Hamilton County Workshops - below 
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Achievement Resume

April 11, 6:00 p.m., Conference Room

This workshop will provide detailed guidance to prepare your Achievement Resume exhibit. Achievement Resume is an outstanding project for anyone in 4-H, as it provides experience for members to capably and confidently prepare resumes and applications for scholarships, jobs, and competitive volunteer/internship opportunities. Workshop topics will include methods for identifying skills acquired through your 4-H projects, how to highlight those skills with effective writing tools, and how to put it all together for a great project entry! Latecomers are welcome if you can’t be there by 6:00 pm


May 3, 7-8:30 p.m., Annex

4-H’ers will learn how to properly build a rocket from a kit and ideas for making a show rocket. Sample rocket building materials and rockets will be available for viewing. Workshop will be most beneficial for first and second year members. Any questions about the workshop or project, contact project leader, Elvina and Darryl Beals at 317-773-8260 or Darryl’s cell at 317-606-0012.


*Basket Making

*Fine Arts                                                           


The Friends Forever 4-H Club will host leather craft workshops on Saturday Feb 10 & March 10 from 9:00am to 3:30pm in the Annex. Come and go as you please. Bring lunch and snacks, if desired. The Indianapolis Leather Guild will be available for guidance and coaching to all who wish to make a project. They will bring all the tools necessary for projects. This is the perfect opportunity to complete a basic craft project, and the workshops are open to the public, free of charge. You are strongly encouraged to have an idea or project kit in mind before attending the workshop. Visit www.tandyleather.com to preview project kits and cost. The Leather Guild will have supplies available for purchase, from coasters to whole kits. Please bring a check or exact cash. You may also purchase kits online at Tandy, or visit their store on the west side of Indianapolis. Be sure to mention your project is for 4-H.

RSVP to Amy Canaday at canaday.amy@gmail.com to reserve your spot. She can also put in project kit requests to the Leather Guild and they will be able to bring the kit with them, for your convenience. Please direct further questions to Amy Canaday at the email address listed above. 


Beef BBQ

April 21, 10:30 a.m., Dining Room, Kitchen

Workshop will show how to prepare and light the grill and how to safely prepare and handle the foods. Hygiene techniques and safe grilling methods will also be discussed. Question and answer session while families grill 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.


March 15, 6:30 p.m., Annex
April 12, 6:30 p.m. Conference Room
May 3, 6:30 p.m. Winks
June 7, 6:30 p.m. Conference Room

The Beekeeping project kicks off 2018 with a workshop March 15 at 6:30 pm in the Annex. We will have a monthly workshop through June. Please disregard the suggested resource book in the project manual, as it is very difficult to find. There are many, many beginner beekeeping books available, including Beekeeping for Dummies, which are very helpful. The March meeting will begin at the very beginning for beekeepers...Please come with questions!


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

May 23 Dining Room (no bikes)
Rest of workshops are east of swine barn and in case of rain, will use swine barn
May 30
June 6, 13, 20, 27

4-H'ers are asked to bring their bikes to all workshops except the introductory one on May 24. Meet on east side of swine barn at the fairgrounds in Noblesville.  
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 23, 9-11 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. Attendance is highly recommended for all 4-H members enrolled in Bucket Calf and Dairy Cattle.

Cake Decorating

information letter

decorating tips

All workshops 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Feb. 12, Anne
March 12, Annex
April 16, Hall C
May 14, Annex
June 11, Annex, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
July 9, Winks, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

*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 tonyarcassell@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.


April 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Dining Room

This will be an informational meeting to go over project rules, requirements, cage decorating contest and the 4-H Fair cat show. Please do not bring your cat to this workshop.

May 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Annex
Workshop topic is how to prepare for the cat show. Please do not bring your cat to this workshop.

June 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Annex
Mock cat show. Please bring your cat in a carrier or cage. Must bring Vaccination Certificate signed by veterinarian verifying cat has had all vaccinations at least two prior to the workshop.

Chicken BBQ

Child Development

June 6, 7 p.m., Annex

All workshops are 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Winks Building unless noted.

