Fair information

Fairs are the high point of many 4-Hers' program year. Fairs offer the opportunity for members to proudly display their project work for the public.

Platte County Livestock Show and Fair


4-H Fair Exhibits and Conference Judging

Click on the 2017 Fair book for more information.

July 14th, 4:00 - 7:00p.m.

Judging for all exhibits is through Conference Judging.  Conference judging gives a judge and 4-H member a chance to discuss the 4-H member's exhibit.  More important than the exhibit itself is the growth and development of the 4-H member.  This is an opportunity to build your self-confidence as an exhibitor.  4-H members will have a chance to point out the positive aspects of their exhibit(s) as well as ways they can improve.  Conference judging is another way for the 4-H member to share their exhibit(s) development experience or tell their total project story: what you all did, talks, demonstrations, etc.  It is an opportunity for 4-H members to share some of the mishaps and challenges they may have had while working on their project.  Please look at page 3 of your fairbook for evaluation standards and suggested information to know about your total project effort.
If there are extenuating circumstances, which prevent a 4-H member from being able to conference judge, then those exhibits MUST have the information written out, using the format found on page  of the fair book, plus of course a fair tag.  If you have another 4-H family bring to the fair, be sure you also have made arrangements to pick-up on Sunday afternoon.
How many exhibits to bring?  at least 1 per project and 4 is recommended, but you can also bring more.  Premiums will be paid on up to 4 exhibits per project, but ribbons awarded to all.

 Missouri State Fair

  • For more information see the Missouri State Fair website at www.mostatefair.com
  • For 4-H guidelines and contest rules go here.

Events for 2017

Thursday, August 10
·       Pork Specialty Demonstration Contest
Friday, August 14
·Missouri Grown Foods Contest
Saturday, August 12
·       International Topic Demonstrations
·       International Day
·       Science, Science, Science – hands-on experiments in the 4-H Building
Sunday, August 13
·       Egg Demonstrations Contest
·       Home Grown Heroes Day – activities for military children in the 4-H Building
·       Show Me Robots competitions and challenges
·       Clover Kid Day
Clover Kids are encouraged to bring their projects to the 4-H Building any time on Sunday.  There will be opportunity to visit with someone about their project and leave it for display throughout the day.  Projects are then picked up any time on Sunday.
In addition to activities designed for the younger fair goers, Clover kids are invited to present demonstrations in the building.
Monday, August 14
·       Chicken BBQ Contest (a.m. only)
·       4-H Dog Show – Mathewson Arena
Wednesday, August
·       Robots in the 4-H building
Thursday, August
·       Missouri After School Network
Saturday, August 19
·       Missouri Grown Foods Demonstration  Contest

How to join 4-H

University of Missouri Extension 4-H

Empowering young people to reach their full potential

4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 19, and adults together to learn everyday skills through hands-on learning. Working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H’ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact upon our community. Through 4-H, young people learn to:

  • meet the diverse challenges of today’s world;
  • build self-confidence;
  • learn responsibility; and
  • make positive decisions.
4-H clubs

4-H clubs are open to ages 8 to 18. Clubs meet monthly for group activities and club business. Each club elects officers and has an approved adult leader who supervises club activities. Club members also enroll in projects in their areas of interest.

With projects on more than 75 topics, 4-H has something to interest every child. Here are just a few of the opportunities 4-H offers—geocaching, robotics, international exchanges, horsemanship, pets, starting a business, arts and crafts, raising animals, woodworking, photography and gardening.

Clover Kids clubs

Clover Kids introduces 5- to 7-year-olds to the 4-H experience. In Clover Kids, children learn how to get along with others, work in groups, explore their interests, while building self-confidence. Clover Kids do not enroll in projects or raise animals, and do not participate in competitive events, contests or shows.

How to join

Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting the extension center. A staff member will explain the enrollment process and membership dues. In addition to dues, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be a fee for materials, trips or other activities.

Young people are welcome to join at any time. The 4-H program year runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.


4-H Online enrollment system
Missouri 4-H Clover—A guide to 4-H projects, activities and publications. It is designed to assist volunteers, members and their families select projects and activities, and set goals.

Be a 4-H volunteer

Adult volunteers are essential to 4-H. Adult volunteers serve as club or project leaders, help with county or regional events, chair committees and organize fund raisers. You don't have to be a parent or grandparent of the 4-H member to get involved. All volunteers are screened for child abuse and neglect, as well criminal records, before they are accepted and each year thereafter. As a volunteer, University of Missouri Extension will provide you with training so you will be well-prepared and successful as an adult leader. The orientation includes information on 4-H history and the educational framework, the characteristics of age groups, character development and safety.