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University of Illinois Extension serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties

Stephenson County
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Jo Daviess County
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

SNAP Ed Office
650 North Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 779-423-0982

Winnebago County
1040 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329

Stephenson County 4-H

Stephenson County 4-H

4-H Shows and Judging

These events are the culmination of all the 4-H youth's hard work and efforts on the projects they have chosen to participate in during the year. Conference style judging is used at all the Stephenson County 4-H Shows. 4-H members bring their projects before the judge for judging. The youth and the judge discuss the project together. The youth may answer such questions as: where they got the idea for the project, what was the hardest part of the project, what they enjoyed about the project, what they learned about the project, and what they might do differently.

At the conclusion of judging, exhibitors receive their rating. Each exhibitor receives either a blue, red, or white ribbon. In addition, projects may earn a Champion ribbon or a Reserve Champion ribbon. Projects may also receive a special honor, that of a State Fair Delegate or a State Fair Alternate ribbon. Those 4-H'ers that receive this honor may then take their project to the Illinois State Fair held in August. Livestock exhibitors may also receive a Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion ribbon.

As an extra bonus, various awards are given to outstanding projects in many different areas. Businesses and individuals throughout the county sponsor these awards. During the Parade of Excellence, held on Tuesday evening of the Stephenson County Fair, the youth receive these awards.

The 2018  Stephenson County 4-H Shows will be held as follows:

April 25, Public Speaking & Food Demonstration Contest, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Highland Community College

June 22,  Cake/Cupcake Decorating & Candy-Making Contests, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Highland Community College

June 22, Flower Arranging Contest, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Highland Community College

June 30, General Projects Day, 9:00 a.m., Stephenson County Fairgrounds

June 30, 4-H Food & Nutrition, Horticulture, Cloverbud, and Garbology judging, starting at 1:00 p.m., Stephenson County Fairgrounds (tentative)

TBA,  4-H Livestock Shows, Stephenson County Fairgrounds

TBA, 4-H Dress Revue Show, starting at 9:00 a.m., Rest & Entertainment Tent

TBA, 4-H'ers in Action, starting at 11:00 a.m., Rest & Entertainment Tent

July 14, 4-H Master Showmanship Contest, starting at 1:00 p.m., Swine Show Ring

JulTBA, Parade of Excellense, starting at 6:00 p.m., Grand Stand area

July 15, 4-H Horse Show, starting at 8:30 a.m., Stephenson County Fairgrounds (Rain Date July 16)

July 28, Bark & Meow Show, Cat show starts at 9:00 a.m. (4-H Bldg.) and Dog show starts at 9:30 a.m. (new Commercial Bldg.), Stephenson County Fairgrounds

Stephenson County 4-H members will proudly have their projects on display in the 4-H Building (under the Grandstand) during the fair for the public to view.

All of the Stephenson County 4-H Shows (except Foods, Horticulture and Cloverbuds) are open to the public. There is no cost to attend; however, during the Stephenson County Fair, admission will be charged to enter the fairgrounds. Families and individuals are welcome and encouraged to come and visit the exhibit buildings and livestock barns. All ages are able to find something that will catch their interest.