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Media Advisory: ISU Extension News Tips for the 2009 Iowa State Fair

Note to media editors: The Iowa State University Extension contact is listed with each news tip below. The air-conditioned 4-H Exhibits Building is in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.

8/3/2009

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development returns to the 2009 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. 13 to 23, and will offer many exhibits that have been prepared by 4-H members.

See the 4-H Projects in the 4-H Exhibits Building
The 4-H Exhibits Building will show off some 3,000 exhibits from 4-H’ers around the state. In addition to nearly 600 photography exhibits, look for a unique fabric-sculpted dress, barn quilts, a handmade wooden bed frame, a mounted bison head and more. Contact Mitchell Hoyer, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1531, mhoyer@iastate.edu.

Teens to Compete in ‘Stitch This!’ Fashion Design Event
Thirteen teams of 4-H teens will compete in the Iowa 4-H “Stitch This!” fashion design event at the Iowa State Fair. The public can watch the teams tear apart wedding dresses and design new garments in the 4-H Exhibits Building from 3-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. The event will culminate in a runway-style fashion show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 on the 4-H Exhibits Building’s main stage. Contact Shelly Greving, Iowa 4-H Foundation, (515) 294-1607, shellyg@iastate.edu

4-H’ers Take the $15 Challenge
With just $15 to spend, price-savvy 4-H’ers have searched through consignment stores, second-hand shops and garage/yard sales to find a complete ensemble to present at the $15 Challenge, part of the 4-H Revue of Fashions. Whether participants take part in the $15 challenge or other areas within the 4-H Clothing Event -- 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. 13, 14 and 15 at noon at Merle Hay Mall in the Lower Bridge Court. The revue is repeated each day at 5 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Contact Sue Bogue, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 290-2897, suebogue@iastate.edu. Learn more.

Get Involved with Hands-On Activities
4-H will be offering fun, hands-on workshops most days of the fair, including a GPS scavenger hunt, the Iowa State University Insect Zoo, robotics with LEGOS and financial literacy. Contact Karen Naig, kmnaig@iastate.edu, or Mitchell Hoyer, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1531, mhoyer@iastate.edu.

See 4-H Fair Highlights on 4-H TV Online
What do you get when you combine a group of technology-savvy 4-H teens, some digital video cameras, a Web site and the Iowa State Fair? You get 4-H TV at the Fair. 4-H TV, www.extension.iastate.edu/e-set/4htv.html, features the Iowa 4-H Technology Team’s vlog (video log) and photos of people and activities going on in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Contact Jay Staker, ISU Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET), (515) 294-8417, jstaker@iastate.edu.

90 Iowans to Join Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame
The Iowa 4-H Foundation and ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program sponsor the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Sunday, Aug. 23, at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Ninety counties have selected inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Contact Chris Gleason, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1557, cgleason@iastate.edu.

Alumni 4-H’ers Got Talent — and Show It Aug. 13
Eight 4-H alumni acts will perform Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of the 4-H Exhibit Building in this second annual Share-the-Fun performing arts show specifically for alumni. Contact DeEtta Bohling, Iowa 4-H Foundation, (515) 294-1607, dbohling@iastate.edu.

4-H’ers Receive Scholarships
The Iowa 4-H Foundation will present more than 100 scholarships to deserving 4-H’ers from across the state at the annual scholarship awards program, Aug. 22, 3:30 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Contact Mitchell Hoyer, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1531, mhoyer@iastate.edu.

Iowa 4-H Foundation to Raffle 2009 Toyota Corolla
The Iowa 4-H Foundation is partnering with Wilson Toyota of Ames to give away “Clover,” a 2009 Toyota Corolla during the second annual Iowa 4-H Vehicle Raffle. The car will be on display and raffle tickets will be available in the 4-H Exhibits. Tickets will be sold for $5 per ticket, five tickets for $20 and 30 for $100. The drawing will be held Friday, Oct. 9, the last day of National 4-H Week. Contact Silas Pippitt or Maddi Sieck, Iowa 4-H Foundation, (515) 294-1018 or 4hraffle@iastate.edu. Learn more at http://iowa4hraffle.blogspot.com/.

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ABOUT THE IOWA 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM -- 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One quarter of Iowa’s young people are involved in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. For more information about joining 4-H, contact your Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices/ or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.

Contacts :

Shelly Greving, Iowa 4-H Foundation, (515) 294-1607, shellyg@iastate.edu

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

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