Country Hams

The Country Ham is distinctive to Kentucky and the Southeast.  The 4-H Country Ham project begins in January and ends at the Kentucky State Fair.  The project began in the late 1990’s with approximately 40 4-Hers and has grown to over 800 from the majority of the counties in the Commonwealth.  The hams are judged at the state fair while the 4-Hers give a three to five minute speech on their experiences in the project.  The 4-H Country Ham Project not only teaches Kentucky’s youth about where their food comes from, but also teaches them about our food heritage.