Overall Exhibit Guidelines:

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  1. Each 4‑Her must submit exhibits from one or more of the following options, animal class, poster class, or cage class.
  2. Entry in the cat show classes will take place via FairEntry.
  3. Each member may exhibit his own or the family cat. Each cat may be shown with only one master, who is a 4‑Her who has cared for the cat.
  4. Each cat must be four months of age or older.
  5. All cats must be brought and taken from the show in carriers. A leash and collar may be used, but shall be removed for judging.
  6. Pregnant or lactating female cats will not be permitted to show.
  7. All cats must have the claws clipped or be de-clawed.
  8. It is recommended that all cats, other than pedigreed breeding stock, be neutered or spayed.
  9. Cats must be free of fleas, fungus, ear mites, or other communicable diseases, and vaccinated and show certificate from the veterinarian the following:
  • Cat received rabies, feline panleukoperia, feline rhinotracheitis, and calcivirus immunization given at least two weeks prior to and within one year of show date. (i.e. July 22, 2021 – July 6, 2022)
  • Cat must test negative for leukemia before vaccination and have a negative fecal exam within 6 months of exhibition.
  • Immunization against pneumonia is recommended.
  1. Poster and Cage Classes will be divided by level as indicated below.
  2. Each cat will be judged on a) health, b) cleanliness, c) grooming, d) personality, and e) if all categories are equal, the judge will choose a winner by its “star quality.”
  3. Grand and Reserve Grand Champion ribbons will be awarded in the animal class only. Cat Posters and cage decorations are eligible for Grand Champion, but it will be up to the discretion of the judge if Grand Champion is awarded.
 Manual Information: Member must turn in manual with a minimum of 2 activities completed and verified by helper initials at cat check-in. Cat Project Manual can be requested from the Purdue Extension-Dubois County office.


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1482 Executive Blvd 

Jasper, In 47546


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References: 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. See References under General Exhibit Information on page 17 for additional guidelines

SEE ANIMAL EDUCATION on page 27. ALL POSTERS need to be turned in on check in day for the exhibit buildings. DO NOT turn any posters in at animal check ins.

Level 1 – Grade 3-5, Level 2 – Grade 6-8, Level 3 – Grade 9-12

Cage size minimum is 18" wide by 24" long. The height of the cage should permit the cat to stand with its tail erect and not touch the top of the cage. Cage should contain a water container and litter. Decorations might include curtains, pillow, cage covering, etc.

Purebred ‑ For registered animals. In judging confirmation, the structure and form of the cat is evaluated as defined by the breed standard.

Household Pet ‑ (for non‑registered animals)

(1)  short hair cat over 8 months

(2)  long hair cat over 8 months

(3)  kitten 4‑8 months

Poster Guidelines

Poster Guidelines

All poster exhibits must be 22" x 28", displayed horizontally, and have a stiff backing (corrugated cardboard or foam core board preferred) and be covered with clear cellophane, plastic or in poster bag unless otherwise stated in project requirements. Quiz Boards are not considered posters and do not require a clear covering. Leave space in the lower right hand corner of poster for project label affixed outside of covering. (Poster board, foam core board, and poster bags are available at the Extension Office at cost.) 

Leave space on exhibit for label. Label size is 2 7/8” wide x 5 ½” long and will be attached in readily visible position.

References:  All posters, notebooks, 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.  The judge will not discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.


All pictures and wall hangings, etc. should be ready to hang or display. Use strong hangers (not can tabs) attached with nails or screws (not glue or tape) or provide a suitable stand. Label the stand with your name.


Exhibit labels supplied by the office are to be attached securely. There may be specific other instructions for certain projects. See individual project requirements for these instructions. Be sure all exhibit items can be identified with 4-H member name and 4-H club. i.e. notebooks, exhibits with multiple items, etc. Be sure all parts of your exhibit have your name on them.

Secrets of a Successful Poster
A successful poster will:
· Catch the eye of the passerby
· Be simple and clear
· Impress an idea or a fact upon the viewer
· Stimulate the viewer to support your idea, get more information, or take appropriate action.
· Have space left over—Posters that are uncluttered are easier to read.

An effective poster: attracts attention, focuses on a main interest or idea, and motivates you.

Planning A Poster
A poster should have one main idea. Have the reason clearly in mind before you start.
· Consider who your viewer will be
· Decide what you want them to know
· Decide what you want them to do
· Think of a clever theme or slogan
· Limit your effort to one main idea
· Make a small rough sketch
· Visual communication is an aid to what you are trying to teach with your project.

Choosing Colors
Color combinations affect how easily the message is read and the overall appearance of the poster.
· Consider the Contrast: This means you use dark letters on a light background, and light letters on a dark background.
· Let the most important items be the most important color.
· Colors that are close to the background shade will not show up well and cannot be read at a distance.
· Avoid using too many different colors. Two or three should be sufficient. You don’t want to overwhelm your main point!
· Avoid putting red and green next to each other—this is hard to focus on if a person is colorblind.
· Avoid bright neon colors—they may catch the eye, but they are hard to focus on.

· Lower case letters are easier to read than all CAPITALS. Use capitals only for emphasizing an important phrase or word to give variety.
· Save fancy or script lettering for catching the attention of the viewer.
· When hand lettering, always use guidelines. Using a ruler, lightly pencil in straight lines that can be erased when your poster is complete.
· Letters may be cutout and glued on, or precut letters may be purchased.
· Keep written material to a minimum. Use only headings, captions and signs necessary to tell the story.

Use different size lettering for items of varying importance.
· Allow margins to keep things from running together and looking too cluttered.
· Below is a table of letter sizes and their effectiveness:

*Ask your parents, 4-H Leader, or older 4-H member to look at your poster and tell you what they think.

1. Cut out all your letters, pictures and graphics.
2. Draw guidelines and place or draw in letters.
3. Lay all your pieces of your poster out on the poster board.
4. Ask yourself, “How does it look?”
5. Revise and rearrange as needed. Re-Do anything that should be a different size or color.
6. Move things around until you are happy with the overall effect and message of your poster.
7. Glue everything in place.