Kids College – Register Now!

Kids College registration is OPEN!
Kids College is a unique, hands-on opportunity for project aged 4-Her’s to explore and experience non-livestock projects. Learn from experienced instructors, take home items to help with your project work, and be more prepared for pre-fair judging. Oh, and it’s a lot of FUN!
Sign up today at
Deadline to register is April 19 and sessions are filled on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay. Payment must be made to the Extension office by April 19.

Youth Beekeeper Scholarship Opportunity

Youth Beginner Beekeeping Scholarship program applications are available now!
Interested in Beekeeping?
Are you new to beekeeping and a resident of Adams County?
Are you enrolled in public, private, or home school and in grades 8 through 11?
Then…this scholarship may be for you!
Objectives are:
▪ To educate youth in the art of beekeeping and to promote a better understanding of the value of
honeybees to our environment and to the food chain.
▪ To provide an opportunity for youth to experience responsibility and enjoyment through beekeeping.
▪ To provide an avenue for youth to engage in a vocation and gain the potential to pursue beekeeping as a
sideline or fulltime vocation.
The award includes:
▪ A one year membership in the Adams County Beekeepers Association
▪ A beginning beekeeper guidebook
▪ A set of woodenware for a beehive
▪ A nuc (aka nucleus) or package of bees for the hive
▪ Beekeeping gear: jacket, gloves, hive tool, and bee smoker
▪ Mentoring by an Adams County Beekeepers Association member
Eligibility requirements:
▪ The applicant must be new to beekeeping and a resident of Adams County.
▪ The applicant must currently be enrolled in public, private, or home school and be in grades 8 through 11.
▪ The applicant must have permission and agreement from parent or guardian.
▪ This application must be submitted to Adams SWCD no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024.
4-Her’s may enroll in Beekeeping project #641 before the March 15th deadline to add or drop projects. For more information on the beekeepers scholarship, contact Bill Wickerham at 937-544-1010 or
This program is made possible through collaboration by the Adams County Beekeepers, Adams Soil and Water Conservation District, and Adams County Farm Bureau.

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

Kids College Hits the Road April 29

Kids College is hitting the road! Join us at Shawnee State Park for a day of outdoor activities and FUN! Register for one or two electives. Cost is just $15 for lunch and one elective or $20 for the entire day! Members will leave with new skills, project knowledge, and a take home item that will help them achieve success in the project area.

Choose from Dr. Bob’s Fun with Flight, Fishing with Phipps, Grill Master, STEM Bus, Explore the Outdoors, Get Started in Art, Cake Decorating, Archery, Photography 101, and Food & Nutrition Skills. Course description and registration at

Space is limited, first come-first served. Online registrations and payments to the Extension office are due by April 21.

Explore the Outdoors with Adams County 4-H!

Join us as we Explore Adams! Adams County 4-H will once again offer an Explore the Outdoors SPIN (SPecial INterest) club where youth will meet this spring exploring our Great Outdoors through hiking our local nature preserves. Guest speakers and specialists in their fields will participate to add to the educational experience for our youth. We will provide hands on learning about Birds, Insects, Wildlife, Plants, Trees, Streams, Conservation and Preservation.
Open to any youth 8 years old and in the 3rd grade or 9 years old in any grade and up to 18 years as of January 1st. Registration deadline – April 1, 2023. Sign up today at For more information contact advisor Dave Baker at or 937-798-1085 or call the Extension office.
Full listing of dates and programs:
Saturday April 8th at Highlands Nature Sanctuary – Appalachian Forest Museum1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Educational program by the Arc at the Museum, afternoon guided hikes.

Tuesday April 11th at Ohio River Bluffs, Manchester, Ohio
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Amazing Spring Flower hike overlooking the Ohio River


                                                         at Shawnee State Park – 4-H Kid’s College 

Saturday May 6th at Quiverheart Gorge Preserve

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Just enjoying nature and hiking the new North Gorge Trail followed by campfire and smores.

Tuesday May 16th at Quiverheart Gorge Preserve
Bats with Andrea Jaeger, Arc of Appalachia- 7 PM – Dusk

Sunday May 21st at Quiverheart Gorge Preserve
1:00 PM – 4:00PM – Explore Stream Biology with Kelly Capuzzi – get to know creatures of our streams.

Saturday June 3rd at Kamama Prairie
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Trees, Butterflies, and Insects with Naturalist John Howard.

Chaparral Prairie near West Union – (date to be determined)
8:00 PM – An evening of Moths and nocturnal insects led by Katie King of the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves with John Howard.

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.

Pre-Fair Judging Schedule Announced

Adams County 4-H pre-fair judging will be held on Tuesday, June 28 at the West Union Elementary School. 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.

2022 project completion, a printable copy of the schedule, and fair requirements can be found here.  Pay special attention to the County Requirements column in order to know what is required during pre-fair 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 for this skillathon.

Clothing members will compete in the Style Review at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 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 Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Sunday, July 10 before 9 a.m. and pick them up between 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

If you are unable to attend project judging on Tuesday, June 28 you have options to complete your non-livestock project.  We will offer an early judging on Wednesday, June 22 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 Friday, June 17.

We will also offer makeup project judging on Wednesday, July 6 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 Thursday, June 30 if you need to attend makeup project judging.

If you have questions about pre-fair judging, project requirements, or makeup judging, feel free to reach out to the Extension Office at 937-544-2339 or email Kristy at

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 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

Don’t Miss Out!

Opportunities available NOW!

Adams County 4-H Kids College

Kids College classes are filling up! Choose from Archery, Art, Cake Decorating, Fishing with Phipps, Food Fun, or STEM and complete project work, learn more about pre-fair judging, and leave with supplies to help complete your project. Cost is just $10. Register before April 15 at Youth must be a 4-H project member to attend but do not have to be enrolled in the project area they choose to explore. Kids College is sponsored by Southern State Community College.

Explore the Outdoors SPIN Club

Explore the Outdoors with our newest SPIN (SPecial INterest) Club! This club will hike and explore many of our local natural areas joined by a terrific line up of guest speakers. SPIN Club begins April 22. Open to youth in grades 3-12. You do not have to be a current 4-H member! Space is limited so register today at

Spring Fling at Canter’s Cave

There’s still time to register for Spring Fling at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp on April 29 & 30! Open to grades 3-6 and packed with all the things we love about summer camp. Don’t wait, register today at Fee is $40 and registration closes April 22.

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 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!