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!

Talk the Talk

Communications Contest Participants, left to right: Kole Henderson, Madee Henderson, Vanessa Trotter, JR Liston, and Erin Simpkins

Public speaking is a fear of many, but a skill that is important to have. However, a few brave 4-H’ers stepped up to test their presentation skills in this year’s Communications Contest.

The Communications Contest is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and present on an issue you are passionate about. Often contestants’ demonstrations will be about their 4-H project. Each youth is asked to give an illustrated talk or demonstration 5-10 minutes long, using visual aids or a slide show. They present in front of a judge and an audience.

This year, five competed at our county level contest on June 24, and qualified for the state contest on August 5. We were very impressed at our county contest and know they will represent Adams County proud.

Good luck to all contestants!

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.

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.

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

The Countywide 4-H Meeting will be this Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m on Zoom. This month we will share tips and tricks to help you successfully complete your 4-H project(s).  We will also have pledges, county updates, a 4-H swag drawing for members present, and virtual recreation. Log on at https://go.osu.edu/Adams4HCareers.

Please have a piece of paper (copy, construction, cardstock, or colored) and crayons or markers to complete our community service project.

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 is Open!

2021 Adams County 4-H enrollment is open!  Visit oh.4honline.com to enroll for the new project year.  4-H Online has a new look this year, but appears to be more user friendly.

To log in, use your email address that is on file with the Extension office and the password you created for 4-H Online.  If you don’t remember your password, you can choose “reset password” on the home page of 4-H Online.  If you are not sure which email address you use, please contact the office.  If you have been in 4-H before, please do NOT create a new profile.  Here is a short video to help you through the process.

New for this year, if you enroll in an equine or dog project, it will automatically include the permission forms for you to sign electronically.  If you are taking a livestock project, you will still need to sign and submit a hard copy of the Adams County Junior Fair Livestock Exhibitor Agreement.

If you questions, please contact the office at 937-544-2339.  You can also email Barbie or Kristy if you have questions.  Remember to log in before the February 15 enrollment deadline.

 

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).