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4-H Friday Newsletter - Friday, May 14, 2021

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sewing machine, thread, buttons, & dress form in picture

Midwest 4-H Black & White Photography Challenge 

Shoutout to five 4-H youth who represented Fond du Lac County! Check out Abby, Courtney, Emily, Katrina, and Kennedy's photos below! 
Here is the slideshow from the Minnesota 4-H of the Black and White Photography Challenge: https://z.umn.edu/BlackWhiteSlides. Wisconsin had a ton of amazing entries and ended up with 2 of the top 3 winners! The slideshow features all the photos submitted!
black & white photos of flowers & a basketball hoop from underneath
black & white photos of white daisies and a butterfly on a flower
2 pictures of someone's lower legs with their back & white tennis shoes, 3rd picture shows an icey shoreline
scenic pictures off shoreline, someone is sitting on the shore with legs & feet extended over
picture of a white silo with a climbing vine & a building structure in 2nd photo

County Fair Updates

Prefair Judging

Prefair judging is from 1 - 7 pm on Thursday, July 8 and Tuesday, July 13. New this year, it will take place in the Expo Building. Similar to last year, you will sign up for a time to get judged. This can be done at the Fair Office when you pick up tags or by contacting the Fair Office after it opens on June 7. Office contact information is as follows:  920.929.3168 or office@fonddulaccountyfair.com.

Help Needed

Clerks are needed for prefair judging on July 8 and 13, as well as for the animal shows being held during the fair. Interested individuals, 12 yrs. and older, should contact the Fair Office. Shifts can be split up or shared. Exhibitors who are clerking will be allowed time to have their own items judged. If you are in need of community service hours this summer, this would be a great opportunity!

Parkers: Are you part of a group looking to make a little money for your organization?  The FDL County Fair needs parkers throughout the duration of their event. Adult supervisors earn $10/hr., while parkers earn $7/hr. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Pat Immel at pcimmel@gmail.com.


Looking for a summer art project? Do you have an old pallet laying around that could be upcycled? The Pallet Contest is coming back to the fair this year. Follow this link to find more information on how you can enter. Print an Entry Form today!

Adult Leaders & TLA Foodstand Sign-Up
Now is the time to sign up your club for shifts in the 4-H food stands at the county fair. These are major fundraisers for the county 4-H program, benefitting all clubs, members, and the communities in which they reside. For the Adult Leader Food Stand, eight to twelve workers are needed per shift. Older teens or adults are needed to sign up to be managers for half a day in the Adult Leader Food Stand. For the Teen Leader Association Food Stand, one adult and two older youth are needed per shift. In the event your first choice is already filled, please have an alternate choice ready. Time slots for the food stand shifts can be filled by going to: https://fonddulac.extension.wisc.edu/events-activities/ under the fundraising events. Please remember the guidance around COVID: wear a face covering, wash hands, use good hygiene and food safety standards, maintain 6 ft social distance from non-family members, no sharing of consumables, keep tables & contact areas clean.

Dairy Showmanship Clinic

Please dress appropriately as activities will be outside. Light refreshments will be provided.

Each session is limited to 20 individuals. Register today at http://bit.ly/2021dairyshowmanship for the session you plan on attending. Register by Tuesday, May 18! 

Attendance at a dairy showmanship clinic is a requirement to show at the Fond du Lac County Fair Jr Dairy Show. If you have any questions regarding the May 22 showmanship clinic or the dairy showmanship requirement, please contact Sarah Loehr at 608-792-7013 or sarahloehr@hotmail.com

Fond du Lac County Market Livestock Updates

Swine PRRS Testing/Health Certificates
The Fond du Lac County Market Swine Show is a non-terminal show.
  • 2nd hogs can return home from the fair
  • Exhibitors will be responsible for making their own butchering/processing appointments for the 2nd hog and ship the hog to the appointment themselves. Sale hogs will be shipped by the Market Livestock Project Committee. Make sure to have your appointments made as soon as possible. 
  • In addition to health certificates being required within 30 days of the fair, exhibitors are required to have a negative PRRS test within 90 days of county fair. This test is done through your large animal veterinary clinic. Contact your veterinarian for details and instructions for the PRRS test. 

Prohibited Use of Ractopamine (i.e. Paylean) in Swine

“The Fond du Lac County fair has prohibited our exhibitors from feeding their animals feed containing Ractopamine. Animals exhibited at the fair are subject to random testing for presence of this additive. Should it be discovered after the sale when the animal is processed that the animal has been fed with feed containing Ractopamine, the exhibitor will be required to make the buyer whole for any loss incurred due to the animal being rejected for processing at the processing plant/slaughterhouse. Should an animal test positive for Ractopamine, the exhibitor will be prohibited from selling at the fair for a year."

Swine Fitting Workshop

June 12 | 10 am | Dan Thomas | 1200 North Water Street | Lomira (2 points toward the minimum 8 points needed to qualify for the Fond du Lac County Fair Market Livestock Sale)

Beef Fitting Workshop 

June 23 | 6 pm | Jerry Huths | W9096 County AS | Oakfield  (2 points toward the minimum 8 points needed to qualify for the Fond du Lac County Fair Market Livestock Sale)

County Fair Final Weigh-in Schedule | Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Beef: 10 am to 12 pm
Sheep & Meat Goats: 2 to 4 pm
Swine:  5 to 7 pm *Please note, hogs will be weighed as they come off the trailer, no hogs will be allowed off the trailers without a health certificate and a negative PRRS test.

Replacement Ear tags

If your project animal has lost an ear tag, please contact Ed Schrauth for a replacement ear tag.  If the animal has lost both ear tags, it will be disqualified from the sale.

If you have any questions regarding the Fond du Lac County Market Livestock Project and Sale, please contact chairperson Ed Schrauth at 920.960.8106.

Clothing Revue Registration

Dog Project Meetings

  • Thursdays at the Fairgrounds

Scholarships Due - May 15

Fair Entries Open - May 17

Dairy Showmanship Clinic
  • register by Tuesday, May 18
  • Clinic Saturday, May 22 


Dog Project Meetings

  • Thursdays at the Fairgrounds

Clothing Revue

  • Pictures and narratives due June 12
  • Monday, June 14 at 6 pm via Zoom
  • Register in 4-HOnline

Teen Leadership Workshop

  • Saturday, June 26
  • Registration and more information coming soon!

Foods Revue - TBD


  • Fair Office Opens June 7
  • Entries due on June 12 at 11:59 pm
  • Available for pick-up starting June 21

Livestock Meetings & Activities

  • Swine Clinic June 12 at 10 am
  • Beef Clinic June 23 at 6 pm 

Small Animal Meetings

  • June 10 at 7 pm at the Fairgrounds
  • June 17 at 7 pm at Fairgrounds- MANDATORY Auction meeting
  • June 24 at 7 pm at the Fairgrounds
  • June 26 at 8:30 am - Barn Set up

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