One of the most important and most forgotten steps is to write a thank you letter.  Be sure to write thanks you letters to your buyers, those who do add-ons and awards sponsors, along with project leaders, advisors, parents and anyone who has helped you with making your project a success.   Thank you, letters should be a personal note, thanking them for their support.  While these letters don’t have to be long the more heartfelt, they are the better.

The basic outline should be:

  • Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith, or Dear Local Business.
  • Thank them for their generosity and support
  • Thank you for buying my hog at the auction and for supporting the FFA or 4-H program.
  • Thank you for purchasing the Grand Champion Rabbit trophy…
  • Thank you for buying my goat, I really appreciate your generosity.
  • Tell them what you enjoyed learning.
  • I learned all about pig nutrition this year.
  • This year I learned how to groom my goat all by myself.
  • Because of the new friends I’ve met.
  • I’ve had many opportunities to lead this year at FFA or 4-H meetings.
  • FFA or4 -H has taught me about working hard this summer.
  •  I plan to put the money from the sale of my hog into my college fund.
  • I am going to use the money to buy a good breeding doe for my new herd.
  • Put towards a new project next year.
  • Thanks again for buying my goat at auction!
  • I really do appreciate your support!
  • Thanks, Sincerely, Yours Truly