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Discover ISU Extension 4-H at the 2008 Iowa State Fair


AMES, Iowa – ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development returns to the 2008 Iowa State Fair with a variety of events and exhibits that are sure to provide entertainment and new experiences for even the most veteran of fair visitors.  The 4-H Exhibits Building will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Aug. 7 to 17, and will offer many exhibits that have been prepared by 4-H members.

“We invite people to come to the 4-H Exhibit Building to discover all they can learn and do in 4-H,” said Mitch Hoyer, building superintendent.  “I think people might be surprised by the exhibits.  Most folks probably don’t know about the nearly 600 photography exhibits in the building.  There are also some fabulous woodworking and agricultural exhibits that will really catch people’s attention.  We want people to learn more about how they can get involved with 4-H volunteerism and how their kids can become active.”

See the 4-H Projects in the 4-H Exhibits Building
The 4-H Exhibits Building will be full of new and exciting exhibits from 4-H’ers around the state.  In addition to the photography and woodworking projects, there will be a half-scale replica of a Model T Ford truck, a restored Maytag engine, restored furniture and a variety of food, citizenship and arts projects.

Get Involved with Hands-On Activities
4-H will be offering fun, hands-on workshops most days of the fair.  These include Operation Military Kids activities, a GPS Scavenger Hunt, “Growing in the Garden,” a robotics workshop, solar car building, “Laser Shot,” and the Iowa State University Insect Zoo, sure to provide a creepy-crawling experience.

4-H Alumni Can Enjoy a Special Day at the Fair
The Iowa 4-H Foundation is planning a 4-H Alumni Event for Aug. 7, the first day of the Iowa State Fair.  Throughout the day, there will be a cookie and punch reception in the 4-H Exhibits Building that all alumni are invited to attend. 

4-H’ers Go Green with Fashion
Sue Bogue, coordinator of the 4-H Clothing Event at the fair, has given participants a $15 challenge.  With that amount of money, and no more, they are required to search through consignment stores and garage/yard sales to find a complete ensemble to present at the fashion show.  Whether participants take part in the $15 challenge or the fashion revue, where they purchase, select or construct their own garments, they take part in educational workshops and modeling practice to get ready for their big moment on the catwalk, Aug. 7, 8 and 9.  “It’s always fun, and people enjoy seeing the creative things that kids have done, and how they present themselves at the style show,” Bogue said.

Take Part in Operation Military Kids
Bring the kids to participate in hands-on activities in the 4-H Exhibits Building on Aug. 11-12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Operation Military Kids group, designed for children whose parents are in the military, will lead the activities.  Take part in the “Deployment Game” to see how children with deployed parents have to adjust to a changing lifestyle. Military families get in free if they participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade on Aug. 11.  To participate, contact  Victoria Birkenholtz, (515) 294-2644, vbirkz@iastate.edu

Check Out the Iowa 4-H Foundation Online Auction
An Iowa 4-H Foundation online auction runs throughout the fair to support state and local 4-H programs. More than 200 items are expected to be offered for auction online during the fair – so 4-H supporters can bid from the comfort of their homes, offices or at the 4-H Foundation booth in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the fair.  The items can be found online by searching for “i4h” on e-Bay or at the 4-H Foundation’s Web site at http://www.iowa4hfoundation.org.

Go Green with 4-H and Ford
The Iowa 4-H Foundation has partnered with the Midwest Ford Dealers Association to raffle off a 2008 Midwest Limited Edition Ford F-150 Flex-fuel Truck.  Tickets will be available at the Iowa State Fair, where 4-H friends can “kick the tires” on this vehicle.  Learn more by visiting 4-H’s “A-Team” blog online

See the Very Best of 4-H Receive Recognition
The Iowa 4-H Foundation will present more than 120 scholarships to deserving 4-H’ers from across the state at the annual scholarship awards program, Saturday, Aug. 16, at 3 p.m. The Iowa 4-H Foundation and ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program sponsor the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 17 in the 4-H Exhibits Building.  Adair through Jackson counties will receive awards beginning at 1:30 p.m. Jefferson through Wright counties will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Iowa Public Radio Broadcasts
Fairgoers can see Doug Cooper, ISU Extension Market News/Radio Director as he walks around the fairground and covers a variety of stories.  He usually covers the livestock shows, talks with different commodity groups and reports on the more extravagant projects in the 4-H Exhibit Building.  “The best stories are the ones you stumble on and never plan,” Cooper said. 

Look for the ISU Extension Banners at the Fair
ISU Extension’s 2008 Iowa State Fair banners will be placed around the 4-H Exhibits Building. The theme is Get Inside Extension:  Healthy People, Environments, Economies.  Explore the possibilities that ISU Extension offers Iowans.


Contacts :

Victoria Birkenholtz, Operation Military Kids Program Coordinator, (515) 294-2644, vbirkz@iastate.edu

Susan Bogue, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1533, suebogue@iastate.edu

Mitchell Hoyer, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1531, mhoyer@iastate.edu

Doug Cooper, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-3276, levachek@iastate.edu

David Neff, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, dneff@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu