Items made by 4‑H members should reflect the
skills they have learned in their 4‑H project, the needs and
interests of the 4‑H'er, and quality workmanship. Use the 4‑H project literature and
the "Clover" for ideas and criteria.
Items displayed must:
Be made in the current year
Be the work of the 4-H members
4‑H member must be enrolled in the project
Items must be of blue-ribbon quality.
Items are displayed at the risk of the 4‑H
member. The 4‑H staff,
Extension Centers, and Missouri State Fair are not responsible for loss or
damage to items.
A member is limited to two items in the 4‑H
Building and one demonstration in the 4‑H division.
All 4‑H Building items must be registered
either on the Missouri State Fair Voucher Computer Program or on the Fair
Computation Program report. This
report is made at each county extension office.
The following items will be displayed in special areas that allows fair goers to touch and examine the
items. 4‑H’ers name and
address should be permanently affixed to item.
Notebooks (three-ring binders are preferred) – name
and county on spine
Posters (flat only; do not fasten items to the
poster.) – name and address on back
File card systems
These items will
be accepted from any project. Youths
who show notebooks, posters, or file card systems should understand that
their exhibits will be handled.
8. Where the item list states, "any
item made," the 4‑H member may display any item made in that
project. This includes notebooks,
file cards, photo displays, posters, or educational displays. Be sure to clearly mark the exhibit tag
with project number and description.
9. Because of display
space, available cases and number of exhibits in certain projects,
dimension criteria is specified. Items, which do not comply with size or
other specifications, will not be displayed or receive a ribbon. No posters, pictures, notebooks or patterns attached to projects. Scrapbooks made in projects other than
class 315 will be displayed in the Library or with other exhibits.
- No larger than 14" x 22"; flat only; do not fasten items to the
Photos must be mounted on an 8"x 10" solid
The mounting surface should be mat board, in a color
of the photographer’s choice.
Photographs must be 8"x 10" or smaller,
with no more than four photos per mat board.
requires that these are no cutouts or other holes in the mat board, either
around or behind the photo. Mount photos on the smoothest side of the mat
board" is a specific material, intended to keep the photo from getting
bent or destroyed. It is not cardboard, foam core, poster board, etc.-Mat board may be easily purchased from
online retailers if local sources are not available.
online retailers that sell 8" x 10" mat board include Sears,
Golden State Art, Redimat, Etsy and several
others which can be found via Google.com.
¯ If you’re
uncertain whether it’s mat board, do the “wave it and squeeze it” test: Mat
board is not squishy or flimsy. If it isn’t light,
then, stiff, and solid, the material is not mat board. Mounting material meeting
this test will be given the benefit of the doubt.
mats (“frames” made of mat board and sized 8” x 10”) are acceptable but not
DIGITAL CONSIDERATIONS AT THE STATE FAIR
Techniques that can be performed in
–camera, in a photo editing software program, or in a film darkroom are
permissible. At State Fair, the line is drawn between “enhancing” and
“altering” a photo:
Altering (editing to
change the contents of a photo) is not permitted for State Fair exhibits.
Examples include adding a sunset or object, removing
someone from the shot, airbrushing to cover a bad complexion, etc.
Enhancing (editing to
enhance the existing qualities of a photo) is permitted.
Examples include cropping, dodging, burning,
brightness/contrast adjustments and red eye reduction.
SENDING STATE 4-H PHOTO EXHIBITS TO STATE
¯ Photo exhibits
should arrive in a "zip-lock style" bag that fits the photo, to
protect it from dust, humidity, and handling. The bag should not be
oversized and folded, as this makes it difficult to display on the rack.
Include name, address and county on the back of each
State Fair 4-H
photography exhibit guidelines are available online, at http://4h.missouri.edu/go/events/statefair/photoguidlines/pdf.
Educational Display –Educational
displays should not exceed 18” in height, 6” in depth and 12” in
width. Must include
three-dimensional items and stand-alone. (Posters with items taped to them do not
qualify as an educational display.
Science fair display boards are too large.)
Entomology or Geology Display Boxes - Box must be no
more than 18" long x 24" wide and 3 1/2" deep to fit in
display racks. Plexiglas or plastic
covers are preferred. No handles or
knobs. Boxes will be displayed
upright in racks.
Scrapbooking exhibits should be only
1 page1 side representative of the complete scrapbook.
Size not to exceed 12” x 12”.
All pages should be in clear
protective sleeve or clear zipper bag.
