Category Archives: Delaware State Fair

State Fair Entries

Remember, you have until June 1 to enter your exhibit in the State Fair.

You can access the site at  Delaware State Fair.  

(Make sure you are entering under 4-H and not the Children’s, Arts & Crafts, Culinary, or Farm, Fruit and Apiary as those are not associated with 4-H. We cannot access your entry. If you encounter issues, please contact the Fair directly at 302-398-3269 )

Make sure to check out the State Fair Newsletter for all the info you need!

Please also see the Premium Book for 2022 below:

Delaware State Fair 4-H Premium Book 2022

 

County Archery Shoots

These trainings are offered to anyone, unless otherwise noted.

You must attend a session if you want to participate in the State Contest. 

Youth may attend any of the opportunities listed below.

You will need to indicate on the form if you are new to archery or if you have attended an archery meeting/training in the past.  This will give us an idea about attendees who plan to attend so we can offer the assistance needed.

*Parents/Responsible Adults are asked to remain on site during the duration of the event, unless otherwise arranged.

 

New Castle County

April 10, and May 22 both shoots will be 2 pm 

Ebling Farm: 997 Caldwell Corner Rd Townsend DE 19734

Instructor: Laura Campbell

Contact: Jenny Trunfio, jtrunfio@udel.edu

 

Kent County

Each Date will have 2 options, you may sign up for one option per date.

April 14  5:00pm or 6:00pm

April 15  10:00am or 11:00am

April 22  10:00am or 11:00am

April 23  10:00am or 11:00am

All dates will be held 583 Shady Bridge Rd, Marydel, De

*Participant parents will be asked to complete a hold harmless on behalf of the property owner at arrival

Instructor: Gary Utley

Contact: Kristin Cook, kristin@udel.edu

 

 

Sussex County

March 27 – Safety Training and Shoot – Anger Residence. 2:00-5:00 pm.  (5-6 members each hour)

April 24 – Safety Training and Shoot – Anger Residence. 2:00-5:00 pm.  (5-6 members each hour)

May 9 – Safety Training at Sussex 4-H Office at 7:00 pm (Bo Waller)

May 21- Archery Practice (for those who have safety training) at Sussex 4-H Office during Links Spring Fair

Contact: Jill Jackson, jackson@udel.edu

2022 4-H Animal Judging Contests

 

Please use this form:  http://www.udel.edu/009449  to register for the Animal Judging Contest County qualifier.  You can register for more than 1 contest.  If you are under the age of 13, you have the option of competing as a Senior to enable you to compete in your respective contest at the Delaware State Fair (you can only compete at the DSF in 2 judging contests).  If you are over 12 years old you must register as a Senior.
Each contest is being held one time for all Delaware 4-H’ers to qualify – Counties will qualify the top 10 participants from their county.  You must attend and complete this county qualifier to participate in the State Judging contest at the fair.
Contest Dates and locations are as follows:Dairy Judging – May 26, 6:30 PM, Knutsen Farm, Greenwood DEHorse Judging – May 22, 10:00 AM, Horse Power Show Hunters, Greenwood DELivestock Judging – June 3, 6:30 PM, Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington DEPoultry Judging – May 31, Time and Location TBDIf you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact your county 4-H office 2 weeks prior to the event for which you have registered.If you have any questions, please contact your county 4-H office

State Fair Entries Open April 1

 

You can access the site at  Delaware State Fair.  

(Make sure you are entering under 4-H and not the Children’s, Arts & Crafts, Culinary, or Farm, Fruit and Apiary as those are not associated with 4-H. We cannot access your entry. If you encounter issues, please contact the Fair directly at 302-398-3269 )

Make sure to check out the State Fair Newsletter for all the info you need!

