New London County 4-H Expo & Fair

New London County 4-H Fair/Expo
July 24-26, 2020
North Stonington Fairgrounds
Wyassup Road, N. Stonington, CT
The NLC 4-H Fair/Expo is open to the public.

A message from Sara T, NLC 4-H Fair President:

After careful deliberation and research, the New London County Fair Association has voted to hold a virtual exhibition in place of our traditional fair for 2020. The outcome of this difficult decision was firmly rooted in ensuring the safety and well being of our 4-H community. A virtual exhibition will enable New London County to meet its objectives of providing an opportunity for members to showcase their hard work in the safest, most inclusive, and most fiscally responsible way. Although the fair may not look the same as it has, the Fair Association is working to prepare and develop an alternative exhibition that will highlight growth, proficiency, and accomplishments in our 4-H community. The form this exhibition will take is to be further discussed.

Click here for the New London County 4-H Fairbook 2019

     All 4-H'ers in New London County are welcome at the Fair! It doesn't matter if you are in a community-based club, an afterschool program, or a science program. In addition to the animal shows throughout the weekend, 4-H'ers can enter posters, art, flowers and vegetables, baked goods, photography- check out the Fairbook to see all the stuff you can enter! 
     Did you know you can enter your pet in the Fair too? Even if your pet is a lizard or goldfish or cat! And the Pet Show is 'open,' which means you can have a friend enter the show with you, even if they aren't in 4-H. Click here for the entry form.
     The Robotics Challenge, Sunday at 12:00, is also an open show, which means any youth ages 7-19 can enter! Get the flyer and entry form here. 
     Other Open Shows include the Horse, Oxen, Trained Steer, Mini-horse, and  Pony Pulls, the Sheep Show, and the 4-H Dog Show (open to 4-H'ers only).

It is MANDATORY for 4-H’ers exhibiting in the Fair to have their record book with them at the time of check-in.

     The 4-H’er needs to have a 4-H activity record (either the regular or alternative records are fine) filled 2019 challenge grow house plantsout to the month of June, and at least one 4-H project record in a registered project area. It is not necessary for the 4-H’er to have a project record for each animal/item entered in the Fair.
     The activity record should show (at minimum) goals, rudimentary activities up to June, My 4-H Story, and signatures. The project record should have the goals, activities, and project description/ identification pages filled in.
     The record book presented by the 4-H’er for check-in will not be judged. The record book can be filled out via computer, pen, pencil, or crayon, although legible is preferred! It would be great for all the 4-H’ers to enter their record book for judging, but it is not necessary.
     Please be aware that in order for a 4-H’er to show in Horse or Dairy at the Big E, it must be their project and appropriate project records kept.
     Record keeping is a large part of the 4-H program, and the skills the youth learn will serve them well in adulthood. 

     UConn 4-H Explorers (ages 5-7) have their own activities for participating their local 4-H Fairs.
Here are activity sheets and opportunities to participate in the weekend.

This year's Challenge Grow is to start a plant from trash. Yes! Start a plant from a piece you would normally throw away.
The Scarecrow Contest theme is the Farm Song.

     The 4-H Horse Clinic is on Saturday, with demonstrations and educational activities offered by 4-H members, and a Model Horse Show in the Exhibit Hall. 

NLC 4-H Fair & Expo Forms and Flyers

Ad Campaign Social Distancing Policy 2020

Livestock Entry Form (one form filled out for each species show entering)
Robotics Entry Form
Overnight Permission Slip
Ad Campaign:2020 Contract Form (updated for 2020)
Campaign Flyer 2020
4-H'er Tally Sheet
(to record your Ad Campaign Sales) Bring this form, filled out, when you submit your ads.
Fair Book Cover & Poster Contest
2019 list of advertisers

Association of CT Fairs Baking contest

NLC 4-H Fair Association By-laws
Fair Meeting minutes:
May 5, 2020
Executive Board, May 8, 2020
Executive Board, May 15, 2020
May 19, 2020 draft until accepted June 2

The NLC 4-H Fair Association does not allow food vendors. The food booth is managed by the North Stonington Grange. All other vendor inquiries, please contact Pamela Gray at the New London County 4-H office.

CT 2019 Fair and Show Requirements
Recommended Handling and Hygiene Practices For Farm Animal Exhibitors and Visitors