Don't miss your chance to see 4-H events at the 2012 Iowa State Fair. The 4-H Exhibits Building will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Aug. 9 to 19, and will offer many exhibits that have been prepared by 4-H members. The air-conditioned 4-H Exhibits Building is in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds. Here's an overview of what to plan for this year.
The 4-H Exhibits Building will feature some 3,800 exhibits from 4-H'ers around the state. In addition to more than 600 photography exhibits, look for an assortment of delectable baked goods, fantastic furnishings and other unique items.
Get Your Hands on Science, Engineering and Technology Fair visitors can get their hands on science, engineering and technology.
Thursday, Aug. 9 - University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education solar activities Friday, Aug. 10 & Saturday, Aug. 11 - Iowa State University College of Engineering will provide First LEGO League activities
Wednesday, Aug. 15 through Saturday, Aug. 18 - The Blank Park Zoo shows at 2pm and 4pm.
Friday, Aug.17 - Insect Zoo
Saturday, August 18 - Science on a Stick
Watch more than 900 4-H'ers in action as they give educational presentations every day from 9-noon and 1-5pm. Share the Fun acts are every day at noon and 5pm on the main stage at the 4-H Exhibits Building. Working Exhibits are hands-on activities led by youth for youth and can be seen every day from 9am-noon and 1-4pm. Extemporaneous speaking will be held all day Sunday, Aug. 19.
Try on 'Awardrobe' Aug. 9, 10
The 2012 Iowa State Fair Awardrobe 4-H clothing event is Thursday, Aug. 9 and Friday, Aug.10 at the Iowa State University campus. Awardrobe showcases youth from different sections of the state each day. The fashion runway shows will take place each day at 4:15 in the Great Hall at the Memorial Union, Iowa State University.
Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge Is Aug. 10, 11 Iowa youth in two age divisions will show off their robot designing and programming skills during a real-time robotics design challenge. Juniors will compete on Friday, Aug. 10, and seniors will compete on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building.
Cook This! on Aug. 12, 13, 14 In this three-part youth culinary challenge, teams of junior, intermediate and senior level 4-H'ers will demonstrate their creativity in food preparation as well as their communication skills about food related topics, and their ability to identify produce, equipment, and answer other culinary questions. The challenge will take place Sunday, Aug. 12, Monday, Aug. 13 and Tuesday, Aug. 14 in the 4-H Exhibits Building.
State 4-H Council Reunion
The Iowa 4-H Foundation is hosting a State 4-H Council reunion for all current and former State 4-H Council members on Saturday, August 11th. The event will be held at the 4-H Exhibits Building from 6-8pm following the Share the Fun show at 5pm.
4-H Livestock Shows
More than 1,900 4-H exhibitors will have 3,000 entries during the 2012 Iowa State Fair. Here is a list of the livestock shows happening throughout the Fair.
Thursday, Aug. 9 - Poultry, Dairy Cattle, and Horse shows
Sunday, Aug. 12 - Swine Showmanship and Sheep Showmanship shows
Monday, Aug. 13 - Performance Sheep, Market Sheep, Breeding Gilt, Derby Swine, and Beef Showmanship shows
Tuesday, Aug. 14 - Breeding Sheep, Market Swine, Breeding Beef Cattle shows, the 4-H Parade of Breeding Heifer Champions, and Beef of Merit Beef Cattle Show
Wednesday, Aug. 15 - Market Beef Cattle show and Rabbit Agility Demonstration
Thursday, Aug. 16 - Dairy Goat and Rabbit shows
Friday, Aug. 17 - Breeding Meat Goat show
Sunday, Aug. 19 - Dog show
118 Iowans to Join Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Sunday, Aug. 19, at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Eighty-eight counties have selected inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H.
4-H'ers Receive Scholarships
The Iowa 4-H Foundation will present more than 100 scholarships to deserving 4-H'ers from across the state at the annual scholarship awards program, Saturday, Aug. 11, 3:30 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building.
Visit with a 4-H Legend
The Iowa 4-H Foundation is hosting several 4-H legends in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Meet these legends and learn about their 4-H experiences and memories.
Thursday, Aug. 9 - 1-3pm - Chuck Morris
Friday, Aug. 10 - 2-4pm - C.J. Gauger
Sunday, Aug. 12 - 2-4pm - Glen Thompson
Monday, Aug. 13 - 2-4pm - Don & Doris Goering
Wednesday, Aug. 15 - 2-4pm - Jerry Parsons
Thursday, Aug. 16 - 2-4pm - Florine Swanson
Friday, Aug. 17 - 2-4pm - Shirley Stakey
Saturday, Aug. 18 - 10am-noon - Glen & Mary Jo Mente
Connect with the Iowa 4-H Foundation
Every weekday from 8:30-9:30am and 4-5pm the Iowa 4-H Foundation will be on the 4-H Porch at the Cattlemen's Headquarters to meet with fairgoers who want to meet the new Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation, Kris Fish Kuhlmann, or talk about leaving a legacy for Iowa 4-H. If you'd like to schedule a one-on-one visit with Kris, you can reach her during the Fair at (515) 520-1990.