Save the Date! Pre-Fair 4-H Project Judging is Monday, June 24

Pre-fair 4-H Project judging for all non-livestock projects will be held on Monday, June 24 at the West Union High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Schedules for specific project times will be posted in early June.  Food and nutrition project members will participate in the Food and Nutrition Skillathon during their scheduled time slot.  New for 2019, the clothing project Style Review will also take place at pre-fair judging.  Clothing members should come prepared to model their outfit.

Again in 2019, we will offer an early project judging for still/non-livestock projects on Wednesday, June 12 at the Extension Office.  4-H Members who have a legitimate excuse (school trip, vacation, etc.) for missing the June 24 project judging may email or call the Extension Office at 937-544-2339 to register their project(s) for early judging no later than Friday, June 7. We will schedule time and location after we know how many are registered. These members will be eligible for awards and State Fair entry. This option should only be utilized if the member absolutely cannot make it to our regular judging on June 24.  There is a make-up judging on Thursday, June 27 at the Extension Office.  Members participating in the June 27 make-up judging will not be eligible for awards or State Fair entry but will be able to complete their project(s).

Junior Fair Royalty Applications due on Monday, June 3rd

The annual Adams County Junior Fair Queen Contest is a highlight of the Adams County Fair each year.  In 2019, we will bring back the Adams County Junior Fair King portion of the contest as well.  The Queen, King and their courts will be crowned on Sunday, July 7 during the Fair’s opening ceremony in front of the Grandstand at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Youth age 16-18 years of age as of January 1 who active members of one or more of the county’s Junior Fair organizations, including 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, SkillsUSA, and Scouts, may apply to compete for royalty court. Completed applications are due to OSU Extension Adams County, 215 N Cross St, Room 104, West Union, on or before 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 3rd due to June 1st falling on a Saturday.

Interviews to select five finalists for both King and Queen will be conducted on Friday, June 28, at the West Union Elementary School. The finalists will participate in the annual Fair parade through West Union on Sunday, July 7, and they’ll be interviewed on stage during the Fair’s opening ceremonies later that afternoon. Festivities will conclude with the coronation of the king, queen and their court by the 2018 Fair Queen, Carlie Cluxton.

Following the coronation, the Queen, King and their court will reign at many Junior Fair events throughout the Fair, including various animal shows and the annual Small Animal and Baked Goods sale on Friday evening of fair week and the Livestock Sale on Saturday.

For more information about the King and Queen Contest, including a copy of the rules and application, visit or contact OSU Extension Adams County at 544.2339.

Breeding Entry Deadline is June 1st

If you plan to show breeding livestock at the 2019 Adams County Fair you must turn in your Breeding Entry form.  Forms for breeding beef, dairy, meat and dairy goats, sheep, swine, and rabbits as well as all poultry other than market chickens, market ducks and market turkeys are due to the Extension Office on June 1st by 4 p.m.  In 2019, June 1st falls on a Saturday so we will accept forms on Monday, June 3rd before 4 p.m.  Forms can be found online at Adams County 4-H Livestock or at the Extension Office.  You must be enrolled in a breeding project, have completed both Quality Assurance and Skillathon for your species and submit the correct entry form in order to exhibit your breeding livestock.  See your livestock exhibitor project and fair guidelines for additional information.



Adams County 4-H Communication Contest

The Adams County 4-H Communication Contest will be held on Thursday, June 27th at 4 p.m. in the Government Center.  The Communication Contest provides members an opportunity to showcase their public speaking and marketing skills.  The Presentation Division can be entered as an individual or teams.  Juniors aged 8-10 will present a 5-7 minute long demonstration or illustrated talk without using technology.  Intermediate (11-13) and Senior (14 and up) members will speak for 8-10 minutes and may chose to use technology to supplement their presentation.  Team presentations should consist of two members sharing the speaking and teaching role.  If team members fall into different age divisions, they will compete in the older division.

Youth entering the Marketing Division will submit their entries for judging at 4 p.m. on June 27th but will not be required to present orally.  Juniors will complete a Thank You card with or without the use of computer graphics while Intermediate members will submit a Holiday Card (your choice of holiday) with or without the use of computer graphics.  Seniors entering this division will submit a 4-H Infomercial Promoting 4-H.  This should be a video “short” featuring some aspect of the county program, camp, junior fair, etc.

Members are eligible to enter in both the Presentation and Marketing Divisions of the Communications Contest.  In order to encourage participation in this terrific learning experience, beginning in 2019 the Communication Contest winners will receive cash prizes.  Registration form and rules can be picked up at the Extension Office or found at Adams County 4-H Forms.

Summer 4-H Camp Registration Deadline – May 17

Beginner Camp at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp kicks off our summer camping season and is only 3 weeks away!  “4-H Camp is Fun & Games” Beginner Camp is May 31 – June 3 for members just completing grades 3rd-5th. We have tons of fun planned for this camp as we take traditional board games to the outdoors and give them a Canter’s Cave twist.  Invite a friend and come ready to play!

Members finishing grades 6th-8th are invited to attend “Survivor:  Canter’s Cave” from June 6 – 9.  Come see which Canter’s Cave myth becomes legend as tribes compete in activities throughout camp.  Will your tribe win bragging rights?  We will see.

Teen Camp will be June 14 – 17 and is always a great time.  High ropes, cliff rappelling, and a canoe trip down Salt Creek are just a few of the adventures you’ll take at Teen Camp.  Take a break from the summer rush and hang out with old friends at camp!

Finally, Cloverbud Overnighter for Cloverbuds and their parent or caregiver will be Friday, June 21 through Saturday, June 22.  Parents and Cloverbuds will experience many of the fun camp activities that our older campers participate in like hiking, boating, archery, campfire and more!  Join us for a taste of what Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp has to offer!

Registration and health forms and additional details can be found at Adams County 4-H Camps.  Deadline for camp registration and payment is May 17 at 4 p.m.  Hope to see YOU at camp this summer!