IMPORTANT! Changes to the Companion Animal Show

Due to a judging conflict, Companion Animal projects will be judged on two separate days.  Below is the judging schedule.

Tuesday, July 28, 9a.m.-1p.m.
Multi-Purpose Building

  • 216 Cat 1 – Purrr-fect Pals
  • 217 Cat 2 – Climbing Up
  • 218 Cat 3 – Leaping Forward
  • 227 Pet Rabbits

Wednesday, July 29, 10a.m.-2p.m.
4-H Hall

  • 215 4-H Cavy (Guinea Pig)
  • 220 Pocket Pets
  • 365.13 Reptiles and Amphibians Idea Starter
  • 365.26 Hedgehogs Idea Starter
  • 365.27 Ferrets Idea Starter
  • 365.28 Chinchillas Idea Starter
  • 365 Self-Determined Companion Animal, for youth taking a companion animal not listed as a project above, such as caged birds, pot-bellied pigs, hermit crabs, pet chickens, etc.

Exhibitors must register for an interview time, by accessing the link below (Companion Animal projects can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page).

Project Judging Registration

4-H Club Flower Display Contest

Show us your creativity since coming out of quarantine! Clubs are invited to participate in the annual club flower display contest.  You can find the rules in the fair book, in the link below.  Since we do not have a fair theme, that category will not be judged.  Clubs can drop off their displays at the Junior Fair Board Office between 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 24.

2020 Junior Fair Book

UPDATED! Required Junior Fair Exhibitor Forms

In true 2020 fashion, Junior Fair Exhibitor forms are going virtual!  To avoid paperwork changing of hands, Junior Fair forms are being converted to an electronic format.  These forms must all be completed by Friday, July 24th at 11:59p.m.

Junior Fair Standards of Behavior
The Standards of Behavior form is required for all Junior Fair members to participate in the Junior Fair.

Drug Use Notification Form (DUNF)

Instructions for completing the DUNF form.

If your animal is a rabbit (market or exhibition), a horse/donkey, a breeding animal, an exhibition/fancy, pack/harness only, or is too young to lactate, you DO NOT need to fill out a DUNF.

If your animal project is listed below, fill out the electronic Clermont County DUNF before Friday, July 24th at 11:59pm.

Cattle

  • Large Market Beef (steer/heifer)
  • Veal Calf (not a feeder)
  • Dairy Steer
  • Lactating Dairy Cattle (cow not a heifer)

Swine

  • Market Hog (barrow/gilt)

Goat

  • Dairy Market (wether/doe) Must use scrapie ID#
  • Meat Market (wether/doe) Must use scrapie ID#
  • Lactating Dairy Goats (even if currently dry)

Poultry (use NA for ID#, they will be assigned onsite)

  • Market Chicken (single and pen)
  • Market Turkey
  • Market Duck
  • Market Geese

Sheep

  • Market Lamb Must use scrapie ID#

Affidavit Regarding Ractopamine Hydrochloride (Beta-Agonist) to Swine
All swine exhibitors are required to complete the ractopamine affidavit.

UPI Exhibition Livestock Producer Affidavit
The United Producers Incorporated form must be completed by any youth selling one of the following animals in the Junior Livestock Sale.

  • Swine
  • Market beef
  • Beef feeders
  • Market dairy steers
  • Dairy feeders
  • Market feeders
  • Market goats
  • Market lambs

2020 Communications Contest

Do you enjoy public speaking or teaching others? Put your skills to into action and enter the Clermont County 4-H Communications Contest! The 4-H Communications Contest will be held on Monday, July 27, starting at 9:30 a.m., in the 4-H Hall.  All 4-H members are invited to present a demonstration/illustrated talk or submit an entry for the marketing division.  Contest rules can be found in the fair book, link below. The deadline to register is Thursday, July 24.

Click here to register!

2020 Clermont County Junior Fair Book

Fair Pass Distribution for 2020 Junior Fair

The Clermont County Agricultural Society is hosting a modified Junior Fair this year.  In an effort to limit crowd sizes, events will not be open to the general public for admission. Anyone attending the Clermont County Junior Fair this year will need to wear a wristband (no paper passes this year).  Each livestock exhibitor will be issued a band and their immediate family will be given four bands. For example, a family with two livestock exhibitors will be issued six total bands. Those participating in general project judging be given two bands. One for themselves and one for a family member bringing them to project judging. Cloverbuds are not considered exhibitors and would use one of the family’s four bands. If your family needs more than four bands for immediate family members who are not exhibitors, please send an email to pkirk6423@gmail.com and explain your situation and how many extra bands you are requesting. Requests will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Livestock exhibitors, 4-H advisors and county breeders can pick up their bands at the Junior Fairboard office on Friday, July 24th from 5-9:00pm. General Project exhibitors can pick up their bands in the Senior Fairboard office on Friday, July 24th from 5:00-9:00pm. Wristbands must be picked up by a family representative. That person will be required to sign for the bands. Wristbands will NOT be distributed to your 4-H advisors to hand out.

The representative signing for the bands is responsible for the distribution of those bands. Wrist bands must be visible the entire week and should not be shared with other individuals. Exhibitors and spectators will not be permitted onto the fairgrounds without a wristband.

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.

REMINDER:
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.

THIS IS NOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER NEW ANIMALS.  ALL ANIMALS MUST HAVE BEEN REGISTERED IN MAY.  THE MAY DEADLINE REPLACED TAG-IN.  THIS DEADLINE IS TO REGISTER FOR STALL ASSIGNMENTS.

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

Skillathon
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:

http://www.geauga4h.org/skillathon.htm

Premiums
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!

clermont.osu.edu

OSU Extension – Clermont County

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.

https://buckeyefunder.osu.edu/project/20976

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.

https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9o74QLsHUjzOsMl

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
https://clermont.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/clermont-county-4-h-project-requirements

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.