Photography SPIN Club Registration Reopened!

Adams County 4-H is hosting a Photography SPIN (SPecial INterest) Club geared towards youth ages 12-18 on Tuesdays May 25, June 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6.  We will explore photography from camera settings and composition to editing and telling a story with pictures.  The SPIN Club will include special guest speakers, hands on learning, and a display of members’ final projects.

Members participating in the Photography SPIN Club will be provided DSLR cameras, equipment, editing software and more to use for the duration of the program thanks to a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation.  This is an in-person SPIN Club and space is limited to 10 participants.  To register visit and sign up today.

If you have questions, please contact Kristy at

Top Five Reasons to Apply for Fair Royalty

Fair will be here before we know it, so don’t miss your chance to get involved. One way you become more involved at fair this year is through applying to be fair royalty. Being King or Queen of the 2021 Adams County Jr. Fair is high honor. But if you need more than just honor to apply, here are the top five reasons to apply for fair royalty.


  1. Tradition

Here in Adams County nothing is more sacred than the traditions we hold. Tradition is at the core of the fair, and is the reason why we still have fair royalty. Year after year, the contestants ride in the opening parade to their final presentation. And every year fair-goers excitingly watch to see who will be crowned king and queen.

We even have a Hall of Royalty in the Senior Fair Administration Building. Here the walls are lined with queens and kings from past years, all of whom proudly carried the crown. You never know, it could be hanging in the hall one day.


  1. Get-To-Know the Adams County Fair

When you become fair royalty, you don’t just get a sash and crown, it comes with responsibilities. It is the duty of the royalty court to work shows, passing out awards and congratulating exhibitors.

Through this work you will see more of the fair than ever before. You may be working shows you never attended before, and seeing firsthand the hard work exhibitors put into their projects. By the end of the week you will be an expert in most projects. You may even find a new project to exhibit next year.


  1. You are a Role Model

As royalty you will have many eyes watching you at all times. While this seems very intimidating, do not worry because people look at you with admiration. Adults and children alike know how prestigious the title is and look to you as an example.

Those who become fair royalty are the among the best and brightest our county has to offer. As fair royalty you can expect little kids wanting to talk to and take pictures with you. You also have the opportunity to get to know the exhibitors, and maybe even inspire them apply to be fair royalty.


  1. Visit Other Fairs

One really fun benefit of being fair royalty is you are strongly encouraged to visit other county fairs. Visiting other fairs not only builds strong relationships between the counties, but you also get to make friends from across the state.

When you are wearing your sash and crown, you are the literal embodiment of Adams County. This is a time to be proud and show off our county in the best light; highlight the best things our county has to offer.


  1. Life Long Memories

Being fair royalty means more responsibility and high expectations, but also lasting memories. Although fair week is long and hard work, you will cherish the connections you made during shows, and the time spent with fellow royalty. You will have new friends because of it, and new appreciation for fair.

Take my advice, this is an opportunity that left a major impact on me. I am so glad I had the chance to serve and recommend it to anyone who is thinking about it.

Carlie Cluxton, 2018 Adams County Jr. Fair Queen


Hopefully these reasons convinced you to apply for fair royalty. Remember only those who are 16-18 years old and currently involved in Jr. Fair can apply. Those who are serving as commodity ambassadors are also ineligible. Applications are due to the extension office by 4 p.m. on June 23rd.

Contest Rules


Good luck to all the applicants! We will see you on Friday, June 25th for preliminary interviews and formal wear presentation.



June 1st Deadlines

June 1st is “Junior Fair Entry Day”, here is a list of all forms and project registrations due to the extension office 4 p.m.

Make sure if these projects apply to you or your club members that they get these items turned in. Again the deadline is June 1st, by 4 p.m.

4-H Camp Scholarships Due Friday, May 14

4-H Camp Scholarships are due to the Extension Office via email, fax, or drop box on Friday, May 14.  Applications are available here and should be completed by anyone planning to attend 4-H Camp at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in 2021.
First time campers are eligible for the Camper of the Day scholarship from the 4-H Advisory Committee.  This is a full scholarship for the cost of camp.  Each camp is eligible for two Camper of the Day scholarships.
The Harrison Family Scholarship is a partial scholarship based on financial need.  All campers are eligible for the Harrison Family scholarship and should apply!
Beginner Camp will be held June 1 – June 4th at the Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, OH. This camp is open to youth completing 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in the 2020-2021 school year; youth do not have to be in 4-H to attend.  Beginner Camp will cost $127 for Adams County 4-H members thanks to a $20 camper scholarship awarded to all county 4-H members by the Adams County 4-H Advisory Committee and $157 for non-4-H members.  Register for Beginner Camp at before May 24.  More information about Beginner Camp can be found in the Beginner Camp letter.

Jr High Camp will be held June 14th – 17th at the Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, OH. This camp is open to youth completing 6th, 7th and 8th grade in the 2020-2021 school year; youth do not have to be in 4-H to attend.  Jr High Camp will cost $127 for Adams County 4-H members thanks to a $20 camper scholarship awarded to all county 4-H members by the Adams County 4-H Advisory Committee and $157 for non-4-H members.  Register for Jr High Camp at before June 7. More information about Jr High Camp can be found in the Jr High Camp letter.

Cloverbud Day Camp will be held on Sunday, June 6 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, OH. This camp is open to youth completing kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade in the 2020-2021 school year.  An adult must attend Cloverbud Day Camp with their Cloverbud for the duration of camp. Cloverbuds and their adult will spend the day exploring Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp including hiking, fishing, camp songs, games, crafts and more!  Lunch and a snack are included in the registration fee of $30 for a Cloverbud and their adult.  Each additional camper (Cloverbud or adult) will be an extra $15.  Register at before June 1.


Skillathon Update

Update on our skillathon process for 2021.  Now that our in-person limit has been raised to 300 people we will NOT need to pre-register for skillathon.

Skillathon will be held on Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27 at the Adams County Fairgrounds from 2 – 7 p.m.  We will be set up in the Administration Building and only members will be allowed to enter the building.  Masks and social distancing are required.

All 4-H members must participate in the applicable Skillathon(s) to show at the fair and earn points for the Outstanding Exhibitor scoring. Skillathons are required for 4-H and optional for FFA. Exceptions: Participation in the Skillathon is optional for youth enrolled in horseless horse, pet goat, and pet rabbit projects.

Your livestock resource book and record book are an excellent place to begin studying for skillathon.  Looking for some additional study tools?  Check out our friends at Wayne County’s practice skillathons at

Makeup skillathon will be scheduled on an individual basis.  If you cannot attend the scheduled dates on May 26 or 27, please contact the office or myself.  Anyone not completing the skillathon on May 26 or 27 will not be eligible for related awards.  The makeup skillathon will however meet the requirement to show at the 2021 Adams County Junior Fair.

Cloverbud Fun Day Registration Open!

Adams County 4-H will be hosting a Cloverbud Fun Day on Friday, May 28 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds, Shade Tree Park.  The theme for 2021 is Fun on the Farm!  Cloverbuds will learn, play, craft, and make their own snack as well as complete a community service project.

Registration forms can be found here, online at under 4-H Programs, Cloverbud or in the Extension Office.  The cost of Cloverbud Fun Day is $10 and includes a t-shirt, lunch, snack, and crafts.  Registration forms and payment is due to the Extension Office by Monday, May 17th at 4 p.m.  Don’t wait!  Sign up today.