LaSalle County 4-H Show & Junior Fair planned

OTTAWA – 4-H is celebrated throughout the world, hence this year’s fair theme, “Around the World with 4-H” for LaSalle County 4-H Show & Junior Fair. Come explore the world with 4-H from July 14-17 at the LaSalle County fairgrounds on the south side of Ottawa.

4-H members are busy completing projects and cleaning up the fairgrounds in preparation of putting on a great exhibit show. This year’s 4-H Show will represent the 4-H’ers year-round projects, service learning and community activities the 4-H members participate in. Come on out to the LaSalle County Fairgrounds to experience 4-H. Stay to enjoy the night events too. This year, many new events and activities can be enjoyed.

Daily schedules are:

  • Thursday, July 14 – Judging starts on non-livestock projects. This includes everything from aerospace to zucchini. There are also visual arts exhibitions, natural resources, interior design, food science, cake decorating and so much more. The Dog Show and a Style Revue Show will also take place on Thursday. The night event will welcome the Illinois State Pullers Truck and Tractor Pull.
  • Friday, July 15 – The Swine, Poultry and Dairy shows begin in the morning. Following the Dairy Show, the Sheep venue will begin. The Public Presentation speaking contest will be held at 5 p.m. in Exhibit Hall 3. Included with this presentation is a “Share Your Talent” impromptu show. Youth will be stage front to entertain and share their creative talents. The Broken Horse Rodeo will close the evening events starting at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 16 – The Horse, Rabbit and Beef Showmanship shows start the morning events, with the Beef show following directly after. Many fun activities and events will be taking place throughout the day: Funny Magic Guy, Rob Thompson, will provide three shows throughout the afternoon. The evening will offer a Fair Auction at 4:30 p.m. in the show arena, with numerous items for bidding and proceeds benefiting LaSalle County 4-H programming. Evening entertainment will be the Demolition Derby at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 17 – The Horse and Goat shows begin at 8 a.m. The ADM Master Showman contest will start at 11 a.m. in the Show Barn. As a special closing ceremony, graduating 4-H age youth and Cloverbuds are recognized in addition to the announcement of this year’s Hall of Fame recipient. Fairgoers and 4-H youth will meet in building 3 in the afternoon to congratulate all exhibitors and honor graduates. At the close of the fair, the projects are released at approximately 4 p.m.

Bring the family and come on out to see the fabulous projects young people from all over the county have completed, see all the animals, enjoy good food and have a great time at the 4-H Show and Junior Fair.  You may forward 4-H questions to University of Illinois – LaSalle County Extension at 815-433-0707. For information regarding entry and night events call the Junior Fair at 815-200-3913.


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If you have questions or need more information, please call University of Illinois Extension- Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-224-0889. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please indicate when registering or contact the Extension office. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.