2022 Porter County Fair 4-H Info

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Following are all the answers to questions you didn’t even know you had! Your Porter County 4-H staff is here to help make your fair experience as smooth as possible. If you have any questions that aren’t answered below, contact 4-H Operations Manager Angel Leuck at amleuck@purdue.edu or Extension Educator Joan Grott at joangrott@purdue.edu

Fair Entry – due June 27th
All K-12 4-H members must complete the online FairEntry process by June 27th. More information is available by clicking here.

4-H Schedule of Pre-Fair & Fair Events
This year’s schedule of pre-fair and fair time 4-H events and activities is now available for download below!

Exhibit Check-In
Check-in for most (NOT ALL—see fair schedule for details) exhibits is Monday, July 18th from 5:00-7:30 (please enter at the SOUTH END of the building). Based on experience, we have a rush at 5:00, and by 6:30 it’s much calmer. Please consider coming later in the evening to help us de-densify our crowd. (If you are unable to attend exhibit check-in, please make arrangements with someone to check your exhibits in for you.) 

Mini 4-H Check-In
Mini 4-H check-in is TUESDAY, July 19th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the NORTH END of the 4-H Building.

Exhibit Check-Out
Check-out of 4-H Building exhibits is Monday, August 1st from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Your project exhibits are YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. If you are unable to attend check-out, you must make arrangements with someone else to pick your exhibits up for you. Projects not picked up at this time will be recycled, repurposed, or disposed of.

4-H Exhibit Requirements/Handbook
In addition to the handbook pages that are specifically for your project(s), be sure to review pages 1-12 of the handbook as well. These introductory pages include lots of information that is particularly important at fair time.  The Exhibition Policy, Poster Policy, Judging Policy, etc. are located in the opening pages of the handbook. Don’t be surprised at the fair; know the rules in advance by reading your handbook. Did you know your exhibit grade can be lowered one letter grade if you don’t leave a 3-3/4” x 4” space in the lower right corner of your poster for the entry tag?  Did you know that if you do not meet the exhibit requirements for the level you’re enrolled in you will be lowered one grade?  Did you know you can be subject to disciplinary penalties and/or dismissal from the program if you (or your parents!) violate the Behavioral Expectations? Be sure to read and understand your handbook so you’re prepared for fair! (Download the handbook at https://bit.ly/2022PorterCo4HHandbook.

Project Record Sheets & Project Completion
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 subject matter area of the project through the 4-H year…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. Record sheets are due at the time of project check-in. (Note: Club Leader signatures are NOT required on record sheets.)

Volunteer Enrollment/Volunteer Status
Adults who have not completed their annual 4-H enrollment will not be included on the official listing of 4-H volunteers eligible for a reduced-rate season fair pass and should not be serving as representatives of the 4-H program. Multiple attempts have been made to contact adults about their volunteer status. Much like we hold our 4-Hers to deadlines, adults should set the example with their annual enrollment as well. The Superintendent/Leader passes and the reduced-rate volunteer passes are a perk for those who have actively participated and fulfilled their duties throughout the 4-H year. We are now at the end of the 4-H year. Enrollment will re-open on October 1st and is due by January 15th.