2019 Marion County 4-H Schedule

This year’s 4-H calendar is now available. The calendar of events is subject to change. Please read your project information pages (provided with your project books), refer to Marion County 4-H social media accounts, the Marion County 4-H blog and OSU Extension website AND read the most recent electronic newsletters sent throughout the year.

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Updated 1/11/19

Applications Available for 4-H Trips Scholarships

Dear Marion County 4-H Member:

In an effort to provide more opportunities for Marion County 4-H youth, we are implementing a new trip scholarship program. With this letter invites you to consider applying for one or more of the wonderful opportunities that are available to you. 🙂

How do you know if you are eligible? Good question! If you are a current 4-H member and will be enrolled by February 15, 2019, you are considered to be eligible for these opportunities. However, in order be considered for the opportunities, you must complete and submit an Marion County 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Application.

4-H Opportunity Scholarship Application. This packet of materials allows you the opportunity to be selected to attend any one of a variety of state and national camps and conferences. All applications must be received in the Marion County Extension Office no later than 4: 00 p.m. on February 1. I encourage you to allow adequate time to complete the application both completely and correctly. Finally, be sure that you, your parent and your advisor sign your application. Applications which do not have proper signatures or which are received late will not be considered for selection.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the Extension Office.

Sincerely,

 

 

Margo Long
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

 

Click here to review application.

2019 Jr. Fair Market Steer & Market Heifer Weigh-in Information

Marion County Jr. Fair
Market Steer & Heifer Weigh-In
Saturday, December 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Horse Barn #7
(Snow Date: December 22)

2019 Jr. Fair Market Steer & Market Heifer Weigh-in Packet

  1. Complete one registration form for each steer and heifer to be registered and weighed.
  2. 2019 Marion County Market Beef Fair Entry Form: This enclosed form MUST be completed and turned in on December 15.This will be your fair entry form for market animals only. Breeding beef and feeder calf entry forms will be separate and due May 15.
  3. Enclosed are rules, requirements and application for the 2019 Bred, Born and Raised Class sponsored by the Cattlemen’s Association. Please read these carefully if you wish to participate in this class. These forms must also be completed and turned in at weigh-in/tagging registration on Saturday, December 15.
  4.  All market steer and heifer projects must be in the exhibitor’s possession and be weighed-in on December 15 to be eligible to show at the 2019 Marion County Fair.
  5.  All market beef will be weighed and tagged.
  6.  This letter is being sent to ag education instructors and electronically to all 4-H members. So pass this information on to any potential new exhibitors you may know. 4-H organizational advisors will receive a postcard.
  7.  You MUST have a halter on each animal!Please work with these animals and tame them to help prevent injuries to the animals and people.
  8.  RALGRO or SYNOVEX implants will be available at Steer and Heifer Weigh-In.
  9.  Dairy Feeder Calf Exhibitors must attend weigh-in and tag day to be determined at a later date. Beef Feeder Calf Exhibitors must have a broadside picture of their project animal and entry form turned in to the Extension office by May 15, 2019.
  10. The Ohio State Fair Beef Department is again using new protocols for identifying market beef animals.These protocols include the use of an electronic, identification (EID) ear tag that has a unique 15-digit number and a DNA sample that will be submitted for all market beef animals that exhibitors plan to enter in the 2019 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef Show.

The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair sample that will be submitted to the Ohio State Fair by January 15, 2019 to meet the ownership deadlines for market beef animals.  Along with the DNA hair submission, each market animal’s 15-digit EID tag must also be included on the DNA packet. DNA packets may be picked up at any Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST sanctioned show prior to the January 15 deadline or ordered from the Ohio State Fair.

All market beef and market heifers that you plan to exhibit at the Ohio State Fair MUST have an EID tag and hair sample submitted by January 15 to the Ohio State Fair.  There are two ways to get the packet of materials needed:

If you are showing that animal at a BEST show prior to the January 15, 2019 deadline, the EID eartag you use for the BEST shows will also be the EID tag for state fair.  You will also get the envelope and directions for submitting a hair sample.

