Hamilton County Workshops - below 
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Achievement Resume

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! 


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

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.



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 
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


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.

Chicken BBQ

Child Development

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.

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.

Construction Sets

Consumer Clothing/Fashion Revue

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.


All workshops will be in the Dining Room & Kitchen
6:30 p.m.

April 30, May 1, June 25

Questions:  Leader, Kris Shoemaker 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 
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


We will have a mock judging. 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                                                                                      
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.


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 

Pocket Pets                            


The 2018 State Poultry Workshop is February 10 in Bartholomew County.  Click here for more info.

Workshop will cover project requirements as well as going over requirements and preparation for the fair.

At this workshop, 4-H’ers are encouraged to bring their birds to the workshop to receive assistance in determining the breed of theirs birds.

Blood Testing

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.  

Public Speaking

Pygmy Goats

4-H Members are encouraged to bring their own goat to the May and June 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


The workshop will focus on answering questions and sharing tips for the best presentation of your scrapbook. Come prepared to share your experience with digital, software and traditional cropping.     


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

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

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.