2018 Rabbit Bowl

Attention members taking a rabbit project – would you like to test your skill at answering questions from the rabbit resource, ARBA Standards of Perfection and the ARBA Official Guide Book: Raising Better Rabbits & Cavies? Well then, the Ohio State Fair 4-H Rabbit Quiz Bowl Contest may just be the contest for you.

This is a new contest this year, with the primary purpose to provide and opportunity for 4-H members to demonstrate their knowledge of rabbit-related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail.  The Rabbit Quiz Bowl Contest is designed to provide an educational experience for both participants and spectators.

Advisor Cindy Swinehart is willing to help get teams ready for the contest, which will be Saturday July 7th at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.  Cindy may be reached via email at swinehart85@columbus.rr.com or via phone at 740-654-6827

There are opportunities for both Junior (ages 8-13 as of January 1) and Senior (ages 14-18 as of January 1) teams to complete. Teams will be at least 4 members, with a 5th member as an alternate.  The team members must be 4-H members, but are not required to enroll in a 4-H rabbit project. You read that right – they don’t have to be taking a rabbit project!  Each county may send 2 Junior and 2 Senior teams to this contest.  We would love for Fairfield County to be well represented!

The deadline to enter is fast approaching – June 7th.  If you would like more information about the contest, please visit the state website https://ohio4h.org/events/ohio-state-fair-4-h-rabbit-quiz-bowl-contest for details and more information.

Camp Round-up is Thursday, May 24th!

Do you want more information about the activities that will happen at camp? Want to request being in the same cabin as a friend? Visit the Camp Round Up Thursday May 24th, 2018 at the Ag Center from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. You can also register for camp at this time in addition to meeting counselors that will be camping with you! Please bring your completed camp registration form and bring payment! Camp registrations can be found here.

4-H Camp Registrations: NOW OPEN!

Fairfield County 4-H Camps are open to current Fairfield County 4-H members and those completing a School Enrichment program in Fairfield County.  

Fairfield County youth attend Junior and Intermediate Camps at Tar Hollow State Park, located in Laurelville, Ohio. Youth sleep in a cabin with at least one youth counselor and up to 6 other youth. Activities at camp include campfire, swimming, canoeing, hiking, fishing, line dancing, crafts, team building activities, water carnivals, games, and lots of fun!  We hold our Junior and Intermediate camps here.  Our Cloverbud Day camp is held at Alley Park near Lancaster.

Continuing from 2017, the Junior and Intermedicate camp fee includes meals, cabin lodging, camp programming fees, health insurance, the camp t-shirt and picture.

Cloverbud Day camp fee includes snacks, lunch, camp programming fees and health insurance.

CAMP DATES FOR 2018!!  (age as of January 1st)

  • Cloverbud (5-8 and Cloverbud members): June 9. Cloverbud Day Camp will be first this year! 
  • Intermediate (11-14 year olds): June 26-29 (staff arrive June 25). 
  • Junior (8-10 year olds): July 7-10 (staff arrive July 6).

Do you want more information about the activities that will happen at camp? Want to request being in the same cabin as a friend? Visit the Camp Round Up Thursday May 24th, 2018 at the Ag Center from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. You can also register for camp at this time in addition to meeting counselors that will be camping with you!

Camp Registration and Cabin Friend Request Form  Completed form and payment of $57.50 due by June 1st for Junior and Intermediate Camp. After June 1st deadline, there will be a late fee in addition to the full camp fee (no scholarships).

For more information, click here.

Countywide Quality Assurance Training #2 (last opportunity!) is Saturday, May 19th!

If you missed or need to participate in a Quality Assurance Clinic for 2018, members can attend the last upcoming countywide Quality Assurance Clinic to meet the requirement for the year.  This makeup date is:

  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds (Rickett’s Hall). Exhibitors must arrive and sign in by 9:30 a.m. to receive credit. No late arrivals will be accepted. Ohio Department of Agriculture requires that all exhibitors attend for at least a full hour of QA training. Our expectation is that you arrive on time and you will not be able to leave early to meet this requirement.

Who needs Quality Assurance?
All exhibitors who take the following projects must attend the required Quality Assurance Clinic during the current year in order to exhibit at the Fairfield County Fair:

  • Beef (Breeding & Market)
  • Dairy Breeding & Dairy Feeders
  • Goats (Angora, Dairy, Meat, Market, Pygmy)
  • Poultry (Breeding & Market)
  • Sheep (Breeding & Market)
  • Swine
  • Rabbits (Breeding & Market—this does not include Pet Rabbits)

