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4-H Country Ham Project

4-H Country Ham Project


You are invited to participate in a 4-H Project that is not only incredibly easy, but potentially lucrative as well. The 4-H Country Ham project is getting ready to start. This 8 month project allows you to take two raw hams and process them into a marketable item that can either be sold or eaten by your family.


The eight months is divided into three meetings lasting approximately 2 hours each. The first meeting will be in mid-January, the second is generally the third Saturday in May and the third is right before the Kentucky State Fair in August. Participants take their cured hams to the State Fair and they will be required to present a 3-5 minutes speech on their project.


Participants are judged at the State Fair on the quality of the speech and the ham. Winners at the State Fair could receive up to $750 for Grand Champions and $500 for Reserve.  Fayette County 4-H Country Ham participants are also eligible to sell their cured hams at the Fayette County 4-H/FFA Livestock and Ham Project Sale in September where hams usually sell for $200 to $300 each.  All participants are also eligible to compete for a $750 scholarship.


Your hams will be housed at the Fayette County Extension Office. You will be provided all the materials you need to complete the project including the ham, cure, a place to store the hams, and the information to write your speech. You get two fresh hams for a registration fee of $55.00.


If you are interested in participating in this project, please complete the 2014 Kentucky 4-H Country Ham Project contract form and mail or deliver it to the Fayette County Extension office with your $55 fee by December 1st 2013.  Make checks payable to the Fayette County 4-H Council.



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