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January 19, 2021

State Fair Entries:  Each 4-H Garden Project member may enter one garden collection (3, 4, or 5) and not more than five single vegetables at State Fair. Exhibition at County Fair is not required prior to State Fair entry. (Varying weather conditions may affect some gardens. They may not be ready by county fair time, but may be ready by State Fair time.)
1 garden education exhibit per county

Green Record Book Completion Requirement:
• Complete a Shelby County Record Sheet.

Exhibit Guidelines:
• When creating poster, please label photos. The poster should tell a story.
• See Poster Guidelines on Page 62 of the Shelby County Handbook.
• All vegetables entered in these classes must have been produced by the 4-H member in his/her Garden Project.
• Members must furnish paper plates for exhibits and must label each plate of vegetables with variety and the 4-H member's name.
• All exhibits must be labeled with common name and Latin name. Garden collection exhibits must also have the variety when appropriate.
• The required pot size is 8” MAXIMUM. Planters MUST have drainage and provide for water retention (i.e. have a saucer under the pot).
• The Garden project will be exhibited by the following Age Categories: Level A – Grades 3 & 4; Level B – Grades 5 & 6; Level C – Grades 7 8 & 9; Level D – Grade 10,11 & 12


Produce Exhibit (For All Levels) Resource: 4-H Garden Publication 4-H 970-W (updated yearly) or State Fair Premium book.

·Single plate of a vegetable you grew (maximum of 5 different exhibits), labeled with common name, Latin name, and variety of vegetable. May be selected from 4-H Garden Publication 4-H 970-W (updated yearly). Example: Green bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) ‘Blue Lake 47 Bush’
• Collection of three (3) plates, four (4) plates, or five (5) plates of different vegetables you grew Your exhibit tag must indicate if it is a collection and be labeled plate 1 of 3, plate 2 of 3, plate 3 of 3, etc. Vegetables are to be exhibited on paper plates and may include a dis-play of not less than three garden flowers, grown in your own garden. Label with common name and Latin name, and variety.
• A pot (8” diameter maximum) of an herb you grew (maximum of three (3) different herbs (all edible types) may be exhibited) Exhibits must be labeled with both common name and Latin name.
• Any combination of the above

GARDEN EDUCATION (Judged separately) Anyone may complete these, but members in Levels C & D of the garden project SHOULD exhibit one (1) of the following activities in addition to the Produce Exhibit.

Product Options
* Exhibit four (4) plates containing two cultivars of two different kinds of vegetables in your garden. For example: display tomato Rutgers and tomato Roma on two plates and spinach Melody and America on two plates. Label the cultivars you exhibit.
* Label and exhibit three unusual vegetables (may or may not be discussed in your 4-H Garden Manual) you grew in your garden this year. If not listed in the vegetable display chart, check with your Extension office. Example: spaghetti squash, head lettuce, cowpea, etc.

Poster Options
* Make a poster of five commonly found diseases in vegetable gardens, the damage caused by each, and the control options for each.
*  Make a poster of five commonly found vegetable garden insects: beneficial (good guys) and/or injurious (bad guys), benefits or damage caused by each, and the related management practices (how to keep the beneficial, and how to control the injurious insects).
* Make a poster of a maximum of ten pests (diseases, insects, weeds and/or rodents) you found in your garden this year, damage caused, control measures use and results.
* Make a poster explaining a computer garden program or mobile application.
* Make a poster showing a picture story of what you did in your garden in this year. Example: how you planned, planted, and maintained your garden.
* Make a poster showing your financial record for your garden.
* Make a poster of pictures showing your experiences in hydroponics.
* Make a poster explaining various career options working with vegetables/herbs.
* Make a poster explaining types of pollinators and their importance in vegetable and fruit production.
* Make a poster that shows the different types of plant parts that are consumed by hu-mans. Be sure to identify the fruit or vegetable and categorize it by root, stem, leaf, or flower.
* Make a poster that shows different storage methods for vegetables.
* Make a poster showing how to create a raised bed OR container vegetable garden.
* Make a poster discussing how herbs listed on the last page of 4-H Garden Publication 4-H 970-W are used and have been used throughout history. Be sure to include both culinary and medicinal uses as well as other unique uses, if any.



