Crawford County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- 4-H Fair Edition
- Dates to Remember:
- Jr. Leader Meeting
- Jr. Leader Discover St. Louis Trip
- New Member Meeting and Superintendent Meeting
- Fair Clean Up Day . . Monday, July 17 - 5pm
- Need project help from April?
- Cloverbuds are awesome
- Save the date for fall shooting sports contests
- Check out our website
- Can't show at the fair this year?
- Parents needed to assist with fair
- Livestock Exhibitors Meeting
- Horse Exhibitors
- Join U of I Collegiate 4-H
- It’s a secret
- Swine Exhibitors
- General Livestock Information for Fair
- Livestock Auction and Foundation Footnotes
- WORKERS NEEDED………………….
- General Project News
- 4-H Information You Need to Know
- Remember to say Thanks
- Audri Green and Aiden Postlewaite - 2017 4-H Princess and Prince
- Fair Opportunities
- Teen Leaders - We Need You!
- General Project Judging Schedule
- Illinois State Fair Exhibitors
- Again this year
- It’s head to head contest: 4-H vs. FFA
- It’s Not Too Early To Work on Award Applications!
- Running list of state 4-H events
- Your day at the Illinois State Fair
- Singers needed!
- Have a front-row seat to History
- Honoring those who lead
- Remember what matters this summer
- Sunday Fun-Day
4-H Fair Edition
Happy 4th of July! I hope you all are enjoying your summer. I don't know about you all but I am very excited about this year's 4-H Fair. I am hoping for sunny skies and a week packed full of fun and lasting memories. I, along with the Jr. Leaders, are planning a lot of fun activities for this year's fair. I do apologize how lengthy this newsletter is but there is a LOT of important information in here!
New to fair this year:
Thursday July 20– Following the dog show, we will be introducing the first ever small pet show! If you have a small pet that you would like to show, please look up requirements in the fair book, call the office and we can get you signed up.
Sunday July 23– We will be bringing back the Great Race, Scavenger hunt. This will be replacing the clover bud party as well as the barnyard Olympics. Clover buds., we are doing this so YOU can be involved and doing something fun fun fun! More information to come!
Sunday July 23- Summer helper Carley Travis has been working hard and has managed to get us some excellent individuals to show us how to get our animals show day ready. Show Day Survival will be taking place on Sunday at 4:30 om in the show ring. This will be geared more towards beef, sheep, goats, and swine. 4-Hers and anyone else interested in learning how to get your animal ready for show day are invited to attend and get some great tips!! Also, 4-Hers attending will be getting a dinner voucher donated by the Crawford County Extension and Foundation.
Thursday July 27- Since we will not be having an awards ceremony for General Projects due to time restraints the night of judging,, Outstanding Exhibitor Awards will be handed out in the show ring prior to the Auction. If you receive this awards, plan to be near the show ring at 12:30.
PEN DECORATING CONTEST-Running the week of fair, we will be judging pens for the best decorated pen. Get creative, you could be a winner! Pens need to be decorated and ready to be judged Monday July 24th by noon.
Continuing at this years fair:
Rocket Launch- We will be having a rocket launch again at this years fair at 6:15 Thursday July 21. If anyone has a rocket they would like to launch, you are welcome to bring it. We could use a couple of parent volunteers to help out with this event.
Barn Dance,-Monday evening in the show ring,
Master Showmanship- This will be held at 2 pm this year again on Wednesday of fair.
I hope everyone likes the new additions to the fair this year. We are trying to get the entire family involved in our wonderful program. If you have any suggestions for the fair next year, I would be happy to hear them. See you at fair!!!
4-H Program Coordinator
Dates to Remember:
· July 4 - Office Closed
· July 17- Fair Clean Up 5:00
· July 18-Drop off Carcass Pig at Hartrichs
· July 19-Carcass Judging @Hartrichs in Ste.Marie
· July 20- General Project Judging/Dog and Cat Show/Rocket Launch
· July 21- 4-H Horse Show
· July 23 - Livestock in place, Scavenger hunt, Showmanship Clinic
· July 24- 4-H Swine Show, Tractor Driving, Rabbit Judging
· July 25 - Sheep & Goat Show, Poultry judging
July 26- 4-H Dairy and Beef Show, Master Showmanship
Jr. Leader Meeting
When: Monday July 17
Where: Oblong Park Pavilion
What Time: 5:45p.m.
