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

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*Basket Making

*Fine Arts                                                           


  Feb. 11, 9am-3pm, Annex

  4-H'ers of all levels welcome!  Members of the Indianapolis Leather Guild will guide 4-H'ers through the process of making a leather craft for    the Basic Craft project. You may borrow Leather Guild tools while you work on your project.  Students may come and go as needed.

  What to Bring to the Workshop:

  1 - Your project kit purchased (a) at the workshop or (b) in advance either at the Tandy Leather store in West Indianapolis or online      at https://www.tandyleather.com/en/

  2 - Sack lunch (optional)

  Please RSVP by Feb. 1 to Amy Canaday at amy_canaday@email.com. Include your name, grade, contact info and if you intend to purchase    a kit at the workshop. Please include whether you wish the Leather Guild to bring specific tools or crafting items. 
  Questions may be directed to Amy Canaday.


Beef BBQ


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

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 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.

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.

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.

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

Beginning Dancers & Mini’s Start


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.

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
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Llama Barn
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


This workshop is organized by the Purdue University Goat Club and open to all 4-H families in the state. Workshop will cover showmanship, round table question and answer session, health and husbandry. Snacks provided. RSVP to Kyle Schmidt by February 25 and specify if you show meat, dairy or pygmy goats at schmid91@purdue.edu. Certificates available for participating.

Dog Obedience Winter Workshops

All workshops are 7-9 pm in the barns unless noted. 

2017 Meeting Schedule - Begins February 28, 2017                                                                                          



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



Food Preservation                                                                                                                                                                
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.

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.

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

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                                  
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

All workshops are 4-6 pm in Llama Barn.

March 5, 3-6 pm (3-4 pm for seniors)
March 12
March 19
March 26
April 2

Meat Goat
Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.



Mini 4-H
All workshops are 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Center on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
February 9 - Valentine
March 16 - St. Patricks Day
May 11 - Flight/Science
June 8 - Scavenger Hunt

Mini Horse & Pony
6:30-7:30 pm

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                                                                                      

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.


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                                     
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.


Blood Testing

Pygmy Goats
Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


April 26, 7:00-8:00 pm
Annex, Orientation workshop

May 10, 6:30-7:30 pm
Show Arena, Vaccination and worming workshop

June 14, 6:30-7:30 pm
Show Arena, Showmanship workshop 

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 meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. in the Annex Building

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.

Meetings-6:30 pm in Hall C
Feb. 7, 27
March 15, 20
April 12, 26

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.

Royal Showmanship


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

Feb. 16, Dining Room
March 14, Annex
April 13, Winks
May 18, Annex 

Shooting Sports
Round Robin - June 17, 8:00 a.m. - noon
Fun Day - Sept. 16, 8:00 a.m. - noon

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

2017 Shooting Sports Schedule

Hunter Education
All 4-H members must attend 5 workshop classes and pass their test in order to be certified.
(ONE SERIES ONLY in 2017) 
All meetings will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Annex on the 4- H Fairgrounds. 
Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar 2

All meetings are scheduled from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
Apr. 11 (Annex), 17 (Llama Barn), 25 (Hall B) 
Range dates: May 2, 9, 16, 23 (rain date)

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Room on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
April 13, 20, 27 
Range dates: May 2, 9, 16, 23 (rain date)

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Annex on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
April 6, 13, 20, 27
Range dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22  (rain date)

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
April 10 (Hall C), 17 (Annex), 24 (Hall C)
Range dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22 (rain date)

All meetings will be from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Dining Room on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
April 6, 13, 20, 27
Range dates: (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.- Note time change) 
Indiana Gun Club, 14926 E. 113th St., Fortville, IN  46040
May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7 (rain date)

Soil & Water


Supreme Showmanship


Tractor- Lawn & Garden/Ag

Vet Science

March 18, 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.


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.