4-H at the 2023 Deerfield Fair


Deerfield Fairgrounds
34 Stage Road
Deerfield, NH 03037
United States

The 2023 Deerfield Fair is Thursday, September 28 through Sunday, October 1. At Deerfield Fair, our 4-H youth and Volunteer leaders get to showcase their hard work from the year. Exhibits in the 4-H Building, livestock barns, and show rings emphasize the practical life skills gained through a broad variety of 4-H projects and activities.

Animal Exhibits: Many 4-H members work on projects related to agriculture and animal husbandry. 4-H members from across New Hampshire show their animals and practice their skills, not only as they pursue ribbons and fair premiums, but also as they work to educate other fairgoers about responsible agricultural practices.

Building Exhibits: Exhibits in the 4-H Building at Deerfield Fair include individual and club/program displays on cooking, rocketry, shooting sports, gardening, sewing and textiles, GPS navigation, communications skills, wind power, hiking and environmental stewardship, service learning, and much more!

4-H Animal Exhibitors

4-H Animal Shows at the 2023 Deerfield Fair:

  • Working Steer Show - Saturday, 9am
  • Dairy Goat Show - Saturday, 9am
  • Dairy Cattle Show - Saturday, 9:30am
  • Sheep Show - Saturday, 12pm & Sunday, 9am
  • Dog Show - Sunday, 8:30am
  • Beef Cattle Show - Sunday, 9:30am
  • Swine Show - Sunday, 10am

Premium Book

The 2023 4-H Animal Premium book provides a list of guidelines and classes for each animal show:

Download the 2023 Animal Premium Book

How to Enter

All entries for animals and classes must be completed through FairEntry.

Submit Entries via FairEntry

Download FairEntry help sheet

Deadline to enter: Thursday, September 6 ,2023

 4-H Animal Project Forms, Fact Sheets, and Resources

4-H Building Exhibitors

Premium Book

The 2023 4-H Building Premium Book provides you with information about exhibit guidelines, classes, and item descriptions: 

Download the 2023 Building Premium Book

Contact us with any questions about guidelines or class selections. 

How to Enter

All entries for 4-H building exhibits must be completed through FairEntry.

Submit Entries via FairEntry

Download FairEntry help sheet

Deadline to enter: Monday, September 11, 2023

Request Display Space in the 4-H Building

We invite Rockingham and Strafford County 4-H Clubs and families to create a display for the 4-H Building to showcase 4-H projects and activities over the past year! 

Request Display Space

Deadline to reserve display space: Monday, September 11, 2023

King Arthur Flour Baking Contests

This year King Arthur Flour recipe is the same for Youth and Adult entries. Hot Buttered Pretzels. Enter to win prizes from King Arthur Baking Company. Youth First place–$40 gift card, second place–$25 gift card, third place–King Arthur tote bag, plus ribbons and premiums. Adults, 4-H Leaders and parents First place–$75 gift card, second place–$50 gift card, third place–$25 gift card, plus participation ribbons. All entries must include your opened bag of King Arthur Flour or a UPC label.

How to Enter: Youth sign up in FairEntry for Division I, Class 11008, King Arthur Flour Baking Competition. Adults sign up through this registration link (same as for the 4-H Building Exhibits)

Scarecrow Competition

Clubs and families may enter a scarecrow for the Scarecrow Competition. Scarecrows must be a minimum of two feet tall and not be more than six feet tall. Scarecrow should be decorated and have at least one prominent 4-H Clover. To enter, register for Division Q, Class 11803, Large Decorated Scarecrow, or indicate that you will be participating on your Display Space Reservation Survey. One entry per club or family.

Volunteer Opportunities


4-H Building Cleanup

Can you help with 4-H Building cleanup on Saturday September 22nd (9:00am-11:00am)? We need about 20 people to make quick work! If you volunteer on Saturday, you will receive one free admission ticket for your preferred day of the fair.

Sign up

Staff the 4-H Exhibit Hall during the Fair

Can you help staff the 4-H Building during the Fair? Volunteering for a shift in the 4-H Building is ideal for both Club Leaders and youth who want to showcase their Club and recruit new members and for parents of youth who are showing animals. Typical duties include looking cool behind the 4-H information and merchandise table, laughing with friends (who you asked to volunteer with you), sharing warm greetings with fairgoers, and getting free 4-H clothing for being so generous with your time and knowledge about 4-H. Expect to help direct people to other locations on the fairgrounds, hand out 4-H program information to interested new families, and take care of merchandise transactions. 4-H Building shift Volunteers receive a free entry pass to the fair on the day of their shift.

Sign up

Want to hang out with 4-H all day? Sign up to serve as the 4-H Building Manager for a day! The Building Manager will supervise the Building Volunteers and ensure smooth transitions between shifts. They will orient the other building Volunteers on their duties, cover the 4-H table when shift Volunteers take a break, and model a warm and inviting 4-H environment. This role is perfect for someone who has volunteered in the 4-H Building in the past and wants to take the next step. Shifts are 3-3 1/2 hours and run from 8am to 8pm daily, and Building Managers receive a free entry pass to the fair on the day of their shift as well as additional free passes for themselves and their families to enjoy the fair on any other day.


Be a Project or Display Judge

We need help judging 4-H project entries during exhibit set-up times: Monday Sept 25 from 6:00pm-7:00pm or Tuesday Sept 26 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. We also need judges for Overall Club and Family Displays on Wednesday Sept 27 from 10:30am-12:00pm. If you volunteer to judge on any of these days, you will receive one free admission ticket for your preferred day of the fair. 

Sign up

4-H youth at Deerfield Fair