Contact:  Gregg Rentfrow

Country hams are as much a part of Kentucky’s heritage as horses, Bluegrass, and bourbon. The 4-H Country Ham Project began in 1997 with 35 4-Hers and has grown to over 700 4-Hers in 2012 representing 58 counties in Kentucky. Students begin the project during the cold winter months with two fresh hams, and gain valuable hands-on experience curing, caring for, and preparing a country ham to show at the state fair. In addition, 4-Hers must give a three to five minute speech about the project at the state fair in August. The student will get to keep the two hams they cured at the completion of the project, which are valued at over $80 each. More importantly, the 4-Hers learn about their Kentucky heritage, where their food comes from, and how to foods were preserved before the invention and development of mechanical refrigeration.