WILL BE JULY 28-July 31,2016

              All animal entries & clothing event entries due by July 11th  
All static exhibit entries due by July 19th

**Click here for a copy of the Emmet County Fair 4-H & FFA
Premium Rules Book for 2016**

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 2016


Click here to be directed to Emmet County Fair Informational Page



2016 Health Requirements

The 2016 State 4-H Livestock Health Requirements are now posted on their homepage , under the “4-H Resources” column (right side).  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 2015/2016

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 4-H livestock will be ID’d online through your account at:
Please log on to your account and enter in any animals that you might possibly bring to the Emmet County Fair, State Fair, or Clay County Fair. Animals that need to be ID’d are:
*Breeding Beef
*Feeder Calves (Clay County Fair)
*4-H Bucket/Bottle Calves
*Cow/Calf Pairs
*Dairy Cattle
*Dairy Goats
*Meat Goats
*Poultry-exception need to be ID by July 1st
*Rabbits-exception need to be ID by July 1st
*Sheep—Breeding for Clay County Fair
*Swine—Non-Derby, Breeding for State Fair (must be ear notch) or Clay County Fair
You must complete this process and make any changes before May 15th, so go ahead and work on that now!


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**



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 July 1st 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 7th. 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 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.

Remember to ID your horses by May 15th in



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


Remember to ID your rabbits by July 1st in your account at


Swine Care/Disclosure Statement (Drug Affidavit)

Derby Swine Weigh-In will be Saturday, April 9th from 9:00-10:00am at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Sign up to participate in the weigh-in by April 4th. Ear tags must be in place prior to being weighed ($1.25 each at Extension Office). All swine tags must be the green USDA tags this year for the county fair. 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 April 1st.

State Fair pigs need special DNA ear punch tags plus EAR NOTCHES this is a new requirement. 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 2016 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 29th for the 2016 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 Monday, April 4th 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 4, 6:30-7:30, First Presbyterian Church

-April 12, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds

-April 19, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds

-April 26, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds

-May 3, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds

-May 10, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds

-May 17, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds

-May 24, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds

*There will also be one practices in June and one 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. The Dog Show will be held on Saturday, July 30th at 3:00 p.m.

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


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 livestock exhibitors 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!

Upcoming FSQA Training Opportunities:

June 20. Cherokee County, Iowa State Extension and Outreach-Cherokee County 209 Centennial Cherokee. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Contact Debbie Erpelding, 712-225-6196 or

Check here for a complete list of county dates, times, locations, etc. for FSQA trainings and testing:

FSQA Testing in Emmet County will be held on June 16 at the Emmet County Extension Officebetween 8:30 am and 4 pm. Please call the office at 712-362-3434 to schedule your time to take the test.

Iowa State Fair - August 11-21, 2016

 All animal entries due by July 1st

Clay County Fair - September 10-18, 2016

All animal entries due by July 31st


County 4-H News

January 5, 2017

Beef is a year-round favorite, from grilling burgers in the summer, to enjoying a hearty stew in the winter.  4-H and FFA youth in grades 4 – 12  are invited to join us for the 2017 Northwest Iowa Beef Bonanza on Saturday, February 4 from 10 am – 4 pm at the Iowa Lakes Community College Campus in Emmetsburg.

December 22, 2016

Clover Kids is a FUN 4-H program for children in kindergarten through third grade, in which they will participate in hands-on activities to help build different life skills. The program will be run from February to May in which we will meet one day each month.

December 19, 2016

Are you a 4-H livestock exhibitor? New changes to the Vet. Feed Directive may impact your decisons for the upcoming year. 

December 13, 2016

We will be holding a Cupcake Workshop on Wednesday, December 28th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for ALL Emmet County 4-H’ers. It will be held at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Armstrong. Do you like to bake? Do you love sweets?

December 1, 2016

We will be holding a String Art Workshop on Saturday, January 21st from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm for ALL Emmet County 4-H’ers. Get creative and crafty!

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