Projects due Wednesday, July 17th 4 to 7 pm
Putnam County Exhibit Requirements:
1. 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.
2. Each member may enter :
a. Up to five one-plate entries of a single vegetable. If 2 or more then one-plate entries each must be of a different vegetable.
b. One garden collection (3 plates, 4 plates, or 5 plates) Each plate must have a different vegetable.
c. Tray of potatoes
d. Three herbs
e. A garden education exhibit
A total of 11 exhibits for each 4-H'er to enter is possible.
3. All single vegetables must be labeled with common name of the vegetable and variety or cultivar of vegetable. Multiple vegetable collections must be labeled with the common name, the Latin name, and the variety.
4. Herbs (all edible types) must be labeled with common and Latin names and in pots 8” diameter maximum (maximum of three different pots) For list of herbs acceptable for State Fair, see State Fair handbook or 4-H 970W.
5. Garden Education exhibit One County Exhibit to State Fair. Please label posters as appropriate and select from the
following list of Garden Educational Exhibits:
a. Exhibit 4 plates containing two cultivars of 2 different kinds of vegetables in your garden. Only one per county will be selected for State Fair.
b. Label and exhibit 3 unusual vegetables you grew in your garden (in not listed in the vegetable display chart, check with your extension office.
c. Make a poster of 5 commonly found diseases in vegetable gardens, the damage caused by each, and the control options for each.
d. Make a poster of 5 commonly found vegetable garden insects: beneficial and o/or injurious, benefits or damage caused by each and the related management practices.
e. Make a poster of a maximum of ten pests (diseases, insects, weeds and/or rodents) you found in your garden this year, damaged caused, control measures used, and results.
f. Make a poster explaining a Computer Garden Program.
g. Make a poster showing a picture story of what you did in your garden this year.
h. Make a poster showing your financial record for your garden.
i. Make a poster of pictures showing your experiences in hydroponics.
j. Make a poster explaining various career options working with vegetables/herbs.
6. All vegetables must be selected from the single vegetable list in the state 4-H and State Fair list. See 4-H Garden manuals and 4-H 970W for suggestions in preparing exhibits.
7. There will be a champion in each category and one grand champion and one reserve grand champion overall
8. All vegetables entered must be produced by the 4-H member in his garden. Any exhibit which, in the opinion of the judge, has not been produced in this manner will be disqualified.
9. Vegetables should be prepared as described in 4-H 829 – an attachment to your manual.
10. Vegetables should be properly labeled as to variety.
Note: two (2) varieties of a vegetable are not 2 different vegetables (Banana peppers and Hungarian peppers are both peppers)
11. Paper plates for displaying vegetables will be provided.
12. Vegetables for exhibit may be selected from the following list:
20 pods of green, wax, or lima beans 1 plate of 5 okra
½ point of shell-out beans 1 plate of 5 onions
1 plate of 5 beets 1 plate of 5 parsnips
1 head of broccoli 1 plate of 5 peppers (including jabanero peppers)
1 head of cabbage
1 plate of 5 ears popcorn
1 plate of 5 carrots 1 plate of 5 potatoes
1 head of cauliflower 1 plate of 5 sweet potatoes
1 plate of celery 1 pumpkin
1 plate of 12 radishes
1 plate of 5 ears of sweet corn 1 plate of 1 rutabaga
1 plate of 5 cucumbers 1 squash
1 egg plant 1 plate of 5 tomatoes or
1 plate of 5 kohlrabi 1 plate of 12 small tomatoes
1 muskmelon 1 plate of 5 turnips
Potato Tray (one tray of 30 potatoes - inside dimensions of tray should be approximately 12" x 18".)
Market Basket Education Exhibit
This is open to all Putnam County 4-H Garden members. The Market Basket exhibit is optional and in addition to regular division exhibits. All Market Baskets will be entered in one class with all entries competing. Premiums will be paid and a champion will be selected. The basket must have a handle to be classified as a Market Basket. An award will be presented to a first year exhibitor.
A Market Basket will consist of 3 different vegetables (selected from the list in the garden manual) with enough of each vegetable to serve a family of three and displayed in an appropriate size basket. It should contain only vegetables but no accessories, except possibly a cloth in the basket.
Exhibition guidelines for preparation are in the garden leaflet 4-H 970 – W or online under projects at
11. If for some reason you cannot meet the above
requirements, enter one (1) plate of any vegetable and write on an 5” x 8”card in 50 words an explanation of why you could not complete the project. These will not be entered in competition, but you will be credited with completing this project and make yourself eligible for the State Fair.
12. Please note that State Fair Garden rules differ from County Rules. It the 4-H’er enrolled in the garden project plans to exhibit at the ISF he/she needs to pick up a copy of the current Indiana State Fair 4-H-FFA Handbook and review the current ISF 4-H garden exhibit requirements.
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