Please also see the Premium Book for 2022 below:

Delaware State Fair 4-H Premium Book 2022

2022 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Educational Contest

Sponsored by the Delaware Farm Bureau

1. This event is open to all enrolled 4-H and FFA youth. Youth that are enrolled in both the 4-H and the FFA program are only eligible for one award per species of livestock. Cloverbuds are not eligible to participate in this contest.

2. All animals must be weighed at the weigh-in for their county and at the final weigh-in for their specific species during the Delaware State Fair.

2022 County weigh-in dates are as follows:

· May 7th- Cook Farm- Newark 9 am-11- New Castle County

· May 15th- Delaware State Fair Harrington 9 am- 11 am- Kent/Sussex County – this is a Sunday!

· May 24th- Delaware State Fair Harrington 5pm -8 pm- Kent/Sussex County (Final DSF Tagging Date)

 

3. All animals must be weighed on a scale certified or evaluated for this activity by the Delaware Department of Agriculture. An official weigh master and recorder will be designated at each weigh-in. The weigh master cannot have a child participating in the event. The recorder will obtain the following data: name of youth, complete mailing address, tag number of animal, gender of animal, breed of animal, along with weight. The recorder should forward all information to Susan Garey within one week of weigh-in.

4. Animals must make weight (minimum and maximum) for the specific species as outlined in the Delaware State Fair Exhibitor’s Handbook to be eligible for these awards. They must participate in their respective market show during the DSF.

5. Young people who are members of a 4-H club in one county and a FFA chapter in another county must choose one tagging/weigh date to attend. You are not permitted to weigh at more than one location. This means that you are designating which organization (4-H or FFA) and county Rate of Gain contest you are eligible for.

6. All participants must submit a record sheet to Susan Garey by August 15, 2022 to be eligible for this activity. The entry form must be actually signed by the member and all requested authorized parties in order to be eligible.

7. Should there be less than two animals in a species, animals must make the following minimum daily weight gain: lambs – .30 lb.; goat – .2 lb.; steer – 1 lb.; swine 1.25 in order to be eligible to receive the rate of gain award for their respective county.

8. The Delaware Farm Bureau will recognize the young person owning the animal with the best rate of gain in market goat, market lamb, and steer projects in each county with categories for both 4-H and FFA members. County winners will be recognized at their respective County Farm Bureau banquet.

2022 Rate of Gain Contest entry form

2022 YQCA Certification

2022 Quality Assurance Certification Requirement for Delaware State Fair Market Animal Exhibitors

All Delaware State Fair junior exhibitors showing a market animal (steer, market lamb, market goat or market hog) are required to have a current quality assurance certification in order to exhibit in a market class at the Delaware State Fair. The Youth PQA program no longer exists to train new youth or recertify. The YQCA program is a national certification that now covers all livestock species with a single certification for all youth ages 8-21 nationwide. Program ages are calculated as of January 1 of the current year.

Options for obtaining a qualifying quality assurance certification to be able to show a market animal at the 2022 DSF are:

· Ages 5-6- A parent, guardian or responsible adult must have a current quality assurance certification. Options to fulfill this requirement include PQA(Pork Quality Assurance) or BQA (Beef Quality Assurance https://www.bqa.org/certification/online-certification) adult online trainings or parents can either attend a YQCA classroom training session(email Susan directly to register) with their 5-6 year old to obtain a valid QA certification to meet the DSF requirement. Please contact Susan Garey if you would like to be granted access to the online Adult PQA certification training to cover youth ages 5-6. An email address is required.

· Ages 7-18- The youth market exhibitor must have a current YQCA certification obtained either through an YQCA classroom training session or YQCA online.

· Ages 19-21- The youth market exhibitor must have a current YQCA certification that can only be obtained online as per the YQCA program rules.

Youth YQCA certification is valid for one year.

 

In order for youth ages 7-21 to participate in either an online or in person classroom YQCA training session, they must register and create a profile at http://yqca.org For youth age 7-12, parents are required to register their youth on the YQCA website. Once registered select the appropriate class you plan to attend. Fees will be charged at the time of registration and can be paid by credit card.

