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We believe that the Henry County Fair can be an exciting, educational and fun experience for everyone! The Extension Staff, Fair Board Members and FFA Instructors work closely with youth and adults to help ensure a positive exhibit environment for youth to showcase their year-long project work.

2024 Henry County Fair: July 14-22

Important Dates
  • May 15th - Livestock ID Deadline
  • June 15th - Bucket/Bottle Animal ID Form Due
  • June 19th - Registration for Clothing & Communication Projects Closes
  • June 28th - Communication & Clothing Judging
  • June 28th - Registration Deadline for Working Exhibits & Share the Fun
  • July 1st - YQCA Certification Deadline 
  • July 5th - Bucket/Bottle Animal Record Forms Due
  • July 12th - FairEntry Deadline
  • July 13th - Swine Pen Set-Up 
  • July 14th - Horse Show 

Iowa State Fair  -  August 8th - 18th

General Information

2024 Henry County Fair Schedule of Events
Getting Ready for Fair Checklist
4honline Animal ID Checklist

YQCA

FairEntry (county) - All 4-H'ers exhibiting projects/livestock must be entered by July 12th! NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted! You may use this help sheet for assistance OR contact the Extension Office. 
 
FairEntry (state) - Eligible 4-H'ers (those in grades 5-12) intending to participate at the Iowa State Fair with livestock or animals must pay entry fees and complete online fair entry by July 5th at 11:59pm! 
**Animals must have been identified in 4-H Online by the designed due date. 

Henry County Fair Website
Iowa State Fair Information

All 4-H clubs are responsible for helping set-up the exhibit building on Tuesday, July 16th. Exhibit Building set-up will occur at 5:00pm. 

All 4-H Clubs are responsible for tearing down their club booth by removing 4-H exhibits, peg boards, and display boards on Sunday, July 21st at 5:00 pm.

2024 Henry County Fair Book

2024 Henry County Fair Book

 

Communication, Clothing & Static Exhibits

Communication & Clothing

Educational Presentations, Extemporaneous Speaking, & Fashion Revue/Clothing Selection judging will take place on Friday, June 28th.  

**Please register by June 21st by calling the Extension Office at 319-385-8126 or emailing sadiemar@iastate.edu

4-H Clothing Event & Share the Fun will take place on Wednesday, July 17th during the Queen Contest. 

Working Exhibits will take place on Friday, July 19th at 5:30pm

**Please call the Extension Office to sign-up for Share the Fun & Working Exhibits by June 28th. 

Forms

Awardrobe Clothing Event Report Form
Clothing Event Report Form - Junior/Intermediate

Resources

Communications: Pieces to a Presentation
Communications: Working Exhibits
Writing a Clothing Event Commentary
Design: Exploring the Elements & Principles in Clothing
Tip Sheet: Communication
Tip Sheet: Clothing & Fashion
Clothing Project Area Guide
Communication Project Area Guide

Static Exhibits

ALL exhibit entries will need to be entered in FairEntry by July 7th. 

WRITE UP'S (written explanation about exhibiting) are REQUIRED!!

Three. That is the number of questions you must answer for each static exhibit that you bring to judging on July 12th.

  • What did you plan or learn to do? (What was your exhibit goal?)
  • What steps did you take to learn or do this?
  • What were the most important things you learned? 
Forms & Resources

Static Exhibit Write-Up Template
Exhibit Tip Sheets
Exhibit Judging Experience
Copyright Guidelines
Pinterest to Original Source in 3 Easy Steps
Design: Exploring the Elements & Principles
Design: Exploring the Elements & Principles in Home Improvement
Design: Exploring the Elements & Principles (Visual Arts)
Iowa 4-H Project Area Ideas
Project Area Guides
Exhibit Tip Sheets

Photography:
Photography Exhibit Label

Food & Nutrition:
Only canning and preservation recipes from Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, the National Center for Home Food Preservation, the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, or So Easy To Preserve can be used. 

Foods for Iowa 4-H Fairs - Quick Reference Guide
Frosting for Food & Nutrition Exhibits

Canning: Fruit Spreads

Gardening & Horticulture:
Harvesting & Preparing Vegetables for Exhibit
Preparing Cut Flowers & Houseplants for Exhibits

Livestock & Pets

Beef

2024 Beef Show: Saturday, July 20 at 9:00am

Beef Carcass Scanning will take place Thursday, July 18th and will start at approximately 2:30pm. The company that scans the animals is coming from another county fair, so our schedule must be a little flexible. 4-H members must be present to bring their animals and assist with scanning. This helps keep the process running on time and ensure the correct animal is scanned. Please let the weigh-in staff know which animals are being scanned at the time of animal entry. 

