Welcome to the Shelby County Country Ham Project Page!

The 4-H Country Ham Project gives members two raw hams to take through the curing process. In August, they give a speech about the project and if completed, get two country hams to take home. To recieve hams after the State Fair, youth must complete all requirements, including attending project meetings and giving a speech at the State Fair. All project meetings are held at the Shelby County Extension Office. 

Registration for the 2020 Kentucky 4-H Country Ham Project has CLOSED!

If you missed the deadline check back next year. 

2020 Country Ham Speech Contest Topics

Junior (born 2010-2006)
The Country Ham is part of the food heritage of the Southeastern US, but at one time it was common throughout. Discuss the history of the Country Ham in the US.
Senior (born 2001-2005)
Our forefathers brought over techniques to make hams from Europe and Asia. Later those methods were blended to create the Country Ham. Discuss other dry cured hams throughout the world.

If you would like more information on the Country Ham Project, please contact the Shelby County Extension Office.