Summer assistant Carley is planning a Jr Leaders meeting to gear up for the FUN stuff we have planned for fair. She will be asking for assistance from our AMAZING Jr. Leaders. Anyone 8th Grade or older willing to help us out at fair, please feel free to attend!
Jr. Leader Discover St. Louis Trip
A great time was had by all who attended. We toured Busch Stadium, The old Courthouse, took a riverboat cruise, and ate at Cardinal Nation.
New Member Meeting and Superintendent Meeting
There will be a quick new member meeting on Monday July 17 at 5:30 pm under the Friends of Crawford County 4-H Pavilion. This will be a short meeting to let those new members attending know what to expect during judging and fair. There will also be a Superintendent meeting for all superintendents at 6pm also on Monday July 17th.
Fair Clean Up Day . . Monday, July 17 - 5pm
· Bring Rakes, Shovels, Gloves, Wheelbarrows, etc.
· Sign the sign-in sheet to show you were present for clean up day.
If you are enrolled in swine, you will clean the swine barn. If you are enrolled in cattle, you will clean the cattle barns and so on. We MAY need help painting so wear old clothes. It takes lots of help to get things shaped up for the 4-H Fair. Please do your part to make this year's fair a success!
Need project help from April?
I will leave the time open for any 4-H'er who is needing last minute help on their project. I do ask that you call into the office and make an appointment, as I am busy preparing for fair! I have had several 4-H'ers take advantage of coming in for help already this year. Don't be shy. I am happy to help you any way I can.
Cloverbuds are awesome
Cloverbud members are an important part of our 4-H program! We hope you will come and participate in the fair and show your projects too. Cloverbuds will show their project(s) the evening of Thursday, July 20, but will not be in competition with the other member's projects. All Cloverbuds showing a project at the fair will receive a participation ribbon, but will not be eligible for premium checks. You are still required to fill out the fair entry form.
Call the office if you have questions.
Save the date for fall shooting sports contests
Here are the dates & costs of the fall Shooting Sports State Shoots. 4-H youth may participate in one, two or all three contests.
Archery will be held September 9 at the Panther Creek Bowhunters Club, Chatham. Cost $25. Register online only @ go.illinois.edu/4Harchery
Shotgun will be held September 16 at the Brittany Shooting Park, Bunker Hill. Cost $50. Register online only @ go.illinois.edu/4Hshotgun
Rifle will be held September 30 at the Central Illinois Precision Shooters (CIPS), Bloomington. Cost $30. Register online only @ go.illinois.edu/4Hrifle
Minimum Age: Youth must be at least 14 years of age by Jan. 1, 2018 to compete.
Check out our website
Remember to look up information about the Crawford County 4-H Fair on the Crawford County Extension website. You can look at the current newsletter as well as back issues, updated fair information, and required forms. The 2016 fair handbook is also available online. We have uploaded the fair handbook by project area for locating information easily. Put our website on your "favorites" list so you can look things up with just one click.
Can't show at the fair this year?
Are you unable to make it to fair this year because you are away at camp, started summer classes, or can't get off work? Did you know that you can still show your project at fair as long as you have another 4-H'er show it? We are asking that if you cannot attend a show that you fill out an Excused Absence Form and return it to the Extension office by Monday, July 17. This form is to be used for both livestock and general projects and must be signed by both you and your parents. If you are gong to miss the general project show we also ask that you fill out an Absent for Conference Judging Form. This form has the basic questions that a judge will ask you about your project and it will help the judges understand your project. I hope that you will consider this process if you can't attend the show. All forms are located on our website under Fair Information. If you have questions please let me know.
