Polk County 4-H Fair runs July 17-23

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Altoona, IA (July 1, 2021) –The 82nd annual Polk County Fair themed Back to the Fair, will be held July 17-23 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Over 400 Polk County youth in 4-H, FFA, and in open class exhibits will have the opportunity to display and exhibit their work through livestock shows and static displays. In addition to youth projects and exhibits, other Fair highlights include the 7th Annual Clover Dash 5K fundraiser, Polk County Fair King and Queen Coronation, and the Bill Riley Talent Search. Registration is still open for the 5K and general admission for the Polk County Fair is free. Livestreaming will be available on YouTube for those unable to attend in person.
 
“It comes as no surprise that we are very excited to be back with a full-fledged fair experience for our youth participants and attendees,” said Marci Vinsand, Polk County 4-H County Youth Coordinator. “Although last year’s Polk County Fair was a bit different, with virtual judging and minimal contact livestock shows, it did give us the opportunity to try new things. One element that will carry over from last year to this year will be the opportunity to livestream livestock shows, communications events, and the Polk Couty King and Queen Coronation.”
 
To find the YouTube livestream link or to check out the full Polk County Fair schedule visit polkcountyfairiowa.com/.
 
Polk County Clover Dash 5K
 
Registration is still open for the 7th Annual Polk County Clover Dash 5K which will be held Sunday, July 18 at 8:30 a.m. The annual 5K was created by a former Polk County 4-H’er to honor the memory of Joy Niklasen, a Polk County 4-H County Youth Coordinator who died in a car crash in 2014. The money raised through the annual run is one way Polk County 4-H raises money for scholarships, conference opportunities, club community service grants, and other 4-H workshops and promotions.
 
For 2021, the Clover Dash 5K offers three divisions: for individuals 13 and over, youth 12 and younger, and a virtual option. Registration after July 1 is $30 plus a SignUp fee for the 13 and over division and virtual option, and only $25 plus a SignUp fee for youth participants 12 and under. For more information on the Polk County Clover Dash 5K or to register visit runsignup.com/Race/IA/DesMoines/CloverDash5k.
 
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Abouth the Polk County Fair
 
The Polk County Fair is operated and managed by an elected volunteer board comprised of Polk County 4-H and FFA Fair Association members, and is implemented as a cooperative effort between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff, Polk County Extension Council, Polk County 4-H and FFA Fair Association.
 
About Polk County 4-H
 
Polk County 4-Hthrough ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk Countychallenges youth to actively prepare for their future by exploring college and career options and encourages them to build skills that improve their communities today. Through 4-H programming youth build leadership, citizenship, communication, and life skills in youth as well as provide a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. For more information on Polk County 4-H visit www.extension.iastate.edu/polk/4hor to learn more about all the programs offered by Polk County Extension visit www.extension.iastate.edu/polk.

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