4-H Youth Exhibit Rules
August 26 - 29, 2010
FOR INDEPENDENT 4-H'ERS & CLUB MEMBERS
CONTACT: Linda Whitten 564-3301 or 1-800-287-1491 for complete details.
1.Entries are open to 4-H members (5 years old as of January 1 but not over 19) in Piscataquis, Somerset and Penobscot Counties who are carrying on approved 4-H projects.
2. Entries must be from current 4-H projects 2009/2010 4-H year. Exhibits will be judged by the Danish system and will be placed in three groups, BLUE-1st, RED-2nd, WHITE-3rd. Each qualifying exhibit will be awarded a ribbon and premium. Purple ribbons may be awarded to outstanding work done on the exhibit and attached 4-H Skills Card.
All Cloverbuds (youth ages 5-8) will receive GREEN ribbons indicating their participation. They are not in competition with individuals or groups.
Premiums for youth ages 9-19 are:Blue - $3.00
Premiums for youth ages 5-8 are: Green $1.00
3. Each exhibit must be plainly marked with a 4-H exhibit tag, which is available from the Piscataquis County Extension Office. Any special circumstances that should be taken into account by the judges should be noted on the back of the exhibit tag.
4. 4-H youth ages 9-19 are required to submit a Life Skills card with their exhibits. The 4-H Skills cards will not be placed on the exhibit during the fair. They are only used by the judges to determine ribbon placement. If a judge wishes to make a comment about your exhibit or 4-H Skills card, he or she will write it on a post a note, not on the actual skills card.
5. Club leaders are required to submit an "Official registration Form for Piscataquis County Fair" with their club members exhibits. This form certifies that all of their club's exhibits were actual 4-H projects. Independent members must also submit this form with their exhibits.
6. A maximum of three exhibits per project will be allowed. For example, a 4-H'er may exhibit corn, peas and potatoes in the garden category, but not three corn entries. Each exhibit will be judged on the basis of individual merit. No 4-H Skills Cards will be accepted as an exhibit.
7. All 4-H exhibits (completed Skills Cards & Exhibit Tags) must be delivered to the 4-H Exhibit Hall on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 between 3 PM and 5 PM only. There will be no exceptions to this rule.
8. All 4-H exhibits must be removed from the 4-H Exhibit All Sunday, August 30, 2009 between the hours of 4 PM and 5 PM.
9. Should any exhibits be of inferior quality or form, in the opinion of the judges, unworthy of premiums offered, it will be eliminated from the judging.
10. The Piscataquis Valley Fair will afford the best possible care and protection of all exhibits. However, it distinctly disclaims any liability for loss or damage to exhibits or personal property of exhibits.
11. NO “KITS” accepted! Definition of a kit: The prefabrication, assembly, or collection of component parts, which materially diminishes the exercise of those skills, which the project is designed to teach.
12. The management reserves the right to grant variances to the above regulations where extenuating circumstances warrant.
1. Premiums plus ribbons will be awarded as follows:
1st - $352. 4-H clubs are eligible to enter a club exhibit. Exhibits MUST be prepared by the youth members. You must contact Linda Whitten at the Extension Office by Monday, August 2, 2010 4:30 PM, if your club plans on having a club exhibit. No premium will be given to any club if the August 2, 2010 notification deadline has not been met. We will welcome you to display your club exhibit at the Dover Fair. There just will not be a premium. Space in the exhibit hall is limited, because 4-H shares space with Cooperative Extension staff, Master Gardeners and the open flower show. 4-H club exhibits must be set up by 4 PM on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 and removed before 5 PM on Sunday, August 29, 2010.
3. 4-H club exhibits will be judged on the following criteria:
Total Possible Points: 100
If you have any questions concerning the requirements for the project areas listed below,
please contact Linda Whitten at 564-3301 or 1-800-287-1491.
Animal Science - Any article made by the 4-H'er displaying what he or she has learned in the 4-H Animal Science project. Examples: a written report, poster or display.
