4-H Communications Contest

The Clermont County 4-H Communications contest was held on Monday, July 26th; during the 2021 Clermont County Fair. Several individuals and teams competed in the competition. Demonstrations covered various different topics from pigeons to paper airplanes. The following projects are State Fair Delegates from Clermont County:

1st Place Intermediate Individual (11-13) – Zak Hinton from Empower Youth 4-H Club, Project: How to Stay Safe While Welding

2nd Place Intermediate Individual (11-13) – Ethan Roosa from Buzzing Enthusiasts 4-H Club, Project: Fishing


1st Place Intermediate Team (11-13) – Kaitlyn York and Abe Cowdrey from Buzzing Enthusiasts 4-H Club, Project: Flight

2nd Place Intermediate Team (11-13) – Lizzie Derflinger and Winnie Hums from Maple Rey Milk & More 4-H Club, Project Elephant Toothpaste


1st Place Senior Individual (14 & up) – Paisley Besanko Jensen from Equine Club 4-H Club, Project: Mental Health Matters


1st Place Senior Team (14 & up) – Holly and Ingrid Erickson from Heritage Builders 4-H Club, Project: Pigeons: A Buried History

Clermont County Fair General Project Judging

Last Wednesday and Thursday Clermont County 4-H completed their General Project judging. Our judges saw 235 projects from our 4-H members. Projects this year were very creative and presented in unique ways. This year we were also able to offer a virtual judging option for those that could not compete in person. We were very lucky to have 24 fantastic judges and many volunteers to help us complete judging for this year. Be on the lookout for these amazing projects displayed at our 2021 Clermont County Fair. Thank you to all of our judges and volunteers for making judging this year possible. Congratulations to all the Clermont County 4-H members who have completed 2021 4-H project judging.


Small Animal and Companion Animal Project Judging Registration

Small Animal and Companion Animal Judging registration is now available!

Small Animal and Companion Animal Project Judging consists of a one-on-one interview with a project judge.  Members will have 15 minutes to share their 4-H project with a judge, answer a few questions and receive feedback regarding his/her project.  Those who participate in Small Animal and Companion Animal Project judging have an opportunity to receive awards for placing 1st – 5th and be selected to represent Clermont County at the Ohio State Fair.

The registration link is for projects being judged on Tuesday, July 27th during the fair. You will need to fill out the survey separately for each project you are bringing to project judging.  Do not select the same time for more than one project and be sure to give yourself 15 minutes between interviews.

Please use the link below to register for Small Animal and Companion Animal Project Judging on Tuesday, July 27th, 9:00am – 12:00pm.

Tuesday, July 27th  REGISTRATION

  • 215 4-H Cavy (Guinea Pig)
  • 216 Cat 1 – Purrr-fect Pals
  • 217 Cat 2 – Climbing Up
  • 218 Cat 3 – Leaping Forward
  • 220 Pocket Pets
  • 227 Pet Rabbits
  • 365.01 Reptiles and Amphibians Idea Starter
  • 365.01 Hedgehogs Idea Starter
  • 365.01 Ferrets Idea Starter
  • 365.01 Chinchillas Idea Starter
  • 365.01 Pigeon Idea Starter
  • 365.00 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.

Helpful tips and Project Completion Requirements

Members who want to receive credit for completing their project but do not want to participate in project judging, can review their project with their club advisor.  Projects must be reviewed by September 30, and will count for completion only.  Projects will not be eligible for county or state awards.  As as reminder, completing one project is a requirement for being a member in good standing.  Advisors can use the sheet below to assist with the project review.

Advisor Project Review Sheet

If you have any questions or problems registering please contact Kelly Royalty – 4-H Youth Development Educator at royalty.9@osu.edu or 513-732-7070.

2021 4-H Cultural Immersion Project in Puerto Rico

There will be a third youth 4-H Cultural Immersion Project experience to Puerto Rico from November 23 – December 1, 2021.

Below is a preliminary application for the Project. There will be a follow up applicant zoom interview before selecting participants. The experience is for 4-H youth ages 15-19.  The cost is $500 plus airfare (approx.. $600).  Participants will be staying in two locations – Castaner  and a small mountain town in the center of the island and San Juan.

