Fall Recognition Reception 2023

Please join us at the Mount Vernon Middle School on November 9, 2023 to celebrate the accomplishments of the Knox County 4-Hers! Please arrive at 6:30pm with a dessert to share so we can recognize county projects awards, older youth membership, state fair participants, and Cloverbud graduation. Dress is casual for this family friendly event.


Fall Awards Recognition 2023

Cloverbud Calendar Fall-Winter 2023

Colorful Cute Music Themed Calendar of Events Flyer (1)


We are in need of some volunteers to lend a hand with the upcoming Cloverbud Activities. Older youth (grades 7 and up) are welcome to volunteer! This is an great way to add some leadership or community service experiences in their project books for 2024! Future Camp Counselors looking for hours are encouraged to reach out!  Activities will already be planned and prior experience isn’t needed: we will need hands to help run the activities. Each event will  need 4-6 volunteers. These events are open to any Cloverbud age child, prior 4-H membership isn’t required.

Oct 25 – Trunk-or-Treat : pass out treats/candy, assist with archery equipment, range safety, costumes are a plus!

Nov 11 – Veteran’s Day : seeking veterans to assist in round- robin type activities: flag folding, pledge, reading books, making thank you cards, etc.

Dec 14 – Winter Weather : emergency survival, snowflakes, weather, winter treats, etc.


Please contact Lindsey (vangundy.44@osu.edu) for more information, or to confirm for an event.

Ohio Military Kids Winter Wonderland

free event for all Ohio Military, Veterans, and Gold Star Families! Join in the family fun for all ages! Activities include photos with Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, arts and crafts, and more!

  • Date: Saturday, December 9th, 2023, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Location: Central Ohio
  • Cost: FREE
  • Register: Will go live in early October
  • Deadline: 11:59pm on Sunday, November 26, 2023

OMK Winter Wonderland 2023 Flyer

Ohio 4-H Achievement Form Workshop

This fall, Teen Leadership Council will be hosting a virtual Achievement Form Workshop for 4-H members statewide!

  • October 1, 2023 (6:00-7:30 p.m. on Zoom): An informational session will be held, providing a basic overview of the Achievement Form, giving introductory tips for completion, and sharing about potential opportunities available to members who complete and submit their forms.
    • Must register at https://go.osu.edu/AchForm2023 by September 29 to receive Zoom information for the workshop.
    • This session will be recorded for those who cannot attend in live-time.

If you are interested in having your  form reviewed, please let me know and I can help connect you with one of our teen leaders.

Have no idea what the Achievement Record is? That’s okay! See the additional attached flyer: Achievement Record Flyer FINAL that describes what the achievement record is and what awards are available for those that win.

More information can also be found at go.osu.edu/TLC.

Achievement Form Workshop Flyer 2023


Application for 2023-2024 Ohio 4-H Health HEROES are open. This statewide teen healthy living advocacy group are called HEROES because they serve as Health Education Resources for Outreach, Engagement, and Service. Youth will learn about current issues and topics in healthy living, learn lessons and activities to implement in their local 4-H community, will be tasked to create an action plan to create change in their local community, and will be a part of a statewide cohort who cares about the health and well-being of Ohio youth.

Benefits of becoming a 4-H Health Hero are:

  • Learning about a variety of healthy living topics
  • Gaining valuable leadership and communication skills
  • Meeting other 4-H youth from across Ohio who are invested in healthy living
  • Leaving a positive impact on your family, friends, and community
  • Promoting the 4th H!

In previous years we have had youth focus on making change in health topics such as; mental health, vaping, opioids, and more.

Youth who are passionate about health and in grades 9 through 12 may apply! For more information, important dates, and expectations, you may check out https://go.osu.edu/HealthHEROES.  Application is due Sunday, October 15th, 2023 by 11:59 pm.

Any questions, you may contact Justin Bower, State 4-H Healthy Living and Ohio Military Kids Educator at bower.183@osu.edu or at 614-247-1979.

2024 Health HEROES Flyer


Are you a 4-H’er interested in health? Do you see yourself potentially working in health one day? Nutritionist? Therapist? Nurse? Athletic Trainer? Geneticist?

What: Health University (HealthU) is a weekend camp in October focused on Healthy Living for 7th through 12th graders in Ohio 4-H. Join us at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp for a weekend as we explore four of the 10 Dimensions of Wellness and explore health-related careers. We will be exploring the following four tracks of wellness:

  • Physical wellness allows a person to engage in activities of daily living without experiencing undue fatigue or exhaustion. The physical dimension of wellness is supported through health behaviors, which include exercise, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake, not smoking, and getting adequate sleep each night.
  • Emotional wellness involves recognizing, accepting, and expressing feelings. Adequate rest is required for wellness in this dimension. If an individual’s mental function is hindered by stress and lack of sleep, they may struggle with accurately assessing a situation which then triggers negative emotional responses and disrupts emotional wellness.
  • Social wellness requires the ability to trust and respect other people and leads to the creation of supportive partnerships and friendships. Being socially well allows one to develop and maintain intimacy, and to have empathy and respect for others.
  • Creative wellness allows a person to appreciate and/or participate in a diverse range of arts or cultural experiences, and to value and cherish the surrounding world. Freely expressing thoughts and emotions through dance, song, drawing, painting, or writing are some of the ways to engage in creative wellness.

Who: Any current 4-H’ers in grades 7 thru 12.

