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Frequently Asked Questions about
Tippecanoe County 4-H 

GENERAL
What is 4-H?
As a parent what is my role?

ENROLLMENT
Who can join 4-H? How much does it cost?
Why should I go to club meetings and workshops?

PROJECTS
What does it take to complete a project?
When are project workshops?
Can I add projects?
What are 4-H Green Folders (Record Books)?
What are record sheets?
What are White Cards?
How do I make my resources count?
What are 4-H Junior Leaders?

COUNTY FAIR
Do members have to exhibit at the county fair?
When are projects judged?
My animal died, how can I complete my project?
What are premiums?
How are projects judged?
What goes to the Indiana State Fair?
How often does my child have to go the county fair?
What are the poster guidelines?

LIVESTOCK
Why are location forms needed?

ACTIVITIES
What other activities does 4-H offer?

GENERAL

What is 4-H?
4-H is the largest youth serving organization in the country. It is a volunteer-led organization that reaches youth through a variety of programs in both rural and urban settings. 4-H provides fun, educational opportunities at the local, state, national, and international levels. 4-H programs are hands-on, age-appropriate, and university based. 4-H helps youth improve their self-confidence, learn subject matter, and develop important skills including leadership, citizenship, communication and decision making that can be applied over a lifetime. For adults, 4-H offers opportunities for volunteering knowledge and skills in a variety of areas. Parents have the opportunity to learn and work alongside their children, making 4-H a family friendly activity.

As a 4-H Parent, how can I help my child?
Assist your child in the selection of 4-H projects that are interesting and work with your home situation and family lifestyle. Show your interest and enthusiasm. Encourage your member to participate in 4-H activities. Read over the handbook and project manual with your child to help them understand what to do. Help them plan their project work over time so that you aren’t rushing to finish right before the county fair.

Your member will be more likely to participate in activities if you join in. Don’t always sit on the sidelines, work alongside your member. Through your help at club meetings, workshops, and activities you are helping to strengthen the 4-H program with your knowledge and support. You might learn something too!

Assist your son or daughter, but do not do the project for them (what will they learn if you do it?). Your role is to teach, not to govern; to guide, not to control.

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ENROLLMENT

Who can join 4-H?
Indiana 4-H is based on the grade you are in on January 1st. All youth in grades third through twelfth are eligible to join. For youth in second grade we have a special program designed called Mini 4-H.

Enrollment deadline is February 1st. Enrollment forms are available by December 1st.

How much does it cost?
There is an annual $15 program fee for all youth grades 3-12 to join 4-H. Some clubs may have additional dues in order to cover operating costs. Project costs can vary. Members will need to purchase a project manual for most projects. Project manuals can be purchased at the Purdue Extension-Tippecanoe County Office. There is a huge range of cost in projects from something as low as a poster for a few dollars to a couple of thousand for a steer. Your family may choose the projects that your members enroll in that best meet your needs and resources.

Why should I go to club meetings and workshops?
Meetings and workshops serve as the information link for members. At meetings and workshops members will have the opportunity to be involved in service projects, make friends and learn life skills. All members are strongly encouraged to attend meetings on a regular basis and in Tippecanoe County. Parents are also encouraged to attend meetings to stay informed and learn alongside their members.

Members that attend a combination of at least three club meetings or workshops are eligible to compete for champion or reserve champion placing at the county fair. If members do not attend a combination of three meetings or workshops members are still eligible to receive a blue, red, or white ribbon.

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PROJECTS

What does it take to complete a project?
Members do not have to exhibit at the county or state fair in order to complete a project. A project is considered completed when:
(1) They are enrolled 4-H members in Tippecanoe County
(2) A completed 4-H project record sheet is turned in before the established and published date
(3) An officially recognized 4-H leader/ Purdue Extension Educator verifies the completed project

When are project workshops?
Project workshops are held throughout the 4-H year. Members will be sent a letter or postcard with dates about upcoming workshops. The Tipppecanoe Tabloid will also have a list of workshops.

Can I add projects?
Yes, a member may add projects by filling out a drop/add form. Two project areas, Shooting Sports and Dogs, cannot be added after the programs start. Drop/add forms are due by May 1st; forms are available on the website and at the Purdue Extension-Tippecanoe County Office.

What are 4-H Green Folders (Record Books)?

Green folders (record books) contain record sheets, white cards/record of achievement, and manuals for projects. These folders are due with two copies of the member’s white sheet and record sheet to the appropriate club box by 5:00pm Thursday of the County fair in the Dairy Barn. If a member cannot be there it is their responsibility to find someone who can turn it in for them.

What are record sheets?
Record sheets are specific to each project and help members keep track of what they learned. Members are required to complete and turn in a record sheet for each project in order for the project to be considered completed. Record sheets are available at the Purdue Extension-Tippecanoe Extension Office or on the county 4-H website.

