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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

News Release

Bring Your Family to the Jo Daviess County 4-H Fair!

The 2018 Jo Daviess County 4-H Fair is just around the corner. Local 4-H'ers have submitted their entries and the judges have been secured. The Jo Daviess County 4-H Fair will be held on July 16-19, 2018 at the Elizabeth Community Fairgrounds. This year’s fair promises to deliver a number of projects in a variety of areas. 

The 4-H Fair will officially start on Monday, July 16, at 9:00 a.m. with the 4-H Horse Show. Monday will conclude with the Clothing and Textiles Judging, the Fashion Revue, the Cat Show, and the Dog Show.

Tuesday, July 17, will begin our General Projects Judging. Judging will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by Visual Arts, Food Decorating, and Photography Judging beginning at 11:30 a.m. We will end the day with the Poultry Show at 3:00 p.m. and the Rabbit Show at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18, will begin with the Swine Show. The show will begin at 7:00 a.m. The Beef Show will begin at 9:30 a.m. Food and Nutrition Judging will start at 10:30 a.m. Afternoon judging continues with the Sheep Show beginning at noon followed by the Goat Show.  Cloverbud Show is always a favorite at the 4-H Fair. This will begin at 1:00 p.m.

The 4-H Federation will once again host their annual Pork Chop Barbecue on Wednesday, July 18. Meals will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets for the barbecue may be purchased in advance. You may contact any Jo Daviess County 4-H Member or the Extension Office which is located at 204 Vine Street, Elizabeth, IL for tickets. A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase at the door but usually sell out quickly. Wednesday evening culminates with the annual 4-H Livestock Auction beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 19, wraps up the Jo Daviess County 4-H Fair with the Dairy Show beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Most projects will be on display in the Community Building and on the fairgrounds through early Thursday morning. The 4-H Federation and local 4-H Clubs will also operate a Food Stand throughout the Fair, so please plan to spend your week with us and enjoy the excitement. We look forward to seeing you there!

You may contact the University of Illinois Extension Office to receive information on any of our programs or 4-H.  Call us at (815) 858-2273 or visit our website at

Source: Jackie de Batista, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development,

Local Contact: Angela Miller, Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development,