Asparagus, five (5) spears bundled together

Basil (all edible types), one (1) plant, Maximum 8 inch diameter container

Beans, (Cowpea, black-eyed pea, southern pea, etc,) 10 pods or ½ cup shelled

Beans, (snap, green, wax), 10 pods

Beans, (navy, kidney, shell-out, etc.), 1/2 cup shelled

Beans, lima, (large or small), 10 pods or 1/2 cup shelled

Beets (round, flat and long type, top to 1/2"), three (3)

Broccoli, one (1) head

Broccoli raab, three (3) heads

Brussels sprouts, five (5) heads

Cabbage, Chinese type (bok choy or pak choi), 1 head

Cabbage, Chinese type (napa cabbage), 1 head

Cabbage, round, flat, or pointed type, one (1) head

Carrots (all cultivars, top to 1/2"), three (3)

Catnip (all edible types), Maximum 8” container

Cauliflower, one (1) head

Celery, 1 bunch

Chamomile (all edible types), Maximum 8" container

Chard, 10 bundled leaves

Chives (all edible types), Maximum 8" container

Collards, 10 stems ties in bundle

Coriander or Cilantro (all edible types), Maximum 8” container

Corn (sweet-yellow, white or bicolor), three (3) ears

Cucumbers (dill, pickling), three (3)

Cucumbers (English or hothouse), three (3)

Cucumbers (slicing with seeds), three (3)

Dill, Maximum 8" container

Eggplant, one (1)

French tarragon, Maximum 8” container

Kale, 10 stems tied in bundle

Kohlrabi, three (3)

Lavender (all edible types) Maximum 8” container

Mint (all edible types), maximum 8 inch container

Muskmelon (cantaloupe), one (1)

Okra, three (3) pods

Onions, Green, 5 onions in a bunch

Onions (white, yellow, red), three (3)

Oregano, one (1) plant Maximum 8 inch container

Parsley, (all edible types) Maximum 8 inch container

Parsnips, tops off, three (3)

Peas, (edible pod such as snow peas), 10 pods

Peas, unshelled, 10 pods

Peppers (bell type) three (3)

Peppers, Chili type, three (3)

Peppers (Serrano type), three (3)

Peppers, Banana/Long/Wax/Hungarian type, three (3)

Peppers, Pimento type, three (3)

Peppers, Cayenne type, three (3)

Peppers, Jalapeno type, three (3)

Peppers, Cherry type, three (3)

Peppers, New Mexican, long green, Anaheim type, three (3)

Peppers, Ancho type, three (3)

Peppers, Tabasco type, three (3)

Peppers, Habanera type, three (3)

Potatoes, any color, three (3)

Pumpkin, other, one (1)

Pumpkin, table, canning or ornamental, one (1)

Radishes, five (5)

Rhubarb, 3 stalks bundled

Rosemary, Maximum 8 inch container

Rutabaga, three (3)

Sage, Maximum 8 inch diameter container

Spinach, 10 bundled leaves

Squash, Banana, or other large winter squash type, one (1)

Squash, buttercups, turbans, one (1)

Squash, butternut, one (1)

Squash, cushaws, one (1)

Squash, Hubbards-blue, green or golden, one (1)

Squash, scallops/"Patty Pan", one (1)

Squash, straight-neck or crookneck i.e. summer squash, one (1)

Squash, Acorn, one (1)

Squash, zucchini or cocozelle, one (1)

Sweet Marjoram, maximum 8 inch container

Sweet Potatoes, three (3)

Thyme (all edible types), Maximum 8 inch container

Tomatillos, three (3)

Tomatoes, (pink or purple), three (3)

Tomatoes (red, for canning), three (3)

Tomatoes (red for market), three (3)

Tomatoes (Roma or paste type), three (3)

Tomatoes, intermediate type, ten (10)

Tomatoes (Small Cherry or Pear), ten (10)

Tomatoes, (Yellow or orange, three (3 )

Turnips, three (3)

Watermelons, one (1)


1. Largest (by weight) pumpkin/squash
2. Largest (by weight) watermelon
3. Largest (by weight) tomato
4. Largest (by weight) potato
5. Largest (by weight) onion
6. Largest (by weight) head of cabbage
7. Largest (by diameter) sunflower
8. Unusual growth forms

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