2022 Porter County Fair 4-H Info

Missed exhibit pick-up?
First, check with your 4-H Club leader and see if they happened to have picked up your 4-H exhibit(s) for you. If not, pick it up at one of the following times:

Wednesday, 8/3 – 7:00-7:30 am @ north end of 4-H Building (State Fair foods due)
Saturday, 8/20 – 5:00-8:00 pm @ north end of 4-H Building (Annual End-of-Summer 4-H Bash)
Monday, 8/22 – 6:30-7:00 pm @ north end of 4-H Building (State Fair exhibit pick-up) 

Fair Results – Available Here!
As fair exhibit results become official, they will be posted at https://fairentry.com/Fair/Results/17418. Bookmark it and share it.

State Fair Drop-Off & Pick-Up
Saturday, July 30th: All State Fair exhibits, except baked and preserved food, will be taken from the 4-H Building and transported to the Indiana State Fair. If you would like to make any corrections to your exhibit before it’s taken to State Fair, please see 4-H Office Staff to find out your options.
Wednesday, August 3rd: Foods exhibits eligible for State Fair must be checked in at the 4-H Building between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m.
Monday, August 22nd: All projects will return on Monday, August 22nd, and must be picked up between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Building.
Please note: Transportation of projects is a service provided by the Extension Staff and sponsored by the 4-H Council. Exhibitors of large, heavy, or particularly fragile exhibits may be responsible for transporting their own exhibits to the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Projects not picked up at the specified time will be recycled, repurposed, or disposed of.

4-H Schedule of Fair Events
Download the schedule of 4-H events, activities, check-in times, etc. here! (Update 7/15/22: Revised Small Animals Show – Mon. 7/25 @ 2:00 p.m.) Click here to download.

4-H Building Hours & 4-H Office Hours
Please note that office and exhibit hours differ. If you need to access our 4-H building office when the building is closed to the public, please enter at the northeast door and come directly to our office window. During pre-fair judging, the building may look open, but we ask that you please keep out until the official opening on the first day of the Fair.

DateExhibit Hall Viewing Hours4-H Office Hours
Thurs. 7/14 & Fri. 7/15CLOSED8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Mon. 7/18CLOSED1:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Tues. 7/19CLOSED for judging7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Wed. 7/20CLOSED for judging7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thurs. 7/2112:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Fri. 7/22 & Sat. 7/2310:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sun. 7/2412:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Mon. 7/25 – Sat. 7/3010:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Mon. 8/1CLOSED12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

7th-12th Graders/Junior LeadersVolunteer at the Fair!
Sign-up to help out at exhibit check-in and throughout the fair by going to the Jr. Leader sign-up at https://bit.ly/2022JLFair. All 4-Hers who were in 7th-12th grade this past school year are invited to help us throughout the fair!

4-H Exhibit Hall Plants, Fish, Lizards, Etc.
If your living 4-H exhibit (plant, fish, lizard, etc.) requires moving other exhibits or cases in order to access it, we ask that you do your chores prior to the building’s opening time. Be sure to check in at the 4-H Office so we know you’re there. Or, stop by at closing time, and once we close the building, you can take care of your chores.

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.)

“My Record of 4-H Achievement”
The “My Record of 4-H Achievement” card serves as a permanent record of your 4-H career. You are encouraged to complete it annually and keep it in a safe place. The information included on that record will be useful to you when you apply for 4-H awards and scholarships in the future! We will no longer keep a copy in the Extension Office and hope to soon transition to an electronic member record system that syncs with 4HOnline and FairEntry.

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.

Season Fair Passes for 4-H Parents & Volunteers
Reduced-price 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 of $20 applies only to 4-H parents and officially enrolled volunteers and you will not be able to purchase extra passes at the reduced rate. (Adults who have not completed their annual 4-H enrollment by the time of this publication will not be included on the official listing of 4-H volunteers.)

Ride Wristband Deals for 4-Hers
4-Hers are eligible for one all-day discounted ride band to be used on whatever day they choose. Ride all day for just $20! The special 4-H Wristband Vouchers MUST BE PURCHASED in the FAIR OFFICE in Expo East BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON {Date TBD}.

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.

Fairgrounds Clean-Up
Saturday, July 10th will be clean-up day at the fairgrounds beginning at 8:00 a.m. Please plan to volunteer a little time to help prepare the 4-H Building and livestock barns for this year’s fair. Many hands make light work! Junior Leaders: your participation is expected!

Fair Passes & Exhibit Tags
While 4-Her fair passes and exhibit tags will be available on exhibit check-in night, we welcome you to stop by the 4-H Building office and pick them up early! We’ll have them ready and available on Thursday, July 14th or Friday, July 15th (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Stop by and pick up your fair passes and exhibit tags.

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.) 

Exhibit Check-In Pedestrian Flow
On 4-H Building exhibit check-in night on Monday, July 18th we ask that all pedestrian traffic ENTERS THROUGH THE SOUTH END OF THE 4-H BUILDING. You will be greeted at the south entrance with a station at which to pick up your exhibit tags. You will not be permitted to enter the building until 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit Check-in Volunteers Needed
If you are an officially enrolled/screened 4-H volunteer, we would love your help on Monday evening of check-in, even if you aren’t a superintendent of the projects that are getting checked in. As long as you are an approved volunteer, we always need more help on check-in night! Check in at the office upon arrival and we’ll find a job 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.

Pre-Fair Parking at the Fairgrounds
On Monday of project check-in there will be plenty of open space to park at the south end of the 4-H Building.  However, beginning on Tuesday morning July 19th, if you will be on the fairgrounds, we ask that you park in the asphalt lot south of the main Expo Building so as not to impede fair set-up operations.