Parents needed to assist with fair
We have lots of great parents in the Crawford County 4-H Program who are willing to help out when called upon. Sometimes though it is difficult for us to know who is off during fair week or available to assist with a certain project. Here are some places we are looking for helpers during the Fair:
Judge's Helpers, General Building Assistants, Building Sitters, Recreation
All Parents of 4-H'ers with Livestock projects are requested to assist the superintendents with their many tasks.
Please give us a call to let us know if YOU would be willing to help. Thanks!
Livestock Exhibitors Meeting
Superintendents will be holding a Livestock Exhibitors Meeting this year on Sunday, July 23. Horses will have their meeting 30 minutes before your show. The following list is how the species will be divided up and we encourage you to go to more than one meeting, if you are enrolled in more than one species.
12:30-1pm– Rabbit and Poultry, Swine, goats, sheep, beef– 1:30pm
All meetings will start in the show ring and you will be asked to sign in. Parents are welcome to stay and listen.
· Helmets are MANDATORY at this years Crawford County Fair. This has been a rule at the state level for many years, and now is trickling down to the County level. If you are needing to borrow a helmet, please contact Lauren Gullett or myself.
· Horse Exhibitors are also encouraged to fill out an application form for the Raymond Evans Most Improved Award. Jean Rains is the sponsor of this award. Forms are posted to our website and should be turned into the Extension Office by Monday , July 10th. . Members are required to complete a paragraph about their 4-H experience, skills and knowledge learned about horses. The award will be presented at the conclusion of the Horse Show on Friday, July 21.
Join U of I Collegiate 4-H
If your future plans bring you to University of Illinois, consider joining a new Collegiate 4-H Club on campus. The first meeting will be 6 p.m. Sept. 14 in Bevier Commons. The group encourages all those who want to continue serving others and gain leadership along the way to join. For information, contact President Maggi Maxstadt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s a secret
We have an amazing, spectacular, draw-dropping announcement we'll make Friday, Aug. 11 at the Illinois State Fair. We can't tell you more … except that it will change how you look at reality!
· Swine may be unloaded on Saturday, July 22, 7:00a.m. - 10:00a.m. and 5:00p.m.—9:00p.m.; and Sunday, July 23 from 7:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. ALL EXHIBITORS, must present health papers to swine superintendent Karch Knollenberg PRIOR to unloading the swine. Your swine will then be weighed before entering their pen.
· Remember, all swine exhibitors must bring $1.00 for the Pork Checkoff.
· DON'T FORGET YOUR HEALTH PAPERS! New this year is the dismissal of the blood tests required to exhibit swine. A CVI and health papers are all you need this year.
General Livestock Information for Fair
· Carcass Contest– Swine must be delivered to Hartrichs in Ste. Marie BEFORE 8 am on Tuesday July 18. Judging will take place at 6pm on Wednesday July 19th at Hartrichs. If you participate in the class, you need to be present.
· Health Papers - Remember that most livestock exhibits require health papers from the veterinarian. Refer to the 4-H Handbook for complete Livestock Health Rules. Remember horse blood tests may take up to a couple of weeks to get back, so don't delay!
· Large livestock should be in place by 12 Noon on Sunday, July 23rd.
· Swine weigh-in will be held at the time you unload your livestock at the fair. Goats and Sheep will weigh at noon on Sunday July 23.
· Grooming guidelines are listed in the handbook. As a reminder, if a family member assists in grooming an animal, the 4-H'er should be present to make this a learning experience. Your cooperation will be appreciated.
Livestock Auction and Foundation Footnotes
The Livestock Auction is for many a showcase of the 4-H Fair. We hope that all 4-H'ers participating in the auction will take pride in their appearance and dress appropriately for the occasion.
We need your help! All 4-H'ers selling animals at the 4-H Auction should plan to be at the livestock show ring at 9:00A.M. the morning of the auction to help set up for the auction. This means, helping to load and set up chairs, helping to put up the fences, set up tables, and make sure the bleachers are cleaned off. Everyone's help is needed so we will be ready at 1:00P.M. when the auction begins. We will also need you to help after the auction to load chairs up and return them, take down fencing, and clean the show ring and bleachers of all trash.
