Adams County Junior Fair Market Beef Tag-in

4-H and FFA market beef projects being raised for the 2022 Adams County Fair must be ear tagged and weighed at the fairgrounds by the Adams County Fair Board on Saturday morning, January 15, beginning at 8:30 a.m. All animals must be on the fairgrounds and in line no later than 10:00 a.m. Animals being identified for the Adams County Fair will be tagged, weighed, and tattooed. Animals being tagged as Adams County Born and Raised show entries will receive a special ear tag. No Born and Raised entries will be accepted after tag-in.

Youth may identify and exhibit as many as three market beef animals – steers or market heifers – for the Adams County Fair. Each market beef exhibitor will be required to designate at least one animal in his/her name and a family can tag an additional two animals of that species per Junior Fair member as “family” animals. Each exhibitor will have access to no more than three total animals in that species, including “family” animals. State Fair steers and heifers cannot be registered as a family animal. Family is defined as junior fair eligible youth who are legally siblings, half-siblings or step-siblings.

Ohio State Fair: The Ohio State Fair (OSF) Beef Department is once again using EID ear tag and DNA sample protocols for identifying market beef animals for the 2022 State Fair, tentatively set for July 27 through August 7. 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 2022 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef show.

The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair follicle sample that must be received by the OSF by January 15, 2022 to meet the state fair 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.

Due to tag-in being the same day DNA packets are due to OSF, the Adams County Junior Fair Board will not be inserting EID tags at tag-in. No DNA samples will be collected by the Adams County Junior Fair Board. DNA packets with EID tags are available at the Extension Office, and anyone wanting to identify an animal for OSF may request a packet. The OSF animal must be tagged with the EID tag prior to January 15. The owner will be responsible for tagging the animal, collecting the DNA sample (instructions provided), completing the requested registration information on the packet, having the entry signed by an FFA advisor (for FFA entries) or the Extension Educator (for 4-H entries), and submitting their completed packet to the OSF by the January 15 deadline.

For more information regarding the Adams County Fair market beef tag-in on January 15, contact OSU Extension Adams County at 937-544-2339. For more information about the Ohio State Fair market beef nomination process visit the State Fair website at http://www.ohiostatefair.com/.

 

Adams County 4-H Enrollment is OPEN!

4-H Enrollment is OPEN! Visit https://oh.4honline.com to enroll today. Find step by step enrollment instructions at https://adams.osu.edu/…/more-about-4-h/become-member.

If you are a returning family, please be sure to use your existing profile and do not create a new family.  Project guides will be mailed to the home address on file at the Extension office for returning families or you can check out projects at Project Central. It appears 4-H Online version 2.0 will currently not allow families to add projects after submission so you’ll want to add your projects prior to hitting submit. If you decide later, before enrollment closes, that you want to add or drop a project, you’ll need to reach out to the Extension Office to make those changes.

New families should contact the head advisor of the 4-H Club they plan to enroll in prior to completing the online enrollment. Verify that the advisor has your contact information, and you have meeting dates, times, and locations. Once you have contacted the advisor and chosen projects, you will visit https://oh.4honline.com to set up your new family profile and complete enrollment.

All members and volunteers need to re-enroll each year to remain active in Adams County 4-H. If you have questions or need assistance with the enrollment process, feel free to call the office at 937-544-2339.

Back on Track Volunteer Training

After two years of chaos we are going to get Back on Track in 2022! 4-H programming during Covid-19 has presented many challenges and our volunteers, families, and members have done a terrific job of adjusting to make the best of the situation. Much needed flexibility and grace have been the name of the game for two long years. As we look forward to a more normal 4-H year, we will be getting Back on Track, back to the basics to make 4-H programming meaningful, experience based, and most importantly FUN!

Join us on Thursday, November 18, from 6-8 p.m. at the Ohio Valley Career & Technical Center for Back on Track Volunteer Training for all returning 4-H Volunteers.  This training will include a program overview and updates, breakout sessions, and Policy 1.50 training, meeting all training requirements for the 2021-22 4-H program year.  We will also distribute club packets, recognize our Achievement Award winners, Honor Clubs, and announce Club Scrapbook awards.

