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2005 O'Brien County Fair Handbook

Communications

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COMMUNICATIONS - DEPARTMENT 24

**You will need a separate entry form for communication entries!

The communications event in O'Brien County including Educational Presentations, Working Exhibits, and Share-The-Fun will be judged on Monday, July 25th. Entry deadline is July 1, 2005.

State Fair winners from O'Brien County in Educational Presentations, Working Exhibits and Share-The-Fun will participate at the Iowa State Fair on Friday and Saturday, August 12th and 13th.

Premiums are awarded in Educational Presentations and Working Exhibits as follows: Blue $12.00; Red $10.00; White $8.00.

1000 - EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Educational Presentations provide an opportunity for members to demonstrate their communication skills by presenting knowledge, information, or a process to gain a desired response from the audience.

RULES

1. The presentations will be divided into three groups: juniors (grades 4-6), intermediates (grades 7-8), and seniors (grades 9-12). A team

consisting of youth that are of mixed grades must be entered in the class of the highest-grade level team member.

2. The topic of the presentation should determine its length, but intermediates and senior presentations should not exceed twenty (20) minutes. Junior presentations should not exceed fifteen (15) minutes.

3. Blue, Red, and White ribbons will be awarded according to quality.

4. Selections will be made for district competition (1 possible) at the Clay County Fair and for state competition (6) possible. To be eligible to go on to State, participants must have completed 5th grade.

1001- WORKING EXHBITS

Working Exhibits provide an opportunity for members to communicate and interact with an audience in an informal way. Many stages of the exhibit or product should be ready so that any step can be discussed. No set format need be used.

Questions that might be asked as starters are:

* Have you seen?

* Would you like to know how too?

* May I show you how?

The best subjects involve action by the members or involve the audience in some doing, feeling, tasting, smelling, or judging. The member's subject should be an

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outgrowth of his/her 4-H experience. It is important that the subject used in the working exhibits is of interest to the audience.

RULES

1. The presentations will be divided into three groups: juniors (grades 4-6), intermediates (grades 7-8), and seniors (grades 9-12). A team consisting of youth that are of mixed grades must be entered in the class of the highest-grade level team member.

2. The length of the working exhibit at the county level will be determined at judging time. (Intermediate and senior age 4-H'ers chosen to give a working exhibit at the State Fair will be scheduled for 45 to 55 minute time period. Juniors will be scheduled for 25 minutes. Working Exhibits going to the Clay County Fair will be given a 45-minute time period.)

3. Blue, Red, and white ribbons will be awarded according to quality.

4. Selections will be made for district competition (1 possible) at the Clay County Fair and for State competition (4 possible), at the Iowa State Fair. To be eligible to go on to State, participants must have completed 5th grade.

NOTE: When presenting a working exhibit, it is important to give the source of your information. If your directions were taken from a copyrighted magazine or book, you CANNOT duplicate the directions and distribute them. You may have purchased the magazine for your use, but that does not grant you permission to duplicate and distribute.

What is the best approach?

* Make a poster with the directions and include the source of the directions.

* If you modified the directions and want to provide a handout, give your directions and credit "Adapted from…" and state the original source.

* If you did not modify directions, you CANNOT distribute the directions to fair goers without having copyright permission granted from the source. If permission is granted, that should be noted on the handout piece and the 4-H'er brings the letter of permission with them to be judged and whenever the working exhibit is given.

1003 - SHARE-THE-FUN

RULES:

1. Share-the-Fun skits/acts will be given before a live audience and must NOT exceed eight (8) minutes in length.

2. Skits/acts must be sensitive to the diversity of Iowa's population. They must be in good taste and not offensive to minority groups of Iowan's or U.S. Citizens

3. Selections will made for district participation (1 possible) at the Clay County Fair and for State participation (3 possible) at the Iowa State Fair. If a Share-the-Fun skit/act involves a club, or a group from a given

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club, at least 80% of the performing group must have completed 5th grade.

1004 - 4-H POSTER COMMUNICATIONS

This component of the Iowa State Fair 4-H Communications program is to provide the opportunity for 4-H'ers to communicate to the public using the non-verbal form of communication of a poster. The objective of this class is to provide the opportunity for 4-H'ers to tell a story visually about 4-H to the general public.

1. Two entries per county will be chosen for State Fair. Only one poster per 4-H'er.

2. Any currently enrolled 4-H'er who has completed 5th grade through 12th grade may create a poster for this class at the State Fair.

3. All posters must be designed on, or affixed to, standard poster board or foam core board. Size minimum of 14"x20" or maximum of 15"x 22". Posters may be vertical or horizontal. Posters may be any medium: watercolor, ink, crayon, acrylic, charcoal, oils, and collage. Posters CANNOT be 3-dimensional.

4. Each poster MUST have the completed 2004 Poster Entry Form attached to the back.

5. Posters cannot incorporate copyright material or exact copies of other promotional designs, such as the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference theme logo.

6. The 4-H Clover is a protected emblem. 4-H'ers can include, but do not copy/print other material over the clover.

7. The themes for "Communicating Through 4-H Posters" are:

a. 4-H is… (open to 4-H'ers interpretation)

b. Join 4-H

c. "Get In The Groove" (2005 4-H Conference Theme)

d. 4-H the Power of Youth (The National 4-H Ad Campaign theme)

e. "America's Favorite…" (Iowa State Fair theme)

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