Aquarium - An aquarium using plants, animals and fish the member has found in the area (no exotic fish), or display, poster or written report in a notebook on setting up an aquarium, life cycles in aquariums, or maintenance of aquarium.
Archery – Poster, display or written report in a notebook on the proper use of your archery equipment; safety involved when in use and not in use; proper maintenance of archery equipment, etc. or equivalent exhibit.
Art - A freehand painting or drawing that must be in a frame ready for hanging with screw eyes, wire or other appropriate attachment. You can use oil paints, watercolors, acrylics, charcoal, crayons, pencil or pastels.
Astronomy - This is one of the new 4-H publications to teach youth the basics of astronomy. Any article made by the 4-H member that displays appropriate skills for the age level exhibited.
Basket Making - A basket made by 4-H member displaying appropriate skills for level exhibited.
Bead Craft – Any beaded craft, except jewelry that is made by the 4-H member that displays appropriate skills for the age level exhibited.
Beef - Any article prepared by member displaying what he or she has learned in the Beef 4-H project. Other exhibits a 4-H'er could make are as follows: a rope halter, grooming & first aid kits, photo display in a notebook showing the growth and development of their animal, display, poster or written report in a notebook on the care of beef animals, feed program and herd management or a hand made cloth model of your animal using the Animal Science pattern, etc.
Beekeeping - Any article made the 4-H'er displaying what he or she has learned in this project. If honey is to be exhibited, it must include a report in a notebook that explains how it was extracted and photos of the hives. NO LIVE BEES. A poster or written report in a notebook on beekeeping, social structure of bees, beehive, or how to extract honey, or a hand made bees wax candle made from your hive.
Berries - One pint of fresh berries in a leakproof container that the member has raised, one plant in a waterproof container, one jar of berry jam made from the berries that the member has raised, or a written report in a notebook on raising berries, the varieties, cultivars, insects and diseases.
Bicycle Adventures - Display, poster or written report in a notebook on bicycle safety, rules of the road, basic repairs, bike care, or photos of you and your bike and a map of your own bicycle route.
Birds/Wildlife I – Examples: Made by 4-H'er; birdfeeder, birdhouse, a written report in a notebook that includes a description of birds attracted to your feeder, the type of food the birds eat, photos of the birds taken by member, types of birds native to your area, and any behavior habits that you notice. A raptor kite made by the 4-H member. A written report in a notebook on bird habitats, anatomy, species, silhouettes, types of nests and food preferences.
Candlemaking - Any dipped, molded, or lace candles made by member that displays appropriate skills for level exhibited. Candles made with sculptured flowers, fantasy wax, scented beeswax, applied wax decoration on candle, stacked candle, baroque, chunk, soda, snowball, etc. Each candle exhibited must be made from a different method.
Ceramics - Items must be made from green ware - no plastics or resin items. Any item painted with stains (cover coats and sprayed with a sealer), glazed item or item using under glazes, scraffito or stencils.
Child Development – Suggestions: Create a babysitter's portfolio in a notebook, which may include a collection of notes, pictures, journal entries, drawings (that of the child), photographs, safety tips for toys, reading a story, qualities of a good babysitter, bedtime, dressing, bathing and mealtime tips and projects you can do with children. Create a babysitter's kit that includes games, toys, craft supplies, books videos, music, etc. Create a babysitter's first aide kit. A written report in a notebook about how kids can handle emergencies, how children develop home-alone skills, how to take care of kids, etc.
Community Service - Photo album of community service project(s) that 4-H member was involved with. Your album should include newspaper clippings, photos with explanations, explanation of project(s) and the results of your efforts. What happened because of your community service project? Did it have an impact upon your community? Poster or written report in a notebook on hospital or nursing home visits; cleanup activities around your town & community beautification activities; how can I create, change or improve something that is valuable to many people in my community, etc. Exhibits could also include a sample craft that you made for the residents of a nursing home.
