Hamilton County Workshops - below 
(keep checking back as more are scheduled)

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Achievement Resume
April 26, 6:30 p.m.
Conference Room

This workshop will provide detailed guidance for preparing an Achievement Resume submission and to prepare for open judging.  Achievement Resume is an outstanding project for anyone in 4-H, as it provides experience for members to capably and confidently prepare future resumes and applications for scholarships, jobs and competitive volunteer/internship opportunities.  Workshop topics will include some of the best methods for identifying the skills that 4-H projects have developed in you, how to highlight those skills with effective writing tools, and how to put it all together for a  great project entry! 



*Basket Making

*Fine Arts
June 2, 2016, 7:00-8:00 p.m.                                                         

Workshop will cover preparing your artwork for exhibit. 4-H’ers will learn proper framing for fine arts and do-it-yourself framing techniques that are economical and still look professional. Examples of different fine art categories will be provided.

February 6, 2016
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Winks                                                                                                             

Friends Forever 4-H club is hosting a leather craft workshop for all 4-H’ers.The Leather Guild of Indianapolis will assist students in learning more about this craft.  Bring your own kit or purchase one at the workshop. Text or Email questions and RSVP by 2/1/16 with your students name & age to hold your spot. Michelle Witek; 317-523-6558 or witekhaven@aol.com


June 22, 7pm in the Winks
Workshop will cover skill levels, exhibit requirements and judge’s preference.

Beef BBQ
March 19, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dining Room, Kitchen                                                    

Workshop will show how to prepare and light the grills and how to safely prepare and handle the foods.  Hygiene techniques will also be discussed.  Then safe grilling methods as well as more questions and answers will be done while the families cook and eat lunch. All supplies are provided. For questions about the project or the workshop, contact Project Leader Adam Hilton at adamhilton1@gmail.com or 317-410-7397.

All workshops in Fair Office at 6:30 p.m.

March 23             
April 27
May 25
June 22

The Beekeeping project kicks off 2016 with a meeting 3/23, at 6:30 in the fair office.  We are planning to have a monthly meeting through June.  This month, we will be discussing what beekeepers should be doing at this time of year: Setting goals and building equipment. Parents: Don't fret about the source book mentioned in the manual.  Looking forward to meeting everyone!

All workshops 7:30-8:30 p.m.

May 18 Dining Room      (no bikes)                           
May 25                 4-H Fairgrounds (Use swine barn in case of bad weather.)
June 1
June 8
June 15
June 22

*4-H’ers should bring their bikes and helmets to all workshops except the introductory one on May 18. Meet on east side of swine barn. 4-H’ers will learn bicycle safety and riding techniques. Come and join in the fun of games and a bicycle rodeo.

Bucket Calf & Dairy
June 18, 9-10:30 a.m.
Show Arena                                                                      

This is a hands-on workshop that will cover showmanship, grooming and care of animals.
4-H’ers should bring their project manual and questions.

Cake Decorating

information letter

decorating tips

March 8, Annex, 6:30-8:00 pm
April 11, Hall A, 6:30-8:00 pm
May 2, Hall A, 6:30-8:00 pm
June 7, Annex 6:00-8:00 pm
July 11, Wink, 6:00-8:00 pm

*All workshops are hands on workshops. 4-H’er must bring all their own decorating materials. Go to website for information letter, frosting recipe and decorating tips.

For questions about the project or the workshops, contact project leaders, Tonya Cassell at 317-385-6019 or tonyacassell@yahoo.com or Sandy Miller at 317-509-9443 or smiller4440@yahoo.com.

Items You bring to workshops: (Found at Wal-Mart, Meijer, Michaels, etc.)

  1. A star decorating tube #16, #18, OR #20 (ONE IS FINE)
  2. A leaf decorating tube #349 OR #352 (looks like a duck beak)
  3. A writing tube #3 OR #4 would be good...if you can only find #2 that’s fine      as well
  4. A box of wax paper
  5. A batch of Buttercream icing (recipe found on below) reduce Crisco to 1/2 of      what is called for and mix to right consistency
  6. A pair of scissors
  7. Tape
  8. Butter knife
  9. Something to decorate (cookie sheet, cake pan, real cake….but NOT necessary)
  10. Your Cake decorating book (found in the Extension office)
  11. And Wal-mart sack to put all of your messy stuff back in to take home to wash!