In order to ensure that we have enough materials and supplies available, please register at go.osu.edu/volunteertraining no later than Monday, November 15.

Not a 4-H Volunteer yet but interested in becoming one?  Visit http://go.osu.edu/ACVolunteer to complete your application.  New volunteers are welcome to attend Back on Track but must complete a New 4-H Volunteer orientation.

Questions?  Email Kristy at watters.92@osu.edu or call the office at 937-544-2339.

Carving New Ideas Teen Workshop

Collegiate 4-H at The Ohio State University presents
Carving New Ideas Teen Workshop
(for youth in grades 8 through 12)

 

Carving New Ideas (CNI) is a camping opportunity that focuses on critical thinking and program facilitation for 4-H members in grades 8-12. The workshop is held at the scenic 4-H Camp Ohio in St. Louisville, Ohio. Campers develop their leadership skills while making new friends from across Ohio and participating in fun activities. Camp counselors are college students at The Ohio State University. Adult staff members providing risk management, nursing services, and meals are staff and volunteers from Franklin County 4-H.

Check-in: Friday, October 29, 2021, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Check-out: Sunday, October 31, 2021, 10:00am

All registrations are due by October 6, 2021.
Your registration will not be considered complete until:
~ this completed camp registration form with health information are submitted
~ payment is submitted in full

Payment options are on the final page of this online registration form.

 

  • Credit/Debit card (preferred) – Upon completing this registration, you will be forwarded to another site for credit/debit card payments. Also, this link will be emailed to you in your camp registration confirmation
  • Personal check – Make payable to The Ohio State University

Questions: Please call the office 614-866-6900, option 2

Detailed camper packets will be mailed to participants after the October 6 deadline.

Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Alumni Weekend!

Join old friends for an evening of Canter’s Cave’s best – hiking to Canter’s & Boone Caves, boating on Engle Lake, a Cook-out, Line Dancing & Campfire. Round up your old camp friends, get the squad together, or bring a +1 (adults only, plz). Relive your best camp memories & make a few new ones!
$25 early sign-up
$35 day-of event
$50 overnight lodging in Harrison-Powell
($100 additional for reserved room)
*Dinner included. Bring your own snacks & other beverages
**Future alumni couples retreat & family weekends are planned for 2022

Strengthening Families Program Comes to Adams County

New dates! Register before October 1st to be eligible for up to $70 in gift cards.

Families with youth ages 10-14, are you interested in a more positive relationship with your youth? Join us for our 7 week Strengthening Families Program beginning October 7 at the Ohio Valley Career & Technical Center.  This program uses games, activities, videos, and art projects to help parents and their kids better communicate, show respect, and make choices as a family. Even if your family already operates smoothly, this program will be beneficial to you and your child, as it helps you form a stronger bond through projects and activities.
Each Thursday from October 7 through November 18 we will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a meal then have an hour of separate youth and adult programming and a final hour of family programming. Families that participate will also receive up to $70 in gift cards! Pre-registration is required. Register today at http://go.osu.edu/SFP21. Contact Kristy at watters.92@osu.edu for more information.

4-H Teens Wanted!

The Ohio 4-H Foundation is seeking Ohio 4-H teens ages 14-18 to serve on the board of trustees. This year we will select two youth for a two-year term that will start January 1, 2022 and last until December 31, 2023. Applications are due by November 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. and can be found at https://go.osu.edu/join4hfoundation.

The Power of Thank You

Show boxes have been emptied, ribbons have been hung, project work has been put away for another year.  You spend days, weeks, and months preparing, practicing, checking and double checking that your books are complete, you’ve done your best work, and you’re ready to compete.  Fair week is the culmination of a year of hard work and dedication and whether your project is on display in the booth building or the show ring, it’s your chance to show off your accomplishments for the year.  Fair comes and goes in the blink of an eye and when the dust settles you’re left with a sense of pride in your achievements, lasting friendships, great memories, and recognition of a job well done.

