Have ideas for our fair?

WANTED: Board members from each town in the county…anyone interested in joining our team and help plan the fair please come to our next meeting…April 7 at 7 pm at the fairgrounds MPB. Our meetings are held the 1st Monday of each month!

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As you get ready for spring and clean your closets…remember the fair has an account at THE ECONOMY SHOP in Rock Valley. We APPRECIATE all of your donations to the Sioux County Youth Fair!

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Queen and Little Miss Applications…

Queen and Little Miss applications are on the website!

Know of someone who would make a good Fair Queen? NOMINATE THEM! Find the nomination form on the website under the Queen/Little Miss Tab!


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NEW Youth Dairy Challenge

ISU Extension and Outreach
March 26, 2014
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about a NEW Youth Dairy Challenge for ALL youth in Northwest Iowa interested in production dairy. Hope to see you on March 31.

Cindy Cleveringa
4-H County Youth Coordinator
Exciting Opportunity for NW Iowa
Youth Dairy Challenge

Introducing a NEW Youth Dairy Challenge for ALL youth in Northwest Iowa.

The Youth Dairy Challenge is designed to give ALL youth, whether or not they live on a farm, have exhibited dairy, or are currently in 4-H or FFA, the opportunity to learn about and share their knowledge about production dairy.

On Monday, March 31, at 7:30 pm we will host an informational meeting at Northwest Iowa Community College, Room 304, Bldg. C, in Sheldon. Youth, parents, FFA advisors, club leaders, dairy producers and dairy businesses are invited and encouraged to come and find out more about how they can be a part of this new opportunity.

ISU Extension Dairy Specialist, Kevin Lager, Sioux County 4-H County Youth Coordinator, Cindy Cleveringa, Ag and Natural Resource Intern, Karina Fast and Angela Sellner, Trans Ova Genetics, have outlined a three-year plan. The Youth Dairy Challenge will partner with local dairy producers to include on-farm learning, as well as future area and state competitions and tours.

ISU Animal Science Professor Lee Kilmer, ISU Animal Science Youth Curriculum Specialist, Amy Powell and Western Iowa Dairy Alliance (WIDA) support this new venture and encourage youth and parents to attend on March 31.

Please share this opportunity with your 4-H’ers, their parents, FFA chapters, dairy producers and dairy related businesses and any youth you think might be interested.

Contact Cindy Cleveringa, by calling 712-737-4230 or email clever@iastate.edu if you have questions, want more information or would like to attend on March 31. If you are not able to attend, but want to continue to receive information about this opportunity, please call or email and we will add you to our contact list.
Cindy Cleveringa
ISU Extension and Outreach
Sioux County

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2014 Sioux County Youth Fair Swine Show and PEDV

Sioux County 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors,

The 4-H Youth Committee, swine superintendents and local veterinarians met with Extension staff to make decisions regarding the 2014 4-H swine show in light of what is known about PEDV. Understanding that these decisions will not only impact our 4-H families, they were also made with a responsibility towards and serious consideration for our local pork producers.

2014 Sioux County Swine Show Changes:
• Live derby swine weigh-in and the derby swine class have been suspended for 2014.
• 2014 swine exhibitors will have the option to add ONE additional MARKET individual to compensate for no swine derby class.
• To shorten time on the fairgrounds and lessen the chance for an outbreak of PEDV at the fair, check-in and weigh-in for swine will take place Tuesday, July 15 from 6-10 pm, with all hogs housed by midnight.
• For 2014 every swine exhibitor will have the option to ultrasound scan ONE pig for a carcass contest. Exhibitors will indicate participation in the carcass contest on their fair entry and pay a $2.00 entry fee, exhibitors will designate the animal for the contest at weigh-in on Tuesday of the fair.
• 2014 4-H Swine Show will take place on THURSDAY, July 17 at 7:30 am.
• It is HIGHLY recommended that all swine be harvested directly from the fairgrounds with load-out Friday morning. Any animals on the ground at the time of load out will be harvested.
• Exhibitors choosing to take animals home from the fairgrounds assume the risk of spreading PEDV and other swine diseases.
• It is recommended there be no open swine show for 2014.

These changes may cause more work and will require patience and a willingness to help where needed. The decisions were not made lightly and every effort was made to be responsible and considerate of everyone’s situation and how this will affect them. However, we understand there is never a decision that pleases everyone.

Regardless how this impacts you and your situation, we hope you will take this opportunity to communicate and educate yourself, your child and the public about PEDV and demonstrate good production practices.

Thank you.
4-H Youth Committee

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4-H Beef Show and 4-H Swine Show Switch Days

As communicated earlier the concern regarding PEDV has brought about changes for the 4-H Swine Show schedule. Changing the 4-H Swine Show to THURSDAY at 7:30 am also changed the 4H Beef Show to WEDNESDAY at 7:30 am. Additional changes were made to the Livestock Judging contest and time to WEDNESDAY at 6 pm.

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Be sure to stop by our fair booth at the Indoor Fair March 19-20.  We will be selling Dillon’s Donuts as a fair fundraiser!  This event is being held in Sioux Center at the All Seasons Center from 3 pm – 9 pm both days!  See you there.

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A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to the Economy Shop in Rock Valley!  We were notified that ALL of  their proceeds for their Summer Blow Out Sale will be DONATED to the Sioux County Youth Fair!  This Blow Out Sale will be held on July 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.!

They are very gracious to give this money to our fair to be used to better the fair and grounds.  We want to INVITE YOU to be a part of this sale!  Again, it is on July 11 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Economy Shop in ROCK VALLEY.

As always, you can drop your clothing/home décor donations off at the Economy Shop at any time and put it under the Sioux County Youth Fair account.

Thanks for your support and making our Sioux County Youth Fair the BEST!

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It’s Race Time!

Our first fair race will be next week…June 6, 2013.

We are ready and are hoping for good weather.  See the link to the right (Sioux Speedway) for start times.  Hope you see you there!

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Volunteer Spot — NEW

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to
organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Sioux County
Youth Fair – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on
VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/VHbgG7
2. Enter
your email address:
(You will NOT need to register an account on
3. Sign up! Choose your spots -
VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you
prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up

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