Buttercream Frosting
2 cups Crisco
2 Tablespoons clear vanilla
½ cup milk
2 lbs. sifted powdered sugar
½ teaspoon butter flavoring

Beat until like whipping cream.

All workshops are in the Annex from 7-8 p.m. unless indicated. 4-H’ers should bring their project manual to all workshops.

April 27 (Winks) Vet and Vaccines- DO NOT BRING ANIMALS
June 29    Project points. DO NOT BRING ANIMALS

Chicken BBQ

Child Development
May 12, 6 p.m.

Join us for Child Development workshop to share resources and ideas for your project.  We will share ideas on how to get creative and put your own individualized spin on the required topics. You will also learn some tips on how to make your exhibit stand out, and how to share your project with the judge at the fair.  Whether this is your first year, tenth year, or somewhere in between please join us to share your ideas! If you have been in the project before please feel free to bring one of your previous exhibits to share for us to learn from.

Workshops are 6:30-8:30 p.m. and are held in the Winks Building unless noted.
Feb. 2, 9, 16 (Hall C), 23

Beginning Dancers & Mini’s Start

Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22
Apr. 12, 19, 26
May 10, 17, 24, 31(Hall A)
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12
Aug. 2, 9, 16


Construction Sets

Consumer Clothing/Fashion Revue
May 18, 6:30 pm, Hall C

Topics include how to put together an outfit, what constitutes an outfit, how to model your outfit and notebook information for consumer clothing.

Creative Writing
If you have questions about the project, feel free to contact project leader, Tyson McFall at tjmcfall@purdue.edu or 317-373-1541.

Dairy Cattle

Dairy/Meat/Pygmy Goat

March 5, 9 am-1 pm                                         
Llama Barn

This workshop is sponsored by the Purdue University Goat Club and open to all 4-H families in the state. Workshop will cover showmanship, trivia, round table question and answer session, health and husbandry. Snacks provided. RSVP to Kyle Schmidt by February 26 at schmid91@purdue.edu.


Dog Obedience Winter Workshops
All workshops are 7-9 pm in the barns unless noted.

March 1                (No dogs-organizational meeting)            Llama Barn
March 8, 22, 29                                                                                
April 12, 19                                                                                                                                                             April 26 (Book meeting-no dogs)                                        Hall B,C, Dining Room                                                   May 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28                                                             
July 5                                                                                                    
July 11, move equipment and spread mulch                        Llama and Hog Barn
July 12                                                                                                  

State Fair Practices: 7-9 pm, Llama Barn-Aug. 2, 9, 16

April 23, Annex   Click Here for full details.                                                                                          
Division I-9 am-11 am
Division II and above-11 am-1 pm

RSVP required by April 20 if you plan to attend the workshop. You can e-mail your RSVP to glmarsha@purdue.edu or call the Extension Office at 317-776-0854. See attached letter for more information.

Advanced Electric members – Gaylor Electric has offered to host a workshop/open house to assist you with your advanced electric projects.  More later as details are worked out.

If you are an advanced electric member and would like to help younger 4-H members at the soldering table at the workshop, please contact Project Leader Carol Schmidt at 317-773-6850.

Advanced Electric members – Gaylor Electric has offered to host a workshop/open house to assist you with your advanced electric projects.  More later as details are worked out.

June 30, 2016
Fair Office, 3-4 p.m.                                                                           

Pinning & ID workshop
Workshop will cover insect ID and how to pin the insects. 4-H’ers are welcome to bring their insects to the workshop for help in identifying them.

Collecting Workshop
Strawtown Koteewi Park
June 27, 3 p.m.
Bring insect nets and killing jars. Plan to meet at the resource center.


May 16,  7 p.m., Dining Room

Food Preservation
June 22, 7 p.m.

Workshop will cover basic guidelines for each project year, preservation tips, judging criteria and how to make the most of each project years’ experience.

For questions about the project contact leader, Holly Faust at 317-776-8412.


