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County Fair Updated Information
Before Entry Deadline:
NEW is the fair Newsletter! To View click here
It lists all the important dates for county fair and state fair. It also lists All the county fair classes including the communication contest. It is only a summary. All the rules and entry forms will be on the www.storycountyfair.com website.
ALL livestock and non livestock(static) exhibit classes are listed in the Newsletter
Communication contest To View click here
information is now in the fairbook, including the entry form.
Club leaders – please sign off on entry forms.
If needing to decide what class to enter, ask the question “What is/was your goal for this exhibit?” If it was to make a birdhouse for a specific bird (then it would likely go in the wildlife class and not the woodworking class).
A County-wide Achievement Show
The show is being planned for June 9 in Christy 4-H Hall 4-7 pm. Not every club is currently having an achievement show so this is offered as another way for youth to get feedback about their fair exhibits and help identify which class to enter in.
Changes to fair related fees:
- Entry fees are now $1.00 per entry. Late entries fees will still add the additional $5 per entry (same as before)
- Clover kids will have a late entry fee of $5 total for all entries on the clover kid entry form (also applies to communication contest). Entry forms due to Story County Fair Association, PO Box 163, Nevada, IA 50201
- Camping will have a flat fee; $50 for a tent and $100 for a camper. Due June 16 (same as county fair entries) See fair newsletter
Changes to departments:
- Beef slick shear classes are new
- Beef tie-outs guidelines in fairbook – provide own gates and bedding (no straw), out between 8-9 pm, back in barn by 8 am, all grooming/fitting must take place in barn.
- Advanced feeder pen will be evaluated on the cattle, records, and interview with the judge Tuesday afternoon. Bring in Monday at 6 pm.
- Sunday at 3 pm - Beef Fitting Contest, Beef Barn
Dairy –No dairy show this year.
New Class - Rally Novice (replaces challenge novice) - For dogs and handlers in second year or more. Dogs entered in this class may not be entered in pre-novice or sub-novice classes, but may be entered in Novice A, Novice B, Graduate Novice A, Graduate Novice B, open or utility. Dogs must exhibit in at least one obedience class at the fair to be eligible to exhibit in Rally. Winner of this class is not eligible for Highest or Reserve Highest Scoring Dog in show.
Show date and time change to 6 pm on Sunday in Dueland Pavilion. Milk out 7-8 am on Sunday
- Sunday show, time change to 2 pm
- Ages of goats for classes changed, start at 3-6 months
- New Class – Introduction to Dressage C Class
- Reining is listed under Western Timed Events
- A maximum of 8 may be identified. Up to 5 may be exhibited at county fair.
Poultry & Rabbit
- Bedding provided at a cost of $0.50 per animal
- Only 2 ducks may be exhibited
ALL sheep must have an official 4-H tag (purebreds, yearlings, etc) – bring to weigh-in May 3, 8-11 am
New swine class - Understanding Pork Production
Objective: To help the exhibitor learn more about the pork industry and the cost of their project.
- Use of your current pigs to collect production data.
- Attend meeting to report on project and get questions.
- Answer a set of questions about the pork industry.
- Turn in production records by 5:00 p.m. Sunday of fair.
- Senior level exhibitors must write a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay about the pork industry. Due with fair entries.
- Senior level exhibitors must meet for an interview, going over their production records on Sunday afternoon of the fair.
All activity requirements will be scored on a points system. Final placing will be based on total points received.
- Junior and Intermediate level will compete together.
- 1st Place will receive an embroidered shirt and $100 feed scholarship.
- 2nd Place will receive $50 feed scholarship
- Senior Level
- 1st Place will receive an embroidered coat and $250 feed or education scholarship.
- 2nd Place will receive $100 feed or education scholarship.
Opportunity now available to compete at next level if exhibitor has won his/her level. Example: a 5th grade won junior showmanship level may then compete in intermediate showmanship the next year. Same idea for intermediates. Senior showmanship winners may continue to compete at that level.
Livestock champion photos
Pictures of exhibitors with their champion livestock exhibits (may have received a trophy, champion ribbon, or reserve champion ribbon) will be taken at the county fair sign at 4 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of fair. The photos will not be displayed, but will be used for news releases. If an exhibitor is not available at this time, then families may email a photo to the Extension office by July 28 with the exhibitor’s name and award(s).
Static exhibit changes and reminders
- Each class is limited to 10 entries per exhibitor. (Examples – 10 photos, 10 food items, etc.)
- Club check-in times on July 11:
- 10am-12noon – Clubs A-F
- 12noon-2pm – Clubs G-N
- 2pm – 4pm – Clubs P-W
- Exhibits must be checked in by 5 pm
- Clothing event July 12 will be held at Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames. Time TBA
- There is only one photography class.
- All exhibit pieces must be labeled and connected with string prior to checking an exhibit in for the conference judging experience. Exception is conference judged photos.
- School assignments may become exhibits if a 4-H goal has been determined. What do you want to learn about the experience/project that is beyond the required assignment?
- Example A: class assignment is to write an essay about the environment; 4-H goal – I want to inform people about the value of wind energy in Story County by March 1.
- Example B: class assignment is to draw the items in front of you; 4-H goal – I want to learn how to make the items look 3-dimensional
- The exhibit write-up should be prepared and attached to exhibit before checking an exhibit in for the county fair conference judging experience. (Audio and video is also an option). Some classes require an understanding of one or more elements and principles of design in an exhibit. The exhibitor should respond briefly to the following questions about the exhibit:
- What was your exhibit goal(s)? (What did you plan to learn or do?)
- What steps did you take to learn or do this?
- What were the most important things you learned?
Fair Related Club Assignments
- Schedules in the fairbook and the menu on the left above To Top
- Fair Set-up July 14 and Clean-up July 24 – clubs are assigned to help with one area of set-up or clean-up
- Fair static exhibit check-in July 11 and 17 – assigned club times to check-in static exhibits
- Club assignments for hosting Christy 4-H Hall and/or the Community Building during county fair. Each club has one or more assignments. One adult and three youth minimum are needed to host the exhibits during the assigned shift.
Fair Related Volunteer Opportunities
- Host a communication contest room March 28 and/or 29, check-in exhibitors, etc.
- Help with static exhibit check-in days – check-in exhibitors, guide youth to judge, etc. July 11 and 17.
- Help in the 4-H Food Stand July 18-23