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 $70: Youth receive 2 country hams, 2 tickets to the KY State Fair, and parking pass at fair
Deadline to apply: December 8, 2023
Country Ham Topic for 2023 Juniors born 2013-2009:
Country ham is considered a Southeastern food, but that was not always the case. Before mechanical refrigeration, salting food was a common preservation method. Discuss the history of the country ham and how it became part of Kentucky’s food heritage.
Country Ham Topic for 2023 Seniors born 2004-2008:
Country hams are susceptible to various pests; identify those pests and discuss the various ways the pests can be controlled and/or eliminated.
Speeches should be between 3-5 minutes in length