Do not frame.
If more than one page is submitted
for an exhibit, the exhibit will be disqualified.
Working Models - These exhibits
should show how things actually work (cutaway-sections of motors or
computers) or can be used to help people identify parts such as parts of a
motor or computer. Many times these
exhibits are considered “hands-on” and can be handled by visitors. Working models should require floor space
no larger than 14” x 22”x30”.
Decorated Cakes - The use of
forms or pans is recommended. Cakes
should not exceed 13” in height or at the base. Cake boards should not exceed 1”
margin on each side of cake pan or form and is considered in the 13” base requirements. We
ask exhibitors to adhere to the 1” cake board margin, regardless of the
shape of the cake, to help us display more cakes within our limited
building space. Must only use Royal Icing, Rolled Fondant or
commercial product that will harden and preserve the decorated cake.
(No real cakes, Butter crème icing or tube/gel icing - displays containing
these items will be considered ineligible and will be rejected.)
Cakes with candy
decorations are allowed; however, avoid using candy that melts (e.g., M
& Ms, candy canes, etc.). Cakes that have
melting items will be removed from display.
No more than six (6) per
10. Perishable items such as food, vegetables,
crops and home grounds items will not be returned after the Fair. Edible vegetables will be donated to a
charitable organization. these items
are displayed in group settings not as individual projects.
11. Photographs of items too large or
fragile: This category is restricted to: large items such as welding project
or large woodworking items like furniture; fragile items such as delicate
ceramic work. It is not intended as
a substitute category for bringing or mailing projects. All pictures of projects should not
exceed 5” x 7”. Pictures should
not be mounted on anything, and should not have multiple pictures. Counties should send pictures
individually rather than making a poster board of all the pictures. The tag should be attached. Indicate on the voucher that this is a
project too large or fragile to come and what the project is. These photographs will not be
returned. Do not send pictures of
items that would be disqualified if sent to the fair.
12. Any exhibits using batteries such as circuit
boards or robots should not connect the wires to the battery rather the
wires should be taped behind the battery.
Another option is to not attach a battery but indicate “battery goes
here.” This is to prevent potential
13. All 4-H Building items must be checked in
and out of the 4‑H Building by State Fair 4‑H Personnel during
established times. (No exceptions will be made.) No early removal or checkout of items
is permitted. Items, which are
not properly checked in or out of the 4‑H Building, will not be
awarded premium money and/or ribbons.
14. No outdoor exhibit space is available. Please contact the State 4-H Office at
573-882-1441 prior to check-in for approval of large over-sized
exhibits. Determination of items to
be showcased will be left to the discretion of the 4-H Building
Superintendent based on available space and the safety of fair-goers. Submitting photographs of these items is
encouraged. Ribbons will be awarded
for the projects.
15. Shooting Sports exhibits should contain no live ammunition and
arrow points should be removed.
16. All items must have a Missouri State Fair
tag securely fastened in a place visible to fairgoers. Remove all county or
regional ribbons. Two identification labels should be securely attached,
sewn or safety pinned to each item, 1 on the outside/front of the item and
a second one behind, underneath or inside (e.g., textile items such as
clothing or knitted items). Multiple piece exhibits should be fully labeled
and connected (Examples: jacket and skirt; rocket and rocket launcher).
Ideally, each item is also numbered to prevent sets from being separated.
Example: Each item in a 3 piece exhibit (e.g., "Clothing you buy"
outfit) would be labeled, 1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3. Perishable items such as
food, vegetable and crops should have exhibit tags in an envelope.
17. Counties who mail or ship their items to
the State Fair should enclose one printed copy of the State Fair Exhibit List
and a digital file on a storage device(e.g. CD,
flash drive). Use sturdy boxes. Do
not ship cakes or items in glass containers. All items must be properly tagged and
ready for display. Counties may ship
no more than two boxes of items and must enclose CASH to cover the return shipping or mailing costs.
18. Hams and bacons will be dually enrolled in
the Youth Class of the Country Ham and Bacon Class and may become eligible
for sale if selected as Champion. The 4‑H member is required to
complete all Open Division entry forms which should accompany the project
at check-in and pay the $5.00 entry fee and $2.00 processing fee which is
required in the Agriculture Building.
Checks must be made payable to the "Missouri State
Fair." Only 4‑H hams and
bacons should be checked in and out of the 4‑H Building. Hams checked in through the 4-H Building
will be displayed in the 4-H Building.
Exception: Grand or Reserve