If you are not showing that animals in a BEST show, you must contact the Ohio State Fair and have a tag and packet sent to you.  Because most of our state fair exhibitors also show at BEST shows, the Marion County Extension office will NOT be ordering packets.  The EID tags are expensive and we do not want to order tags that will not be needed.

You will place the tag into the animal’s ear and collect the hair samples.  Once this step is completed, you will need to bring the envelope which is closed, seal in place correctly and signed by the exhibitor to the Extension office or Ag Instructor.  If the tag was in place when the animal comes to the Marion County Weigh-In on December 15 (the EID number will be written on the weigh-in slip), then you will bring the form to the Extension office if you are a 4-H member or to your Ag teacher if you are a FFA member.  The 4-H Educator or FFA Advisor will sign to verify you are a member in good standing at the time.  The exhibitor is then responsible to mail or deliver the envelope to the Ohio State Fair by January 15.  If the eartag is not in place at the December 15 weigh-in, you will also need to provide a clear picture that shows the EID eartag in place and the numbers can be read.

To obtain a packet if you are not showing in a BEST show, contact:

The Ohio Expo Center and State Fair
c/o Stacey French
717 E 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43211
Phone: 514/544-4049
E-mail: s.french@expo.state.oh.us

 

For questions or concerns, please email Margo Long at long.1632@osu.edu.

4-HOnline Enrollment – Steps to Enroll/Re-Enroll

The Marion County Extension Office is excited to announce that we are accepting 4-H enrollments to the 4HOnline enrollment system beginning November 28. Please log on to ohio.4honline.com to enroll in 4-H. All families will need to review their members’ information and re-enroll for 2019 via 4-HOnline. For steps to re-enroll, please read below:

Members/Families who are re-enrolling and are new to this process: Click here for instructions.

 

 

4HOnline for Club Advisors Guides to Enrollment: Click here for instructions.

 

If your family is looking to enroll in 4-H for the very first time, please read below:

New Members/Families:

  1. Choose a club which meets in your area, a club your child’s friends are in, or contact the Extension Office for more information.
  2. Contact the club advisor, whose name and phone number is listed in this brochure. Youth may join 4-H at any time; however, to participate in the Marion County Fair, they must be enrolled by February 15.
  3. Complete an online enrollment form at oh.4honline.com and select “I need to setup a profile.” OR contact the Extension Office for additional enrollment information.

Marion County 4-H Camp Counselor Applications – Due September 28, 2018

It’s time to start thinking about the 2019 4-H Camping Program! The 2019 Marion County 4-H Camp will be held July 17-21 at 4-H Camp Ohio. Candidates must currently be in high school (9th – 12th grade) and at least 14 years old by Jan. 1, 2019.

Ohio 4-H Camp Counselors provide care and coordinate activities for campers during the camp week. Being a 4-H Camp Counselor is a unique, amazing experience; however, because you are in care, custody and control of minors, serving as a 4-H Camp Counselor requires a great deal of commitment, responsibility, maturity and accountability. Counselors are required to attend 24 hours of mandatory training, held over the course of multiple meetings from the time of their selection to camp week.

Our selection process for counselors is designed to mimic a real-life job selection process. As when applying for a real job, you should complete and provide all requested items for the camp counselor position. Additionally, I kindly ask that you only apply if you know that you are willing and able to commit the time and energy required to be a 4-H Camp Counselor. While it is certainly fun, it is also work.

Those wishing to apply should complete and return the application packet and references no later than September 28, 2018.

A. Application – Candidate should complete the application and return it to the Extension Office no later than September 28, 2018 at 4 p.m.

B. Reference Contact Information – Two references should be acquired on the candidate’s behalf. Reference forms must be completed by two (2) non-family members (references can return them directly to office) and should not be family members or other youth. Potential references: Club advisor, teacher, employer, pastor, etc.