Clothing - Articles made by the 4-H'er that displays appropriate skills for level.
Crochet – Any article crocheted by the 4-H member displaying what he or she has learned in the 4-H crochet project.
Crops & Crop Science – Plants must be in a waterproof container. A peck of beans, corn, potatoes or small grains or plants in waterproof container. Display, poster or written report in a notebook on raising a field crop, seedbed preparation, cultivation, harvesting and storage of crops.
Dairy – Any article prepared by the 4-H member displaying what he/she has learned in this project. Suggested items: rope halter, grooming kit, first aid kit, blanket, pound of cheese or butter made by the member, display, poster or written report in a notebook on dairy breeds, calf care, cow care, pedigrees, milk, etc.
Dairy Foods – Approximately 2 ounces of cheese or butter made by the 4-H member; display, poster or written report in a notebook on nutrients in milk, why milk needs to refrigerated and how cheese and butter is made.
Dogs – Any article made by the 4-H member displaying appriate skills for level exhibited. Suggested items: leash, dog bed, grooming kit, first aid kit, edible dog treats, etc.
Electricity – Beginner – Should demonstrate your knowledge of basic electricity by lighting 1 to 3 light bulbs with a dry cell battery in both series and parallel. Vary the brightness by using high voltage by putting batteries in series. Suggested items: a wired circuit, lead cord, trouble light or wired lamp.
Embroidery – Any article made by the 4-H member that displays appropriate skills for the level exhibited.
Embryology – Any article made by the 4-H member such as an incubator, candle box or brooder. Or a display, poster or written report in a notebook on the development of a chick, care during incubation or a journal in a notebook) of your experiences in incubating fertile eggs into chicks.
Entomology – Beginner – 10 insects mounted and labeled.
Fabric Painting – Any article made by the 4-H member using fabric paints that displays appropriate skills for the level exhibited. Should show a design. Suggested items: tee shirt, sweatshirt, wall hanging, pillowcase etc. This category does not include tye dyed tee shirts.
Fishing – Articles made by the 4-H member such as, a collection of 6 flies including 1 dry, 1 nymph, 1 streamer and 3 other flies; fish print tee-shirt; streamer wallet; tying tool block; hatband; a tackle box with fishing accessories labeled; a poster or written report in a notebook on fishing safety, materials used to make lures, selection of rod and reel and where and how fish can be found.
Flower Garden – Beginner – A bouquet of your flowers or one plant in a waterproof container. Multiple entries must represent different bouquet styles and flower types.
Food & Nutrition – Food must be submitted on a white paper plate and in a clear plastic bag. No mixes allowed for any level. A 3” x 5” recipe card must be included.
Forestry – All collections properly mounted and labeled and in a notebook.
Garden (Vegetable) The following vegetables in the quantities stated:
Geology – Rocks and minerals must be collected, not purchased please indicate where you found them.
Goats – Any article made by the 4-H member that displays appropriate skills for the level exhibited. Suggested items: halter, blanket, grooming kit, first aid kit, or approximately 2 ounces of goat cheese. Or a display, poster or written report in a notebook on goat care, breeds, feeding, diseases, milking etc.
Health & Safety – Any article, posters or display made by the 4-H member that promotes good health, safety or first aid. First aid kit must be assembled by 4-H'er.
Healthy Meals – Any article, posters or display made by the 4-H member that promotes healthy eating habits.
Holiday Crafts – A definition of a craft is something made or created by hand that represents a holiday. This category will be for handmade items with a holiday theme that are used to decorate someone's home or to be given as a gift for a holiday such as, Halloween, Christmas, Easter or July 4th, etc. Suggested items: calico wreaths; scented wreaths; tree ornaments; sun catchers; window decorations; ceramic or pottery items; mason jars filled with potpourri with a candle insert; holiday table cloth, napkins or placemats; candle holders, candy dishes, etc.
