The information below is intended to guide and direct you through the completion of your 4-H project books for this year. If you have any questions, please reach out to your club leader or the Wirt County Extension Office at 304-275-3101.
Important Dates to Remember
- February 28, 2019 - All project books should be distributed to members by this date.
- March 19, 2019 - Charting Book workshop for members enrolled in the charting program. This will be held at the Wirt County Library after school until 5 p.m.
- June 1, 2019 - Last day to drop a project book without it counting against your club's completion rate.
- July 17, 2019 - All project books, non-livestock record guides, and activity records are due to the County Extension Office.
- August 6, 2019 - 4-H Member and Cloverbud Exhibits need to be turned in at the Wirt County Fair in the Dining Hall at Camp Barbe.
- August 10, 2019 - Members pick up exhibits and ribbons from the dining hall and claim premium money for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place from the Wirt County Fair Office.
- To Be Scheduled - Project Workshops for help after school with completing project books.
Questions about Project Books
How do I complete my project book?
- Read your scoresheet to see how many activities you need to complete for your specific project. Multi-year project books usually require 6-7 activities per year. A list of all activities is located at the front of each project book. Scoresheets should have been included in your project book or record guide but are also available online.
- To get full credit for an activity, you must complete all parts and answer the questions to the best of your ability. Doing extra activities doesn't give you extra points or allow you to complete the book in less than three years.
- If you choose to do a "More Challenges Activity" (the extra activities at the bottom corner of the project book pages at the end of the activity) or design your own activity, you must write three - five sentences answering who, what when, where and how to get credit for the activity. Just checking off the activity will result in a zero for that activity. Please write the explanation on a separate sheet of paper or notebook and turn it in with your book. This shows the graders what you've learned!
When is my project book due?
- Project Books and Activity Records are due July 17, 2019 to the Extension office. You may turn them in anytime throughout the year once they are completed. 4-H members should also turn in activity records at this time.
- Record Guides for livestock projects are due within one week following the fair. These can be turned in beginning Saturday, August 10.
- Cloverbud Exhibits can be turned in on Tuesday, August 6 to the dining hall at the Fair. These exhibits are not graded and are only used to showcase the work of Cloverbuds throughout the year. Participants will receive a participation ribbon.
- Exhibits for 4-H Member projects should be turned in on Tuesday, August 6 to the dining hall at the Fair. All 4-H members must enter at least one exhibit into the dining hall to receive credit towards their project completion.
What do I do for my project exhibit?
- Project exhibits should creatively capture one or more things you have learned through the completion of your project. Scoresheets provide ideas of exhibits but do not have to be followed (except the Cooking project books to ensure consistency). Examples of exhibits include scrapbooks, displays, models, completed crafts, and posters.
- I f a 4-H member is onl y taking a Livestock project, they must enter an exhibit into the dining hall to showcase that project. If a 4-H member is taking a livestock project and another project book, they can enter one exhibit for the other project book into the dining hall. The do not need to enter an exhibit for their livestock project.
Where do I go for help with my project book?
- The Wirt County Extension Office has helper's guides for most project books that can be checked out. These provide valuable insight into completing the project book.
- Club Leaders and older 4-H members can offer guidance on completing projects.