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4-H Workshops

September 28, 2018

Hamilton County Workshops - below 
(keep checking back as more are scheduled)

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June 7, 6:30 p.m. Conference Room

The Beekeeping project kicks off 2018 with a workshop March 15 at 6:30 pm in the Annex. We will have a monthly workshop through June. Please disregard the suggested resource book in the project manual, as it is very difficult to find. There are many, many beginner beekeeping books available, including Beekeeping for Dummies, which are very helpful. The March meeting will begin at the very beginning for beekeepers...Please come with questions!


All workshops 7:30-8:30 p.m.

May 23 Dining Room (no bikes)
Rest of workshops are east of swine barn and in case of rain, will use swine barn
May 30
June 6, 13, 20, 27

4-H'ers are asked to bring their bikes to all workshops except the introductory one on May 23. Meet on east side of swine barn at the fairgrounds in Noblesville.  
4-H'ers will learn bicycle safety and riding techniques. Come and join in the fun of games and a bicycle rodeo.

Bucket Calf & Dairy                                                                     

June 23, 9-11 a.m., Show Arena                                                                       

This is a hands-on workshop that will cover showmanship, grooming and care of animals.
4-H’ers should bring their project manual and questions. Attendance is highly recommended for all 4-H members enrolled in Bucket Calf and Dairy Cattle.

Cake Decorating

information letter

decorating tips

June 11, Annex, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
July 9, Winks, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

*All workshops are hands on workshops. 4-H’er must bring all their own decorating materials. Go to website for information letter, frosting recipe and decorating tips.

For questions about the project or the workshops, contact project leaders, Tonya Cassell at 317-385-6019 or tonyarcassell@yahoo.com or Sandy Miller at 317-509-9443 or smiller4440@yahoo.com.

Items You bring to workshops: (Found at Wal-Mart, Meijer, Michaels, etc.)

  1. A star decorating tube #16, #18, OR #20 (ONE IS FINE)
  2. A leaf decorating tube #349 OR #352 (looks like a duck beak)
  3. A writing tube #3 OR #4 would be good...if you can only find #2 that’s fine      as well
  4. A box of wax paper
  5. A batch of Buttercream icing (recipe found on below) reduce Crisco to 1/2 of what is called for and mix to right consistency
  6. A pair of scissors
  7. Tape
  8. Butter knife
  9. Something to decorate (cookie sheet, cake pan, real cake….but NOT necessary)
  10. Your Cake decorating book (found in the Extension office)
  11. And Wal-Mart sack to put all of your messy stuff back in to take home to wash!

Buttercream Frosting
2 cups Crisco
2 Tablespoons clear vanilla
½ cup milk
2 lbs. sifted powdered sugar
½ teaspoon butter flavoring

Beat until like whipping cream.


June 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Annex
Mock cat show. Please bring your cat in a carrier or cage. Must bring Vaccination Certificate signed by veterinarian verifying cat has had all vaccinations at least two prior to the workshop.

Chicken BBQ

May 21, 7pm, Dining Room

Workshop will cover top 10 tips to prepare for the 4-H Fair; #1 secret for moist no dry chicken and giveaways. For more information about the project contact project leader, Beth Murphy at 317-564-4692 or greaterjoy47@yahoo.com.

Child Development

June 6, 7 p.m., Annex


All workshops are 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Winks Building unless noted.

Beginning dancers and Mini’s start
May 1, 15, 22, 29 (Hall A)
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 13 (Hall C), 20
December 4, 11


May 16, 6:30 pm, Annex

Open to all members of any experience level. Bring your 4-H computer project manual as we'll be going through some of the activities together. We'll try to answer any questions you have about the project.

Consumer Clothing/Fashion Revue

May 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Hall A

Topics include how to put together an outfit, what constitutes an outfit, how to model your outfit and notebook information for consumer clothing project.

Dairy Cattle

June 23, 9-11 a.m., Show Arena                                                                       

This is a hands-on workshop that will cover showmanship, grooming and care of animals.
4-H’ers should bring their project manual and questions. Attendance is highly recommended for all 4-H members enrolled in Bucket Calf and Dairy.


June 21, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Dining Room

For those planning on being in this year's demonstration contest at the Fair, here's a workshop to help you prepare and put a polished edge on your presentation. Join Project Leader Phil Anderson on Thursday, June 21 at the Hamilton County-4-H Fairgrounds. The event begins at 6:30 pm and be completed by 8 pm. We will meet in the Dining Hall in the Exhibition Center.  PLEASE RSVP to the Extension Office to glmarsha@purdue.edu or 317-776-0854 by June 20.


All workshops are in the Small Animal Barn, Show Arena and Llama Barn at 7 p.m.

May 1, 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 9 - 7 p.m., set up Llama Barn & Swine Barn
July 10

State Fair practices
July 31, Aug. 7, 14 - 7 p.m. - Llama Barn 

2018 Dog Schedule   


Collecting Workshop

June 28, 2-4 p.m.
Strawtown Koteewi Park
Meet in parking lot by nature/resource center.
Bring insect nets and killing jars.

Pinning & ID Workshop

July 5, 2-4 p.m.
Education Center of the Exhibition Center at the fairgrounds
Workshop will cover insect ID and how to pin the insects. 4-H’ers are welcome to bring their insects to the workshop for help in identifying them.

For more information at the workshops or the 4-H entomology project, please contact project leader Nicole Hendrickson 765-810-4768 or nikkihendrick12@yahoo.com.                                                                 


May 24, 6:30 p.m., Winks
RSVP to glmarsha@purdue.edu or 317-776-0854 by May 21

June 7, 6:30 p.m., Winks
RSVP to glmarsha@purdue.edu or 317-776-0854 by June 4

For more information about the workshops or project, contact project leader, Billie Jo Hittle at 317-513-7264 or Billie@hittlefloraldesign.com                            


June 25, 6:30-7:30 pm, Dining Room
Come and Go - Question and answer
Bring all your questions about your foods projects and we will discuss them.  You are welcome to bring along samples also.

