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Margo Turman
Program Coordinator - Stephenson County
University of Illinois Extension
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
mturman@illinois.edu

Jackie de Batista
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
jbatista@illinois.edu

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, Bldg R

June 20, General Projects Day, 9:00 a.m., Stephenson County Fairgrounds

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

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

June 26, 4-H Food & Nutrition, Horticulture,Floriculture, Plants & Soils 9:00 a.m., 4-H & Commercial Bldgs Fairgrounds

June 26, Cloverbud, and Garbology judging, starting at 1:00 p.m., Stephenson County Fairgrounds

June 27,  4-H Livestock Shows, See program book for species starting times, Stephenson County Fairgrounds

June 27, Parade of Excellence, starting at 6:00 p.m., Grand Stand area

June 28, 4-H Dress Revue Show, starting at 9:00 a.m., Rest & Entertainment Tent

June 30, 4-H Master Showmanship Contest, starting at 1:00 p.m., Swine Show Ring

July 1, 4-H Horse Show, starting at 8:30 a.m., Stephenson County Fairgrounds (Rain Date July 2)

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.