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There's lots of 4-H to see at the Illinois State Fair. Award-winning 4-H members display their general project work during four amazing days of the Illinois State Fair. Check out the 4-H members exhibiting in the state fair junior livestock show as they compete for grand champion honors in sheep, goats, swine, dairy, and beef. The Illinois State Fair Junior show welcomes people to the fair early to watch a full week of horse shows. There's never a dull moment during the Illinois State Fair

The best of the best is on display at the 4-H General Project Show of the Illinois State Fair. Find us in the Orr Building Aug. 10-13. 

Daily Schedule

  • 8:00 AM Project Drop Off at the Orr Building until 9:30 AM
  • 9:30 AM Project Judging until 3:30 PM
  • 12:30 Check In for Fashion Revue
  • 1:30 PM Fashion Revue Participants Must Be Ready
  • 2:00 PM Fashion Revue Begins
  • 3:00 PM Clover Celebration Begins
  • 3:30 PM Projects Released
  • 4:30 PM All Projects Must Be Picked Up

County Exhibit Days

THURSDAY, August 10: Adams, Brown, Bureau, Champaign, Clay, Coles, Cumberland, DeKalb, Ford, Hancock, Iroquois, LaSalle, Logan, Marshall-Putnam, Menard, Moultrie-Douglas, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Tazewell, Vermilion

FRIDAY, August 11: Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Clark, Crawford, DeWitt, Edgar, Greene, Henry, Jasper, Jersey, Johnson, Lee, Macon, Macoupin, Massac, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Peoria, Perry, Pulaski-Alexander, Randolph, Rock Island, Scott, Stark, Union, Winnebago

SATURDAY, August 12: Cook/Chicago, Cook/North Suburban, Cook/South Suburban, DuPage, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Hamilton, Jackson, JoDaviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, Lawrence, Livingston, McHenry, McLean, Pope-Hardin, Richland, Saline, Shelby, Wabash, Wayne, White, Williamson, Woodford

SUNDAY, August 13: Bond, Boone, Carroll, Clinton, Grundy, Henderson, Jefferson, Kankakee, Knox, Madison, Marion, Mason, McDonough, Monroe, Ogle, St. Clair, Stephenson, Warren, Washington, Whiteside, Will

Volunteers needed

Have you ever thought about judging at the Illinois State Fair? Last year, more than 3,200 4-H exhibits were judged in just four days. It takes almost 150 judges and helpers a day to make the 4-H Show successful. We are accepting applications for judges and helpers NOW online. You can select the project area you have expertise and the days you are available to judge. Your application will be reviewed and someone will get back with you to see if your help is needed this year. Let this year BE THE YEAR you help. APPLY ONLINE HERE.

Try something new: Ready4Life

This year, you have a new way to show off project learning! It's the“Ready4Life Challenge” exhibit option. Your exhibit should focus on the career or business aspect of your project. What should you do? Well, first, sign up for the project. If you're exploring careers, prepare a physical exhibit that shows what you learned about careers related to your project. If you're focusing on the business aspect of your project, you might consider showing off your product, service or tool. Be prepared to talk about what you learned about the career or business, such as historical and emerging trends, requirements to be successful, and an action plan (which might include your potential educational path, resume, or business plan). 

Just so you know, the judging for this class is MORE about your knowledge of the career/business side of the project and LESS about the skill in the project itself. For example, if you enter the Woodworking Ready4Life Challenge class, a judge will focus in on your knowledge of the woodworking business. Sure, they’ll want to see something you’ve made, but that WON’T be the focus of their judging of the project.



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Contact for More Information:

Judy Mae Bingman
Photo of youth with crops

Event Information

Aug 10, 2017 to Aug 13, 2017
Orr Building
State Fairgrounds