The YQCA classroom training costs $3.00 and the online training costs $12.00. These fees are paid online and go directly to YQCA even if you are attending an in person training. This should be completed prior to coming to the in person training. Youth completing the online YQCA training will take the online module that corresponds to their age as of January 1 of the current year.

 

The following YQCA in person class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:

· Wednesday, May 11, 2022- New Castle County Extension Office, Newark 6:30-8:30 pm- registration required in advance-must register by May 9

· Thursday, May 26, 2022- UD Carvel Center, Georgetown 6:30-8:30 pm- registration required in advance- must register by May 24

· Tuesday, June 7, 2022- Kent County Extension Office, Dover 6:30-8:30 pm- registration required in advance- must register by June 6

 

Additional date(s) may be added as interest warrants. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, you must register in advance so that we can ensure enough space and training materials. Please contact Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or (302)242-1510 if you have any questions or concerns in regards to Quality Assurance/YQCA certification needs.

Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl Contest

Saturday July 30, 2022

Delaware State Fair 4-H Centre

Harrington, Delaware

1:00 pm

 

General Rules, Regulations and Entry

For special accommodations in accessing this event please notify the extension office one month prior to the event.

1. Selection of Teams, Contestants, and Eligibility

A. Any 4-H club may enter one or more teams that can consist of two (2) to four (4) members each. A single competitor does not constitute a team and may not compete as such.

B. All contestants must have passed their 8th birthday and may not have passed their 19th birthday as of January 1 of the current year. There is only one division in this event.

C. Contestant and team entry and eligibility must be certified by the club and/or organizational leader

D. Entries must be made online through the Delaware State Fair website www.delawarestatefair.com by June 1. Teams should be entered once under the club name.

 

2. Questions will be from: National 4-H Avian Bowl Manual 2016 version

Teams should order the manual through the Clemson University bulletin room. The cost is $15.00 per copy and may be ordered online using either a VISA or Mastercard by going to:

Dillard Building 105 Klugh Avenue Clemson, SC 29634 (864) 656-0281 (phone); (864) 656-0687 (fax); Attn: Shannell Mathis shannem@clemson.edu

Order online from Clemson University: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20569_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=1587&SINGLESTORE=true

 

2022 Study Sections:

All questions and answers will come from the following material in the 2016 version of the Avian Bowl Manual: · Poultry judging – Online National Poultry Judging Manual (Past production hens printable pdf, pages 1-2 only)

· Understanding food prisoners (All)- pages 17-20

· Avian systems (Reproduction only)- pages 35-38

· Breeds, varieties, and strains (Mediterranean through AOSB only)- pages 75-80

· Raising game birds (Disease control through Laws only)- pages 94-99

· Eggcyclopedia (Partnership for food safety through Zeaxanthin only)- pages 139-151B

· Raising your home chicken flock (All)- pages 151C-161

· Biosecurity (All)- pages 179-180

· Avian influenza (All) – Pages 181-182

 

3. Method of Play

There will be three types of questions used:

· Regular questions (worth 1 point each) to which any member of either team may respond. If a regular question is answered incorrectly, it is then offered to the other team for a chance to answer.

· Toss-up questions (worth 1 point each) to which any member of either team may respond. [The only difference between a regular and a toss-up question would be that toss-up questions would have a bonus question attached to each and, in general, would be somewhat more difficult than the regular questions.]

· Bonus questions (worth a pre-determined 1-3 points); all parts of the bonus question must be answered before any points will be awarded. No part of the bonus question will be repeated, nor will any additional information be given to the contestants relative to the questions. Any member of the team winning the toss-up may provide answers to bonus questions. Contestants on the same team may confer with each other prior to answering a bonus question. If a bonus question is answered incorrectly it is not offered to the other team for a chance to answer.

