Category Archives: Delaware State Fair

🎇🎡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.

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 INFO / About Us / Jr. Board) or by calling Rebekkah at the Fair Administration Office – 302-398-3269.

Virtual Fair Exhibit Info

                                 Delaware 4-H

4-H Virtual Exhibit Showcase at the Delaware State Fair

As communicated in our letter emailed to all 4-H families on July 1, 2020, due to the current in-person restriction for 4-H programming that is in place through July 31st, we will not be able to have actual 4-H exhibits brought to the 4-H building this year to be judged and on display.  This decision was made out of an abundance of care and with the priority of protecting the health and safety of the participants, families, volunteers and staff.

As we also shared in our correspondence, the Delaware State Fair has a virtual exhibit software that will allow us to have our youth continue to be able to share and exhibit their 4-H project work, and have the ability to participate in the exhibit premium system.  Even though it will be different for us to do, we are very fortunate to have the ability and opportunity to use this system for our youth.

We have attached guidelines on how our 4-H members can upload and present their exhibits through their Delaware State Fair exhibit account.  It is a very user friendly system and one that I feel all families will be able to use to share their exhibit information.  Staff at the Delaware State Fair as well as with the Delaware 4-H Program are prepared to assist with this process as help is needed.  Please review these guidelines in order to begin to prepare information to be able to provide it in the virtual exhibit showcase.

 

Date Uploaded Information is Due for Virtual Exhibit Showcase

Monday, July 20th (12 midnight)

 

Suggested File System to use in Saving Exhibit Photographs to use to Upload

We encourage you to use the exhibit class number as your file name when saving photos to upload in the DSF virtual system.

For example, if you are exhibiting in Class 98, take a photograph(s) of your exhibit, and save as follows:

C98 P1 (Class 98  Picture 1)

C98 P2 (Class 98  Picture 2)

C98 P3 (Class 98  Picture 3)

Photography Tips to Remember / Use in Taking Photographs of Exhibits

Consider the following photography tips to use when taking photographs of your exhibits:

  • Be sure to focus in on your exhibit
  • Be sure to have the proper lighting so your pictures are not dark
  • Remember these types of composition to use: Rule of Thirds, Lighting, Simplicity and Balance
  • Photos can be edited to crop out unnecessary items in the photo.
  • More information about composition and editing photographs can be found in the 4-H Photography Judging Guide:

https://www.udel.edu/content/dam/udelImages/canr/pdfs/extension/4H/judging-competitions/Photography-Judging-Guide-2019.pdf

Please contact your County 4-H Educator or the State 4-H Program Leader / Administrative Assistant with any questions you have related to this process.  Contact information is provided below.

Sussex County 4-H:                 Jill Jackson                   jackson@udel.edu

Kent County 4-H:                    Kristin Cook                 kristin@udel.edu

New Castle County 4-H:          Kaitlin Klair                  kklair@udel.edu

State 4-H Office:

