County Fair

Tuesday July 24-Sunday, July 29, 2018

Many 4-H members exhibit at the Washington County Fair each July. It’s an opportunity to showcase the skills they’ve learned in their projects throughout the year and receive feedback on their work.

This page is a central spot for information about the 4-H experience at County Fair and especially helpful for easy access to many links for online sign-ups related to 4-H roles at fair. Please also refer to the Washington County Fair website which includes details for all exhibitors (not just 4-H) and fair goers. http://www.wcfairpark.com/fair/

Who Runs the County Fair?

Who Runs the County Fair?

The county fair is administered by the Agricultural and Industrial Society (AIS), a non-profit charged with operating the County Fair and hosting over 350 events at Fair Park every year. The County Fair is not run by UW-Extension Washington County, although several program areas within UW-Extension collaborate with AIS to facilitate opportunities during the fair.

County Fair Premium Book

County Fair Premium Book

This book provides a listing of all entries that can be exhibited at the County Fair in Junior Class (youth exhibitors in 4-H, FFA, Jr. Holstein, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts) as well as Open Class. It is from this book that you select what department and class in which you will enter your exhibits. You may only enter one item/exhibit/animal per class. The premium book is available online at http://www.wcfairpark.com/fair/exhibitors/. It is your responsibility to read the premium book and follow the guidelines for all entries.

Exhibit Entry

Exhibit Entry

Fair exhibit entries are submitted online through Washington County Fair Park: http://www.wcfairpark.com/fair/exhibitors/. Utilize the Online Exhibit Entry Instructions on the Washington County Fair Park website. The deadline for entering these exhibits online is June 29th. The entry deadline will not be extended. Exhibitors are encouraged to enter early, in May or June. Check with your club’s general leader to see how fair entries are facilitated in your club, as this varies. Your club may have an earlier due date for entries so that the general leader can submit them as a group. If you need assistance figuring out which department to enter your exhibits in, please use the “Where Should I Enter My Exhibit” resource. It lists each 4-H project and the related Junior Exhibitor Department from the Washington County Fair Premium Book.

Exhibit Release

Exhibit Release

All exhibits need to remain in place until 7:00 pm on Sunday. For animal exhibits, contact the superintendent and countywide project leaders for proper procedures. For non-animal exhibits in the Ziegler Building, please review the 2018 Ziegler Building Exhibit Check Out Procedure to ensure a smooth process.

Exhibit Judging

Exhibit Judging

Judging for all non-animal exhibits is done face-to-face. This judging process allows the member to talk with the judge about what they made, how they constructed the exhibit, what they learned, what they might do differently, any challenges, etc. It is similar to a conversation they may have when explaining a class project to a teacher. Face-to-face judging for most non-animal projects takes place on the Monday of fair week and animal judging takes place Wednesday-Saturday. Carefully read the Premium Book for judging details.

Jr. Exhibitor Season Pass

Jr. Exhibitor Season Pass

The pass is good for all days the fair is open for the current year. The pass is a wristband with a barcode on it that will need to be scanned each day. Anyone with a season pass wristband, youth or adult, will need to get their hand stamped if leaving and wanting to re-enter on the same day. A stamp can be obtained at each entrance/exit.

The $8.00 pass needs to be paid for and ordered when you submit your entries, due June 29. This special price only applies to youth who are exhibiting at the current year’s County Fair. Cloverbuds (4-H members in grades K-2) receive free Jr. Exhibitor passes. Please note that if you are participating in a judging time that happens after the gates are open to the public, (starting Tuesday at 3:00 pm) you will need an admission pass to get in, even if you are only there for judging of entries or volunteering.

Adult Volunteer Season Pass

Adult Volunteer Season Pass

Adults who volunteer a minimum of 4 hours of work related to 4-H at the Washington County Fair can purchase an Adult Volunteer Season Pass for $15.00. This pass is available to enrolled 4-H adult volunteer leaders and parents/guardians, grandparents, and adult siblings of 4-H youth members.

The pass is good for all days the fair is open for the current year. The pass is a wristband with a barcode on it that will need to be scanned each day. Anyone with a season pass wristband, youth or adult, will need to get their hand stamped if leaving and wanting to re-enter on the same day. A stamp can be obtained at each entrance/exit.

The pass is not ordered when you submit youth fair entries; but instead you must purchase a pass through your club’s General Leader or contact the UW-Extension office if you are a Key Leader. Passes should be ordered by the club deadline and submitted to the UW-Extension Office by June 29th.

The 4 volunteer hours can be completed during fair itself or during fair set-up or take-down. Signing up to purchase a pass does not mean you are signing up for that volunteer role. It is your responsibility to sign up for that role by following the instructions below.

