Sheep Improvement Scholarship

The Knox County Sheep Improvement Association encourages all 2020 and 2021 seniors to fill out an application to be eligible for a $500 scholarship. One 2020 Senior and one 2021 Senior will be awarded a $500 scholarship  at the 2022 Sheep Improvement Banquet on Monday, March 7, 2022. Please, fill out the attached application and return to the Knox County OSU Extension office by 5pm on Friday, November 12, 2021.

Application: Sheep Improvement Academic Scholarship Application

Shooting Sports Instructor Fall Workshop – November 5-7, 2021

The registration for the Fall Shooting Sports Workshop November 5-7th, at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp is now live!  Information can be found on the state website here:  The direct go-link to the Qualtrics registration is:

A few things to note:

  • The registration process has been updated to an online registration. Participants will be able to pay via credit card (NelNet) or by mailing a check.
    • If mailing a check, please make sure they follow the instructions and include a list of participants. We know sometimes a 4-H Committee/Club etc. will pay for multiple people and so we need to be able to track who has paid.
  • All instructors are required to complete the National Shooting Sports online eModules prior to attending the workshop. They are being directed to contact their county 4-H professional on how to complete those modules. As of now, these only need to be completed one time.
    • If no one from your office is set up as a county manager for the online modules, contact Jeff Dick for assistance in setting up your account. You will be able to see your county, who has registered, progress made, etc.
    • Attached are instructions for how to access the modules which can be found at:
      • There currently is funding from ODNR to cover the cost of these modules. Instructors can use this code: OSUVYQSFQUM2
        • Please do not post the code on a website, but share with individual instructors directly.
  • Junior Leaders (teens who have previously completed the discipline in the county) are eligible to attend. They will need to ensure that they complete the JL application in addition to the workshop application. The JL application can be found on the state website link above. It is a paper form that is mailed to Jeff Dick and requires a 4-H professional signature at the bottom. JLs are expected to have a mentor in the discipline attend with them and an adult of the same gender who is staying in the cabin with them as a mentor also. These do not have to be the same person or from the same county. If this is the JL’s first time attending a workshop, two letters of reference are also required.
  • After registration closes, we will confirm the list of attendees with county 4-H professionals to ensure that they are approved, screened volunteers.

Teen Awards & Opportunity Workshop

Licking County has been gracious enough to extend an invitation for Knox County youth to attend their Teen Awards & Opportunity Workshop.  This is designed for youth age 14 and older as of January 1, 2022.  There are numerous opportunities, awards, and recognition that are outside of the county that our youth can apply for.  This workshop will discuss all of the available opportunities, how to apply, and reveal tips to give you a competitive advantage, and provide sample successful forms as a guide to get you started.  4-H members, their family members, and club advisors are encouraged to attend.  This will take place on Tuesday, September 14 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Licking County Extension Office.  Please contact Lisa directly at to register.

Bike Knox Celebration

What is the Bike Knox Celebration?

The Bike Knox Celebration is a collaborative event to honor and celebrate milestone anniversaries of the Heart of Ohio Trail, Kokosing Gap Trail, and the Mohican Valley Trail. The event committee has consisted of community leaders, trail presidents, park representatives and other key stakeholders. This celebration is a free community event, providing an opportunity for guests to engage with trail leaders, connect with the trail community, enjoy activities, giveaways, and food.

What is “Bike Knox”?

Bike Knox is an initiative, led by the Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau, focused on guiding, and educating visitors, cyclists, and the community, on how to navigate the trails, paths, and roads in Knox County. Bike Knox serves the local community through collaborative communication and generates awareness through active transportation initiatives.

 Who is invited?

Everyone. This is a free, family friendly event.

Where is this event held?

  • Ariel-Foundation Park
  • Schnormeier Event Center
  • 10 Pittsburgh Ave, Mt Vernon, OH 43050
  • *There is adequate parking surrounding this facility for both bikes and cars.

What day and time is this event?

  • Sunday, October 10, 2021
  • 12:00PM- Event Start, check into Information Table to receive door prize ticket
  • 1:00PM- Celebration Presentation, presented by Randy Cronk, Kokosing Gap Trail President.
  • 3:00PM- Conclusion of Event

 Should I bring my bike?

Bikes are not required for attendance, but children are encouraged to bring their bike, and helmet, to participate in the bike obstacle course and for the chance to get a FREE bike “check-up”. Event guests are encouraged to ride to and from event to make for a fun afternoon.

Will I be required to wear a mask?

The event committee will be closely monitoring the COVID-19 protocols at state and county levels. Masks requirements will be determined at a closer date to the event.

2021 Carving New Ideas

Carving New Ideas is a camping opportunity for older youth, concentrating on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation. It is hosted by Collegiate 4-H at The Ohio State University and the college students, who are also 4-H alumni, are preparing all of the fun activities for the weekend of October 29-31.

The registration website is or share the attached poster. The online registration allows credit cards or checks.

Deadline to register is October 6 or until cabins are full!

