2021 Ohio 4-H Youth Skillathons

Ohio 4-H youth skillathon information for virtual and in-person sessions is now online. Rules and flyer for both are also posted.

Virtual Skillathon Registration is Due by, June 14th, 2021! Register Here



  • Those exhibiting at Ohio State Fair and want to be eligible for OUTSTANDING MARKET EXHIBITOR (OME) awards must participate at the IN-PERSON skillathons at the state fair.
  • Those exhibiting at Ohio State Fair and want to be eligible f or OUTSTANDING BREEDING EXHIBITOR (OBE) awards must participate in the VIRTUAL skillathons online.

Register for Ohio State Fair Poultry Judging and Avian Bowl Contest

The postmark deadline for entries for both the Poultry Judging Contest and Avian Bowl is Friday, June 25. Both Contests will be held at the Department of Animal Sciences on Saturday, July 17th. See below for rules, poultry Calendar of Events page, and entry forms.

Please be aware that although the state of Ohio is currently scheduled to lift several COVID-19 restrictions at the beginning of June, The Ohio State University, and therefore Ohio 4-H, may still mandate restrictions.

  • For the 2021 Avian Bowl and Poultry Judging Contests, unless announced otherwise, everyone (contestants, volunteers, advisors, family members, officials, etc.) will be required to wear a mask when in the contest rooms or walking around the building (to/from contest rooms, to/from the restroom, etc.).  All teams will have assigned areas to maintain social distancing where they may take their masks off when seated in their assigned area.
  • Failure to abide by these guidelines will result in the disqualification of the entire team.

Poultry and Avian Rules, Calendar of Events, and Entry Forms

4-H Design BOGS Boot Contest

BOGS Boots is asking for kids and adults to help design the next limited-edition BOGS 4-H boot. Participants are encouraged to draw something that represents a 4-H activity or their own 4-H experience for the chance to have their design reproduced on the limited-edition boots.


This contest is open to both kids and adults and ends June 1. See details, contest entry form, and social graphics below.


Mental Health First Aid Free Course

First Aid isn’t always a band aid, CPR, or the Heimlich Maneuver; sometimes people just need YOU! Learn more about the warning signs and symptoms of mental health issues.

“In-person” via ZOOM from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. June 4, 2021.


This course will be a blended course; 2 hours self-paced online and 4.5 hours “in person” via ZOOM.

Register today by contacting Bridget Britton – britton.191@osu.edu. See below for flyer and registration details.


Simple Snack for the Whole Family!

Check out this simple recipe that the whole family can help make!  This Trail Mix is filled with whole grains, protein and fruit!  For more recipes that your entire family can enjoy, check out www.celebrateyourplate.org

Kitchen Activities for Kids!

Get your preschooler to try new foods by having them help in the kitchen.  Check out these tips for helping your kids to feel good about doing something “grown-up.”

For additional information on this topic and more, check out www.myplate.gov

4-H Committee Nominations Being Accepted

The Clermont County 4-H Advisory Committee has two vacant seats and is currently accepting nomination to fill those positions.  This is for a one-year term on the committee.  Members of the 4-H Committee assist in determining the priorities and direction of the local 4-H program, are responsible for planning and conducting 4-H events, assisting with fundraisers and promoting the 4-H program.  You can nominate yourself or someone you know to serve on the committee, by completing the nomination form before Sunday, March 14. Members must be approved 4-H volunteers.

Growing Up Goats

Clermont County 4-H Volunteer Becky Jones of Country Kids was featured in a recent article published by Farm World.  The article shares how her family turned their passion for goats from a project, to a hobby to a thriving family business.  Becky, along with her sister, Martha and their mom, Patty, share their love of goats, inspiring generations of 4-Hers learn and grow, to make their best efforts better.

Read the Farm World Article

Volunteer with 4-H Today!

No matter how much time you have, volunteering with 4-H makes a difference by helping youth explore and discover the skills they need to lead for a lifetime.  While there are many ways in which volunteers can share their time and talents, the most common in Clermont County is volunteering with a community club.  Individuals wanting to serve in the capacity of a club volunteer must complete the following:



1. Talk with the head advisor of your 4-H club
  • It is important to determine what the club needs and how they can best utilize your talents
2. Receive a position description 
  • Position Descriptions are included in the application
3.  Complete and submit an application by March 1.
  • Click HERE to complete the New Volunteer Application
4. Have references collected by Extension professionals
  • Please have the emails, phone numbers, and addresses of three references before starting your application.  Reference forms will be emailed automatically upon completion of the application.
5. Agree to and sign the volunteer standards of behavior form
  • The standards of behavior is included in the electronic application
6. Submit to a criminal history fingerprint record check
  • Background check results must be on file prior to an individual working with 4-H members.  A BCI is required for individuals who have lived in Ohio for five consecutive years.  A BCI and FBI background check are required for individuals who have lived outside of Ohio within the past five years.
  • Click HERE to access the instructions for completing the background check
  • It is important to note that Clermont County Sheriff’s Department requires an appointment for all background checks.  Click HERE to schedule an appointment.
7. Participate in an orientation/training program 
  • March 3, 6:00p.m., Zoom
  • Online Orientation – must complete by March 15
    • Click HERE to access the instructions for completing the online training
8. Complete an interview 
  • An signup will be emailed at a later date to complete volunteer interviews.

Start inspiring kids in your community by becoming a 4-H volunteer!