Help us make a better Cloverville
Sources: Keith Rogers, Kentucky 4-H Foundation executive director
Kim Foster, 4-H youth development specialist
For the past 40 years, Cloverville has been a staple of the Kentucky State Fair, showcasing the great works of countless Kentucky 4-H’ers. Soon, the exhibit will be replaced so generations of 4-H’ers can continue to display their excellent work.
Created in 1974 by personnel with the University of Kentucky Agricultural Communications Services, Cloverville features several store fronts that create a small town feeling in the Kentucky Exposition Center’s West Hall. Inside each of the store fronts, visitors can browse through 4-H entries grouped by similar themes and not necessarily 4-H entry categories. When it was created, Cloverville quickly garnered national recognition as one of the most unique state fair 4-H exhibit areas.
While it has had upgrades throughout the years, no major structural changes have occurred since Cloverville was constructed. After 40 years of constant setup and take down, the exhibit needs to be replaced. Additionally, Cloverville accommodated nearly 7,000 entries in 2013. This is the most number of entries ever and 1,000 entries more than 2012.
As a result, the Kentucky 4-H Foundation in cooperation with the Kentucky 4-H youth development program in the UK Cooperative Extension Service launched a campaign to replace the exhibit during Foundation Appreciation Breakfast at the state fair in August. A total of $300,000 is needed to replace the structure that will be designed by Lexington-based Corman and Associates.
The foundation is looking for eight major sponsors for the new Cloverville. Each of the six store fronts will have a sponsor as will the stage. Sponsorships for the store fronts are $20,000 each, and the stage sponsorship costs $40,000. There will also be an overall presenting sponsor with that sponsor contributing $150,000 to the campaign. This fall the foundation will announce other opportunities for individuals, businesses and county 4-H councils to donate.
The Kentucky 4-H Foundation hopes to reach its fundraising goal by January so the exhibit can be built in time for the next state fair. To donate or for more information, contact the (YOUR COUNTY) Cooperative Extension Service or Keith Rogers, Kentucky 4-H Foundation executive director, at 859-257-5106 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.