Home Improvement – Something you made for using in your home that enhances (makes it look better) the area. This handmade item can be used inside or outside the home. Suggested items: latch-hooked rugs & wall hangings; pot holders; slate paintings; braided rugs; decorative flower pots; welcome plaques; decorative lawn ornaments & flags; chair cushions or seat covers; draft doggies, potpourri (scented) pillows; decorated straw hats; handpainted jars; scissor holders; baskets; dried apple wreaths; refrigerator magnets; coasters; candy dishes; cloth baskets; stained glass items, etc.
Horse – Any article made by the 4-H member. Suggested items: leg wraps, blankets, leg quilts, lead lines or lariats, halters, lunge lines, grooming equipment box, saddle bags, chaps or a tack box. Or a poster, display or written report in a notebook on breeds, feeding care, diseases, anatomy, age determination, etc.
Indoor Gardening – Houseplants grown by the 4-H member. No cut flowers allowed.
Jewelry – Handmade jewelry made from metal, polished stones, cloth, paper, ceramics, beads, etc. Suggested items: necklaces, bracelets, pins, rings, earrings, hair clips & ankle bracelets. Each entry should be a different item (bracelet, ring & necklace) and should be submitted in a sealable clear plastic bag.
Knitting – An article made using the knit and/or purl stitches that displays appropriate skills for level exhibited.
Leather Craft – Item made by the 4-H member such as a key case, key tag, comb case, belt, wallet, purse, handbag, holster, etc.
Metal Craft – Any article made by the 4-H member that displays appropriate skills for the level exhibited. Suggested items: tin can candle, tin punch lampshade, picture, decorated pie plate, candleholders, wind chimes, mobile, etc.
Model Rocketry – Entrants in the model rocketry display must follow the Model Rocketry Safety Code of the National Association of Rocketry.
Nutritious Snacks – Nutritious snack made by 4-H member that is nutritious and healthy. A poster, display or written report in a notebook on snacks that are healthy and nutritious. Recipe must be included with snack(s).
Paper Mache' – Items made from paper mache' that can be animal, vegetable, or characters, etc.
Photography – Be sure to use a photo album & to follow the directions carefully. Photo albums that do not meet the requirements will be disqualified.
Poultry – Item made by the 4-H member such as a brooder, waterer, feeder, 3 eggs, or a nest box. Or a display, poster or written report in a notebook on the care of broilers, laying flock or capons, etc.
Quick Meals or Snacks - This is a category for those 4-H youth who create their own recipes in a jar. The article made by the 4-H member must display appropriate skills for the level exhibited. Example: Busy Mom's Cookie Jar. Recipe must be included.
Quilting – Beginner – quilted potholder, placemat, napkin, etc.
Rabbits – Any article made by the 4-H member such as, a rabbit cage or nesting box. Or a poster, display or written report in a notebook on rabbit breeds, feeding, diseases, types of rabbits and what they are used for, or equivalent exhibit.
Reading – A book report in a notebook describing the following: the author, publisher & year published; what the book was about; your reactions to the book; a list of all the books and their authors that you have read in this project; and if you watched the movie about this book, describe any differences you found between the movie and book. Exhibits could also include handmade laminated bookmarks made with pressed dried flowers or leaves or drawings created by the 4-H member.
Scrapbooking: Any scrapbook made by the 4-H member. With all the scrapbook ideas available to you, you can create your very own scrapbook.
Sewing & textiles – Any article made by the 4-H member using a sewing machine or using hand stitching. Suggested items: a sewing box with contents labeled & what each item is used for; a drawing of a sewing machine with the names of the parts listed and what each part is used for; a handmade nine square pillow; a laundry bag; a 4-H pillow, tote bag or caddy from the pre-printed 4-H cloth; a cloth grocery or lunch bag; a zippered pencil case; a crazy tote bag; ice cream sampler, or a stuffed animal or clothing article from pre-printed cloth panels.
