry project area before are encouraged to be part of the Emmet County 4-H Foundation Broiler Project. You get 10 free chicks—all you have to do is bring at least 2 of them to the Emmet County Fair as an exhibit (also eligible for the Fair Premium Auction!) Contract deadline is April 30th! Find it on our website: or pick one up at the Extension Office.

BROILER CLASS ORDER DEADLINE—All Emmet County 4-H’ers planning to participate in the broiler class this year at the fair need to order their chicks through the Extension Office again this year. The deadline to place your order is April 30thcall the office to order @ 362-3434.

Pick up date for chicks and cost of chicks will be released as soon as it is available (probably 1st week in June).

Remember that ALL poultry need to be ID’d by May 15th in—even if they aren’t born yet.



Weigh-In—Pens of three and individual market sheep & meat goats need to be weighed in at the Emmet County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 2nd. Expect to weigh between 9:00 and 10:00am. Ear tags must be in place before the weigh-in! These can be purchased at the Extension Office for $1.25 each. FFA projects will need to be tagged separately with FFA tags. Exhibitors may weigh a max of 20 sheep.

If you are planning to show at AK-SAR-BEN or the Iowa State Fair, you will not weigh-in on this date. Please let the Extension Office know by March 1st if you plan to do this, so that we can get you the rest of the details on where and when to do weigh-in/verification for those events.

All information for sheep or meat goats weighed-in at the weigh-in will need to verified in each 4-H’ers account by May 15th.

All breeding sheep and meat goats and dairy goats not weighed-in, but that a 4-H’er wants to identify for the county fair need to be tagged with any herd tag and entered in by May 15th. Breeding sheep for State Fair and Clay County Fair also need to be ID’d by this date with a 4-H tag.

*Scrapie Eradication Program—same requirements as in the past—call us or check the website for more info:

The Sheep/Goat show will begin at 3:00PM on Thursday, July 23rd for the 2015 fair.

The showmanship contest for sheep/meat goats will again be done during the sheep/goat show on Thursday of the fair.


IA 4-H Horse Lease Agreement

Horse practices will begin in May and will be held at the fairgrounds arena.

All 4-H’ers participating in the horse project must wear ASTM/SEI approved protective headgear with chin strap and properly fitted harness when mounted and riding/driving at all 4-H related events.

Everyone should have received their “Rules and Regulations for 4-H Equine Shows in Iowa” book (4H 511C). If you are a new horse exhibitor and do not have this book, please contact the Extension Office. Please review this book before practices begin.

The 2015 4-H Youth Equine Extravaganza will be during the Youth Horse Jamboree and the State Horse Judging Contest this year at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls.

If you’re at 5th-12th grader interested in being part of the Emmet/Palo Alto horse judging team, please contact Lisa Berkland at 712-380-5595.

The Northwest Iowa Equine Educators are planning an event for Apirl—be looking for more details to be announced at a later date about this.

Remember to ID your horses by May 15th in



Remember to ID your rabbits by May 15th in your account at


Remember to ID your rabbits by May 15th in your account at - even if they aren’t born yet.


Swine Care/Disclosure Statement (Drug Affidavit)


Derby Swine Weigh-In will be Saturday, April 18th from 9:00-10:00am at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Sign up to participate in the weigh-in by April 14th. Ear tags must be in place prior to being weighed ($1.25 each at Extension Office). Each exhibitor may weigh up to 20 pigs.

If you plan to show your swine at the State Fair or AK-SAR-BEN, please let the Extension Office know by March 1st. State Fair pigs need special DNA ear punch tags. Ak-Sar-Ben pigs need to have DNA samples taken.

  • All information for swine weighed-in at the weigh-in will need to be verified in each 4-H’ers account by May 15th.
  • All swine not weighed-in, but that a 4-H’er wants to identify for the county fair need to entered in by May 15th
  • At this time, we are planning for the Swine show for the 2015 Emmet County Fair will be non-terminal and will include commercial gilt classes. Members may show up to 2 commercial gilts.
  • Members can show up to 6 individual pigs at the county fair, as long as at least one is a derby pig.
  • The swine show will begin at 8:00AM on Friday, July 24th for the 2015 fair.
  • The showmanship contest for swine will again be done during the swine show on Friday of the fair. 

If you would like to attend 4-H dog obedience classes this year, so you can participate in the dog show at the fair, you must sign up by April 1st (362-3434).

Our great leaders of the dog project group; Chelsey Smith and Derek Smith are excited to get the group started for this new year!

The first meeting to discuss logistics, hand out info, etc will be held on Tuesday, April 7th at the First Presbyterian Church from 6:30-7:30PM. Parents are encouraged to come with their child to this meeting. Please do NOT bring your dog with to this meeting.

