Clover Kids Newsletter | FAIR Edition
Clover Kids are welcome to see all events. This schedule shows which events Clover Kids can participate in.
Clover Kids General Fair Rules
  1. Clover Kids may exhibit static exhibits as well as bucket/bottle calves, lambs and goats, pets, rabbits, and poultry.
  2. All youth must be enrolled in 4-H by May 15 of the current year in order to exhibit at the County Fair.
  3. All exhibitors have signed the “Iowa Code of Ethics” when they enrolled in 4hOnline 2.0 stating they will abide by all rules.
  4. All animals must be identified in 4hOnline by May 15 of the current year to be exhibited at the County Fair.
  5. Clover Kids classes are non-competitive and will receive a participation ribbon.
  6. Any member exhibiting may substitute another Dallas County exhibitor to show their animal project in case of sickness. The substitute must be approved by the superintendent prior to the specific show.
  7. All Clover Kid exhibits may be stalled for the duration of the fair if they wish.
  8. No exhibitor will be allowed to stay in the 4-H buildings overnight.
  9. All exhibitors will be expected to clean out their stalls, pens.
  10. Superintendents have the authority to make decisions within their respective areas. 
Communications Day is coming your way on June 12th, 2021! We will be hosting the 2021 Dallas County 4-H Communications Day at the Adel Public Library Community Room from 8:00 - 12:00 PM. This event is open to 4-H members & Clover Kids. Create a presentation or a working exhibit to share with judges for the opportunity to compete at the Iowa State Fair! Not sure where to start? Call the Extension Office or See below!

Clover Kids will be presenting from 11:00-12:00 PM
Calling all fashionistas! (or fashionisters!) The Dallas County 4-H Clothing Event is scheduled to be held on June 12th, 2021 at the Dallas County Fairgrounds. This event consists of Fashion Revue, Clothing Selection, and the $15 Dollar Challenge. Open to both 4-H Members & Clover Kids. Keep an eye out for a registration form coming out in May. Looking for more info? See below.
2021 Fair T-Shirts
$8
Order online and pick up at the office at any hour or purchase in the office with cash, check, or card.
  • All exhibitors must wear a plain white shirt, plain white T-shirt or 4-H T-shirt, jeans or slacks, and appropriate footwear when showing animals (no open-toed shoes). 
Static Exhibits
What are Static Exhibits?
A static exhibit is a physical project. This could be an art project, photography, woodworking, sewing, a poster. See a list of hot sheets here
There are 6 main project areas
  • Animals
  • Creative Arts
  • Ag and Natural Resources
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Personal Development
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
What Do I Do?

  • Complete the sign-up form.

  • Clover Kids will not be using Fair Entry system that 4-Hers in 4th – 12th grade use. You DO NOT need to notify the extension office beforehand as to what you will be bringing.

  • Bring Static Exhibits (non-animal exhibits) to share with the judge for a brief conversation about your project. All Clover Kids will receive a participation ribbon.

  • Encouraged to leave exhibits for display during the fair. Please communicate which projects and how many you will be exhibiting in the sign-up form. Static Exhibits will be released on Sunday, July 12th for pick up between 8:00 and 10:00 AM. Static building clean-up will start at 10:30 AM.

  • Project write-ups for 3rd Grade Clover Kids are encouraged but not mandatory. Write-up could include: goals, steps taken to complete the project, and ideas on other projects down the road.
What Might the Judges Ask?

  • Tell me about your project?
  • What was your goal?
  • Why did you choose this project area?
  • What steps did you take to learn or do this?
  • What were the most important things you learned?
  • Did you run into any problems while completing this project?
  • Would you like to do this project area again?
  • What part of completing this project did you enjoy the most?
  • What was the hardest thing to do?
Bucket/Bottle Animals
All live animals MUST BE ID’d by May 15th into 4HOnline 2.0.

What Do I Do?


  • If you are a 3rd grader you may choose to participate in the Bottle Calf interviews on Monday, July 5 from 1:30-6:00 PM at the Community Building. You can also complete the 3rd Grade Record Book. If you choose to participate in the interview it is advised to bring your record book. Both are optional for 3rd graders.

  • Bring bucket/bottle animal for Clover Kids Bucket and Bottle Animal Check-In on Tuesday, July 6th from 8:00-10:00 AM. Check-in location coming soon.
Calf
  • Attend the Bucket/Bottle Calf Show on Saturday, July 10th at 12:00 PM at the Livestock Showring. After the 4-H show Clover Kids Bucket/Bottle Calf Show.

Goat and Lamb

  • Attend the Bucket/Bottle Sheep Show on Thursday, July 8th at 12:00 PM at the Livestock Showring. After the 4-H show Clover Kids Bucket/Bottle Sheep Show.
  • Clover Kids can choose to participate in the bucket/bottle animal interviews that will be held during the 4-H (4th – 12th grade) Clover Kids Bucket/Bottle Animal Show. The interview is based on what the Clover Kid has learned about the care of the animal including costs, feed, health, housing, and breed.

