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The 2017 El Paso County Fair occurs July 15-22

In the 4-H Youth Development Program the purpose of FAIR is to provide an opportunity for 4-H members to “Showcase” their projects and to receive recognition for their  efforts of working and learning throughout the year. Recognition can come in many forms such as ribbons; personal affirmation from members, family, friends and leaders; or personal feelings of accomplishment.

The judging process gives 4-H members feedback on what they did well on their projects and tips on how to make improvements. In the 4-H program, the Danish Judging method is often used.  Danish Judging occurs by comparing a 4-H member’s exhibit against a standard, not against each other. The Danish method is used at the El Paso County Fair in the 4-H Tabletop department.

FAIR participation provides an opportunity to educate the public about the positive value of 4-H that focuses on developing competent, confident, and caring youth.

Most importantly, the FAIR is a time to focus on having “Blue Ribbon Kids,” not blue ribbon projects. In other words, it is more important to focus on the child and the child’s feeling of confidence and competence rather than the color of the ribbon they receive for the 4-H project or activity.

Click the links below to view available El Paso County Fair 4-H participant resources. All new information will be added here as it becomes available.


Registration for the 2017 El Paso County Fair will begin on June 1!   

Most competitions will register online for the Fair through If you are participating in most events, follow the steps below.

Shooting Sports and Horse competitions please follow these links for special instructions:


All other projects:

  1. Make sure 4-Honline is fully up-to-date by May 30! All animal project participants must enter their animal information into 4Honline before signing in to This information will be automatically pulled into if you complete in 4Honline. If you do not know how to enter your animal information:
  2. Starting on June 1, you will be able to log in to using your 4Honline login information. You will then be able to sign up for your 4-H competitions. Full instructions on how to select your Fair competitions can be found here:
  3. Once you complete your Fairentry competition signups for all of your family members,  you will be able to view the invoice total as a combination of all your family members or as individual 4-H members. Your signup will then be checked by the Extension Office to verify that everything is correct on your order form. If everything is correct, your submission will be confirmed.
  4. Once your submission is confirmed, you will be able to view and print your invoice for your fair entries. Print this invoice out and mail in with payment or bring it to the Extension Office at:
    CSU Extension El Paso County
    17 N. Spruce Street
    Colorado Springs CO, 80905
    ATTN: 4-H

The majority of 4-H projects utilize the exact same exhibitor requirements laid out in state guidelines:

2017 State Fair Exhibit Guide  

County Fair Contest Judge Information

Official El Paso County Fair Website

2017 Record Book Guidelines

2017 El Paso County 4-H Horse Rule Book

2017 El Paso County 4-H & FFA Livestock Exhibit Requirements

2017 El Paso County 4-H Small Animal Exhibit Requirements

2017 El Paso County 4-H Dog Exhibit Requirements

Colorado State 4-H Policy Handbook

Colorado Show Ring Code of Ethics

Colorado Animal Housing Form

USDA Wholesome Meat Act MQA Form

Stay tuned for more info…