State Program Leader             Doug Crouse               dcrouse@udel.edu

Admin Assistant         Melissa McDerby        mmcderby@udel.edu


MAIN GUIDELINES ON HOW TO PRESENT YOUR EXHIBIT ON YOUR

DELAWARE STATE FAIR EXHIBIT ACCOUNT

Please take time to determine how you can best present your exhibit to the judge.  You
will have the ability to upload and share UP TO 3 PHOTOGRAPHS.
If your exhibit is flat and one-sided, you only need to upload and share 1 PHOTOGRAPH of it.
If exhibit has different sides or angles to see or to assist you in showing any special detail or
techniques used, you should upload and share 3 PHOTOGRAPHS.
Our guidelines shared below for our various classes do offer guidance in many areas as to
when only 1 photograph should be necessary.  Since exhibits are developed in multiple
ways, this guidance can change based on what you are actually exhibiting in a class.
For any exhibit that is operational, you will need to upload UP TO 1 VIDEO to show this operation.
NOTE:  Printed entry tags were provided to you for your exhibits, but they will not need to be used
in the Virtual Exhibit Showcase.    You can use them as a guide to help organize your exhibits.
Type of Exhibit: Examples:
Flat (One Sided) Exhibits Photograph, Picture/Drawing, Poster
   Wreath, Plant, Rocket, etc.
Picture Upload Requirements:
Share 1 photograph of exhibit of front side
(you do not need to attach 2 additional photographs
for these type of exhibits).
Photography Exhibits Picture Upload Requirements:
If you have the actual photograph file, upload this file.
This is the preferred method to use in sharing this type of
exhibit.  However, if you do not have file, you will have to
upload a picture of your actual photograph.
Dimensional (Multi-Sided Exhibits) Exhibits that are not flat and one-sided:
   Clothing (showing inside and outside), flower
   arrangement, container garden, bird
   feeder, woodworking item, etc.
Picture Upload Requirements:
Share 3 photographs:  Picture of Front, Side and Back
If exhibit is operational, exhibitor Electrical exhibit, science kit exhibit, any other exhibit
  will need to upload a 10-15 second    that is intended to move or operate, etc.
  video to show operation of item.
Video Upload Requirements:
Include a 10-15 second video showing the
   exhibit operating
CLASS
Section A:  Cloverbud Exhibits
1 to 6 Only 1 photograph is required for these exhibits
7 THIS CLASS IS NOT AVAILABLE TO ENTER AND WILL NOT BE JUDGED
Section B:  Textiles and Sewing Exhibits
8 to 58 Follow main guidelines listed above
Suggestions / Ideas for Photos:
If exhibit is clothing that is normally worn:
     *Show clothing item laying on flat surface
     *Turn clothing item inside out and lay
       on flat surface (to show construction)
     *Could show clothing item being worn by exhibitor
If exhibit is not a clothing item to be worn:
     *Show front of item
     *Show back of item
     *Show close up of any detail sewing on item
Section C:  Canning
59 t0 74 THIS CLASS IS NOT AVAILABLE TO ENTER AND WILL NOT BE JUDGED
Section D:  Computer
75 Convert Word document to a PDF file and Upload
76 Uploading 1 photograph should work for these exhibits
77 Upload Video
78 Convert Excel document to a PDF file and Upload
79 Uploading 1 photograph should work for these exhibits
80 Uploading 1 photograph should work for these exhibits
81 Convert Powerpoint document to PDF file and Upload
82 Convert Powerpoint document to PDF file and Upload
83 Convert Powerpoint document to PDF file and Upload
84 Upload Video
Section E:  Arts and Crafts
85 to 113 Follow main guidelines listed above
(NOTE:  Class 105 explanation is not required for 2020)
Section F:  Indoor / Outdoor Gardening
114 to 122 Uploading 1 photograph should work for these exhibits
(NOTE:  Date of propagation not required for 2020)
(Please be sure to follow date guidelines in premium book)
Section G:  Floriculture
123 to 132 Uploading 1 photograph should work for these exhibits
Section H:  Photography
133 to 150 Uploading 1 photograph should work for these exhibits
(NOTE:  Class 141 description not required in 2020)
(NOTE:  Class 146 & 147 title not required in 2020)
151 THIS CLASS IS NOT AVAILABLE TO ENTER AND WILL NOT BE JUDGED
152 Uploading 1 photograph should work for these exhibits
(NOTE:  Class 152 description not required in 2020)
153 to 157 NOTE for Classes 153 through 157:
154      Create a Powerpoint with the required number of
155      photographs per the class.  Make the Powerpoint a
156      PDF file and upload the file into the DSF system.
157
158 to 160 Send exhibit using UD Dropbox as explained in DSF 4-H
premium book guidelines
161 to 163 Uploading 1 photograph should work for these exhibits
164 SEE NOTE for Classes 153 to 157 and follow for Class 164
Section I:  Conservation and Landscape
165 to 174 Follow main guidelines listed above
(NOTE:  Class 171 explanation not required in 2020)
175 & 176 NO UPLOAD OF PHOTOGRAPH IS REQUIRED
SPONSOR OF THESE EXHIBITS REQUIRE EXHIBIT TO BE ON DISPLAY AT THE STATE FAIR.
CONTACT DOUG CROUSE AT (302) 233-1750 TO ARRANGE A TIME TO BRING TO THE 4-H BUILDING.
Sectipn J: Electric
177 to 185 Follow main guidelines listed above
You MUST upload and include a 10-15 second video to show
exhibit operating for Classes 177 to 185
Section K:  Entomology
186 to 189 Follow main guidelines listed above
Section L:  Field Crops
190 to 196 Follow main guidelines listed above
Section M:  Woodworking
197 to 208 Follow main guidelines listed above
Section N:  Science
209 to 222 Follow main guidelines listed above
Section 0:  Other
223 to 236 Follow main guidelines listed above
Section P:  Place Setting Contest
237 Follow main guidelines listed above and upload 3
   photographs of exhibit from different angles
Section Q:  Educational / Club Exhibits
238 Follow main guidelines listed above
WE WOULD LIKE CLUBS TO BRING EXHIBIT TO FAIR TO DISPLAY IN THE 4-H BUILDING.
CONTACT DOUG CROUSE AT (302) 233-1750 TO ARRANGE A TIME TO BRING TO THE 4-H BUILDING.
239 Uploading 1 photograph should work for these exhibits
Section R:  Foods
240 to 259 THIS CLASS IS NOT AVAILABLE TO ENTER AND WILL NOT BE JUDGED
Section S:  Vegetables
260 to 280 Follow main guidelines listed above
281 to 285 THIS CLASS IS NOT AVAILABLE TO ENTER AND WILL NOT BE JUDGED
286 Follow main guidelines listed above
Section T:  Cut Flowers
287 to 293 Uploading 1 photograph should work for these exhibits
294 to 295 Follow main guidelines listed above

