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The Extension office provides assistance and programs for the community without discrimination in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family & Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

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About the Cat Project

The Cat Project provide opportunities for youth to learn, practice and apply animal science knowledge, skills & abilities to prepare them for success in careers and life.

Colorado 4-H Livestock programs/projects place an emphasis on working respectfully, collectively and in a positive manner to achieve the youth development goals of the 4-H program. We strive to enable youth and adult volunteers to become responsible, self-directed and productive members of society, consistent with the goals and objectives of the National 4-H program.

4-H Livestock Program/Project goals and objectives include:

  1. Encourage participation through safe, inclusive learning environments by engaging youth through animal science-related activities.
  2. Enhance development of self-concept, character and personal growth through safe and educational animal related project and program opportunities.
  3. Teach safe, ethical and responsible care of animals.
  4. Promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
  5. Expose participants to the broad array of vocational and life-long avocational activities related to animal ownership.
  6. Strengthen families though participation 4-H animal project activities.

Providing safe, inclusive environments is always a priority.

Project levels are designed for members 8-18 years old, junior, intermediate and senior. This project is an excellent way to learn about the different phases of the beef industry. For more info => Project Overview & Tips

Boulder County Fair Cat Project Superintendent:
Brande Charnoff ~

Record Books / e-Records

4-H Record Books are also called e-Records. Each project has its own record book that members are required to complete each year. Record books need to be checked a few times for progress throughout the year:

For 2020-2021 4-H Year – Boulder County 4-H will use the General projects record book for the Cat Project. The record book will be turned in with your display board at interview judging day in August.


All project manuals are received through the Extension office. These will be distributed to 4-H members through their organizational leaders (club leaders) after enrollment is complete. For more information on enrollment visit Join 4-H.

Exhibit Requirements

All Cat exhibits at the Boulder County Fair will consist of the following:

  1. A completed Cat Display e-Record presented in a sturdy binder/notebook.
  2. A display board illustrating a topic investigated during the project year. The standardized display board size of 4 ft. x 3 ft. is to be used with 4-H projects. No additional items may be included in front of the display board.
  3. Project will be evaluated on the quality of the information completed in the e-Record (25 percent) and the quality of the exhibit (75 percent).

Cat Fun Show/Classes

Boulder County 4-H may host some fun cat show and classes for the program. We encourage members to participate in all 4-H activities. However, the exhibit requirements above are those required to complete the cat project in Boulder County.

Events & Opportunities

  • March 29th 4:30 pm Introduction and Requirements (Zoom)
  • April 12th 4:30 pm Health and Wellness/Food and Nutrition (Zoom)
  • April 26th 6:30 pm Cat Training, Exercise, and Behavior (In Person Pending Approval)
  • May 10th 4:30pm Showing and Body Parts (Zoom)
  • May 24th 6:30 pm Cat Introductions & Showing (In Person Pending Approval)
  • June 7th 4:30 pm Cat Expenses and Record Book (Zoom)
  • June 21st 6:30pm Cat Show Practice (In Person Pending Approval)
  • July Date & Time TBD Cat Field Trip (In Person Pending Approval)
  • July 15th Entry Deadline – General Projects
  • July 26th TBD Showmanship Judging (In Person Pending Approval)
  • August 2nd, 3rd, 4th Project Drop Off & Interview
  • August 4th Project Pick Up

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.