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2014 Black Hawk County Fair…July 22-26th

Event Details

July 22, 2014 8:00 AM — July 26, 2014 9:00 PM
Location: National Cattle Congress
257 Ansborough Ave
Waterloo, IA 50701
Contact Name: Michelle Temeyer
Email: temeyer@iastate.edu
Phone: 319-234-6811
Website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/blackhawk/news/2014-black-hawk-county-fairjuly-22-26th

Event Description

The Black Hawk County Fair Board invites the community to join in the fun at the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair, scheduled for July 22 – 26 at the National Cattle Congress, 257 Ansborough Avenue in Waterloo, Iowa.  The event is free and open to the publicFree parking is available on Cattle Congress grounds.


The Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair highlights work of 4-H youth and FFA in the county.  Exhibits and project entries include livestock and non-livestock projects from youth ages 5 years and older.  A complete list of fair activities is on-line at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/blackhawk/


The fair features traditional livestock shows, including beef, swine, sheep, and dairy and small animal shows, dog agility, poultry, cavy and rabbit hopping, kid’s barn tours and hundreds of non-livestock entries in these project areas: child development, clothing, food & nutrition, home improvement, horticulture, personal development, science & engineering and visual arts.


Other special fair attractions include:


•  Commodity Carnival on Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 4 pm and Friday from noon to 8 pm in Estel Hall. This fun learning activity for 4-H and non-4-H youth teaches how to manage business risks associated with producing and bringing livestock to market. The game builds greater literacy in agricultural science and economics.

•  STEM Fair on Friday from 1 to 4 pm at Estel Hall that will provide hands-on experiences for youth in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

•  Red Cross Blood drive on Friday from 10 am to 3pm.  Sign up here.

•  Barn-quilt judging at 6:30 pm on Friday by Danny Steiber who is known as Iowa’s barn quilt guru. Eight 4-H clubs have painted barn quilts that will be permanently displayed on buildings throughout the National Cattle Congress grounds.

•  In partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, 4-H clubs are being challenged to bring canned food items to the fair.  Twelve stand-up display boards will tell the story of hunger in Iowa (in partnership with the Iowa Food Bank).


4-H is a national-wide organization with chapters throughout the nation for all youth.  Iowa 4-H builds on a century of experiences that fosters positive youth development and empowers youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.  In Black Hawk County, youth kindergarten through 3rd grade participate in Clover Kids.  Programming is delivered as 4-H afterschool, Clover Kids Groups, or day/week summer camps.  Youth in grades 4 through 12 participate in 4-H afterschool or 4-H clubs.


Iowa 4-H follows the principles of experiential learning, and draws on the knowledge base of Iowa State University and other institutions of higher education in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. The Iowa 4-H Program’s vision and mission statements clearly view youth as partners working with staff and volunteers, and as full participants in planning and working for individual and community change.


To learn more about 4-H or the fair, contact Diane Wolfe, County Youth Coordinator or Bart Samuelson. 319-234-6811