How to Meet the Quality Assurance Requirement
When a member attends your club meeting Quality Assurance or one countywide make-up Quality Assurance Clinic, s/he is validated to exhibit at the fair in all species. (So if Chris Clover is taking Beef, Dairy, and Poultry, he only needs to attend one Quality Assurance Clinic.) Exhibitors will be asked to mark all species planned to exhibit at the county fair when signing in at the club meeting or countywide make-up clinic. If members do not attend a club clinic or countywide make-up Quality Assurance Clinic, they will be ineligible to exhibit and show livestock at the Fairfield County Fair.
Additional Quality Assurance Training Options

There are opportunities at different clinics, meetings, & livestock shows around the state offering approved QA training. Examples of these types of sessions that would fulfill an exhibitor’s Quality Assurance requirements are: the Ohio Beef Expo, OSU Junior Swine Day, Bi-State Youth Poultry Clinic and other counties countywide Quality Assurance clinics. For a list of approved QA Training events throughout the state, contact the OSU Extension Office. If a club member chooses to attend one of these types of sessions, they need to provide the OSU Extension Office with proof of attendance by June 30th, 2018 so accurate records will be available for verification if necessary.

Quality Assurance Deadlines: Fairfield County 4-H and FFA Junior Fair Exhibitors MUST complete Quality Assurance by June 30, 2018 to meet the QA requirement for the 2018 Fairfield County Junior Fair. Additionally, if any exhibitor plans to exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, please note that there is a NEW ODA Rule change that states you must completed Quality Assurance 45 days prior to exhibition. Therefore, please be mindful of the dates of the Ohio State Fair and the time you complete your QA.

Fairfield County Earth Camp – Seeking Campers and Volunteers!

Here is some information about the upcoming Earth Camp program which is sponsored by the Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Recycling Program, Fairfield County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Fairfield County Parks.

They are currently in need of 12-15 students grades 9 and up to volunteer for the 3 day camp. This year it will be hosted at Smeck Historical Farm and Park on Basil Road in Baltimore. Attached is a flyer with more information (for campers: Earth Camp Flyer) as well as a flyer about volunteer information: Earth Camp Flyer Volunteers Needed. We will do a short training for the camp volunteers and paperwork for background checks for any students that are 18 and over. Feel free to pass this along to anyone you think would be interested, thank you so much!

For more information, contact Chad Reed with Recycling & Litter Prevention – Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency via phone: 740.205.8007. Thanks

Attention Sheep Exhibitors: Ohio Cheviot Breeders Starter Flock Award

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 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 Ohio Cheviot Breeders Association, 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 30, 2018. For an application and contest rules, please contact Bob Hunter at rpkjhunter@msn.com or 614-483-3202.

Ohio State Fair Livestock Judging Contest Information

Ohio State Fair Livestock Judging Contest Friday, July 27, 2018 in the Voinovich Livestock Center Show Arena: An opportunity for youth to develop and practice livestock judging skills in both breeding and market classes of beef, goats, sheep, and swine. FFA members must be 4-H members in order to participate. Registration is due Friday, July 13, 2018. For more information, including the rules, go to ohio4h.org/events/livestock-judging-contest or contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

Ohio State Fair Skillathon Information

Ohio State Fair Skillathons from July 20-August 3, 2018 at the Ohio State Fairgrounds: Open to all 4-H and FFA members, 10 events provide opportunities for youth to develop and put their knowledge of 9 animal species to the test. Youth progress through four stations evaluating their knowledge about a specific species. Top scorers receive awards, monetary prizes, and recognition during shows. For more information, including a schedule and rules, go to go.osu.edu/OSFskillathons or contact Dustin Homan (614.247.8305 or homan.64@osu.edu).

Ohio State Fair Clock Trophy Sponsors Needed!

Sponsor an Ohio State Fair Clock Trophy for $35 and create a connection to the next generation of 4-H Youth.

Available Sponsorships include:

  • 4-H Science Fun with Electricity
  • 4-H Babysitting
  • 4-H Staying Healthy-Junior
  • 4-H Staying Healthy-Senior
  • 4-H You’re the Athlete-Junior
  • 4-H Shooting Sports, Hunting-Junior
  • 4-H Shooting Sports, Hunting-Senior
  • 4-H Shoorting Sports, Living History-Junior
  • 4-H Shooting Sports Contest, Shooting Sports Topic-Junior
  • 4-H Shooting Sports Contest, Living History Topic, Junior
  • 4-H Shooting Sports Contest, Living History-Senior
  • Leadership Self-Determined
  • 4-H My Favorite Things (Collectibles), Junior

Clock Trophies are presented each year to the top 4-H Youth in every class. Sponsors will be recognized in the Youth Center and with an inscription on the award.  Email today to claim your sponsorship.

4-H Cloverbud Connections – Summertime Fun: Cloverbuds Go To Camp

The newest edition of the online blog for the Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Program (Cloverbud Connections) is now posted. Visit http://u.osu.edu/cloverbudconnections/2018/05/07/summertime-fun-cloverbuds-go-to-camp/ for their latest article: Summertime Fun: Cloverbuds Go To Camp.

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