Pulaski County 4-H Country Ham Project 2024

Pulaski County 4-H Country Ham Project 2024

Text on a blue background reading, "Pulaski County 4-H Country Ham Project." Images include the green 4-H Clover with four white letter Hs on each leaf and a cured, country ham.

Join us for the 2024 Country Ham Project! Read everything carefully before completing enrollment.

Project Flyer with a blue background. Image of a 4-H clover logo and a cured country ham. Text: Open to youth ages 9-18 4-H members will receive 2 hams to cure Youth will learn the curing process and hang hams for 8 months Youth must obtain 6 hours of classroom instruction through monthly 4-H Ham Meetings Youth are required to give a 3-5 minute speech at the KY State Fair in August 2024. DEADLINE TO REGISTER AND SUBMIT PAYMENT: December 8th (No exceptions).  $70 cost includes ham, cure, & supplies. failure to complete the project, fee will NOT be refunded, and you will forfeit both hams, upon forfeit, if the two hams are not returned an additional $70.00 fee will be charged and if the additional fee is not paid the 4-H member will not be able to participate in next years’ country ham project). Call Erica Spurgeon (606)-679-6361.


Starting the project:

  • Ham Curing Day: January 15, 2024 (MLK Day)

    • Orientation: January 12, 2024
    • Watch the video below!

Pulaski County 4-H Country Ham Project Club Meeting Dates:

  • Feb. 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, May 20, July 12, (August 9- this will be Sales, Marketing, & Communications Workshop)

    • This will be how 4-H youth get their education hours. Mark these dates on your calendars!
    • Field trips may be offered as well!

Important Dates:

  • Ham Curing Day: January 15, 2024 (MLK Day) 

    • Last year this date changed due to the number of hams needing to be transported. Updates will be given if there are changes.
  • County Communications Contest: March 28, 2024 ( required for those planning to sell their ham at Show & Sale)
  • Ham Washing Day: August 13, 2024
  • Kentucky State Fair Ham Day: August 15, 2024

Kentucky State Fair & Speech Requirement

  • 4-H Youth will be required to give a speech at the KSF on August 15, 2024
  • Please hold this date and be prepared to spend the entire day at the KSF.
  • State Fair Details for Speech Day- coming soon!

Youth are required to give a 3-5 minute presentation at the Kentucky State Fair on August 15, 2024.

Giving a 3-5-minute presentation at KY State Fair on the required topic:

Junior (Born 2014-2010)  How to cook and store a country ham - Discuss the best ways to store your country ham after the fair and the various ways to cook a country ham.  

Senior (Born 2005-2009) How to market and sell Country Hams. (visual aids are optional, no digital/electronic devices)



Show & Sale Country Ham Auction Participation

In order to be eligible to sell a ham at Show & Sale in September, 4-H youth will need to complete the following additional requirements:

  • Participate in the Pulaski County 4-H Communications Contest on March 28, 2024 
  • Attend the "Sales, Marketing & Communications Workshop" on August 9, 2024 
  • Create a display board showcasing your experience with the project 


4-H Youth Ages 9-18

4-H members register here.

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4-H Youth Ages 9-18

4-H members online payment option here. (Payment can also be made in our office with cash or checks made payable to Pulaski County 4-H Council.)

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4-H Youth Ages 9-18

Not a member of the 2023-2023 Pulaski County 4-H Program? Please complete enrollment below!

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Adult & Cloverbud Participants

Adults or Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) wishing to cure a ham can register here. This is open to adults and youth who are not 4-H Age. The fee is $50 and this cost includes one ham, cure mix, and supplies. You will cure and hang your ham along with 4-H Youth. You get to keep your ham at the conclusion of the project.

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Adult & Cloverbud Participants

Adult & Cloverbud online payment option here. (Payment can also be made in our office with cash or checks made payable to Pulaski County 4-H Council.)

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Contact Information

28 Parkway Dr. P.O. Box 720 Somerset, KY 42502-0720

(606) 679-6361