4-H and Fairs

General Fair Information

Ottawa County has three fairs in which 4-H members may participate in 4-H classes. While each fair is independently managed; MSU Extension along with 4-H volunteers, partner with the fair board to offer these classes. It is important for 4-H members and their families to familiarize themselves with the rules at each fair, as project guidelines can sometimes vary between fairs. 4-H rules for the fair(s) are published each year in the fair premium book. Premium books can be found on the fair websites.

Steps for Entering 4-H Classes at the Fair

  1. Join a 4-H Club in Ottawa County no later than May 1st.
  2. Submit declarations by the project deadline if required. 
  3. Submit animal pre-entry forms to the appropriate 4-H coordinator by the project deadline if required.
  4. Complete the fair premium/entry sheet and return to the fair (not MSU Extension) by the deadline. Premium/entry sheets can be found on the fair websites.
  5. Be sure to follow the 4-H project rules and guidelines as outlined in the fair premium book(s). Premium books can be found on the fair websites.
  6. Complete exhibit tags as outlined by each fair, and attach to still exhibits. 
  7. Complete and return any additional forms required by the fair.
  8. 4-H Club administrative volunteers should submit a club reservation form for the fair(s) their club members plan to participate in. 

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