You are welcome to call with questions any time!  Kris Shoemaker, Foods Project Leader, 317-758-6052

Food Preservation

June 7, 7- 8 p.m. in the Annex

Information and tips will be given out for each grade level A-D. Bring your questions and concerns. For more information about the project or workshop, contact project leader Dee Roper at 317-385-1139 or roper7wg@gmail.com.


Annex, June 21, 7 p.m.

Workshop will be a question and answer session. For more information about the project or workshop, contact project leader Lisa Burris at 317-258-9171 or lburris1970@yahoo.com.

Horse & Pony

6:30 p.m.
Horse Arena

Date          Clinician                         Topic
May 21       Jeanne Hutcherson         Jumping
June 4        Amy Dukate                   Equation
June 11      Vicki Benefield                Contesting
June 18      Ameilia Warren               Showmanship
June 25      Beth Draper                   Equine Massage Therapy
July 2         Derlene Kerfoot              Despooking
July 9         Ameilia Warren               Horsemanship

July 13 - Fun Show


June 11, 7-8:30 p.m., Hall B

Join us on Monday, June 11, at 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Hall B. We will be facilitating a mock judging workshop for microwave. Each 4-H’er is encouraged to bring a test project or two that they are considering for their fair exhibit. The guest presenter, Rebecca Wilson, and leader will facilitate the judging of projects by 4-H’ers and provide helpful hints and feedback. The goal is to provide some specific help and guidance for the 4-H’er, help them experience the evaluation process, and identify what may resolve any issue. Some sample exhibits will be on hand for participants to test their skills and use if they are unable to bring their own project. Handouts and resources will be on hand for 4-H’ers to use as resources. Please contact Evelyn Burton at evelyn.s.burton@gmail.com with any questions.

Mini 4-H

Workshops are 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Center on the 4-H Fairgrounds.

June 7

Mini Horse & Pony

Workshops 6:30-7:30 p.m.

May 29
June 26

All workshops are at 27745 Webster Pit Road, Atlanta, IN. For questions, contact project leader Heather Lawson at 317-450-9472 or heather@arcadiachristian.com.

Pocket Pets  

June 9, 9:30 a.m., Dining Room

The workshop will include some practice presentations to prepare 4-Hers for judging at the fair. 4-H’ers are encouraged to bring their pet. (This is optional.) 4-H’ers should bring their project manual for assistance with activities and questions.  Workshop will be from 9:30 -11 a.m.  If you have questions about the pocket pet project feel free to contact Project Leader, Kay Dugger at (317) 696-4473 or kdugger@comcast.net.                  


Blood Testing Dates

Small Animal Barn
June 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
June 23, 9-11 a.m.
June 27, 6:30-8 p.m.

All chickens and turkeys over one year of age must be blood tested on one of these dates even if they originated from a NPIP approved flock.  If they are under one year of age, they do not need to be tested but the NPIP certification must be turned in. For those of you that purchased from Tractor Supply we were able to get the certificate so those birds under one year of age will not need to be blood tested.  

For more information about the poultry project or the workshop, contact project leader, Julie Hoffmeister at 317-850-0418 or jahoffmeister@aol.com

Pygmy Goats

June 21, 7-8 p.m., Show Arena

4-H Members are encouraged to bring their own goat to the workshops if possible. For more information, please contact Pygmy Goat Project Leader, Tammy Swackhamer at 317-502-2173.

Rabbit Workshops and Meetings

All regular meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. in the Annex Building

May 22
June 26
Aug 28
Sept 25
Oct 23
Nov 27

June 23 - Showmanship

2018 Schedule


Mini Lamb Camp

Tuesday June 26, 2018

Sponsored by The Hamilton County Jr. Sheep Association

Location:  Creek Road Farms (David and Brenda Day’s)
19860 Creek Road
Noblesville, IN   46060

Time:  6:30 pm – 8 pm

Cost:  FREE!!!

Call Susan Wertz at 317-691-7876 if you have questions!

Our presenter will be Sarah Massey-Clouse (of Massey Show Lamb Camp fame!)  She will be giving tips on how to get the most out of your lamb using handling and grooming techniques.

Come prepared to learn something new that will take your lamb a place or two higher in the class!!

Shooting Sports

Round Robin - June 16, 8:30 a.m. - noon
Fun Day - Sept. 15, 8:30 a.m. - noon

Held at Fox Prairie Gun Club, 8945 E. 206th St, Noblesville

2018 Shooting Sports Schedule

Hunter Education

All 4-H members must attend 5 workshop classes and pass their test in order to be certified.

Thursday, February 1st         6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 8th        6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 15th      6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 22nd     6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 1st            6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in Hall B on the 4-H Fairgrounds
April 10, 17  
Range dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22(make-up)

Muzzle Loading
All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Room (unless noted) on the 4-H Fairgrounds
April 12 (Winks), 19, 26
Range dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22 (make-up)

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Annex on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
April 5, 12, 19, 26
Range dates: April 30, May 7, 14, 21(make-up)

All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Annex on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
April 9, 16, 23 
Range dates: April 30, May 7, 14, 21(make-up)

All meetings will be from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Dining Room (unless noted) on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
April 5, 12, 19, 26 (Winks)
Range dates: 
Indiana Gun Club, 14926 E. 113th St., Fortville, IN  46040
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (make-up)


June 21, 7-8:30 p.m.

Workshop will cover how to prepare your pigs for the 4-H Fair, i.e. proper nutrition, exercising, grooming, equipment and showmanship.

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