For many members, showing their projects at the County Fair is the highlight of summer! This year's fair will be August 1-4, 2018, at the Benton County Fairgrounds. 4-H Horse members show their projects at the 4-H Horse Fair in July.
Are you entering a 4-H exhibit at our Benton County Fair? Do you plan to stay at the fairgrounds and camp? Are you looking for the 4-H Fairbook or schedule? You will find all of that information here as it becomes available!
2018 Fair Theme: "Make a Splash"
Entry Cards - Each project area requires a Fair Entry Card. Entry Cards must be turned in by June 15. Beef, Sheep and Swine members please review the "Judges Fee" policy.
Static Exhibits - All 4-H members are eligible to participate in the Family, Consumer Science, Arts and Sciences (FCSAS) project areas. Members will need to submit a fair entry for their exhibits and register for an interview time. Judging will take place on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the OSU Extension office.
Judges Fee - As of January 2016, the Large Animal Project Committee decided to create a Judges fee for every member that participates in the beef, sheep, or swine project. The Judges Fee cover judges expenses for the Benton County 4-H Fair. The $10 fee will be collected with the member's fair entry card. Some clubs may elect to pay for the Judges fee for their members and it must accompany fair entry forms.
Benton County Fair
Wednesday-Saturday, August 1-4 2018
2018 Theme: Make a Splash
Camping is available for 4-H members and families during the Benton County Fair. Camp sites are located in the Oak Grove. Each club will be assigned an area in the campground for trailers, campers and tents. Electricity is not guaranteed and generators may be allowed. Please plan for dry camping.
The Benton County Fairgrounds requires all camp occupants to complete a Participant Release form (one per family). Reservations must be submitted as an entire club to the Benton County 4-H office. Individual reservations will not be accepted.
Auction Book Cover Contest
Benton County 4-H members can showcase their artistic skills for the Lee Allen Memorial Youth Market Auction book cover contest. Cash awards are sponsored by Betty Dowless. Submissions are due July 1 to the Extension office.
Drawings must be in black ink or pencil on a 8.5” x 11” white sheet of paper (leave small border of white space). Entries must include the title, date, time, and theme ("Make a Splash").
Title: 2018 Lee Allen Memorial Youth Market Auction
Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018
Fair Contests & Activities
- Milk Chug-A-Lug – This contest is sponsored by the Linn-Benton County Dairy Women. Teams will consist of no more than six people and is open to all 4-H members, leaders and parents. Sign up on the bulletin board during fair week. See the schedule for the time and location.
- Master Showmanship - This contest brings together the outstanding showmen who are selected to represent the various animal species. The contest provides a way for 4-H'ers to demonstrate their versatility in handling of animals.
- Meat Animal Judging Contest – This contest provides the opportunity for all 4-H members and FFA members to challenge their judging ability and expand their knowledge of how to select livestock. See the schedule for the time and location.
- Marketing Contest – This contest is open to all 4-H animal science project members. The member will verbally promote and sell their animal to the judges. Animals must be present to compete. This class encourages public speaking, project knowledge and presentation skills. NO ACTUAL SALE WILL OCCUR - THIS IS FOR PRESENTATION PURPOSES ONLY! Sign up on the bulletin board during fair week to participate. See the schedule for the time and location.
- Herdsmanship – This contest develops knowledge and skill in proper care, handling and housing of animals on public exhibition. It is the responsibility of all 4-H members to clean pens, wash racks, aisle ways, etc. where livestock are present. Parents and leaders may supervise and teach but should not perform herdsmanship duties. Herdsmanship will be judged twice daily at varying times.
- Auction - The Lee Allen Memorial Youth Auction helps 4-H and FFA members learn important life skills, responsibility, decision-making, and record keeping. Profits from the sale of these members’ livestock production projects are usually reinvested in projects or are used for future educational expenses. Eligibility requirements can be found in the fairbook. See the schedule for the time and location.