JULY 26-July 29, 2018

              All animal entries & clothing event entries due by July 11th  
All static exhibit entries due by July 19th

**Click here for a copy of the 2018 Emmet County Fair Book**

Click here to be directed to the Emmet County Fair-Agricultural Show website.

Click here to be directed to Fair Entry Program to enter animal and non-animal exhibits.


Click here to be directed to Emmet County Fair Informational Page



2017 Health Requirements

The 2017 State 4-H Livestock Health Requirements are now posted on their homepage , under the “4-H Resources” column (right side).  It’s good for 4-H families to review them each year.

4H202 Iowa 4-H Livestock Show Requirements



All 4-H livestock will be ID’d online through your account at: by May 15th.
Please log on to your account and enter in any animals that you might possibly bring to the Emmet County Fair, State Fair, or Clay County Fair. Animals that need to be ID’d are:
*Breeding Beef (need tattoo, birthdate and registration number if showing as a purebred)
*Feeder Calves (Clay County Fair)
*4-H Bucket/Bottle Calves
*Cow/Calf Pairs
*Dairy Cattle
*Dairy Goats
*Meat Goats
*Poultry-exception need to be ID by July 1st
*Rabbits-exception need to be ID by July 1st
*Sheep—Breeding for Clay County Fair
*Swine—Non-Derby, Breeding for State Fair (must be ear notch) or Clay County Fair
You must complete this process and make any changes before May 15th, so go ahead and work on that now!


Don’t forget to identify any of the following animals that you might possibly be exhibiting by May 15th at

  • Breeding beef (County Fair, State Fair, Clay County Fair)
  • Feeder Calves (Clay County Fair)
  • Cow/Calf Pairs (County Fair)
  • Bucket/Bottle Calf (County Fair)

Breeding Heifers for State Fair, Clay County Fair, and Ak-Sar-Ben need a tattoo. Registered/purebred heifers MUST have a registration number in 4-H Online by May 15th. Birthdate is also required. 

If you originally weigh your heifer in as a market heifer, the animal does NOT need to be ID’d again in 4hOnline as a breeding heifer. If you think will switch the animal to a breeding heifer and are planning to exhibit at State Fair/Clay County Fair/Aks-Ar-Ben, the tattoo and birthdate must be in 4-H Online before verifying. If the animal is a purebred, you need the registration number in 4-H Online too.

**If you have a bucket-bottle calf that you plan to bring back as a breeding heifer in 2015, you should have the calf vaccinated for brucellosis before 10 months of age**



FREE BROILERS PROJECT—Any 4-H members who have never participated in the poultry project area before are encouraged to be part of the Emmet County 4-H Foundation Broiler Project. You get 10 free chicks—all you have to do is bring at least 2 of them to the Emmet County Fair as an exhibit (also eligible for the Fair Premium Auction!) Contract deadline is April 25th! Find it on our website: or pick one up at the Extension Office.

BROILER CLASS ORDER DEADLINE—All Emmet County 4-H’ers planning to participate in the broiler class this year at the fair need to order their chicks through the Extension Office again this year. The deadline to place your order is April 25thcall the office to order @ 362-3434.

Pick up date for chicks and cost of chicks will be released as soon as it is available.

Remember that ALL poultry need to be ID’d by July 1st in—even if they aren’t born yet. State Fair market broilers must make special entry by May 1.



Weigh-In—Pens of three and individual market sheep & meat goats need to be weighed in at the Emmet County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 5th. Expect to weigh between 9:00 and 10:00am. Ear tags must be in place before the weigh-in! These can be purchased at the Extension Office for $1.25 each. FFA projects will need to be tagged separately with FFA tags. Exhibitors may weigh a maximum of 20 sheep.

If you are planning to show at AK-SAR-BEN or the Iowa State Fair, you will not weigh-in on this date. Please let the Extension Office know by March 1st if you plan to do this, so that we can get you the rest of the details on where and when to do weigh-in/verification for those events.

All information for market sheep or meat goats weighed-in at the weigh-in will need to verified in each 4-H’ers account by May 15th.

All breeding sheep, meat goats and dairy goats not weighed-in need to be tagged with any herd tag and entered in by May 15th if exhibity at COUNTY FAIR ONLY.

ALL State Fair and/or Ak-Sar-Ben sheep (market, commercial and purebred breeding) and meat goats (market animals and breeding does) must have a 4-H tag, weighed and retinal images collected at a county weigh-in by May 15

*Scrapie Eradication Program—same requirements as in the past—call us or check the website for more info:


IA 4-H Horse Lease Agreement

Horse practices will begin in May and will be held at the fairgrounds arena.

All 4-H’ers participating in the horse project must wear ASTM/SEI approved protective headgear with chin strap and properly fitted harness when mounted and riding/driving at all 4-H related events.

Everyone should have received their “Rules and Regulations for 4-H Equine Shows in Iowa” book (4H 511C). If you are a new horse exhibitor and do not have this book, please contact the Extension Office. Please review this book before practices begin.

