Junior Fair Baking Contest Recipes and Entry Form

The Junior Fair Baking Contest is open to all current members of any junior fair organization or club that have completed a food and nutrition or related project! Participants may only register in one category in the appropriate age division, junior 8 -12 years of age or senior 13-and up, as of January 1.

Members should register at go.osu.edu/bakeoff by June 1 at 4 p.m.

Baked goods must follow the recipe exactly, be packaged in an airtight, disposable plastic container, and brought to the Senior Fair Administration building to register between 12-12:30 p.m. on Thursday of fair week. Members will be required to take a written test on food preparation and nutrition when they drop off their item. Baked goods placing 1st and 2nd in their division will sell in the Small Animal and Baked Good Sale on Friday evening of fair.

Recipes, rules, and additional information can be found here under Baking Contest.

Last Call for Kids College Registration

Registrations for Kids College are due Friday, April 21!
Kids College is hitting the road! Join us at Shawnee State Park on Saturday, April 29 for a day of outdoor activities and FUN! Register for one or two of our electives. Cost is just $15 for lunch and one elective or $20 for the entire day!
Each member will gain knowledge and skills related to the elective(s) they choose. Sessions are taught by experts in their field and assisted by Adams County 4-H Camp Counselors and Teen Leaders. Kids College participants will leave with a cinch sack, takeaway to assist with the project area explored, and judging requirements for the project.
Space is limited. First come-first served. Course descriptions and registration at https://go.osu.edu/KidsCollege

Pre-fair Judging Reminders!

Pre-fair judging is Tuesday! Please be sure to check out your project interview time on the schedule and review the Non-livestock project requirements to be sure you are bringing all of the required components for your project. Judging will be held at West Union Elementary. You should plan to enter the  school on the “playground” side door closest to the cafeteria. Members will check in there and wait in the cafeteria until their turn to interview. Adults will be asked to remain in the cafeteria to wait for 4-Her’s to complete their interview.

Food & Nutrition project members will also complete their skillathon during the morning judging session. Study materials for this should include their project book, the My Plate guidelines, and basic kitchen tools and procedures. We have had a few questions about the food portfolio/project presentation folder. This should include one page (front only) for each activity or interest area outlined in the front of the project book. The page should demonstrate learning taking place by the member during that activity. It may include journaling, a timeline, photos, or any other format that demonstrates the work of the 4-Her. Each page/activity can be a different format and should be presented in a 3 prong folder.

Clothing project members will compete in the style review at 3:30 p.m. in the cafeteria on Tuesday. This is open to the public. Family and friends are welcome to come support the 4-Her’s show off their skills.

Shooting Sports members should bring their completed project book and poster or display but should NOT bring their firearms, ammunition, bows, or arrows.

Crop and Shop (woodworking, welding, etc.) projects will be judged during the fair. Projects must be registered in at the 4-H Booth Building on Sunday, July 10 between 3-5:30 p.m. Judging time for Wednesday, July 13 will be scheduled at registration on Sunday.

Please remember that all non-livestock projects must be displayed in the 4-H Booth Building for the duration of the fair in order to be eligible for awards and premiums. If your club is not having a booth, your project should be displayed in the County 4-H Booth. These projects must be dropped off in the booth building and a project card completed on Saturday, July 9 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Fair Entry Day is June 1


June 1st is “Junior Fair Entry Day”, here is a list of forms and project registrations due by June 1.


Bake Off Entries Due June 1

Adams County Junior Fair members completing a food and nutrition or related project are eligible to enter the Junior Fair Bake Off. New for 2022, more than one member from a club may enter into a category as long as they meet the age and project requirements. Members must use the recipes provided. Grand and reserve champion baked goods in each category will be required to sell in the Junior Fair Sale on Friday evening of the fair.

Baked goods will be submitted on Thursday, July 14 at 3 p.m. in the Senior Fair Administration Building. Judging will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. Awards will be announced that evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Building.

Entries can be made at https://go.osu.edu/bakeoff and are due June 1. Recipes available on the Extension website or at the Extension office.