Please bring with you to this first meeting a copy of your dog’s rabies vaccination number and date given, date of temporary or permanent distemper immunization (recommended), date of vaccination for parvo virus and birth date of dog.

Dates for dog obedience classes are:

  • April 7, 6:30-7:30, Presbyterian Church
  • April 13, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds
  • April 20, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds
  • April 27, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds
  • May 4, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds
  • May 11, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds
  • May 18, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds

There will also be two practices in June and two practices in July—dates will be announced later.

Remember, you must attend at least 5 of the offered dog obedience classes to qualify to participate in the dog show at the fair.

If this is your first year, or you have a new puppy, plan to come, even if don’t plan to participate in the dog show at the fair.

Remember to ID your dog by May 15th in your account at

Clover Knowledge Escapade

Winter break from school is a great time to be working on your communications exhibit to present on March 29th (NEW DATE!!) at the 2015 Clover Knowledge Escapade.  Choose from:

*Educational Presentation - Teaching the audience about something or how to do something through a formal speech

*Working Exhibit - Set up a table with an exhibit or presentation that people can visit to learn something, do something, or make something to take with them.

*Share-The-Fun - Share a talent with the audience for fun, like; singing, dancing, instrument playing, reading a poem, doing a skit, etc.

*Extemporaneous Speaking - Do an impromptu speech about a subject that you draw that day! (High School age youth only)

Don’t forget that all exhibitors receive ribbons and premium money for these entries.  They will also have a chance to be selected to go on to present the communications entry at the Clay County Fair or Iowa State Fair!  Winning entries will also present at the Communications Showcase at the Emmet County Fair this summer.



FSQA is a statewide program that all livestock exhibitors (except dog, horse, cat, or pet) are required to be certified in. Trainings teach good production practices and ethics.

Remember that FSQA requirements align with grades as we do in 4-H. So all 4th, 5th, & 6th graders are required to come to a training.

7th-9th graders can test out at the intermediate level or train.

10th-12th graders can test out at the senior level or train.

When members test out it certifies them until they reach the next level. If you have already tested out you are good now until you reach the next grade level. Those that can test out are encouraged to do so. You DO need to call ahead and reserve a seat so enough materials and refreshments can be on hand.

We will be offering the following training sessions and no make- up sessions!

Monday, April 6 —FSQA Training Armstrong—Community Center, 1-3PM Pre-register by April 2nd

Tuesday, June 2—FSQA Training 1st Presbyterian Church in Estherville, 7-9PM Pre-register by June 1st

FSQA Testing Day will be held on June 18th, 8:30AM-4:00PM, at the Extension Office. Please call and set up a time you would like to test on that day by June 17th—362-3434.

Dates for FSQA Trainings in other counties can be found at:

Some dates for surrounding counties are:

Palo Alto: March 11, 7:00-8:30PM, Palo Alto County Extension Office, call 712-852-2865 to RSVP

Dickinson: April 10, 5:30-7:30PM, Dickinson County Comm. Building, call 712-336-3488 to RSVP

Clay: April 26, 4:00-6:00PM, Royal Community Building, call 712-262-2264 to RSVP

Palo Alto: May 13, 7:00-8:30PM, Palo Alto County Extension Office, call 712-852-2865 to RSVP

Pocahontas: June 4, 8:00-10:00AM, Pocahontas County Extension Office, call 712-335-3103 to RSVP

Clay: June 8th, 6:00-8:00PM, 4-H Exhibit Building-Clay County Fairgrounds, call 712-262-2264 to RSVP


Iowa State Fair - August 13-23, 2015

 All animal entries due by July 1st

Clay County Fair - September 12-20, 2015   

All animal entries due by July 30th




County 4-H News

September 30, 2015

Women who are involved in agricultre and want to learn more about grain marketing are invited to attend the November 17 Rural Women of North Iowa event. 

September 29, 2015

Is it the flu or a food borne illness? How does food become unsafe? Find answers while learning the basics of preventing food borne illnesses at this childcare provider training. 

September 2, 2015

The Iowa 4-H Foundation sponsors the annual Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. Counties nominate volunteers, community leaders, and Extension staff members who have exemplified outstanding service and dedication to the 4-H youth program in their county. Only one individual or couple per county can be nominated each year. Inductees can be recognized posthumously.

August 19, 2015

The Estherville PROSPER Team is preparing to deliver what the World Health Organization names as its “number 1” most effective program for decreasing the onset of drugs and alcohol problems in youth. The program will run every Sunday evening from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the ELC Middle School starting October 4- November 15. 

August 5, 2015
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