Warning! Information Overload – Junior Fair Update #1

Thank you for your patience as we have been working to develop a plan for your modified Junior Fair.  I want to reiterate that the Senior Fair Board voted for a modified Junior Fair for a reason, as you will experience the fair in a very different way this year.  For example, the arrival and dismissal times vary, show days and times may be different, the way you complete many of your required forms, such as the DUNF, will be electronic and while we view the fair as a time to gather with family and friends, that too, will look a little differently this year.  We are asking that all participants and spectators follow the CDC recommendations, particularly regarding 1) Social distancing 2) Hand hygiene and 3) Face coverings.  Please start talking with your child about these things now, so they know what to expect when they arrive at the fair. While things might look and feel a little different this year, we still want you to have a great fair and acquire those skills and experiences that only the county fair provides.

In an effort to be transparent and to help you plan your summer, we will provide you with the information that we have, when we have it.  That may also mean, we do not have all the details finalized at that given time.

In-person meetings, clinics, programs, etc. are not permitted until July 7.  Once in-person events resume, please follow the CDC guidelines which currently includes 1) Social distancing 2) Hand hygiene and 3) Face coverings.

Member in Good Standing
We understand that this 4-H project year is one like no other! We hope that you have been working hard on your 4-H project(s) and you are making progress on completing your 4-H project book(s). As a reminder, to be recognized as a 4-H member who has completed a year of 4-H work, you must be a 4-H member in good standing:

A 4-H member in good standing:

  • Completes enrollment by March 15th
  • Completes at least one project each year. Project completion may include:
    • County Fair Project Judging
    • Livestock Exhibition at the Fair
    • Interview and Project Review with Club Advisor
  • Attends 6 Club Meetings (including virtual meetings)

General Project Judging
Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey!  We had a lot of responses and your input was incredibly valuable!  Based on your feedback, General Project Judging will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during fair week, July 28-30.  The times are TBD.  Members will have the option to participate in-person or virtually.  Regardless of the option that your choose, members will be eligible for county awards.  As in previous years, those planning to attend project judging will need to register for an interview time.  Registration will be available at the beginning of July.

Winners’ Circle & 4-H Style Revue
Winners’ Circle and the 4-H Style Revue will not be held in-person this year.  Daily project winners will be highlighted virtually.

4-H Project Booths
The 4-H Hall will not be set up with project displays this year.  However, there will be an opportunity to participate in a virtual project display.

Quality Assurance
Last Call!  Only two QA session remaining!

June 19 @ 11am
June 22 @ 9:30am
June 23 @ 10am
June 25 @ 9:30am
June 25 @ 2pm
June 26 @ 9:30am
June 26 @ 2pm

Join us on a date and time that best fits your schedule from the comfort of your couch, recliner, outside patio, camper or even if you are traveling. These sessions will be offered via Zoom. All you need is:

  • a device -phone, laptop, or tablet with internet capabilities
  • a way to hear -speaker or earbuds
  • a camera -we need to see your smiling face during the session

You must register at Clermont Virtual QA for which session you want to attend as each session has been limited to 25 participants.  Those that are in a household can register and participate as a unit. All participants will need to be seen in the camera and all participants will need to participate in the Question and Answer segments.

On the day of your event, you will receive an email with the connection information for the session. Many of you have been using Zoom for your teleschooling and are familiar but please make sure you connect a few minutes early as the Zoom door will be locked when we begin at the designated time. “Early is on time, on time is late, late is unacceptable”

All QA training must be completed by June 30 to be eligible to show at the 2020 Modified Clermont County Junior Fair. If you are not able to participate virtually, you can still take the online YQCA training which must be completed, and a copy of the certificate sent to neal.331@osu.edu with a completion date of June 30 or earlier.

QA Resources
Several individuals have asked for a couple of resources from the QA training.  Click the link below to download them.

4-H Animal CARES Pledge Scoresheet

Animal Facility Audit Form

Horse Safety & Ethics
Any member taking a horse project for the first time is required to complete the Horse Safety and Ethics training.  This training will be held on Sunday, July 12, at 12:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds, as part of the Clermont County Junior Fair Horse Clinic.

Dog Show
Out of safety concerns for dog project members, due to the lack of training, the dog show will be held virtually.  Members will receive an email with directions regarding how to upload their video for judging.