Completion Members - All completion members selling their livestock are being asked to fill out a Completion Member form. These forms have already been sent to you but they can be picked up at the fair. You should have already returned them into April but if not, she needs them no later than noon on Sunday, July 23. These forms will be read as you auction off your animal. We will not allow any hand written notes to be given to the auctioneer this year.
Care for Animals - Be sure to water your animals during the week of fair, and on auction day. Please keep them as cool as possible. Please stay with your animal until it is loaded on a truck.
PLEASE...DO NOT CLEAN PENS UNTIL ALL SWINE ARE LOADED. The trans portation crew is working hard to get things on a truck. Please be respectful and avoid cleaning your pen until all swine are loaded. This makes their job a lot more difficult when they are trying to weave around wheelbarrows and shovels.
Saying THANKS - One of the most common complaints that we receive is that buyers don't receive a thank you! It is very important that you not only thank your buyer the day of the auction but that you also send them a thank you note. Most buyers appreciate some kind of token of appreciation at the sale such as buying them a drink, or making homemade goods. If you need help finding your buyer the day of the auction please ask April, Jessie, or an adult to help you out. The Robinson Daily News will also be there selling ads to put thank you ads in the newspaper. They will be located by the friends pavilion and will leave as soon as the auction is over.
The Crawford County 4-H and Extension Foundation had done so much for the Crawford County 4-H Program and now is your time to give back. They are in search of workers for the Foundation Food Booth the week of fair. Please take time out of your schedule and give back a little time to this group who not only has paid for program fees for all 4-Her's for 2016-2017, but also has donated so much of their time to help make the best better! For a time slot, please call Nancy Conrad at 618-562-3369.
General Project News
· General projects will be Conference Judged on Thursday, July 20 at the Exhibit Barn. Some classes will be judged in the American Legion building this year. A specific schedule is attached to the newsletter. Registration will begin at 4:30p.m. and judging will begin at 5:00p.m.. All exhibitors should be present no later than 4:45p.m.
· Before having projects judged, all 4-H'ers should pick up their exhibit tags at the Central Registration table located near the fair office. A Green Team member will assist you to your judge's area.
· Once at the judging area for all your projects please sit/stand and wait to be called for your projects to be Conference Judged. Be prepared to tell the judge all about your project. They will want to hear details of how you planned and prepared your exhibit. No parents will be allowed in the judging buildings this year.
· After judging, all projects will be taken and setup in the General Projects area (exhibit barn) in the 4-H barn for display. Your project will be placed in the area that is designated for your particular project.
· The Dog Show will begin at 6:30 in the Show ring on Thursday July 20th. The Small Pets Show will be immediately following.
· During fair week, all 4-H projects are to be left in the 4-H area of the exhibit barn. State fair ribbons will be placed on exhibits Friday morning. The Exhibit Barn will be open for display at 4:00p.m. on Friday, July 21 and throughout fair week.
· All projects should be picked up Thursday, July 27 anytime between 10:00a.m.—1:00p.m. If you are unable to pick up your project during that time please make arrangements for someone else to get your project for you. Due to the limited storage space at the Extension Office, please make every attempt to have your projects picked up at the fairgrounds.
· A State Fair Exhibitor meeting will be held on Thursday, July 27 at 10:30a.m. in the Exhibit Barn. State Fair packets will be passed out during that time. Please notify the Extension Office by Friday July 29th if you plan to exhibit your project at State Fair. If you were selected as an alternate, please let us know if you would be available, given the chance. Parking passes will be available for purchase on a first come basis, Starting Monday August 1.
· Outstanding Exhibitor awards will be presented prior to the Livestock Auction at 12:30 pm on Thursday July 27th. 4-Hers will have their project marked if they receive this award for recognition.
4-H Information You Need to Know
· Show Attire - Be sure to look your best when being judged and during the auction. Exhibitors should be neat and clean, no hats, no open toed shoes in the show ring, and appropriately dressed. Let's put our best foot forward!