There will be no spelling questions. Points will not be deducted for incorrect answers. The decision of the judge as to the acceptability of an answer will be final.

If a question is interrupted during the reading of it, the moderator will stop reading as soon as a buzzer is activated. The contestant has five seconds after being acknowledged, to begin their answer. If the answer given is correct for the way the question was written, it will be accepted. If the answer given is correct for only the portion of the question heard, but wrong for the way the question is written, the answer will not be accepted. If the question was interrupted, the judges will not be allowed to ask for any type of clarification of the answer given.

 

4. Awards

The Delaware State Fair will award premiums to the top three teams in competition.

Team Awards: 1st 2nd 3rd

$100 $50 $25

For additional information please contact Susan Truehart Garey, Extension Agent Animal Science, truehart@udel.edu or (302)730-4000.

Virtual Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl Contest

Online Competition Conducted Between April 15-24, 2022

Preregistration Required- Registration Open 3/21/22-4/8/22

(Registration link at bottom of post)

 

General Rules, Regulations and Entry

1. Selection of Teams, Contestants, and Eligibility

A. Youth must be currently enrolled members of the Delaware 4-H Program. Youth can compete in both the individual and team categories. The same score will be utilized for both categories.

B. Team entries must consist of three (3) to four (4) members each. Teams may be comprised of members from multiple 4-H clubs and/or across counties. We will do our best to create teams for those members who wish to compete as part of a team and do not have a team within their club.

C. All contestants must have passed their 8th birthday and must not have passed their 19th birthday as of January 1st of the current year.

D. Contestants may not have participated in a previous National Horse Bowl Contest as an official member or alternate.

E. Contestants must be entered in the appropriate age division (as of 1/1/22): 8-10, 11-13, 14-19.

Any team whose members come from two age groups must compete in the older group.

 

2. Questions may be from:

· 4-H Horse Manuals (blue cover 2015 version)

“Giddy Up and Go”, “Head, Heart and Hooves”, “Stable Relationships”, “Riding the Range,” “Jumping to New Heights,” “Horse Project Helper’s Guide.,” and 4-H Horse curriculum corrections found on-line at www.n4hccs.org. 2015 version 4-H Horse Manuals

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating. Distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30,1914. It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin

· In addition to the 4-H Horse Project manuals:

Age 8-10: Horse Care for Kids, by Cherry Hill

Age 11-13: Your Horse, a step-by-step guide to horse ownership, by Judy Chapple (and age 8-10 material).

Horses and Horsemanship – by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council

Age 14 and older: Storey’s Horse-Lover’s Encyclopedia, edited by Deborah Burns (and  age 8-10 and 11-13 material).

Horse Science- by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council

 

Questions will be comprised from the following three categories:

· Regular questions (worth 1 point each).

· Toss-up questions (worth 1 point each) The only difference between a regular and a toss-up question would be that toss-up questions would have a bonus question attached to each and, in general, would be somewhat more difficult than the regular questions.

· Bonus questions (worth a pre-determined 1-3 points); Bonus questions will be offered only if a toss up question is answered correctly.

The Qualtrics online platform will be used to administer the contest and will be open for completion between April 15-24, 2022. The system will close at midnight on the 24th. Youth may only complete the contest one time. Youth must complete their own work without any outside assistance (adults, other youth, the internet, reference books etc.)

3. Entries

Youth must be pre-entered to compete in the contest. Entries must be made online via the University of Delaware IdLoom system and will be open between March 21 and April 8.

A valid email address that is used regularly should be used at the time of entry. This email address will receive the contest information and link.

There will be no entry fee for the 2022 contest.

Teams must be preregistered in order to compete in the 4-H Horse Bowl. Entries will not be accepted during the contest. If you have registered for the Horse Bowl, you will receive an email confirmation prior to the start of the contest.

4. Scoring

Individual scores will be calculated based on the number of correct answers Team scores will be calculated by adding the top three scores from a four-member team and dropping the lowest score. In a three-member team, no low score will be dropped.

