Competitions available for 4-H'ers at the Pike County Fair

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Bake-Off

  1. The Bake Off is open to any 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, and Scout member regardless of project area.
  2. Junior Fair Exhibitors must register baked goods according to the official fair schedule as listed in the following categories:

Senior Division  (Ages 14-18 as of January 1st)        

  • Class 1.            Yeast Bread
  • Class 2.            Cookie
  • Class 3.            Pie
  • Class 4             Decorated White Cake
  • Class 5.            Quick Bread
  • Class 6.            Bar Cookie
  • Class 7.            Cake
  • Class 8.            Decorated white Cupcakes

Junior Division  (Ages 8-13 as January 1st)

  • Class 1.            Yeast Bread
  • Class 2.            Cookie
  • Class 3.            Pie
  • Class 4             Decorated White Cake
  • Class 5.            Quick Bread
  • Class 6.            Bar Cookie
  • Class 7.            Cake
  • Class 8.            Decorated white Cupcakes

   3.  Cakes must be exhibited on heavy cardboard. Breads and cookies must be exhibited on paper plates.All baked products must be wrapped in colorless cellophane or similar wrap to keep insects and dust from the food.

   4.  The recipe must be attached to each exhibit.

   5.  The Senior Fair Board, Extension Office, 4-H Advisory Committee, and Family Consumer Science Advisory Board will not be responsible for china, glass, or tin plates

   6.  Junior Fair Exhibitors will be placed in each category to three placings, receiving $5 for the first place, $4 for second place, and $3 for third place.  An overall Junior and Senior exhibitor will be selected.  Overall winners will receive $25 and a trophy. Money
        awards are sponsored by the Pike County Family Consumer Sciences Committee.

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4-H Pledge Contest

The purpose of the 4-H Pledge Contest is to introduce young 4-H members to public speaking.

  • This contest is open to FIRST and SECOND year 4-H members ages 8 and in the 3rd grade through 11 years old as of 1/1/current year.
  •  Members will recite the 4-H Pledge and be judged on voice & clarity, stage presence, general effect and presentation correctness/accuracy.

            The 4-H Pledge:

            I PLEDGE MY HEAD TO CLEARER THINKING,

            MY HEART TO GREATER LOYALTY,

            MY HANDS TO LARGER SERVICE, AND

            MY HEALTH TO BETTER LIVING,

            FOR MY CLUB, MY COMMUNITY, MY COUNTRY, AND MY WORLD.

When saying the pledge, members stand straight and tall.  They raise their right hand to their forehead when they say, “My head to clearer thinking.”  They lower their right hand to their heart as they say, “My heart to greater loyalty.”  As they say “My hands to larger service” they put their arms at their sides, extending their forearms with the palms of their hands upward.  At the line “My health to better living” they stand at attention, arms and hands at their sides, and remain in that position until the close of the pledge.

Watch the pledge here: "The 4-H Pledge"

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Showmanship

  • 4-H members must show their own animals in showmanship.  Exceptions will not be considered.
  • Showmanship classes will be divided as follows for sheep, beef, swine, goat, rabbit, and poultry judging:  Junior Classes – 8-11 years; Intermediate Classes – 12-14 years; Senior Classes – 15-18 years.  Showmanship classes will be divided as follows for dairy cattle:  Junior Classes – 8-13 years; and Senior Classes -14-18 years.  All ages are of January 1 of the current year.
  • The winner of the senior showmanship classes will automatically be entered in All Animal Showmanship provided they did not previously win All Animal Showmanship.  If that be the case, the second place winner will show in All Animal Showmanship.
  • Showmanship entry sheets will be available at the Show Arena announcer stand prior to the time of each show for members to enter in the correct age classes.
  • The Fair Board and Extension Educator shall have the authority to interpret and enforce all rules according to the best interests of 4-H members and those concerned.  The Fair Board and Extension Educators will determine the eligibility of any youth in questions.  All Decisions are Final.

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All Animal Showmanship

1.  Winners of senior showmanship in horses, beef, swine, sheep, dairy, rabbits, goats, and poultry will compete for best overall showman.  Winners must show their own animal.

2.  If a member wins senior showmanship with two or more species, they will be allowed to show the specie of their choice in All Animal Showmanship.  The second place participant from the non-selected species will then be required to participate.

3.  Participation in All Animal Showmanship by winners of the senior showmanship classes is mandatory to receive premiums.

4.  Previous winners of All Animal Showmanship are ineligible to compete.

5.  If there is no senior showmanship participant in a particular species an animal will be provided.

6.  Each contestant will be asked to show all species for a period of three minutes.  There will be one judge for each species who will score each participant on a scale of 1-10.  The individual accumulating the most points will be the high individual.

7.  In case of a tie, contestants will draw the species to be shown excluding the species that they won showmanship with and will be judged on both species to break the tie.  Contestants cannot show their own species to break the tie.  The 2 contestants will show both species drawn.

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Outstanding Livestock Exhibitor

The criteria for winning the award includes:  1) place in market class; 2) place in showmanship; and 3) score on the Skill-a-thon.  Youth must compete in all three sections of the criteria to be in consideration for the award. Points for the award are as follows in each category of showmanship and market class:  (there will be one score taken from the highest placing market animal if an exhibitor takes 2 of the same market species).

  • 1st place:  100 points
  • 2nd place:  90 points
  • 3rd place:  80 points
  • 4th place:  70 points
  • 5th place:  60 points
  • 6th place:  50 points
  • 7th place and below individuals will receive 40 points.

There will be a possibility of 300 points that a youth may score for the award.  The points will be evaluated as listed:

Total Points:  300

  • 1/3 of the points:  Skill-a-thon – 100 points
  • 1/3 of the points:  Market Class Placing – 100 points
  • 1/3 of the points:  Showmanship Placing – 100 points

The score of the Skill-a-thon test will be based on the correct number of answers.  In case of a tie, the tie-breaker committee will review the highest Skill-a-thon score; a second tiebreaker – the highest showmanship placing; and a third tiebreaker – placing of the exhibitor’s highest placing market animal.

There is no limit of how often a youth may win the award.  There will be a winner from each age division:  Junior (8-11); Intermediate (12-14); and Senior (15-18).  The Outstanding Exhibitor for each species will be chosen from the winners of those three age divisions.  The winner of this award will
be given an individual trophy.  Swine winners will also receive a revolving trophy sponsored by the Ron Pennington Family that the winner will keep until the following year. 

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Beef Fitting Contest

The contest gives junior fair youth the opportunity to demonstrate project growth by practicing their fitting skills and competing for prizes. Fitters will have 30 minutes to fit/groom and care for their beef animal.

  1. The purpose of this contest is to provide an activity during the Pike County Fair to enable youth to participate and learn to work together as a team and to learn from each other the procedure of fitting and showing a beef animal.
  2. Teams will consist of 3 members.
  3. Each team must consist of at least 1 junior (age 8-11) member.
  4. The contest will begin with a clean animal and then be fitted for the ring.
  5. All equipment ordinarily used in fitting beef animals will be allowed but points will not be given to a team because of their equipment. It is the responsibility of the team to provide and keep track of their own equipment.
  6. One team member will be selected to be the official show person and will compete with those of the other teams in the show ring. Regular fitting and showing rules will apply.
  7. Teams will be judged on total team involvement and on placing in the show ring. Consideration will also be given to the use and care of equipment.
  8. First place team members each receive a trophy.  Ribbons are awarded to all other teams placing 2nd – 5th.

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Livestock Judging