2015 4-H Workshops

Achievement Resume
April 25, 9:00-10:30 a.m., Annex
This workshop is designed to help 4-Hers prepare for the 4-H scholarship process; especially the Achievement Resume Scholarship. They will learn how to develop an eye-catching resume and create a cover letter that will showcase their "4-H Story." Examples from past projects will be shared. There will also be a discussion of different scholarship opportunities. This workshop will also include a discussion on what will be needed to exhibit at the fair for the open judging. All ages are encouraged to participate.

May 6, 7:00 pm, Annex

4-H’ers will learn 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.


Basket Making
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time:  8:30–12:30 Advanced Students (those who have previously made a basket)
          1:00–4:00 Beginning Students (first-time basket makers)

Each session will be limited to 10 people
Place:  Exhibition Center – Dining Room
Cost:   No cost for workshop; just basket costs - average $20 
By Whom: Debbie Cates, Master Basket Maker
For Whom: 4-H’ers interested in learning how to weave a basket for fun or for an arts and crafts exhibit in the 4-H fair

RSVP by 5/20 to: Marta Zook, dmmjzook@comcast.net or (317) 877-3769

Mrs. Cates will provide all necessary materials to make your basket.  Basket prices range from $5 - $35 with the average cost of $20.  Basket choices may be requested by emailing dmmjzook@comcast.net.  If you have any other questions, please contact Marta.  

Fine Arts
June 10, 7:00-8:00 pm, Hall A

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.

March 7, 9 am-3 pm, Llama Barn - location change from earlier

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 3/4/15 with your students name & age to hold your spot.
Michelle Witek, 317-523-6558 or witekhaven@aol.com

Beef BBQ

May 9 ** Note Date Change***
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dining Room

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 at 6:30 pm in the Fair Office 

The Beekeeping project kicks off 2015 with a meeting Feb. 25, 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 7:30-8:30pm on the 4-H Fairgrounds (use swine barn in case of bad weather.
May 20    (Dining Room)
May 27
June 3
June 10
June 17
June 24

*4-H’ers should bring their bikes to all workshops except the introductory one on May 20. 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
This workshop will cover grooming, showmanship, preparing your animals for show, fair preparation and project manual activities.

Cake Decorating

April 29, Winks-6:30-7:30pm
May 4 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Hall C
May 9 (2:00-4:00 pm) Winks
May 18 (6:30-7:30pm) Hall C
June 10 (6:30-8:00 p.m.) Annex
June 22 (6:30-8:00 pm) Winks
July 1 (6:30-8:00 pm) Annex

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

information letter

decorating tips

For questions about the project or the workshops, contact project leader, 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.

April 22     Vet and Vaccines- DO NOT BRING ANIMALS
June 17      Project points. DO NOT BRING ANIMALS

4-H’ers should bring their project manual to all workshops.

Chicken BBQ

4-H’ers should bring their project manual to the workshop.
For questions about the workshop or project, contact leader Jackie Hiatt at 317-502-1286.

Workshops are 6:30-8:30 p.m. and are held in the OV Winks Building unless noted.

Returning Dancers
Jan 6, 13, 20, 27
Feb 3, 10, 17 - Hall C, 24

Beginning Dancers & Mini’s Start
Mar 3, 10, 17-Hall B, 24, 31
Apr 7, 14, 21, 28
May 12, 19, 26-Hall A
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 28
Aug 4, 11, 18

March 3, 7 p.m. in the Annex

Join us for a fun night of computer game development.  An IUPUI Professor will be giving a demonstration of Scratch, a powerful software program that allows people with no programming experience to create fun computer games.  Recommended for all levels regardless of division or experience.  Hands on opportunities to create your own game will be provided!!!

Construction Sets

Consumer Clothing/Fashion Revue
May 13, 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
February 28, 10 am-11 am, Annex
May 2, 10am-11am, Annex

These workshop will cover the exhibit requirements, judging criteria, and how to display your project.  We will brainstorm story ideas, talk about the different genres of stories, and create a character. If you have questions about the workshop or the project, feel free to contact project leader, Tyson McFall at tjmcfall@purdue.edu or 317-373-1541.

Dairy Cattle

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.

Dairy/Meat/Pygmy Goat
March 7, 9am-1pm, Llama Barn

This workshop is sponsored by the Purdue Goat Club and open to all 4-H families in the state. Workshop will cover showmanship, fitting and grooming tips and an animal husbandry section geared toward older members and parents.

Dog Obedience Winter Workshops

All workshops are from 7 – 9 p.m. in various locations on the 4-H Fairgrounds. 

