- About This Program
- 2017 McLean County Fair Book
- Judging Scoresheets
- 2016 Fair Results
- 4-H Fair History
- Directions to the McLean County Fair
- General Projeact Fair Tips and Things to Remember
- Horse Exhibitor Information
- McLean County Fair Royalty
- Past 4-H King & Queens
- Preparing for 4-H Youth Fair
- What is 4-H? Why is it a part of the fair?
Online Forms and Surveys
Extension Program Coordinator - 4-H Youth Development, McLean County
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
McLean County 4-H Fair
General Projeact Fair Tips and Things to Remember
Having a great fair is as easy as 1...2...3!
Ideas for you and your family on how to make your fair the best.
- Read the Fair Book pages that discuss all exhibits you entered when you get your Fair Verification.
- Go on line and look at your score sheet before the Fair so that you know what your project is being judged on.
- If you have multiple projects and/or children, create a schedule or an organized plan for check-in.
- Have box of "emergency supplies kit" with you such as: zip lock bags, paper plates, scissors, glue, tape, safety pins, and markers.
The week before the fair:
- Read the Fair Book pages that discuss all exhibits you entered once more the night before check-in
- Make sure of project requirements, by missing a requirement, a 4-Her may be lowered one rating.
- Pack projects in laundry baskets or rolling suitcases for easy transport and protection.
- Make your "emergency supplies" kit.
- Pick up your wristbands before Friday, July 30 at the Extension office. After that they may be picked up during check-in at a designated area near 4-H fair office.
Preparing for Conference Judging
- Check out your project manual to learn more about your project area.
- Check the fairbook to see if your exhibit will be conference judged.
- Read the exhibit requirements in the fairbook to see what is required of your exhibit.
- Understand what your exhibit is and know how to explain it to your judge.
- Practice with another 4-Her, parent, grandparent, leader…and tell them about your project.
- Some questions you might practice with are:
- Tell me a little bit about your project?
- What did you learn from making this?
- If you had to do it all over again, how would you make it better?
- Who helped you with the exhibit?
- What was your favorite part of making the exhibit?
Check In Tuesday Night, 5-8 pm:
- Check in your projects by project areas - LOOK UP.
- Signs are overhead designating major project areas – Visual Arts, Plant Science, Food, Nutrition & Health etc.
- Bring big items in early…check in begins at 5:00 PM and goes to 8:00 PM.
- A majority of people check in from 5:30-7. Try to avoid "the rush hour".
During the Fair
- People to ask for help are people wearing name badges with green ribbons…4-H Show Directors usually wear green shirts.
- Remember, all people (aside from Extension Staff) wearing a name badge are volunteers that want to help, please be nice to them.
- If you lose your 4-H Fair wristband…go to the 4-H office and request another. Be ready to tell them your club name…and bring $5.
- If your wristband breaks, bring it to the 4-H office and we'll exchange it.
What is it? – Conference judging helps 4-Hers build their communication skills… and further increases their knowledge about their project area, as they plan for next year's project. It aids you in your evaluation process.
- When signing up for conference judging, list your cell phone number so that you can be notified if the judges are running ahead of schedule.
- Know your availability on Wednesday before check in for your conference judged exhibits. Most judging areas are flexible and know that kids are being judged in other areas.
- IMPORTANT: Youth are not marked down for not being present for conference judging. It aids you in your evaluation process.
Easy Check-out Sunday Noon-2 pm:
- Checkout starts at noon, after an announcement is made following closing ceremonies.
- Do not try to check out before the announcement, should you walk out with your exhibit before that time, you may not show in that exhibit area the next year.
- Re-pack your project like you did when you packed it for check- in.
- If you come near the end of checkout on Sunday to pick up your project, it may not be where it was when you checked in. Look for a volunteer with a "green ribbon" on their name tag and they will direct you.
- If you are unable to pick up your project, try to find a friend or 4-H leader to get them for you. The fewer projects left at the fair the better. Left over projects are taken to the Extension office.
Things everyone should remember:
- Ask for help!
- Support your fellow 4-Hers while they show their projects, attend other 4-H activities and shows.
- Understand that this is a public place and we will do everything we can to protect your exhibit; however we are not liable for stolen or lost items.
- Your exhibit is on display for about 40,000-60,000 fairgoers, many of whom have never heard of 4-H. You are an ambassador for 4-H. Be able to share the good things you are doing as a 4-Her.
We welcome your feedback. Leave your suggestions in the "How Can We Make Our Best Better?" box at the 4-H office during the fair.