Mandatory Advisor Training – DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2018.

Mandatory Advisor Training

In order to be an advisor for the 2018-2019 program year, you must attend AT LEAST ONE Advisor Workshop. You may attend more than one if you so wish! This year, Advisor Workshops will be two hours long. The first hour will be a blanket training that will cover necessary information for the coming year. The second hour will focus on a workshop theme (as noted below). Advisors may attend ANY workshop they wish to. Clubs with a large number of advisors may elect to send their advisors to different days/times so that they can bring different knowledge back to the club.

  • A. Sunday, November 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. – Understanding Non-Livestock Projects, Pre-Fair Judging and State Fair Participation
  • B. Sunday, November 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. – Understanding Livestock Projects, the Shelby County Junior Fair Rules and Skillathon
  • C. Monday, November 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. – Improving the Cloverbud/First-Year Member Experience at Club Meetings
  • D. Tuesday, December 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. – Adding 4-HOnline to your Club Management Toolbox
  • E. Thursday, December 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. – An In-Depth Overview of the 4-H Program for New Advisors (or those who need a refresher)

To register, please visit DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2018. Workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will do our best to assign everyone their selected date; however, we can only comfortably accommodate approximately 40 advisors for any one session. If we have more than that register for a workshop, we will send out an email to discuss alternative solutions (adding another day/time or moving advisors to a different workshop).

4‑H and DreamWorks are calling all 4‑H’ers to entering the Show Your Spirit Photo Contest.

Are you inspired by your pet, farm or service animal’s courage, curiosity and confidence? This fall, 4‑H and DreamWorks are calling all 4‑H’ers and the 4‑H community to showcase their animals’ “spirit” by entering the Show Your Spirit Photo Contest. The winner will receive a 4-day, 3-night Luxury Included® vacation for two adults and two children (under the age of 15) at any Beaches Resorts in the Caribbean! (Airfare not included.)

Enter the contest today and help celebrate the new season of the original series Spirit Riding Free, which premiers on Netflix November 9.

Share a photo of you with your animal friend below and tell us why they have spirit by November 16!

Dreamworks Contest

The Shelby County Junior Fair Sale Committee confirmed the 2019 Dates and Times

The Shelby County Junior Fair Sale Committee had their meeting on Monday, November 5, 2018 and have confirmed the 2019 Dates and Times:

Steers-Weigh In & Tagging- January 13th from 12-2pm

Weather back up date- January 20th 12-2pm

Feeders Vaccination Date– June 2nd from 12-2pm

Booster Date: June 23rd 12-3pm

Lambs and Goats Weigh In & Tagging- May 5th 1-3pm

(Goats will be first and then Lambs)

Rabbits Tattooing: June 22nd 8-10am

2019 Ohio 4-H Teen of the Year & Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominations for the 2019 Ohio 4-H Teen of the Year and Hall of Fame are now being accepted. Award winners will be asked to attend the Ohio 4-H Conference Teen Luncheon on March 9th, 2019.

Applications for Ohio 4-H Teen of the Year are available here.

Application for Ohio 4-H Teen Hall of Fame are available here.

Applications are due December 1st, 2018.

Teen of the Year– Honors one outstanding teen that has had great accomplishments in the past year. This award was created to honor a select individual for their performance, dedication, and passion for the 4-H program.  Nominee must be between the ages of 13 and 18 as of January 1 the year they are nominated.

Hall of Fame– Induction into the Teen Hall of Fame is meant to be thought as a very high honor for youth who are selected. It is meant to honor those who have dedicated it all to make the best better in their club, community, country, and world. Nominee must be between the ages of 15 and 18 as of January 1 the year they are nominated.

Sheep Care Videos available to view

These sheep care videos feature some of the key components of owning and managing sheep including topics on selection, nutrition, management practices, handling, showing, and fitting. They were produced by Ohio 4-H Youth development in collaboration with the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program and the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. We are grateful to our featured presenters for their willingness to share their expertise!


Ohio 4-H offers a variety of awards and opportunities at the state level

Ohio 4-H offers a variety of awards and opportunities at the state level

The link below contains information which will be helpful to 4-H members, parents, volunteer leaders and County Extension Educators. The forms must be signed by the Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development before they are submitted. Please contact your county OSU Extension Office for deadlines.

***Best Kept Exhibit Award***

***Best Kept Exhibit Award***


In an effort to address cleanliness of barns and aisle ways at the Junior Fair, the 4-H Advisory Board chose to sponsor a Best Kept Exhibit award for the week. Each day of the fair, members of the 4-H Advisory Board walked the barns and judged each club on their cleanliness, orderliness and visual appeal according to a rubric (visit to view the rubric). Scores for each club were recorded each day of the week and averaged at the end of fair. Note: If clubs had less than 3 pens, cages or stalls in a specie, they were not scored.

Congratulations to the following clubs, who had the highest overall average scores in each species. These clubs will receive a $50 prize and a certificate from the 4-H Advisory Board. Awards will be given to advisors at their workshops.

  • Beef – Scissors to Sheep
  • Dairy – Fort Loramie Livestock
  • Goats – Fort Loramie Livestock
  • Horses – Horse and Rider
  • Poultry – Houston Livestock
  • Rabbits – Paw Prints
  • Sheep – Scissors to Sheep
  • Swine – Botkins Livestock

Gift certificates redeemable for 4-H Camp fees now available!

Gift certificates redeemable for 4-H Camp fees now available!

Give the gift of fun and memories! Skip the lines and visit the Shelby County Extension Office to buy gift certificates redeemable toward 4-H Camp fees. Great for stocking stuffers or gifts from grandparents and extended family! Gift certificates can be made out in any amount. Printed certificates can go home with the giver or be mailed to the recipient. Camp dates are June 9-13, 2019 at 4-H Camp Clifton.

2019 Ohio 4-H International Programs

Hello, Friends of the Ohio 4-H International Program!
We are pleased to announce $1,800 scholarships which will be automatically awarded to any youth selected to travel overseas through Ohio 4-H International Programs in 2019! Also, those who have hosted with our program before will receive an additional $100 off per exchangee hosted!
To earn a scholarship:
·       Apply to travel by November 30 (there is not a separate application for the scholarship)
·       Attend Selection Interviews in Columbus on December 8 (afternoon)
The 2019 countries, dates and post-scholarship approximate prices are:
Japan 1-Month: $3,625
(July 10 – Aug. 8, 2019)
Japan 2-Months: $5,175
(June 12 – Aug. 8, 2019)
Costa Rica: $1,375
(June 20 – July 19, 2019)
Finland: $2,500
(June 26 – July 27, 2019)
Application Deadline: November 30, 2018
More information is available at “At-A-Glance” and Ohio 4-H International
Read these instructions BEFORE applying: Instructions for the 2019 Youth Traveler Application
Find the application at 2019 Youth Traveler Application
We hope you can travel abroad with us soon! Note that scholarships are only available to those who have been involved with Ohio 4-H programs in the past.
Information about 2019 Hosting will be available on our website in December and will be emailed to you in January. Consider applying and opening your world!