Did you create or experience something that doesn’t ‘fit’ in one of the other project areas, but you want to show-it-off? That’s what the self-determined project is for--to create your own thing!

self-determined project INFOrmation

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How can you showcase what you learned?

Create an exhibit (poster, notebook, display board, or thing) that shows the public what you learned/did! Ideas include, but are not limited to: Weeds, train/scenery scale models, miniature dollhouse, architecture, clowning, alternative energy sources, music, auto mechanics, taxidermy, travel, diorama of historical event, etc.

What are the guidelines for showcasing/ exhibiting your project at the fair?
exhibit guidelines:
  • Cloverbud 4-H members: Can enter one exhibit.
  • Classic 4-H members: Can enter up to two exhibits either individually and as a team/group (two or more members working together). Categories:
    • Grades 3-5 Individual
    • Grades 6-8 Individual
    • Grades 9-12 Individual
    • Team/Group (all ages)

Note: A reference list must be included with your poster, notebook, or display board. 


    • Cloverbud 4-H members--no scorecard
  • Classic 4-H members:

Classic 4-H members: Could your project advance to the state fair? No                      

How can you learn more about this project? (e.g., manuals, workshops)

Use the resources around you: the internet (especially a website like Pinterest), adults, friends, your 4-H club or another group you are a part of. We want you to dream and be creative!

Yes. Previously, you could enter up to three exhibits, but only two can be submitted in 2021.