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What is a 4-H Project?
A 4-H project is a series of learning experiences for 4-H members.  There are 60 project areas available for 4-H'ers to choose from in Franklin County.  Most projects have manuals or books to assist the 4-H'er with his/her project.  4-H is a "learn by doing" program.  Leaders, Junior Leaders and parents are encouraged to teach and show members how to complete a task, but members are expected to learn how to do things themselves, and complete their own projects.  One of the fundamental principles of 4-H is that through successful hands-on activities, youth can build self-worth and a positive self-image.

How Much Does a Project Cost?
Project costs vary according to the selection of project and materials.  A member enrolled in crafts might use supplies from around the home to practice skills, and may have no additional expenses.  Whereas a member who buys and keeps a saddle horse might invest hundreds or thousands of dollars.  Members should consider cost as they select projects.  Projects should be realistic to the family situation.

What is an Exhibit?
An exhibit is an object or display designed to help youth demonstrate what they have learned.  A 4-H exhibit enables youth to explore their interests and might in turn be the start of a lifelong hobby or career path.  Completing an exhibit also helps youth to understand and build valuable life skills.  Exhibits are displayed and judged at the county and state fairs.  They range from posters and display boards to computers to scrapbooks to food to live animals.

Indiana State Fair
Certain 4-H projects earn the privilege of participating in the Indiana State Fair.  These are generally the exhibit hall type projects, and eligible project areas are listed in the Franklin County Rule Book.

All members in the livestock, dogs, garden, horse and pony, floriculture and herb projects may participate in the Indiana State Fair.

All beef, dairy, sheep and swine exhibitors must sign up by June 1.  The deadline for all others, including horse and pony, goats, poultry, rabbits, is July 1.

State Fair Online Entry is available for all 4-H animal projects.  Members are strongly encouraged to use the online entry because you will receive immediate confirmation that your entry has been received.

For more information on the Indiana State Fair, visit their website.


For a complete list of Franklin County 4-H Projects, along with record sheets and other helpful project information, click here, or here for Franklin County 4-H Livestock Information.

If you don't see something listed, or need help finding something, please email Angie or Jennifer or Stacey.