March 22, Hall A, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (seed starting)
June 30, Winks, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (vegetable preparation)

4-H’ers should show up ready to work. Gardening members will discuss strategies for producing fair quality produce. Please contact project leader, Dawn Stelts, at 317-418-6583 or dawn@stelts.com with your questions.

May 25, 7p.m.

Workshop will cover project guidelines, forms and preparing project for the fair.


There is a “Geofest” fossils, gems, minerals going on at the Indiana State Museum February 19, 20 & 21, 2016.  There is an admission fee to get in the door.  Only $4.00 for scout families.  Hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm Friday and Saturday and Sunday hours are 11:00am – 4:00pm.  The Indiana State Museum put out a postcard with the info and it is on their website: www.indianamuseum.org

Geology Resources: The Hamilton County 4-H Office ordered the publication: “Let’s Look at Rocks: Collecting and Identifying Rocks in Indiana”.  They will be available to you for $5.00 as they are an additional resource. You can purchase it online at the Purdue Education Store but it will cost you extra.   The 4-H Project Books are free to 4-H’ers signed up for the Geology Project this year.

Geology Workshop Date: March 17, 2016 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Cool Creek Nature Center

We will be discussing minerals, rock types, rock cycle, along with rock, mineral, and fossil ID.  Bring your 4-H Geology workbooks and we’ll hammer out some fun activities!  

For questions about the project contact leader, Holly Faust at 317-776-8412.                                                                           

Gift Wrap
May 23, 7-8pm
Hall C                                    

Workshop will cover bow making and wrapping.
4-H’er must bring:          
1 box-correct size for your grade
1 roll of wrapping paper (enough to cover your box)
Double stick or regular scotch tape and project book
At least 1 roll of ribbon ¾ “wide

If you have questions about the project or the workshop, please contact Project Leaders, Betty Estridge at 317-846-2281 or Chelsea Hanni at 317-489-1824 or hannic44@gmail.com.


April 13, 7 pm, Winks                                                                             

Horse & Pony
6:30 p.m. Horse Arena

**4-H Horse Vaccine Clinic, April 23, 1:00 pm, Horse Complex
May 17, 24, 31
June 6, 13, 20
July 7, 11


All workshops in the Llama Barn
Feb. 28 (Seniors at 3:00pm) (4:00-6:00pm)
Mar. 6, 13, 20,                    (4:00-6:00pm)
April 3                                (4:00-6:00pm)

Meat Goat
March 5, 9 am-1 pm                                         
Llama Barn

This workshop is sponsored by the Purdue University Goat Club and open to all 4-H families in the state. Workshop will cover showmanship, trivia, round table question and answer session, health and husbandry. Snacks provided. RSVP to Kyle Schmidt by February 26 at schmid91@purdue.edu.


June 14, 7 pm                                                                                                                   
Hall A                                                                                                    

Join us on Tuesday, June 14, at 7:00 pm in Hall A.  We will be facilitating a mock judging workshop for microwave.   Each 4-H’er is encouraged to bring a test project or two that they are considering for their fair exhibit.  The guest presenter, Rebecca Wilson, and leader will facilitate the judging of projects by 4-H’ers and provide helpful hints and feedback.  The goal is to provide some specific help and guidance for the 4-H’er, help them experience the evaluation process, and identify what may resolve any issue.  Some sample exhibits will be on hand for participants to test their skills and use if they are unable to bring their own project.  Handouts and resources will be on hand for 4-H’ers to use as resources.  Please contact Evelyn Burton at evelyn.s.burton@gmail.com with any questions

Mini 4-H
All workshops are 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Center on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
February 11
March 17
May 12
June 9

Mini Horse & Pony

March 22
April 26
May 31
June 28

All workshops are at 27745 Webster Pit Road, Atlanta, IN. For questions or directions, contact project leader, Heather Lawson at 317-450-9472 or heather@arcadiachristian.com.

Model Tractor

People in My World
May 4, 7 p.m., Annex                                                                                        

Workshop will cover general requirements of the project and resources to help participants plan and begin working on their exhibit. Snacks will be available. If you plan to attend the workshop, contact the Extension Office at 317-776-0854 or glmarsha@purdue.edu by April 29. For questions about the workshop or project contact project Leader, Erin Vollmer at 317-345-0106 or erinmvollm@gmail.com.

