County Fair

Event Day

4-H Event Day:

When: June 8th 2024
Where: Grinnell United Methodist Church (916 5th Ave)
Who: All Clover Kids and 4-H’ers
What: Event Day gives 4-H'ers an opportunity to tell others about/show off their 4-H projects and demonstrate their talents and abilities. Below, you can find descriptions of the challenges you can participate in at Event Day. 
Registration: Visit Fair Entry and log in with 4-H Online. Registrations due by June 6, 2024. Once all entries are made a schedule will be created, with each event having a 15 minute time slot. Please reference the Fair Entry Help Sheet and Fair Entry Help Video as needed. 
 

Clothing Challenges

Clothing Selection

4-H’er will select and/or purchase an outfit based on a specific goal they have set for themselves. The judge will be looking at the outfit to see how well it meets its intended purpose, how well all the pieces go together, and how much the 4-H’er learned throughout the process. 

On the day of judging please bring with you a completed Junior & Intermediate Clothing Report Form OR a Senior Clothing Report Form.

Fashion Review

4-H’er will model a garment or outfit they have constructed, hand-knitted, machine-sewn or crocheted during the current 4-H year. They will be judged on craftsmanship and knowledge level.

On the day of judging please bring with you a completed Junior & Intermediate Clothing Report Form OR a Senior Clothing Report Form.

$20 Challenge

4-H'er will purchase an outfit at a garage sale, consignment store, or resale shop such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. The cost of the outfit must be $20 or less, not including shoes, accessories or undergarments. All receipts must be turned in with the Clothing Event Form.

Please Note: Hand-me downs or clothing given as gifts were selected by the 4-H’er belong in Clothing Selection.

On the day of judging please bring with you a completed Junior & Intermediate Clothing Report Form OR a Senior Clothing Report Form.

Communication Challenges

Educational Presentations

4-H'er can share what they have learned in any project area through an informative presentation or a how-to demonstration.

Examples: “How to Make a Fruit Pizza,” “The Basics of Dog Washing,” “Headache Home Remedies” or “Practices to Protect Our Environment.”

On the day of judging please bring with you a completed Educational Presentation Form.

Working Exhibits

4-H'er will lead a hands-on activity that engages the audience to learn a new skill. If you have a skill, teach it to others! 

Examples: "Basic Art Projects," "Make a Calf Halter," or "Cleaning Pennies with Vinegar."

On the day of judging please bring with you a completed Working Exhibit.

Extemporaneous Speaking

4-H'er will write a speech on the spot. Participants will draw three 4-H related topics and will select one to prepare a speech on within 30 minutes. This is open to anyone at the county level but, only Senior 4-H’ers may go on to the State Fair.

On the day of judging please bring with you... 

Share The Fun

4-H'er can show off their talent! This is a showcase of a 4-H’ers abilities whether it be singing, doing magic, playing an instrument or telling jokes.

Please fill out the Share the Fun Set-Up Form and turn into the Extension Office before judging day. 

Food Challenges

Food Challenge

4-H’er select a food item(s) that they have learned to prepare in the past year. They have 30 minutes to prepare it from beginning to end in front of a judge. The judge will be considering proper food preparation techniques, safe food handling, 4-H’er skill level, and the quality of the final product. 

Click here for food challenge information and ideas

On the day of judging please bring with you... 

Table Setting Challenge

4-H’er may work alone or in a team to create a themed table setting. The setting should include a menu (no actual food), proper table service, glassware and themed decorations. Participants are encouraged to dress in accordance with the theme. 

Click here for table setting information and ideas.

On the day of judging please bring with you a completed Table Setting Report Form.

Thrifty Meal Challenge 

4-H'er will need to combine their knowledge of nutrition, meal planning, and financial responsibility to successfully plan a nutritious meal with limited funds. All receipts must be turned in with the Thrifty Meal Challenge Form. The following parameters must be met:

 

  • Proper serving sizes for four people.
  • Inclusion of the five food groups.
  • Total cost of meal ingredients being $11 or less. 
    • Due to the increased cost of food and based on USDA data, the budget of this challenge will be updated annually by December based on national averages for food costs. 

The day of judging please bring with you a completed Thrifty Meal Challenge Form

4-H Skill-A-Thon

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2024 Pow. Co. Skill-A-Thon

 

Click here to download the
2024 Poweshiek County 4-H Skill-A-Thon Sign Up Sheet!

 

Static and Livestock Projects

Indoor/Static Projects:

When: July 13, 2024 
Where: Poweshiek County Fair Grounds - Exhibit Building
Who: All Clover Kids and 4-H’ers
What: Indoor/Static Day gives 4-H'ers an opportunity to show off their 4-H projects and display their talents and abilities. Below, you can find a list of the project areas that you can participate in. Please click on the project links to learn more about a particular project area. 
Registration: It is recommended (but not required) that 4-H'er register their indoor/static projects on Fair Entry because Staff can pre-make and pre-print project tags. Registrations due by July 5, 2024. Please reference the Fair Entry Help SheetFFA Fair Entry Help Sheet, and Fair Entry Help Video as needed.

If a project(s) is not registered in Fair Entry 4-H'ers are still welcome and encouraged to bring the project(s) to Fair! In this case, please be patient as check in may take longer because Staff must manually enter the project(s) into Fair Entry and manually fill out a project tag(s).

Livestock Projects: 

When: July 16-21, 2024 
Where: Poweshiek County Fair Grounds
Who: All Clover Kids and 4-H’ers
What: Livestock shows at Fair give 4-H'ers an opportunity to show off their 4-H livestock projects. Below, you can find a list of the project areas that you can participate in. Please click on the project links to learn more about a particular project area. 
Registration: All 4-H animals (excluding poultry and rabbits) must be identified on 4H Online by May 15th, 2024  in order to be shown at the Poweshiek County Fair or the Iowa State Fair.

 

Indoor/Static Projects
Ag & Natural Resources:

Agronomy
Environment & Sustainability
Horticulture
Outdoor Adventures
Shooting Sports
Entomology 
Wildlife

Creative Arts: 

Digital Story Telling
Music
Photography
     Photography Label (PDF)
     Photography Label (Word)
Visual Art

Family Consumer Science: 

Child Development
Clothing
Consumer Management
Food and Nutrition
     Inappropriate Food Exhibits
Health 
Home Improvement 
Sewing and Needle Arts

Personal Development: 

Civic Engagement
Communication
Leadership
Self Determined 

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM): 

Aerospace
Computer Science
Mechanics
Robotics
Tractor
Woodworking

 

Indoor Exhibit Forms

Indoor Exhibit Write-Up Forms (Word) 
Indoor Exhibit Write-Up (PDF)

Design Elements

Elements and Principles of Design Cards
Home Decor
Clothing 
Visual Arts

Copyright

Obtaining Permission to Use Copyrighted Materials

 
Livestock Projects
Livestock Homepage and Livestock ID Homepage

Beef
      Breeding Beef ID Form
      Market Beef ID Form
      Bucket/Bottle Calf Worksheet (Junior)
      Bucket/Bottle Calf Worksheet (Intermediate - Junior.)
Dairy Cattle:
Dairy Goat:
Dogs:
     Dog ID Form
Horse and Pony:
     Horse and Pony ID Form
Meat Goat:
Poultry:
Rabbit:
Sheep:
     Market Sheep ID Form
      Bucket/Bottle Lamb Worksheet (Junior)
      Bucket/Bottle Lamb Worksheet (Intermediate - Junior)
      Bucket/Bottle Lamb Worksheet (Senior)
Swine:
     Swine ID Form
Veterinary Science: