Annual 4-H fair starts next week in Elizabeth


ELIZABETH–The 2018 Jo Daviess County 4-H Fair is just around the corner. Local 4-Hers have submitted their entries and the judges have been secured.

The fair will be held July 16-19 at the Elizabeth Community Fairgrounds. This year’s fair promises to deliver a number of projects in a variety of areas.

The fair will start Monday, July 16, at 9 a.m., with the 4-H Horse Show. Monday will conclude with the Clothing and Textiles Judging, the Fashion Revue, the Cat Show, and the Dog Show.

Tuesday, July 17, will begin the General Projects Judging at 8:30 a.m. followed by Visual Arts, Food Decorating, and Photography Judging beginning at 11:30 a.m. The day ends with the Poultry Show at 3 p.m. and the Rabbit Show at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18, will begin with the Swine Show at 7 a.m. The Beef Show will begin at 9:30 a.m.; Food and Nutrition Judging will start at 10:30 a.m.; and afternoon judging continues with the Sheep Show at noon followed by the Goat Show. Cloverbud Show, always a favorite, starts at 1 p.m.

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The 4-H Federation will once again host its annual Pork Chop Barbecue on Wednesday, July 18 with meals served from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance through a 4-H member or at Extension. A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase at the door but usually sell out quickly.

Wednesday evening culminates with the annual 4-H Livestock Auction at 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 19 wraps up the fair with the Dairy Show at 9 a.m.

Most projects will be on display in the Elizabeth Community Building and on the fairgrounds through early Thursday morning. The 4-H Federation and local 4-H Clubs will also operate a food stand throughout the fair.

Contact the Extension at 815-858-2273 or visit