Exhibitor with her animals at 4-H Fair.
Image by Sandy Repp

Exhibitor with her animals at 4-H Fair.

A young visitor examines 4-H projects on display at the 4-H Fair.
Image by Sandy Repp

A young visitor examines 4-H projects on display at the 4-H Fair.

4-H'ers give a presentation on "How to make pasta" at the 4-H Fair.
Image by Sandy Repp

4-H'ers give a presentation on "How to make pasta" at the 4-H Fair.

4-H Youth Fair

For a week in July each year, 4-H youth in Tompkins County have an opportunity to share and showcase !the projects they've been working on, at an entirely youth-run event, the 4-H Youth Fair. The public is invited to come and see what youth in this program are doing. Highlights of Fair Week include: livestock shows, plant science projects, entomology displays, chili cookoff, dog obedience and agility demonstrations, public presentations, a chicken bar-b-que, and more! FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING.

2016 Fair Schedule

July 25: Set up Day

July 26: Evaluation Day

July 27: Exhibit Set up and 4-H Family Dish-to-pass

July 28 – 30 4-H Youth Fair

Detailed Schedule

2016 4-H Youth Fair Awards Ceremony Outline

Why 4-H Fairs?

Check out all of the exciting ways to get involved in the 4-H Fair this summer. Here's a list of the new things to watch for:

Schedule of activities has been adjusted - check it out so you don't miss a thing!
Exhibit Class Listing--check it out on the left sidebar!
Animal Vet Check Times: Tues, 10-12 and 2-4pm
Talent Show!
Bon Fire
Silent Auction and Auction for Kids
Jr. Iron Chef
Walking Taco Dinner

4-H Prep and Pre-Evaluation Day - July 13th, 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the 4-H Acres; Key volunteers, teen members of the Fair Board, and club leaders will help you plan your involvement in the 4-H Youth Fair. Come and learn about contests and events, how and what to exhibit, how exhibits are evaluated, how to prepare specific exhibits, learn about and sign up for leadership opportunities; pizza will be available. This is your chance to "be an evaluator" - several different exhibits will be on hand for you to evaluate - and see if you can find "the good, the bad and the ugly"!

Members who are not able to bring their projects to the fair on July 25 can have them pre-evaluated on July 13th. Pre-Fair Registration Form is REQUIRED by July 1. You can get the registration form by contacting Brenda at the 4-H office pr clicking the link on the left side of this page.

4-H Youth Fair Talent Show . Enjoy the Talent Show at 6:30pm on Friday this year.

Everyone has a talent - and it's time to show it off! The Talent Show at the 4-H Fair is back for Friday evening. Plan now to show your stuff! Categories for different acts could include:

Story Telling
Interactive - get the audience involved!
Music - instrumental or vocal
Create your own category - just make sure it's 4-HA!

Adults as well as youth are encouraged to participate. Club acts are always a huge hit - even the Fair Board have a couple of laughs planned for the evening! Sign ups will be on the Pre-Fair Registration Form which is part of the 4-H Youth Fair Supplement. Start thinking and preparing now! For questions, or comments, contact Brenda

Bon Fire: If you don't want to participate in the cardboard car contest and watch the movie "Inside Out", join us in the center of the lawn for fellowship around the bon fire on Thursday evening at 8pm.

Silent Auction: The Silent Auction is a great way for your club to support 4-H Fair. Join members together to create a theme basket, with a value of $25 and over. Please indicate your club (or individual name) and the contents of the basket. Drop off baskets anytime prior to Friday noon. They will be put on display Friday afternoon, and the bidding begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday!

Auction for Kids: NEW THIS YEAR! An auction for younger fair goers. Youth will have the opportunity to bid on items of their interest level by dropping tickets in the corresponding bags. Clubs can consider donating times valued around $10. Contact Brenda Carpenter if you have something you would like to donate.

Horse Certificates and Non-Ownership Forms Due - June 1

4-H Youth Fair Prep Meeting - July 13

4-H Youth Fair - July 25-30


Brenda T. Carpenter
Extension Community Educator, 4-H Youth Development
(607) 272-2292 ext. 142

Last updated August 10, 2016