The Adams County community once again showed up in force to support our youth during the 2021 Adams County Fair.  Sponsorships of awards, banners, giveaways, and the Junior Fair Sale are just a few ways businesses and individuals recognize and reward the hard work of our junior fair members.  In order to maintain this outstanding level of support, we need to show our appreciation to those sponsors.  Saying thank you is a small but meaningful way we can express to our community how much their support means.

If you received an award during fair, there was a label on the back with the name and address of the award sponsor.  If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes and write out a thank you note to those individuals.  If you sold a project in the Adams County Junior Fair Sale, please visit this link to find your buyers’ name(s) and address(es) and send them a thank you card as soon as possible.  Now is also a great time to thank your advisors, friends, neighbors, mentors, or others that helped you achieve your goals in 2021.

Not sure where to start with your thank you note?  Check out these simple steps and suggestions shared from Teresa Johnson, 4-H Educator in Defiance County.

Saying thank you seems simple but it is a big deal.  Please be sure to reach out to all of your sponsors and let them know how much you appreciate their support!

Market Rabbit Tattooing Thursday, June 17, 6-8 p.m.

Market Rabbit tattooing will take place on Thursday, June 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Adams County fairgrounds.

Members enrolled in the market rabbit project may tattoo up to 4 rabbits, which will be shown in pens of 2 at the fair.  Families with multiple market rabbit exhibitors may tattoo 1 pen (2 rabbits) in each exhibitor’s name and one additional pen of rabbits as a “family” pen.  Each exhibitor will have access to no more than two pens of market rabbits, including “family” pens.

Rabbits should be 8-10 weeks old at time of fair check-in on July 11, and each rabbit in the pen must weigh from 3.5 to 5.5 pounds on July 11 in order to compete for champion, OME recognition, and to sell in the Adams County Junior Fair Small Animal Sale. Rabbits in a pen should be as identical as possible in weight, age, appearance, conformation, and size.

The Rabbit Show at the fair will be held on Tuesday, July 13, beginning with Showmanship at 8:30 a.m. The show will be held in the Junior Fair Activity Building. Anyone needing more information at the tattooing or show at the fair may contact OSU Extension Adams County at 937-544-2339.

Prefair Judging Schedule Posted

Adams County 4-H prefair judging will be held on Tuesday, June 22 at the West Union Elementary School.  This is a change of location from the previous announcement due to a scheduling conflict.  Please find the allotted time for your project on the attached schedule and be at the elementary school about 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time to check in.

2021 project completion and fair requirements can be found here.  Pay special attention to the County Requirements column in order to know what is required during prefair judging. Please be sure to bring all required items, including your completed project record book, to judging with you.  Members should dress appropriately and put forth their best effort.

Members enrolled in a cooking project will take the Food & Nutrition skillathon during project judging.  The skillathon will cover basic measurements, cooking tools, methods, and nutrition information.  Project books are an excellent study resource.

Clothing members will compete in the Style Review at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22 at West Union Elementary.  Members will be asked to complete a review card describing their outfit to be read while they model their project.

Non-livestock projects must also be displayed in the 4-H Booth Building during the fair in order to receive premiums or awards.  If your club does not have a booth, you are responsible to drop off the required items (poster, display, or other listed items) at the county booth area in the 4-H Booth Building on July 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or July 11 before 9 a.m. and pick them up between 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, July 17.

If you are unable to attend project judging on Tuesday, June 22 you have options to complete your non-livestock project.  We will offer an early judging on Friday, June 18 that will allow members to maintain eligibility for awards and State Fair attendance.  You must call the Extension Office at 937-544-2339 to schedule an appointment no later than Wednesday, June 16.  We will also offer makeup project judging on Tuesday, June 29 at the Extension Office.  Makeup judging allows members to complete their project but they will not be eligible for awards or State Fair competition.  Please call to schedule an appointment by Monday, June 28 if you need to attend makeup project judging.

If you have questions about prefair judging, project requirements, or makeup judging, feel free to reach out to the Extension Office at 937-544-2339 or email Kristy at watters.92@osu.edu.