  • Ziegler Building set-up (see below)
  • Exhibit release/Ziegler Building take down (see below)
  • Animal barn set-up or take down (contact countywide project leader or Superintendent)
  • Set up, take down, or assisting with dairy or livestock shows or livestock sale (contact Fair Superintendent or  Sale Committee Chair)
  • Staffing the 4-H Action and Promotion Center (see below)
  • Building Supervisor in Ziegler Building (see below)
  • Building sitter in animal barns/tents (contact countywide project leader or Superintendent)
  • Working at the 4-H Food Stand (contact club General Leader)
  • Assisting with the dog show (contact countywide project leader)
  • Overnight security in the barns (contact countywide project leader)
  • Facilitating archery demonstrations (contact countywide project leader)
  • Volunteer in Silent Auction (see below)

Ziegler Building Volunteer Roles Sign Up

Ziegler Building Volunteer Roles Sign Up

For all of the volunteer opportunities taking place in the Ziegler Building including set-up, building supervisor, silent auction, exhibit release and take down, sign up is being done through an online tool called Sign Up Genius. Click on the link below to sign up by June 29. If you need help signing up or questions about the opportunities, contact the UW-Extension Office.
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4BA9A82CA0F94-2018

4-H Action and Promotion Center

4-H Action and Promotion Center

This is an opportunity to engage community members attending the fair in a hands-on activity and promote 4-H. Each club is encouraged to organize a small group, 2-4 members (any age) and 1-2 adults, to cover one shift. There are 20 shifts. Shifts are two hours in length and available Tuesday, July 24 -Sunday, July 29.
Action is the key to the success of the “4-H Action and Promotion Center.” Clubs can create and provide their own activity or indicate when signing up that they’d like the County Ambassadors to provide one for them. The activity should be hands-on and attract fair goers to the booth. The activity could be a science experiment, a matching game in which they learn about the body parts of an animal (or any other topic), art based, learning how to identify plants, animal interaction, etc. This is an opportunity to ask the youth running the booth what they’ve learned in their projects this past year and how they could teach others and share a favorite activity. 4-H promotional materials will be provided.
Top 5 Reasons to Volunteer at the Action and Promotion Booth at Fair
1. It is an easy way to get adult volunteer hours for an adult volunteer season pass
2. It is a fun group or family activity
3. It is a good chance to interact with fair goers
4. You get to share your passion about 4-H and projects you are involved in
5. Opportunity to strengthen communication and social skills

Sign up will be done through an online tool called Sign Up Genius. Check back for the sign up link soon!

Youth Fair Assistants

Youth Fair Assistants

The Youth Fair Assistants contribute their time and talent to facilitate the face-to-face judging process at the Washington County Fair. They help the exhibit entry process run smoothly and quickly so that we can avoid delays in judging. Fair assistants help the superintendents function effectively, and they help exhibitors have a positive experience during face-to-face judging.

Review the responsibilities and qualifications in the May/June Cloverline or on the Youth Fair Assistants Sign Up being done through Sign Up Genius. Sign up by Friday, June 29th. If you need assistance signing up, contact Ginny Bichler at 262-335-4478 to sign up.

County Fair Club and Livestock Booths

County Fair Club and Livestock Booths

The theme for club booths continues to be the Special Emphasis theme which is ‘4-H: Grow With Us’. If your club is interested in exhibiting a club or livestock booth at County Fair, you need to see
department 132 of the Premium Book and register in ShoWorks by June 29.

Booths need to be in place by 9:00 am on Tuesday of fair week and is preferred if they are in place by Monday. Face-to-face judging will take place on Wednesday from 11:00am-3:00 pm. Clubs
need to have a team of 3-5 youth members to meet with the judge and answer questions about their booth. Livestock booths don’t need to have youth present but it’s highly encouraged. To
indicate the club contact and select your top times for judging, fill out this Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/FuzV2jy0FbDwpsO03 by June 29. If you have questions, contact Amy Mangan-Fischer.

Leaders Association Silent Auction

Leaders Association Silent Auction

Each year at County Fair the Washington County 4-H Leaders Association holds a silent auction to raise funds for 4-H members and leaders to help finance educational training, trips, camps and other various activities. This is the second largest fundraiser for Washington County’s 4-H program. Last year, we were able to raise over $6,000 and this year we hope to raise even more!

GENERAL DONATIONS
The 2018 Washington County Fair will be held Tuesday, July 24- Sunday, July 29, with the closing auction bids accepted through 11 am on Sunday, July 29. To help in fundraising for Washington County 4-H, we are requesting suitable donations for our silent auction table. These include items purchased as donations, items that are made, and/or monetary donations that the committee can use to purchase items. If you know of a company that you would like to have the committee contact to solicit a donation, please contact: Andrea Schultz, Silent Auction Committee Co-Chair at Washingtoncty4hsilentauction@gmail.com or at (414) 418-3966 with the company name, contact (if known), address, and phone number. The committee will then send a formal letter requesting a
donation. This will ensure that multiple people are not re-questing a donation from the same company.

DONATIONS FROM 4-H YOUTH AND 4-H CLUBS
Youth are encouraged to donate fair entries from previous years to the silent auction. Have you made some high-quality projects that someone may enjoy? Drop them off at the UW-Extension Office and they will be included in the silent auction! You could also make a duplicate of a fair project that you plan to enter this year and donate the extra item to the silent auction. Fairgoers who bid on these items can have the special privilege of owning a handcrafted item made by a 4-H youth who learned new skills as they worked on that project.

4-H Clubs are also encouraged to make either a monetary donation to the silent auction fund, or donate items for the silent auction itself. Themed gift baskets are popular ideas. This is a great opportunity for youth to learn about shopping on a budget.

SILENT AUCTION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Tasks include organizing winning bid sheets at auction close, making phone calls to winners at the close of the auction, collecting payments at the end of the auction, helping transport leftover auction items to the PAC after the auction, and collecting payments at the PAC the Monday after fair. If you are interested in helping, sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4BA9A82CA0F94-2018 and contact the Silent Auction committee with questions at Washingtoncty4hsilentauction@gmail.com.