Mini 4-H In White County
Youth may join Mini 4-H when they enter grade K-2. Mini 4-H'ers enroll in “Mini 4-H” in a 4-H Club for the current 4-H year. Mini 4-H’ers may choose from any of these educational Mini 4-H projects that are offered for the grade the Mini 4-H’er was in during the current year 4-H enrollment period: Animal Poster, Cake Decorating, Collections, Crafts, Flowers, Foods, Forestry, Models, Nature, and Sewing.
Each Mini 4‑H exhibitor must turn in a single Mini 4‑H project record sheet. Date and time to be announced in the Official 4‑H Fair Schedule available in June. Each Mini 4‑H'er should have a green & white record folder and a completed "My Record of 4‑H Achievement."
Mini 4-H Projects are judged non-competitively, Mini 4-H'ers may receive feedback on their projects, along with a ribbon, and it will be displayed during the 4-H Fair.
Mini 4-H members can participate in 4-H club meetings alongside regular 4-H members. There will also be at least one Mini 4-H meeting in the spring just for Mini 4-H members as well as a mini 4-H day camp held in June. Dates for these events will be announced soon.
A Mini 4-H Record Sheet must be turned in for each exhibitor. Only one record sheet is needed regardless of the number of projects exhibited.
Most Mini 4-H projects no longer require the submission of a project manual. However, these manuals are still a great resources for 4-H members and their families. Click on the desired project below to open the resource manual.
Mini 4-H Animal Lead (Showmanship) Classes
- Member will exhibit fellow 4-H members’ animal. They will not bring their own animal to the fair.
- Parent/guardian of the mini member MUST complete a Mini 4-H Liability Release Form prior to the member’s participation in the class.
- Mini 4-H members will be allowed to show, work with, or care for animal projects after their parent or legal guardian has signed a liability release. Mini 4-H members may independently show, work with, or care for animals that weigh 300 pounds or less.
- Mini 4-H members may only show, work with, or care for animals over 300 pounds when they are assisted by a parent, legal guardian, or another adult designated in writing by parent or legal guardian. (The word assisted means that the adult has control of the animal at all times.)
- If the guidelines stated in this policy are not followed for a particular event or activity, then such event or activity shall not be considered to be a 4-H event or activity and shall not be under the auspices of Extension 4-H educators or covered by Purdue University.
Mini 4-H Beef:
- All Mini Beef Lead participants must be a current Mini 4-H member and entered the Mini Beef Lead Class in FairEntry.
- Mini 4-H families should work with the beef animal prior to the fair. If you have trouble finding a 4-H beef family to work with prior to the fair, please contact a member of the 4-H beef committee. Proof of prior practice with the animal will be expected at time of Mini Lead Show.
Mini 4-H Goat
- A parent/guardian of the mini member must complete a Mini 4-H Liability Release Form prior to member’s participation in class.
*All completed forms must be submitted to the Goat Project Leader or Committee member by 6:00p.m., the evening prior to the show.
- Goat Lead Class will be held between the Pygmy and Meat Goat Shows
- Participants must wear close-toed shoes.
Mini 4-H Horse & Pony:
- Exhibit a Mini Animal Horse Poster (see above for specific poster size and other requirements) covering one of the following topics:
- Favorite breed – Show photos or pictures of your favorite breed and tell why you selected this breed.
- How to care for a horse – Feeding, equipment needs, and/or grooming.
- Identify the part of a horse.
- Showing a horse – the equipment needed to show.
- Doing a Mini 4-H Horse Poster qualifies you, if you choose, to show a 4-H member’s horse in a Mini 4-H Showmanship class during the Western Show. You may show in either English or Western Attire. Approved headgear must be worn.
- Mini 4-H Member will use a separate lead rope. The horse will also be led by an adult using another lead rope.
- Two workshops for Mini members and their mentors will be held between June 15th and the 4-H Fair. These are not required but are encouraged. A Mini 4-H Liability Release Form must be completed and on file with the White County Extension Office by June 15th.