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Iowa State Fair and More!

Over the last week we, the Iowa 4-H Foundation staff, have been busy at the Iowa State Fair. We had the opportunity to host our first ever coin wars competition, and we are happy to announce that it was a huge success! We can’t wait to announce the winner on Sunday, August 18 during our Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame event at the Iowa State Fair. If you will not be at the fair or at the event, don’t worry, we will also announce the winner on our Facebook page, Twitter, website and blog on Monday the 19. We can’t wait to bring this competition back to next year’s state fair as we are currently working on ways to improve this exciting new fundraising event.

Iowa State Fair 4-H Facts from Iowa
State University Extension & Outreach
Our Executive Director, Kris Fish Kuhlmann, has also been staying busy at the fair. She has been attending various 4-H events and shows. She even had the opportunity to meet our Facebook “Like” contest winner’s family during the fair. Kevin Hauser, winner of the contest, decided to send his VIP package to his parents so they could take his two nieces who have never been to the fair. They were able to enjoy lunch at the Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters, and dinner at the Iowa Pork Tent. They also received passes for the Ye Ole Mill, Sky Glide, and Big Slide. Thank you to the Blue Ribbon Foundation for helping with this VIP package. The Hauser’s enjoyed their time at the fair!

Speaking of the Iowa State Fair, have you seen this awesome infographic from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach? It highlights Iowa 4-H’s involvement during the fair. Over 4,000 Iowa 4-H’ers participated with over 11,000 exhibit and livestock entries! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments this year, 4-H’ers! To view a larger image and for more information, click here.

We have some big projects that we are currently working on here at the state 4-H office. Although February 22, 2014 seems far away, for us, it is right around the corner. Our annual Gala fundraiser will be held on that day, and we are beginning the planning process to make this yet another successful event. In 2013, over $102,000 was raised! The 2014 Gala will be held at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, so mark your calendars! Our final golf tournament of this year will be August 23rd at Riverside, which will conclude our summer golf partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association. Stay tuned for other upcoming events with the Iowa 4-H Foundation and our numerous corporate sponsors.

As you have been following our blog, we must admit, our county fair tour for this summer was a success! Kris had a great time visiting county fairs across the state. We have heard that the Clay County fair is a“don’t miss” and we are trying to fit a visit into our schedule. We can’t wait to continue our fair tour next year!


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