· Remember Your Ethics! - 4-H'ers and parents are reminded to make ethical choices. 4-H staff and volunteers are placed in a very tough position when rules are not followed. Please help us out by doing the right thing, and if in doubt, just ask! Make the fair an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
· Let your 4-H'er SHINE!!!! - The 4-H Fair is an opportunity for 4-H'ers to show their exhibit. We ask that all parents and other 4-H'ers remain back from the judging area or the sides of the show ring because it sometimes interferes with the judging process. All parents like to hear the comments that the judge passes on to the 4-H'ers (including us!), but that is why judges are given judges sheets and livestock judges are given microphones . Thanks for your cooperation!
· Conference Judging - 4-H'ers will be asked questions about their exhibit, so they should be prepared to tell the judge their project goal and be able to describe the methods and processes used to produce the exhibit. Conference judging is a GREAT learning opportunity for our 4-H'ers! However, remember that judging comments are only one person's evaluation.
Remember to say Thanks
Out of all the complaints we hear after fair, the most common one is that donors are not receiving thank you notes. We ask that you verify you have sent thank you notes to your auction buyers and trophy donors before you pick up your auction check and picture cards. Addresses are provided on the awards. If you are in doubt who to write your note to, please call the Extension Office for the address of the donor or bidder.
We will also have a basket in the general projects building for you to drop your cards before you leave!!
The best way for us to let donors know we appreciate their support is with a note of THANKS from YOU! Please help us continue the support of our great Crawford County Donors.
Audri Green and Aiden Postlewaite - 2017 4-H Princess and Prince
Be on the lookout for these two 4-H royalty at the fair! Audri and Aiden may be helping to hand out ribbons and awards at some of the 4-H livestock shows. They were crowned at the 4-H Carnival in March. If you see them at the fair, be sure to tell them Congratulations!
· Tractor Driving Contest - Monday, July 24 2:00p.m. Show off your tractor driving skills at this year's Tractor Driving Contest. We have added the Garden Tractor to our list again this year so even if you do not know how to drive a tractor, you can still participate in the garden tractor contest. If you did not sign up on your entry form, please give the office a call. Once again it will be held at the east side of the fairground parking lot area.
· The Great Race Scavenger Hunt– Grab your friends on Sunday July 23 at 2:30 and join the fun. Each team needs to have a Jr. Leader and a Cloverbud.
· Dog and Small Pets Show - Thursday, July 20, 6:30p.m. The Dog and Small Pets Show is scheduled for Thursday, July 20 at 6:30p.m. in the Livestock Show Ring. Remember: All Health records and current shot records are required to be brought to the show. Dogs MUST be on a leash. Cats and small animals MUST be in a cage. Ribbons will be awarded. Cloverbuds (5-7 year olds) are encouraged to attend.
Teen Leaders - We Need You!
We are still seeking Illinois 4-H Teen Leaders to apply for the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team! Applications are being accepted this summer for 2-year terms starting on September 1, 2017. The application is available @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/members/leadership.
Applicants must be 16-19 years of age by September 1, 2017 in order to apply. This team of 22 4-H members and recent 4-H alumni serve in a variety of leadership capacities during their tenure. They are responsible for the planning and implementation of the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference and Speaking for Illinois 4-H programs. Members provide youth voice on several statewide committees and assist at a variety of statewide activities throughout the year. Team members also have the first opportunity to apply to attend National 4-H Conference.
We will be interviewing for a minimum of six new members. Applications are due July 31 for required interviews at the Illinois State Fair. Check us out now and apply to become a member of this statewide 4-H leadership team!
General Project Judging Schedule
Thursday, July 20
4:30-5:00p.m. Register/Check-In @ Exhibit Barn
(All exhibitors will need to be registered by 5:00p.m.)
