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2005 O'Brien County Fair Handbook

Non-Animal Standards

For currency and completeness, visit O'Brien County Extension.

4-H Ag & Natural Resources, Horticulture, Expressive Arts, Family and Consumer Sciences, Issues, Personal Development, Science, Mechanics & Engineering

**** The Principals of Art and Elements of Design WILL BE REQUIRED on any project for the O'Brien County Fair. Youth are strongly encouraged to answer the questions. If your project is selected to go to the Iowa State Fair, it is mandatory that you add the two art principles to your project.

**** Mandatory State Fair Meeting…4-H'ers who receive a Grand Champion or Reserve Champion Ribbons on their exhibits in the Non-Livestock Building will be required to attend a Mandatory State Fair meeting. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend along with the youth. 4-H'ers MUST indicate if they want their exhibit(s) to go on to the State Fair at this meeting, otherwise an alternate will have the opportunity for exhibit to go to the State Fair. The meeting will take place at 5:00 p.m., on Monday July 25th in the Administrative Building.

**** Changes the day of fair… any exhibit not listed on Fair entry form will not be judged. Exhibits need to be pre-entered in order to be judged.

General Rules

1. Each club will be assigned a time to enter exhibits in the project areas of Ag & Natural Resources, Expressive Arts, Family and Consumer Sciences, Issues, Personal Development, and Science, Mechanics & Engineering. These will be conference judged on Saturday, July 23rd at the O'Brien County Fair

grounds. Members must be present when their exhibits are judged. If that is not possible, a substitute may take your place with permission of the Extension staff, prior to judging day. If you are not able to be judged during

assigned time; prior arrangements must be made with the O'Brien County Youth Coordinator. Please limit interaction during conference judging to include the project member and judge ONLY.

2. Exhibit classes are broad categories. To plan exhibits, 4-H'ers are encouraged to use projects guides and manuals and program materials to determine goals and learning experiences. An exhibit can represent an idea, a part, or all learning involved in the respective project area.

3. An exhibit is to be an outgrowth of work done to accomplish a goal(s) determined during the current 4-H year. An individual or group can do exhibits. Exhibits might be, but are not limited to, an actual product, poster, display box, report, notebook, model, videotape, audiocassette, etc. Article

may have been made for use by some other person. The article may have been used or worn before showing, but must be clean for exhibit.

The 4-H'ers goal and applicable exhibit standards will form the basis of the evaluation process. Evaluation criteria will include demonstrated learning,


4. workmanship and techniques, and general appearance and design. All exhibitors will receive a written evaluation comments on the exhibits and a blue, red or white O'Brien County Fair ribbon. 4th grade participants may receive Junior Merit ribbons for an outstanding project.

5. Each exhibit must have a 4-H entry tag firmly attached to the project. If goal card not attached to exhibit, exhibit will be dropped one ribbon placing. If using tape be sure it will stay attached the remaining time at the fair. Goal cards are available from the 4-H leader or Extension Office. Each exhibit must have the following information firmly attached: Name, County, Grade, Years in Project and Class number and category. The exhibitor should respond briefly to the following questions:

a. What was your goal?

b. How did you go about working toward your goal(s)?

c. What were the most important things you learned as you worked toward your goal(s)?

d. What ideas or plans do you have for the future on what you learned or discovered?

e. Additional items (costs, time)

********** Check for additional requirements in classes for Food & Nutrition, Home Improvement, Photography, and Visual Arts. DO THIS BEFORE BRINGING ITEMS TO THE FAIR!

6. Exhibit displays should be in proportion to the main item of idea being displayed. If the exhibitor chooses a display to illustrate what was learned, the following maximum size guidelines apply:

* Posters and banners are not to exceed standard poster board size of 22" x 28" or foam core board size of 22" x 30".

* Chart or graph boards and model display are not to exceed 4' x 4' in size.

* Display boxes are not to exceed 28" x 22" in height or width and 12" in depth.

* ** Exceptions - Food & Nutrition box not to exceed 10" x 12" x 14" and poster art exhibits must be 14" x 22" poster board or 15" x 22" foam core.

7. Endangered and threatened plants and animals (includes insects) should not be used in any exhibit. Wildflowers taken from parks should not be used. It is illegal to posses songbird feathers or nests. Game animals "legally taken," such as pheasant, duck, goose, or quail are acceptable. Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) are plants that should not be planted in gardens. It has the potential of becoming noxious in Iowa. Other dried established noxious weeds are acceptable to use in exhibits.

