4-H Youth Development

Cloverville @ the Kentucky State Fair

The Welcome Center serves as both display space and information center for visitors to Cloverville.

The Welcome Center serves as both display space and information center for visitors to Cloverville.

For nearly 40 years, Cloverville has been the face of Kentucky 4-H and the grand tradition of the Kentucky State Fair.  Cloverville annually host 6,000 4-H member exhibits from across the Commonwealth in a village like setting where 4-H’ers display their skills and compete for state-level ribbons and awards.  Each year several hundred thousand fair goers explore this famous exhibit in the West Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center.

In August 2014, the 4-H Foundation held the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the all new Kentucky 4-H Cloverville.  The new exhibit is the result of more than a year of design, development, and fundraising efforts by the 4-H Foundation and State 4-H Staff.

Ribbon Cutting of the new Cloverville in August, 2014 on the Cloverville Stage sponsored by the Kentucky 4-H Program.

Ribbon Cutting of the new Cloverville in August, 2014 on the Cloverville Stage sponsored by the Kentucky 4-H Program.

Over the years, the old Cloverville had some facelifts, new paint and small modifications; however the main structure was the original from the 1970’s and simply worn-out.  The new 16,800 square foot Cloverville keeps the feel of a small-town setting, but with a clean, classy look.  Complete with six stores, stage, park and modern welcome center.  The new Cloverville is designed to allow for an increasing number of 4-H member projects.  Inside the stores is additional wall space, using grid panels to increase display capacity and to allow for better viewing of 4-H projects.  The new Cloverville stage carries forward the tradition of an old style movie theater marquee with signage and chasing lights, and is the location for many events during the State Fair.  A new modern welcome center with four large screen TVs and two iPads help visitors learn about 4-H activities at the fair and locate member projects.  The big tree returned as the centerpiece of the new Cloverville Park with expanded display space.

Cloverville, the Kentucky 4-H showcase, In the West Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center at the 2015 Kentucky State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2015.

The General Store is sponsored by Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperative’s.

The 4-H Foundation extends a big thank you to all the donors that helped to make the new Cloverville a reality.  With a special thanks to our six major sponsors including:  Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperative’s sponsor of the General Store, Kentucky Farm Bureau sponsor of the Marketplace, Limestone Farm Lawn Worksite sponsor of the Farm, Lawn & Garden store, Jerry D. Westerfield, M.D. sponsoring the library, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund sponsor of City Hall, and Kentucky 4-H Program sponsor of the Cloverville Stage.

The Kentucky 4-H Foundation fund development efforts are continuing to secure three additional major sponsors and individual donations are welcome. Here is your chance to join hundreds of other 4-H supporters and honor your memories of 4-H.  All donors of $100 or more will be recognized on the Big Donor Clover that is displayed at the south entrance of Cloverville.

Cloverville, the Kentucky 4-H showcase, In the West Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center at the 2015 Kentucky State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2015.

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund sponsored City Hall, Cloverville, Kentucky State Fair.

We ask you to remember back to your days in 4-H, and the State Fair, and honor that with a gift to support the new Cloverville. You can make your donation on-line by clicking (HERE) or if you wish to print a reply form that can mailed click (HERE).

The new Cloverville will bring endless possibilities to our 4-H members, the 4-H program, and the Kentucky State Fair.  We hope that you will join us and put your name on the Big Donor Clover!