1. The Junior Fair Baking Contest is open to current members of any Junior Fair organization or club that
have completed a food and nutrition or related project.
2. Participants may only be registered in one category and may represent only one Junior Fair
organization or club.
3. Each organization or club must submit entries by 4:00 p.m. on June 1st to the Extension office.
4. Each participant will: a) Bring the baked item they have prepared themselves according to the recipe
provided by the Junior Fair Board. b) Be required to take a written food preparation and nutrition test
when entering the baked item. c) Submit their baked item in a sealed container. NO EXCEPTIONS or
you will not be allowed to register.
5. All baked goods must be registered between 3:00-3:30 p.m. Judging will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Senior
Fair Administration Building.
6. Scoring will be as follows: a) Quality of baked item – 60%. b) Nutrition test – 40%.
7. If a participant earns less than 50% on the written food preparation and nutrition test, the baked good
will not be eligible for placing or for the sale. Any participant who has difficulty reading should notify the
contest chair(s) at time of registration so assistance can be provided.
8. Classes will be divided into Junior (8-12 years of age) and Senior (13 years of age and older). All ages
as of January 1st of the current year.
9. Junior categories: Quick Bread, Cookies, and Basic Cake
10. Senior categories: Yeast Bread, Pie, and Specialty Cake
11. Awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m. in the Senior Fair Administration Building.
12. The awards given will be: Grand Champion – Rosette, Reserve Champion – Rosette, 3rd through 5th
places – Rosettes. Each participant will receive a participation ribbon.
13. Grand and Reserve Champion must sell in the Small Animal and Baked Goods Sale. The baker must
be present to sell and follow the Junior Fair Dress Code. NOTE: Grand and Reserve Champion winners
will not be eligible to sell any additional units in any Jr Fair Sale unless those units were also designated
as qualifying champions in their respective shows.
14. If, for some reason, the Grand or Reserve Champion is disqualified, no replacement will be selected
from that division for the sale.
15. Entries not placing must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. on Thursday

Kids College Registration is OPEN!

Kids College is back for 2022! This member favorite event will be held on Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. – 12 noon at the Adams County fairgrounds. Choose from Archery, Art, Cake Decorating, Fishing with Phipps, Food Fun, or STEM. Members do not have to be enrolled in the project area they choose to explore.

Each session will be packed with hands on, experiential learning, tips for pre-fair judging success, and FUN! Youth will also leave with supplies to help them complete their projects. 4-Hers will attend one breakout session, have a snack, and work on our countywide community service project. The cost is $10 and registration is open through April 15. Open only to 4-H project members. Register at http://go.osu.edu/KidsCollege22. Class space is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis so don’t wait, sign up today!

Southern State Community College is a generous sponsor of our Kids College program!

Yeast Breads SPIN Club

Interested in learning to make yeast breads but not sure where to start?  Bake along at home and complete with the Yeast Breads on the Rise project with 4-H Volunteer Joy Bauman.  Register at go.osu.edu/yeastbreads and join Joy for six sessions of baking via Zoom.  This SPIN Club is open to both 4-H members and non-members.

You will need to download the free Yeast Breads on the Rise project book at Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects | Ohio 4-H Youth Development.  You will be responsible for purchasing ingredients for each week’s recipe and should have basic utensils needed to bake bread.  Once registered you will receive an email with more detailed instructions.  If you have questions, please contact Joy at bauman.67@osu.edu or Kristy at watters.92@osu.edu.

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.


Demonstration Contest Hosted on Adams County 4-H’s Facebook Page

We are challenging all Adams County 4-Her’s to participate in our county wide demonstration contest! Simply record a 3-5 minute 4-H project demonstration video and upload it as a comment on the post pinned to the top of the Adams County 4-H Facebook page. The demonstration with the most likes at noon on April 15th will win a pizza party for their entire 4-H Club!

Videos must be posted as comments on the original post on the Adams County 4-H Facebook page. Please make sure if you see the post as a shared post, you are going to the original post to upload your video. People can vote for which demonstration they like the best by clicking LIKE on their favorite video!

All video submissions must be posted by noon on April 15th!

A great resource for what should be in a good demonstration can be found: https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/4h-46

Kids College is Back! – Canceled

Kids College will be held Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Ohio Valley Career & Technical Center.  We have a great lineup of offerings to help members get a jump start on their projects or explore new interests.  We have some returning favorites like Fun with Food, Cake Decorating and Fishing with Phipps and some exciting new offerings including Sewing Basics and STEM with GE.

We are pleased to once again partner with Southern State Community College as a sponsor.  This partnership allows us to provide additional materials for members to take with them to further their project exploration.  Kids College registration form and course guide can be found at https://adams.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/kids-college or at the Extension Office.  Courses will be filled on a first come, first served basis and registrations and fees are due to the office by Friday, April 3, 2020.


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 watters.92@osu.edu 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).