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4-H Country Ham Project


The 4-H Country Ham project is getting ready to start and YOU are invited to participate! This 8-9 month project allows members to take two raw hams and process them into a marketable item that can either be sold or eaten.


This club will meet monthly to learn about country hams and the local meat industry here in Lexington. At the end of this project, participants are required to present a speech at the KY State Fair. Fayette County 4-H Country Ham members are also eligible to sell their cured hams at the Fayette County 4-H/FFA Livestock and Ham Showcase Sale in September. Hams are housed at the Fayette County Extension Office in our ham house. The project registration fee covers the cost of the member’s two hams. All other materials needed to complete the project will be provided at no additional cost.


All new and returning member must fill our Country Ham Enrollment Form  and return it back to the Fayette County Extension Office.


Club Meeting dates will be held at the Fayette County Extension Office from 6:30-7:30 on December 8th, January 12th, February 9th, March 8th, April 12th, and May 9th


Additional meetings will be held to cure the country hams and club meetings are subject to change, those dates will be provided at a later time.


For more information, contact Kristen Kirkland at the Fayette County Extension Office: 859-257-5582 or



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