5. Awards

Awards will be presented to the top placing individuals and teams in each category. The Danish system will also be utilized to present individual awards beyond the top placing individuals. Danish system awards will be based on the following scale:

· Blue (90% or greater correct)

· Red (75%- 89% correct)

· Yellow (74% and below correct)

6. Rules

A. Youth must complete their own work without any outside assistance (from parents, leaders, other members and teammates, internet searches, reference books, etc.) If special accommodations are needed to complete the contest in this virtual format, please contact Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or (302)730-4000.

B. In order to assist with creating a sense of competition in a virtual format, participants will not be able to return to questions.

C. In order to assist with creating a sense of competition in a virtual format, the questions will auto advance to keep participants from lingering too long on a single question. Youth will have a maximum of two minutes to answer each question before it auto advances.

 

Register HERE

If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event so that we can make alternate arrangements

Delaware 4-H Judging Contest Online Training Resources

We encourage all project leaders and 4-H members to review the information related to the many judging contests offered, well in advance of the contest date.  Click on the links below to find the materials available.   Preparation for the judging contests is extremely important; learning, researching, and studying should take place over several weeks to several months. 

If you have specific questions related to a contest or if you are unable to open the link to that contest, please reach out to the contest contact listed.  If you have general questions, or are unsure of whom to contact, reach out to your county 4-H office.  

As a reminder, in order to provide accommodations for youth participants, be sure to communicate any special needs to your county 4-H office 2 weeks prior to the scheduled event.

 

Clothing Judging Contest

Contact: Lindsay Hughes, Lgooden@udel.edu

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1u17RvdqusySohG0mGx1ni-kgwGJ26-ca?usp=sharing

 

Food Judging Contest

Contest Contact: Kaitlin Klair, kklair@udel.edu

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Ss-00CaIEejcmwXVHIivzlni8imjMTf5?usp=sharing

 

Horticulture Judging Contest

Contact: Jenny Trunfio, jtrunfio@udel.edu

https://forms.gle/VyGrNBEcixuyDUve7

 

Photography Judging Contest

Contact: Jill Jackson, jackson@udel.edu

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rkWgLaF8P1SJfYsHNTGXhOldpSa4zsDe?usp=sharing

 

Wildlife Judging Contest

Contact: Kristin Cook, kristin@udel.edu

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1oYroIPhMqncb-Un3M-fIelEddXZ-DD4u?usp=sharing

Below are the links to the studying resources we came up with for Wildlife Judging 2022. They are games like matching and jeopardy. Please share these with your leaders if you could be so kind. Having these available to the students is our primary goal of creating them.
 

Wood Judging Contest

Contact: Ernie Lopez, elopez@udel.edu

https://forms.gle/Mht2Dr5FajVQM5zU9

🎉State Fair Results🎉

Congratulations to all our NCC 4-H members who submitted Fair entries and participated in Fair competitions! 

Judging Results:

 

Horticulture:

Eason Li, Blue


Poultry:

Victoria Fuller, Blue

Addison Vitusky, Blue


Woodworking:

Cole Simpson, Blue

Bruce Patrick, Blue


Clothing and Textiles:

Katie Campbell, Blue


Photography:

Eason Li, Blue


Wildlife:

Gabriel Trunfio, Blue

Matthew Trunfio, Blue


Foods:

Anna Schaedler, Blue

Cole Simpson, Blue


Livestock:

Elizabeth Handlin, Blue

Victoria Fuller, Blue

Makayla Bradley, Blue

Sydney Phipps, Blue

Liam Phipps, Blue


Horse:

Isabella Zurzolo, Blue

Elizabeth Handlin, Blue

Daisey Timney, Blue


Public Speaking:

Beginner (8-9):

Evelyn Witte, 1st pl.

Beginner (10-11):

Alexis Wolff, 3rd pl.