March 10 (No dogs-organizational meeting)       Llama Barn
March 24                                                       Sm An, Llama Barn, S.Arena, Hall C
April 14, 21, 28                                              Sm An, Llama Barn, S.Arena, Hall C                          
May 12 (Book meeting-no dogs)                      Hall B, C, Dining Room
May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16                                Sm An, Llama, Hog Barns, S.Arena, Hall C
June 23 (local show)                                       Sm An, Llama, Hog Barns, S Arena, Hall C
June 30                                                         Sm An, Llama, Hog Barn, S.Arena, Hall C
July 6, move equipment and spread mulch       Llama and Hog Barn
July 7                                                           Sm An, Llama, Hog Barn, S. Arena

April 18, Annex                                                                                

Division I-9am-11am
Division II and above-11am-1pm

RSVP required by April 15 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. Click here for details.

Advanced kids will learn HOW to make their electric project more complete by doing an illustrated notebook that shows: reasons why they selected the project, the detailed steps they took, safety issues considered, etc. along with pictures.  Doing an illustrated write-up gives the final polish to their project to show the parts of their project that they were not able to bring for exhibit.

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.


Floriculture - CANCELLED
June 3, 6:30-8:00, Winks                                                               

This will be a hands-on workshop where you will be able to learn basic information and skills and make and take home an arrangement. Workshop will cover project manual and exhibit guidelines and requirements.  Please RSVP to Project Leader, Wendy Tidd at 317-457-9526 or wetidd@aol.com by Wed., May 27.



March 24, 6:30-7:30 pm, Dining Room
June 27, 10am-11am, Annex

Garden members will discuss strategies for producing fair quality produce. All members should bring their workbooks and handbooks. Please contact project leader, Dawn Stelts, at 317-418-6583 or dawn@stelts.com with your questions.

March 11, 7 pm, Annex
Workshop will cover project guidelines and forms.

May 13, 7 pm, Annex
Question and answer session and preparing project for the fair.

March 11, 6:30-8:00 pm, Winks                                                                                                 

Workshop will cover project overview and how to put together your poster/display box. 4-H’ers may bring collected samples to discuss. Handouts available. Workshop will be presented by Boone County 4-H Geology Leader, Wesley Beck.

Gift Wrap 
April 29
7:00-8:00 pm, 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 hannic@uindy.edu.

May 20, 7 p.m., Winks                                                                                     

For this workshop, you are welcome to bring your health project books and ask questions about any of the activities you are working on. We will also go over the basics of how to present a good poster, first aid kit and report for exhibiting at the county fair.

Horse & Pony
All workshops begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Horse Arena

May 18
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 8-open arena workshop

All workshops in the Llama Barn

Feb 22               (3:00-6:00 pm)
Mar 1, 8, 15, 22 (4:00-6:00 pm)
Mar 29              (3:00-6:00 pm)
June 26             (6:30-7:30 pm)

May 19, 7pm, Dining Room, Kitchen

Mini 4-H
All workshops are 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Center on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
February 12
March 19
May 7,
June 3

Mini Horse & Pony
All workshops are 5:00-6:00 pm  
March 23 in the Dining Room
April 27, May 18, and June 15 at the Hutcherson Barn

Leader: Jeanne Hutcherson’s farm at 26099 Schulley Road, Arcadia. For questions about the Mini Horse and Pony Program or the workshops feel free to contact her at 317-997-0722 or bridlecreekstables@hughes.net.

Model Tractor
Do you like tractors and building things but you are not ready to hit the Pro Pulling Circuit yet? You can put an electric motor on a 1/16th scale toy tractor and pull a sled weighing over 80 pounds your first year. Older 4-Her’s can upgrade to a Nitro Fuel engine and pull even more! This project is a great mix of engineering and hands on building FUN! At this workshop we will discuss project requirements, take orders for kits/motors and plan the schedule for future meetings. If you have questions, please e-mail rodney@rulonenterprises.com.

Feb 26, winks, 7 p.m.
June 4, Winks, 7pm

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.

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

Plant Science
March 24, 6:30-7:30 pm, Dining Room
June 27, 10am-11am, Annex

Do you enjoy science and experimentation? You'll love doing experiments with plants and reporting your results with a
4-H poster. 


Look through your workbooks now so you can plan. If this is your year for "How can I start a Tree from seed," you need to plan how much to collect; you will apply various treatments. You should be harvesting now. Look for Oak, some Maples like Boxelder, Dogwood, Viburnums, Walnut, Paw -paw, and Pines. Make sure seed is good, take something to cut a few open, you wouldn't want acorns full of weevils! Call Mrs. Stelts with questions: 317-418-6583. Happy hunting.

