Sibley County 4-H Newsletter

June 2022

Extension 4-H

County Fair 101

With many newer families to 4-H in recent years, we will be hosting a County Fair 101 on Wednesday, July 20th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Sibley County fairgrounds, 801 West Chandler Street, Arlington. A light supper will be served. Come learn where to find anything you need during the fair, when to arrive at the fair, where all the animal shows are held and get all of your questions answered. Please sign up and register here. If you aren't able to attend and have questions, please contact the Extension office at 507-237-4100.

County Fair Schedule


2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Cat & Pet Judging

2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Conference Judging – Non-livestock projects


2:00 p.m. Rabbit Entry Deadline/Rabbit Tattoo Checking

3:00 p.m. Dairy and Sheep Entry Deadline

3:00 p.m. Sheep ID Check and Weigh In

3:30 p.m. Dairy ID Check

4:00 p.m. Rabbit Judging

6:00 p.m. All Other Livestock Entry


8:30 a.m. Dairy Judging

8:30 a.m. Lamb Lead Judging

9:00 a.m. Sheep Judging

1:30 p.m. Beef ID Check and Weigh-In

2:00 p.m. Livestock Demonstration Judging (Sheep and Goat Arena)

4:00 p.m. Poultry Judging


8:00 a.m. Horse Show

8:30 a.m. Goat Judging

9:00 a.m. Swine Weigh In

1:30 p.m. Beef Judging

10:00 p.m. 4-H Auction Consignments Slips Due (Except for swine members)


8:30 a.m. Swine Judging

11:00 a.m. 4-H Auction Consignment Slips Due by from Swine Exhibitors

2:00 p.m. STATE FAIR TRIPS MUST BE DECLARED, Unclaimed trips WILL BE given to next in line

2:00 p.m. 4-H Ribbon Auction (NOTE: TIME CHANGE)


9:00 a.m. Llama Judging

11:30 a.m. Costume Contest

1:00 p.m. State Fair Meeting (Livestock and Non-Livestock)

3:00 p.m. Round Robin Showmanship

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Premium Money Distributed

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Food Stand Clean Up (Every club must have a representative!)

6:00 p.m. 4-H Project Release

County Fair Entry Day

Mark your calendar’s for TUESDAY, August 2, 2022! This will be the entry day for NON-LIVESTOCK projects. We will have conference judging from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on TUESDAY. After judging is over on Tuesday, we will be closing the building and placing the final placings on the projects and will reopen the building WEDNESDAY at 1:00 p.m. At that time you will be able to see the final placings of all the exhibits.

ATTENTION: On TUESDAY, August 2, you will NOT BE ALLOWED to enter the main gates of the Fairgrounds (South Gate). You will only be allowed to enter through the WEST GATE (off of Highway 9). There will be no parking allowed past the 4-H Foodstand and Sheep Barns. This will allow for vendors and machinery dealers to deliver their products without us being in their way. These rules will be STRICTLY ENFORCED.

Livestock will not be allowed to come into the fair until Wednesday, August 3 – NO EXCEPTIONS. NO livestock will be allowed to be housed on Tuesday.

4-H Conference Judging and Evaluation

It is designed to be a learning experience so members may explain their decision and goals relating to their project to those who are evaluating the exhibit. It is also important for youth and families to understand that conference judging is an appropriate time to ask questions of the judge about other possible methods, techniques or solutions to problems encountered when completing the project.

Judges or evaluators will ask 4-Hers questions to perceive the scope of their project activities and understanding of their workmanship in the exhibit. Putting some time into preparing yourself for your evaluation conference or interview will make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience for you. Begin by:

  • Presenting a neat and clean personal appearance.

  • Not chewing gum or having other distractions during interview.

  • Knowing some basic information about your exhibit and project work throughout the year – ask yourself what the judge might ask about your project (sample questions are listed below).

Most non-livestock exhibits are judged 50% on the quality of the exhibit and 50% on the exhibitor’s knowledge. It is very important that members be present for their project evaluation so their knowledge is included in the ribbon placing.

Questions that might be asked in any non-livestock are:

  • Why did you choose this item for exhibit? Where did you get your idea?

  • What other items have you made or what other activities have you done in this project area during the year?

  • What did you learn from your project work and specifically from preparing this exhibit?

  • How did you make the product?

  • What was the most difficult thing you encountered in preparing your exhibit? What was the most enjoyable?

  • What could you do to improve your exhibit?

  • What are your goals in this project?

  • What sources did you use in getting information for your exhibit? People, books, etc.

  • How will you use this information or item? How will you care for it?

