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Dickey County 4-H

Aimee Ellinger, 4-H/Youth Development & FCW Agent


Clover of 4-HsThe Dickey County Fair is just around the corner and 4-H members are on the move. Youth are completing exhibits, working with animal projects, studying for consumer choice judging and carefully piecing together garments for the style review. Our county fair is the showcase of our 4-H year, where our members display all the work they have put in through the year.  Make sure to mark your calendars for July 13th, 14th and 15th and get out to the Dickey County Fairground so you can experience for yourself the power of 4-H youth!  Our schedule is as follows.  


Thursday, July 12:
Exhibit judging. 4-H members enroll in September and choose projects areas to study that year.  A 4-H project is an area of emphasis in which a 4-H’er enrolls, studies, learns, keeps records and perhaps, exhibits. A 4-H’er can complete work in a project area without exhibiting at the county fair. Some project areas include food and nutrition, visual arts, and outdoor skills. A 4-H exhibit is an item created resulting from project work. 4-H’ers may choose to bring the exhibit to display during the fair. The exhibit will be evaluated by a judge at exhibit judging and put on display during the fair. 4-H members participate in interview judging where they tell the judge about the exhibit, how they created it and what they learned. It’s always fun to walk through the exhibit building at the fair and see all the unique, amazing thing the youth in your county are doing!


Friday, July 13:
1:30 pm 4-H Consumer Choice Contest. Just what is Consumer Choice Judging? Learning how to make appropriate choices is very important. Every day we make decisions about what we need to buy, where we are going to eat or what we need to get done. Consumer Decision Making teaches you how to make decisions based on information and facts, it also helps you learn to defend your decisions. 4-H members will compete and judge classes as well as give reason on their choices during the contest.


2:00 pm Check-in/Weigh-in 4-H Livestock
4:00 pm Judging 4-H Pets/Rabbits/Poultry. Check out the poultry, pet and rabbit show on the west side of the Livestock building. We will have a full barn this year full of 4-H small animal exhibits. Watch the show and learn what quality’s make up a blue ribbon rabbit or bird.


5:00 pm 4-H Fish Tank Contest-4-H Youth Fish Tank is inspired by the ABC hit show Shark Tank.  This is a chance for young entrepreneurs to share their business ideas or products with local experienced business owners.  It is a planned business pitch that explains what their product is, why a consumer would want it, what the cost ratio is, and how the product is better than related products on the market. This event is open for the public to watch! The contest will take place in the old commercial building and the public is welcome to watch.


Saturday, July 14:
8:30 am 4-H Livestock Show- The livestock show this year will consist of cattle, pigs, goats, dairy and sheep. Youth will compete in breeding, market and showmanship classes showing of the animals they have spent the year working with. The show starts promptly at 8:30 am.  Make sure to get your seat in the bleachers and get settled in for an exciting show. Located on the East side of the livestock building.  


5:00 pm 4-H Premium Sale. The 4-H premium sale is held under the pavilion next to the grandstand. 4H members who received a purple ribbon in static exhibits and animals that earned grand, reserve, blue or red ribbons when exhibited in the market/breeding lots, as well as exhibitors who earned blue ribbons at any event at Horse Achievement Day, are eligible to participate in the premium sale. The public and businesses are invited to come and support these outstanding 4-H members. Buy a youth’s premium at the live premium sale auction and show our 4-H members how much you support and value all they do!


Sunday, July 15:
1:00 pm 4-H Style Show- Come for the Fair board free feed on Sunday and stay for the style show! This year’s theme is Country Chic. The Style Show includes entries for Buy & Show, Sew & Show, and Decorate Your Duds categories.  Buy & Show participants purchase or recycle a major item of clothing which relates to a wardrobe plan.  Sew & Show participants construct half or more of clothing that is modeled.  Decorate Your Duds participants create embellishments for a garment or accessory.  Find the show in the old commercial building. Take a seat and watch our 4-H members show off their talents!
We hope to see you at the fair and hope you enjoy walking through all the barns and checking out all the 4-H projects!

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