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Wisconsin’s weather is highly variable in early autumn. First frost usually occurs between September 15 and October 1. Expect evening temperatures of 30 to 60°F and daytime temperatures of 50 to 70°F. Rain is possible but snow is unlikely. A light jacket will be necessary and layered clothing is recommended.

Sunday afternoon: Casual
Sunday delegation photo: Decided by state delegation
Sunday evening recreation: Casual
Monday: Business casual (Plastic bio-boots supplied for farm tours.)
Tuesday: Casual (Plastic bio-boots supplied for farm tours.)
Wednesday breakfast: Casual
Wednesday Expo: Conference t-shirt over casual
Wednesday dinner: Dress-up/Business
Wednesday farewell gathering: Casual

Definitions of appropriate attire:

  • Casual: well-maintained jeans, plain T-shirts and school, farm, or 4-H types of shirts are acceptable. T-shirts with logo, slogans, or pictures, etc. that convey violent, offensive, or obscene messages or images or promotes use of illegal substances are NOT acceptable.
  • Business Casual: t-shirts, shorts & blue jeans, athletic clothing, leggings, or flip flops are NOT acceptable; other colored jeans or nice pants are ok; polo shirts or shirts w/collars are recommended; skirts might not be your preferred choice for daytime. Comfortable but well-maintained shoes recommended for walking outdoors.
  • Dress-up/Business: slacks or colored jeans; suit (button down shirt, jacket, tie, slacks, or skirt); or a dress (blue jeans, denim, athletic clothing or shoes, and flip flops are NOT acceptable, but other colored jeans are ok).

Dress Code:
A dress code is in effect during the conference. You should be well groomed and appropriately dressed for all occasions. You will be in contact with sponsors and donors throughout the conference and will want to represent 4-H in the best possible way. Our best advice is to select a complimentary wardrobe with individual pieces that can be worn several times.
Bring comfortable shoes, light jacket, and rain gear.

What is not allowed?
Caps or hats are not allowed to be worn inside buildings. Spaghetti straps, bare midriffs and other revealing attire is not allowed. Skirts and shorts must be longer than finger-tip length when arms are at your sides. Tops and bottoms must meet when arms are raised overhead. Clothing printed with objectionable logos, language and inappropriate, tobacco or alcohol advertising is not allowed, nor is torn and very faded clothing. Jackets identifying other youth organizations and awards received from other organizations are not appropriate. Adult Advisors, at their discretion, may ask delegates to change clothing if attire is inappropriate.

All meals from Sunday dinner through Thursday breakfast and off-site transportation during conference are included in your registration fee. However, you may need money for airport parking or taxi service in your home state or province, meals during travel days, shuttle service between Dane County Regional Airport and the conference hotel, souvenirs, snacks, or for pre- and post-conference expenses if you are coming early or staying late.

If you bring a camera, please label it with your name and state or province. We advise you not to bring expensive equipment. Never leave your camera or valuables unattended in your room. A delegation photo and national conference photo will be given to you on Wednesday evening.

__ camera (not expensive), labeled w/your name & state/province
__ cell phone or telephone calling card (optional)
__ comfortable but nice shoes for walking outdoors (plastic bio- boots will be supplied on farms)
__ contact solution, if needed
__ jacket
__ money or traveler’s checks
__ nightwear, lightweight bathrobe and slippers or flip-flops (2-4/room lodging; private bath)
__ pen or pencil for making notes
__ personal business cards for trading (optional)
__ personal toiletries
__ prescriptions (if applicable)
__ raingear or umbrella
__ cell phone charger
__ small trade items that are provided or you make, buy or solicit locally (for Pin Exchange)
__ snack or sack meal for flight
__ wristwatch (alarm clock and wake-up calls available on-site)

Leave it behind:
You do not need to bring an alarm clock, iron, blow dryer, linens, or towels all of which are provided by the conference hotel. Don’t pack anything sharp in your carry-on bag, such as nail file, nail clippers, scissors, pocket knife, tweezers with sharp points, or razors which will be confiscated by airport security personnel. Electric shavers are acceptable in carry-on luggage.