County Fair

Guthrie Fair 2023 Theme


Livestock Forms
Show Programs

Show programs will be updated on the website as programs get finished. Please be patient as staff work to complete show programs. Once they are posted outside the Livestock Office they will be posted on our website.

Swine, Horse, Sheep/Goat, Beef

Static Day Preparation

Are you ready for Static Judging Day?

What is Static Judging 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 10th 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. 

What is a goal card?

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.

I have my goal card and exhibit, now what?

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. 

What do I do on Static Judging Day?

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. 

What do the different ribbon colors mean?

Iowa 4-H uses the Danish system of judging - rather than competing against someone else, youth challenge themselves to create exhibits that represent their best. The Danish system places exhibits in groups representing standards met. Judging is intended to educate, evaluate and encourage. 

  • Purple means the exhibit exceeded standards. It is the highest ribbon awarded.
  • Blue means the exhibit met all standards well.
  • Red means the exhibits met some standards well, but could use improvement on other standards.
  • White means the exhibit needs improvement on many standards or is missing information critical to evaluation. 
Additional Resources

Clothing Event Preparation

How to prepare for Clothing Event!

What is Clothing Event?

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. 

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

How to enter in Clothing Event!

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). 

When do I need to be entered by?

You must be entered on FairEntry by July 1st! There are step-by-step instructions on how to enter your exhibits in Fair Entry available.

Clothing Event Day

Non-Conference style judging will take place at the Event Center from 9 am to noon on July 10th. We will be doing a style show at 7 pm on the 10th in the Event Center. 

Communications Day Preparation

How to prepare for Communications Day!

What is Communications Day?

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.

How to enter in Communication Day

Like any other 4-H Exhibit you must enter your project into Fair Entry.  Please note that you will want to know what time you want to be judged.

When do I need to be entered by?

You must be entered on FairEntry by July 1st! 

**Working Exhibits must be entered by June 19th - Judging will be held on June 29. **

There are step-by-step instructions on how to enter your exhibits in Fair Entry.

Communication Day

Judging will be non-conference style judging similar to Static Judging. Youth will be judged the morning of July 10th in the 4-H/FFA Education Center. 

Table Setting Information

Table Setting Information

Table Setting Contest Guide

Table Setting Guide - 2023

Table Setting Rules - 2023

Table Setting Report Form

SW Field Table Setting Report Form is needed for judging at county and regional levels.