Projects due –Wednesday, July 17th
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
State Fair Exhibits:
Only one (1) exhibit for Beginners categories may go to the state fair but there is no limit on the number of exhibits a county may enter in the Intermediate and Advanced sections (with the understanding of only one per 4-Her). Also, only one exhibit from the Independent Study area may go to the state fair.
1. There are no age specifications for beekeeping exhibits.
2. Comply with all the requirements listed at the beginning of this “4-H Exhibit Hall Project” section, the “Putnam County 4-H Fair Rules” section, and “Indiana and Putnam County 4-H Policy/Terms” section.
3. No bee hives may be brought to the county fair or state fair.
4. Fill level: The honey should be filled to the jar shoulder not over, nor under.
5. Chunk honey should go in a wide-mouthed jar, preferably one specially made for chunk honey.
6. Be careful to distinguish “chunk honey” (comb in jar) from “cut comb” (comb only in box).
7. Honey (including chunk, cut comb and comb) must be collected since the previous county fair.
State Fair Requirements:
1. All general requirements for county listed above plus:
a. Honey water content will be measured.
b. Be careful to distinguish “chunk honey” (comb in jar) from cut comb” (comb in box)
2. Honey (including chunk, cut comb and comb) must be collected since the previous county fair.
Beginners (Grades 3 – 5) (May do up to 2 years).
“Understanding the Honey Bee”
Choose one of these four topics for a poster exhibit:
1. Pressed flowers of 10 different Indiana plants that bees use for making honey.
2. Uses of honey and beeswax.
3. Setting up a bee hive.
4. Safe handling of bees.
Intermediate (Grades 4 – 8) (May do up to 2 years).
“Working With Honey Bees”
Exhibit one of the following:
1. Extracted honey – 2 one-pound jars, shown in glass or clear plastic, screw-top jars holding 1 pound of honey each.
2. Chunk honey (comb in jar) – 2 one-pound jars (wide mouth glass or clear plastic).
3. Cut-comb honey – 2 one-pound boxes (This is usually a clear plastic box about 4 1/2" x 4 1/2")
4. Working with Honey Bees—Present a topic from your manual to teach fairgoers about working with honey bees. Use your knowledge and creativity to display this information on a poster or in a notebook. Posters must follow the guidelines listed above.
Advanced ( Grades 6 & up) (May do these options multiple years).
Exhibit two of the four kinds of honey listed below:
1. Extracted honey—2 one-pound jars (glass or clear plastic).
2. Chunk honey—(comb in jar) 2 one-pound jars (wide mouth glass or clear plastic)
3. Cut comb honey—2 one-pound boxes. Boxes are usually 4 ½ “ x 4 ½ “.
4. Comb honey– 2 sections (honey built by bees in frames of wood commonly called “sections”. Boxes are usually 4 ½ “ x 4 ½ “).
5. Prepare an educational display about honey bees or beekeeping.
Independent Study (grades 9-12)
1. Advanced topic – Learn all you can about a beekeeping topic and present it on a poster. Include a short manuscript, pictures, graphs, and list the works cited to describe what you did and what you learned. Title your poster, “Advanced Beekeeping – Independent Study”.
2. Mentoring – Exhibit a poster that shows how you mentored a younger 4-H member. Include your planning , the time you spent, the challenges and advantages of mentoring, and how the experience might be useful in your life. Photographs and other documentation are encouraged. Title your poster, “Advanced Beekeeping-Mentor”.
Beginning Record Sheet (click here)
Intermediate Record Sheet (click here)
Advanced Record Sheet (click here)
Beekeeping Independent Study Advanced Topic (click here)
Beekeeping Independent Study Mentoring (click here)
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