Senior:

Melanie Witte, 2nd pl.


Talent Show:

Age 8-12 Talent Acts:

Evelyn Witte, 3rd pl.

Age 13-19 Talent Acts:

Eason Li, 3rd pl.

Matthew Trunfio, 4th pl.


Window Display:

Stump Corner, 1st pl.


Avian Bowl:

Clover Quest, 2nd pl.

Heavenly Hooves, 3rd pl.


Archery Competition:

Senior Recurve:

Emily Campbell, 9th pl.

Junior Compound:

Paige Green, 2nd pl.

Intermediate Compound:

Bruce Patrick, 9th pl.

Senior Compound:

Jacob Green, 1st pl.


Compact Tractor Driving:

Junior:

Bruce Patrick, 1st pl.


Delaware 4-H Dropbox Entries:
Name Description Class Placing
Brandon Tang Digital Slide Show 162 1st
Eason Li Excel – Income and Expenses 78 1st
Liam Aber 4-H Project 82 1st
Liam Aber Digital Slide Show Junior 161 1st
Eason Li Digital Slide Show Senior 162 1st
Tobi Tang Digitial Slide Show Junior 161 1st
Tobi Tang 4 Seasons 155 1st
Tobi Tang 4-H Flyer 79 2nd
Tobi Tang Beginning to End 157 1st
Tobi Tang What Green Means to me 156 1st

Demonstrations:

Shooting Sports:

Savannah Timney, Blue Division Champion

Indoor Gardening:

Daisy Timney, Blue Division Champion

Healthy Food Selection:

Evelyn Witte, Blue Division Winner

Sheep:

Elizabeth Handlin, Blue Division Winner

Entomology:

Liam Aber, Blue Division Winner

Other-Science:

Alexis Wolff, Blue Division Winner

2021 Virtual Showcase hosted by Farm Credit

Showing up to the fair shows this year? Us too! That’s why we decided to host a youth essay and video Virtual Showcase.

Farm Credit is hosting the 2021 Virtual Showcase Contest to highlight your positive fair experiences. The contest allows youth ages 8-18 to share their projects in essay or video format.

Check out mafc.com/showcase for contest information and prizes.

🎇🎡State Fair Entry Registrations Now Open🎇🎡

State Fair Entries Open at 9 am, April 1

 

See the 2021 Delaware State Fair Newsletter below:

Delaware State Fair Newsletter-2021

 

Please use the below link and register under 4-H.

Please note: We don’t have access to the Fair exhibit registration site and therefore, cannot assist you with registration issues. For questions, please call the Fair directly at 302-398-3269.

https://www.delawarestatefair.com/competitive-exhibits

 

We are also pleased to announce a new class:

Class 240             Poster Promoting Teens to seek Emotional and Mental Health Treatment (when needed)

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is sponsoring a poster contest to promote teens to seek emotional and mental health treatment, when needed.  Unfortunately, there is oftentimes a stigma associated with mental illness, emotional disturbances and seeking treatment. Youth and adolescents need to know they can request assistance when dealing with mental illness – and not feel ashamed about it.  Young adults should feel comfortable when asking for help when dealing with mental or emotional concerns and should never feel embarrassed.

Mental illnesses can affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, or behaviors.  Some of the major types of mental illness are depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder, personality disorders, and eating disorders.  For more information on major types of mental illness, visit:  https://kids.delaware.gov/pbhs/youth-and-teens.shtml

All youth/adolescents ages 11 to 19, are encouraged to submit an original design that helps reduce the stigma associated with seeking treatment for mental illness.

