Newsletter - July 15, 2022
Arapahoe County CSU Extension Office Closed to Walk-in Clients on Fridays

If you have any questions, please feel free to email our staff:
Ethan Cahill -
Shaylen Florez -
Claudia Meeks -
4-H Newsletter
FYI - There will be no July 29 issue of the 4-H newsletter due to the 2022 Arapahoe County Fair.
July 21
Horse Check-In & Written Tests

July 23
English & Western Horse Show & Gymkhana
4-H Cat Show Entries
4-H Cat Show

July 24
4-H Dog Show Entries
4-H Dog Show

July 25
4-H FCS & General Project Judging

July 26
4-H Cattle, Sheep, Swine, Goat, Alpaca, Llama, Poultry & Rabbit Entries
Mandatory 4-H Livestock Exhibitor Meeting
4-H Market Livestock Weigh-In
Rabbit Weigh-In
Poultry Weigh-In
4-H Public Fashion Revue

July 27
4-H Dairy Goat Show
4-H Market Goat Show
4-H Poultry Show
4-H Poultry Showmanship
4-H Swine Showmanship

July 28
4-H Rabbit Show
4-H Sheep Show
4-H Market Swine Show

July 29
Catch-A-Calf Show
4-H Cattle Show
Large Animal Ultra Sound
4-H Alpaca/Llama Show

July 30
4-H Round Robin
Adult Round Robin
4-H Livestock Sale BBQ
4-H Livestock Auction

July 31
Miniature Hereford Show (Not a 4-H Sponsored Event)
4-H Goat Pack Obstacle Class
4-H Livestock Exhibit Release
4-H FCS & General Project Release

Please see page 4 of the Fairbook for times and locations of events. If you need to download a copy, please click here.
Trainings and Meetings
Companion Animal Projects
Dog Study Guides are Available!
4-H Dog Members - this year's dog study guides are now available.
  • Click here for the Junior Member Study Guide.
  • Click here for the Intermediate Member Study Guide.
  • Click here for the Senior Member Study Guide.
  • Click here for the Dog Levels Progression Chart for Showmanship.
  • Click here for the Dog Levels Progression Chart for Rally
  • Click here for the Dog Levels Progression Chart for Obedience.
FCS & General Projects
Shooting Sports
Shooting Sports Information 2021-2022
Events for the Horse project have begun! Please click on the image to the left for info on all of the events.

More Opportunities
2022 Fair Information - New Information Added

Main Hall and Exhibition Hall Closing Earlier

4-H Families - During the days that the Fair is open to the public, the MAIN HALL and EXHIBITION HALL doors will be locked at 8 p.m. We know that many families are used to the time being 9 p.m. Make sure that if you have family members coming to fair to look at your exhibits that they do so before 8 p.m. 

Thank You Notes

  • A thank you note must be written to each donor.
  • All thank you notes for Fair donations must be presented at the following Fair check-in events: 4-H Cat Show, 4-H Dog Show, 4-H FCS & Gen. Project Judging, 4-H Mandatory Livestock Meeting and the 4-H Horse Show.
  • Exhibitors who do not present thank you notes at the listed check-in events will have the opportunity to bring their thank you notes to the 4-H Fair Office by noon on Sunday, July 31 in order to receive exhibitor donations.
  • In order for exhibits to be released on Sunday, July 31, and donations distributed, thank you notes must be presented in unsealed, addressed, stamped envelopes with the name and address of the donors prior to receiving the donations at release. Please note: There will be NO STAMPS available for purchase at the 4-H Fair Office so make sure to put stamps on your envelopes before you turn them in!
  • If your thank you notes are deemed unacceptable, you will be asked to re-write them.