  • Will meet with the judge and receive a participation ribbon.

  • Bucket/Bottle Shows will also have a costume class that will be held after the regular bucket/bottle show.

  • Will meet with the judge and receive a participation ribbon.

  • Clover Kid animals are to go home the same day unless prior arrangements have been made with the superintendent.
What Might The Judges Ask?

  • What is the name of your animal?
  • How do you care for your animal?
  • What breed is your animal?
  • What is the hardest part?
  • What do you enjoy the most?
What should I wear?

  • All exhibitors must wear a plain white shirt, plain white T-shirt or 4-H T-shirt, jeans or slacks, and appropriate footwear when showing animals (no open-toed shoes). 
Costume Contest Rules

Clover Kid and animal dress up. More specifics coming soon.
Clover Kids - Bottle or Bucket Calf, Lamb or Goat
Superintendent: Bailey Luellen
Clover Kids show will be separate from the 4-12 grade show.

  1. Bottle animals do not need to weigh but exhibitors need to check in with the superintendents at designated check-in times (see fair schedule) or before the show.
  2. Animals may be any breed. • born on or after January 1 of the current year • in member's possession, and identified in 4hOnline by May 15. • It is the intent of this class that the animal should be from mother under standard production practices (i.e., mother rejected it, had twins, or is a dairy cow), NOT for the purpose of creating a project.
  3. An exhibitor may identify up to 3 animals but may only exhibit 1 bucket calf, 1 bottle lamb and 1 bottle goat per year. Only animals being shown may be stalled at the fair.
  4. All animals must be properly identified with an ear tag and/or tattoo.
  5. Animals must be shown on halter, no show sticks. 50
  6. Lambs must be slick shorn.
  7. All animals will be shown clean. Clipping or fitting of animals is optional. Refer to species general section for rules regarding clipping and fitting.
  8. Rope halters and neckties are necessary for tying calves overnight. No grain or alfalfa hay is to be in the tie barns. All animals must be tied in designated tie-out areas.
  9. A costume class will be after all other classes. The exhibitor may dress their animal up and ask another Dallas County 4-H Exhibitor to assist in dressing up and participating in the show ring. All materials are allowed if it will not harm the calf or other exhibitors.
  10. Clover Kid Bucket / Bottle Calf exhibitors may submit a written report and participate in interviews if they wish for ages K-2nd but this will not impact the show results. A written report and interview is required for 3rd grade Clover Kid participants

Class
  • Clover Kids Bucket Calf
  • Clover Kids Costume Class

Class
  • Clover Kids Bucket Lamb/Goat
  • Clover Kids Costume Class 
Poultry
All live animals MUST BE ID’d by May 15th into 4HOnline 2.0.

What Do I Do?


  • Bring poultry for Poultry Check-In on Tuesday, July 6th from 6:00-8:00 PM. Blood will be drawn. Check-in locations coming soon.

  • Attend the Poultry Show on Friday, July 9th at 3:00 PM at the Small Animal Building.

  • Clover Kids can choose to participate in the poultry animal interviews that will be held during the 4-H (4th – 12th grade) Poultry Show. The interview is based on what the Clover Kid has learned about the care of the animal including costs, feed, health, housing, and breed.

  • Will meet with the judge and receive a participation ribbon.

  • Clover Kid animals are to go home the same day unless prior arrangements have been made with the superintendent.
What Might The Judges Ask?

  • What is the name of your animal?
  • How do you care for your animal?
  • What breed is your animal?
  • What is the hardest part?
  • What do you enjoy the most?
Clover Kids Poultry
Superintendent: Lisa and Jamie Wilkerson

Clover kids may show Poultry in the poultry show for a participation ribbon.
  1. All poultry must be checked in by the Poultry Superintendent or designated substitute.
  2. Superintendent may refuse entry of any animal showing signs of disease, lice etc. at check in.
  3. Pollorum testing within 90 days prior to fair is required. We test all birds at time of check in.
  4. Clover Kid participants will bring their bird for testing at the time of check-in listed on schedule. If space allows they may keep the bird on fairgrounds for the duration of the fair or they may bring it back on the day of the show.
  5. All poultry must be caged. For large birds, owner may be asked to supply cages.
  6. Exhibitors are responsible for entering, feeding and caring for birds. 
Rabbits
All live animals MUST BE ID’d by May 15th into 4HOnline 2.0.

What Do I Do?


  • Bring rabbit for Rabbit Check-In on Tuesday, July 6th from 5:00-7:00 PM Check-in locations coming soon.

  • Attend the Rabbit Show on Friday, July 9th at 8:00 am at the Entertainment Plaza. Bring your own carpet square or towel for the show table to put their rabbits for sanitary purposes.

