Many Larimer County 4-H Members choose to exhibit their project(s) at the Larimer County Fair.  Participation in the county fair can build skills like:

  • Interviewing & presentation
  • Goal setting
  • Responsibility
  • Time management

Most projects have specific requirements to exhibit at the Larimer County Fair. You can find a schedule of events, the premium book, and more details at The Larimer County Fair's website. The Ranch will release the premium book for the 2023 fair in Spring / early Summer 2023.

Deadlines:

There are a few deadlines to be aware of: 

4-H Enrollment Deadline:

Youth must enroll in 4-H by March 1st, 2023 to be eligible to enter their 4-H project in the Larimer County Fair. 

Project-Specific Deadlines:

Some projects have special deadlines to take part in the Larimer County Fair. Please attend your club meetings, project meetings, look at project pages, and read the Clover Connection Newsletter to get updates. 

Fair Entry Deadline:

In early summer 2023, you will need to enter your projects into the Larimer County Fair. The Ranch is in charge of fair entry. For questions or concerns, please call The Ranch at 970-619-4009.

Fair Entry Recorded Webinar:

This recorded webinar is from 2021. The Ranch administers fair entries. We provide this information to help 4-H members seeking to take part in the Larimer County Fair.

 

A boy preps his sheep for showing at a fair
  • Tuesday, August 2
  • McKee Building, The Ranch
  • Register in Fair Entry - June 27 - July 18 
  • Please note: You must register for an Interview Judging time slot separately from registering your project/exhibit for County Fair in Fair Entry. Please write down your time slot at the time you select it. Your confirmation email will not include the time of your interview. 

On this day, all 4-H General and Family Consumer Science project members bring their final projects or display boards to the McKee Building with their completed record books. Members sign up in advance for a time slot.

Members will sit down with a judge knowledgeable in their project area and discuss their project, record book, and what they learned throughout the year in the project. The judge will evaluate all submitted projects and decide on placings. Projects are then exhibited for the public in the McKee Building during the Larimer County Fair. Eligible members will have the opportunity to compete at the State Fair based on placing.

4-H members are not required to participate in this opportunity but are highly encouraged to. It is a valuable opportunity for youth to share the results of their efforts throughout the year, practice their interviewing skills, have their work evaluated, and show off their work to the public. To complete their 4-H year, all members must exhibit their projects in some way outside of their family and the County Fair is a wonderful way to meet that requirement.  

Exhibit Requirements

The exhibit requirements are on-line. If you do not have internet access, please call the Extension Office to obtain the section needed at 970-498-6000. In order to make entering the County Fair easier, please read the following in the fair book:

 

  1. Exhibitor General Rules & Regulations 4-H Rules & Regulations
  2. Department rules preceding your project exhibit requirements
  3. Project exhibit requirements.

For answers to your questions; ask your  club leader or call 970-498-6000.

Everyone wishing to participate in interview judging must register online through fair entry between June 27th & July 18th.

You are responsible for scheduling an interview in Fair Entry for each project that is judged with interview judging. Registering for interview judging must be done separately from registering your project in Fair Entry for County Fair. Anyone participating in the Fashion Revue, Model Rocketry Fly Day, or the Dog Trials must enter the contest through Fair Entry as well – please note the deadline to enter these contests is July 8. Please see the second letter for additional details on Fashion Revue. You must register online in Fair Entry for Interview Judging in Fair Entry between June 27 and July 18.

Important note: The time of your interview will not be included in your confirmation email after you register (we are working to change this in the future), so you are responsible for writing down the time you select for your interview(s) at the time you select them in Fair Entry.

As you prepare for the Fair, please remember that 4-H is about developing youth character and skills, more than the color of ribbons on projects. If 4-Hers have done their very best; it doesn’t matter where their exhibits place.

And, if they aspire to “Make The Best Better” they are indeed CHAMPIONS!

Good luck to you!

