4-H Project Selection

It's time to select your 4-H projects for this year's club work and county fair participation! To help you select the project(s) you may be interested in, think about the below questions:

  • What things do you like to do for fun?
  • What hobbies do you have?
  • What would you like to learn to do?
  • What knowledge and/or skills do you already have in a project area?
  • Are there any special needs/items that are required to be able to complete the project?
    • Space: Including considerations for livestock, animal, and plant projects
    • Equipment: Including special equipment, what you currently have, what you may need to purchase, etc.
    • Time Frame: Some projects are multiple-year projects, others have activities spread over several months, and some can be completed in a few short weeks or days.
    • Materials/Supplies: Including quantities, costs, etc. 
    • Other People Involved: Some projects require group activities, presentations, mentors, etc.
  • How much time do you have to spend on a 4-H project each week/month?
  • What adult/teen do you know that can help you with your project?
  • How many 4-H projects can you realistically complete in a year? (A good rule of thumb is approximately one project for each year that you’ve been in 4-H


Judging Checklist

Hello 4-Her!  You can "make your best, better" during pre-fair judging by following a few simple suggestions:

Between Now & General Project Judging

  • Review project requirements and your book (the judges received the requirements and are looking to make sure you completed what is required).
  • Plan what you are taking to judging (exhibit/display) – do not wait until the last minute to put it together!
  • Practice what you will say during the interview with the judge- be ready to share what you have done this year in 4-H
  • Complete your project book in a neat and orderly fashion

The Night Before Judging! What do I need to do to be ready to go?

  • Review your exhibit/display
  • Gather everything you need for judging day and put it by the door so you won't forget anything
  • Review the important facts in your project book
  • Review the important facts about 4-H for tiebreaker questions
  • Get plenty of sleep!

It's General Project Judging Day! Now what?

  • Eat a healthy meal
  • Be on time for judging (plan to arrive 15 minutes early)
  • Be ready to share what you have learned during this project – you’ll have 5-10 minutes to share with the judge what you have learned

Winning 4-H Plan- a plan for 4-H members with special needs to complete 4-H projects

Project Judging

General Project Judging consists of a one-on-one interview with a project judge.  Members will have 10 minutes to share their 4-H project with a judge, answer a few questions about what they learned and their display, and receive feedback regarding his/her project.  

2024 4-H Project Judging:
July 5, 1 PM - 5:00 PM – osu extension office gym

Judging times are assigned by 4-H Clubs (these posted times are tentative)

1:00 pm: Miami Producers & Premium Gold & DURC

1:30 pm: Clever Clovers & Los Cahbahyos

2:00 pm: BARN 4-H, KNL, Lads & Lassies, Sunset Riders & Tom's Run Livestock 

2:30 pm: Pet Pourri & We Liket

3:15 pm: Blue Ribbon Livestock

3:30 pm: Oakwood SRO (Advisor to assign member judging times)

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.: 4-H Shooting Sports (Advisor to assign member judging times)

A detailed listing of all 4-H projects that are available.

Ohio 4-H Family Guide 

View 4-H Project Book samples


2024 Project Completion and Fair Requirements