Club Resources

Leadership Opportunities

Teen Superintendent

Purpose: To help provide a positive exhibiting experience at the county fair.

Leadership: Be involved in a youth-adult partnership with the superintendent(s) and fairboard liaison in a department or division


  • Participate in the joint superintendent/fairboard fair preparation meeting
  • Work with the assigned 4-H club/FFA chapter on fair set-up night
  • Help implement exhibitor event on show day from set-up to clean-up
  • Department team should communicate individual roles ahead of time (exhibitor meeting, making announcements, getting supplies from fair office, checking on building and exhibits daily, etc)
  • Help exhibitors with questions (schedule, process). Refer to department team members as needed
  • Work with the assigned 4-H club/FFA chapter on fair clean-up night (or morning)
  • Participate in post fair meeting and communicate changes for next year as a team

Teen Superintendent Application (Due June 1, 2024)


Story County 4-H Awards:  Here is all the information and forms you may need to apply for an award. For any questions, please contact Story County Extension at 515-337-1601 or
Important Dates:
Applications Due: September 30th
Interviews for Top County Award Applicants: Scheduled in October
Awards Program:  November 12th
General Information:
Summary of All Awards Available
Communication, Citizenship, and Leadership Activity Examples
4-H Record Help Sheet


Club Officer Applications

Must be signed by leaders

Individual Awards
Project Awards

Bronze, Silver, Gold, Emerald

Project Awards Available
Project Award Requirements Summary
*Story County 4-H Record (this is the record keeping form to submit with your application)

Top County Awards Information/Applications


Record Keeping

The purpose of 4-H record keeping is to teach how to keep records, an important life skill. Record keeping is an ongoing process.  Keeping records is a great way to document your participation in the 4-H program.  You will be able to refer to your information when you apply for 4-H awards, scholarships, and more.  

Objectives of keeping records

  1. To learn how to set goals, how to make plans for action, and how to decide how well you did (evaluation).
  2. To learn the skills of record keeping and organization to use now and in the future.
  3. To learn to communicate and summarize.
  4. To learn responsibility by completing a task.
  5. To evaluate information that will market personal skills through future resumes and application forms.
Available Forms

Additional items you may include in your records: your fair exhibit write-up, pictures, news clippings, certificates, etc., as they tell the story of your experience in the project area. You may record ribbon placings received for exhibition; however the actual ribbon should be stored in a separate location from your 4-H records.
Livestock Worksheets (financial) – some county 4-H awards require this information.


Tips for Record Keeping
  • Working on your records throughout the year is helpful.  Records are required for most 4-H award applications.
  • You can have records for projects that did not have an exhibit for the fair.  Projects are what you enroll in and work on throughout the current 4-H year, while exhibits are one piece of a project that you choose to prepare and take to the county fair. 


Example: Project – Food and Nutrition (help prepare meals, help grocery shop, set table, make cookies for bake sale, made chocolate chip cookies for fair exhibit, etc.)  Exhibit – Chocolate chip cookies (made to be judged and on display during fair)


Ways to save your records
  • In a tabbed 3 ring binder
  • Labeled hanging files
  • Files on a computer
  • Other ideas


In today's world, food safety is one of animal producers' biggest responsibilities. With over 15,000 Iowa 4-H'ers enrolled in livestock projects, about 17 million pounds of meat is produced each year.

The goal of this program is to help youth and their parents better understand what they can do to produce the safest food possible.

More about YQCA

Story County 4-H Foundation

About the Story County 4-H Foundation

The mission of the Story County 4-H Foundation is to generate, oversee, and distribute Foundation dollars for the support of educational activities which benefit 4-H Youth Development.

The Story County 4-H Foundation Board:

Bob Jamison-Chair, Cindy Dorhout-Vice Chair, Eileen Wuebker-Treasurer, Melea Licht, Maya Hayslett, Emily Smalley, Clint Van Hauen, Jill Janes and Mary Wilkins

The Story County 4-H Foundation Board was activated in 2004 to oversee the Story County 4-H Endowment and to build support for Story County 4-H programs, educational activities, and opportunities for youth.
Support 4-H Youth Development in Story County
Specify your donation for the Story County 4-H Endowment.
Story County 4-H Foundation Brochure

Story County 4-H Foundation Newsletter

4-H Foundation Grants

Individual 4-H Foundation Grant Form/Application

Group 4-H Foundation Grant Form/Application

4-H Foundation Scholarships 

Four $1500 Scholarships will be awarded to 2024 high school graduates, that are currently Story County 4-H members for at least the past 3 years and looking to further their education at either a 4 year or 2 year institution. 
Applications are due April 15th, to the Story County 4-H Foundation, Attn: Mary Wilkins, 1421 S Bell Ave Suite #107 Ames, IA 50010.  Applicant may be contacted for a personal interview. 
Story County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Application 2024

4-H Brick Pathway

4-H Pathway

Individuals, families, organizations, businesses and groups may purchase recognition bricks which will be permanently installed in the pathway located on the Story County Fairgrounds. An engraved granite block or clay brick would make a wonderful way to remember those special times and people you know or have known in the Story County 4-H program. Bricks are available for a donation of $100 and blocks for $250. Your donation is tax deductible.

You may put up to 3 lines (14 characters per line) on a brick and up to 6 lines (14 characters per line) on a block. Logos such as a 4-H clover cost an addition $25. Though not required, you are welcome to also submit a story with your brick or block order.

If you have questions, contact: Story County Extension Office 515-337-1601. The Pathway campaign is part of the ongoing effort to grow the Story County 4-H Endowment.

Leave your legacy in the Pathway:  4-H Pathway Brick and Block Order Form

Celebrating Story County 4-H

In 2009, artist Dean Biechler produced an original work of art which brings back memories for all of us of our days at the County Fair.  The original sold for $600 at the Barns, Buttons, 'N' Bows 4-H Fundraiser that year. 

With a donation of $40, you will receive a limited edition, signed and numbered color print (11" x 14").  A packet of 10 note cards featuring the print is available for a donation of $5.

Here is a great way to support the 4-H youth of Story County and take home a wonderful memento of your 4-H years.

Dean Biechler art