Clermont County Junior Fair Livestock Schedule
Below is the link to the Junior Fair Livestock schedule.  As you will notice there are staggard arrival times.  We are also asking that if you do not plan to sell your animal in the Junior Fair Livestock Sale, please remove your animals from the fairgrounds at the completion of your show.

Junior Fair Livestock Schedule. 

Livestock Project Registration
Online Registration for the 2020 Junior Fair is now available! ALL species must re-register their animals.  Please go to clermo.fairmanager.com and follow the instructions on the screen. Online registration must be completed by July 05, 2020, at 11:59pm.

Also please download the Showorks Passport App from the app store once you have completed your registration. The Junior Fair and Sales Committee will be using this app to send out notifications fair week, as well as using the Clermont County Junior Fair Board social media outlets, Clermont County Fair social media outlets, and OSU Extension- Clermont County social media outlets.


Any questions concerning online registration please contact Christine Fetters at christinemfetters@gmail.com or 513-543-4366.

Livestock Auction Update
Check out the FAQ for the livestock sale.

Livestock Sale FAQ

Junior Fair Royalty
The Junior Fair Royalty is still accepting applications.  If you are interested in applying, the application deadline is 11:59p.m. on Friday, June 26.

Junior Fair Royalty Application

A modified skillathon will be held on Sunday, July 19.  A sign-up will be sent out to register for a specific time.  Members can only register for the species that they are exhibiting.  Record books will not be scored this year.  Review your project and resource books as practice sessions will not be held.

Other Skillathon study resource:


As a cost savings measure this year, premiums will not be issued for any livestock or general projects.

Fair Work Days
The Clermont County Fair is a fair put on by the help of many!  We are going to need lots of help to prepare for our great fair!  If you are able to lend a helping hand please sign up!

Sign Up Here

Stay Connected!


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Clermont County Fair

Clermont County Junior Fair Board

Clermont County Jr. Fair Livestock Sale

Support the Camp Graham Fundraising Campaign

Thank you to everyone who has supported 4-H Camp Graham! Only a few hours remain to donate to our fundraising campaign. Help us to reach our goal by donating today! Your gift will help ensure our camp is able to withstand the financial burden of not having residential or day camps this summer. If you think back on your favorite childhood memories; many of them probably include summer camp.  Your contributions will help ensure future generations are able to continue making 4-H camp memories.


We Need Your Input – General Project Judging Survey

Plan A. Plan B. Plan C. I am not sure what letter plan we are on at this point, but I want to give you an update regarding the Clermont County Fair. As many of you might have heard, the Clermont County Senior Fair Board voted last week to rescind their motion to hold a virtual Junior Fair for 2020 and approved to hold a modified Junior Fair. What does that mean? That means we get to have a live, in-person Junior Fair! That also means, fair will look very different this year so, we ask for your patience as we change plans and implement new protocols.

General Project Judging Survey

All members registered for a general project are asked to complete the survey below, to let us know what your plans are for project judging. This will help us determine what measures need put into place to make it a safe event for everyone or, if we need to alter the judging dates. If you are not planning to participate in project judging, please fill out the survey to let us know. Please respond by noon on Friday, June 19. Registration for interview appointments will be released at a later date.


Project Books

Download one for free. A special collection of project books is available for free on the Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects web page. Click on the book you want, and when the file opens on your screen, save or print it from there. Horseless Horse and Science Fun with Physics are being added soon (For accessible formats of these publications, visit cfaes.osu.edu/accessibility)!

Buy one online. If you would like to buy a print copy of a Perfect Stay-at-Home project or any other project book, you can order directly from extensionpubs.osu.edu with one of these special discounts for Ohio residents: FREE2020 (for free shipping) OR 20IN2020 (20% off the entire order). Use the coupon that works best for you. Orders can be shipped directly to a person’s home as long as it is an Ohio address. Please review your order carefully. No returns are accepted. There is no restriction on the number of times a coupon can be used. See printable ordering instructions HERE.

General Project Guidelines 

Project guidelines can be accessed at the link below.  These guidelines

Information regarding livestock, skillathon and royalty will be released next week.

Keep working on your projects!

