4-H Garden Project

All posters, notebooks, and display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as part of the display visible to the public.

A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the way references are listed.

Posters are to be 22”x28” and displayed horizontally and placed in a clear plastic sleeve or covered with clear plastic to protect contents. Display boards should be designed to sit on a table using no more than 36” of tabletop space. Space should be left in the lower right hand corner to place an exhibit tag provided by Purdue Extension staff.

Refer to Suggested 4-H Garden Exhibits, 4-H 970-w, to learn about size, weight, and other suggested specifications.

Each member will be required to complete three activities in the project manual, in accordance with general
guidelines 4B, which must be turned in with the project exhibit and record sheet at project check-in.

Judges evaluating exhibits should recognize individual differences and creativity, therefore using information in this document as a guide rather than a requirement.

Exhibit class guidelines

Vegetable exhibits entered at state fair will be donated to local food banks and homeless shelters after being judged and not displayed.

Level A (grades 3-4):

Choose one or more options outlined below. All vegetable and herb exhibits must include common name, Latin name, and variety. 

Level B (grades 5-6):

Choose one or more options outlined below. All vegetable and herb exhibits must include common name, Latin name, and variety. 

Level C (grades 7-9):

Choose one or more options outlined below. All vegetable and herb exhibits must include common name, Latin name, and variety. 

Level D (grades 10-12):

Choose one or more options outlined below. All vegetable and herb exhibits must include common name, Latin name, and variety. 

Garden Collection Option:

Create a 3-plate, 4-plate, or 5-plate collection display of vegetables you have grown and cared for from the single vegetable list. Display each vegetable on a disposable plate. Inclusion of flowers is optional. 

Single Vegetable Option:

Display from the list, vegetables you have grown and cared for on a disposable plate.

Educational Exhibit Option:

Create an educational poster, notebook or display about any manual activity or on any gardening topic of choice that is age/grade appropriate. Youth can also design and complete an independent study activity.