Rachel Cartner with her cows at the 4-H Fair, 2013
Image by Sandy Repp

Exhibitor with her animals at 4-H Fair.

Craft display, 4-H Fair 2013, Tompkins County NY
Image by Sandy Repp

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

Public Presentations, 4-H Fair, 2013 Tompkins County
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, Jr. Iron Chef contest, dog obedience and agility demonstrations, public presentations, a chicken bar-b-que, and more! 


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:

Live Animals-Cows, Sheep, Alpacas, Goats, Rabbits and MORE!
Exhibit Class Listing
Animal Vet Check Times: Wed. 9-11am
Talent Show!
Silent Auction and Auction for Kids
Jr. Iron Chef
Walking Taco Dinner

4-H Olympics
Rabbit Hopping
Wool Spinning/Weaving Demos


4-H Prep and Pre-Evaluation Day - June 25th, 2019, 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 20 can have them pre-evaluated on June 25th.. 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 Event Registration Form which is located on the left side bar of this page. Start thinking and preparing now! For questions, or comments, contact Brenda

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: An auction for younger fair goers. Youth will have the opportunity to take a chance 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

All Exhibit, animal, and event registrations due JULY 1!

4-H Youth Fair - July 20-27


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

Last updated December 9, 2019