AMES, Iowa – A film festival, a culinary challenge and a runway fashion show are only a few of the entertaining and educational events awaiting visitors to the 4-H Exhibits Building at the 2010 Iowa State Fair.
Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development returns to the fair with a variety of events and exhibits that are sure to provide fun 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. 12 to 22, and will offer many exhibits that have been prepared by 4-H members. The air-conditioned 4-H Exhibits Building is in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.
Got 4-H Exhibits?
The 4-H Exhibits Building will feature some 3,800 exhibits from 4-H’ers around the state. In addition to more than 600 photography exhibits, look for the dinosaur, the tractor and wagon made from landscape timbers, and an assortment of delectable baked goods, fantastic furnishings and other unique items. Contact Mitchell Hoyer, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.
Get Your Hands on Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Aug. 12, 14, 16
Iowa 4-H clubs will be sharing their Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) learning for three days at the Iowa State Fair. Fair visitors can get their hands on science, engineering and technology Thursday, Aug. 12; try sustainable practices and technology Saturday, Aug. 14; or explore aerospace — rockets, airplanes and astronomy — Monday, Aug. 16. Contact Jay Staker or Holly Bignall, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.
Try on ‘Awardrobe’ Aug. 12, 13, 14
The 2010 Iowa State Fair Awardrobe 4-H clothing event is Thursday, Aug. 12, Friday, Aug.13 and Saturday, Aug. 14, showcasing youth from different sections of the state each day. Fashion runway shows will take place each day at noon at Merle Hay Mall, 3850 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, and at 5 p.m. at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair.
4-H’ers will participate in three categories. In Clothing Selection, youth purchase a garment for a special occasion. In Fashion Revue, youth construct their own garments. In the $15 Challenge, youth buy an outfit for less than $15. Youth then are judged on their understanding and use of design elements and principles within their category. They also model their garments in the runway shows. In addition, youth may participate in Behind the Fashion Scene educational workshops and a Trends Showcase to learn about current trends in fashion, hair care, skin care, makeup, health and wellness, and related career areas. This year’s workshops and showcase have a “green” theme — participants will learn techniques and strategies to be green in their closet as well as in their beauty and hair practices. Contact Shelly Greving, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.
Lights! Camera! Action! – Iowa 4-H Film Festival Is Aug. 13
Budding youth directors and actors across the state will make their film debut in the Iowa 4-H Film Festival at the Iowa State Fair. Production teams of one to 10 members (with at least one 4-H’er) have entered films in three categories: Educate, Inspire and Just 4 Fun. Judges will select winners for each category and a Best of Festival award. Festival audience members will vote for a People’s Choice award. Films will be shown at the 4-H Exhibits Building on Aug. 13 from 7-9 p.m. Check the Iowa 4-H Film Festival website (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/StateFair/filmfestival) or contact Contact Jay Staker or Holly Bignall, ISU Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET).
Iowa 4-H Robotics Challenge Is Aug. 15
Iowa youth will show off their robot designing and programming skills during a real time robotics design challenge Sunday, Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Real time means the teams won’t know the exact design challenges they’ll face until the event begins. Each robotics team will receive two challenges — one using the LEGO Mindstorms© NXT platform and a surprise junk drawer challenge. Each team designs a robot to meet each of the challenges. At the end of the working period, the teams will enter the Challenge Field and set their robots loose to the cheers of spectators. Check out videos from past 4-H Robotics Challenges (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/statefair/roboticschallenge) or contact Jay Staker or Holly Bignall, ISU Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET).
‘Cook This!’ on Aug. 17, 18, 19
In this four-part youth culinary challenge, teams of junior, intermediate and senior level 4-H’ers will demonstrate their creativity in food preparation as well as their knowledge of kitchen equipment and their ability to identify produce. The challenge will take place Tuesday, Aug. 17, Wednesday, Aug. 18 and Thursday, Aug. 19 in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Check the Cook This! website (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/StateFair/cookthis) or contact Shelly Greving, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.
Teens Will ‘Stitch This!’ in Fashion Design Event Aug. 20-21
Prom dresses and denim blue jeans will collide as 13 teams of 4-H teens take part in the Iowa 4-H “Stitch This!” fashion design event at the Iowa State Fair. The public can watch all the action as the teams tear these garments apart and design new creations in the 4-H Exhibits Building from 3-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. The event will culminate in a runway-style fashion show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 on the 4-H Exhibits Building’s main stage. Check the Stitch This! website (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/StateFair/stitchthis) or contact Shelly Greving, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.
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 website and the Iowa State Fair? You get 4-H TV at the Fair. 4-H TV (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/tv, to be available during and after State Fair) features videos shot, edited and produced by the Iowa 4-H Technology Team. Contact Jay Staker, ISU Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET).
My 4-H: Share a Story
Has 4-H made an impact on your life? State Fair visitors can share their 4-H stories with the world — in writing or video. ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development will be collecting stories throughout the fair about the impact 4-H has on individuals and communities. Contact Shelly Greving, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.
131 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. 22, at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Eighty-nine counties have selected inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Contact Chris Gleason, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.
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, Saturday, Aug. 21, 3:30 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Contact Mitchell Hoyer, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.
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 with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations, and fees. 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.
From Aug. 6-23, the ISU Extension staff listed above may be reached at the State Fair 4-H Exhibits Building Office, 515-262-3111, extension 380. Questions about 4-H livestock events may be directed to the State Fair 4-H Livestock Office, 515-262-3111 ext 381.
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-0775,