County Fair

Guthrie County Fair

May 15 Livestock ID

July 1st Entries Due

August 1st Entries Due

Guthrie County Fair August 29-September 2

Fair Exhibits

Static Day

Static Judging Day is where youth entering non-livestock exhibits for the Guthrie County Fair will participate in a non-conference judging experience at the Event Center at the Guthrie County Fairgrounds on Monday, July 15th from 1-5 p.m. Youth will meet with judges one on one and the judges will review your goal card and exhibit. Judges will ask questions such as Did you meet your goals? or What would you do differently? They will give the youth a ribbon color based off of what they learned and their exhibit. Youth are free to leave when all of their exhibits have been judged. If there is something that has been held back, that means the judge would like to review that and consider it to move up to the Iowa State Fair. At 7:45 p.m. that evening, the doors will open back up and any exhibits displayed in the middle of the room were the few selected for the Iowa State Fair. 


A goal card or write up should be attached to each exhibit. A write up done in advance will usually be better than one that you handwrite. Information that you need to include on your goal card is 1) What did you plan to learn or do? What was your exhibit goal(s)? 2) What steps did you take to learn or do this? Explain what you wanted to do so it is easily understood. The judge wants to know and understand the steps you used to make your exhibit. 3) What were the most important things you learned? The generic goal card is a great starter for those new to static exhibit judging.

Photography exhibits must include a photography label instead of a goal card. 
Food and Nutrition prepared exhibits must include the recipe and site the source of the recipe. Preserved foods must include the Food Preservation Label (available at the Extension Office)

For more information on what the judge might expect, view the project TIP sheets that are available on the Iowa 4-H website.

Once you have completed your goal card and exhibit, it is time to enter your exhibit for judging day! Make sure you know what class you want to enter your exhibit into, refer to the fairbook for the different classes. If you are unsure of which class to enter it into then view the Which Class? publicationYou MUST pre-register your exhibit for judging on by July 1st. View the step-by-step instructions on how to use Fair Entry. If you haven't used 4hOnline yet, contact your club leader or Mollie at the Extension Office to get you set up with your username and password. 

Static Judging Day Packing List - exhibits, goal cards, clean 4-H t-shirt and your smile! There will be a check-in table right inside the door where you need to double check that everything is entered correctly. Once you have checked-in you hop in the shortest line where to be judged. There are no parents allowed to sit with the judge, comment writer and youth. After you have all of your exhibits judged you will need go back to the check-in table to make sure we have all of your information on your placings. After you have completed your check-out you are free to leave. 

Copyright Guidelines

Tip Sheets

Foods for Iowa 4-H Fairs

Elements & Principles of Design


Communication Day is a great opportunity for those interested in public speaking. There are four different categories that cover everyone’s interests and talents.

  • Educational Presentations: You have the opportunity to give a presentation about something that interests you.  You can give a presentation on just about anything!
  • Working Exhibits: These are audience interactive and demonstrate or teach directly to a small group.  The audience participates in a “hands-on” activity and takes home the item they made with you.
  • Extemporaneous Speaking: This contest gives you the opportunity to choose a topic and prepare a speech in thirty minutes to give to a judge.  If you’re good at last minute preparation, this contest may be for you!
  • Poster: Communicate in a visual rather than an oral form. Choose from one of this year’s themes and get creative

For more information on one of the specific classes, view the Fairbook.

Please enter your projects via Fair Entry by July 1st

Judging will be non-conference style judging similar to Static Judging. Youth will be judged the morning of July 15th in the 4-H/FFA Education Center. 



Clothing Event is a great opportunity for those in Fashion Revue, $20 Challenge and Clothing Selection to meet with the judge and have a fun fashion show to show off their new wardrobe. Don't know how to sew? Not a problem! There are three classes that cover everyone's interest and talents. 

  • Fashion Revue is an outfit that has been constructed, hand knitted, machine-knitted or crocheted.
  • $20 Challenge is an outfit that must be purchased at a garage sale, consignment store or resale shops. You must have receipts to enter this class.
  • Clothing Selection is any outfit that may be selected and/or purchased from any source. 
  • Innovative Design encourages creativity and out-of-the-box thinking when creating an outfit - theatrical costumes, cosplay, wearable technology, sustainable/upcycled fashion, and/or outfits that use unconventional materials. 


Like any other 4-H exhibit there is a goal card however the goal card is more in depth for Clothing Event. There is one form for Junior & Intermediate 4-H'ers and individual class forms for seniors.

Once those are completed you are ready to enter into Fair Entry! Please note that you will want to know what time you want to be judged and have your commentary ready (copy and paste from your form).  

Entries are due on July 1st via Fair Entry and will be judged on July 15th!

Table Setting

This is a fun way to learn how to properly set a table, plan nutritious meals, express originality and creativity in choosing a theme, present to a judge, express knowledge of food, nutrition, and food safety, and have fun in planning a special occasion meal for entertaining.

Entries are due on July 1st via Fair Entry and will be judged on July 15th!


Communication Resourses

Communication Entry 

ALL entries need to be made on Fair Entry BY July 1st!

Communication Events

Communication Rules

Communications Event Descriptions


Fashion Resources

Project Goal Sheet

Junior and Intermediate Report Form Word/PDF

Judges Evaluation Form 

Senior Report Form Word/PDF


Additional Resources

Exploring the Elements & Principles      
Exploring the Elements and Principles in Clothing
Color Wheel


Table Setting Resources

Livestock and Petstock

Important Forms For ALL Livestock
Drug Affidavits

These forms provide space to list all medications given to your animals this year.  All of the following forms are due to the livestock office at the Guthrie County Fair upon fair weigh-in.

Market Beef
Market Lamb
Market Swine
Meat Goat


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YQCA Website

YQCA Background Information Sheet
YQCA Fees Information Sheet

Web-Based Training Help Sheet

Instructor-Led Training Help Sheet

Fair Entry Helpsheets

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State 4-H Sheep Project Page

State 4-H Sheep Project Page


State 4-H Swine Project Page


Dog Class Expectations, Explained

Showmanship Packets:

Complete Junior Showmanship Packet

Complete Intermediate Showmanship Packet

Complete Senior Showmanship Packet

Study about your Dog Breed for Showmanship!

Dog Obedience Score Sheets:

Intro Obedience

Beginner Novice

Preferred Novice A or B

Novice A or B

Novice AB Group Exercise Score Sheet

Graduate Novice


State 4-H Dog Project Page


State 4-H Rabbit Project Page


Avian Flu Tracker

State 4-H Poultry Project Page


Rules and Regulations for 4-H Equine Shows in Iowa

2022 Updates for Rules and Regulations for 4-H Equine Shows in Iowa

Iowa 4-H Horse Practice Rules 

Iowa 4-H Horse Helmet Requirements

State 4-H Horse Project Page


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Iowa State Fair

Rules and Classes

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Fair Entry Helpsheet

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