4-H at the Wright County Fair

2022 County Fair: July 20-24

Static Project Drop-Off Day: July 16 Static Project Judging Day: July 19

4-H Fair Schedule

Pre-Fair Activities


9:00 a.m. Dog Obedience, Rally, Showmanship, and Agility Judging, Fairgrounds


10:00 a.m.- 2:00 pm Project Drop off


3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Engineering Design Challenge Judging


1:00-6:30 p.m. Static Exhibit Conference Judging5:00-8:00 p.m. Horse Check-In

Fair Activities

4-H Building open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday


6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Horse Check-In9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Livestock Check-In9:00 a.m. Horse Show (Training & Achievement; Egg & Spoon; Driving; Trail)10:00 a.m. Communication & Video Project Judging Starts (throughout the day)8:00 p.m. Sheep Weigh-In8:00 p.m. Market Goat Weigh-In (following sheep weigh-in) 8:00 p.m. Goat Exhibitor Meeting8:30 p.m. Dairy Exhibitor Meeting - Dairy Arena


7:00 a.m. Beef Steer & Dairy Steer Weigh-in8:00 a.m. Horse Show (Games)8:00 a.m. Swine Weigh-in8:30 a.m. Dairy Show - Dairy Show Arena9:00 a.m. Poultry Show4:00 p.m. Fashion Revue and Clothing Judging and Practice - 4-H Building4:00 p.m. Meat Goat Show - Goat Barn4:45 p.m. Goat Driving Class - Goat Barn5:30 p.m. Dairy Goat Show - Dairy Show Arena7:00 p.m. Fashion Revue Show - Free Stage7:00 p.m. Cloverbud Horse Show


8:00 a.m. Rabbit Show - Rabbit Barn8:00 a.m. Horse Show (Pleasure)9:00 a.m. Beef Show - Dairy Show Arena10:00 a.m. Dairy Interviews10:00 a.m. Swine Interviews2:00 p.m. Sheep Show - Dairy Show Arena


8:00 a.m. Swine Show - Swine Barn8:30 a.m. Lamb Lead Show & Interviews - Dairy Show Arena9:30 a.m. Fun With Goats -Location TBD2:00 p.m. State Trip Acceptance Deadline4:00 p.m. Grilling Contest – Near Free Stage6:30 p.m. Livestock Blue Ribbon Auction - Dairy Show Arena


1:00 p.m. ID checks on state trip animals (exhibitors must be present)2:00 p.m. State Fair Registration Deadline2:00 p.m. Engineering Design Project Showcase - 4-H Building3:00 p.m. Round Robin Showmanship Contest - Dairy Show Arena7:00 p.m. All Exhibits Released 8:30 p.m. Building Closes – all projects should be picked up by this time

Post Fair

Wednesday, July 27

6:30 p.m. State Horse Exhibitors’ Meeting

Volunteers Needed!

In order to provide lots of great opportunities for our 4-H’ers and keep everything running smoothly, we greatly appreciate support from many volunteers, both youth and adult. We hope you’ll check out our list of volunteer needs and sign up for something that fits your schedule and abilities. Volunteer positions are posted online at http://z.umn.edu/4Hfairvolunteers. All volunteers will receive a complimentary foodstand ticket. Youth who sign up to help on entry day will still have plenty of time to have their own items judged.

Goals for 4-H Exhibiting

We’re in the business of raising “blue ribbon kids.” The experience that 4-H’ers gain from completing exhibits and learning about their projects is invaluable. Some healthy competition takes place, but the outcomes of competition are not the goal of 4-H - our goal is for youth to have a positive learning experience! It is our hope that everyone who participates will learn and grows from the experience at County Fair.

Conference Judging

Speaking with the judge is an important part of the County Fair experience. Conference judging gives members an opportunity to explain their projects and to answer questions in a “show and tell” manner. Conference judging focuses on what members have learned in a project. When preparing for conference judging, members should think about these as possible questions:
Why did you decide to make this item for your County Fair project? Why did you select these materials to use in making your project? What did you find hardest to do in making your project? What would you do differently if you could do it again?
The judge will ask members several questions and discuss with them the quality of their projects as compared to accepted standards for projects of this type. Ribbon placings are awarded, based 50% on the quality of exhibit and 50% on what members have learned and discussed with the judge.

Judging Etiquette

Judges' placings always stand. 4-H members and parents should not confront a judge regarding a class placing. 4-H members may ask questions of the judge in a calm, respectful manner. Parents may observe the conference judging at a distance. Any questions asked by the judge are to be answered by the 4-H member. Please reference the 4-H code of conduct for more specific information for 4-H expectations at http://z.umn.edu/4hconduct.

Absentee Exhibiting

If exhibitors are unable to attend judging, projects should be entered by a local adult or junior club leader. In the latter event, a written or visual report about their project and what was learned should accompany all entries. These exhibits are not likely to earn State Fair trips, since conference judging and knowledge learned accounts for 50% of the judge’s decision.

Grievance Policy

If a concern in connection with the fair should arise, please speak to an Extension Office staff person. If the issue cannot be resolved, a written account including names of all parties involved and all pertinent information needs be submitted to Extension Office staff within 24 hours. The written account is also signed and accompanied by a $25.00 check payable to Wright County 4-H. Once received, a grievance committee made up of 4-H volunteers will make a decision on the request. If the committee rules in favor of the filer, the fee will be returned.

Fair Information

For general fair information, please visit the Wright County Fair website: www.wrightcountyfair.org 4-H operates in partnership with the Wright County Fair to provide an opportunity for members to exhibit their achievements. Please keep in mind that every effort will be made to assure the safety of all entries but, in no event will 4-H or the Wright County Fair be responsible for loss or damage to exhibits. Additionally, dogs are not allowed on the fairgrounds during the Wright County Fair.

Open Class Judging

Remember that you can always exhibit in open class in addition to being a 4-H exhibitor. If you have extra exhibit ideas, why not try it? See www.wrightcountyfair.org for more information.

Wristbands - 4-H'ers Age 18+

Your 4-H’er will receive a wristband which gets them into the fair for free when they check in at the front desk of the 4H exhibit building. Adults must pay the regular fees to attend the fair plus parking. For more information about fees and the fair itself, you can visit their website at www.wrightcountyfair.org.

Foodstand Shifts

The 4-H Food Stand at the fair is one of our largest fundraisers for Wright County 4-H programs. Your cooperative help at the food stand is very important and appreciated! We hope that working in the food stand is a fun and educational experience in food service and teamwork, in addition to being an important fundraiser.Please remember the dress code for working the food stand:
  1. All workers must wear closed-toed shoes, and pants or shorts that end BELOW the fingertips, as well as an apron.
  2. Each person working with food prep should have a clean hat or head covering.
  3. Those working the grill may not wear shorts.
  4. Please change clothes/shoes if you have been working in the livestock barns before working your food stand shift.
  5. Be sure to also adhere to 4-H event dress code standards.
Please check out the food stand manual at: (link to come) for more information about volunteer positions and procedures.