  • Clover Kids can choose to participate in the rabbit animal interviews that will be held during the 4-H (4th – 12th grade) Rabbit Show. The interview is based on what the Clover Kid has learned about the care of the animal including costs, feed, health, housing, and breed.

  • Will meet with the judge and receive a participation ribbon.

  • Clover Kid animals are to go home the same day unless prior arrangements have been made with the superintendent.
What Might The Judges Ask?

  • What is the name of your animal?
  • How do you care for your animal?
  • What breed is your animal?
  • What is the hardest part?
  • What do you enjoy the most?
Costume Contest Rules

Clover Kid and animal dress up. It’s best if both the rabbit and Clover Kid are dressed up but the choice of costumes totally up to them.
Is your rabbit staying overnight?

In the past, we’ve let Clover Kids decide if they’re bringing in rabbit(s) day of the show or staying for the duration of the fair as long as there’s enough cooping room for the 4H kids, and we won’t know that until we get the ID list and then I can figure out how many we are expecting.

If they do keep rabbits there the duration of the fair they will need their own feed, water and food bowls, and pine shavings for under the pens.
Clover Kids Rabbit
Superintendents: Kendra and Adam Woehl
  1. All rabbits must be checked in by the Rabbit Superintendent or designated substitute.
  2. The Superintendent may refuse entry of any animal showing signs of disease, ear mites, etc.
  3. Clover Kids may bring rabbits to be checked in prior to the rabbit show or if space allows rabbit may stay for the entire fair.
  4. The exhibitor is responsible for bringing feed and water bowls.
  5. Rabbits must be identified with a tattoo in the ear.
  6. No pregnant will be allowed to enter.
  7. No litter boxes permitted in the cages.
  8. Judging will be based on the exhibitor’s knowledge of the rabbit’s care and routine, condition and information shared with the judge in one-on-one discussion
Pet Show
All live animals MUST BE ID’d by May 15th into 4HOnline 2.0.

What Do I Do?


  • Attend the Pet Show on Saturday, July 10th at 9:00 am at the Entertainment Plaza.

  • Clover Kids can choose to participate in the pet show interviews that will be held during the 4-H (4th – 12th grade) Pet Show. The interview is based on what the Clover Kid has learned about the care of the animal including costs, feed, health, housing, and breed.

  • Will meet with the judge and receive a participation ribbon.

  • Clover Kid Pet Show animals go home the same day.
What Might The Judges Ask?

  • What is the name of your animal?
  • How do you care for your animal?
  • What breed is your animal?
  • Does he/she have any tricks?
  • What is the hardest part?
  • What do you enjoy the most?
Clover Kids Pet Show
Superintendent: Mary, Robert and Rosalie Sterner
  1. All pets must be identified in 4hOnline 2.0 by May 15.
  2. All pets must be caged, on a leash or in some way controlled by the owner (cage supplied by owner).
  3. Clover Kids may show a live animal or may use a stuffed animal as a prop.
  4. Clover Kids and pets must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  5. Livestock animals such as swine, horses, cattle (beef and dairy) are not to be shown in the Pet Show. Pot-bellied pigs are classified as SWINE and may not be brought to the fair.
  6. Exhibitors may not show the same animal in two different shows. (For example, you may not show the same rabbit in the pet show and in the rabbit show.)
  7. All animals must be healthy at the time of the show. Any health requirements for other classes for that species will also apply to the pets. Cats, dogs, and ferrets must have current rabies and/or distemper certificate. Vaccinations are required a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the fair for all small animals.
  8. Pregnant or nursing animals will not be allowed to show.
  9. Kittens, dogs and ferrets shown at the fair must be 4 months old.
  10. All pets must be at show area and checked in 15 minutes before the time judging is to begin.
Clover Kids Day
Thursday, July 8 // 3:30-6:30 PM
Community Building
Kids Activities
Sponsored by the Dallas County Parks and Rec
3:00 - 4:00 PM - Center Stage

Clover Kids Fun Activities
3:30-6:60 PM - Community Building

Clover Kids Static Exhibits
You will meet with a “judge” to discuss your project and receive a participation ribbon.
3:30-6:30 PM - Community Building
Throughout the Day … balloon artist, carnival rides, Little Critters Corner, comedy show, ninja experience – throughout the fairgrounds
Share The Fun
Friday, July 9 // 1:00 PM
Center Stage
Show off your talent
  • Skit
  • Ballet routine
  • Play a song on an instrument

What Do I Do?
  • No registration needed.
  • Show up to the stage to perform
  • Interview with the judge
  • Clover Kids receive a participation ribbon
Clover Kids Coordinator
Kali Downs
kdowns@iastate.edu
515-993-4281
County Youth Coordinator (4-H)
Allison Wisgerhof
awisger@iastate.edu
515-993-4281