Do you know that 4-H judging experiences can be different across departments, counties and states?
At the Buffalo County Fair, the primary judging method for the junior fair is called Danish judging. But, Cloverbuds participate in face-to-face judging and the open class department utilizes straight judging (a type of judging that gives only 4 placings and not all exhibits received a ribbon, placing or premium). Conference judging is popular in some 4-H events across the state. In order to receive state aid for premiums in Wisconsin county fairs are required to use Danish judging. Danish judging limits the number of first, second and third place ribbons in each fair lot. The premium levels for each department are also established from recommendations and rules from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). In the state of Wisconsin, fair judges are licensed. Learn more in the following document: