Adams County Junior Fair Royalty Applications Available

Adams County Junior Fair members ages 16 – 18 are invited and encouraged to apply for the Adams County Junior Fair Queen & King Contest.  Participants must be an active member of a Junior Fair Organization including 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, Scouts, or SkillsUSA.  Applications are available on the Extension website or by visiting the Extension Office.

Applicants will take part in a personal interview slated for Friday, June 25 with a public, onstage question later that evening.  The top 5 finalists for Queen and King will be announced that evening.  During the Adams County Fair Opening Ceremonies on July 11, those candidates will again take the stage to be interviewed and the Queen and King will be crowned.

Applications are due to the Extension office no later than Wednesday, June 23 at 4 p.m.  No late submissions will be accepted.  If you have questions, please contact Kristy at watters.92@osu.edu.

OPTIONAL Market Hog Weigh-in

Market hog exhibitors wishing to compete for Production Champion at the 2021 Adams County Junior Fair should bring their market hog(s) to the fairgrounds on Saturday, April 24 between 8:30 – 10 a.m. to weigh.  This is an optional weigh in and not required to exhibit your market hog(s) at the fair.  This weight will only be used to calculate rate of gain for the production class.  It will not be used to calculate Outstanding Market Exhibitor.

All market hogs must be registered by April 15 at https://go.osu.edu/markethog21 in order to be eligible to weigh, show, and sell at the fair.

If you have questions, please contact Kristy at watters.92@osu.edu.

 

4-H Officer Training Goes Virtual

Adams County is partnering with other southern Ohio counties to offer virtual officer training. It’s never too late to buff up on your leadership skills!  We will begin with a short general session before moving to breakout rooms for each office.  Officers will learn tips and tricks to help them successfully fulfill their club leadership role.  We will come back together to brush up on our Parliamentary Procedure skills and conclude with a brief officer induction.  All current and future 4-H officer are encouraged to attend!

4-H Graduation Cords Available

4-H Graduation Honor Cords are once again available for seniors to purchase.  These green and white cords will proudly proclaim seniors’ long-time active involvement in the Adams County 4-H Program and their local 4-H club.

The cords, pictured here, are available from OSU Extension Adams County. To order yours, please drop off a check, payable to OSU Extension Adams County, in the amount of $15.00, on or before Thursday, April 15. We will place the order with National 4-H Supply, and let you know when you can stop in to pick up your cords. Of course, purchasing and wearing the cords is optional. We will provide all area high schools with a list of all our graduating seniors.

Quality Assurance Test Out Opportunity

Adams County Junior Fair is once again offering Test Out options in 2021.  This is an opportunity for youth ages 12 and up to take and pass an exam in place of attending the required annual Quality Assurance training.

Youth ages 12-14 years old who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program for up to three (3) years. At the age of 15 as of January 1, current year, youth must then take the 15-18 year old test.  Youth ages 15-18 years old who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program permanently.  These ages are as of January 1, 2021 – a youth’s 4-H age.  In order to pass the test, members must score a 70% or higher.

Tests are scheduled to be administered in the high school ag room at the following:

North Adams High School – Wednesday, March 31 at 2:15 p.m.

Manchester High School – Friday, April 2 at 2:45 p.m.

West Union High School – Monday, April 19 at 2 p.m.

Peebles High School – Tuesday, April 20 at 2 p.m.

Students planning to take the test should be in the ag room before the scheduled time and ready to take the exam.  Youth who do not pass the exam will be required to attend a quality assurance training in order to exhibit their livestock at the 2021 Adams County Junior Fair.  If you have questions about Quality Assurance or Test Out please contact Kristy at watters.92@osu.edu.

Photography SPIN Club

Adams County 4-H is hosting a Photography SPIN (SPecial INterest) Club geared towards youth ages 12-18 on Tuesdays April 27 through June 1, 5 – 6 p.m.  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 go.osu.edu/PhotographySPIN and sign up today.

If you have questions, please contact Kristy at watters.92@osu.edu.

Adams County Junior Fair Rabbit Clinic – April 15

The Adams County Junior Fair Rabbit Clinic will be held on Thursday, April 15 at the Adams County Fairgrounds.  We will be holding two sessions of clinic in order to allow more members an opportunity to attend.  Attendance is limited to a total of 50 people per session.  The first session will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the second session 7:15 p.m.  Both sessions will include how to care for and show your rabbit, Quality Assurance, and a vendor will be present with cages and supplies.  Pre-registration is required!  Register at go.osu.edu/21QA and select either Session 4 or Session 5.

 

Adams County 4-H Countywide Meeting Sunday, March 28, 3 p.m.

The Countywide 4-H Meeting will be this Sunday, March 28 at 3 p.m on Zoom. We will also have pledges, county updates, Making Meetings Matter (and FUN), a 4-H swag drawing for members present, and virtual recreation. Log on at https://go.osu.edu/Adams4HCareers.

Clubs interested in a breakout room after the county meeting, please contact me prior to the meeting.  All 4-H members and their families are invited to attend!

Parents/guardians are responsible for maintaining care, custody, and control of their minor(s) and are responsible for monitoring the activities their child is participating in. If you have a disability and have questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations, please contact Kristy Watters at watters.92@osu.edu.

4-H Enrollment Reopening Through April 1

Covid-19 has made everything a little bit harder, including 4-H enrollment/recruitment. With that in mind we have decided to reopen our 4-H enrollment through April 1, 2021. This is a last chance to join the program in 2021 and be eligible for fair exhibition, awards, and recognition.

Visit https://oh.4honline.com to enroll. Families enrolling during this “last chance” enrollment are responsible for contacting the Extension Office to complete any required paperwork including livestock exhibitor forms, poultry orders, horse permission to participate, book orders, etc.

Members enrolling between now and April 1 will be required to pay the $22 county assessment fee and will not have the option to sell candy.  Please make checks payable to the Adams County 4-H Advisory Committee.  Members enrolling now will also not be able to choose a market turkey project as those animals are already ordered and distributed.

A few clubs have let us know they are at their maximum capacity for 2021 but there are many others to choose from.  Please reach out to the head advisor listed to let them know you plan to enroll so they can add you to their communications.

Please stop in the office or contact us at 937-544-2339 for assistance.