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 8” x 10” solid mounting
The mounting surface should be mat board.
Photographs must be 8” x 10” or smaller, with no more
than four photos per mat board.
“Solid” requires that there are no cutouts or other
holes in the mat board, either around or behind the photo.
“Mat board” is a specific material. It is not cardboard, foam core, poster
Mat board may be easily purchased from online
retailers if local craft stores are not available.
o Examples of
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.
Mount photos on the smoothest side of the mat board,
using only adhesives designed for permanent mounting of photographs
Photo exhibits should arrive in a “zip-lock
style” bag, to protect them from dust, humidity, etc.
Include name, address and county on the back of
All exhibits are
subject to the FULL State Fair Photography guidelines. They are
posted online at http://4h.missouri.edu/go/events/statefair/photoguidelines.pdf.
Educational Display –Educational
displays should not exceed 18” in height, 16” 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
reqirement. 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.)
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 3 x 4, 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 fire hazards.
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 that is visible to fairgoers. A second identification label is required
on all items, except perishable items such as food, vegetables or
crops. This label should give name
and county of the 4‑H member, and be placed in an inconspicuous
spot. When an item includes more
than one piece, each piece must be labeled with name and county and all
items should be attached.
(Examples: jacket and skirt;
rocket and rocket launcher; ceramic tea set; mittens, etc., should have an
identifying label on each piece.)
Textile items (clothing, knitting, visual arts, etc.) should have a
cloth label sewn or safety-pinned into the item as a second label. Please remove all county or regional
17. Counties who mail or ship their items to
the State Fair should enclose one copy of the voucher and a diskette with
the voucher in the box with the items, and mail one copy separately
to: 4‑H Superintendent, 4‑H
Building, Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, MO 65301. 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