One of the goals for this project is to join 4-H youth from Puerto Rico for several service projects and local events.  Please contact Steve Brady – Warren County 4-H Youth Development Educator for more information: brady.111@osu.edu


Ohio 4-H Seeking to Fill Young Alumni Positions

The Ohio 4-H Foundation Board has recently voted to add 3 young alumni positions to the Foundation Board beginning January 1, 2022.  Attached is the application for alumni to apply that is due by August 1, 2021.

The positions they are looking to fill are for 4-H alumni ages 21-30.  The board will be looking for diversity in all aspects for the 3 candidates they choose.  It will be important that these members have time to devote to a new alumni pen pal program, and can advocate from the young alumni perspective to the board.

See application and details below:


2021 Madison County Fair Royalty Luncheon Invite

The Madison County Jr. Fair Queen Olivia Rinesmith & King Cody Forrest, cordially invite you to attend our fair, royalty luncheon and pageant on Sunday, July 11, 2021. All royalty members and ambassadors are invited. Madison County Fair Princess Olivia Geyman, Prince Luke Peart and Division Ambassadors extend this invitation to younger courts and ambassadors.
The luncheon will be held from 2:30-3:30PM at the Della Selsor (217 Elm Street, London OH 43140). Registration will begin at 2PM. There are ample changing facilities available.
Royalty wearing title with 1court chaperone will be admitted free to the fairgrounds. Charms and buttons will be available for purchase at the luncheon and later in the Jr. Fair Office.
The King and Queen may attend the luncheon free of charge. All others will have a meal charge of $15.


Tentative Schedule
2:00-2:30 PM – Check in
2:30-3:30 PM – Royalty Luncheon
3:30-4:00 PM – Tour of the fair
4:00-5:00PM – Enjoy the fair on your own
5:00PM – Royalty and Ambassador Competition
Introduction of visiting royalty
Crowning of the 2021 Madison County Fair Royalty

Important Skillathon Update for State Fair Exhibitors

Attention State Fair Exhibitors!

It is REQUIRED for state fair exhibitors competing for Overall Breeding Exhibitor to compete in the VIRTUAL skillathon. Registration for virtual skillathon has been extended to June 18th.

Exhibitors have to register by JUNE 18th. 

It is REQUIRED for state fair exhibitors competing for Overall Market Exhibitor to compete in the IN-PERSON skillathon during State Fair.

Note: 4-H /FFA youth do not have to be exhibiting or taking animal projects to participate.

See Skillathon Rules and Dates HERE


Ohio State Fair is Searching for Educational Assistants

The Ohio State Fair is quickly approaching. In the past, each year, hundreds of thousands of our closest friends gathered to make memories and enjoy their fair favorites – food, the butter cow, a visit with Smokey Bear, a performance by the All-Ohio State Fair Band, or a run in the show ring. The 2021 Ohio State Fair will only feature livestock competitions and educational competition such as 4-H project judging.

We are accepting applications for Educational Assistants for the 2021 Ohio State Fair. This is a paid position. The first day of work would be around July 25 and ending on August 9. Unfortunately, housing will not be available in the Rhodes Center Dormitory this year.

All applications MUST also be completed on-line in Workday. Applicants can enter the Student Job Board in Workday by completing the following steps:

  1. Log into Workday: https://www.myworkday.com/osu
  2. Enter the Careers Application on the home page.
  3. Select *Search Student Jobs*
  4. Search for the R17134 4-H Educational Assistant job.

Virtual Statewide Ohio 4-H Achievement Awards Recognition

4-H Grows Here logoThe president and board of the Ohio 4-H Foundation invite you to attend the virtual Ohio 4-H Achievement Awards Recognition. Please join us for an evening of celebration as we honor Ohio 4-H members’ top achievements.

There are no seating limitations!

When: June 9, 2021 @ 7 PM

Where: YouTube Premiere

The virtual event will be held via YouTube Premiere. The link will be sent to you the day before the event.