4-H Fair & Award Forms

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         2020 Southern Iowa Fair Comments/Suggestions


4-H & FFA Exhibition at the 2021 Southern Iowa Fair


2021 Southern Iowa Fair

4-H & FFA Rule Booklet

2021 Southern Iowa Fair Rule Booklet (4-H & FFA)

Information in this booklet is subject to change.

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FairEntry Procedures 2020

We are switching to FairEntry as a system for recording fair exhibits (static and livestock) for 2020.  This system will provide staff with better options for creating show orders, news releases, and accurate premium payments.  This will be one extra step to take after identifying animals in 4hOnline/FFA paper ID, but it will create a more seamless process at the county fair.  We appreciate your patience with us as we learn and implement this new process.

Fair Entry and 4HOnline Deadlines: Two Step Process
1. 4HOnline: https://iowa.4honline.com

  • May 15 June 1, 2020-- Identify all animals not attending a weigh-in and verify information on all market animals that attended a weigh-in. Help sheets can be found below.  FFA will use the new electronic animal ID forms.
  • Static exhibits only need to do FairEntry

2. Fair Entry: https://southerniowafair.fairentry.com

  • March 6 -- Fair Entry Opens for Awardrobe Clothing Event
  • May 21 -- Fair Entry Opens for Livestock, Static, & Communications
  • June 7 -- Awardrobe Clothing Event: Fashion Revue, Clothing Selection, $15 Challenge
                & Communications Event: Share-the-Fun, Educational Presentation, Working
                Exhibit, & Extemporaneous Speaking Deadline
  • June 15 -- Livestock and Small Animal Fair Entry Deadline
  • July 15 -- Static (non-livestock) Fair Entry Deadline


Family Entry Help Sheet - This is the help sheet for 4-H & FFA entries.  UPDATED 5/26/20

In both 4-H & FFA and unsure how to login?  Check out this flowchart!



FairEntry Login Tutorial - Amy created this tutorial to help you learn how to log into FairEntry!



FairEntry Add An Entry Tutorial - Amy created this tutorial to help you learn how to Add Entries to FairEntry!

FairEntry Finishing Entries & Submission Tutorial - Amy created this tutorial to help you learn how to finish entries & complete Submission in FairEntry!



Logging into FairEntry - This video helps 4-H families learn how to log into FairEntry to begin entering animals/exhibits for all 4-H members in their family.

Registering in FairEntry - This video helps FFA families learn how to set up an account.  4-H families can begin watching at :55 to learn about registering animals.  This could be used as a supplement to the Help Sheet.



2021 4-H & FFA Schedule of Fair Events

2021 4-H Schedule of Fair Events COMING SOON!

Events will be added as they are confirmed and approved.  This schedule is tentative and subject to change due to pandemic restrictions, conflicts, and weather.

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Exhibiting at the Fair Info

Help Me! Guide for the Southern Iowa Fair 2019

A 2020 Help Me! Guide will not be provided.  Please be sure to read the July Fair Update provided by Mahaska County 4-H to learn about the latest details for the 2020 Southern Iowa Fair.



Exhibiting Livestock at the Fair Info


Exhibiting Livestock Information - 2020 UPDATE COMING SOON

Livestock Summary - read this to find out what you need for your specific species


Livestock Exhibiting Information page, click HERE

This page includes FFA Livestock Identification Links, Livestock Affidavit Forms, Advanced Cattle Feeder Pen Record Spreadsheet, Advanced Lamb Feeder Pen Record Spreadsheet, Premise ID information, State Fair Livestock links, Specific species details, and 4-H & FFA Bucket/Bottle Packets


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2020 Southern Iowa Fair Forms


Static Exhibit Class Numbers - *Class Numbers changed in 2020* 

This sheet will help you to determine the class number(s) for your Fair Exhibit(s).


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Bucket/Bottle Calf & Bottle Lamb/Goat Packets

More than 1 Calf/Lamb/Goat may be Identified by May 15, but only 1 Calf, 1 Lamb, and 1 Goat may be exhibited at the fair! 
Packets can be found on our Livestock Exhibiting Information page at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/mahaska/page/livestock-exhibiting-information.

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Non-Livestock Forms & Information


Non-Livestock Exhibiting Information - This information will help you to prepare for exhibiting non-livestock exhibits on Monday, July 20.


Exhibit Record (Goal Sheet) - This sheet MUST BE USED for each static exhibit you bring to Exhibit Judging on Monday, July 20, with the exception of Photography, which uses a different form.  Clothing/Sewing, Home Improvement, and Visual Arts exhibits require Design Element/Art Principle explanations, which can be added on a separate sheet or on the back of this sheet. 


Exhibit Record (Goal Sheet) Tips



Exhibit Record (Goal Sheet) Tips Video -

Click here to watch a YouTube video that explains how to complete your Exhibit Record (Goal Sheet) for the fair. 


Printable Entry Tags - You can print your own entry tags at home and attach them to your exhibits prior to checking in at the fair.


Entry Form - Every 4-H member exhibiting regular exhibits at the fair is required to fill out this sheet.


CLOVER KIDS Goal Sheet - Clover Kids are limited to 5 exhibits in the Exhibit Hall.  Each exhibit must also include a Clover Kids Goal Sheet.


