The Porter County
Fair is just a few days away and that means its a busy time for 4-H members
getting their projects ready to exhibit.
Most exhibits will
be checked in on Monday, July 14, from 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. inside the 4-H
Building at the Porter County Fairgrounds (217 E. Division Road) for the
following projects: Aerospace, American Heritage, Barbecue Posters, Basket
Weaving, Bicycle Posters, Cake Decorating, Candles, Cat Posters, Ceramics,
Child Development, Collections, Computers, Creative Writing, Decorations,
Dog Posters, Electric, Entomology, Farm Scene, Field Crops, Fine
Arts-Drawing & Painting, Fire Safety, Safety, Forestry, Genealogy, Geology,
Gift Wrapping, Health, Holiday Ornaments, Home Environment (Interior
Design), Homemade Toys, Horseless Horse, Jewelry, Latch Hook, Leadership,
Leathercraft, Legos, Llama Posters, Miscellaneous Crafts, Miscellaneous
Models, Model Airplanes, Model Bridges, Model Cars, Music Posters, Nature
Discovery, Needlework, Personality, Photography, Recycling, Scrapbooking,
Shooting Sports, Small Animals Notebooks, Posters, Small Engines, Soil and
Water Conservation, Sport Fishing, Veterinary Science, Weather, Wildlife,
and Woodworking. Exploring 4-H exhibits will also be due at this time.
If you are a 4-H
member and you are unable to be at check-in, you should make arrangements
with someone to check your exhibits in for you. It is asked that you do not
enter the building until the doors open at 5 p.m. to allow project
superintendents to be ready.
Members are also
asked to keep in mind that a record sheet is the minimum “completion”
requirement for a project, presenting an exhibit at the fair is not required
for “completion”. The record sheet should truthfully reflect the content and
skills learned in the development of the 4-H project. Record sheets should
indicate that a Latch Hook member purchased the necessary materials and
started a rug, pillow, or wall-hanging; that a Swine member purchased hogs
and feed and provided care to those animals; and that a Photography member
had the necessary equipment and film and attempted to take some photographs.
On record sheets
that ask for a Club Leader signature, every effort should be made to secure
the signature. Record sheets may not be graded as generously as they have
been in the past, so members are encouraged to be honest and thorough in
filling out their record sheets. Filling in only a name and a few vague
answers will not result in project completion. Record sheets are due at the
time of project check-in.
4-H members are
encouraged to refer to the 4-H Exhibits Requirements Handbook to review
introductory pages that include information particularly important at fair
time and to avoid penalties. The Exhibition Policy, Poster Policy, Judging
Policy, etc. are located in the opening pages of the handbook.
A completed 4-H
project is required to obtain a member pass to the fair. Members with
building projects will be able to pick up their pass on project check-in
night after turning in at least one exhibit or one completed record sheet.
For those members
with animals only, they’ll need to present a completed record sheet at the
4-H Building Office to obtain your pass. It is suggested that members pick
up their passes before the fair opens, as they’ll need it to enter the
fairgrounds for livestock check-in.
10-punch passes will be available for 4-H parents and volunteers on Monday
of project check-in in Expo East (next door to the 4-H Building). The
reduced-rate applies only to 4-H parents and volunteers. Extra passes at the
reduced rate will not be offered.
To recognize their
hard work in making Porter County Fair the great event that it is, the
Porter County Ag Society will offer each 4-Her who completes at least one
project with a voucher allowing them to purchase multiple reduced-price
all-day ride passes. All immediate family members of completing 4-Hers will
be eligible for these passes. Passes must be purchased by July 20.
4-H exhibits may be
viewed by the general public at the times listed from July 17-26: Thursday,
July 17, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19, from 10
a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, July 20, from 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Mon., July 21 through
Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Check-out of 4-H
Building exhibits is Monday, July 28 from 5-6:45 p.m. Each member is
responsible for picking up his or her project at this time. If they are
unable to be there for check-out, they must make arrangements with someone
else to pick exhibits up for them. Projects not picked up at this time will
be recycled, repurposed, or disposed of. 4-H Club Leaders are not under any
obligation to tote leftover exhibits home with them.