Feb. 25, Winks 7 p.m.
June 2, Winks, 7 p.m.

At both workshops, 4-Her's will learn about the different types of cameras, exposure, composition, and project rules/guidelines. There will also be a time for questions. Please bring your camera and project manual.

Questions, contact project leader, Kelly Michaels 317-773-8187 or kmcraftycarrot@gmail.com

Plant Science
Do you like science experiments? You will love Plant Science. Students in 8-12 grade using book II, Growing and Using Plants, please take note. The 4H Handbook suggests that you do 'How Can I Start A Tree From Seed?’ as one of the three experiments to do first. That is difficult if you weren’t out storing acorns with the squirrels last fall. If you need to, switch 'How Can I Root Softwood or Semi-Hardwood Cuttings?' up to year-one, and move 'How Can I Start A Tree From Seed?’ to year-two with that book.

Our only workshop will be in Sept./Oct., TBA. This will be a tree seed collection outing at Forest Park or Cool Creek Park. We will talk about seed collection and storage, hunt for some seeds/nuts, and barter and trade extra so that we are ready for ‘How Can I Start a Tree From Seed?’ next year!

I will email you periodically throughout late summer and fall with alerts to what is ready for harvest.

Please contact project leader, Dawn Stelts, at 317-418-6583 or dawn@stelts.com with your questions about your experiments or projects.

Pocket Pets 
June 13, 7 p.m.
Hall A                                     

4-H’ers are encouraged to bring their pet. (This is optional.) 4-H’ers should bring their project manual for assistance with activities and questions. If you have any questions about the pocket pet project, feel free to contact Project Leader, Patti Vollmer at 317-571-1155.

Jan. 25, Hall C, 7-8 pm
Feb. 22, Hall C, 7-8 pm
March 21, Annex, 7-8 pm
April 18, Annex, 7-8 pm
May 9, Hall C, 7-8 pm Poultry ID day. Can turn ID enrollment paperwork in at this time.

4-H’ers may bring their project manual to each workshop for assistance with activities. Workshop will conclude with a question and answer session.

Blood Testing

June 25, 10am-12pm, Swine Barn

Pygmy Goats
All workshops are 6:30-7:30 pm in the Show Arena.
May 18                 Worming & Vaccination
June 15                 Showmanship

4-H Members are encouraged to bring their own goat to the workshop if possible. For more information, please contact Pygmy Goat Project Leader, Tammy Swackhamer at 317-502-2173.

Rabbit Workshops and Meetings
All meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. in the Annex Building
Jan 26
Feb 23
Mar 22
Apr 26
May 10(6:00-8:00 pm tattoo workshop)
May 24
Jun   25(showmanship workshop-10 am-2 pm)
Jun   28
Aug 23                  awards night
Sep  27
Oct  25
Nov 22

The workshop will cover the recycling book for each grade and notebook. Come learn about recycling and make a fun project. RSVP to Project Leader, Wendy Tidd 317-457-9526 or wetidd@aol.com by Wednesday, June 3.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Please note that workshops are cumulative. In order to keep up with the group, participants are asked to attend the February meetings to build robots and learn about programming. During the April meetings we will ask for a commitment to proceed with the fair demonstration team. Details will be announced at those meetings. Questions should be directed to leader, Lisa Vaughan 317-877-0787 or vaughans@indy.net.

Feb. 22 - Hall B
Feb. 29 - Hall C
March 21 - Hall A
Apr. 11 - Hall C
Apr. 25 - Hall B 

Royal Showmanship

May 2,  6:30-8:00 pm                                                                     
Hall C                                                                                    

This workshop is to primarily focus on questions and answers concerning the changes to the project, how to utilize some of the other scrapbook methods and assistance/tips on cropping techniques for traditional croppers.

May 14, 9 am-Noon

This is a come and go sewing workshop for all levels. Activities and information available at the workshop include:

*product demonstrations
*make it and take it mini projects
*help with pattern selection and choosing sizes of patterns
*sewing construction resources
4-H'ers may bring any sewing projects and questions to the workshop for individual help!

