To make your appointments for Black Inc. Judging please call the Extension office-starting July 1st

The 2023 Black Inc. Awards are sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation  

Youth who choose to apply for a Black Inc. project award must have participated in that project area for the appropriate years listed on the application. Each category is based on the projects category in the Ohio 4-H Family Guide.


1st Place

2nd Place

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Youth interested are encouraged to find a topic related to (but not just a repeat of their project book) to design a 3-sided poster board to talk to the judge about what they have learned. There are a wide variety of topics that can be explored and many youth have found new topics to try each year.

The application must be completed and turned in no later than August 1, 2022. 

Black Inc. Awards were developed to encourage youth to continue their 4-H projects and expand their knowledge base as they work with their projects. 

  • Applications are due no later than August 1, 2023
  • Interviews will be held on August 10, 2023
  • Previous years of experience is required in each age category as follows: Junior 8-10 (0+)  Intermediate 11-14 (2+) Senior 15-18 (3+) Years of experience do not have to be consecutive. 

2023 Applications & Information Packets

Black Inc. Awards are reserved for 4-H members and 4-H projects ONLY. Members cannot count FFA projects towards their applications

Category Descriptions/Related 4-H Projects


(Can apply for more than one)

Beef, Dairy, Dairy Feeder, Goat, Horse, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep, and Swine. 

Table Setting Contest

Doris Limbach Purmort Foods and Nutrition & Mary Shackley Clothing Application

Foods & Nutrition

Projects included in this category: Lets Start Cooking, Everyday Food and Fitness, Snack Attack, Take a Break for Breakfast, Lets Bake Quick Breads, Sports Nutrition: Ready Set Go, Grill Master,

Star Spangled Foods, Party Planner: A 4-H Guide to Quanity Cooking, Racing the Clock to Awesome Meals, Dash Board Dining: A 4-H Guide to Healthful Fast Food Choices, Yeast Breads on the Rise,

You're the Chef,  Gobal Gourmet, Beyond the Grill and Pathways to Culinary Success. 


Projects included in this category: Accessories For Teens, Sew Fun, Designed By Me, Sundresses and Jumpers, Terriffic Tops, Em-bel-lish: A 4-H Guide to Wearable Art, Sew for Others, Ready Set Sew Active, Lounge Wear, Clothing for Middle School, Shopping Savvy, Clothes for High School and College, Creative Costumes, Dress- Up Outfit, Outterwear for Anywhere, Look Great For Less, Clothing for Your Career and Sewing in Textiles (non-clothing master). Also included: Quilting The Best Better and You Can Quilt.  


Small Animal Vet Science

Projects included in this category: All About Dogs, Dog Project and Record Book, Dog Achievement Program, Cavvy Project and Record Book, Purr-fect Pals (Level One), Climbing Up! (Level Two), Leaping Forward (Level Three), Pet Rabbit, Horseless Horse, From Airedales to Zebras, All Systems Go! and On the Cutting Edge.

Creative and Lesiure Arts Application 

Projects included in this category: Cake Decorating, My Favorite Things, Get Started in Art, Seen Through Graphic Design, Focus on Photography, Controlling the Image, Mastering Photography,Photography Master, Scrapbooking and The Writer and You.

Family Consumer Sciences

Projects included in this category: Familly History Treasure Hunt, You're the Athlete, Staying Healthy, Keeping Fit, First Aid In-Action, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, The Truth About Tabacco,You're Thoughts Matter: Navigating Mental Health, The Laundry Project, It's My Home, Makeover My Space, You're First Home Away From Home, Becoming Money Wise, Teens on the Roads to Financial Success 


Projects included in this category: One on One, Club Leadership One, Club Leadership Two, Diversity: The Source of Our Strength, My Hands to Larger Service: Team Leaders Buidling Our Communities,

Teens On Board, Leadership Roadtrip: Where Are You Going?, Pantry Panic, Leadership Master and Camp Counselors.

Natural Resources 

Projects included in this category: Canning and Freezing, How Does Your Garden Grow, Grow Your Own Vegetables, Growing With The Seasons, Explore the Outdoors, Geology: Can You Dig It, Exploring Pond, Why Trees Matter, Ohio Birds, Trapping Muskrats in Ohio, Outdoor Adventurer: Beginning Fishing, Outdoor Adventurer: Intermediate Fishing, Bee Keeping, Insect Adventures One, Insect Adventures Two and Insect Adventures Three.


Projects included in this category: Rockets Away, Science Fun With Flight, Rocketry Master, ATV Safety, Bicycling For Fun, Wheels in Motion, Science Fun With Kitchen Chemistry, Magic of Electricity, Investigating Electricity, Wired For Power, Entering Electronics, Science Fun With Electricity, Electric Radio- Controlled Vehicles, Young Engineering and Solar Energy, Science Fun with Dairy Foods: The Case of the Missing Milk, Not Just Knot, Science Fun With Physics, Robotics Fun with EV3, Robotics Two:EV3N More, Robotics Master, Crank It Up, Warm it Up, Tune it Up, Tractor Series, Arcs and Sparks, Measuring Up, Making the Cut, Nailing it Together, Finishing Up, Woodworking Master, Safe Use of Guns and Basic Archery.