The Kentucky State Fair marks the culmination of a year of concentrated effort by 4-H youths. Some walk away with ribbons and prizes, but everyone who participates receives recognition and a feeling of accomplishment for a job well done.
Throughout the year, 4-H’ers work with their county 4-H agents to develop the knowledge and presentation skills needed to successfully complete a project. Each county offers a number of opportunities and if a desired program isn’t available, it can be accomplished as an independent study. Through livestock programs including beef, goat, sheep, dairy, and swine; dog shows and Cloverville projects that range from country ham to woodworking to cooking, 4-Hers participate in local and county competitions to prepare for and earn a spot at the state fair.
To be elgible to enter exhibits in Cloverville at the Kentucky State Fair, a child must first enter their items in the Estill County Fair June 26-July 3. Then if their item is selected as the elite project in the county it will be qualified for the State Fair.
The 2010 Kentucky State Fair takes place in Louisville Aug. 19 through Aug. 29. 4-H youths who plan to enter livestock or dog show competitions have until July 10 to register. Dog show entries must be completed through electronic registration. For all livestock competitions, completed forms must be sent by mail and walk-in registrations are not accepted on days of events. Also, remember that any youth who wishes to compete in livestock must attend a recognized District or Preview show before the State Fair.
The Cloverville area at the fair showcases youth talent from all across the state with thousands of completed projects on display. Most Cloverville exhibitors need to register electronically by Aug. 13, this is done by your County 4-H Agent. For more detailed information about registration deadlines and requirements, visit the website
or contact your county 4-H agent.
Anyone aged nine to 19 can join 4-H and some counties offer Clover Bud activities targeted to children that are younger than nine. To learn more about 4-H opportunities for youth in your area, contact the Estill County Cooperative Extension Service at 723-4557.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.