2022 4-H Booth Set Up Information and Contest Rules

Set up times are:

Monday, August 29 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 30 – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 31 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 1 – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 2 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 4 – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, September 5 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Booth rosters are due to me by 5:00 p.m.)

Booth Assignments

ALL projects must be in place by 5 p.m. on Labor Day.

Tear Down:    Booths will be released to tear down on Sunday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m.  No projects can be removed prior to that time.  Clubs must remove all projects, decorations, and staples by 12:00 noon on Monday, September 13.  All items left after that time will be discarded.


  1. Clubs will be assigned a booth space based on the number of members and number of non-livestock projects.  Clubs with more projects will be assigned larger booths.  Clubs may NOT request a specific booth space.
  1. Clubs will select their own theme.  Themes should be creative, original, and appropriate for 4-H.  The theme should attract attention and draw people to your booth.
  1. The club display roster (tan colored paper in fair booth packet) must be turned directly into the 4-H Educator by an advisor.  Rosters must be turned in no later than 5:00 p.m. on Labor Day.  Clubs that fail to meet this deadline are ineligible for the contest and members may not receive premium money.
  1. Both contest awards will include Champion, Reserve Champion, and Honorable Mention.
  1. Youth in a club that does not request a both can display their projects in the county-wide booth to be eligible for a wristband and premium, but the county-wide booth is not eligible for the booth contest.
  1. Booths will be judged by a non-disclosed judge who is from outside of Hardin County based on the following guidelines:


  1. Non-livestock displays should be original work created during the course of the project.  This could be a poster or something made as part of the project.
  1. Project books are NOT acceptable displays
  1. Each member should have their own work represented.  Do not use a single display to showcase all members of a specific project area.  Example: for food projects, each member should display their portfolio.  A single place setting with everyone’s name on it is NOT acceptable.
  1. Names and project title should be clearly labeled on each project.
  1. Ribbons should be displayed neatly with each project.
  1. No real food may be used for displays or decorations
  1. No firearms, bows, arrows, or ammunition should be used as displays for shooting projects or decorations.  Photographs of such items are acceptable.
  1. No live animals or plants that require daily maintenance may be used for displays or decorations.
  1. Fair booths are not under constant surveillance, so be cautious of putting valuable items in your booth.
  1. The club name, theme, and 4-H clover should be used and easily recognized.
  1. Staples are permitted but must be removed during tear down.
  2. No permanent changes to booth structure may be made.
  3. No spray painting is to be done on fairgrounds.
  1. No additional lighting may be used.  Each booth is provided overhead lighting and permanent spotlights. o.
  2. Avoid using high flammable decorations (bedding, shavings, excessive crepe paper, etc.)
  1. The 4-H Educator has the authority to have items removed from your both if they are deemed inappropriate or hazardous.