2020 Junior Fair Board Applications

Junior Fair Board (JFB) is currently accepting applications for 2020.  JFB members oversee many important tasks for the Clermont County Junior Fair.  Members solicit award sponsorships, organize the awards and supplies for all youth events (pre-fair week and during the week), assist in the execution of various Junior Fair events and activities, and assist in planning before the fair for facilities, judges, rules, etc. They work in a cooperative effort with the Senior Fair Board, Senior Superintendents, Extension Office staff and club/chapter advisors.

Youth ages 13-18 who are involved in a youth organization are eligible to apply.  Participation in the Junior Fair Board is a excellent opportunity for youth to development leadership and organizational skills; plus, it looks great on a resume!  Applications are online this year and are due by Friday, October 11.  Click the links below to apply.


Reference Form

  • First time applicants must submit 1 personal reference; current members do NOT need to.
  • Reference form link should be emailed to their reference to fill out.
  • Questions: contact Pam Burns 513-265-3248, pamburns1985@gmail.com


Ohio State University Extension Clermont County was proud to partner with OhioMeansJobs in the Summer Youth Employment Program.  Ninety-two Clermont County youth were employed for nine weeks with 16 employment partners at 28 different work sites.

In addition to their employment tenure, participants attended off-site, bi-weekly training through the LOOK to Ohio Summer Youth Experience facilitated by OSU Extension Clermont County. LOOK (Leadership Opportunities for Organizational Knowledge) is a teen leadership and workforce preparation program developed to meet the demand to prepare teens for leadership today and into the future.  Training covered topics such as identification of personality characteristics, career pathway research, resume writing, practicing personal communication skills and dining etiquette, helping ensure youth learned soft skills in addition to job skills.

The youth development program concluded with a half-day of goal setting and presentations followed by an awards ceremony to recognize participants’ success. Congratulations graduates!

Following are the Summer Employment partners who helped to create lasting memories and provided valuable training for Clermont County youth!

4-H & Georgia Boot

4-H er wearing Georgia Boots standing on a platform with a goatJoin Georgia Boot and 4-H in putting our #4Hbestbootforward and giving back to our communities. Current 4-H’ers, family, staff, alumni, and volunteers can save 50% off full-price items at GeorgiaBoot.com now through September 30, 2019! In addition to this great discount, Georgia Boot will give 5% of every discounted purchase back to support 4‑H.

Get your discount today!

Congratulations, 2019-2020 TLC Members

Please join me in congratulating Sarah Francis and Maddie Hill for being selected to represent Clermont County on the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council!  They will serve as members of the state council from September 1, 2019- August 31, 2020.

Sarah Francis is a 12 year 4-Her in Clermont County. She is a camp counselor and Jr. Fair Board member. Her favorite food is sushi. Projects that Sarah takes include dairy cattle, dairy goats, cooking, sewing, and leadership. Sarah started 4-H because all of her siblings were involved so she basically grew up in the program. A fun fact about Sarah is that her bucket list includes traveling to Singapore.

Maddie Hill is a 12 year 4-Her from Clermont County where she participates in CARTEENS, is a camp counselor, and a Jr. Fair Board member. She takes swine, meat goats, meat turkeys, and various other projects. She got her start in 4-H because her family has always been involved. Her favorite fair food is hot ham and cheese. A fun fact about Maddie is that she has a fear of babies.


The Ohio Cheviot Breeders Association (OCBA) is seeking applicants for the Jim Cluff Memorial Starter Flock Award.

The OCBA started the contest in 1994 to award a Cheviot starter flock to an Ohio youth up to 17 years of age. The purpose of the award is to introduce the youth to the enjoyment of raising and owning a purebred Cheviot sheep, as well as encouraging the growth of new Cheviot breeders in Ohio.

The contest winner will receive the following: a one-year membership in the OCBA, one bred ewe the first year, one ram the second year and in the third year the youth will donate a lamb to continue the award.

The application deadline is September 30th. For an application and contest rules please contact the Ohio Cheviot Breeders Association Starter Flock Committee Chairperson, Tabitha Weisend, at 740-459-9751 or tabithasregcheviots@yahoo.com.

Teen Leadership Council Applications Available

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction.

Here are some highlights about the responsibilities of the council:

  • Age: Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 the year of application to apply for council member, committee member, committee chair, and officer.
  • Number of Meetings/Events: See the program structure outline on the application for specific numbers of meetings and events. Members are required to attend at least 75% of meetings and events.
  • Working Events: Members are required to work a number of statewide events at the Ohio State Fair, and elsewhere throughout the state (Farm Science Review, Legislative Luncheon, etc.).  Each level of membership differs in the number of events that are required.  See the program structure for more information.
  • Location of meetings: Meetings are typically held at the Ohio 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio, but there are occasionally instances when they are held elsewhere due to events on Ohio State’s Campus.  In these instances, meetings may be held at locations close to campus.  Refer to the application for the locations for the 2019-2020 year.  Members will be notified prior to the location change.
  • Additional Opportunities: Depending on the level of involvement, council members have the option to apply for additional opportunities including the National 4-H Conference, Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, and other opportunities that may arise.

Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC. Please note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 9, 2019.

A Day in the Ring

Back for it’s second year, A Day in the Ring adds cattle to the show!  A Day in the Ring was held on Thursday, July 25, in the Gibbons Arena.  The show was a special event in partnership with the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  Clermont County Junior Fair youth were partnered with an individual from the Board of Developmental Disabilities to educate them about their project and teach them how to show a goat or cow.  Participants then exhibited their animal in a non-competitive show.  The goal of A Day in the Ring is to allow individuals with special needs the opportunity to achieve success in the show ring and for 4-H members to utilize their animal projects to mentor others.

After the show, contestants and their mentors enjoyed lunch together, and a few were featured in a live broadcast with 99.5FM The Edge!


Support the 4-H Outpost

Thank you to all of the clubs that have worked a shift in the 4-H Outpost!  If your club has not worked a shift but is signed up to work the outpost, please make sure that ALL servers are wearing a hat.  If you do not wear a hat, you will be given a hairnet at the beginning of your shift.

We still have a couple of shifts open on Wednesday (July 24)  from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. as well as a shift on Thursday (July 26) from 5-9 p.m..  If you or your club is available to help, we would greatly appreciate it!

For those visiting the fair, stop by the 4-H Outpost to support your local 4-H program!  Our 4-H members would love to serve you!