County Fair

4hOnline

4hOnline Website

Animal ID Deadlines:

  • February 1st: Market Beef
  • May 15th: All Other Beef, Dog, Goat, Horse, Sheep, Swine
  • July 1st: Rabbit
  • No ID needed: Poultry

Animal ID Helpsheet

Animal ID Checklist

Animals who are not identified properly by the deadline will NOT be allowed to show at the county or state fair.

FairEntry

Louisa County Fair 4-H & FFA FairEntry Website

Deadlines for Louisa County Fair:

  • July 1st: Communication, Livestock
    • After July 1st, contact the Extension office to get entries completed. Late entries will be penalized to no better than a red ribbon premium and must forfeit the right of accepting and keeping any trophy offered in all classes except showmanship or herdsmanship during judging at county fair.
  • July 20th: Clothing Event, Static
    • For guaranteed printing of entry tag and judging sheet that will be available at check-in, Clothing Event and Static Exhibits must be pre-entered by July 20th. For any projects entered after July 20th, the exhibitor is responsible for filling out an entry tag and judging sheet (blanks will be provided). All projects will need entered in Fair Entry before being judged. There will be no red ribbon rule penalty for any static or clothing event exhibits.

 

Iowa State Fair 4-H Livestock & Horticulture Website

Deadline for Iowa State Fair:

  • July 1st: all livestock & horticulture
    • There are no exceptions for late entries at the state fair level.

 

Helpsheet for 4-H Exhibitors

Helpsheet for FFA Exhibitors

YQCA

YQCA Website

Due July 1st Annually! This certification is required for all 4-H and FFA exhibitors at county and state fair showing beef, goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep, and swine.

  • There are no exceptions at the state fair level. At the county fair level, YQCA certification completed after July 1st, but before the official fair start date, will be penalized to no better than a red ribbon premium and must forfeit the right of accepting and keeping any trophy offered in all classes except showmanship or herdsmanship during judging at county fair. Any exhibitor that does not have YQCA certification by the official fair start date will NOT be allowed to show at the county fair.

 

Thanks to the Louisa 4-H Foundation, the cost of YQCA certification is covered for you! Postcards will be mailed to each Louisa 4-H family who have shown livestock the previous year, have attended an animal weigh-in, or have identified animals for the current year. Contact the Extension office if you need your coupon code.

Print out your certificate for your records!!

Louisa County Fair

Louisa County Fair Website

For the full fair schedule, camping information, Fair board sponsorship information, and Fair board members.

 

Animal Opportunities

Adopt a Calf Program

This exciting opportunity is for any registered 4-H member in Louisa County who is interested in learning about cattle but does not own or have access to cattle. This is NOT for 4-H’ers who have cattle themselves.
 
Local cattle producers are matched with 4-H’ers who sign up for the program. The producer will provide the market or breeding calf, which will stay on the producer’s farm and ownership will remain with the cattle producer. The 4-H member will work with the producer to learn about what goes into cattle production and showing cattle, including safety around animals, basic care of animals (which will include doing chores), halter breaking animals, and practicing how to show the calf. The 4-H member will have the responsibility of feeding and watering their animal for the majority of the program time. The 4-H’er will be able to show the calf at the Louisa County Fair. 
 
Sign up is open until December 1st. Matching with a cattle producer will occur as registrations come in. 4-H participants will attend a beginning cattle workshop in the winter. 4-H participants will begin with their cattle projects on January 1st, if they haven’t already started. 4-H participants will continue their cattle project until Louisa County Fair in late July.

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Adopt a Calf participant with cattle producer mentor and calf

Lease a Horse Program

This exciting opportunity is for any registered 4-H member in Louisa County who is interested in learning about riding and showing horses but does not own or have access to a horse. This is NOT for 4-H’ers who have horses themselves.
 
Local horse owners are matched up with 4-H’ers who sign up for the program.  The horse owner will provide the horse and there will be an agreement signed between the 4-H’er and the owner. The owner will teach the 4-H’er riding showing techniques on showing the horse. The 4-H’er will be responsible for grooming the horse and learning what is needed to care for the horse in feeding and vaccinating (including chores). The 4-H’er will be able to show the horse at the Louisa County Fair.
 
Sign up is open until April 1st. Matching with a horse owner will occur as registrations come in. First time horse 4-H participants are encouraged to sign up in early spring to receive more practice with their horse. 4-H participants will continue their horse project until Louisa County Fair in late July.

Lease a Horse Sign Up Form

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Lease a Horse participant stands with horse owners and the horse

Broiler Chicken Project

Here is a short-term livestock project for fair. Broiler projects are also especially suitable for those with limited space. Raise chickens at home for broiler meat as a means of producing high quality, nutritious chicken meat!
 
Any 4-H or FFA member enrolled in Louisa County can purchase a minimum of 15 broilers for $20 from the Louisa County Extension office - you can split your order with another 4-H or FFA member as long as you keep your birds and records separate. More birds may be purchased if desired.

Order for 2024 is due April 21st.

Broiler Chick Order Form

Broiler Record Form

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Several baby chicks on wood shavings in open totes

Clover Kids at Fair

 
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Clover Kid exhibits bottle calf with help of older youth and is being interviewed on microphone.

Clover Kids Livestock

Louisa County Clover Kids may show one bucket/bottle calf, lamb, goat, poultry, rabbit, a pet, or a combination of the six. The bucket/bottle calf, lamb, and goat must be born in the year of the show. If showing a pet, contact the Extension office to make sure the animal is allowed. The exhibitor must be an active Clover Kid. Exhibitors need to keep a record sheet, which must be in the exhibitor's handwriting. The exhibitor will need to bring the record sheet to their interview about their animal.

Clover Kid livestock exhibitors will be paired with a 4-H member prior to fair.

The Clover Kids livestock form is due to the Clover Kids leader/Extension office staff by July 1st.

 

Clover Kids do not need to complete 4hOnline Animal ID, YQCA, or FairEntry for their livestock.

Clover Kid Exhibits & Interviews

A Clover Kids exhibit for the fair should showcase an experience the Clover Kid had during the year. Each Clover Kid will be able to bring a maximum of 2 photos and 2 other exhibits (this limit does not include the forms for livestock - these are additional). Clover Kids will have a short interview (a one-on-one show and tell) with a volunteer to talk about their exhibit and experience.

 

There is no need to do entry on FairEntry for Clover Kids projects. Just bring it to the interviews!

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Clover Kid is interviewed by adult volunteer about their project for fair