These dates are for returning dancers only

Jan. 16 (Annex), 23, 30
Feb. 6, 13, 20 (Hall C), 27

Beginning dancers and Mini’s start

March 6, 13, 20
April 10, 17, 24,
May 1, 15, 22, 29 (Hall A)
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10


The workshop will cover the “do’s and don’ts” of the project and the project changes for 2017. Ideas on how to display your collection will be shared along with samples of past exhibits. For questions about the project or the workshop, contact project leader, LeeAnn Lockwood at 765-292-2067 or llockwood@ccrtc.com.


May 16, 6:30 p.m.,

Construction Sets

Consumer Clothing/Fashion Revue

May 10, 6:30-7:3 p.m., Hall A
Topics include how to put together an outfit, what constitutes an outfit, how to model your outfit and notebook information for consumer clothing project.

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 Goat

April 28, Noon-3 p.m.
Llama Barn

Write up coming soon.


This workshop will help you determine which communications project is right for you, your skill set, and your subject. We will cover planning, tools and techniques, and practice to polish. Join us if you're signed up this year or come learn more about the project for future years.  If you're into speaking, marketing, judging, or performing, then this workshop is for you. Please RSVP to the County Extension Office - 317-776-0854 by Friday, May 26.  Questions about the workshop or the projects, contact Phil Anderson, project leader, 317-294-2775. 

Dog Obedience 

All workshops are in the Small Animal Barn, Show Arena and Llama Barn at 7 p.m.

March 6, 7 p.m. - Llama Barn, information meeting (no dogs)
March 20, 27,
April 10, 17, 24
May 1, 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 9 - 7 p.m., set up Llama Barn & Swine Barn
July 10

State Fair practices
July 31, Aug. 7, 14 - 7 p.m. - Llama Barn 

2018 Dog Schedule                                                                                       


April 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Annex

Division I - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Division II and above - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

RSVP required by April 18 if you plan to attend the workshop.
RSVP to glmarsha@purdue.edu or call the Extension Office at 317-776-0854.

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.


Collecting Workshop

Bring insect nets and killing jars. Plan to meet at the resource center.

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.
For information about the project or workshops, contact project leader, Nikki Hendrickson at 765-643-1618.



April 30, 6:30-7:45 pm, Dining Room
Basic Baking
This workshop is for any first year foods member, regardless of age.  We will go over basic techniques in baking, measuring, and reading a recipe.

There will be an opportunity to spend some time in the kitchen baking cookies also.  We will bake 2 different kinds so we can compare recipes and talk about requirements for exhibits at the fair. All supplies will be provided.

May 1, 6:30-8 pm, Dining Room
The focus of this workshop will be learning to make pies.  There will be demonstrations on making crusts, fillings and baking.  You will also get a chance to practice making a pie crust and tasting some samples! Please bring a large mixing bowl, pastry cutter, and rolling pin.  If you don't have these, I will have some extra and we can share.

June 25, 6:30-7:30 pm, Dining Room
Come and Go - Question and answer
Bring all your questions about your foods projects and we will discuss them.  You are welcome to bring along samples also.

You are welcome to call with questions any time!  Kris Shoemaker, Foods Project Leader, 317-758-6052

Food Preservation                                                                                                                                                                

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



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. 

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

Gift Wrap

May 14, Hall C, 7 p.m.
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.


Horse & Pony

6:30 p.m.
Horse Arena

May 21
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9
July 13 - Fun Show


All workshops 4-6 p.m. in Llama Barn (unless noted)

March 4
March 11
March 18, Annex
March 25, Dining Room
April 8

Meat Goat


June 11, 7-8:30 p.m., Hall B

Join us on Monday, June 11, at 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Hall B. 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 8
March 15
May 10
June 7

Mini Horse & Pony

All workshops 6:30-7:30 p.m.

March 20
April 24
May 29
June 26

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

Model Tractor

People in My World                                                                                      


Pocket Pets  

June 9, 9:30 a.m., Dining Room

The workshop will include some practice presentations to prepare 4-Hers for judging at the fair. 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.  Workshop will be from 9:30 -11 a.m.  If you have questions about the pocket pet project feel free to contact Project Leader, Kay Dugger at (317) 696-4473 or kdugger@comcast.net.                  


May 7, 7-8 p.m., Small Animal Barn

This will be our bird ID workshop. 4-H'ers may bring their birds or just questions about where or how to enter the birds. It is the responsibility of the 4-Her to have their birds entered correctly. Birds not entered under correct breed or class may be disqualified by the judges.

Blood Testing Dates

Small Animal Barn
June 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
June 23, 9-11 a.m.
June 27, 6:30-8 p.m.

All chickens and turkeys over one year of age must be blood tested on one of these dates even if they originated from a NPIP approved flock.  If they are under one year of age, they do not need to be tested but the NPIP certification must be turned in. For those of you that purchased from Tractor Supply we were able to get the certificate so those birds under one year of age will not need to be blood tested.  

For more information about the poultry project or the workshop, contact project leader, Julie Hoffmeister at 317-850-0418 or jahoffmeister@aol.com

Public Speaking

Pygmy Goats

May 17, 7-8 p.m., Show Arena
Vaccination and worming

June 21, 7-8 p.m., Show Arena

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

Rabbit Workshops and Meetings
All regular meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. in the Annex Building

Jan 23
Feb 27
Mar 27
Apr 24
May 22
June 26
Aug 28
Sept 25
Oct 23
Nov 27

Mar 17 - Breed ID
April 14 - Super Saturday
May 1 - Tattoo night
June 23 - Showmanship

2018 Schedule



All workshops 6:30-8:30pm in Hall C unless noted.
Jan. 16, 30
Feb. 15
March 13, 20
April 10
May 10-Hall B

Please note that workshops are cumulative. In order to keep up with the group, participants are asked to attend the January 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.

Royal Showmanship


Question and Answer Session
May 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Education Center

Purpose: To answer any questions you have if new to the project or are changing your album type and need guidance.

What to bring: Your questions and your album if needing assistance with any layout specifics.

The project superintendent will also be available by email or text during this session if you are unable to come.
Contact Rosanna Kreider at kevros90@prodigy.net or 317-629-6546.


May 12, 9 a.m.-Noon, Annex

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)

Shooting Sports
Round Robin - June 16, 8:30 a.m. - noon
Fun Day - Sept. 15, 8:30 a.m. - noon

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

2018 Shooting Sports Schedule

Hunter Education
All 4-H members must attend 5 workshop classes and pass their test in order to be certified.

Thursday, February 1st         6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 8th        6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 15th      6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 22nd     6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 1st            6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in Hall B on the 4-H Fairgrounds
April 10, 17  
Range dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22(make-up)

Muzzle Loading
All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Room (unless noted) on the 4-H Fairgrounds
April 12 (Winks), 19, 26
Range dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22 (make-up)

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Annex on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
April 5, 12, 19, 26
Range dates: April 30, May 7, 14, 21(make-up)

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Annex on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
April 9, 16, 23 
Range dates: April 30, May 7, 14, 21(make-up)

All meetings will be from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Dining Room (unless noted) on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
April 5, 12, 19, 26 (Winks)
Range dates: 
Indiana Gun Club, 14926 E. 113th St., Fortville, IN  46040
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (make-up)

Soil & Water

4-Her’s will learn about Hamilton County soil and water resources, project overview and be able to complete selected project manual activities.


Supreme Showmanship

This is a hands-on workshop for showmen of all ages who want to improve their skills with the species that are in Supreme Showmanship (Dairy Cattle, Beef Cattle, Horses, Swine, Sheep, Dairy Goats, Meat Goats). Animals will be provided.


Tractor- Lawn & Garden/Ag

Feb. 21, 7 pm, Annex

This will be an informational meeting on safety, picture ID and testing materials. For more information about the project or workshop, contract project leader, Jason Reynolds at 317.645.6655 or reynoldsjwr@yahoo.com.

Vet Science 

March 17, 1:00 p.m.

Workshop will cover manual activities, project requirements, poster advice, and tips on how to get into vet school. We will complete one manual activity for Clover, Intermediate, and Advanced during the workshop.                                                                          


March 10, 10-11:30am

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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.