5:00 PM American Legion Building
Judge 1 & 2 - Foods
Judge 3– STEAM Clothing and Interior Design
Judge 4—Visual Arts– 3D, Clay, Glass/Plastic, Heritage Arts, Metal, Nature, Paper, Scrapbooking, Wood, Food Decorating
5:00 PM Exhibit Building
Judge 5- Child Development, Health, Citizenship, Shopping in Style, Theatre Arts, Leadership, Communications
Judge 6 - Cats, Dogs, (display) Small Animals (display), Vet Science, Embryology, Ani mal Science, Shooting Sports Display, Horticulture, Floriculture, Natural Resources, Entomology beekeeping, Geology, Tractor
Judge 7 - Photography
Judge 8– Visual Arts– Chalk/Carbon
Judge 9- Woodworking, Welding
Judge 10—Theater Arts Public Presentations, Consumer Education, College and Career Readiness, Electricity, Robotics, Small Engines, Aerospace
Judge 11 Cloverbuds
Judge 12 Dog show and Small Pets show
When you check-in, you will receive a tag to put on your project. Please go to your designated waiting area and wait for a Green Team member to help you to your judge.
Remember: Parents and other 4-H'ers are not allowed in the judging building while judging is going on. Please stay located in the waiting area. Thanks so much for your cooperation and have a great time at the fair.
Illinois State Fair Exhibitors
ALL Jr. Livestock Exhibitors to the 2017 ISF are responsible for sending their own entry forms to the ISF before the deadlines! The website for the forms is http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/premium/
· State Fair Livestock entries along with your required fees must be postmarked by July 1st, to the IL State Fair.
· They must be signed by the county 4-H office this year. Our last day to sign will be June 29th.
No late entries will be accepted by the State Fair!
Again this year
The Robinson Daily News will be at the Crawford County Fair on Thursday July 27th during and after the livestock auction. They will be selling Thank-You adds for the Newspaper. This is a great way to thank your buyers!
It’s head to head contest: 4-H vs. FFA
No worries. It will all be friendly competition when Illinois 4-H takes on Illinois FFA in a cooking contest at the Illinois State Fair. You'll want to be at the Ag Tent at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15 to watch the fun.
Here are the rules:
Two people will represent Illinois 4-H.
Each team gets a mystery basket with 3-5 mystery ingredients that must be used in your dish.
We will have a fully stocked pantry to help supplement your dish.
We will have access to a gas grill and stove burners.
Each team will have 30 minutes to create a dish of their choice. You can create an appetizer, a main course, or a dessert – whatever you can come up with in 30 minutes.
Judges will score each dish based on three categories: presentation, creativity and taste/flavor.
If you'd like to represent Illinois 4-H, send a note to illinois4H@illinois.edu by July 15. Please provide your cooking experience and why you think you'd be a great
It’s Not Too Early To Work on Award Applications!
Whether you are a first-year 4-H member or tenured member with 7 or more years under your belt, the end of the 4-H year is right around the corner and it's not too early to focus on collecting information for your 4-H award applications. With the NEW Illinois 4-H Recognition Program in place, even 8-9 year old members can submit the 4-H Experience Application and be eligible for 4-H recognition. Older members can submit both the 4-H Experience Application and the Illinois 4-H Award Application for recognition.
The Illinois 4-H Experience Award Application for Individuals focuses on all of those events and activities that you have experienced during the 4-H year in four areas: Participation, Community Service, Leadership, and Project Learning. Depending upon the type and number of experiences you can report on, members are eligible to receive recognition on the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond or Emerald Clover Award level. Your family calendar, 4-H records, checkmarks, and a few written details are all that's needed for even our youngest members to submit this application. This application can be found @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/members/awards.
Also found at that link is the Illinois 4-H State Award Application, the application for statewide competitive awards. Many counties also use this application for their county 4-H awards; check with your 4-H leader or local Extension office to check on your county's requirements. This application is also used for our state 4-H Award selection process, so those members who are 15 and above by September 1 are encouraged to check out this application. Members may apply in any or all of the five award categories: Communications, Community Service, Leadership, Personal Growth, and/or Project Mastery. State winners in these categories can receive educational scholarships or trips to national events.
Several other 4-H award applications are also posted on that webpage; many for older members. Check them out and contact your local Extension office for local deadlines and information.
All of our 4-H'ers have stories to tell and are eligible for our 4-H awards program – tell YOUR stories and see where they take you!