 

General Projects to be Interviewed Judged: 

  • Cat
  • Ceramics
  • Computers
  • Electrics
  • Entomology
  • Gardening
  • Global Citizenship
  • Horseless Horse
  • Leadership
  • Leathercraft
  • Metal Working
  • Model Rocketry
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Photography
  • Filmmaking
  • Robotics
  • Scrapbooking
  • Self-Determined
  • Shooting Sports
  • Small Engines
  • Sportfishing
  • Veterinary Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Wildlife
  • Woodworking

All completed General projects will be judged by the interview method on Tuesday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be no judging from noon to 1:00 p.m. (lunch break.) Members will be asked questions about their finished project and e-record for approximately 10-20 minutes. Only the exhibitor will be allowed with the judge at the time of the interview; no parents or leaders, please.

Each member must schedule an interview judging appointment for every project listed above. Please allow extra time for the interviews – as each may take longer than the time scheduled. With over 1,000 projects to judge, it takes everyone’s cooperation. Every effort should be made to participate in interview judging. Remember, interview judging is separate from entering your project in the County Fair. You must register for both in Fair Entry to participate in both opportunities.

Interview judging procedure: 

  1. Register in Fair Entry, entering each project you wish to participate in Interview Judging for between June 27 – July 18, 2022. You will only be able to participate in interview judging for projects you are enrolled in 4-H in for the 21-22 year. Please note: The deadline to enter your projects from Exhibition at County Fair is July 8 th – this must be done separately from registering for Interview Judging.
  2. You may schedule interviews in Fair Entry until 11:59 pm on Monday, July 18 for judging on Tuesday, August 2.
  3. Access Fair Entry. Instructions for how to register in Fair Entry can be found above.
  4. All exhibits will be checked in at the time of the interview.
  5. Interviews will not be assigned for members who do not schedule a time; however your exhibit may be judged if brought to the fairgrounds before 10:00 a.m. on August 2. Members unable to be interview judged may have their exhibits entered by a 4-H leader, member, or parent. These exhibits must be entered between 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2.

Important note on pick-up:

Exhibit checkout is 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10. Please pick your exhibits up between these hours as the 4-H Fair Show Management is not responsible for exhibits left after 10:00 a.m.

Important note on State Fair eligibility: 

Members who qualify to send their projects to the State Fair will also need to check in with the Extension Agent during this time frame to confirm if they will accept this
opportunity or not. Extension Agent approval is required to take your project home to pack or refresh it for the State Fair. If you do not check in with the Extension Agent during the 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. timeframe on Wednesday, August 10 th , you may forfeit the opportunity to exhibit your project at the State Fair and it may be offered to the next eligible member if applicable.

E-Records
All projects will use the e-record. You can find the correct e-record for your project as well as Project Tips online.

Exhibit Requirements

The exhibit requirements are on-line. If you do not have internet access, please call the Extension Office to obtain the section needed at 970-498-6000. In order to make entering the County Fair easier, please read the following in the fair book:

 

  1. Exhibitor General Rules & Regulations 4-H Rules & Regulations
  2. Department rules preceding your project exhibit requirements
  3. Project exhibit requirements.

For answers to your questions; ask your  club leader or call 970-498-6000.

Everyone wishing to participate in interview judging must register online through fair entry between June 27th & July 18th.

You are responsible for scheduling an interview in Fair Entry for each project that is judged with interview judging. Registering for interview judging must be done separately from registering your project in Fair Entry for County Fair. Anyone participating in the Fashion Revue, Model Rocketry Fly Day, or the Dog Trials must enter the contest through Fair Entry as well – please note the deadline to enter these contests is July 8. Please see the second letter for additional details on Fashion Revue. You must register online in Fair Entry for Interview Judging in Fair Entry between June 27 and July 18.

Important note: The time of your interview will not be included in your confirmation email after you register (we are working to change this in the future), so you are responsible for writing down the time you select for your interview(s) at the time you select them in Fair Entry.

As you prepare for the Fair, please remember that 4-H is about developing youth character and skills, more than the color of ribbons on projects. If 4-Hers have done their very best; it doesn’t matter where their exhibits place.

And, if they aspire to “Make The Best Better” they are indeed CHAMPIONS!

Good luck to you!

Family Consumer Science Projects to be Interview Judged:

  • Artistic Clothing
  • Clothing Construction
  • Foods, Food Preservation
  • Cake Decorating
  • Home Design & Décor
  • Heritage Arts, including: 
    • Crochet
    • Knitting
    • Miscellaneous Fiber Arts
    • Miscellaneous Non-Fiber Arts
    • Needle Arts
    • Quilting

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