Bucket Calves: must be born January 1 - June 1, 2023 and fed milk other than from the mother cow for at least 30 days. 

Participants must presently be in 3rd grade or older. Recordkeeping is a requirement. Call the Extension Office to register by June 1 and receive your packet of information for all bucket bottle animals. 

  • Picture ID form due to the Extension Office by June 15.
  • Record forms are due July 3.  

4-H Show Requirements
Iowa 4-H Project Area Webpage
Project Area Guide

Goats

2024 Goat Show: Sunday, July 21 at 11am OR 30 minutes following the Sheep Show. 

Goat Carcass Scanning will take place Thursday, July 18th and will start at approximately 2:30pm. The company that scans the animals is coming from another county fair, so our schedule must be a little flexible. 4-H members must be present to bring their animals and assist with scanning. This helps keep the process running on time and ensure the correct animal is scanned. Please let the weigh-in staff know which animals are being scanned at the time of animal entry. 

Bottle Goats: must be born January 1- May 1, 2023.

Participants must presently be in 3rd grade or older. Recordkeeping is a requirement. Call the Extension Office to register by June 1 and receive your packet of information for all bucket bottle animals. 

  • Picture ID form due to the Extension Office by June 15.
  • Record forms are due July 3.

4-H Show Requirements
Iowa 4-H Project Area Webpage
Project Area Guide

Sheep

2024 Sheep Show: Sunday, July 21 at 8:00am

Sheep Carcass Scanning will take place Thursday, July 18th and will start at approximately 2:30pm. The company that scans the animals is coming from another county fair, so our schedule must be a little flexible. 4-H members must be present to bring their animals and assist with scanning. This helps keep the process running on time and ensure the correct animal is scanned. Please let the weigh-in staff know which animals are being scanned at the time of animal entry. 

Bottle Lambs: must be born January 1 - May 1, 2023.

Participants must presently be in 3rd grade or older. Recordkeeping is a requirement. Call the Extension Office to register by June 1 and receive your packet of information for all bucket bottle animals. 

  • Picture ID form due to the Extension Office by June 15. 
  • Record forms are due July 3.

4-H Show Requirements
Iowa 4-H Project Area Webpage
Project Area Guide

 

Swine

2024 Swine Show: Friday, July 19 at 8:00am

Swine pen set-up is SATURDAY, JULY 13TH at 8:30am! All 4-H/FFA swine exhibiting families need to help with set-up. 

Competitive Swine - you will be emailed a schedule for interviews at the fair. 

Swine Carcass Scanning will take place Thursday, July 18th and will start at approximately 2:30pm. The company that scans the animals is coming from another county fair, so our schedule must be a little flexible. 4-H members must be present to bring their animals and assist with scanning. This helps keep the process running on time and ensure the correct animal is scanned. Please let the weigh-in staff know which animals are being scanned at the time of animal entry. 

4-H Show Requirements
Iowa 4-H Project Area Webpage
Project Area Guide​​​​​​​

Poultry

2024 Poultry Show: Friday, July 19 at 1:00pm

For those signed-up for the 2023 Henry County Fair Special Broiler Project, broilers will be delivered to the Extension Office in late May. You will receive broilers and record keeping materials. 

Broiler records are due to the extension office by July 1st

4-H Show Requirements
Iowa 4-H Project Area Webpage
​​​​​​​Project Area Guide
Poultry Record Keeping Form
Laying Flock Recording Keeping Form

Rabbit

2024 Rabbit Show: Thursday, July 18 at 1:00pm

All rabbits must be tattooed and identified in 4hOnline. 

  • Need rabbits tatted? Check out the tattoo kit from the extension office. 

4-H Show Requirements
Iowa 4-H Project Area Webpage
​​​​​​​Project Area Guide

Horse

2024 Horse Show: Sunday, July 16 at 2:00pm

4-H Show Requirements
Iowa 4-H Project Area Webpage
​​​​​​​Project Area Guide

Dog

2024 Dog Show: Thursday, July 18 at 10:00am

The first Henry County 4-H Dog Obedience Class is Monday, April 8th at 6:30pm under the Wright Pavilion at the fairgrounds.

All dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations and ID'd in 4hOnline with their current rabies certification number prior to the first session. Don't forget to bring your training collar and leash. 

4-H Show Requirements
Iowa 4-H Project Area Webpage
​​​​​​​Project Area Guide