C. Interviews – ALL CANDIDATES must interview. Interviews are scheduled for October 28 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. OR 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. Dress is business casual (no jeans or sweats). Expect to be at the interview for the entire hour. Indicate your preference on the application.

Click here for the complete application packet.

 

2018 Beef Weigh-in/Tag-in Information Now Available

The Marion County Jr. Fair Market Steer & Heifer Weigh-In will be held Saturday, December 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in Horse Barn #7 on the fairgrounds. The snow date is scheduled for December 16.

1. Complete one registration form for each steer and heifer to be registered and weighed.
2. 2018 Marion County Market Beef Fair Entry Form: This enclosed form MUST be completed and turned in on December 2. This will be your fair entry form for market animals only. Breeding beef and feeder calf entry forms will be separate and due May 15.
3. Enclosed are rules, requirements and application for the 2018 Bred, Born and Raised Class sponsored by the Cattlemen’s Association. Please read these carefully if you wish to participate in this class. These forms must also be completed and turned in at weigh-in/tagging registration on Saturday, December 2.
4. All market steer and heifer projects must be in the exhibitor’s possession and be weighed-in on December 3rd to be eligible to show at the 2018 Marion County Fair.
5. All market beef will be weighed and tagged.
6. This letter is only going to last year’s 4-H Market Beef and Feeder Calf exhibitors and Ag. Education Instructors. So pass this information on to any potential new exhibitors you may know. 4-H organizational advisors will receive a postcard.
7. You MUST have a halter on each animal! Please work with these animals and tame them to help prevent injuries to the animals and people.
8. RALGRO or SYNOVEX implants will be available at Steer and Heifer Weigh-In.
9. Dairy Feeder Calf Exhibitors must attend weigh-in and tag day to be determined at a later date. Beef Feeder Calf Exhibitors must have a broadside picture of their project animal and entry form turned in to the Extension office by May 15, 2018.
10. The Ohio State Fair Beef Department is again using new protocols for identifying market beef animals. These protocols include the use of an electronic, identification (EID) ear tag that has a unique 15-digit number and a DNA sample that will be submitted for all market beef animals that exhibitors plan to enter in the 2018 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef Show.

The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair sample that will be submitted to the Ohio State Fair by January 15, 2018 to meet the ownership deadlines for market beef animals. Along with the DNA hair submission, each market animal’s 15-digit EID tag must also be included on the DNA packet. DNA packets may be picked up at any Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST sanctioned show prior to the January 15 deadline or ordered from the Ohio State Fair.

All market beef and market heifers that you plan to exhibit at the Ohio State Fair MUST have an EID tag and hair sample submitted by January 15 to the Ohio State Fair. There are two ways to get the packet of materials needed:

  • If you are showing that animal at a BEST show prior to the January 15, 2018 deadline, the EID eartag you use for the BEST shows will also be the EID tag for state fair. You will also get the envelope and directions for submitting a hair sample.
  • If you are not showing that animals in a BEST show, you must contact the Ohio State Fair and have a tag and packet sent to you. Because most of our state fair exhibitors also show at BEST shows, the Marion County Extension office will NOT be ordering packets. The EID tags are expensive and we do not want to order tags that will not be needed.
  • You will place the tag into the animal’s ear and collect the hair samples. Once this step is completed, you will need to bring the envelope which is closed, seal in place correctly and signed by the exhibitor to the Extension office or Ag Instructor. If the tag was in place when the animal comes to the Marion County Weigh-In on December 2 (the EID number will be written on the weigh-in slip), then you will bring the form to the Extension office if you are a 4-H member or to your Ag teacher if you are a FFA member. The 4-H Educator or FFA Advisor will sign to verify you are a member in good standing at the time. The exhibitor is then responsible to mail or deliver the envelope to the Ohio State Fair by January 15. If the eartag is not in place at the December 2 weigh-in, you will also need to provide a clear picture that shows the EID eartag in place and the numbers can be read.
  • To obtain a packet if you are not showing in a BEST show, contact:

The Ohio Expo Center and State Fair
c/o Stacey French
717 E 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43211
Phone: 514/544-4049
E-mail: s.french@expo.state.oh.us

 

 

Click here for registration information.

