Earth Science Education
4-H Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Collections (in Kentucky)
Richard Smath - Consultant
Kentucky Geological Survey, 228 Mining and Mineral Resources Bldg., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0107, 859.323.0503
- See General Rules applying to all 4-H exhibitors and general rules applying to all exhibits other than livestock listed previously in this catalog.
- Only one entry per 4-H member permitted in Geology.
- Only one entry per county per project year.
- 4LO-11S0 Identification Card should be securely attached to the lower right hand corner of the front of the box.
- Display boxes must be no less than 16" no more than 20" vertically and no less than 22" no more than 24" horizontally.
- All boxes must have Plexiglas cover that can be easily removed for judging.
- EACH exhibit must be secured with a lock. Attach a key to box with your name and county firmly attached to key. Key will be returned to 4-H agent. Keep another key in case State Fair key is misplaced.
- Hinges and Locks: Make flush or mount on sides or top of boxes so boxes will sit level.
- Fabric: If fabric is used, use a fabric glue to adhere entire piece of fabric to box. Suggested fabrics are felt or velveteen.
- Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils: Should be firmly attached to the box, and should be numbered to correspond with the number on the Geology Identification Labels (See 12 for labels).
- Boxes will be displayed on their side, not flat. Therefore, larger specimens must be attached near the lower portion of the box.
- Rock, Mineral, and Fossil identification labels are available in a word or Pdf format at the Kentucky Geological Survey Web site Label Instructions located at the bottom of this page. If not at the Kentucky Geological Survey 4-H Web site, use the following url http://www.uky.edu/KGS/education/4H.htm
- Exhibits will be disqualified for class champion if:
- Box does not fit in the size stated in rule 5
- Box contains too few or too many specimens
- Box does not have a Plexiglas cover that can be opened
- Labels not correctly filled out.
- Specimen is mounted jewelry
- Specimen is mounted and polished
- Specimen and label are not numbered
- Specimens are not arranged in numerical order
- Duplicate specimens are used to reach minimum number. Varieties are acceptable, i.e. quartz, smoky quartz, agate, chert, flint, limestone, and fossiliferous limestone as long as the specimens show the distinctions
- The following score card will be used to judge geology exhibits:
- Correct identification and labeling - 5 points for each specimen
- Each specimen has a label - 1 point for each specimen
- Every specimen entered will receive 1 point
- Neatness, arrangements, background - 20 points for total exhibit
- Class champion will be selected in each class with a Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion selected from Class Champions.
- 4-H'ers entering fifth year and up cannot enter the same exhibit that has been judged in any previous State Fair.
* For each of the classes, specimens may consist of rocks, minerals, and or fossils. There is a separate label for rocks, minerals, and or fossils (three different labels), at the bottom of this page Labe Instructions. If not at the Kentucky Geological Survey go to: http://www.uky.edu/KGS/education/4H.htm
715 First year geology - consisting of 15 different specimens.
716 Second year Geology - consisting of 25 different specimens (up to 12 may be from previous project year) (no more than 2 boxes)
717 Third Year Geology - consisting of 35 different specimens (up to 17 may be from previous project year) (no more than 2 boxes)
718 Fourth Year Geology - consisting of 50 different specimens (up to 25 may be from previous project year) (no more than 2 boxes)
719 Special collection for fifth year or more members - creative, advanced display of member's choosing which depicts a geological process, theme, story, or manufacturing process. Posters, notebooks and written narratives may be included.
Continue to Label Instructions
Return to 4-H Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Collections