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Preparing Youth for the Fair
We are not looking for an extraordinary project, we are looking for extraordinary learning! It is important that in preparing youth for the fair that 4-H volunteers and staff utilize the Experiential Learning Model and are able to reflect the “Do, Reflect, Apply” process that they have utilized. Youth need to be able to demonstrate not only their exhibit but what they have learned and how they reached their goal.
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Goal Setting: Writing Project Area and Exhibit Goals
The skill of goal setting and working to achieve their goals is what 4-H strives to have 4-H youth practice in all parts of the educational experience — from project work to club work. As a 4-H member develops their skills in a project area, goals should become more challenging to further their learning.

Learn what a goal is, and how to write goals for project area learning and for exhibits.
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Iowa 4-H - Animal Identification, Weighing, and Exhibiting Requirements for County, State and Interstate Shows
This publication has two purposes:
(1) to summarize regulations relating to exhibiting animals at 4-H shows, and
(2) to provide additional suggestions for staff members and county program committees as they plan 4-H shows.

It is the expectation that all 4-H shows will comply with the regulations in this publication. Shows may have rules that are more restrictive but not less restrictive than state rules.
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Iowa 4-H Equitation and Horsemanship Skills Assessment
The Equitation and Horsemanship Skills Assessment Program provides an optional, planned progression of skill development to promote safety, equitation, and horsemanship. The program offers a check-list for youth to be involved and succeed, regardless of their riding style, skill, or ability.

The skills are not western, hunt seat, saddle seat, or contest skills. They are skills for all disciplines, riding styles, and uses. These skills were designed for the purpose of promoting safety and knowledge within the 4-H horse project. The skills will give youth a planned progression of horse handling and riding skills and a solid understanding of and ability in horsemanship.

Mastering proper horsemanship skills before progressing to the next level requires patience, maturity, interest, dedication, and time. Youth can practice skills at home, clinics, demonstrations, meetings, camps, etc. As you work with a horse or pony, you want to work at developing self-discipline, patience, self- reliance, responsibility, and pride of accomplishment. Youth should progress through the levels at their own rate to successfully master the skills.
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Project Area or Exhibit?
What is the difference between a 4-H project and a 4-H exhibit? Each year, 4-H members enroll in project areas that interest them. They set goals to plan what they will learn in each project area. When they bring things to fair to show what they learned, these are called exhibits.

This publication gives examples of ways you can explore project area learning as a 4-H member, and ways that you can participate in sharing what you have learned through exhibiting opportunities.
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Writing a Clothing Event Commentary
In a clothing event, runway commentaries tell the audience about you and the special features of your garment. It is also your opportunity to share what you learned during the experience of purchasing or making your outfit. Commentaries are concise, usually between 50 and 100 words long.

This publication explains how to write a commentary, sample commentaries, and a list of clothing-related terms you may want to use in your commentary.
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Foods for Iowa 4-H Fairs - Quick Reference Guide
Plan ahead for a successful fair experience. Use these guidelines to help select an acceptable product for exhibit, find an approved recipe source, and identify the appropriate preparation method.

This replaces 4H 3023 - Inappropriate Food Exhibits For Iowa 4-H Fairs.
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Alimentos para las ferias de 4-H de Iowa. Guía de referencia rápida
Spanish version of Foods for Iowa 4-H Fairs - Quick Reference Guide.

Plan ahead for a successful fair experience. Use these guidelines to help select an acceptable product for exhibit, find an approved recipe source, and identify the appropriate preparation method.
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Design: Exploring the Elements and Principles in Home Decor
The elements of design are line, shape, form, color, texture, and space. These are the tools used to design a room or space. The principles of design are balance, emphasis, unity, rhythm, and proportion. The principles of design are how we use the elements of design to create the desired look. By learning and using the elements and principles of design, you will increase your understanding of how and why some things work together and some simply don’t look right.
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Communications - Working Exhibits! What are they?
A working exhibit is the sharing of a talent or showing off a skill! If you have a talent, share it with others. If you know a subject well, tell others about it. If you have a skill, teach it to others.

A 4-H working exhibit gives you the chance to present a topic informally. Your working exhibit should be a "teaching" or "showing" presentation. Every project area could have a working exhibit!
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Design: Exploring the Elements and Principles in Clothing
Get an introduction to the elements of design (shape/form, color, texture, and line) and the principles of design (rhythm, emphasis, proportion, balance, and unity).
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Design: Exploring the Elements and Principles
A design is a visual plan you can use to create your 4-H project. Everything you can see has a design. Explore the elements and principles of design.
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Iowa 4-H Market Beef Identification Form (Unit=Pkg of 20)
Use this form for eligibility to exhibit at County, State, and Interstate Shows.
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Rules and Regulations for 4-H Equine Shows in Iowa
This detailed handbook is a guide for 4-H'ers, 4-H leaders, county extension staff, show managers, judges, and others responsible for conducting 4-H light horse shows in Iowa.
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Livestock Judging Scorecard (Unit=Pkg of 25)
Judges should use this card to score livestock.
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Harvesting and Preparing Vegetables for Exhibit

Tips on preparing and handling vegetables for 4-H and youth exhibits, including details for 40 different vegetables.
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Preparing Cut Flowers and Houseplants for Exhibits
Learn all the ins and outs of exhibiting cut flowers and houseplants at flower shows and fairs. Details provided for 16 different flowers.
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