Oneida County 4-Hers can enter exhibits at the Oneida County Fair through the Fair’s Junior Division.
Exhibiting at the Oneida County Fair allows young people to have an opportunity to showcase the skills they’ve learned throughout the year and receive feedback on their work. Fairs provide also provide ways for youth to practice the life skills of teamwork, cooperation, communication, sportsmanship, 4-H pride, and unity.
How do I participate as a 4-H fair exhibitor at the Oneida County Fair?
Step 1: Look at the previous year’s Oneida County Junior Division Fair Book. This will list all of the different categories of exhibits you can bring to the fair. The Fair Books are located on the Oneida County Fair Committee’s website: https://www.ocfairwi.com. No Internet access or technology at hand? Top into the UW-Extension Oneida County Office – we can print one for any 4-H family! Or you can ask your local librarian or contact the Oneida County Fair Committee.
Step 2: Plan ahead early! The start of the school year means the beginning of planning what you could bring to the fair next summer. Decide in September or October what topics or projects you think you would like to learn more about, explore, or pursue. This will keep you on track toward achieving your goals and help you to not procrastinate or give up! Remember – the Fair Book gives you lots of ideas. If your idea or topic is not in the Fair Book, let the Fair Committee know ahead of time, and they will consider adding it!
Step 3: Visit the The Oneida County Fair’s website to see when the new Fair Books will be ready for you to view. This usually occurs by April or May.
The county fair is administered by the Oneida County Fair Committee. The County Fair is not run by UW-Extension Oneida County, although Oneida County 4-H collaborates with the Fair Committee to provide educational opportunities during the fair. More information about this can be found here: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Wisconsin Association of Fairs.
Step 4: Fill out your Fair Entry Form, which is located in the Fair Book. When the Oneida County Fair Committee has the Fair Books ready, the Fair Book will list the exhibit entry form deadline. The Fair Book or the Fair Committee’s website should include information on what exhibit participants should expect, when judging will take place, procedures, and directions. The Oneida County Fair Committee is in charge of all Fair Exhibits, so if you have any questions, you will need to contact the Fair Committee.
What is Judging Like?
Judging for all non-animal exhibits is done face-to-face. This judging process allows the member to talk with the judge about what they made, how they constructed the exhibit, what they learned, what they might do differently, any challenges, etc. It is similar to a conversation they may have when explaining a class project to a teacher. Face-to-face judging for most non-animal projects takes place before or during the fair.
What Else Can a 4-Her Do At the Oneida County Fair?
Youth Fair Assistants
The Youth Fair Assistants contribute their time and talent to facilitate the face-to-face judging process at the Oneida County Fair. They help the exhibit entry process run smoothly and quickly so that we can avoid delays in judging. Fair assistants help the judges function effectively, and they help exhibitors have a positive experience during face-to-face judging.