Printable Virtual Exhibit Guidelines 2020


Printable DSF – 2020 4-H Photo Upload Instructions

DSF Junior Board Applications Now Being Accepted

This opportunity to serve is available to youth ages 16-21 (as of 10/31/19) and once appointed, the term of office 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. The application period is now open through September 27, 2019. In mid-October, the Junior Board Committee will interview applicants. The application form can be obtained on the Delaware State Fair’s web site www.delawarestatefair.com (click on About Us / Jr. Board) or by calling the Administration office of the Fair at 302-398-3269.

Fair Help

 

As you know, it takes an army to prepare for the State Fair.  We’re always recruiting! Please consider giving your time to assist in set up or break down of the 4-H building. We are always in need of adult volunteers.

Please see the below document on how you can help and then contact Maureen in the NCC Office to sign up! We need to share this info with the State Office by July 1, so don’t delay!

Fair Help info 2019

Please also consider signing up to be a host/hostess this year!

You can view available time slots and sign up by clicking HERE.

Lawn Tractor Driving Training

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Taylor and Messick
325 Walt Messick Rd
Harrington, DE

If a 4-H member has never participated in the State 4-H Lawn Tractor Driving event, it is Mandatory that they attend this state training or attend another county training that may be offered prior to the state
event. All other members who have participated in this state event before are welcomed to attend this training for additional practice and preparation.

The Delaware State Fair 4-H Lawn Tractor Driving Contest will be held on Saturday, July 27 at 9:00 a.m. in the Quillen Arena. 4-H Members participating in the scheduled May training will meet the 4-H
requirement for the state contest.

If you have any questions, please contact Ernie Lopez, State 4-H Volunteer Specialist, at 302-856-7303.

Please pre-register by contacting
Tammy Schirmer at 856-2585 ext 544 or
Email: tammys@udel.edu
Deadline to pre-register is
Thursday, May 16, 2019 NOON

Delaware Pumpkin Carve Festival

Join us as the Delaware State Fair partners with The Biggs Museum of American Art for 2 days of fall fun! Including a giant pumpkin carving competition – featuring pumpkins weighing over 150lbs, local fall food and drinks, haunted barns, a costume contest, trick-or-treating, hayrides, a bonfire, kid-friendly pumpkin crafts, spooky bumper cars on ice, public skating and more!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Consumer Champion Bowl Info Session

Calling all New Castle County 4Hers! Are you interested in saving money? Like to compare prices, watch the stock markets or just want to learn about finances?  Look no further! We are hosting an information session to form teams for the Consumer Champion Bowl which is held at the State Fair in July. Ages 8-18 welcome. Feel free to check out the link below for preliminary information. http://extension.udel.edu/4h/state-4-h-events/consumer-champion-bowl-2/

Information session will be Monday, September 24 @ 6:00 PM. (Light dinner provided) Please RSVP to the 4-H office at serenac@udel.edu or 302-831-8965 no later than Thursday, September 20th. Questions? Contact Robyn Hunter @ 302-593-1213. Hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity!

Delaware State Fair Junior Board

The application period is open through September 30, 2018. There are six (6) positions. This opportunity to serve is available to youth ages 16-21 (as of 10/31/18) and once appointed, the term of office 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. In mid-October, the Junior Board Committee will interview applicants. The application form can be obtained on the Delaware State Fair’s web site www.delawarestatefair.com (click on INFO / About Us / Jr. Board) or by calling the Administration office of the Fair at 302-398-3269.

August mini-blog

Welcome to August! Where has the summer gone??

We are wrapping up from the Fair and already looking ahead, so we thought the easiest way to share info was with a mini-blog. Don’t worry, it only contains some brief reminders and upcoming dates.

First of all, thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2018 “99th Delaware State Fair” a success!  The 4-H Building held over 9,000 entries!  Whether you volunteered in the 4-H Building, Farm Bureau, Grange or participated in events and contests, we congratulate you on your achievements and appreciate all of your hard work!

We absolutely couldn’t have done it without you!

Fair entries that weren’t picked up on Sunday have been brought up to the NCC Office. They are in the hallway between the conference rooms. Feel free to stop in weekdays from 8-4:30 to pick up your entries. If you aren’t sure if you have entries here at the office or were missing some, please contact Serena at 302-831-8965 or by email and she’ll be happy to check for you.