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 conference judging experience at the old Community Building at the Guthrie County Fairgrounds on Monday, July 16th 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 8 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 at

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 Thursday, July 6th. 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 to 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 represeing 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

Guthrie County 4-H/FFA Fairbook
Copyright Guidelines
Tip Sheets
Foods for Iowa 4-H Fairs

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