What are white cards/record of achievement?
White cards are a way for members to track their activities and projects for the year. 4-H’ers should begin completing their cards their first year. The Awards Committee reviews the white cards for scholarships, trips, or completing award forms. White cards are collected during the county fair and kept at the Purdue Extension-Tippecanoe County office. White Cards are available and can be filled out on the county Purdue Extension-Tippecanoe County website.

How can I make my resources count?
4-H provides endless club meetings, workshops, projects, activities, and trips. Families have the flexibility to participate in activities and projects that fit members’ interests and fit into available resources. Visit this guide for more ways to make your resources count and get the most out of 4-H.

What are 4-H Junior Leaders?
Junior Leaders are 4-H members who are enrolled in the Junior Leader project and are in seventh grade or older. They assist the 4-H Leaders in organizing activities and help younger 4-H members with their projects. They also participate in many community service projects and help with all aspects of the county fair.

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COUNTY FAIR

Does a member have to exhibit at the county fair?
Exhibiting in local, county, and state exhibits and county fairs is not required for project completion. However, project exhibition is encouraged as a continuation of the education experience.

If something happens that keeps you from doing this, but you have completed the project, you can still get credit for completing and showing your project to your leader. The county fair is the culmination of preparation and learning. Friendly competition and fellowship are valuable parts of learning.

When are projects judged?
Judging for most non-animal projects takes place the week prior the county fair. Animal projects will be judged during the week of the county fair.

My animal died, how can I complete my project?
Unfortunately this does happen. The project can be completed in any animal area by completing a poster which can be entered in the county fair or by turning in the project manual to the project superintendent.

What are premiums?
Premiums are money given to those who have blue, red or white ribbons or place in the top three in livestock. For non-livestock projects premium money may be picked up at the County fair Grounds 4-H Office on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Look for times to be posted or in your Handbook. After the county fair they are available at the Purdue Extension Office- Tippecanoe County until September 1st. They must be claimed by September 1st or they are forfeited.

How are projects at the county fair judged?
We use two different ribbon systems at the county fair. Non-animal projects and some animal projects use the Danish system. This means that more than one blue ribbon may be awarded in a class. Each division will have a champion and reserve champion designated. Livestock projects use placing ribbons, first-tenth place.

What goes to the Indiana State Fair?
For livestock and other animals they have a special entry form that is sent by the exhibitor directly to the State Fair Entry Department with a fee. All properly enrolled livestock and other animals may go to the State Fair. There are varying dates, but the first due is for beef, sheep and swine and that date is June 1st. Forms are available in the office or the State Fair website.

Non-animal projects are limited on the numbers that are eligible for the State Fair. The ones eligible will receive a letter that gives the dates they need to be taken down. The Purdue Extension-Tippecanoe County Office does take projects that are brought in by the designated time down to the fairgrounds if they are not too large or fragile.

How often will my child and I have to go to the county fair?
If you take livestock projects, you will need to go every day to take care of your animals. Exceptions to this are dogs, cats, pocket pets, and vivariums which are brought to the county fair only on their day of judging and taken home after the show. Non-livestock projects are brought to the fairgrounds before the county fair starts and are picked up on the last Friday or Saturday of the county fair.

What are the poster guidelines?
All posters displayed at the county fair need to be horizontally; 22" X 28", and mounted on a firm backing and covered in clear plastic or other transparent material. Be sure to include your exhibit label with your name, grade, and county. For more information refer to this guide.

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LIVESTOCK

Why are animal location forms needed?
Location forms are a state requirement for members exhibiting at the county fair or state fair in beef (market steers, dairy heifers, and commercial heifers), swine (barrow and gilt), sheep (market lambs, commercial & registered breeding ewes), or horse/pony. The forms are used to track where animals are kept, help members with record keeping, and verify breed.

ACTIVITIES

What other activities does 4-H offer? In addition to activities that your local club may choose to do, the county offers the following:
o Project workshops – offered to help 4-H’ers with their projects
o 4-H Camp – a three day, two night camp for members in grades third-sixth
o 4-H Has Talent – individuals and clubs share their talents through skits, musical acts, etc at a county program
o Fashion Revue – model garments made or bought by the 4-H’er
o State 4-H Band and Chorus – auditions required
o Round-Up – third day Purdue conference for seventh and eighth grade members
o State Fair Youth School – a leadership/citizenship building program held at the Indiana State Fair
o State Junior Leader Conference – a leadership program for seventh-twelfth grade
o Science Workshops at Purdue – includes workshops on animals, electric, computers, aerospace, engineering, food science and plant science
o Indiana State 4-H Congress – a one day leadership program
o Scholarships – available for tenth grade and above 4-H members

Dates and registration forms are available on the website.

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