STATE FAIR ENTRY: Any member may exhibit in Levels I, II, III, separate entry required. One Garden Education exhibit per county.
BU-7162 See Them Sprout Level A: Grades 3,4; BU-7163 Let’s Get Growing Level B: Grades 5,6; BU-7164 Take Your Pick Level C: Grades 7,8,9; BU-7165 Growing profits Level D: Grades 10,11,12, 4-H Garden Exhibits – 4-H-970W, stapled in manual. Complete manual activities, record sheet in the manual, and turn in with your project. Manual will be graded by Project Leader.
- Paper plates will be furnished for all garden displays.
- All posters are to be 22" x 28" displayed horizontally. See pages 13 and 14 for poster requirements.
All levels – Read and study 4-H Garden manual. Plan your garden, select plants and seeds. Plant and care for your garden, harvest, and exhibit your produce. Complete 3 in the project manual. Attendance at a Garden workshop conducted by the project leader may be done in place of up to 2 activities in the manual. Complete the record sheet for the appropriate year at the back of your manual. Turn in completed project manual with exhibit at check-in. Members must satisfactorily complete the manual requirements to have their exhibit considered for any award above a blue ribbon placing. Refer to Suggested 4-H Garden Exhibits (4-H-970W) and 4-H Garden manuals for suggestions in preparing exhibits.
Produce Exhibit Options (All Levels): Each 4-H member may enter one (1) garden collection and not more than five (5) single vegetables and three (3) herbs.
- Single Vegetable
May be selected from 4-H Garden Publication 4-H 970-W (updated yearly) or list in the State Fair Premium book. Maximum of 5 different single plate exhibits per exhibitor. Single vegetable entries should be labeled with common name, Latin name, and variety of vegetable. The Latin names can be found in 4-H Garden Publication 4-H 970-W.
Green bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
‘Blue Lake 47 Bush’
- Garden Collection
- three (3) plates
- four (4) plates
- five (5) plates
In all three classes, vegetables are to be exhibited on paper plates and may include a display of not less than three garden flowers, grown in your own garden. Exhibitors may each exhibit one collection (3 or 4 or 5 plate garden collection) at State Fair. Garden collection entries should be labeled with common name, Latin name, and variety. Latin names can be found in 4-H Garden Publication 4-H 970-W.
- Single Herb Exhibit
- Can enter three single herbs (all edible types) that must be labeled with common and Latin names and in pots 8" diameter maximum. (maximum of three different pots)
- Resource HO-28; 4-H 970-W
- For list of herbs acceptable for State Fair, see State Fair handbook or 4-H 970W.
- Garden Education
One garden education exhibit per county.
Anyone can complete Section IV (Garden Education), but members enrolled in Levels C and D of the garden project SHOULD exhibit one of the following activities in addition to the Produce Exhibit (Section I, II and III)
- Exhibit four (4) plates containing two cultivars of two different kinds of vegetables in your garden. For example: display tomato Rutgers and tomato Roma on two plates and spinach Melody and America on two plates. Label the cultivars you exhibit.
- Label and exhibit three unusual vegetables (may or may not be discussed in your 4-H Garden Manual) you grew in your garden this year. If not listed in the vegetable display chart, check with your Extension office. For example: spaghetti squash, head lettuce, etc.
- Make a poster of five commonly found diseases in vegetable gardens, the damage caused by each, and the control options for each.
- Make a poster of five commonly found vegetable garden insects: beneficial (good guys) and/or injurious (bad guys), benefits or damage caused by each, and the related management practices (how to keep the beneficial, and how to control the injurious insects).
- Make a poster of a maximum of 10 pests (diseases, insects, weeds, and/or rodents) you found in your garden this year, damage caused, control measures used, and results.
- Make a poster explaining a computer garden program or mobile application.
- Make a poster showing a picture story of what you did in your garden this year. Example: how you planned, planted, and maintained your garden.
- Make a poster showing your financial record.
- Make a poster of pictures showing your experiences in hydroponics.
- Make a poster explaining various career options working with vegetables/herbs.
- Make a poster explaining types of pollinators and their importance in vegetable and fruit production.
- Make a poster that shows the different types of plant parts that are consumed by humans. Be sure to identify the fruit or vegetable and categorize it by root, stem, leaf, or flower.
- Make a poster that shows different storage methods for vegetables.
- Make a poster showing how to create a raised bed OR container vegetable garden.
- Make a poster discussing how herbs listed on the last page of 4-H Garden Publication 4-H 970-W are used and have been used throughout history. Be sure to include both culinary and medicinal uses as well as other unique uses, if any.
“Just for Fun” – NO STATE FAIR ENTRY
- Largest (by weight) pumpkin/squash
- Largest (by weight) watermelon
- Largest (by weight) tomato
- Largest (by weight) potato
- Largest (by weight) onion
- Largest (by weight) head of cabbage
- Largest (by weight) sunflower
- Unusual growth forms