From communications to home improvement, Iowa 4-H county fair judges and those considering being a 4-H judge will be trained from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Wapello County Extension Office in Ottumwa.
This specialized judges training prepares the adult evaluators in subject matter, rules and standards for the upcoming 4-H fair season.
This training will cover positive youth development, how to evaluate, educate and encourage during conference judging and 4-H exhibit expectations and guidelines. This training will be delivered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Youth Program Specialists and current 4-H judges.
“We especially welcome those who are new to 4-H judging. We need more adults who can support youth in this way,” said Brenda Spurgeon, ISU Extension and Outreach youth program specialist.
Current judges, 4-H club leaders, ISU Extension and Outreach staff and others interested in working with youth and fairs also are encouraged to attend. The cost of the training is $45 for the full training or $25 for the afternoon only.
Registration closes Nov. 6. Current judges can attend for the afternoon only, new judges should plan to attend the full day.
For people who like to help youth learn and be a part of helping young people evaluate their 4-H exhibit, plan to attend the Ottumwa training for 4-H judges by contacting Brenda Spurgeon at Davis County Extension Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 641-664-2730.