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Local 4H youth get ready for County Fair

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The Porter County Fair is just a few days away and that means its a busy time for 4-H members getting their projects ready to exhibit.

Most exhibits will be checked in on Monday, July 14, from 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. inside the 4-H Building at the Porter County Fairgrounds (217 E. Division Road) for the following projects: Aerospace, American Heritage, Barbecue Posters, Basket Weaving, Bicycle Posters, Cake Decorating, Candles, Cat Posters, Ceramics, Child Development, Collections, Computers, Creative Writing, Decorations, Dog Posters, Electric, Entomology, Farm Scene, Field Crops, Fine Arts-Drawing & Painting, Fire Safety, Safety, Forestry, Genealogy, Geology, Gift Wrapping, Health, Holiday Ornaments, Home Environment (Interior Design), Homemade Toys, Horseless Horse, Jewelry, Latch Hook, Leadership, Leathercraft, Legos, Llama Posters, Miscellaneous Crafts, Miscellaneous Models, Model Airplanes, Model Bridges, Model Cars, Music Posters, Nature Discovery, Needlework, Personality, Photography, Recycling, Scrapbooking, Shooting Sports, Small Animals Notebooks, Posters, Small Engines, Soil and Water Conservation, Sport Fishing, Veterinary Science, Weather, Wildlife, and Woodworking. Exploring 4-H exhibits will also be due at this time.

If you are a 4-H member and you are unable to be at check-in, you should make arrangements with someone to check your exhibits in for you. It is asked that you do not enter the building until the doors open at 5 p.m. to allow project superintendents to be ready.

Members are also asked to keep in mind that a record sheet is the minimum “completion” requirement for a project, presenting an exhibit at the fair is not required for “completion”. The record sheet should truthfully reflect the content and skills learned in the development of the 4-H project. Record sheets should indicate that a Latch Hook member purchased the necessary materials and started a rug, pillow, or wall-hanging; that a Swine member purchased hogs and feed and provided care to those animals; and that a Photography member had the necessary equipment and film and attempted to take some photographs.

On record sheets that ask for a Club Leader signature, every effort should be made to secure the signature. Record sheets may not be graded as generously as they have been in the past, so members are encouraged to be honest and thorough in filling out their record sheets. Filling in only a name and a few vague answers will not result in project completion. Record sheets are due at the time of project check-in.

4-H members are encouraged to refer to the 4-H Exhibits Requirements Handbook to review introductory pages that include information particularly important at fair time and to avoid penalties. The Exhibition Policy, Poster Policy, Judging Policy, etc. are located in the opening pages of the handbook.

A completed 4-H project is required to obtain a member pass to the fair. Members with building projects will be able to pick up their pass on project check-in night after turning in at least one exhibit or one completed record sheet.

For those members with animals only, they’ll need to present a completed record sheet at the 4-H Building Office to obtain your pass. It is suggested that members pick up their passes before the fair opens, as they’ll need it to enter the fairgrounds for livestock check-in.

Reduced-price 10-punch passes will be available for 4-H parents and volunteers on Monday of project check-in in Expo East (next door to the 4-H Building). The reduced-rate applies only to 4-H parents and volunteers. Extra passes at the reduced rate will not be offered.

To recognize their hard work in making Porter County Fair the great event that it is, the Porter County Ag Society will offer each 4-Her who completes at least one project with a voucher allowing them to purchase multiple reduced-price all-day ride passes. All immediate family members of completing 4-Hers will be eligible for these passes. Passes must be purchased by July 20.

4-H exhibits may be viewed by the general public at the times listed from July 17-26: Thursday, July 17, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, July 20, from 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Mon., July 21 through Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Check-out of 4-H Building exhibits is Monday, July 28 from 5-6:45 p.m. Each member is responsible for picking up his or her project at this time. If they are unable to be there for check-out, they must make arrangements with someone else to pick exhibits up for them. Projects not picked up at this time will be recycled, repurposed, or disposed of. 4-H Club Leaders are not under any obligation to tote leftover exhibits home with them.

For more information, visit www.extension.purdue.edu or find Porter County 4-H on Facebook.

The Porter County Fair runs from July 17 to July 26.

 

Posted 7/14/2014