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* Home Economics and Crafts
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Photos: 4-H Exhibits
Otero County Fair, Indoor Exhibits, 4-H Exhibits

General Rules
(download the complete Otero County Fair 4-H Indoor Exhibit Rules & Classes)
(download 4-H Fair entry forms)

1. All exhibitors must be 4-H members in good standing and must make entries according to requirements found in the 4-H project book. A registration form must be submitted to the Extension Office by the designated date. Advanced Self-determined projects must display the basic learning of the project and these entries must include the “Self-determined Project Record Form #101.SD-1 (R-2001) or appropriate project record form”. Self-Determined items that do not have a completed Self-Determined form or appropriate project record form will be disqualified - be sure the form is securely attached. 4-H members should consult with leaders in planning projects and exhibits.

2. A complete list of 4-H exhibit classes is available from the Otero County Extension Office (401 Fairgrounds Rd., Alamogordo) or can be downloaded at the following websites: oteroextension.nmsu.edu or oterofair.com.

3. 4-H members may enter only one exhibit per class. All bona fide 4-H projects will be judged and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded based on each entry's individual merit. One 1st place, per age division, per class, may be selected and will be eligible to advance to the New Mexico State Fair. Judging will be based on the standards listed including any size guidelines in the 4-H project book. Judges determine the merit of each exhibit. If multiple qualified items are in a class, they will be placed 1st– 3rd, however, a judge may determine that no item meets the standard for 1st and choose not to award one. No more than one of each placing may be awarded in each class. If an item is the only entry in a class, judges will judge the item against the standard and may choose to award a 1st, 2nd or 3rd placing or no placing at all.

4. Each class will be divided by age according to the following 4-H guidelines. Novice – Section N – Ages 9 (or 8 years old and in the third grade) to 11 prior to January 1 of the current 4-H program year. Junior – Section J – Ages 12 (or 11 years old and in the 6th grade) to 13 prior to January 1 of current 4-H program year. Senior – Section S – Ages 14 (or 13 years old and in the 8th grade) to 18 prior to January 1 of current 4-H program year.

5. Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) may enter exhibits in the designated Cloverbud classes. Cloverbud entries will receive participation awards, will not be used in calculation for the other awards, and are not eligible for the State Fair.

6. 4-H’ers must be enrolled in the project or activity. All exhibits must be clean, not show soil, pet hair, or wear.  All exhibits must be the work of the exhibitor and completed during the current 4-H year.  The same 4-H member may not enter an identical exhibit that was entered by him/her at any previous Otero County Fair with the exception of exhibits that have very specific requirements found in the project book like: Welding silhouettes; New Mexico Flavor green chiles; Baking biscuits; Canning jar of green beans; etc.  The following are examples of identical exhibits that may not be entered by the same 4-H member for multiple years: a Sewing simple gathered skirt made using the same fabric; a Measuring Up flower box painted using the same color of paint; a Braiding exhibit board painted using the same color of paint and braids made using the same color of nylon parachute cord; or a Housing and Interior Design covered can using the same fabric and embellishments.

7. Posters may be no larger than 14 x 22 inches (that is half of a standard sheet of poster board). Posters are defined as any flat paper, foam board, cardboard or other backing appropriate for hanging on the wall for display. Flat items placed on stands, or with stands attached, will be considered posters.

8. Display Boards may be no larger than 18 x 48 inches (this is a small size display board, or half of a standard display board). Display boards are defined as scored, freestanding science boards that may be purchased at any school supply store. These are boards made freestanding by the sides being folded in slightly.

9. Other Exhibit Boards: exhibit bases for three-dimensional vertical displays may be no larger than 24 x 24 inches. A vertical display is defined as an exhibit with a solid base where the exhibit itself rises up. This would apply to small engines, Self-Determined, or Page 2 any other appropriate 3-D display.

10. Project Specific Boards: some project boards are given specific measurements within the project. For example, Leathercraft and Braiding have guidelines in the project book. If an exhibit is defined by the project book that is the rule members must follow.

11. Oversized Exhibits: because of security and space limitations, extremely large/heavy project exhibits may not be accepted for display in the 4-H Department at the New Mexico State Fair; County Extension Agent will call the State 4-H Office for prior approval on large Woods, Welding or other large exhibits that qualify for the New Mexico State Fair. This only applies to actual items; posters, display boards, and vertical displays may not be oversized and must follow the size guidelines.

12. Photography Exhibits: See specific sizing guidelines under the Photography Section. Photos may be mounted or matted with a material strong enough to withstand transport and display (cardboard, mat board, poster board, etc). We are not responsible for lost or damaged photos- please keep a copy of all prints submitted.

13. Baked Goods: please submit all baked goods on a plastic or paper plate in a re-closable plastic bag (except pies and cakes). Pies and cakes should be completely covered and on a durable base (plate, platter, etc). All food and baked exhibits must be made according to the requirements, standards, and recipes in the 4-H project book.

14. All items are entered at your own risk. While we do our best to handle each item carefully and respectfully, there is always some risk of damage. All items are displayed to the best of our ability. Exhibits will not be moved after displayed, the exception being if items are upside down or mislabeled.

15. Winners of Champion and Reserve Champion plaques will be notified and are requested to be available for photographs during the fair. Plaques and High Point awards will be distributed to winners during the awards presentation held in the Livestock Barn Show Ring on Saturday at 3:00 pm.

Categories of Awards
Champion and Reserve Champion plaques will be awarded in each of the following
  Agriculture and Natural Sciences: includes Animal Science, Horticulture and Agronomy, and Natural Sciences.
  Engineering Sciences: includes all Engineering Sciences.
  Home and Family: includes Personal Growth and Development, Housing and Interior Design, Consumer Education and Family Life.
  Creative Arts: includes all Creative Arts and Arts & Crafts.
  Sewing and Clothing: includes all Sewing & Clothing.
  Foods: includes Food and Nutrition, Baking, Dairy Food, and Food Preservation.
High Point Exhibitors
A belt buckle will be awarded to the high point exhibitor in each age division, Novice, Junior
and Senior. A duffle bag will be awarded to the overall high-point exhibitor.

Tie Breakers for Awards

In the event of a tie score between two or more exhibitors, ties will be broken for 4-H Exhibits Department awards by the most grand champion and reserve grand champion rosettes an exhibitor receives.  If a second tie breaker is needed the most 1st place ribbons an exhibitor receives will break the tie.

Photos: 4-H Exhibit Award Winners

2014 Award Winners for the 4-H Exhibits
E. Wood, J. Wildrick, H. Walker, L. Coca, K. Hamilton, J. Livers, G. Myers and R. Hamilton

2013 Plaque Winners for
                                            Indoor 4-H Exhibits
2013 Plaque Winners for Indoor 4-H Exhibits
Back Row - J. Livers, J. Scanchez, G. Myers
Front Row -  H. Hill, T. Jensen, L. Coca

                                        Plaque Winners for Indoor 4-H
2012 Plaque Winners for Indoor 4-H Exhibits
T. Jensen, M. Fazenbaker, J. Sanchez and M. Haden

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Phone: (575) 434-0788


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