Thank You Note Addresses

P.O. Box 460724
Aurora, CO 80046

West Conservation District
133 W. Bijou Ave.
Byers, CO 80103
Market Goat Addendum to Fairbook
Project Exhibit Rules:
  1. Market goats must be castrated and healed as much as possible prior to the spring goat weigh-in. Bucks are not allowed.
  2. Animals must weigh a minimum of 50 pounds and a maximum or 120 pounds for market classes and sale. May be any breed and either sex born on or after January 1, 2022.
  3. Feeder classes will be established for goats that do not make weight or are over the maximum weight.
  4. Animals below minimum weight or above maximum weight are not eligible for sale.  
  5. Market goats will be weighed immediately following beef on Tuesday, July 26. See pages 57 for specific weigh-in rules and sale rules. 
  6. Market goats must be disbudded or blunt tipped (not less than the diameter of a dime at the end). Tipping of horns is not allowed on the Fairgrounds.
  7. Market goats must still have their milk teeth intact at the time of show. No exceptions.
  8. Market goats must be slick shorn, with no indication of blocking, to 3/8 inch or less above the knees and hock joints to include the head but excluding the tail switch PRIOR to being weighed-in at county fair.
  9. Animals are judged on individual merit. The judge reserves the right to not award a blue ribbon if there is only one entry. Champion or Reserve Champion may or may not be awarded at the discretion of the judge.
  10. Market goats will show by weight classes not breed. The superintendent will make the classes as even as possible according to weight distribution. An exhibitor having more than one market goat with uniform weights may end up with two or more animals in the same class.
  11. If an exhibitor in a market class ends up with two animals in the same class, they can elect to move one animal up to the next heavier weight class but not down to the lighter class.
FCS/General Exhibitors
Attention FCS/GEN 4-H families that have entries for fair! Please watch for an email the week of July 18 with your scheduled time for the 4-H FCS/GEN interviews which will take place on Monday, July 25. We will also post the information on our website! For those that marked no for an interview time, you will not be scheduled for an interview.
4-H Dog Show Information
Attention Dog Members and Parents! Make sure to click on the picture to the right for helpful information on the 4-H Dog Show!
4-H Cat Show Information
Attention Cat Members and Parents! Make sure to click on the picture to the left for helpful information on the 4-H Cat Show!
FCS & General Fair Exhibit Information
Attention FCS/GEN Members and Parents! Make sure to click on the picture to the right for helpful information on FCS/GEN judging day! 
Breakfast Vendor
4-H Families, if you are looking for ways to get breakfasts, please look no further. You don’t even have to leave the fairgrounds! There will be a breakfast vendor available during the Fair. They will be available Thursday - Sunday from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. and will be located near the Civitas covered arena. Please make sure to support the vendor as if this works out then maybe this will be something that can be lined up each year. 
Setup Help Needed!
Here is the fair set-up schedule: All help is welcomed!
  • East Wing – July 24th starting at 9:00 AM
  • Pavilion – July 25th Starting at 8:00 AM
  • Tack-In – July 25th from 4:00 – 8:30 PM
  • Livestock BBQ/Auction Setup – July 29th – afternoon
Livestock Sale Brochure
Click on the image to the left to access an electronic version of the 2022 Livestock Auction Brochure.
Test Your Skills—Participate in The Homestead Contests and Challenges at the Arapahoe County Fair

Are you Fit as a Feline? Can you vertically jump as high as a barn cat or a mountain lion? Record your jump and compare your skills to cats and your fellow humans. This challenge will take place continuously Noon-8:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the western Exhibition Hall.

Do you like jigsaw puzzles? Join us for the Youth Team Jigsaw Puzzle Contest on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the western Exhibition Hall. Maximum of 4 people on a team. Members must be less than 18 years of age. Teams will be given the same puzzle and will compete to see who can finish the puzzle first. Great contest for 4-H clubs, friends, or families.

Are you 18 and older and want to participate in a Team Jigsaw Puzzle Contest? Join us for the Adult Team Jigsaw Puzzle Contest on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the western Exhibition Hall. Maximum of 4 people on a team. At least one team member must be 18 or older.

Peeled many potatoes? Join us for the Longest Potato Peel Contest on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 1 p.m. on The Homestead’s Front Porch. You will be given a peeler and a potato. In a given time limit, you will try to peel the longest, continuous potato peel.

Do you know how to knit or crochet? Join us for the fun Fastest Fingers in the West Knitting and Crochet Contest on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. on The Homestead’s Front Porch. You will be given yarn, knitting needles, or a crochet hook and cast on stitches prior to the start of the contest. The winner will knit or crochet the most number of rows in the given time.

Shy about competing? Then come and cheer on the contestants! For any questions, contact Mary Madsen (
(303) 730-1920
6934 S. Lima St., Suite B
Centennial, CO 80112

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