In July 2001 the Executive Board of the Central Iowa Fair originated a livestock banner auction where the champions from each species are represented. The highest bidder receives the banner. In 2009 we added four outstanding non-livestock projects to this auction as well. Each exhibitor receives a percentage of the selling price with the balance going into a grant and scholarship fund that is maintained by the Central Iowa Fair.
The program was originally designed as a grant program for the 4-H clubs and project groups as a way to receive funding for community service or citizenship projects. Each club or group may apply for up to $150 annually. This is done through an application process. They are also expected to have a poster or display during the fair showing how the money was used.
In 2004 scholarships were added to the program. Two $500 scholarships were awarded the first year. Due to the continued success of the auction, in 2006 the scholarships awarded were increased to three $1,000 scholarships. As of this date approximately $30,000 has been awarded to the 4-H youth in Marshall County in grants and scholarships.
This program is changed in 2012. Instead of having the banner auction there is a Parade of Champions to wrap up the fair. Each species will be allowed to send in both the Champions and Reserve winners of their show along with champion non-livestock exhibits.
Previous Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to the 2017 Scholarship Award Winners!