Plant Science member will review their project books and determine the best poster for their interests and resources. Members with posters from last year are encouraged to bring them in to share their experience. All members should bring their workbooks and handbooks. Please contact project leader, Dawn Stelts, at 317-418-6583 or dawn@stelts.com with your questions.

Pocket Pets
June 8, 7 pm, 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.

Feb 23, Hall C, 7-8 pm
April 27, Hall C, 7-8 pm
May 18, Swine Barn, 6-8 pm (Blood Testing)

Both workshops will cover bird care, bathing, bio-security, preparing for the show and what is expected at the 4-H Fair in regards to showing your bird. 4-H’ers may bring their project manual to each workshop for assistance with activities. Workshop will conclude with a question and answer session.

Pygmy Goats
All workshops are 6:30-7:30 pm in the Show Arena.
April 29                 Worming & Vaccination
May 20                 Worming & Vaccination
June 24                 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

May 12            (6-8pm tattoo workshop)
May 26
Jun    9             (Harey Hopper Club only-project information night)
Jun  23
July   7             (6-8:00 pm-Harey Hopper Club only-turn in records)
Jul   28             Awards night
Aug 25
Sep  22
Oct  27
Nov 24

June 10, 6:30-8:00pm, Winks

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.


All workshops 6:30-8:30pm
Jan 13, Hall C
Feb 10, Hall C
March 24, Hall A
April 15, Hall A

Royal Showmanship
April 18, Llama Barn, 9 am-Noon 

April 29, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Annex

4-H’ers may bring their materials to the workshop to get assistance in preparing some pages and get their questions answered. 4-H’ers are encouraged to bring the names of helpful websites or upcoming classes that they know are available.

May 9, 9 am-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)
All workshops will be 7-8pm, Annex unless noted

Jan 15, Feb 12 (Winks), Mar 12 (Winks), Apr 23, May 7, June 11, June 25 (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 20, 8:00 a.m. - noon
Fun Day - Sept. 19, 8:00 a.m. - noon
Schedule for all disciplines

Hunter Education
All 4-H members must attend 5 of the 6 workshop classes and pass their test in order to be certified.
All meetings will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Annex on the 4- H Fairgrounds.
Feb. 5,12,19,26, Mar 5, 12.

All meetings are scheduled from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
Apr. 14-Hall B, 22-Winks, 28-Hall B
Range dates: May 5, 12, 19, 26

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Dining Room on the 4-H Fairgrounds unless noted.
Apr. 16, 23(Conference Room), 30
Range dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
Apr. 16- Annex, 23-Dining Room, 30-Annex, May 7-Dining Room
Range dates: May 14, 20, 28, June 4

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
Apr. 13 (HALL C), 20(Annex), 27(Dining Room)
Range dates: May 4, 11,18

All meetings will be from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the OV Winks Building on the 4-H Fairgrounds unless otherwise noted.
Apr. 16 (Hall C), 23, 30, May 7
Range dates: (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.- Note time change) May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10


Supreme Showmanship
June 27, 9am-11am, Show Arena

Feb. 16 at 1:00 p.m. in the Annex.Workshop will cover health maintenance, nutrition and selection. 4-H'ers should bring their swine project manual to complete an activity.

Tractor- Lawn & Garden/Ag
February 10, 7 p.m., Dining Room
Ag and Lawn Tractor Organizational meeting.

All following workshops are held at the dealerships. 

February 17, 2015 @ Bane Equipment (planters)
February 24, 2015 @ Roudebush 
March 3, 2015 @ Waitt Equipment (spreaders)
March 10, 2015 @ McGavic Outdoor Power
March 17, 2015 @ MacAllister Equipment (track vs wheel)
March 24, 2015 @ Reynolds Atlanta
TBA @ Fairgrounds, parts ID practice
June 27, 2015 @ Fairgrounds, practice day
July 13, 2015 @ Fairgrounds, county tractor contest
July 19, 2015 @ Fairgrounds, county lawn contest

Vet Science
March 21, Annex                                                                                                             

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

March 21, 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.

April 30, 7:00-8:00 pm, Hall C

4-H’ers will be making a bird feeder at the workshop! Please bring an empty, clean 2-liter bottle or 1/2 gallon milk jug. Other supplies will be provided. Also, bring your Wildlife project book.  We will work on some activities (especially levels A & B) and answer any questions you have about the project. For questions about the workshop or the wildlife project contract project leader, Erin Allen at allen.erinm@yahoo.com or 317-727-8343.


There will be a woodworking workshop early this spring to review and complete one or more tasks in the woodworking workbooks. The project(s) will be based on participation, so please contact Mike Stelts if you would like to participate. Let him know which workbook you are completing this year. His contact information is mike@stelts.com





By Bernie Huber, Program Assistant
The Educational Store