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Food & Nutrition Exhibit Information

4-H Food Exhibits Guide - This guide explains all of the foods that are acceptable and unacceptable exhibits for fair.  It was updated in January of 2020, so please use this instead of the former Inappropriate Foods Guide.  If you are still unsure after reviewing this document, please call the ISU AnswerLine at 1-800-262-3804.  If in doubt, call the Answer Line!

2020 4-H Food & Nutrition Exhibits will NOT BE TASTED due to insurance changes with COVID-19.  You are still encouraged to enter your prepared food exhibits, but know that they will not be tasted.  The judges will be provided with updated evaluation instructions for aroma, texture, appearance, etc.

Canned Food Labels - Any canned food exhibit requires this label.


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Design Elements & Art Principles Help Sheets

Design Elements & Art Principles Posters - VERY HELPFUL VISUAL AID!
Design Elements & Art Principles Brochure for Clothing

Design Elements & Art Principles Brochure for Home Improvement

Design Elements & Art Principles Info
Design Elements & Art Principles Help Sheets for Clothing, Home Improvement & Visual Art exhibits.


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Poster & Display Box Information

Posters & Display Boxes Information - If you plan to use a poster or display box with your exhibit, please use this information to ensure your exhibit fits the required dimensions. 


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Copyright Information and Forms

Copyright Permission Information & Letter - Must be reviewed and completed for any exhibit in which copyright may be an issue. (typically for Visual Arts/Home Improvement classes)

Copyright Information Website (copyright Kids)

Copyright Guidelines for 4-H


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Pinterest Source Help Sheet

Pinterest to Original Source in 3 Easy Steps - If you are using Pinterest for your 4-H Exhibit, please use this document to site the original source.  DO NOT use www.Pinterest.com as your source!


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Photography Exhibit Information

4-H Photography Exhibit Label - All photos being exhibited require this form.  Remember, you may only exhibit 4 printed photos and 4 digital photos (total of 8 photos) at the county fair.  This label takes the place of a goal card for Photography Exhibits ONLY.

4-H Photography Tip Sheet - Are you planning to exhibit photos at the county fair?  This sheet will help you to complete your photography exhibit label.  The Tip Sheet is used by judges to make sure they are learning everything they can about your photography exhibit.


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Horticulture Exhibiting Information

Horticulture Tips Website - https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/projects/horticulture


Southern Iowa Fair 4-H Horticulture Judging Tips 2020

4H 464 - Preparing Cut Flowers and Houseplants for Exhibits

4H 462 - Harvesting and Preparing Vegetables for Exhibit

Horticulture Exhibit Entry Form - All Horticulture exhibits (flowers/vegetables) must be entered using this sheet. 


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Poster Communications Entry Form


2020 Poster Exhibit Entry Form - All Communications: Posters being exhibited require this form. 



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Clothing Event Forms

Junior/Intermediate Clothing Event Report Form - This is required to be filled out by Junior/Intermediate Member.  Bring with you to Judging.  The report form for the Style Show does not need to be completed.

Senior Clothing Event Report Form - This is required to be filled out by Senior 4-H Member.  Bring with you to Judging.  The report form for the Style Show does not need to be completed.

Clover Kids Clothing Event Report Form - This is required to be filled out by Clover Kids member.  Bring with you to Judging.


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Communications Event

Communications Registration took place in FairEntry in 2020.


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2020 Mahaska County


Award Applications are due by


Award Interviews for Outstanding Awards will be held on Saturday, October 24 starting at 9 AM.


4-H Awards Nomination Form - this form has replaced all of the individual award application forms

Mahaska County Make a Difference Award Nomination Form

Mahaska Chamber Community Service Award Application Information

4-H Club Secretary's Book Award Application

4-H Club Treasurer's Book Award Application

4-H Club Historian's Book Award Application

Longtime Record Keeping Award




RECORD BOOK CHECK LIST - Please use this form to ensure your record book contains everything needed.  Items to NOT include are listed on the second page.


My 4-H Goal Calendar


Record Keeping Information - update coming soon!


Yearly 4-H Summary (PDF)

Yearly 4-H Summary (editable - Word)

4-H Participation Summary (all years in 4-H)


Basic 4-H Project Record

Experienced 4-H Project Record

Advanced 4-H Project Record


4-H Record Keeping Self Evaluation(PDF)

4-H Record Keeping Self Evaluation (editable - Word)


General Livestock Project Worksheets


4-H Market Animal Project Worksheet

Market Animal Project Record Sheet for Juniors

4-H Breeding Animal Project Worksheet

4-H Breeding Animal Record Sheet for Juniors


4-H Beef Cow Lifetime Record

4-H Ewe Lifetime Record

4-H Swine Lifetime Record

4-H Poultry Flock Record Forms

4-H Poultry Market Broiler Worksheet

Dairy Animal Project Worksheet

Dairy Cow Lifetime Record

Dairy Goat Lifetime Record

4-H Horse & Pony Project Worksheet

Dog Permanent Record Form

Dog Expense Sheet

Rabbit Project Worksheet

Llama (Leased) Project Record

Llama (Owned) Project Record


Non-Livestock Project Worksheets

4-H Photography Project Worksheet

4-H Vegetable Garden Project Worksheet

4-H Flower Gardening Project Worksheet


Clover Kids Record Worksheet - can be completed and turned in to the Extension office by October 1 for special Clover Kids Recognition


You can find the WORD version of many of these forms and other forms by visiting /4H/recordkeeping.htm

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