North Iowa Fair

North Iowa Fair - July 15-21, 2024

This website provides links and help sheets to 4-H and FFA families for the North Iowa Fair.  Be sure to review this website to find the most up-to-date information.  

4-H and FFA Fair Rules, Expectations, & Schedules:


Helpful Websites: 


Deadlines & Important Dates

  • May 15 - Beef, Dog, Goat, Horse, Llama, Sheep, and Swine ID - 4-H Online (11:59 p.m.)
  • June 1 - YQCA for all livestock exhibitors -
  • June 6- Project Exploration Day Camp - 4-H Learning Center (9 a.m.- 2 p.m.)
  • July 1 - Rabbit ID - 4-H Online (11:59 p.m.)
  • July 1 - North Iowa Fair Livestock Entry (ALL) - Fair Entry (11:59 p.m.)
  • July 1 - Communications Entry - Fair Entry (11:59 p.m.)
  • July 1 - State Fair Livestock Entry - Fair Entry (11:59 p.m.)
  • July 8 - Communications Time Slot Sign up deadline (Sign Up Genius)
  • July 8 - North Iowa Fair Static, Clothing Event, and Horticulture Entry - Fair Entry (11:59 p.m.)
  • July 11 - Communications Judging Day - 4-H Learning Center (12 (noon) - 4 p.m.)
  • July 11 - Fair Clean Up Night (4:30-6:30 p.m.)
  • July 12 - County Fair Kickoff Grill Out- 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cerro Gordo County Farm Bureau parking lot.

Static Exhibits - Projects by 4-H, Clover Kid, and FFA members.

Judging: Monday, July 15th from 10 am-2 pm

Categories include: Ag & Natural Resources, Photography, Visual Arts, Food & Nutrition, Home Improvement, STEM, Woodworking, and much more. 

Goal Sheets / Paperwork

A goal sheet must accompany each exhibit explaining how the 4-Her made their exhibit and what they learned. This goal sheet is used for all project areas except Photography and 4-H posters which have a different goal sheet below. 

Project Goal Sheet (PDF) (MSWord)

Photography Goal Label (PDF) (MSWord

Poster Art Exhibit Form (PDF) (MSWord)

Preserved Food Exhibit Label

Honey Label

Thrifty Meal Challenge Form (PDF) (MSWord)


Horticulture Exhibits - Open to 4-H, Clover Kids, and FFA members. 

Judging: Thursday, July 18th from 2:00- 5:00 pm

Categories include: vegetables, herbs, ornamentals, flowers, flower containers, and the bucket of flowers workshop. 

Write Ups

For horticulture goal sheets are not required.  Exhibitors must include an index card listing the kind and variety. 


Tomato: Big Boy

Hosta: Whirlwind



Awardrobe Event - this event is for youth interested in fashion or modeling. 

For more information:

Judging: Monday, July 15th, 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Awardrobe Clothing Event

Communication Events - Step outside your comfort zone, show off a talent, give a presentation, or teach others how to do or make something.

Judging: July 11, 12:00 (noon) - 4:00 p.m. 4-H Learning Center

Educational Presentations

Educational Presentations give 4-Hers the opportunity to demonstrate their communication skills by presenting knowledge, information, or a process to gain a desired response from an audience.  This is the format of a classroom presentation. 

Extemporaneous Speaking

Extemporaneous Speaking is for senior 4-H members who have completed 9-12 grade. 

4-H member draws three current events 4-H related topics.  The member selects one and has 30 minutes to prepare a 4-6 minute speech on one side of the topic.  No previously written outlines or speeches may be used. 

4-Hers must think on their feet for this event.  Extemporaneous speaking is designed to encourage the development of the life skill of communicating with others by enhancing their ability to think, organize, speak, and answer questions readily before an audience. 

Working Exhibits

Working Exhibits provide an opportunity for members to communicate and interact with an audience in an informal way.  4-Hers will be interactive for the audience to learn how to do something in a hands-on experimental way.  A working exhibit should be a "teaching" or "showing" presentation. 

Share The Fun

Do you have a talent you would like to show others?  Share The Fun provides an opportunity for 4-Hers to share their skills and talents before an audience purely for the sake of enjoyment.  This could include: playing an instrument, singing a song, performing a skit, or any other talent an individual or group would like to share.