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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. 

Are you exhibiting? DOWNLOAD THE EXHIBITOR GUIDE. It has all the information you need!

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
  • 3:30 PM Projects Released
  • 4:30 PM All Projects Must Be Picked Up

County Exhibit Days

FRIDAY, August 10: Bond, Clinton, Edwards, Gallatin, Grundy, Hamilton, Henderson, Jefferson, Kankakee, Knox, Lake, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, McDonough, McHenry, Monroe, Pope-Hardin, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, and Will counties

SATURDAY, August 11: Bureau, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Fulton, Henry, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Macon, Marshall-Putnam, Mason, Mercer, Moultrie-Douglas, Peoria, Piatt, Rock Island, Shelby, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, and Winnebago countie

SUNDAY, August 12: Adams, Brown-Schuyler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Cook, Ford, Franklin, Greene, Hancock, Iroquois, Jackson, Jersey, Johnson, Lee, Macoupin, Massac, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pike, Pulaski-Alexander, Randolph, Scott, Union, Vermilion, Whiteside, Williamson counties.

MONDAY, August 13: Boone, Clark, Clay, Crawford, DeKalb, DuPage, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Kane, Kendall, Livingston, Logan, McLean, Menard, Ogle, Sangamon, and Woodford counties.

Map of the Fairgrounds

Need directions? DOWNLOAD A MAP of the fairgrounds. 


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.



Required Document

Contact for More Information:

Judy Mae Bingman
Photo of youth with crops

Event Information

Aug 10, 2018 to Aug 13, 2018
Orr Building
State Fairgrounds