AMES, Iowa--Iowa State University Extension returns to the 4-H Exhibits Building, located in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds, for the 2007 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. The building is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Aug. 9 to 19, and offers dozens of interactive special exhibits.
"Even without the special displays and events, the 4-H Exhibits Building is a must-see for fairgoers," said Mitch Hoyer, building superintendent. "You can enjoy thousands of unique and beautiful exhibits running from aerospace to woodworking as well as the educational presentations, stage performances in Share-the-Fun and working exhibits put on by Iowa 4-H'ers. The building is filled with a youthful, can-do spirit that's energizing."
The nation's number one university mascot, Iowa State's Cy, will visit the building daily and be available for photos at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. most days.
Get Hysterically Historical
In addition to historical displays celebrating Iowa State's 150th birthday, ISU Extension will take a humorous look back at its roots by offering fairgoers a caption contest, with prizes going to the funniest entries.
Say 'Wii Wii' All the Way to Fitness
Visitors will have a chance to exercise with Nintendo Wii systems and see the games on a huge display screen. Both Operation: Military Kids (OMK) and Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET) will help fairgoers learn to use the systems.
Earn a T-Shirt
Kids can earn a special Iowa State 4-H Adventure T-shirt by successfully completing a scavenger hunt any day of the fair. OMK staff also will offer the scavenger hunt when they host military families Aug. 13-16. Military kids can pick up scavenger hunt clues as they participate in activities, tour the fairgrounds and visit animal shows.
Check Out the Iowa 4-H Foundation Online Auction
An Iowa 4-H Foundation online auction runs throughout the fair and through the Clay County Fair as well. Fairgoers can go online at the foundation's booth in the 4-H Exhibits Building to see the items and place bids. Search i4h at http://www.ebay.com.
Get a Garden Calendar
Visitors to the Iowa 4-H Foundation booth also may purchase their ISU Extension 2008 Garden Calendar. The sesquicentennial edition features 12 outstanding contributors to Iowa State's growth and prominence in horticulture. Among them are Charles Bessey, Louis Pammel, George Washington Carver, Jessie Field Shambaugh, Ada Hayden and Griffith J. Buck.
Find a Place of Your Own
The educational display, A Place of Your Own, will have information about the new ISU Extension online course for future homeowners. See /HomeBuyer/ for more details. The younger set can have fun building houses from Lincoln Logs and playing with a fully equipped dollhouse at this booth.
Create Fashion on a Shoestring
Sue Bogue, coordinator of the 4-H Clothing Event at the fair, issued a challenge to three of her young assistants for the show. Each young person was given $15 to shop at resale shops such as Goodwill or garage sales and pull together a fashionable outfit, which they will model during the event. Bogue said, "I'm looking forward to seeing what these three creative young people come up with."
Celebrate 100 Years of the 4-H Clover
Iowa 4-H also will celebrate 100 years of the birth of the 4-H Clover in Wright County, Iowa. O. H. Benson, who became Wright County Superintendent of Schools in 1906, conceived the idea when school children gave him a bouquet of four-leaf clovers they were picking during recess.
Meet WOI Broadcasters
Fairgoers can visit with WOI radio on-air personalities who will broadcast live from the ISU Extension booth during the fair.