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4-H clover 2023 Olmsted County 4-H Community Fall Festival

*Find more event details here.

When and where is the 4-H Fall Festival this year?

Sunday, October 8th in Aune Hall on the fairgrounds

  • 11am to 1:30pm 
    • Meal Served (dine-in or drive-thru)
    • Silent Auction
    • Kids’ Activities 
    • Petting Zoo
  • 1:30pm
    • Awards: Fair Static Champion awards, alumni recognition, volunteer awards, and additional specialty awards 
    • Silent Auction Processing


County fair static awards are presented at the Fall Festival, as well as special awards like the Volunteer Recognition Award, Alumni Recognition Award, 4-H Club Achievement Award, Volunteer Year Awards, and the Key Award. You can find more information about completing nominations and applications here.  

The event provides us:

  • An important way to raise funds for the Olmsted County 4-H program and your 4-H club. Profit from the 4-H Fall Festival at the county level serves to provide 4-H programming at no cost to our families (no county dues), support youth attendance to 4-H camps, state fair, leadership conferences, sponsor scholarships, and more!
  • An opportunity for our 4-H families to gather and celebrate all the great work and learning that has happened over the year.
  • A great time to invite a friend to join 4-H and meet our 4-H family!

Supporting the event:

Clubs will receive profits from each ticket they sell. The profit shared is based on your club meeting the following expectations:

  • A Fall Festival Committee Representative - If you don’t have one for this year, start recruiting for next year’s event. This role starts in March and includes 3-4 committee meetings and participation at the event. 
  • Solicit Donations for the Silent/Live Auction - Each club is asked to reach out to businesses for donations. Check the 2023 Auction Spreadsheet to mark down businesses and your club name, so we don’t get multiple people asking the same business. Looking for a script or ideas of who to ask? Check out our Fall Festival Auction Ideas document.
  • Club Baskets - Each club is expected to provide 1-2 baskets (of $50 or greater value). Baskets from clubs or families tend to be the larger items for the auction.  Clubs can approach this multiple ways – some choose a theme and have everyone add a couple items to it, others have a family or volunteer assemble them and be reimbursed for the cost of the basket. Note: This could also include a service, such as leaf raking, dog walking, snow removal, weed removal, gift wrapping. Check out the Fall Festival Auction Ideas link above for more ideas. 
  • Ticket Sales - Club leaders should pick up tickets from the Extension Office. Any unsold tickets and one check from your club should be returned prior to the event. Pre-sale tickets are $10 for adults (13 and over) and $5 for kids. 
  • Club Shifts - Clubs should fill at least 2 slots. See full information on shifts for the event and day before set-up at: z.umn.edu/2023FallFestivalSignup
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