Sheep – Suggestions: Wool sample from a member's animal, skein of yarn spun by member; poster, display or written report in a notebook on feeding, care, selection, breeds, wool, diseases or equivalent exhibit.
Small Animals – Includes small animals such as, cats, gerbils, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs etc. NO LIVE ANIMALS. Items made by 4-H member such as, a cage, carrier, scratching post, toys, grooming kit, bed, etc. Or a poster, display or written report in a notebook on the care of your small animal, the breeds, feeding requirements, diseases, etc. or equivalent exhibit.
Small Engines – Beginner – “Small Engines 1, Crank It Up” activity guide suggested exhibits: Start Your Engines portfolio; create your own toolbox with tools labeled & list their use for maintaining and repair of small engines etc. Or a poster, display or written report in a notebook on the following topics: Identify external small engine parts; proper staring & operating procedures of a small engine; how lubrication helps to reduce friction in an engine; the importance of air filters in small engines; why an engine needs a cooling system; spark plug maintenance; identify some of the many ways that small engines are used for work and play all around us; the importance of safety and safety labels, etc.
Swine - Grooming kit, first aid kit, or equivalent exhibit. A poster, display or written report in a notebook on the selection of animal, feeding, diseases, baby pig management, housing, etc. or equivalent exhibit. NO LIVE ANIMALS!
Theatre Arts – Beginner - “Theater Arts Adventures Act 1, Journey into the Imagination”. Suggested exhibits: create a theater arts portfolio; a poster display or written report in a notebook on “Why is it important to show appreciation to others?” or “Why is it important to be able to express yourself creatively?” or “Create a sign language chart using the alphabet letters A – Z or make your own rod puppet or a sock puppet
Toys & Games – Toys or games you have created for toddlers, preschoolers or elementary age children. Suggested items: stuffed animals or dolls; sewing cards that use yarn or shoe laces to lace through the holes on a picture. Strategy or computer games for older youth.
Tractors – Poster, display or written report in a notebook on farm tractors, care & maintenance, safety, etc.
Wildflowers – Beginner - 5 study sheets in a notebook of different preserved wildflowers or drawings of wildflowers. 3 should be pictures or drawings of wildflowers that should not be picked.
Wood Crafts: Any article created from wood by the 4-H member such as, wall plaque, candleholder, key rack, wooden decoration, magnet, etc.
Woodworking – Beginner – bookends or rack; napkin holder; key or letter holder; bag or broom holder; cutting board; picture frame; animal puzzle; airplane; tool box, etc.
Wreaths - Any wreath made by the 4-H member that displays appropriate skills for the level exhibited. A wreath could be made from balsam fir, flowers, dried flowers, dried fruits, silk flowers etc. Directions for making the wreath must be included with the exhibit.
CONTACT: Linda Whitten 564-3301 or 1-800-287-1491 Deadline is August 16, 2010
THEME "Caring for Animal(s) in our Lives”
1. 4-H'ers must submit a poster that adheres to their concept of the "Learning by Doing" theme of 4-H.
2. The poster contest informs the public about 4-H or about activities 4-H'ers are involved in. It is open to all 4-H'ers in Piscataquis, Penobscot & Somerset Counties. The Piscataquis County 4-H Leaders' Association will award ribbons and premiums as follows:
Ages 5 - 83. There is no limit to the number of posters each member may enter. Only one prize will be awarded to any member. Posters may be in any medium such as crayons, markers, colored pencils, paints, chalks, etc, and must measure 28" x 22." All posters will be displayed in the 4-H Exhibit Hall during the Piscataquis Valley Fair August 26th through August 29th.
They must include name, address, phone number, and age on the back. No names will be allowed on the front of the poster. They should be submitted to the Piscataquis County Extension Office NO LATER than August 16, 2010 by 4:30 PM. Please call 1-800-287-1491 for directions to the office. Judging will be by a panel chosen by Linda Whitten, 4-H Program Aide.
Posters will be judged as follows: