County Fair

Madison County Fair

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

If you have questions about Fair Board and their events, please visit the Madison County Fair website or give them a call at 515-462-1295.
PO Box 542 Winterset, IA 50273

Future Fair Dates

7/17-7/21, 2024

7/16-7/20, 2025

7/15-7/19, 2026

7/21-7/25, 2027

4-H Program Year - September 2023 to August 2024 

*All dates are approximate and subject to change. Check the Clover Connection for the most up-to-date information*


September 1 - Enrollment opens in 4-H Online

Record Book help session - Extension Office

Record Books due to the Extension Office

4-H Find Out Night - Extension Office


October 1 to 7 - National 4-H Week


November 6 - Awards Banquet - 6:00 PM - Jackson Building

YQCA Offering

Annual Volunteer Training Offering

New Officer Training


Beef Weigh Ins - Winterset Sale Barn


January - Plant the Moon Registration

YQCA Offering


February 1 - Market Beef ID Deadline in 4-H Online


Youth Council sponsored: Family Movie Night

Swine Weigh Ins


April 15 - 4-H Enrollment Deadline for County Fair exhibitors

YQCA Training Offering


Sheep & Goat Weigh Ins

May 1 - Broiler Order due to the Extension Office

May 15 - Livestock ID Deadline in 4-H Online

May 15 - Exhibitor t-shirt orders due:


June 1 - Poultry and Rabbit ID Deadline in 4-H Online

June 15 - Fair Entry Deadline: Clothing, Communications, & all Livestock due in Fair Entry

June 15 - YQCA Deadline -


July 12 - All Static entries due in Fair Entry

July 13 - Clothing & Communications Judging Day

July 15 - Static Judging Day

July 17 - 21 - Madison County Fair


August - Iowa State Fair

The Madison County Extension Council & the Madison County Fair Board voted to institue a late entry policy for Fair Entry. 

"All entry for non-static exhibits (livestock, dogs, cats, horses, clothing, and communications) into the Madison County Fair is due 11:59pm on June 15 via for eligible 4-H and FFA members in “good standing” with the Madison County Extension Office. Entry after June 15 will be accepted up to 5 business days following the deadline (June 15 being day 0) with a late fee of $25 per exhibitor regardless of number of entries. NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE LATE FEE PERIOD. Static exhibit deadline stands as 11:59pm the Friday before the static judging day of the Madison County Fair."

Check out this document for more information.

In order to be eligible to exhibit at the Madison County Fair, 4-Hers must accumulate a minimum of 6 educational "hours" and be enrolled in 4-H Online by April 15. Three of these hours must be 4-H club meetings while the other three can include a mix of club meetings, community service activities, and other educational opportunities. Check out this document for more information on eligibility. The Extension Office has final approval on whether 4-Hers are in "good standing" and are eligible to show at the Madison County Fair. 

Fair Schedules

Food Stand

Jackson Building


Set Up & Tear Down


Check out this year's fair book on the fair website!


Mark Moore, Beef
Mitzi Berkland, Cats & Dogs
Phyllis Jones, Dairy Cattle
Leslie Mineart, Goat
Ginnie Decker, Melissa Kiburz, Melissa Karp, Horse
Valerie Knedler, Poultry
Heather Jamison, Rabbit
Allison Porter, Sheep
Ted Benshoof, Swine
Rebecca Hornback, Clothing
Becky Langholz, Communications
Janis Hochstetler, Static

County Fair Queen
Queen Application 
Iowa State Fair
Important Dates

July 12th - Fair Entry deadline for static exhibits

July 15th - Static Exhibit Judging Day @ Jackson Building

Static Exhibits

Static exhibits will be judged on July 15th, 2024. Categories include photography, STEM, food & nutrition, woodworking, horticulture, and so much more!

Location: Jackson Building on the Madison County Fairgrounds

Time: 9:00 am 


2024 schedule

Forms & Write Ups

A write-up should accompany each static exhibit explaining how the 4-H'er made their exhibit and what they learned. Check out this write up guide for more information. 

Photography Exhibit Label (PDF) (Word)

Static Exhibit Goal Sheet (PDF) (Word)

Food Reference Guide

Helpful Links

Elements and Principles of Design

Copyright Guidelines

Foods for Fairs

Exhibit Tip Sheets

Project Areas

Project Area vs Static Exhibit?

$10 Meal Challenge

Poster Communication Worksheet

Evaluation Forms

Food & Nutrition Evaluation Form

General Evaluation Form

Photography Evaluation Form

Digital Photography Evaluation Form

4-H Evaluating Exhibits Handbook - For judges and staff

Age Groups

Age for exhibiting at the Madison County Fair: 

  • Clover Kids (Grades K-3rd)
  • Juniors (Grades 4th-6th)
  • Intermediate (Grades 7th-8th)
  • Seniors (Grades 9th-12th)

4-H'ers who have completed grades 5-12 are eligible to exhibit at the Iowa State Fair. 



10110 - Animal Science
10120 - Veterinary Science

Agriculture & Natural Resources

10210 - Crop Production & Plant Science
10220 - Conservation, Environment, & Sustainability
10222 - Entomology
10224 - Fish & Wildlife
10226 - Forestry
10230 - Horticulture & Plant Science
10230A - On-Site Garden
10235 - Home Grounds Improvement
10240 - Outdoor Adventures
10250 - Safety & Education in Shooting Sports
10260 - Other Agriculture & Natural Resources

Creative Arts

10310 - Music
10320 - Photography
10340 - Creative Photography
10345 - Photography Idea/Educational Display
10350 - Visual Arts: Original Display
10355 - Visual Arts: Design, Process, or Technique Exploration
10360 - Visual Arts: Other Visual Arts Ideas/Topics

Family & Consumer Science

10410 - Child Development
10420 - Clothing & Fashion: Constructed/Sewn Garments & Accessories
10422 - Clothing & Fashion: Purchased Garments & Accessories
10424 - Clothing & Fashion: Other Ideas/Educational Exhibits
10430 - Consumer Management
10440 - Food & Nutrition: Prepared Products
10442 - Food & Nutrition: Preserved Products
10445 - Food & Nutrition: Educational Display
10450 - Health
10460 - Home Improvement
10470 - Sewing & Needle Arts: Constructed Item
10472 - Sewing & Needle Arts: Other Ideas/Educational Exhibits
10480 - Other Family & Consumer Science

Special Exhibition $10 Meal Challenge

10490 - $10 Meal Challenge

Personal Development

10510 - Citizenship & Civic Engagement
10520 - Communication
10530 - 4-H Poster Communication Exhibit
10540 - Digital Storytelling
10550 - Leadership
10560 - Self-Determined

Science, Engineering, & Technology

10610 - Mechanics
10612 - Automotive
10613 - Automotive Display
10614 - Electric
10615 - Small Engine
10616 - Tractor
10617 - Tractor Display
10618 - Welding
10620 - Woodworking
10630 - Science, Engineering, & Technology
10632 - Aerospace
10634 - Robotics


Important Dates

June 15th - Fair entry deadline for clothing

July 11th - Online Clothing Forms must be submitted.

Clothing Form

Junior and Intermidiate Clothing Form -

Clover Kid Clothing Form-

July 13th - Clothing event judging day @ Jackson Building

Fashion Revue

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

$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 

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.


Submission Forms

Clothing Form

Junior and Intermidiate Clothing Form -

Clover Kid Clothing Form-


Clothing Resources

Clothing Project Area Guide

Sewing Project Area Guide

Writing Clothing Event Commentary

Fabric Structures

Upcycling Clothing

Types of Attire

Elements and Principles in Clothing 


Contact the Madison County Extension Office with any questions!
515-462-1001 or

Need a form printed?
Paper copies of any fair forms are available at the Madison County Extension Office. Feel free to stop in and grab a copy to complete your exhibits. Goal sheets can be typed and printed or handwritten. 

Need help with Fair Entry?
Check out these help sheets

Step outside of your comfort zone, show off a talent, give a presentation, or teach other how to do or make something. 

Communications Event Form

Important Dates

June 15th - Fair Entry Deadline for communications

July 13th - Communications judging day @ Community Building

Education Presentations

This is an opportunity for 4-H'ers to demonstrate their communications 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

Similar to Spontaneous Speaking in school speech teams, a 4-H member draws 3 current events related to 4-H 30 minutes prior to speaking time. They select one of the topics 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. This 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'ers to share their skills and talents before an audience purely for the sake of enjoyment. 


With fair approaching, don’t forget to provide Animal Care and Disclosure Statements for your livestock exhibitors!

Dog & Horse Policy

Dog & Horse exhibitors at the Madison County Fair are required to attend a minimum of 3 in-person meetings of their respective project classes before the fair. Department superintendents are responsible for tracking and reporting attendance. This policy also applies to FFA members and will be in effect for the 2023 Madison County Fair and future occurrences. For questions and class schedules contact the following: Mitzi Berkland for dogs & Ginnie Decker for horses.

FFA Advisors

Winterset FFA - Kaylee Berry

I-35 FFA - Dennis Meggers

Earlham FFA - Zach Irving

Van Meter FFA - Maura Ballagh

Orient-Macksburg - Kevin Blair

Martensdale-St. Marys - Haley Hart

Premium Auction Information

All market animal exhibitors interested in participating in the premium auction are required to opt-in. Be sure to fill out the registration before July 12 to be eligible. Contact Lisa Jones or Marcy Bradley for more information!

Weigh In Information

2023-24 Weigh In Dates

Livestock Check In Times

Livestock Check In Times