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


Exhibit Registration Deadline: July 1, 2024
Evaluation Day: July 20, 2024
Set-Up & Animal Arrival: July 23 & 24
Fair Opens to Public: 7/24-7/27

NYS 4-H Exhibit Registration Form

Each summer the 4-H Youth Fair provides the opportunity for 4-H’ers to showcase their project work, animals and skills. We have much to celebrate!

Schedule of Events


  • 11:30 am – 3:00 pm Country Kitchen Open
  • 12:30 pm Kahoot Plant Science Challenge, virtual and in Kiwanis Hall
  • 2:30 pm Kahoot Livestock Challenge, virtual and in Kiwanis Hall
  • 4:00 pm Poultry Show


  • 10:00 am Goat Show and Showmanship
  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Jr Iron Chef
  • 11:00 am P.E.S.T. (Plant and Environmental Sciences Team) Activity
  • 11:30 am - 3:00 pm Country Kitchen Open
  • 2:30 pm P.E.S.T. Workshop/Activity
  • 11:30 am – 3:00 pm Country Kitchen Open
  • 3:30 pm PiNY (Produced in New York) and Public Presentations, Kiwanis Hall
  • 6:00 pm Adult Round Robin, Pole Barn


  • 8 – 9:30 Country Kitchen Hot Breakfast
  • 9:30 am Sheep Show and Showmanship
  • 11:00 am P.E.S.T. Activity
  • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Jr. Iron Chef Contest, Kiwanis Hall
  • 11:30 am – 3:00 pm Country Kitchen Open
  • 1:00 pm Stuffed Animal Show, Pole Barn
  • 2:30 pm P.E.S.T. Workshop/Activity
  • 3:00 pm Hobby Horse Barrel Races
  • 4:00 pm Kahoot Dairy Challenge, virtual and in Kiwanis Hall
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm Country Kitchen
  • 6:30 – 8:00 pm Adult Iron Chef

FRIDAY, July 26

  • All Day Garden of Healthy Eatin’
  • 10:00 am Dairy Showmanship & Show
  • 11:00 am P.E.S.T. Veggie Art
  • 11:30 am – 3:00 pm Country Kitchen Open
  • 1:00 pm P.E.S.T. Workshop/Activity
  • 2:00 pm Round Robin Showmanship Contest, Pole Barn
  • 4:00 pm Kahoot Family and Consumer Science Challenge, in Kiwanis Hall
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm Country Kitchen Pulled Pork


  • 8:30 am Rabbit Showmanship, Rabbit Hopping, Pole Barn
  • 8:30 am Dog Show
  • 11:00 am Garden of Healthy Eatin’
  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm Share the Fair Plant Science Activity; Hands On; at the Fair, streamed on zoom
  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Country Kitchen; BEVERAGES ONLY
  • 11:30 til it’s all gone Chicken Barbecue
  • 2:00 pm Herdsmanship Awards, Pole Barn
  • 3:30 pm Plant Science Awards Ceremony, Plant Science tent
  • 4:30 pm Awards Ceremony; outside Kiwanis

Important Reminders:

REGISTRATION DEADLINE for all stationary exhibits, events, animals and contests is JULY 1 . Members will be notified of the “appointment” time for their evaluations which will take place in the pole barn.

Each family must decide for themselves if they are comfortable with these guidelines.  Anyone can request a virtual evaluation by checking that box on the registration form.

Adults will only be allowed at the evaluation table with Cloverbud members. Junior level members can have an adult waiting nearby or in the bleacher area. Senior members are to come to the evaluation table by themselves.

Please review the Evaluation and Animal Evaluation Safety plans carefully.  ALL exhibits must be registered by the deadline. The Double Entry Card can be found on the left side bar and must be completed at home and attached to the exhibit before arriving at the Acres.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes early.

For questions or comments, please contact Venda,  vmt5@cornell.edu.

The 4-H Youth Fair provides a backdrop for youth to learn important life skills that will be the foundation to help them develop to their fullest potential for the betterment of their “club, community, country and their world.”

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


Venda Mae Harris
4-H Youth Development & Volunteer Manager
(607) 272-2292 ext. 142

Last updated June 17, 2024