County Fair

Event Day/Static and Livestock Project

4-H Event Day

When: June 25th 2022
Where: BGM Community School
Who: All Clover Kids and 4-H’ers
What: Below, you can find descriptions of the challenges you can participate in at Event Day
Register for Event Day at:
Fair Entry Help Sheet
Fair Entry Help Video
Entries due by June 15th

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.
    • Bring with you the day of judging 


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.
    • Bring with you the day of judging 


$15 Challenge


  • Outfit must be purchased at a garage sale, consignment store, or resale shop such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. Hand-me downs or clothing as gifts that were selected by the 4-H’er belong in Clothing Selection.
  • The cost of the outfit must be $15 or less, not including shoes, accessories or undergarments.
  • All receipts must be turned in with the Clothing Event Form.
    • Bring with you day of judging 
REPORT FORMS - REQUIRED for all Clothing Projects !


Communication Challenges

Educational Presentations*

  • Informative presentation or how to demonstration—Share what you have learned in a project area through a presentation such as “Fruit Pizza Creation,” “The Basics of Dog Washing,” “Head Ache Home Remedies” or “Practices to Project our Environment.”
  • REPORT FORM - REQUIRED - Educational Presentation

Working Exhibits*

  • Hands on activity  engaging the audience to learn a new skill—Get the audience to participate in your particular activity such as Making Corsages, Make a Calf Halter, or Cleaning Pennies with Vinegar.
  • REPORT FORM - REQUIRED - Working Exhibit
    • If items requested, please let our office know before event day. 

Extemporaneous Speaking

  • Write a speech on the spot—You draw 3 4-H related topics and select one that you would like to prepare a speech about in 30 minutes. This is open to anyone at the county level but only Senior 4-H’ers may go on to the State Fair.

Share The Fun

  • Show off your talent—This is a showcase of 4-H’ers abilities whether it be singing, doing magic, playing an instrument or telling jokes.
  • STAGE SET UP FORM - REQUIRED - Share the Fun Set-up
    • If items requested, please let our office know before event day
  • A report form must accompany all Educational Presentations and Working Exhibits. A stage set up form must be completed for all Share the Fun acts. These reports must be turned in at Check-In. Forms can be found above. 


Food Challenges

Food Challenge

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  • 4-H’ers 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.

Table Setting Challenge

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  • 4-H’ers 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 and glassware as well as themed decorations. You are encouraged to dress in accordance with your theme.

$10 Meal Challenge 


  • Create a balanced, nutritious meal for a family of 4 that includes the following:
    • Recommended Serving Size  
    • have a food from each of the 5 food groups with MyPlate
    •  Information regarding food groups and recommended serving sizes can be found on the USDA MyPlate website
Please turn in a copy of your recipe prior to event day! 



Indoor Judging: July 9th at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds 
Indoor Judging Registration: 
4-H Fair Entry Help Sheet
FFA Fair Entry Help Sheet
Fair Entry Help Video
Registrations are Due July 7th. Please note that if you don't get all of your projects registered you can still bring them. We can add them at the indoor judging. We encourage youth to enter all projects they think they might bring! 

Animal Projects

All animal ID's are due before May 15th except for chickens and rabbits. 

May 15th 4-H online ID Help Sheet 

County Fair Entries

  • Due June 15 to the Poweshiek County Fair Office: PO Box 372, Grinnell, 50112
  • Must mail, email or drop off in the drop box at the Fair Office. 
  • One Entry Form is required for each species a 4-H'er plans to bring to the County Fair
  • Check the Fairbook to find the number of the class you are entering  

Download all the needed forms at

State Fair Entries

State Fair Entries are Due July 1

State Fair Livestock and Horticulture entries will be made online this year through the FairEntry program. This program will open on June 1st.  

Bottle Calf Forms

Please send completed Bottle Calf forms to the Poweshiek County Extension Office by 4:30 pm on July 5, 2022.


Bottle Lamb Information


Bring 2 completed Bottle Lamb books to judging on July 9th.




Food and Nutrition

Inappropriate Food Exhibits


Poster Write-Up


Photography Label (PDF)
Photography Label (Word)

Indoor Exhibits

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

Obtaining Permission to Use Copyrighted Materials

Obtaining Permission to Use Copyrighted Materials

Design Elements

Clothing Elements
Visual Arts Elements

Project Exhibit Ideas

Project Area

4-H ID Forms

All 4-H animals (excluding poultry and rabbits) must be identified on 4honline or via paper form turned into the Poweshiek County Extension Office by May 15th, 2021  in order to be shown at the Poweshiek County Fair or the Iowa State Fair. Please make note that May 15th is a Saturday! As a reminder families are required to enter their animals into 4-H online. 

All 4-H swine exhibitors will be tagging and identifying their own swine project(s). Tags can be purchased from the Extension Office and taggers are also available for use. 

  • County Fair Tags: $1 each
  • State Fair DNA Tags (required for all animals going to the State Fair): $8 each

When tagging your animals, complete the Iowa 4-H Swine Verification Form. Upon completion, enter that information in 4honline by May 15th.

Iowa State Fair - Please take note of these items if you plan to show your hog at the State Fair
  • Animals must be tagged with the DNA State Fair Tags in order to be eligible 
  • An Iowa State Fair 4-H DNA Envelope must be used to collect your tags and properly filled out then turned into the Extension Office by May 10th. These envelopes are available at the Poweshiek County Extension Office:  114 S 3rd Street, Montezuma.