Attention Livestock Exhibitors

For the safety and well-being of our fair animals, it is important for us to take good care of them. It is especially important that the public see clean and cared for 4-H animals at the fair. Herdsmanship rules (located in your premium book) are different in all species areas, but we need to be sure that our animals and their area is neat at all times.

The fairboard has asked that we not use any round bales at the fair. They are difficult and messy to use. They also ask that on Sunday night the trucks and trailers not park ahead of time in front of the building. The animals cannot be released before 6:00 p.m. and therefore no vehicles should be taking up that front door space. Also a reminder to use the manure containers for only manure and the garbage containers for only garbage. Thanks in advance for following these procedures!

A good reminder if you have questions about any state requirements regarding dates, ids, and vaccinations, etc. they can be found on the animal science requirements in your past newsletter or by checking the most current state web page at

4-H Ribbon Auction


  • Promote the positive development of young people by providing opportunities for leadership and personal growth.

  • Provide educational interaction between 4-H members and the public that is consistent and fair; allowing buyers to support positive youth development.

  • Teach young people skills in business management as they understand project investments and expenses through livestock or other project areas.

  • Reward 4-H members for exhibiting their projects at the County Fair.

  • Provide 4-H’ers the opportunity to generate funds that will go directly to the Sibley County 4-H Federation to continue current 4-H programs and expand programs in the future for all 4-H members. (20% of the proceeds go to support county-wide 4-H programs including camps and scholarships).

  • Businesses support our 4-H youth. The auction provides advertisements for businesses.


  • Cloverbuds are NOT eligible for the auction.

  • Each 4-H youth may sell only one ribbon.

  • Parents are requested not to bid on their own child’s entry.

  • Eligible projects: Purple, Blue and Red ribbons for Beef, Dairy,Dog, Goat (Dairy or Meat), Horse, Llama/Alpaca, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep and Swine or Purple or Blue ribbons for Non-livestock projects.

  • There will NOT be a cap on Champion or Reserve Champion showmanship ribbons.

  • There will be a cap for each project area:

    • Beef, Dairy, Horse - $450 for Grand or Reserve Champion, $400 for Blue, or $250 for Red

    • Goat, Llama/Alpaca, Sheep, Swine - $400 for Grand or Reserve Champion, $350 for Blue , or $200 for Red

    • Dog, Poultry, Rabbit - $375 for Grand or Reserve Champion, $325 for Blue, or $175 for Red

    • Non-Livestock Projects - $200 for Grand or Reserve Champion or $150 for Blue

  • Animals/Projects will not automatically be sold at the auction - ribbons only. If someone would like to purchase an auction animal, that would have to be done privately after the auction.

Shooting Sports & Wildlife Update

Archery practice will be held on Sunday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Practice for Shotgun/Trap practice will be held on Tuesday nights from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. and Air Pistol/Riffle, BB gun, and .22 loading will be held on Tuesday nights from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Remember you need 8 hours in wildlife to compete at the state shoot in September. The next Wildlife workshop will be held on Wednesday 7/13 at the Sibley County Service Center at 4:00 p.m. working on the county's state shooting sports project. Remember to bring the information you have learned about the blue bird houses.

State Shooting Sports Registrations are due by July 20th to the Extension Office. Please make sure your coaches have signed them before turning them in with your payment. If you still need one, please connect with Julie Winter.

Important Dates

June 30, 2022 - Fair Entry Registrations Due @ 11:59 p.m. online

July 4, 2022 - Independence Day Holiday (Sibley County Extension Office Closed)

July 18, 2022 - Demonstration Day, Food Revue @ 9:00 a.m. at Sibley East High School, Arlington

July 18, 2022 - Clothing Achievement Day @ Noon at Sibley East High School, Arlington

July 18, 2022 - Public Fashion Revue @ 7:00 p.m. at Sibley East High School, Arlington

July 20, 2022 - County Fair 101 @ 6:00 p.m. at Sibley County Fairgrounds

July 23, 2022 - Sibley County Dog Show @ 8:30 a.m. at Sibley County Fairgrounds

July 29, 2022 - Fair Clean-Up and Stalling @ 4:00 p.m. at Sibley County Fairgrounds

August 2, 2022 - General Project Judging @ 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Sibley County Fairgrounds

August 3 - 7, 2022 - Sibley County Fair

August 15, 2022 - State Fair Exhibits due to Extension Office by 4:30 p.m.

August 24 - 28, 2022 - State Fair Livestock Encampment

August 30 - September 1, 2022 - State Fair Non-Livestock Encampment

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