Brown County JFB Seeking Small Animal Superintendent(s)

The Brown County Junior Fair is seeking individuals to serve as the small animal superintendent and additional assistant superintendents to help.

Superintendent(s) serve in a role with the junior fair board overseeing the members and helping them succeed in offering all events and activities throughout the year related to the department. This includes but is not limited to coordinating chicken orders, chick pick-up, small animal tagging, clinics, barn clean-ups, pen assignments, etc.

Superintendents are asked to attend Junior Fairboard meetings that are typically held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.

Assistant superintendents assist with all the above things and may be assigned specific tasks to oversee. One assistant superintendent will be identified specifically to oversee the small animal showman of showmen.

All superintendents and assistant superintendents must be able to work as part of a team that guide our youth through the process. Individuals must be organized.

If you are interested in serving in this volunteer capacity with the Brown County Junior Fair, please submit a letter of interest by March 15th to the Brown County Extension Office or by emailing it to

Letters of interest will be reviewed by a committee, and individuals may be asked to complete an interview. Please share this information with any who may be interested.

Snow Days = Time for 4-H! – Deadlines Approaching

It appears most of our schools have decided today was perfect for a snow day! We hope everyone stays safe, warm, and our members are able to have some fun. That being said, this snow day makes it the perfect day to work on 4-H items! Especially those that have a February 1st deadline.

Promotional Commercial Contest – Due Feb. 1st

Now is the perfect time to create and finish your entry for the promo video contest! This is your chance to share about your 4-H experience. Videos are just 30-90 seconds long. Plus, just by entering you have a chance of winning one of five sweatshirt blankets (perfect for snowy days!) AND one junior and one senior will win a custom 4-H softshell jacket. Full details and how to submit can be found at 

Camp Counselor Applications – Due Feb. 1st 

Teens who are 14+ as of January 1st are encouraged to apply to be a 2021 camp counselor! Counselors go through training throughout the spring to then counsel at one of our residential summer camps held at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp. This is a great leadership experience and also a lot of fun.

Counselor applications can be found at 

2021 Camp dates can be found at

Achievement Records – Due Feb. 1st

If you are a teen who is 14+ as of January 1st, you are eligible to apply for an Ohio 4-H Achievement Award. Details and the application can be found here:

Applications are due to me by February 1st. Younger members – this is a great time to check this out and start your record, adding to it annually.

Complete Your 4-H Enrollment – Due April 1st 

Now is also the time to be submitting your enrollment through our online system. This is both for members and volunteers. To enroll for 2021 go to and submit your enrollment. If you had this page bookmarked, you will need to delete the bookmark and type in the link to make sure you are on the new version of the site. That being said, the site did get a facelift. Your log-in remains the same. If you need assistance visit our help page on the website here:

**Note if you can’t find your school listed, try looking under private schools. Still not finding it, let us know!

Ohio 4-H Scholarships – Due February 15th 

Don’t miss out on applying for the Ohio 4-H Scholarships. These are due through online applications and details can be found on the state website here:

Some scholarships are for any university, some specific to Ohio State, and some specific to certain programs at Ohio State. There are also some scholarships available to those who are already in college.

I hope you take the time to enjoy this snow day, but it also makes the perfect day to get some of these items checked off your 4-H to-do list! I’m especially excited to see all of your video entries and camp counselor applications. 

Yours in 4-H!


Christy D. Clary

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
OSU Extension, Brown County

***Information was sent via email to your email address in 4-H Online earlier today.

Applications Now Being Accepted for 2021 Brown County Junior Fairboard

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Brown County Junior Fairboard.

The Brown County Junior Fairboard is comprised of youth from all junior fair organizations and serves as the working group for the fair. Members of the Junior Fairboard solicit trophy donations, assist at tag-ins/check-ins, and fundraising events throughout the year. At the fair, members assist with department duties, work in the junior fair office, and help with other junior fair activities as needed.

Members are selected for a one-year term and must be at least 14 as of January 1, 2021. New member’s terms begin in January. Members may renew their term each year by satisfactorily meeting the expectations of membership and submitting a returning member application by the set deadline. Members may only miss three unexcused meetings in a year. All meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Rhonemus Hall at the Brown County Fairgrounds unless otherwise noted. We do not meet in July or December.

Junior Fairboard members make many decisions and rules regarding the junior fair program and are often asked to enforce the rules during fair time. Applicants should be fair-minded individuals who are willing to look at issues from various points of view while remembering to support the rules in place. Applicants should also be prepared to solicit donations, help with tag-ins and clinics throughout the year and to work hard at a variety of events during the fair. Members will be provided with a list of expectations and responsibilities at the beginning of the year, failure to satisfactorily meet the outlined expectations may result in a member not being selected to serve another term.

If this sounds of interest to you, please complete this online application.

Applications must be received by 4:30pm on December 1st. 

Applicants will then complete an interview and then selected individuals must attend orientation.

