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4-H Country Ham Auction Wrap-up
Want to participate next year? The deadline to sign up for the next Country Ham Project is December 1, 2022.
By Tony Rose, Agent for 4-H Youth Development
Adair County Extension Service
WOW! You all showed up big for our 4-H youth at our Ham Auction. We would like to thank our sponsors, Bank of Columbia, First and Farmers National Bank, and United Citizens Bank for making monetary donations.
4-H Country Ham Scholarship Recipients:
Congradulations to Keaton Burton, Beth Cowan, and Eliza Spinks for being selected to receive the 2022 4-H Country Ham Scholarship. Each will receive $300 to go towards their continuing education. All three have been involved in the 4-H Ham project since they were Cloverbuds.
Also, we would like to thank the following people for donations to the Scholarship Ham totaling $3000.00:
Bryant Realty, L&N Firearms, Danny Pyles, Jeffries Hardware, Jacob Burton, Stephen Keen, Paul Miller, Fiesta Mexico, Franklin Nissan, Sexton and Cox, David A. Burris, Russell County Stockyard, Mike Hatcher, Betty's OK Country Cooking, Blake Hatcher, Keith and Ashley Curry, Central Farm & Pioneer, Golden Rule Auction, Joe Rogers, Ben Loy, Adam and Courtney Roy, Jerry and Paula Roy, All Natural Health Food Store, Burkmann Feed of Glasgow.
All of the proceeds/donations totaled more than $8,000 which will be redistributed to the youth as well as a small portion going to the Annual Country Ham Scholarship Fund. Thank You again to all who either attended the auction, donated money, or bought a ham basket. WE APPRECIATE YOU!
2023 4-H Country Ham Project:
Do you like to eat country ham? Would you like to learn how country ham is processed and processed your country ham? If the answer is YES to these questions, then the 4-H Country Ham project is for you.
4-H members throughout the state spend several months preparing their hams for the Fair, where their meat is judged by commercial country ham producers according to its smell, roundness, color, and texture.
To sign up for the project, youth and parents must complete the Country Ham Project Agreement and pay the $60.00 fee. Starting sometime in January, youth will meet to start curing their hams. This year will cure them in the Adair County 4-H Ham House. Youth will also have to attend regular meetings to complete the required six hours of trainings to learn about hams and the curing process. In August, the ham will be taken to the Kentucky State Fair to be judged and the youth will give a speech.
After the hams are cured
Youth are required to give a presentation on any aspect of the project such as nutrition or value added. In addition, the processors evaluate ham on such factors as leanness, shape, appearance, and aroma. The combined presentation and judging scores determine the overall winner. This takes place during the Kentucky State Fair.
Youth develop valuable technical merit, communications, research, and organizational skills from the presentations. Persistence and responsibility are among the traits 4-H members develop during the nine months they cure hams at the processing plant. Youth also learn to appreciate the importance of value added to a raw commodity. And, there's a financial benefit. All participants also receive a State Fair premium.
4-H Age Participants pay a $60.00 fee. Cloverbuds may participate and the fee for them is $40.00. Cloverbuds only receive one ham to cure. 4-H Age youth will receive two hams to cure.
The deadline to sign up for the Country Ham project is December 1, 2022.
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