Help Keep the Campfire Burning at Camp Graham

As a result of COVID-19 and the restrictions that have been put in place, Ohio 4-H has made the very difficult decision to suspend 4-H camps this summer; therefore, 4-H’ers will not be allowed to camp until after August 31st. While we are saddened by this news, we fully support the decision to keep our youth safe because the health of our campers, staff and volunteers are our highest priority. However, this decision has impacted our camps financially and will make it difficult to maintain or retain our camps.

Camp Graham needs your help until we can welcome our youth back in the summer of 2021. Over the years, Camp Graham has positively impacted thousands of campers. Now is your opportunity to give back to Camp Graham by helping us reach our goal of raising $20,000.

Please visit https://buckeyefunder.osu.edu/4hcampgraham to donate.  The fundraising campaign runs now through June 18.

Virtual Drop Box for 4-H Forms

With the closing of our office and cancellation of in-person events, we created a virtual drop box as an easy way for families to turn in required forms.  Up to five forms can be uploaded at one time for each member.  Below is a list of forms that you can submit electronically, along with new due dates.  Click here to submit your forms electronically.


Horse Project Registration & State Fair Changes

Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID‐19 pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel all Ohio State University Extension in‐person programming through July 6. This includes all 4‐H programs, activities, and events such as 4‐H horse shows and PAS qualifying horse shows.  Therefore, an in-person horse project registration will not take place.  Instead, members should send their Horse Photo ID form and leases to their club advisor by Saturday, May 9.  Advisors will be responsible for mailing the club forms to Mary Huddle (2633 Williamsburg Bantam Rd Bethel, Ohio 45106) the following week.

Signed Horse Permission to Participate forms can be uploaded here.

Clermont County Junior Fair is currently accepting Trophy and Award sponsorships.  Donations can be mailed to Mary.  The horse show has more than 100 classes and could not provide such awesome awards to exhibitors with the support of parents and local businesses.  Each club is asked to secure a minimum of 15 sponsors.  Checks will be held until June 15, 2020.

State Fair Junior Horse Show Updates

  1. With the cancellation of 4-H horse shows and PAS qualifying shows, the PAS and Dressage qualifying requirements for this year’s Junior Horse Show are waived.
  2. The show will be limited to 850 entries (~100 more than we typically see) on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to senior 4-H/FFA members in their last year of eligibility.
  3. Exhibitors are still required to enter and pay the $50 stall fee online at ohiostatefair.com.
  4. Exhibitors are required to provide a copy of their equine’s current negative Coggins test (dated after January 1, 2020).  Forms can be uploaded here, along with your county Horse Permission to Participate form.
  5. Exhibitors should email their advisor and 4-H Educator, Kelly Royalty (royalty.9@osu.edu), a list of the classes in which they will or have entered.  Entries open June 1, 2020 and must be submitted to Kelly no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, as a county verification form has to be submitted for all exhibitors .

Click here to view the State Fair Horse Show updates.

Changes to Junior Fair Livestock Registration and Tag-In

Due to stay at home orders, social distancing and the 4-H programs being canceled through July 6th, Clermont County Junior Fair Board will NOT be tagging and weighing animals on the fairgrounds prior to the Fair.  Instead, each exhibitor must complete a Google Form registration for market and non-market animals. There are separate links for each species. Some animals will require two pictures be uploaded of each animal you are registering. One picture must be from the side and one from the head showing ears, ear notches and existing tags including scrapie for goats and lambs. You will receive an email confirmation if the form is submitted correctly. The form must be submitted by 11:59pm May 23rd. The Ohio Department of Agriculture requires that exhibitors have possession of their market animals 60 days prior to the start of the fair.

Below are the links to each registration form.  Exhibitors will need to complete a separate registration form for each species.



Companion Animals

Exhibition Poultry





Market Chicken Orders Accepted by Mail

Due to COVID-19, the Clermont County Junior Fair has canceled the in-person registration, scheduled for Saturday, April, 4.  Anyone wanting to order market chickens to exhibit at the 2020 Clermont County Fair must submit their order form and payment by mail. Orders must be RECEIVED no later than Saturday, April 4.

Market Chicken Order Form


Clermont County OSU Extension COVID-19 Update

Governor DeWine recently issued a state of emergency for the state of Ohio, and along with the Ohio Department of Health, has implemented a variety of strategies to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). To do our part in reducing risk to Ohio State University Extension employees or clientele, we have implemented a teleworking plan effective immediately, and all OSU Extension offices will be closed to the public until further notice.

