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General Projects Information and Forms

For complete Rules and Fair Participation Requirement Information 

refer to the 2024 HCCFair Rulebook


  • See the 4-H Family Guide for a complete listing of 4-H projects.

  • A General Project is any project that does not involve an animal. These projects include Clothing and Textiles, Creative and Leisure Arts, Food and Nutrition, etc.

  • One exception is some of the projects included in the Companion Animals category. The Guinea Pig project, all Cat projects, the Pet Rabbit project, and the Pocket Pet Project (gerbils, hamsters, mice, and rats) are considered General projects. These projects are judged at General Project Judging, and the above animals are not displayed at the fair.

  • The other Companion Animal projects, Market and Breeding Rabbits, and Dogs, are considered livestock projects.


  • Project judging is an opportunity for the Junior Fair participants to show what they have learned during their project. Participation in Project Judging is not mandatory; it is an optional activity. To effectively evaluate the individual participant’s knowledge and understanding of his/her project, each participant will have the opportunity to participate in a one-on-one interview with an adult “judge" concerning his/her project. The judge will ask questions and give the participant a chance to tell what he/she learned.

  • Judges are selected based on their knowledge of the objectives of the various General project areas.
  • General Project Judging will take place at Stricker’s Grove. See the Rulebook for the date and time.

  • Participants bring a completed project book and an educational display to project judging. For information on what to bring for each project, see the individual project books and the Ohio State Fair Guidebook at The educational displays can range from posters to scrapbooks to actual items made during the project, depending on the project.

  • The judge will grade the educational display during project judging, and the score will be added to the overall project judging score.

  • The educational display will be exhibited at the fairgrounds during the fair and will be available for pick up from the club advisors after the fair closes.

  • The purposes of the educational display are 1) to visually demonstrate project knowledge of the selected General Project area, 2) to stimulate interest in 4-H projects, and 3) to demonstrate to others the diversity of 4-H projects.

  • Each educational display must be made by the Junior Fair participant enrolled in the project and must be IN THE PARTICIPANT’S OWN WORDS.

  • Specific instructions MUST be followed when creating a poster for the educational display. These instructions are listed in detail in Appendix B of the Rulebook.

  • ALL educational displays, including non-poster displays, MUST be labeled with the exhibitor’s first name and last initial, the name of the project from the project book, and the exhibitor's 4-H club and 4-H age (as of January 1st of the current year).


  • All Junior Fair participants in a Clothing and Textiles (sewing) project can participate in a Skillathon.

  • A Skillathon is a series of hands-on activities designed to demonstrate the Junior Fair participant’s knowledge and skills.  For example, the participant may be required to identify parts of a sewing machine or demonstrate how to sew on a button. Information about what will be on the Skillathon will be forwarded to project participants prior to the Skillathon date.

  • The Clothing and Textile Skillathon will occur during the designated Skillathon time. See the Rulebook for the date and time. 

  • To be eligible for the Top Exhibitor Award for Clothing and Textiles, Junior Fair participants taking these projects must participate in the Skillathon for their project area. See the Special Contests and Awards/Top Exhibitor section of the Rulebook for an explanation of the Top Exhibitor Award.


  • The Style Revue is required of all 4-H youth who have completed a Clothing and Textiles project during the year who wish to be in the running for Clothing and Textiles Top Exhibitor awards.

  • The Style Revue is open to all Cloverbud members and any 4-H member wishing to participate in the Ready to Wear division.

  • Junior Fair participants must model the Total Look outfit(s) created for their 4-H project(s).

  • Each participant will model an outfit appropriate for their age and exhibit class.

  • All models must submit a typewritten Narration Form describing their outfit by the set deadline.  See the Rulebook for the deadline date.

 Cloverbud Participation

  • Cloverbuds may also participate in the Style Revue on a non-competitive basis.

  • Cloverbuds may participate in the Cloverbud Style special class.

  • Cloverbuds must submit a typewritten Narration Form describing their outfit by the set deadline.  See the Rulebook for the deadline date.



     Junior Division (ages 8-13)                             

     Senior Division (ages 14-18)               


     Junior Division (ages 8-13)

     Senior Division (ages 13-18)

    Cloverbud Style

      Cloverbuds  (ages 5-8)


  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded in each show class at the Style.

  • Cloverbud participants will receive participation ribbons.

  • A Top Exhibitor Award for Clothing and Textiles for both the Junior and Senior divisions will be given. The Top Exhibitor will be the Junior Fair participant with the highest combined score (Project Judging + Skillathon) who has also participated in the Style Review. These awards will be given at the Awards Ceremony


  • All Junior Fair participants taking a General project other than a Food and Nutrition (cooking) project or a Clothing and Textile (sewing) project will have the opportunity to participate in the Demonstration Contest.

  • The Project Demonstration will show and tell the judges and audience what the participant learned during the   4-H project year. Junior Fair participants in both the Junior Division and Senior Division must prepare a 5-15-minute demonstration. Visual aids, like a poster and other project displays, are used to enhance the presentation.

  • The score for the Demonstration Contest will be added to the participant's score from the official Project Judging to determine the General Projects Top Exhibitor. Please see the Top Exhibitor section of the Rulebook for more details.

  • See the Rulebook for the date and time of the contest.

  • 4-H exhibitors eight (8) and in third grade -18 years of age as of January 1 of the current year will be awarded ribbons on all entries.

  • Ribbons awarded to General projects will be based on grades given at Project Judging.

  • Projects will be graded A (score of 90 - 100), B (score of 80 - 89), and C (score below 80).

  • Projects selected to compete at The Ohio State Fair will receive Ohio State Fair Delegate ribbons.

  • Projects selected as alternate representatives to The Ohio State Fair will receive Ohio State Fair Alternate ribbons. If the State Fair Delegate cannot attend, State Fair Alternates will be allowed to take their project to the State Fair. Please see the State Fair section of the Rulebook for more information on taking projects to the State Fair.

  • Projects deemed the most outstanding (with scores of 90 or above), but ineligible to compete at The Ohio State Fair, will receive County Project Award ribbons.


Project Superintendent - Beth Mason, 

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