Posters will be evaluated based on the following rules:

1.      Submissions should provide a clear and understandable message in a concise format.

2.      The message portrayed should be easy to read.  Letters and words should be clear and legible.

3.      Language used should be appropriate for age group.

4.      Exhibits should use 14” x 22” poster board, using the entire space on the page.

5.      Any medium or combination of media may be used, including crayons, line drawings, watercolor, paint, etc.

6.      No coloring book or traced drawings.

7.      Computer generated images are acceptable.

8.      Artwork must be the artist’s original creation.

9.      Exhibits must be entered by individuals only.

10.   Do not fold entries.

11.   One cash prize will be awarded by DPH to the first place winner.  A check will be mailed to the winner after the 2021 Delaware State Fair.  The winning exhibit, along with all entries, will be advertised on our Maternal and Child Health website, https://dethrives.com in addition to our other social media platforms.

1st

2nd

3rd

$125.00 Ribbon Ribbon

 

 

DSF Tagging and YQCA Certification Dates

 

Tagging Dates for 2021 Delaware State Fair Market Animals and Feeder Calves-

Saturday, May 8th- Cook Family Farm Newark, Delaware 9-11 am

Saturday, May 22nd- Delaware State Fairgrounds- 9-11 am

Tuesday, May 25th- Delaware State Fairgrounds- 5-8 pm

We will again be using the COVID tagging protocol used in 2020- tagging will occur on trailers and no weighing of livestock will be performed at the time of tagging. Mask wearing will be required of any and all participants at tagging events. Participants should do their best to respect social distancing. There is no tagging date for Georgetown this year. The 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest sponsored by the Delaware Farm Bureau will be suspended for 2021.

 

2021 YQCA Certification Information

All Delaware State Fair junior exhibitors showing a market animal (steer, market lamb, market goat or market hog) are required to have a current quality assurance certification in order to exhibit in a market class at the Delaware State Fair. The Swine Department will accept either an existing Youth PQA certification that is still valid through July of 2021 or a current Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) certification. The Youth PQA program no longer exists to train new youth or recertify. The YQCA program is a national certification that now covers all livestock species with a single certification for all youth ages 8-21 nationwide. Program ages are calculated as of January 1 of the current year. Options for obtaining a qualifying quality assurance certification in order to be able to show a market animal at the 2021 DSF are:

· Ages 5-6- A parent, guardian or responsible adult must have a current quality assurance certification. Options to fulfill this requirement include PQA(Pork Quality Assurance) or BQA (Beef Quality Assurance https://www.bqa.org/certification/online-certification) adult online trainings or parents can either attend a YQCA classroom training session(email Susan directly to register) with their 5-6 year old to obtain a valid QA certification to meet the DSF requirement. Please contact Susan Garey if you would like to be granted access to the online Adult PQA certification training to cover youth ages 5-6. An email address is required.

· Ages 7-18- The youth market exhibitor must have a current YQCA certification obtained either through an YQCA classroom training session or YQCA online.

· Ages 19-21- The youth market exhibitor must have a current YQCA certification that can only be obtained online as per the YQCA program rules.

Youth YQCA certification is valid for one year.

In order for youth ages 7-21 to participate in either an online or in person classroom YQCA training session, they must register and create a profile at http://yqca.org For youth age 7-12, parents are required to register their youth on the YQCA website. Once registered select the appropriate class you plan to attend. Fees will be charged at the time of registration and can be paid by credit card.

The YQCA classroom training costs $3.00 and the online training costs $12.00. These fees are paid online and go directly to YQCA even if you are attending an in person training. This should be completed prior to coming to the in person training. Youth completing the online YQCA training will take the online module that corresponds to their age as of January 1 of the current year.