Running list of state 4-H events
July 1 Illinois State Fair Junior Livestock Entries Due
July 16-23 Illinois State Fair Junior Horse Show
July 19 Superior Young Producer Scholarship Horse Contest
July 22- Aug. 18 Summer Japan Exchange
July 23-26 FilmFest 4-H, Kansas City, MO
July 31 DEADLINE: 2017-2019 Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team Applications (for interviews to be held at the Illinois State Fair.)
August 9 Superior Young Producer Scholarship Beef, Swine, Sheep Contest
August 9 Illinois State Fair Junior Beef Showmanship
August 10 Illinois State Fair Junior Poultry Show
August 10 Illinois 4-H State Poultry Judging Contest, following show, Building 105
August 10 Illinois State Fair General Project Show for Adams, Brown, Bureau, Champaign, Clay, Coles, Cumberland, DeKalb, Ford, Hancock, Iroquois, LaSalle, Logan, Marshall-Putnam, Menard, Moultrie-Douglas, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Tazewell, Vermilion
August 10 - 11 Illinois State Fair Junior Beef Cow Heifer Show
August 11 Illinois State Fair General Project Show for Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Clark, Crawford, DeWitt, Edgar, Greene, Henry, Jasper, Jersey, Johnson, Lee, Macon, Macoupin, Massac, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Peoria, Perry, Pulaski-Alexander, Randolph, Rock Island, Scott, Stark, Union, Winnebago
August 11 Illinois State Fair Junior Breeding Sheep Show
August 11 Illinois State Fair Junior Meat Goat Show
August 11 Illinois State Fair Junior Sheep Showmanship
August 11 Illinois State Fair Junior Swine Gilt Show
August 11 Illinois State Fair Junior Swine Showmanship
August 12 Illinois State Fair General Project Show for Cook, DuPage, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Hamilton, Jackson, JoDaviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, Lawrence, Livingston, McHenry, McLean, Pope-Hardin, Richland, Saline, Shelby, Wabash, Wayne, White, Williamson, Woodford
August 12 Illinois State Fair Junior Swine Barrow Show
August 12 Illinois State Fair Junior Market Lamb Show
August 12 Illinois State Fair Junior Heifer & Steer Show
August 12 Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame Ceremony in Springfield
August 13 Illinois State Fair General Project Show for Boone, Carroll, Clinton, Grundy, Henderson, Jefferson, Kankakee, Knox, Madison, Marion, Mason, McDonough, Monroe, Ogle, St. Clair, Stephenson, Warren, Washington, Whiteside, Will
August 13 Illinois State Fair Junior Dairy Goat Show
August 14 Illinois State Fair Junior Rabbit Show
August 16 - 18 Illinois State Fair Junior Dairy Show
August 19 Superior Young Producer Scholarship Dairy Contest
August 19 Illinois State Fair Junior Pygmy Goat Show
August 19 State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest, Springfield
August 21 Eclipse in Southern Illinois
Your day at the Illinois State Fair
If you are selected as our county's representative at the state fair, here's what you need to know:
The county office will mail you more information after our local show, as well as an exhibit tag for your project. Remove all the tags and ribbons from our local show.
Our county exhibits on Friday August 11, 2017
4-H members should plan to arrive in Springfield at the fairgrounds between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Traffic can be very busy, so give yourself plenty of time. We know that delays happen, so if you get stuck in traffic, don't worry. We will do our best to accommodate late arrivals.
Once on the fairgrounds, make your way the far west side of the fairgrounds…. At the Orr Building.
4-H members should drop their projects off at the table for their project area between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Then, check the master schedule to see what time YOUR conference judging begins. Everyone will have at least a 10-minute judging time to discuss your project with a judge. Return to your judging area about 10 minutes before your scheduled time. Your project will remain on display until 3:30 that day. Be sure to come back and pick it up before 4:30 closing time.
If you are registered in Fashion Revue, you don't need to arrive until 12:30 p.m. Be dressed and stage-ready by 1:30. The fashion review begins at 2 p.m.
Come back for the 4-H Clover Celebration at 3 p.m.
