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2024 Fair Information

This website provides links and helpsheets to everything 4-H and FFA families may need to sign-up and prepare for the Linn County Fair. Be sure to review this website to find the most up-to-date information. As you have questions, please email linn4h@iastate.edu, and we will do our best to provide answers as we have them.

2022 Linn County Fair Results

2024 Fair Time Donation Form

If you have questions about Fair Board and their events, please visit the Linn County Fair website or email them at pr@thelinncountyfair.com


4-H and FFA Fair Rules, Expectations & Schedules:

Helpful Websites:

Thank you to our 2023 Auction Buyers, Fair Recognition, Trophy, and Educational Opportunity Donors

Spy Your Potential text on a background of various icons showing 4-H project areas with a magnified glass on a 4-H Clover.

2023 Linn County Fair Theme - Spy Your Potential

May 15th Checklist - Applies to all 4-H & FFA Exhibitors

May 15th is an Iowa 4-H Statewide Deadline for Livestock. In Linn County, it is also a deadline for the below-listed items. Don't forget to have all of these things done to exhibit at the 2024 Linn County Fair! If you have any questions, please call 319-377-9839 or email linn4h@iastate.edu.

Livestock Exhibitors 

  1. Identify all animals in 4-H Online.
  2. Verify that your YQCA Certification is up-to-date. Expiration dates must be after County Fair 2024 dates. Unless you selected to take the test for YQCA, this costs more than the standard training, you will need to complete this training every year!
  3. Register Livestock in the class(es) you intend to show them in FairEntry. Not sure what class? Email linn4h@iastate.edu.

Awardrobe Clothing Event and Communication Exhibitors

More info about these two events can be found in the blue box below.

  1. Register Communication and Awardrobe Exhibits in FairEntry
  2. If you are only exhibiting Static Exhibits at County Fair, be sure to log into FairEntry and select your 2024 Heartland Bank and Trust T-Shirt Size!

Static Exhibitors

More info about Static Exhibits can be found in the red box below. Static Exhibits are thing like photography, woodworking, home improvement, horticulture, and so much more!

  1. If you are only exhibiting Static Exhibits at County Fair, be sure to log into FairEntry and select your 2024 Heartland Bank and Trust T-Shirt Size!
  2. Static Exhibits pre-registration closes on June 10th but can be entered earlier!

Help Sheets and Websites

Static Exhibits - These exhibits will be judged on June 24th, 2024, and include categories such as Photography, STEM, Food & Nutrition, Woodworking, Horticulture, and so much more!

Write-Up - A write-up should accompany each static exhibit explaining the 4-H member's goals, how they made their exhibit, and what they learned. Most write-ups also include a financial chart showing how much was spent on supplies. Some include photos of the progress as the exhibit is made. There are examples below Food & Nutrition, Photography, and All Static Exhibit sections.

Food & Nutrition 
Photography
All other Static Project Areas

A write-up should accompany each static exhibit explaining the 4-H member's goals, how they made their exhibit, and what they learned. Most write-ups also include a financial chart showing how much was spent on supplies. Some include photos of the progress as the exhibit is made. Photography exhibits only need to have the photography label.

Helpful Links
Evaluation Forms

Awardrobe Clothing Event - This event is great for youth interested in fashion or modeling.

Awardobe Clothing Event

Class Descriptions

Fashion Revue Class:

Fashion Revue is for clothing project area members who will model an outfit of one to three pieces that they have constructed, hand-knitted, machine-knitted, or crocheted during the current 4-H year.

$20 Challenge Class:

The $20 Challenge is for 4-H members to model an outfit purchased for $20 or less from resale venues such as garage sales, consignment, or thrift stores, etc., that represents an intended use for the selected outfit. The participant should have had individual or group experiences: choosing shopping alternatives; evaluating fit, quality, and construction features; and comparing prices. A receipt is required.

Clothing Selection Class:

Clothing selection is for selected or purchased outfits that represent the 4-H member’s goal or intended use based on individual or group experiences: choosing shopping alternatives; evaluating fit, quality, and construction features; and comparing prices.

Innovative Design Class:

The innovative design class encourages creativity and out-of-the-box thinking when creating an outfit. These designs can be theatrical costumes, cosplay, wearable technology, sustainable/upcycled fashion, and/or outfits that use unconventional materials. The garment(s) may be modeled by the exhibitor or the individual it was designed for.

Communication Events - Step outside your comfort zone, show off a talent, give a presentation, or teach others how to do or make something. If you participate in your school's Speech Team, check-out the events below!

Educational Presentations

Educational Presentations will be judged before the county fair on June 15th at the Extension Office. 

This is an opportunity for 4-H members to demonstrate their communication skills by presenting knowledge, information, or a process to gain a desired response from an audience. This is in the format of a classroom presentation.

Extemporaneous Speaking

Extemporaneous Speaking will be judged before the county fair on June 15th at the Extension Office. 

Similar to Spontaneous Speaking in school speech teams. 4-H member draws 3 current events 4-H related topics 30 minutes prior to speaking time, selects one, and prepares a 4–6- minute speech on one side of the topic. No previously written outlines or speeches may be used. It’s good to be able to think on your feet for this event. Extemporaneous speaking is designed to encourage the development of the life skill of communicating with others by enhancing their ability to think, organize, speak, and answer questions readily before an audience.

Working Exhibits

Working exhibits provide an opportunity for members to communicate and interact with an audience in an informal way. No set format needs to be used. It will be interactive for the audience to learn how to do something in a hands-on experiential way. A working exhibit should be a “teaching” or “showing” presentation. Examples include, but aren’t limited to: art, potato prints, cake decorating, dog grooming, puppet making, and more!

Share-The-Fun

This event runs similarly to a Talent Show and provides an opportunity for 4-H members to share their skills and talents before an audience purely for the sake of enjoyment. 

Judges' Critique Form

 

 General Livestock Exhibitors

Rabbit/Cavy Exhibitors
Poultry Exhibitors

Broiler Chick Project

Pet Exhibitors

Score Card

Bucket Bottle Exhibitors
  • Bucket Bottle Calf Project Word | PDF Due June 10th!
Beef Exhibitors
Meat Goat & All other Breed Goats