Remember to ID your horses by May 15th in Animal can be identified by more than one 4-H member (immediate sibling or step-sibling only), but cannot be identified as 4-H under one sibling and FFA under another sibling



Remember to ID your pets by May 15th in your account at


Remember to ID your rabbits by July 1st in your account at

If you are planning to exhibit at the State Fair and/or Clay County Fair, all rabbits MUST have a tattoo entered in 4-H Online by July 1 to be eligible.


Swine Care/Disclosure Statement (Drug Affidavit)

There WILL NOT be a swine weigh-in for the Emmet County Fair. Instead of a Derby Contest, we will be having a County Packer's Choice Contest. It is very similar to the Derby Contest but does not require a beginning weight. If you have questions, please see the 2018 Fair Book or contact the office.  

All swine tags must be the green USDA tags this year for the county fair. All swine MUST BE ID'ed in 4-H Online by May 15th. Each 4-H'er is limited to ID'ing 40 head.

*If you plan to show your swine at the State Fair or AK-SAR-BEN, please let the Extension Office know by April 1st.

State Fair and AKS-AR-BEN pigs need special DNA ear punch tags plus EAR NOTCHES -- this is a new requirement.

*At this time, we are planning for the Swine show for the 2016 Emmet County Fair will be non-terminal and will include commercial gilt classes. Members may show up to 2 commercial gilts.


If you would like to attend 4-H dog obedience classes this year, so you can participate in the dog show at the fair, you must sign up by March 29th (362-3434).

Our great leaders of the dog project group; Chelsey Smith and Derek Smith are excited to get the group started for this new year!

Remember to ID your dog by May 15th in your account at Rabies vaccination date and information is REQUIRED.

A dog can be identified by more than one 4-H member (immediate sibling or step-sibling only), but cannot be identified as 4-H under one sibling and FFA under another sibling.

*Remember, you must attend at least 5 of the offered dog obedience classes to qualify to participate in the dog show at the fair.

*If this is your first year, or you have a new puppy, plan to come, even if don’t plan to participate in the dog show at the fair. The Dog Show will be held on Saturday, July 28th at 3:00 p.m.


FSQA is a statewide program that all livestock exhibitors (except dog, horse, cat, or pet) are required to be certified in. Trainings teach good production practices and ethics. Remember that FSQA requirements align with grades as we do in 4-H. So all 4th, 5th, & 6th graders livestock exhibitors are required to come to a training. 7th-9th graders can test out at the intermediate level or train. 10th-12th graders can test out at the senior level or train. When members test out it certifies them until they reach the next level. If you have already tested out you are good now until you reach the next grade level. Those that can test out are encouraged to do so. You DO need to call ahead and reserve a seat so enough materials and refreshments can be on hand.

We will be offering the following training sessions and no make-up sessions!

June 12 -- FSQA Training at the First Presbyterian Church in Estherville from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. -- Sign up by June 11th.

June 14 -- FSQA Testing at the Extension Office from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm -- Call the office to set up a time to take the test.

Check here for a complete list of county dates, times, locations, etc. for FSQA trainings and testing:

Iowa State Fair - August 9-19, 2017

 All animal entries due by July 1st

Clay County Fair - September 8-16, 2017

All animal entries due by July 31st


County 4-H News

January 17, 2019

The Clover Knowledge Escapade is the 4-H Communications Event. For the 2019 year, it will be held on Sunday, March 31st at the Immanuel Lutheran Church (409 N 6th St., Estherville). It will begin at 2:00 pm with Extemporaneous Speaking and end around 5:00 pm. The Clover Knowledge Escapade is a great way to build your speaking and presentation skills, as well as be an experience that will last LIFETIME!

Image of calving simulator.
December 27, 2018

Beef is a year-round favorite, from grilling burgers in the summer, to enjoying a hearty stew in the winter.  4-H and FFA youth in grades 4th 12th are invited to join us for the 2019 Northwest Iowa Beef Bonanza on Saturday, February 2nd from 9:45 am 3:00 pm at the Iowa Lakes Community College Campus in Emmetsburg.

December 27, 2018

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, January 22nd for first year 4-H members in Emmet County. The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Estherville. The meeting will entail the ins and outs of 4-H in Emmet County, important reminders and dates, insight to prepare for the County Fair, and how to be a successful 4-H’er.

December 13, 2018

Clover Kids is a FUN 4-H program for children in kindergarten through third grade, in which they will participate in hands-on activities to help build different life skills. The program will be run from February to May in which we will meet one day each month. At each session, the children will make a project in which they can take to the Emmet County Fair in July.

November 29, 2018

Market beef weigh-in for the 2019 Emmet County Fair will be December 15th. Location of weigh in is Gary Madden's -- 5150 240th St., Ringsted, IA 50578. PLEASE note that it is ONLY 1 day.

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