Sheep (Jr. Sheep Association)
7:00-8:00 pm, Winks building

Jan 20
Feb. 17
Mar. 16
Apr   20
May  18
June  29 (Pavilion)

Parents are welcome at all workshops. For questions about the workshops, contact leader, Terry Boone at 317-432-3102 or Emily Kuhn at 317-691-3708

Shooting Sports
Round Robin - June 18, 8:00 a.m. - noon
Fun Day - Sept. 10, 8:00 a.m. - noon

Held at Fox Prairie Gun Club, 8945 E. 206th St, Noblesville

Hunter Education
All 4-H members must attend 5 of the 6 workshop classes and pass their test in order to be certified.
(ONE SERIES ONLY in 2016) 
All meetings will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Annex on the 4- H Fairgrounds. 
Feb. 4. 11, 18, 25, Mar 3, 10 

All meetings are scheduled from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Annex on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
Apr. 12, 20, 27 
Range dates: May 2, 9, 16, 23 (rain date)

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
April 14, 21 (Llama Barn), 28 (Hall C)
Range dates: May 2, 9, 16, 23 (rain date)

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
April 14, 21 (Conference Room), 28, May 5 (Dining Room)
Range dates: May 2, 9, 16, 23 (rain date)

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
April 11 (Annex), 18 (Llama Barn), 25 (Hall C)
Range dates: May 2, 9, 16, 23 (rain date)

All meetings will be from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the OV Winks Building on the 4-H Fairgrounds unless otherwise noted.
April 14, (Winks), 21, 28, May 5 (Annex)
Range dates: (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.- Note time change) 
Indiana Gun Club, 14926 E. 113th St., Fortville, IN  46040
May 11, 18, 25, Jun 1, 8

Soil & Water

May 25, 7-8 p.m.
4-H’ers will learn about Hamilton County soil and water resources, project overview and be able to complete manual activities.


Supreme Showmanship


Tractor- Lawn & Garden/Ag

All meetings through April start @ 7pm
February 16, 2016 @ Roudebush 
February 23, 2016 @ Waitt Equipment
March 1, 2016 @ Reynolds
March 8, 2016 @ McGavic Outdoor Power (liquid deicing)
March 15, 2016 @ MacAllister Equipment
March 22, 2016 @ Northside Trailer
TBA @ Fairgrounds, parts ID practice



Vet Science
March 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m.                                                                                                 

Workshop will cover manual activities, project requirements, tips on how to get into vet school.

April 30 - Open House at VCA. Click here for details.

March 19, 2016
10-11:30 am, Annex

In this workshop we will get our hands dirty dissecting flowers, learning botanical names and how to propagate and care for wildflower seedlings. You will take home your planted seeds at the end of the workshop. You can have your project questions answered also. Please bring pencil and paper. Hope to see you there. It is a fun workshop.

For questions about the project contact leader, Holly Faust at 317-776-8412.

Leader, Mike Stelts is planning to do workshops at his home. Look for emails from him or call 317-457-1200.

The 2016 4-H season has begun, and it’s time to think about activities in your project manual and projects for the fair. To help you get started on woodworking, I will host workshops in my barn for kids at any level.

February 21, 1-3 p.m.
March 20, 1-3 p.m. 

Location: 16508 Oak Road, Westfield, IN

RSVP with the following information:
Date(s) attending:
Preferred activity during workshop:

There were several questions about tools last year; so, I’ll explain the rules now: Kids should only use the types of tools listed in their project manual. In addition to the main reason- staying safe-there’s another reason: Grand Champions for each Level need to be judged on equal criteria, so projects that use tools above their Level are disqualified from becoming a Grand Champion.

Potentially dangerous tools allowed

Level 1 – hammer, hand saws, rasps, hand drill
Level 2 –motorized sanders (except belt sanders), motorized drill
Level 3 –chisels, hand planes, band saw, scroll saw
Level 4 – belt sanders, circular saws, table saws, routers

I understand that this list is incomplete (and, perhaps, slightly illogical) so using other tools with the same characteristics as your Level is fine. If you have any questions about this, please call or email.

I’m happy to help with deciding a project (you are not limited to what’s listed in the books), using tools, finding wood, or anything else, please call or email. Finally, if there’s interest in more workshops after March 20, I will schedule them.