Allamakee County 4-H members exhibit at the Iowa State Fair

Allamakee County 4-H members have exhibits awarded at the Iowa State Fair ... The youth pictured above are just some of the nearly 20 Allamakee County 4-H members who had their Allamakee County Fair projects advance to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this year. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Braelyn Zurcher, Hailey Miller, Denver Mezera, Sophia Palmer, Tegan Dahlstrom, Breelyn Dahlstrom, Issac Johanningmeier; Middle row - Marlin Hager, Ali Melcher, Brielle Gavin, Madilyn Benda, Allia Ericson, Eli Schobert; Back row - Lauren White, Isabelle White, Thomas Wilkes. Submitted photo.

Allamakee County 4-H members exhibits were on display this past month in the Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair, held August 10-20 in Des Moines. There were about 3,200 static exhibits and over 1,000 communication event performances. The exhibits displayed this year were showcasing excellence in project area learning by 4-H members across the state of Iowa.

Divisions young people may exhibit in include agriculture and natural resources, creative arts, family and consumer sciences, personal development, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The exhibits display at the Iowa State Fair is a celebration of the educational and personal accomplishments of Iowa 4-H members. It is a way for 4-H members to share what they’ve learned with the public.

“During the 4-H program year, members set goals for themselves, and their exhibits receive placings based on how well they’ve met their goals and on the evaluation standards for each class. Each exhibit is an outgrowth of year-long project area work done by the 4-H member,” said Marissa Foels, County Youth Coordinator at the ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office. “We’re pleased to announce that these Allamakee 4-H members have received special recognition for their hard work by having their exhibits on display at the Iowa State Fair.”

Allamakee County 4-H exhibits and their results from the Iowa State Fair include the following:

Brielle Gavin - Animal Science, Blue
Emma Palmer - Conservation, Environment, & Sustainability, Blue
Sophia Palmer - Safety & Education in Shooting Sports, Red

Bradley Enyart - Photography, Red
Olivia Enyart - Photography, Red
Ali Melcher - Photography, Blue
Hailey Miller - Photography, Blue
Emma Palmer - Photography, Red
Marlin Hager - Visual Arts, Blue
Lauren White - Visual Arts, Blue
Zayden Zieman - Visual Arts, Blue
Braelyn Zuercher - Visual Arts, Red

Sophia Palmer - Child Development, White
Ali Melcher - Consumer Management, Blue
Emma Palmer - Food & Nutrition, Red
Emma Palmer - Food & Nutrition, Blue
Ali Melcher - Health, Red
Isla Henkes - Home Improvement, Red
Issac Johanningmeier - Home Improvement, Blue
Ali Melcher - Home Improvement, Blue
Eli Schobert - Home Improvement, Red
Olivia Enyart - Sewing & Needle Arts, Blue
Eli Schobert - Sewing & Needle Arts, Blue
Isabelle White - Sewing & Needle Arts, Blue
Allia Ericson - Thrifty Meal Challenge, Red

Ali Melcher - 4-H Poster Communications, Seal of Excellence
Tegan Dahlstrom - Communication, Red
Ali Melcher - Leadership, Blue

Dalton Ellickson - Welding, Red
Emma Palmer - Woodworking, Red
Thomas Wilkes - Electric, Red
For more information on 4-H opportunities, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office at 563-568-6345, or visit the Iowa 4-H website at