How to Show a 4-H Project as an Exhibit at the Oneida County Fair:
Over the years, Oneida County 4-H (and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Oneida County) has demonstrated its strong support for county fairs. This is appropriate because county fairs can offer numerous educational opportunities for participants and the general public. Participating in educational initiatives at the fair also provides extension educators and program coordinators an opportunity for relationship building and interaction with the public. Fairs have also added a special dimension and focus to a variety of educational programs involving individuals of all ages as well as local organizations.
The Oneida County Fair Committee has final approval and oversight of anything fair-related in Oneida County (including collection and management of fair exhibit entries, securing judges, preparing judging and display areas at the fair, etc.), per the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
According to DATCP, all exhibitors in the junior fair division shall be members of 4-H, FFA, a scouting program, a breed group, or another recognized youth organization under adult leadership that has an education program appropriate to that organization and is approved by the fair board. Exhibits in the junior fair shall be the product of the exhibitor’s own labor. An exhibit may include a study project, merit project or other special project, a skill area, or a supervised occupational experience in which the exhibitor is regularly enrolled, provided that the fair board approves the project, skill area, or supervised occupational experience as an exhibit.
Oneida County Fair Committee employs its own clerical staff to specifically assist with fair responsibilities.
The Oneida County 4-H Program Coordinator serves strictly as a 4-H youth development-based educational role at the county fair.
For more information about how to show an item at the fair, contact:Thomas Barnett, Oneida County Fair Coordinator. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.ocfairwi.com for more information.
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