Get Involved beyond Marion County 4-H

The 4-H Older Youth Opportunities Chart is a fantastic resource that provides a description of each of the following opportunities, as well as what 4-H youth need to do to apply. I encourage all families to review it annually to see what their member is eligible for. If you do indeed decide to apply for an opportunity, please let me know.
TRIPS/CONFERENCES
Ohio Fair Managers Convention: Day-long conference in Columbus, Ohio on January 6, 2018. All Marion County Junior Fair Board members will be invited and are encouraged to attend.
Ohio 4-H Conference: Day-long conference in Columbus, Ohio on March 10, 2018. All active 4-H teens are eligible to attend.
Ohio Capital Youth Challenge: 40 youth who are exceptional leaders and citizens in their community are selected to serve as delegates for the OCYC. Phase I is held March 26 and 27 and Phase II is held May 19. If interested, please notify Margo by November 15 so that she can put together a nomination packet.
Buckeye Leadership Workshop: Become a better leader! Will be held April 4-8, 2018 in Ashley, Ohio. Youth ages 15 OR freshman in high school and older can apply here.
Citizen and Leadership Washington Focus: Held annually in June and July. Youth in grades 7-12 explore, develop and refine their civic engagement skills in Washington D.C. If interested, please notify Margo by January 30, 2018.
National 4-H Dairy Conference: Held annually in September/October. To apply, youth should complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to Margo by December 31 for her review.
International Programs & Exchanges: 4-H has established a strong exchange program with Japan and is always looking for families who would like to host a Japanese youth in the summer. In addition, outbound travel opportunities vary annually. Click here for more information.
STATE-LEVEL BOARDS & COUNCILS
Ohio 4-H Health Heroes: Board of teens who promote healthy living. Applicants must be in grades 8-12 as of the current school year. Terms begin annually in October.
Ohio 4-H Fashion Board: Board of teens who promote 4-H clothing and textile projects. Eligible youth must be nominated by their county. Term begins annually at the Ohio State Fair.
Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council: Statewide group of teens and young 4-H alumni who advise the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Ohio 4-H program. Eligible youth must be 14 to 18 years old as of January 1 of their application year. Applications are due Friday following the Ohio State Fair.
Ohio State Junior Fair Board: Comprised of outstanding individuals who spend the entire 12 days of the Ohio State Fair planning and coordinating State Fair activities. To apply, youth should complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to Margo by December 31 for her review.
STATE-LEVEL CAMPS & WORKSHOPS
Making Extreme Counselors Camp Counselor Training Workshop: Two day long workshop in Columbus, Ohio on February 17 & 18, 2018. All Marion County 4-H Camp Counselors will be invited and encouraged to attend.
Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp: Scheduled for June 29-July 1 and July 13-18, 2018. Youth ages 9-12 and 12-18 are eligible. Older teens and alumni may also apply to be counselors at the camp.
Ohio Military Kids Camp Counselor: This amazing camp is held at Kelley’s Island on Lake Erie in August. Applications to be a counselor are due annually in March.
Sea Camp: Scheduled for July 7-11, 2018 at Kelley’s Island on Lake Erie. Eligible youth must be ages 13 to 18 years old. Registration to be a camper is due June 1. Older teens and alumni may also apply to be counselors at the camp.
2018 State 4-H Leadership Camp will be held June 2 to 6. This camp is open to teenagers ages 15 to 18 years old. The focus of the five-day leadership experience is the development of concrete peer leadership skills that will enable participants to have an immediate impact in their home 4-H club, county, community, or school. Bonus: The county may be able to cover some or all of the cost! Email Margo for more information.