NC State Extension

NC State Fair Insect Collection

Bugs are just cool. Show off your insect collecting skills by building a collection to enter in the state fair insect collection. Just a few rules to get you started:

Class 5: 4-H Entomology GENERAL INSECT COLLECTION

Age Divisions

• Cloverbuds 5-8 years (All youth will receive a ribbon only for entering.)
• Junior 9-13 years
• Senior 14-18 years

Rules and Regulations

The entrant should be currently enrolled in the North Carolina 4-H Program. Those planning to exhibit should submit form to State Fair Entry Office by date assigned in premium book. The display boxes can range between 8.5 – 25 inches wide and 6.5 X 19 inches high and have a glass or plexiglass cover. Collections are best displayed when mounted along the horizontal axis. The collection must be the work of the exhibitor(s). Winning first place eliminates the insect collection from further competition in this class.

Criteria for Judging

• General appearance and neatness of arrangement.
• Care in preparation of the insects key
• Correct placement and completeness of labels
• Number of orders and specimens of insects correctly identified
• Insects collected by someone other than the 4-H’er are acceptable, if pinned, labeled, and mounted by the 4-H’er. The true collector’s name should be on the label.The majority of the insects must be collected by the 4-H’er.

Prizes

• All cloverbuds receive a ribbon only.
• Junior & Senior: 1st – $50, 2nd – $20, 3rd – $10, 4th & 5th – $5


Class 6: 4-H Entomology SPECIAL STUDY or EXHIBIT

Age Divisions

• Cloverbuds (5-8 years)
• Junior (9-13 years)
• Senior (14-18 years)

Rules and Regulations

The entrant should be currently enrolled in the North Carolina 4-H Program. Those planning to exhibit should submit form to State Fair Entry Office by date assigned in premium book. The display boxes can range between 8.5 – 25 inches wide and 6.5 X 19 inches high and have a glass or plexiglass cover. Collections are best displayed when mounted along the horizontal axis. The collection must be the work of the exhibitor(s). Winning first place eliminates the insect collection from further competition in this class. Material in this class may consist of insect specimens, damage, nests, control procedures, pertinent written statements or description, etc. It should tell a story about some central theme or objective.

Criteria for Judging

• General appearance and neatness of arrangement
• Care in preparation of the insects
• Scientific, educational, and artistic merit
• Adherence to a central theme or objective

Prizes

• All cloverbuds will receive an entrant ribbon, only.
• Junior & Senior: 1st – $50, 2nd – $20, 3rd – $10, 4th & 5th – $5


Location

NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC 27607


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