4-HMultnomah County Fair is Back!
creating confident & proud kids...
May 25-27, 2013
Free Admission and Free Parking
4-H members from Multnomah and Washington County 4-H Schools and Clubs are returning to Multnomah County Fair in 2013!
All youth from Multnomah 4-H schools and clubs are encouraged to come join the fun. There is still time to finish your projects and head down to the fair over Memorial Day Weekend for fun and learning. Even if you can't come to the fair, you can still submit your project to the fair for judging and awards. Check out all the details below.
Oaks Amusement Park
7805 SE Oaks Park Way Portland, Or 97202
at the foot of SE Spokane, Sellwood
Bringing Your Animal to Fair
Youth from 4-H clubs and schools are eligible to bring their animal projects to the fair for workshops, activities and judging. Here are a few guidelines for helping you prepare for the fair
- Animals should be healthy and have no signs of disease or injury
- Pens and shavings will be provided by the fair for the large livestock
- Each exhibitor is responsible for the care of his or her exhibit. This includes proper feeding, cleaning, health, and safety practices. Market animals are the responsibility of the member until they are removed from the fairgrounds. All beef and dairy animals must be double tied (halter and neck rope). For beef, rope halters only, no nylon halters with chain leads will be allowed. Rope neckties are required.
- Exhibitors shall furnish the necessary feed and bedding for their animals, and are also to arrange for their care. Exhibitors are to provide their own feeders, buckets, and necessary equipment.
- Small animal cages will be provided but are limited. First priority will be given to those exhibitors who will be staying overnight. Exhibitors who are coming for just a day should bring their own carry cage.
- Download and complete an Exhibit card for EACH animal you bring. These exhibit cards will need to be attached to the cage or pen of each animal.
- Youth participants will be asked to help with herdsmanship duties (keeping the animals cages and pens clean)
- Youth are encouraged to visit with the public and share information about your animal
- Packing List of Supplies to bring with your animals
Overnight Stays at Oaks Park
4-H Youth and families (especially those with animals) are welcome to camp overnight at Oaks Park for Saturday evening. Bring your own camping gear. Bathroom facilities (no showers) and security are provided. Please contact Maureen Hosty if you plan to stay overnight. Bring your musical instruments, campfire stories and games for a 4-H Campfire!
Thanks to our generous supporter, Chipolte Restaraunt will provide dinner Saturday night for all our campers!
Friday, May 24th
1:00-5:30 pm Static Exhibit Check In
Set up for 4-H Animal Exhibit area (all animal exhibitors please come help)
Saturday, May 25th
9:00 am 4-H Animal Check-in
1l:30 am Animal Exhibitors Meeting (all members, parents and leaders)
9:30 am Judging: Static Exhibits
noon Multnomah Fair Opens
1:00 pm Poultry Judging and Showmanship
3:00 pm Sheep Judging and Showmanship
3:30 pm 4-H Flower Arranging Contest
7:00 pm Fair closes to the public
evening 4-H campout at the Fair
Sunday, May 26th
morning 4-H Animal Herdsmanship
11:30 am Animal Exhibitors Meeting (all members, parents and leaders)
noon Multnomah Fair Opens to public
noon Cloverbuds Sandwhich making Contest
1:00 pm Rabbits and Cavie Judging and Showmanship
3:00 pm Goat judging and showmanship
3:30 pm Recyled Art Contest
5:00 pm 4-H Pet Costume Contest
7:00 pm Fair Closes to Public
7:00 pm Break down and clean up 4-H Animal Exhibit areas (all animal exhibitors come help)
Monday, May 27th
noon Fair opens to public
6:00 pm 4-H C&C Club Play Performance: Cards, Chess and a Bit of Madness
6:00 pm 4-H Exhibit pick up and 4-H Exhibit area clean up (all exhibitors)
Fees and Parking
Free Admission and Free Parking
How to Enter a 4-H Exhibit at the Fair
- Decide on the project(s) you want to enter. Youth can enter multiple projects
- Download and Review the Exhibit Guidelines
- Download and Complete a 4-H Exhibit Card and attach to exhibit
- Arrange to have your project entered into the Fair on Friday, May 25th from 12-4 pm
- Participate in many of the fun 4-H activities at the fair
- Participate in other 4-H activities such as sandwhich contest or flower arranging.
Special 4-H Events at the Fair
Check out some of the fun events at the fair. Grab your family and come join us at the fair for these fun activities. There are family activities, entertainment, animal activities and exhibits. Plus . . . lots of fun rides for everyone.
Multnomah County Fair Activities
Judging and Evaluation of Projects
The county 4-H Fair is a wonderful opportunity for youth to showcase what they learned and to receive feedback from a judge. Judges have a special interest in young people, and many have knowledge in a particular subject matter area, as a hobby or career. They are selected by paid staff and volunteers for their knowledge and interest in youth. Most are volunteers with some exceptions, such as in the horse project area where professionals are secured.
Having one’s accomplishments evaluated can be motivating and educational for 4-H’ers. When judges critique their work or performance, it serves as a guide to further improvement. The judging process is probably more valuable than the award or recognition. To plan, practice, and present a finished product is to “learn by doing.” To graciously accept constructive criticism of one’s work is a real life experience. 4-H’ers learn quickly that judging results reflect a personal opinion, and that evaluation will vary among judge.
GRADES K-2: Youth projects in grades K-3 will each receive a participation ribbon and feedback from the judges. In addition, comment cards will be available at the exhibit tables for the general public to provide feedback and encouragement to the youth.
GRADES 4-6: Youth projects from grades 4-12 will be judged using the Danish system of Judging. In this system, the judges do not judge one person’s work by comparing it to another’s. The evaluation is made against a standard. A judge looks to see whether requirements are met. A score sheet is used, available from the county 4-H office.
Awards are given for excellent (blue ribbon), very good (red ribbon) and good (white ribbon). One advantage of this system is that everyone whose work fulfills minimum qualification can receive a ribbon. If all entries are judged to be excellent, all receive blue ribbons.
The purpose of using the Danish judging system is to give every 4-H member the recognition deserved for the work that was done. It also helps young people recognize the need to improve their skills and to “make the best better.”
Conference or interview: During the fair, Saturday from 1-3 pm, 4-H members also have the opportunity to participate in a conference or interview with the judge. The judge interviews the participant as he/she evaluates the product against a set of standards. The purpose of this judging is to determine what the 4-H’er learned in completing the project. Comments are provided verbally and also in writing on a score sheet. Come to the 4-H Information Table at the fair to sign up for a conference interview!