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What makes State Fair Online such an exciting opportunity?

  • Many of you have already been asked to create a video or map as part of a homework assignment in your current school. You know that technology continues to change and affect our daily lives. Whether you are preparing for a future career or planning to go to college, being able to effectively use technology to communicate with others will be an important skill for your success. State Fair Online gives you a chance to practice these technology skills.
  • State Fair Online gives you an opportunity to receive feedback from subject-matter experts and get ideas for what you can continue to explore in your project area.
  • The State Fair Online interactive website will share your exhibit with others and give you an opportunity to see what others are doing around the state.
  • All State Fair Online exhibitors are eligible to attend the Illinois 4-H Family Event, August 11, 2012 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.
  • All participants will receive ribbons. Judge selected exhibits in the Open Class (50295 and 50125) are eligible for additional $10, $25 and $50 gift card prizes but are not eligible for premiums. State Fair Delegates in exhibit classes 50290-50294 are not eligible for the additional State Fair Online prizes. (See below for details).

Who can participate in State Fair Online?

  • Any enrolled 4-H member who is State Fair age eligible (at least 10 years of age by September 1, 2011).

What 4-H project areas are eligible for State Fair Online?

  • Videos or maps related to any 4-H project listed in the 2011-12 Clover are eligible. Members enrolled in a 4-H SPIN club are also allowed to submit an exhibit related to their enrolled "explore" project. You do not need to be enrolled in 4-H Filmmaking/Video to submit a "My 4-H Project Video" (Class 50295). Different requirements apply to exhibits for members enrolled in Filmmaking/Video who wish to go through existing county fair selection processes and qualify for premiums as State Fair delegates (see below for more information.)

Where can I go for help in creating a video or map about my 4-H project?

  • IL 4-H Filmmakers http://web.extension.illinois.edu/4hfilmmakers/ and IL 4-H Mapmakers http://web.extension.illinois.edu/4hmapmakers/ are two websites that include lessons, links to curriculum and tools, and examples of youth-created videos and maps. Video cameras are available for you to checkout and borrow from your local county Extension office as well. The cameras come pre-installed with all the software needed to capture, edit and upload your video to the Internet!

When can I post my exhibit online?

  • The State Fair Online website is expected to go live by June 15. My 4-H Project Video and Map exhibits (50125 and 50295) will be accepted anytime between June 15 and noon on August 1. If you are enrolled in filmmaking/video as your project area, and plan to exhibit in one of the following classes: (50290 – 50294) you must be selected for State Fair through your county 4-H show. Once selected, your exhibit must be posted online by August 8 to be judged at the state level and thus eligible for premiums.

Where can I post my exhibit?

Who will judge my video or map exhibit?

  • Your video or map exhibit should relate to one of the 4-H projects in which you are enrolled. The 4-H Jr Show State Fair judge(s) for that project area (e.g. citizenship, clothing, dairy, etc.) will also judge the State Fair Online exhibits. Feedback will be posted on the website. Judging will not occur in person for My 4-H Project Video and Map (50295 and 50125). Remember that the primary judging criteria is the accuracy and depth of knowledge of your enrolled project area, as displayed in your video or map exhibit. If you are enrolled in any project other than geospatial or filmmaking, the degree to which you effectively use technology to share your knowledge with others will be the secondary judging criteria.

How many SFO exhibits can I post online?

  • You are invited to share as many My 4-H Project Video and Map exhibits (50125 and 50295) as you like, as long as they relate to a 4-H project area in which you are enrolled. This does not influence your eligibility to be a State Fair delegate as identified through your 4-H County Show. You are encouraged to participate in your 4-H County Show as well as the IL 4-H State Fair Online.

Do I need to attend the Illinois 4-H Family Event on Aug. 11 to be eligible for prizes?

  • No. Awards will be announced online as well as at this event. Prizes will be mailed to your home address if you are not in attendance.

How does State Fair Online affect me if I’m already enrolled in either Geospatial (GIS/GPS) or Filmmaking/Video project areas?

  • If you are selected as a State Fair delegate you will be required to post your exhibit on the State Fair Online website for judging. Your exhibit will be judged and given feedback online in addition to an opportunity for in-person judge feedback on your assigned county judging day. As a State Fair delegate, all rules apply as outlined in the Jr. Show Fairbook. You should follow requirements for your local county selection process as usual. Related exhibit opportunities listed in the 2012 4-H Jr. Show Fairbook include: Filmmaking/Video classes 50290 – 50294 and are eligible for premiums if awarded a superior ribbon but not eligible for the additional State Fair Online prizes.

  • The State Fair judges for these classes will be looking for demonstration of your technology skills in mapmaking or filmmaking as related to the curriculum for those project areas. State Fair Online exhibits for members who are not enrolled in geospatial or film will post their exhibits under separate class numbers (Geospatial 50125:My 4-H Project Map, and Filmmaking 50295: My 4H Project Video) and are eligible for SFO prizes but not eligible for premiums.

How does a State Fair Online exhibit influence my eligibility to exhibit in the Jr. Show of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield?

  • State Fair Online (SFO) exhibits are independent of and do not influence exhibits selected through a county process as delegates for the Jr. Show of the Illinois State Fair. You may submit as many SFO exhibits as you want, in addition to being a delegate within the Jr. Show of State Fair.

Which State Fair Online exhibits are eligible for premiums and which are eligible for SFO prizes?

  • Filmmaking/Video classes 50290-50294 are eligible for premiums (as outlined in 2012 Jr. Fairbook) but not the additional State Fair Online prizes. Geospatial 50125: My 4-H Project Map, and Filmmaking 50295: My 4-H Project Video and are eligible for SFO prizes but not eligible for premiums. State Fair Online prizes will be given at the Illinois 4-H Family Event on August 11 or mailed to your home. State Fair Delegates in Video/Filmmaking will receive ribbons on their assigned county judging day. Recognition for winners in all classes will be posted on the State Fair Online website and a press release will be sent to your local county Extension office.