County Fair

Black Hawk County

​​​​​County Fair: July 14th - July 18th, 2024

State Fair: August 8th - August 18th, 2024


2024 Fair Information

This year we're making memories at the Black Hawk County Fair!

This website provides links and help sheets to everything 4-H and FFA families may need to sign-up and prepare for the Black Hawk County Fair. Be sure to review this website to find the most up-to-date information. As you have questions, please email Diane or Michaela, and we will do our best to provide answers as we have them.

Fair Help Guides

Preparing youth for the fair

Fair Entry Help Sheet

2024 Fair

2024 Fair Book

2024 Fair Schedule

2023 Fair Photos


Clip Art of a computer, mathematics sign, book with gears behind it, and a microscope


STEM Fair at the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair, Wednesday, July 17th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm in Estel Hall. 
Area families invited to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Day at the Fair!
The Fair has gone STEM!  The Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair’s annual STEM Festival on July 17th will provide fairgoers an opportunity to explore hands-on STEM activities. The Festival, to be held Wednesday, July 17, from 1 pm to 4 pm in Estel Hall on the National Cattle Congress fairgrounds, is FREE to the public.

Award Applications

Pie Contest

Please enter our pie contest

We would greatly appreciate your support of our 4-H Fundraiser!

Bring a Pie for donation, or Buy a homemade pie!

Bring Pies to the Pepsi Pavilion on Thursday, July 14th, at 12:00 pm to be judged. Or buy a pie at Family Picnic in the Pepsi Pavilion at 4:00 pm! Fun for all! Open to the Public!
For questions, call 319-234-6811!

Exhibitor Information

Challenge Classes
Image of this year's challenge classes.


All challenge classes, except for the Food Challenges, will go directly to Estel Hall on July 14th. Noon-5:00 pm. The food Challenge Classes will go to the Pavillion.

Challenge classes are open to 4-H members and non-4-H members of all ages. Limit of one entry per challenge per person No registration is required. Divisions are as follows:
  1. Clover Kid - K-3rd
  2. Jr. Class - 4th-6th grade
  3. Intermediate Class - 7th & 8th Grade
  4. Senior Class - 9th-12th grade
  5. Open - Adult
Entries may be removed on Thursday, July 18th, after the Family Picnic Awards will be given to the winner of each age division.


2024 Challenge Classes

Junk Yard Art Challenge!

One person's trash is another person's treasure. Get creative with junk items! Glue glass vases, bowls, and plates with E6000 or Marine Glue. Weld or Solder old metal parts into exciting characters!

Sugar Cookie Challenge!

Prepare a delicious sugar cookie using your favorite recipe! Your cookies will be judged on their taste and appearance! Frosting recipes for this class only do not have to follow the Food for Iowa Fairs guidelines. The Food for Iowa Fairs guidelines must be followed for ALL Static Food Exhibits. The sugar cookie challenge class is the only exception. 

Bucket of Flowers Challenge!

Decorate your outdoor space with a flower arrangement in a 5-gallon bucket. Choose from a variety of flowers or greenery to plant!

Photo Challenge!

This year's theme is weather! Submit your photo in color or black & white and focus on lighting and backgrounds. Use sizes 5x7" or 8x10".

Static Exhibits

General Static Exhibitors 

Preparing for Fair
Source Citing 
Elements & Principles of Design 
Food & Nutrition 
Poster Communication Project 
Awardrobe Clothing Events
4-Her's, Consider entering a Fashion Revue, $15 Challenge or Fashion Revue and get on the runway at the Iowa State Fair!
Awardrobe Information from the State 

Senior Awardrobe Form

Tips for Fashion and $20 Challenge: 
Communication Events 
Communication - Working Exhibits 

Working Exhibit Form

Livestock Exhibits 

General Livestock Exhibitors 



All 4-H/FFA animal exhibitors (4th-12th grade) must be certified in YQCA, except those exhibiting only horse, pet, and/or dog. This is required of exhibitors at county and state fair.  Must be completed by July 1, 2024

  • Drug Affidavits are required for all beef animals at the fair. Remember to record all treatments given to your animals. 
  • Breeding Beef must be ID'd in 4hOnline by May 15th. If you originally weighed your' heifer in as a market heifer, the animal does NOT need to be ID'd again in 4hOnline as a breeding heifer. It just needs to be entered correctly on Fairentry. All heifers MUST have birth date listed. All heifers will need tattoos in 4hOnline to be eligible for the state fair plus one of the following: registration #, calfhood vaccination #, or 4-H ear tag - registered heifers must have registration number listed. 
  • Document
  • Document
Sheep and Meat Goat 
  • Drug Affidavits are required for all sheep and meat goat at fair. Remember to record all treatments given to your animals
  • All market lambs, commercial breeding ewes, and state fair sheep, as well as all market meat goats, state fair meat goats, and breeding does does must attend weigh-in
  • Breeding does with tattoos do not need a 4-H tag but can put one in if preferred. Birth dates are required for all breeding does. Please bring birth date information at weigh-in for those attending. 
  • All state fair sheep and meat goat need to attend weigh-in to be retinal imaged for eligibilty
  • ID animals in 4hOnline by May 15
  • All sexually intact sheep and goats must have scrapies tag in the ear by fair time. 
  • Document
  • If you are a new swine exhibitor, you will need to a Premise ID#. Contact the office for help.
  • Drug Affidavits are required for all swine at fair. Remember to record all treatments given to your animals. 
  • Breeding gilts must be ID'd in 4hOnline by May 15th
  • You do NOT need to a show market or derby hog in order to show breeding gilts
  • Ear notches are required for all pigs 
  • State Fair Pigs: DNA punch tags are required. The deadline to identify these pigs is May 15th.
  • Document
  • Premise Id Information 
  • 4hOnline ID required by May 15th 
  • Dogs and cats must have rabies vaccination records at fair 
  • Dog ID Form
  • 4hOnline ID required by July 1st
  • Tattoos required before fair
  • State fair requires it in the left ear 
  • Document
    Rabbit ID Form (143.5 KB)




County Fair Info

Foods for Iowa 4-H Fair Guide 

Foods for Iowa 4-H Fair Link

Plan ahead for a successful fair experience. Use these guidelines to help select an acceptable product for exhibit, find an approved recipe source, and identify the appropriate preparation method.

Foods for Iowa 4-H Fairs - Quick Reference Guide (2024)

This replaces 4H 3023 - Inappropriate Food Exhibits For Iowa 4-H Fairs.

If you have the permalink linked on your website, it will automatically take your families to the updated version (versus having the old PDF version linked on your website). Permalink for this product:

Difference of the 01/2022 version and the 12/2022 version:

Maple Syrup

in the notes section, they updated the resource link


Frosting and Glazes

under acceptable examples, they changed the traditional buttercream (butter, sugar, flavoring, liquid) to traditional vanilla buttercream (butter, powdered sugar, extract, milk) under acceptable examples, Glazes made with powdered sugar and water only (added “only”) under unacceptable examples, removed the word “traditional” for German chocolate frosting made from scratch under unacceptable examples, it is now fresh juice or zest (added “zest”)


carrot is now listed as an unacceptable exhibit (and therefore, they removed the specification for carrot cakes in the method notes) added under method notes: “no baking in metal cans.”

Cookies and Bars

lemon bars are now listed as an unacceptable exhibit

Quick Breads

added under method notes: “no baking in metal cans.”


ALL pecan pies are now listed as an unacceptable exhibit (previously, traditional pecan pie was listed as acceptable)