When: Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29, 2023

Where: Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, 1362 Caves Rd, Jackson, OH 45640

Cost: $50 per youth (check or card)

Deadline: Register by 11:59pm on Sunday, October 8, 2023


Contact: Justin Bower, bower.183@osu.edu, with questions.

Flyer: 2023 HealthU

Tractor Supply 2023 Fall Clover Campaign

Since 2010, Tractor Supply has partnered with 4‑H to help create Opportunity4All and raise more than $14 million through the Paper Clover campaign. The success of these campaigns has impacted over 81,500 youth by providing them with the tools and resources they need to move forward and reach their full potential.

100 percent of funds raised through the bi-annual Paper Clover campaign directly benefits 4‑H youth. 80 percent of donations given at our Mount Vernon store, directly support 4‑H youth in Knox County.  The remaining 20 percent supports the overall mission and growth of 4‑H at the state level and nationally.


Mark your calendars to support October 4-15!

Booth Building 2023- Updated

All clubs are able to sign up for a booth space this year! We encourage all clubs to reserve a space! This is how members will display their exhibits for still projects.  Let’s make our booth building an exciting place to visit! We need full booths, interesting exhibits and displays, and most important, welcoming 4-H members on patrol.

UPDATE: Clubs will not be needed for Sunday, July 16. Booth set-up night is Wednesday, July 19 from 3:00-8:00pm. During the construction time on July 19th, clubs wanting their own booths may allow members may check in projects. They must check in projects with Lindsey during that time. Clubs with booths are responsible for filling 4 hours of “booth patrol” during the week of fair. That sign-up is also below.

In order to receive the premium for a still project, it must be displayed in the booth building the entire week of fair. Still projects may be checked in Friday July 21 from 4:00-8:00pm or Saturday July 22 from 8:00am-12:00pm. No late arrivals will be accepted. **Remember: a project book is NOT an exhibit.** Cloverbuds will also have a specific booth to display any projects during the week.


Club Booth sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AACAB28A7FCCF8-2023


Booth Patrol Sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AACAB28A7FCCF8-booth


Knox County Junior Fair Entries Open

This is a friendly reminder that our entries are open through our FairEntry software through June 9 at 12 Noon. As always, no late entries will be accepted. We also wanted to send a reminder to make sure that you get all the appropriate classes marked for your projects.  Below you will find a list as a reminder of who needs to complete this process.

Help Sheet: 2023 FairEntry.Entries

Livestock (breeding & market) Exhibitors

  • Make sure that you are signed up for your appropriate class.
  • If your market animal is bred, born, and raised, make sure you enter that class as well.
  • If you want to participate in showmanship, please mark your appropriate class. All ages are based off the exhibitor’s age as of January 1.  You will not be added to showmanship at the fair.
    • First year is for members that are age 11 and under.
  • If you want to participate in skillathon please mark that event.  You will not be added to skillathon the day of the event.
  • If you are exhibiting more than one market animal of the same species, please make sure that your entry reflects the quantity. For example, if you are exhibiting two market lambs, please make sure that you enter the market lamb classes two times.

Dog Exhibitors

  • Make sure that you are signed up for your appropriate classes.
  • If you want to participate in skillathon please mark that event.  You will not be added the day of the event.

Horse Exhibitors

  • This portal is not for your actual classes that you will be showing in.  Lauren will be collecting that information.
  • Please mark that you are exhibiting your horse at the fair by selecting A, B, C Grading.  If you are showing two horses at the fair, please enter those two times.
  • If you want to participate in skillathon please mark that event.  You will not be added to skillathon the day of the event.

Still Projects (Miscellaneous, Food & Nutrition, Clothing, Rockets, etc.) – Help Sheet: Still Project Handout

  • Make sure that you are signed up for each project that you are planning to get judged and exhibit this year.  This is the only way you will receive your premium.
  • A sheet is attached to help guide you through which category your project is listed under.

If you have already submitted your entries and have forgotten to add something or maybe questioning if you have it correct, please reach out by email or phone to make sure that we have everything correct.  Also, remember that we are doing entry checks the week of June 13 by appointment.

Please remember that this is separate from the 4-HOnline system.  This is also separate than all your animal upload and information you input.  All that information does come from that system, but you still need to enter your projects specifically to exhibit at the fair.

2023 Knox County Junior Fair King & Queen Competition

Knox County Junior Fair King and Queen Information

  • Any active member of a Knox County Junior Fair organization, such as 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Junior Grange are eligible to compete.
  • Preliminary Judging will take place July 6, 2023 at the CES & Chamber Junior Fair Breakfast
  • Interview Judging will take place July 10, 2023 at the Ramser 4-H Activity Center from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in assigned timed intervals.
  • Crowning will take place Sunday, July 23, 2023 at the Midway Stage during the opening ceremonies of the 2023 Knox County Fair.
  • The age requirement is 16-18 years of age as of January 1, 2023.
  • Each contestant may not be married, have been married, or parented a child.
  • The queen is eligible to complete in the Ohio Fairs’ Queen Contest at the Ohio Fair Managers Conference in 2024.
  • A $100.00 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 will be available a the Knox County OSU Extension Office, by emailing Amy @ juniorfair@knoxcountyfair.org, or from the following attachment: 2023 King and Queen Competition.
  • Entries will be accepted through July 1, 2023.
  • Any questions, please call Amy Carpenter at 740-507-4458.