Project Completion and State Fair Requirements

What are the county guidelines for my project? What do I need to exhibit at the county fair? Is my project eligible for State Fair? What are the State Fair requirements for this project? Where can I find more information?

Right here! The Project Completion and State Fair Requirements lists all Miscellaneous, FCS, and FCS Related project guidelines, project Skill Level, county fair exhibit requirements, and their eligibility for State Fair and what is required. The chart is broken down by project area (About 4-H, Companion Animals, Food and Nutrition, etc.) then numerically by project number. All members need to access these requirements for their project(s). Due to the size, it will not be provided for each project book. Members/Parents can access the chart by clicking on the link. Additional information for these project areas are listed below.

Why are we no longer printing project guidelines for each book?

Project guidelines have been compiled into one very large document that includes our county guidelines as well as the guidelines to compete at State Fair. Having all the information you need in one place will help lessen the confusion and questions that often come when children qualify for State Fair. You know from the very beginning of the project what the requirements for State are, and if your child has a goal of competing at that level, you can prepare.

We at Extension are working hard to reduce waste and conserve costs. We view online documents routinely and 4-H documents are no different.

Each and every 4-H'er has an in-school email that is utilized consistently and communication in this fashion is the norm. We feel that if you can locate, view, and print/save documents for school, you can also do this with 4-H documents.

Click on the Animal Sciences Projects link, below, for guidelines in these project areas.

Miscellaneous Projects FCS and Related Projects Animal Sciences Projects
Miscellaneous Clothing Beef
Shooting Sports FCS Related Dairy
  Food and Nutrition Swine
    Sheep
    Goat
    Poultry
    Rabbit
    Equine

County 4-H Projects Overview

Please carefully read the information provided in the overview as it may answer most Interview Judging or county fair questions.

This is updated yearly. All members should receive this information. It lists information pertaining to Project Completion and Interview Judging, State Fair eligibility, and limited county fair requirements as well as premium requirements. Click here for the 2024 Overview.


MISCELLANEOUS

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding these projects or guidelines. Individual project guidelines for these projects are included in the Project Completion and Fair Requirements chart.

Dog Projects

Click here for more information about the county Dog Program.

Self-Determined Projects

Individual project guidelines for these projects are included in the Project Completion and Fair Requirements chart.

More information can be found on the Self-Determined page at https://ohio4h.org/selfdetermined.

Resources for self-determined projects:

  • Self-Determined Project Plan - Due no later than June 3, 2024. This plan is included as part of your project Interview Judging score. Failure to return this form by the due date will result in deducted points. Only members enrolled in #365.00 Self-Determined - General, Other need to complete this form. Self-Determined Idea Starters DO NOT need to complete the Project Plan! (Form is a fillable pdf. For Firefox users: You may be prompted by your browser to open with a different viewer. For Google users: Download document to complete; submit button will not work -complete and save, then attach to an email.)
  • Thinking Verbs List
  • Self-Determined Project Question Ideas - Examples of questions that may or may not be asked during Interview Judging. These examples are to help you with your project knowledge as you prepear for Interview Judging.
  • Self-Determined Score Sheet
Shooting Sports

This leader-directed program is taught only by certified volunteers. Eligibility for participation in 4-H Shooting Sports projects and competitive events begins when a child is age 8 and in the 3rd grade. Any youth age 9 or above is eligible regardless of grade level. Click here for more information on the Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports program. For more information on the county Shooting Sports program, click here.


FCS AND RELATED

Please contact Rebecca Davis if you have any questions regarding these projects or guidelines. Individual project guidelines for these projects are included in the Project Completion and Fair Requirements chart.

Genealogy
Clothing
Food and Nutrition

All Ohio 4-H food and nutrition projects use MyPlate, which incorporates current USDA recommendations about eating and exercise. Depending on a project book's publication date, it may refer instead to the older MyPyramid or Food Guide Pyramid, but 4-H members should still know the MyPlate recommendations. For information about MyPlate, go to choosemyplate.gov.

Recipe Completion Charts


ANIMAL SCIENCES

Please contact Christine Kendle if you have any questions regarding these projects or guidelines.

Beef Projects

All members enrolled in beef projects are REQUIRED to attend Quality Assurance.

Dairy Projects

All members enrolled in dairy projects are REQUIRED to attend Quality Assurance.

  • #127 Dairy Calf, Heifer - Members are required to compile a notebook to record involvement in the appropriate project requirements listed. Members will not be eligible to exhibit their animal if a notebook is not compiled. If book is unfinished, acceptance of materials will be at the judge's discretion.
  • Lease Agreement
Swine Projects

All members enrolled in swine projects are REQUIRED to attend Quality Assurance.

Sheep Projects

All members enrolled in sheep rojects are REQUIRED to attend Quality Assurance.

Small Livestock - Goats, poultry, rabbits

Please contact Michelle Moon or Chris Kendle if you have any questions regarding these projects or guidelines.

Members enrolled in small livestock projects are REQUIRED to attend Quality Assurance.

Goats - The Poisonous Plants Extension Goat Handbook and Goat Vaccine Protocol handouts are included with each project's guidelines.

Poultry
See information about Poultry Resource handbook and other poultry resources here.

Rabbits

Equine