Country Ham

The program details:

  • Youth meet once in January (usually during MLK weekend on Saturday or Monday) to learn about country hams and prepare their hams for curing and hanging.

  • End of May/early June, youth clean their hams and rehang them.

  • Tuesday before KY State Fair, youth will return to the office to clean their hams and pick out the best one to enter.

  • First Thursday of KY State Fair, youth will attend the fair and give a 3-5 minute speech in the morning and attend an awards ceremony in late afternoon. 

  • Fee $60: Youth receive 2 country hams, 2 tickets to the KY State Fair, and parking pass at fair

  • Notice: if pandemic continues through to August 2021, youth may be required to write an essay instead of presenting a speech

  • Deadline to apply: December 11, 2020



Country Ham Topic for 2021 (for both Juniors and Seniors): 


My Experience in the Kentucky 4-H Country Ham Project


Speeches should be between 3-5 minutes in length

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