8. Original use by a 4-H'er of copyright material should NOT be used in 4-H exhibits. A copyright design is not allowable because in the fair settings the exhibit is on public display and that infringes on copyright laws.

9. All exhibits, activities and programs must represent appropriate safety procedures in the development of the exhibit and during the evaluation process. This includes static exhibits and activities revolving around the communications program.


10. Fair officials assume no responsibility for exhibits, but will do what they can to guard against damage or loss. 4-H'ers are discouraged from sending items that have special meaning and historical value as the exhibit or part of an exhibit.

11. Exhibits will be released on Thursday, July 28th at 10:00 a.m. Any exhibit taken prior to Thursday will cause automatic withdrawal of premium money.

12. The following class breaks will be made according to grade in school in the 2003-2004 school year: 1st Year member - 4th grade; Junior 5th - 6th grade; Intermediate 7th - 8th grade; Senior 9th - 12th grade. All 4-H'ers who have completed 5th grade trough 12th grade (or that equivalent) are eligible to exhibit at the State Fair. O'Brien County is allowed a total of 34 exhibits in the non-livestock areas.

13. Club booths may be set up on Friday, July 22nd or Saturday July 23rd . Fair booths will be judged on Saturday, July 23rd.

14. Exhibits for State Fair must be in Des Moines on Tuesday, August 9th for judging. The Extension office will make arrangements with a volunteer to transport exhibits to and from State Fair, expect for large articles such as a chair, desk, etc., that will not fit into a family car. Parents will be responsible for transporting large items. Exhibits may be picked up following the State Fair on August 23rd.

15. 2005 Premiums for exhibits are awarded as follows: Blue - $3.00; Red - $2.00; White - $1.00, State Fair selected - $5.00, State Fair Alternates and Junior Merits - $4.00.

**** Exhibits which do not comply with rules 8, 9, and 10 will NOT be evaluated awarded a ribbon, premium money or displayed.

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Any exhibit which is an outgrowth of participation in a corn, soybean, small grain, or forage project or program. If the exhibit involves a crop specimen, include the variety and planting date. Exhibit topics might include, but not all limited to, variety selection, plant growth, planting, plant nutrition, weed and insect or disease control, environmental protection, harvesting, storage, marketing, or career opportunities.



Any exhibit (excluding animal itself) which is an outgrowth of a small or large animal project or program including beef, dairy, goat, dog, horse, pets, poultry, rabbit, sheep, and swine. Ownership of an animal is not required for entry in this class. Exhibit topics might include, but are not limited to, selection, feeding, financial management, waste management, and use of records, health care, housing or career opportunities.


Any exhibit that is an outgrowth of a conservation project or program such as soil conservation, creating habitats, wetland restoration, energy conservation, planting windbreaks, etc.


A general or special collection, from an entomology or bee project (excluding live specimen,) or any exhibit that is an outgrowth of an entomology or a bee project or program such as life cycle, bee management, products, (honey, wax), equipment, diseases, pests, habits of insects, insect genetics, IPM scouting, etc.

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706.1 - FORESTRY

General or special collection, i.e., leaves, seeds, etc.

706.2 - FORESTRY

Any exhibit which is an outgrowth of participation in a forestry project or program such as insect or disease control, growth stages, type of tree for intended use, etc.


An exhibit which is an outgrowth of participation in flower gardening and ornamentals, home garden, houseplants, small fruit crop, home grounds improvement project or program. Exhibits might include such projects or concepts as plant nutrition, insect, weed or disease control, harvesting, preservation, marketing, careers, etc.


Any exhibit which is an outgrowth of a plant science project or program such as collections plant growth, plant parts, soil structure, soil maps, germination, cross breeding, root systems, etc.



Any exhibit which is an outgrowth of a veterinary science project or program such as maintaining health, cause and prevention of disease, internal parasites, public health, careers, etc.


Any exhibit which is an outgrowth of participation in the wildlife project or program such as fish and wildlife identification, observation, habitats, fish and wildlife harvest, other activities, etc.


Any other exhibit that is an outgrowth of a 4-H agriculture and natural resources project or educational experience that does not fit any previous class listed.

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