The new projects include Create-a-Mix, Creative Writing, Cupcake Decorating, Do Your Own Thing and Farm Scene.
Create-a-Mix allows those participating to use a purchased box mix as one ingredient that is mixed with others to create a new food product.
Those who take this project are guaranteed to develop a nice recipe box of exciting new foods all based on box mixes.
The Creative Writing project allows 4-H'ers to write a prose, poem or children's story to display at the fair. Writers are encouraged to be as creative as possible when writing and while illustrating.
Cupcake Decorating is a 4-H project that is catching on at many county fairs. It allows youth to decorate cupcakes in a theme and display them as creatively as possible.
In recent years, there have been individuals make farm animals and ears of corn out of cupcakes to display in neighboring counties.
Do Your Own Thing allows the 4-H member to come up with a project to display at the fair which is not currently offered as part of the Clay County 4-H Program. It is encouraged to sign up early for the project since those participating must submit a proposal sheet by May 15 to the Purdue Extension Office.
Youth motivated and interested in designing a scaled model of a farm scene should sign up for the Farm Scene project. Those interested can use manufactured or custom built farm toys to develop a realistic scene.
Those interested in finding out more about any of the new 4-H projects or in signing up for 4-H should contact Purdue Extension in Clay County at 448-9041. To sign up for 4-H, log on to www.extension.purdue.edu/clay, and click on 4-H Youth Development, then click on online enrollment.
Once there, follow the directions to enroll the child.
Paper enrollment forms may be accessed from the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service Office. There is a $15 state fee to sign up for 4-H (with a maximum of $45 per family with three or more children).
The enrollment deadline for Clay County 4-H is May 1.
For more information, call 448-9041.