Department I - 4-H
4-H General Introduction

​4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Dianna Ullery - 4-H Extension Coordinator (360) 867-2157

GENERAL RULES
NEW VET CHECK ENTRY TIMES

​8:30am-3pm ​Early entrance and Vet check for 4-H
.....Hicks Lake Barn, Swine Barn, Willuweit Pavilion and Simons Barn
​3pm-5pm ​VET CHECK not available. No animals will be allowed to enter the fair at this time.
​5pm-8pm​​Late entrance and Vet check for 4-H
.....Hicks Lake Barn, Swine Barn, Willuweit Pavilion and Simons Barn

Large Animals only New Policy. Exhibitors with more than one species will have priority parking in the lower parking lot on Sunday morning for haul out. The Exhibitors will be given a tag/number prior to haul out. Exhibitors will be able to pick up their species in the barns order. (Pig Barn, Sheep-Goat, Llama and then on to Beef Barn in that order). If you need one species from another barn before the first barn order then you will have to pick up the species you want in first and then loop around and get back in line to pick up the next species. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO WALK THEIR ANIMALS ACROSS FROM ONE DEFINED AREA TO ANOTHER. No Horse will be allowed to walk up the hill to another barn to be loaded. This requirement protects animals from cross contamination and ALL exhibitors are expected to comply.

  1. 4-H members will follow the Washington State 4-H Youth Program Policy, EM0758 and Thurston County 4-H Policies. Copies are available at the Thurston County Extension Office.
  2. All 4-H Exhibitors must be enrolled through 4Honline to be eligible to participate in the Thurston County Fair.
  3. 4-H Age Divisions:
    Please note: 4-H Age Division is determined by 4-H member’s age on October 1 of the current 4-H year.
    • Cloverbuds: 5-7 years of age
    • Juniors: 8-10 years of age
    • Intermediates: 11-13 years of age
    • Seniors: 14 to less than 19 years of age.
  4. All youth participants must be enrolled in their projects by May 1. Exception: Division W, Class 1 which includes short-term special interest 4-H projects and group-enrolled youth.
  5. 4-H participants must follow all General Fair Rules.
  6. 4-H exhibitors shall not be limited in the number of entries in any one class/lot unless specifically stated in a department or class. Items will be displayed as space is available.
  7. No animal may be judged for more than one premium. Exceptions: one fitting and showing class in the same show as the type class entered. No article may be judged for more than one premium. Exceptions: fashion revue, or similar type activity.
  8. Cloverbud members are eligible for non-competitive events only. They may exhibit, receive a Cloverbud ribbon and receive comments.
  9. 4-H’ers may not enter the same item in Open Class that they exhibit in 4-H; exceptions: dairy cattle, beef cattle, dairy goats, and sheep.
  10. Only individuals authorized by the Superintendent are allowed in the contest area with contestant. Contestants may seek help from individuals designated by the Superintendent.
  11. No exhibits will be released prior to published date and time.
  12. 4-H members are expected to present a clean, neat appearance at all times. Dress should be appropriate for the event, and should reflect the personal achievement of participants at the Thurston County Fair.
  13. No graded school items may be entered.

​COUNTY FAIR RIBBONS & AWARDS

  • Blue Flat – Excellent or high degree of achievement, exhibits receiving 90-100 score
  • Red Flat – Good, exhibit receiving 80-89 score
  • White Flat – Fair, exhibit receiving 70-79 score
  • Green Participation Flat – Exhibit fails to meet expectations or minimum requirements, exhibit may have been disqualified by the judge. No premium monies.
  • Cloverbud – No premium monies will be paid. No special awards or trophies may be awarded unless all exhibiting Cloverbuds receive the same recognition.
  • Champion Rosette or Flat - Red and white ribbons are not eligible for championships. Within a class of livestock not qualifying all breeds, those breeds may compete for champions of that class of livestock (beef, dairy, goats, swine, sheep). Champion ribbons will be given to blue ribbon animals at the judge’s discretion. Non-animal departments may select a Champion for each Junior, Intermediate, and Senior age group designation in each class if the number of entries warrant.
  • Reserve Champion Rosette or flat - second best of all blue ribbons in a category.
  • Grand Champion Rosette - the best of Champion winners in a breed type class shall only be selected when two or more Champions are competing. Classes divided into 4-H age divisions, like fitting & showing, are not eligible for Grand Champion placing.
  • Reserve Grand Champion - second best of Champion winners in a category. Classes divided into 4-H age divisions, like fitting & showing, are not eligible for Reserve Grand Champion placing.
  • Award of Merit - is a special award distributed by Superintendents to honor exhibits/exhibitors that deserve special recognition.
  • No additional premium points will be awarded for Rosette awards.
  • 4-H contests and exhibits will be judged according to the Danish or Group Method of Judging, the 4-H standard scoring system. Blue, red, and white ribbon placings will be made. Contestants and exhibits not eligible for a blue, red or white will be given a green participation ribbon with no premium monies.

STATE 4-H FAIR QUALIFYING POLICY

  1. Only blue ribbon still life exhibits are eligible for State Fair.
  2. Exhibitors taking an animal to State Fair shall be selected in the following order:
    1. Blue in Fitting and Showing and Blue in type , obedience/agility, equitation or game.
    2. Blue in Fitting and Showing and Red in type , obedience/agility, equitation or game.
    3. Red in Fitting and Showing and Blue in type , obedience/agility, equitation or game.
  3. Red in Fitting and Showing and Red in type , obedience/agility, equitation or game DOES NOT qualify for State Fair.
  4. White ribbons do not qualify for State Fair.
  5. Exhibitors are selected for state fair exhibit based on the above criteria and space availability.

4-H RESOLUTION PROCEDURE DURING FAIR

4-H Club Leaders and/or Project/Fair Superintendents can answer most questions. Go directly to your 4-H Club Leader or Superintendent as your first action. Feel free to seek help from 4-H staff and faculty at any time. 4-H families or volunteers who wish to formally pursue a concern should contact the 4-H Office representative directly.