In order to be able to comply with COVID health protocols and allow sufficient space, in person training classes will be held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in 2021. Mask wearing and social distancing between family groups will be enforced during training classes. The following YQCA in person class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:

· Thursday, May 27- Delaware State Fairgrounds 6:30-8:00 pm- registration required in advance- must register by May 25

· Wednesday, June 9- Delaware State Fairgrounds 6:30-8:00 pm- registration required in advance- must register by June 7

Additional date(s) may be added as interest warrants. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, you must register in advance so that we can ensure enough space and training materials. Please contact Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or (302)242-1510 if you have any questions or concerns in regards to Quality Assurance/YQCA certification

2020 Virtual State 4-H Clothing & Textiles Showcase

As you are aware, the State 4-H Clothing & Textiles Showcase event was not able to take place during the recent Delaware State Fair.  As we continue to plan various state 4-H events, we have made the decision to coordinate and conduct the 2020 State 4-H Clothing & Textiles Showcase through a “Virtual Showcase.”

The major components of this event will take the following format:

  1. Participants will be asked to complete the 4-H Clothing & Textiles Showcase application. This application can be found on the State 4-H Website under the section:  Contest and Event Information (and then under Clothing and Textiles Showcase).  The information is currently being updated on the website and will be available to retrieve shortly.

 

  1. Participants will be asked to develop a script (as they would do each year) that will be read when they wear and model their garment in a video that each participant will be asked to produce. Guidelines on how to develop a script can be found in the application document.   In is expected that scripts for younger youth will be shorter than those for older youth.   In developing this script, participants should limit the length to a minimum of 30 seconds and a maximum of 60 seconds.

 

NOTE:  Since we plan to upload these on our website and to use on social media, we ask that you introduce yourself using your FIRST NAME ONLY.  Please do not use your full name in your script.

 

  1. Participants will be asked to produce a video of them wearing and modeling their garment. While they are doing their modeling, participants should have someone read their script.  NOTE:  All videos should be done in a HORIZONTAL mode (not vertical).  The completed video should be uploaded to UD Dropbox using the following directions:
  • Send videos via UD Dropbox
  • Click the “Drop-off” button.
  • Enter your information in Box 1.
  • In Box 2 for recipient email, enter: de4h
  • Upload your file in Box 3 and then hit the “Drop-off the file(s)” box.

 

  1. Participants will be asked to bring their completed Clothing Showcase garment along with their completed application to their respective County 4-H Office on September 30th. Specific times for drop-off of these items will be shared by your County 4-H Office.

 

  1. The State 4-H office will coordinate the judging of the garments with designated judges.

 

  1. The State 4-H Office will coordinate all videos submitted into a combined video. This combined video will be shown on a Zoom session that will be scheduled on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 pm.  The Zoom link connection will be provided prior to the event to all participants.  We hope that all participants as well as their families can join to participate in this Zoom session, but attendance is not mandatory.    Awards will be announced at the end of the session.  The combined video will also be shared later on our State 4-H website as well as on our social media pages for additional audiences to view.

 

  1. Awards will be presented based on the 4-H Danish system with each entry receiving a ribbon. Each blue ribbon will entry receive a $15.00 monetary premium.  Any monetary premiums awarded will be mailed out to participants by the Delaware State Fair at a future date.  Please be aware that we will not utilize an Honor Court system for the 2020 Clothing Showcase event.

 

  1. Garments will be returned to your respective 4-H Club Leader for further distribution to the 4-H members.

 

2020-Information-on-County-Clothing-and-Textile-Showcase

 

4-H Contact for Questions:

Doug Crouse, State 4-H Program Leader

dcrouse@udel.edu

(302) 233-1750 (Cell)

Delaware State Fair Junior Board Now Accepting Applications

The application period is now open through September 25, 2020.

There are six (6) open positions on the 12 member board. This opportunity to serve is available to youth ages 16-21 (as of 10/31/20) and once appointed, the term is for two (2) years. Members are required to contribute a minimum of 30 volunteer hours before and during the Fair. The purpose of the Junior Board is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills as well as expose youth to the many facets of The Delaware State Fair. A brief interview to take place in mid-October will be required. The application form can be obtained on the Delaware State Fair’s web site www.delawarestatefair.com (click on General Info / Jr. Board) or by calling Rebekkah at the Fair Administration Office – 302-398-3269.