Interviews will be on December 21st in the Carpeted Room on the Brown County Fairgrounds from 2-6pm. Interviews last approximately 10 minutes. If you are unable to make those times or need a virtual interview, you must contact Christy Clary in advance to make arrangements.

Orientation will be Tuesday, January 5th at 6:00 p.m., prior to the January Junior Fairboard meeting.


If you are a current member wishing to return for 2021, you must complete the online returning member application by November 15th. It can be found at

Brown County 4-H News & Notes

Thank you for your patience as we work through figuring out things in this unprecedented situation. There are a few important updates, and some of it is the continuation of we just do not know yet. We are working to find the best solutions for all involved while keeping the health and safety of our 4-H’ers and community safe and healthy. Because there are more than just a few updates, I’ve posted everything on the website as a News and Notes and saved it in 4HOnline as a newsletter. PLEASE read this information carefully! There are some updates as well as some really fun opportunities included.

Find it here: (if the hyperlink doesn’t work from your email, try typing the link into your browser. Some systems have been having issues with hyperlinks).

A few of the items included in the newsletter:

  • Update from Senior Fairboard
  • State Fair Update from the State 4-H Office
  • Project Completion and Judging Info
  • 2020 4-H T-Shirt Orders
  • June Contest Info
  • Camp…ish!
  • SPIN Club offerings
  • 4-H Pillowcase Orders
  • And more!

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

OSU Extension News 5/28/2020

By: Christy Clary, OSU Extension Educator 4-H Youth Development

4-leaf clover

I was dodging raindrops the other day, looked down, and saw this 4-leaf clover. For some, the 4-leaf clover represents luck. While I always feel lucky to find one, I also immediately think of 4-H. I am an OSU Extension Educator with 4-H Youth Development, so some might think well of course she does. But it is more than that, since before I can remember I have been involved with 4-H. I have lived and breathed this program all my life and believe in what we do.

We are a youth development program. Our goal and mission is to develop caring, contributing citizens; to provide learning opportunities for youth to develop their skills to be successful throughout life. To connect them with caring adults who can help mentor them and help them become life-long learners.

We use the motto “To Make the Best Better” and the slogan “Learn by Doing.” The youth in the program are the best, and by participating they are working to improve. They do this by completing hands-on activities and projects and learn by doing real-world things.

As an educator and working with volunteers, I strive in all the decisions I make that they are moving in that same direction toward making the best better. When I have to make decisions, some are easy and some are hard, I must think of what is best for all the youth and volunteers in the program. Just like the kids, the adults are learning as we go through the process.

We make a pledge at each of our meetings and events to help guide what we do. It can also serve as a guide outside of specific events and each and everything we do, especially right now in a time of uncertainty and difficult decisions.

I pledge my head to clearer thinking. As we work through all these difficult decisions, know that those who are working through this are trying to make the best decision for everyone involved not only for now but for future years as well.

I pledge my heart to greater loyalty. The adult volunteers are champions for all the kids in the program. As I work with these individuals, they do not take this role lightly and are trying to find positive solutions.

I pledge my hands to larger service. Just like our youth complete service projects to give back to the community, we could not do the things we do without dedicated volunteers, who give tirelessly to make the best decisions they can for the youth in our community.

I pledge my health to better living. Physical health is important, but we also need to focus on our mental health. We need to stay positive in both our thoughts and how we are treating ourselves and others, especially as difficult decisions are made. We often hear that we need to learn to win and lose graciously, and we do. But our responses to disappointment should also look like this also, in person, in email and on social media.

For my club, my community, my country, and my world. The decisions being made are for everyone. Right now, public officials are making decisions that impact each and every one of us. They are not making these decisions lightly. At the county level and with 4-H, a lot of people are looking toward the fair. The people making decisions are not taking it lightly and understand it impacts each and every one of the youth who exhibit and more. The fair is the culmination of hard work and the chance to show off what has been accomplished. It is also a chance to have fun, see friends, and make memories.

As we do face these interesting times in history, I challenge you to remember the 4-H pledge. I challenge you to not act like those making decisions are doing it carelessly and without considering all the implications. I challenge you to not act like they do not have insight into how much this means to people. It is simply not the case, they do. I challenge you to respond with grace and kindness no matter the decisions. I also challenge you to think about how you have the conversation with the young people in your lives. What do you want to teach them about how to handle wins, losses, and disappointments? These are called tough decisions for a reason, none of us want to even be considering many of these things. But we must make the decisions based on what will be the best solution now and for years to come. All we can control in this situation is how we react, let us make it a positive one.

The 4-H program is part of the Ohio State University Extension services. For more information on the 4-H program and how to get involved, contact the Brown County OSU Extension office at 937-378-6716. Our office is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but we are available by phone. You can also find more information on our website or follow Brown County 4-H on Facebook at A list of canceled and postponed events is listed on our website.

Christy Clary is the Ohio State University, Extension Educator for 4-H Youth Development in Brown County.

Originally published in the May 28, 2020 Brown County Press