Media Advisory: Find Iowa 4-H at State Fair

AMES, Iowa – Iowans will find healthy activities, educational events and family-friendly entertainment every day in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the 2012 Iowa State Fair. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development returns to the fair with a variety of events and exhibits. The 4-H Exhibits Building will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Aug. 9 to 19, and will offer many exhibits that have been prepared by Iowa 4-H youth. The air-conditioned 4-H Exhibits Building is in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.

In addition, use social media to keep in touch with 4-H throughout the fair. Follow Iowa 4-H on Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #4hisf12.

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 an assortment of delectable baked goods, fantastic furnishings and other unique items. Contact Mitchell Hoyer.

Get Your Hands on 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Fair visitors can get their hands on science, technology, engineering and math activities. On Thursday, Aug. 9 the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education will provide solar activities. On Friday, Aug. 10 and Saturday, Aug. 11 Iowa State University College of Engineering will provide FIRST LEGO League activities.

The Blank Park Zoo will have two shows at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, Thursday, Aug. 16, Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18. On Friday, Aug.17 learn about creepy crawlies with the Insect Zoo, and on Saturday, Aug. 18 youth can play with Science on a Stick. Contact Jay Staker or Holly Bignall.

Communications Events

Watch more than 900 4-H’ers in action as they give educational presentations every day from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Share the Fun acts are every day at noon and 5 p.m. on the main stage at the 4-H Exhibits Building. Working exhibits are hands-on activities led by youth for youth and can be seen every day from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Extemporaneous speaking will be held all day Sunday, Aug. 19.

Try on ‘Awardrobe’ Aug. 9, 10

One State Fair related event is held at another location: The 2012 Iowa State Fair Awardrobe 4-H clothing event is Thursday, Aug. 9 and Friday, Aug.10 at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. Awardrobe showcases youth from different sections of the state each day. The fashion runway shows will take place each day at 4:15 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Memorial Union, Iowa State University.

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. Contact Keli Tallman.

Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge Is Aug. 10, 11

Iowa youth in two age divisions will show off their robot designing and programming skills during a real-time robotics design challenge. Juniors will compete on Friday, Aug. 10, and seniors will compete on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 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 ( or contact Jay Staker or Holly Bignall.

‘Cook This!’ on Aug. 12, 13, 14

In this three-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 communication skills about food related topics, and their ability to identify produce, and equipment and answer other culinary questions. The challenge will take place Sunday, Aug. 12, Monday, Aug. 13 and Tuesday, Aug. 14 in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Check the Cook This! website ( or contact Shelly Greving, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

State 4-H Council Reunion

The Iowa 4-H Foundation is hosting a State 4-H Council reunion for all current and former State 4-H Council members on Saturday, Aug. 11. The event will be held at the 4-H Exhibits Building from 6-8 p.m. following the Share the Fun show at 5 p.m.

4-H Livestock Shows

More than 1,900 4-H exhibitors will have 3,000 entries during the 2012 Iowa State Fair. Here is a list of the livestock shows happening throughout the fair.

  • Thursday, Aug. 9 – Poultry, Dairy Cattle and Horse shows
  • Sunday, Aug. 12 – Swine Showmanship and Sheep Showmanship shows
  • Monday, Aug. 13 – Performance Sheep, Market Sheep, Breeding Gilt, Derby Swine and Beef Showmanship shows
  • Tuesday, Aug. 14 – Breeding Sheep, Market Swine, Breeding Beef Cattle shows, the 4-H Parade of Breeding Heifer Champions and Beef of Merit Beef Cattle Show
  • Wednesday, Aug. 15 – Market Beef Cattle show and Rabbit Agility demonstration
  • Thursday, Aug. 16 – Dairy Goat show
  • Friday, Aug. 17 – Breeding Meat Goat show
  • Saturday, Aug. 18 – Rabbit show
  • Sunday, Aug. 19 – Dog show

See 4-H Fair Highlights on 4-H Website

New for 2012, 4-H will post videos of the educational presentations for online viewing. A link to the website will be available at Contact Shelly Greving.

114 Iowans to Join Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

The Iowa 4-H Foundation and ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development sponsor the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Sunday, Aug. 19, at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Eighty-seven 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. 11, 3:30 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Contact Mitchell Hoyer, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

Visit with a 4-H Legend

The Iowa 4-H Foundation is hosting several 4-H legends in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Meet these legends and learn about their 4-H experiences and memories.

  • Thursday, Aug. 9, 1-3 p.m., Chuck Morris
  • Friday, Aug. 10, 2-4 p.m., C.J. Gauger
  • Sunday, Aug. 12, 2-4 p.m., Glen Thompson
  • Monday, Aug. 13, 2-4 p.m., Don and Doris Goering
  • Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2-4 p.m., Jerry Parsons
  • Thursday, Aug. 16, 2-4 p.m., Florine Swanson
  • Friday, Aug. 17, 2-4 p.m., Shirley Stakey
  • Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-noon, Glen and Mary Jo Mente

Connect with the Iowa 4-H Foundation

Every weekday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. the Iowa 4-H Foundation will be on the 4-H Porch at the Cattlemen’s Headquarters to visit with fairgoers who want to meet the new Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation, Kris Fish Kuhlmann, or talk about leaving a legacy for Iowa 4-H.


Contacts: From Aug. 8-22, the ISU Extension staff named 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.