No projects may be removed from the judging area until 3:30 p.m. It's the rule, so follow it! If you need to leave early, please arrange with someone else from your county to pick up your project. Be sure to give them your claim ticket.
There will be lots of other fun things to do in the Orr Building.
Parking at Illinois State Fair
THERE'S GOOD NEWS: State Fair is providing Load/Unload passes to 4-H families which will allow cars to enter through Gate 8 (or other gate if that is closed) and drive to the Orr Building to drop off exhibits or people. You will need to present your admission tickets for anyone in the car upon entering the fairgrounds; then the driver will need to leave through Gate 9 immediately after drop off, GET THEIR HAND STAMPED FOR READMISSION to the fair, and then re-enter the fairgrounds through the gate for which they have a parking pass. You MUST have a regular parking pass to use the Load/Unload Pass.
The Illinois State Fair Junior Beef Department begins each show day with the National Anthem. This year, 4-H members can audition for a chance to the featured Anthem singer. Singers must be willing to be at the fairgrounds in Springfield by 7:30 AM Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (Aug. 10-12). We will select three winners so you'll each have one day to perform.
To audition, post a youtube video of you singing the National Anthem. Email the link and the dates you are available to illinois4H@illinois.edu by July 20. We will notify winners by July 25. We will provide a parking pass and 2 tickets into the fairgrounds to each winner.
Have a front-row seat to History
Illinois 4-H, in cooperation with the Marion Miners Baseball Team, is hosting a family-friendly place to watch the TOTAL Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21 … in the location that will experience the GREATEST length of darkness in the country … SOUTHERN ILLINOIS.
The Eclipse is the hottest thing to hit Southern Illinois all year, and Illinois 4-H will be hosting thousands of youth and their families to the Miner's Baseball Field in Marion to watch it. For just $8, you'll gain admission to the field, access to all the educational activities 4-H is offering, and a pair of 4-H Eclipse glasses you'll need to safely watch the eclipse. Parking is $5/car; $10/bus. Food will be available on site. No alcohol will be allowed at the event. For $12, you can order a commemorative 4-H Eclipse t-shirt.
Fly a drone (YES!), see a large telescope, watch videos from astronauts, do cool hands-on science experiments, play laser tag and other fun games. The gates open at 10 a.m. The eclipse should happen about 2:20 p.m. Activities wrap up by 3 p.m.
Learn more and order tickets @ go.illinois.edu/4Heclipse.
Honoring those who lead
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will honor outstanding volunteers at a gathering Saturday, Aug. 12 in the Orr Building of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Each county 4-H program was allowed to submit the name of a volunteer who has made tremendous contributions to the local 4-H program to receive the Hall of Fame Award. Crawford County will be honoring Lynn McCleave this year for all of his contributions to the 4-H Program. Activities begin at 4:30 at the completion of the day's judging.
Remember what matters this summer
As we look toward a summer filled with shows, we encourage you to remember this:
It's never about winning; it's about being part of something more than yourself.
It's never about being perfect; it's about being your personal best.
It's never about beating someone else; it's about beating your last effort.
It's never about losing; it's about learning what you can do to keep from losing the next time.
It's never quitting, never giving in or giving up, never selling out or selling yourself short.
It's learning to lose gracefully and win graciously in the ring of life.
It's learning that sometimes the break goes your way and sometimes it doesn't, and there's nothing you can do about it but play the game you are there to play.
It's about respecting your competitor and respecting the rules of the game and knowing the minute you stop either one, you've lost.
Sunday Fun-DayJoin us Sunday, July 23 for an afternoon of fun at the Crawford County Fair!
The Great Adventure 4-H Scavenger Hunt:
2:30 p.m. at the Show Ring. Come ready to race!
Everyone included-Clovebud to Completion!
Sweet treats ad prizes to follow!
Show Day Survival Showmanship Clinic
1st Annual Clinic
Goats & Sheep - Lexi Harrison
Hogs - Adam Helregel
Livestock Door prizes
FREE Supper included for members
Individual species break-out sessions
Learn from the experts how to prepare your project for the BEST show-day look!