This mirrors The Ohio State University’s decision earlier this week to close university buildings and facilities on all of its campuses to “critical services” only (such as law enforcement and public safety; hospitals and health services; facility utilities; and a few others).

While our physical offices will be closed, we are committed to continuing to conduct our work as fully as possible. Our employees are prepared to telework and are ready to serve their local clients and communities. In recent years, OSU Extension has invested in the technology needed to facilitate effective teleworking for our organization; and we will utilize our resources during this challenging situation to remain engaged with Ohioans. Clients, stakeholders, and other community members should continue to connect with any OSU Extension staff member via phone or email as usual.

Reopening of any county office facilities will depend on decisions from the governor and the state of Ohio, as well as The Ohio State University. The exact date when normal operations are expected resume in county Extension offices is unknown at this time. Until then, OSU Extension office staff will be working remotely and will remain accessible and available via email and phone. The health and well-being of our stakeholders, event participants, and employees is of utmost importance.

Each OSU Extension office has developed a business continuity plan that outlines how Extension staff will operate during situations such as the coronavirus outbreak. All staff will continue to work and serve local clientele through normal office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.), and they will remain accountable for program management needs.

Please note that most Extension-planned activities from now through April 20 are now postponed, scheduled to be held virtually, or cancelled. If you have not already been contacted about an event or activity in which you were scheduled to participate and you have a question, please check with your local contact for that event.

Thank you for your cooperation and collaboration related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Ohio State University remains committed to the health and well-being of our community; and OSU Extension remains committed to serving our communities in each county as this situation evolves. These are unprecedented times, and we sincerely appreciate your flexibility and support.

If you have questions, please contact your local OSU Extension office at 513-732-7070.  All calls will be directed to our laptops through Skype for Business.  Staff members can also be reached via email.

Pam Clark, Office Associate, clark.2652@osu.edu

Becky Fiscus, SNAP-Ed Program Assistant, fiscus.22@osu.edu

Margaret Jenkins, Family and Consumer Sciences, Jenkins.188@osu.edu

Allison Lee, SNAP-Ed Program Assistant, lee.8379@osu.edu

Gigi Neal, Agriculture and Natural Resources, neal.331@osu.edu

Sara Niekamp, SNAP-Ed Program Assistant, Niekamp.63@osu.edu

Kelly Royalty, 4-H Youth Development, royalty.9@osu.edu

Brandy Uhlenbrock, Program Assistant, Uhlenbrock.9@osu.edu

You can also visit extension.osu.edu/lao for office phone numbers and a direct link to each office’s website and staff directory. If you reach voice mail, please leave a message with your name and contact information, and you will be contacted as soon as possible. For information on the coronavirus and how to prevent its spread, or learn how the state of Ohio and The Ohio State University are working to keep our communities safe, visit:

Ohio Department of Heath



Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


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2020 4-H Volunteer Training

Volunteer training is essential so that volunteers not only understand the expectations of their role but have the skills, competencies, and information necessary to be successful.  Each year, all returning volunteers are required to attend ONE training in order to remain active.  We will be offering the online training again this year.  Both the in-person and online training options satisfy the training requirement.  Please note that at least one volunteer from each club must attend an in-person training to obtain a club packet.  Below are the in-person training dates as well as the link to the online training instructions.  The deadline to complete the required training is March 15.

2020 4-H Volunteer Training Schedule
January 29, 10:00 a.m., 4-H Hall
4-H Club Advisor Update

  • State-mandated Policy 1.50 training, important dates and information

January 29, 6:30 p.m., 4-H Hall
4-H Club Advisor Update

  • State-mandated Policy 1.50 training, important dates and information

March 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Warren County Career Center
Multi-County Volunteer Training

  • Overview for new volunteers
  • State-mandated Policy 1.50 training
  • Break-out sessions

March 14, 2019, Columbus Convention Center
Ohio 4-H Conference
Registration due: February 7

Not able to attend an in-person training? Take advantage of the online training option!  Below are the step-by-step instructions for completing the online training.

*Please note: You must re-enroll yourself as a 4-H volunteer before you are able to access the online training modules.

Online Volunteer Training Instructions