Iowa's 4-H Youth Development program is headquartered at Iowa State University and is made available through ISU Extension and Outreach offices in all Iowa counties. This year nearly 4,000 exhibits from 4-H youth are on display in the 4-H Exhibits Building and close to 1,000 communications event performances will occur during the fair's 11-day run. In addition, more than 2,000 4-H'ers will be showing more than 7,000 livestock and horticulture entries throughout the fair at several Iowa State Fair arenas.
"The state fair is one of our premier showcase opportunities for Iowa 4-H members," says Mitchell Hoyer, state 4-H youth program specialist. "Fairs are an opportunity for 4-H members to show to the public what they've learned. And every day at the Iowa State Fair visitors can come in to the 4-H Exhibits Building and find something new."
Daily events in the 4-H Exhibits Building include the following:
•Educational Presentations: A 4-H member or a group gives a demonstration of skill or knowledge on a certain topic.
•Working Exhibits: A 4-H member or a group teaches and shares information with fair visitors in an informal and experiential way.
•Share the Fun: A 4-H member or a group performs skits, songs or dances.
Special events in the 4-H Exhibits Building include the following:
•Automotive Exhibits: Cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors refurbished by 4-H members will be displayed outside of the 4-H Exhibits Building.
•C6 BioFarm is Aug. 13 and 19.
•CME Agriculture Commodity Carnival is Aug. 14-22. This interactive game walks young people through the steps of raising and bringing a hog to market.
•Bratney Companies Robotics Challenge is Aug. 16 and 17. You'll see 4-H clubs compete in real-time robotics challenges. The senior division is Aug. 16 and the junior division is Aug. 17.
•Des Moines Science Center is bringing fun, interactive displays on Aug. 18.
•Extemporaneous Speaking is Aug. 18 and 23. 4-H members are given 30 minutes to prepare a speech on a topic drawn at random.
•Iowa State University's Insect Zoo is Aug. 20.
•4-H Hall of Fame Induction is Aug. 23. This year 126 inductees from 92 counties will be recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H.
Exhibits and events represent the project areas and educational opportunities the Iowa 4-H program offers to youth, says Hoyer. They also allow current 4-H members to be recognized for their work and receive feedback about what they have learned. "Visitors to the 4-H Exhibits Building will truly see the opportunities 4-H provides for young people and the outstanding work our current 4-H members are doing," he adds. "Make sure to come see 4-H at the State Fair!"
Visit Iowa Public Television's interactive exhibit at State Fair
In other news about the 2015 Iowa State Fair, visitors to Iowa Public Television's booth in the Varied Industries Building will find a new, interactive exhibit this year with activities, fun and information for everyone.
Each day of the fair, IPTV KIDS Clubhouse host Dan Wardell will greet visitors to the IPTV exhibit from noon until 1 p.m. The Cat in the Hat costume character will be available for photos, hugs and high fives on weekdays from 1 to 8 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fans of IPTV's PBS KIDS programming will find several popular characters in cutout form: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Peg + Cat, Arthur, Sid the Science Kid, Chris Kratt, Daniel Tiger and Curious George -- available for pictures weekdays from 9 a.m. until noon.
IPTV personalities will be available at exhibit in Varied Industries Building. Between 4 and 6 p.m. daily, hosts from IPTV's local programs -- Dan Wardell, Dean Borg, Charity Nebbe, Mike Pearson, Scott Siepker, Kellie Kramer, Bill Riley, Don Peschke and Paul Yeager -- will be available to meet viewers and sign autographs. Each day will feature a different personality.
Every day of the fair, fans of Masterpiece Classic, Downton Abbey and Doctor Who can stop by IPTV's exhibit to take pictures in front of Highclere Castle and the TARDIS.
This year's booth will also feature 60-inch television sets with live feeds of all three of IPTV's channels, iPads with various activities such as PBS KIDS apps, temporary tattoos for kids, daily drawings, coloring sheets, highlights programming schedules, information about upcoming Friends Travel opportunities and membership information. Learn more at Iptv.org/fair. Support for Fair 2015 is provided by MidAmerican Energy, EMC Insurance Companies, Iowa Lottery, Iowa Council of Foundations and Exhibit Resources Midwest.