4-H Youth pose with winning sheep at the 4-H Fair

Youth winners of a 2022 animal showing contest.

4-H youth in the Fair's Junior Iron Chef Competition

Youth participate in the annual Junior Iron Chef cooking competition.

A 4-H youth fair participant with a large plant diorama

A fair participant looking over a large plant diorama.

A group of 4-H youth smiling at the fair

4-H Youth participating in a different kind of animal showing!


4-H Youth Fair Family Fun Day

  • Saturday, July 29, 2023, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

For a week in July each year, 4-H members in Tompkins County have an opportunity to share and showcase their projects at the 4-H Youth Fair — an event planned and run by our youth members themselves.

On the last day of the 4-H Fair, Family Fun Day offers the public a chance to see and experience these projects as well! All are invited to meet animals raised by 4-H members — including rabbits, goats, sheep, dogs, and dairy and beef cows — and interact with some in the Animal Adventure Tent. Visitors will see displays of creative and informative work in the arts and sciences, participate in a hands-on plant science activity, watch the 4-H Olympics and other fun competitions, and eat chicken BBQ during the annual family-friendly weekend tradition. 


Saturday's Highlights:

  • 9:00am-4:00pm View 4-H Project Displays in Kiwanis Hall 
  • 8:30am Rabbit Showmanship & Hopping Competition in Pole Barn
  • 10:00am Dog Show on the Lawn
  • 11:00am Garden of Healthy Eatin'
  • 11:00am-Noon Plant Science Activity
  • 11:00am-2:00pm Animal Adventure Tent
  • 11:30 til gone Chicken BBQ - $12 dinner/$10 chicken only; Eat in or take out
  • 12:00pm Rabbit Hopping in Pole barn
  • 1:00pm 4-H Olympics on the Lawn

Streamed Events Monday-Saturday

Visit the SharetheFair website built by a 4-H member at ShareTheFair.info to watch various animal and other contests streamed live on Tuesday-Saturday; program schedule subject to change.




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


4-H Acres
418 Lower Creek Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Last updated July 17, 2023