Knox County Junior Fair King & Queen Application


  • Any active member of a Knox County Junior Fair organizations, such as 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Junior Grange are eligible to compete.
  • Preliminary judging will be July 21, 2021 at the 4-H Center.
  • Final selection will be Sunday, July 25 at the Midway Stage at 11:30 at the 2021 Knox County Fair.
  • The age limit is 16-18 as of January 1, this year.
  • Each contestant may not be married, have been married or parented a child.
  • The queen is eligible to compete in the Ohio Fairs’ Queen Contest at the Ohio Fair Managers Conference in 2022.
  • A $100 gift, provided by the Senior Fair Board, will be given to both the new king and queen. Gifts will be given to the first and second place runners-up.
  • Entry applications are available at the Knox County OSU Extension Office, at or from the organization’s advisor.
  • Deadline for entry is July 14, 2021.
  • Any questions please call the King and Queen coordinator, Bobbi Maleszewski at  740-507-1847

Rule Sheet: Queen & King Rule Sheet

Application: Jr. Fair King & Queen Application

Ohio Teen Leadership Application for 2021-2022

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) applications for the 2021-22 year are now available and can be found on our website at! Please let any interested individual know so they may apply. Please note, because it is only a one year term, current TLC members who wish to continue their service must re-apply.

  • Applications and more information about the group can be found online at: Please note: applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation and program fees) are due (received, not postmarked!) by Friday, August 13, 2021 to Sarah ( We recognize this falls during some county fairs, so encourage teens to apply early! We will accept applications as early as today 😊 The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2021-August 31, 2022.
  • If you want to “share” on Facebook, you may do so by sharing the link on the “Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council” Facebook page (posted today). If you want a blurb to copy for your newsletter, you may use: “Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member for the 2021-22 program year are now available online at: Please note: applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation and program fees) are due (received, not postmarked!) by Friday, August 13, 2021.”

If you have questions on this opportunity, please let Sarah (, Kayla (,  or Frances ( know.


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 2021-2022 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.


2021 Miscellaneous Projects – Knox County 4-H

Miscellaneous project judging is right around the corner on June 30, 2021 from 1pm to 6pm at the Ramser 4-H Activity Center.  We would like to make this a seamless process and avoid a long line at the judges’ table.  We have grouped judging from clubs again in 2021; 2021 Judging Schedule.  Please come to judging during the set time, however if that does not work, we understand various circumstances.

If you are a rocket project member, you will need to contact the OSU Extension Office (740-397-0401) to schedule your time for judging on June 30 starting at 6:30 p.m. which will take place outside the Ramser 4-H Activity Center.

If you have the following projects: How Does Your Garden Grow, Edible Landscapes, or Grow Your Own Vegetables you will need to contact the OSU Extension Office (740-397-0401) to schedule your time for judging on Sunday, July 25 starting at 9 a.m. which will take place inside the Miscellaneous Project Building.

New for 2021

The re-launch of the booth building is happening in 2021.  OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development is proud of the time and effort that all youth put forth for your various miscellaneous projects in 2021.  We would like you to have a “place” to showcase your projects to a wide variety of community members, family, and friends. While we are moving away from the traditional booth layout, we are presenting the miscellaneous projects by project area.  For example, all sewing projects will be located in the same area (name tags, club names, ages, and town will still be listed on all projects). Woodworking projects in the same area, cooking, photography, so on and so forth.

The Knox Junior Leaders Club (a newly established club in 2021) has worked to create a new vison for the Miscellaneous Project Building (formerly known as the Booth Building).  We want all 4-H youth to showcase their items while protecting the integrity of all projects. We will have more hands – on interaction within the building and form a welcoming environment for community members to learn about 4-H.  ALL 4-H MEMBERS taking a MISCELLANEOUS PROJECT IN 2021 will be required to sign up for a 2-hour shift at the Miscellaneous project building (Sunday through Friday July 25 – 30th).  A sign-up sheet will be available at judging on June 30.  Parents will be able to ask questions and see the new building design.  Any youth not signed up will be assigned a time and any youth failing to show up for their time will forfeit premiums and make a $5 donation to the 4-H Planning committee. 

We are excited to see what everyone has been working on the last couple of months.  All miscellaneous/food and nutrition/clothing project judging will be done at the Ramser 4-H Activity center. See you on June 30, 2021.  Please reach out to Jana ( if you have questions or concerns.


Jana Mussard

4-H Extension Educator

2021 Ohio State Fair Skillathons

Ohio Youth Skillathon information for VIRTUAL and IN-PERSON sessions is now online at:

  • Rules for both are attached as well as a flyer for virtual skillathons

VIRTUAL Skillathon Registration is due by JUNE 14th, 2021……………………………..EXTENDED TO JUNE 18.

A few important notes:

  • Those exhibiting at OSF and want to be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) awards MUST participate at the IN-PERSON skillathons at the state fair
  • Those exhibiting at OSF and want to be eligible for Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor (OBE) awards MUST participate in the VIRTUAL skillathons online

2021 Skillathon Rules: 2021 Skillathon Rules

2021 Virtual Skillathon Rules & Dates: OSF Skillathon Rules and Dates