Subway Restaurants Partnering with Ohio 4-H for support of Healthy Living Program through 4-H Sundays at Subway!

Share a Photo! Your neighborhood Subway restaurants are partnering with 4‑H to support our Healthy Living Programs through 4‑H Sundays as Subway. Share a photo for a chance to win! For more information, visit:

Visit your local Subway Restaurant this summer – share a photo for a chance to win $15,000 for your state and a $5 Subway gift card for you! Your neighborhood Subway ® restaurants are partnering with 4-H to support their Healthy Living Program through 4-H Sundays at Subway.

Visit select Subway restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Ohio this summer from June 25 through August 27, 2017.

There are Two (2) Ways to Enter and Vote:

  1. Enter with Instagram
    Share a photo of you and your meal. Be sure to tag it with #4HSundaysContest AND your state (#AL, #GA, #IN, #KY, #NC, #OH).
  2. Don’t have Instagram?
    Please use the form on the website link above.
The two (2) 4-H affiliated Land Grant Universities located in the six (6) states that receive the most eligible photos will receive $15,000 (grand prize) or $5,000 (first prize) in grant money.

By entering, you will automatically be entered for the chance to win a $5 Subway Gift Card. Winners will be randomly selected and announced each Monday throughout the promotion period.

Be sure to share with friends!  The more photos submitted, the better odds of winning!

No endorsement of this partner’s products is granted or implied by 4‑H. is maintained by National 4-H Council. 4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA.

Thank you for another successful 4-H Endowment Legacy Dinner!

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Thanks for Another Great Legacy Dinner & Auction!

While we don’t have all of the final details or numbers just yet, judging from all the smiles, handshakes and kind remarks, the 2017 Legacy Dinner & Auction was a great success.  Over 280 individuals were registered for the event and with all of the helpers and Junior Leaders attending we estimate over 300 individuals were served.

A great meal featured Leg of Lamb – expertly prepared by Kris Doyle and Frank Cox, Pork Tenderloins – cooked to perfection by Doug and Aaron Leith, and some awesome Beef Loins – prepared by Cheryl Majors. Special thanks to Bower and Sons Meats & Sausages for some of the biggest baked potatoes ever, to Maradore Farms for providing the Swiss cheese, and to Ruffwing Farms for sharing their newly created Tuemma (Sheep) Cheese for great additions to the appetizer table.  Not to mention some delicious cakes and cupcakes baked by and donated by McKenzie Justice, Melanie & Sherry Keller, Marcy Love and Becky Sharp, and of course, topped off by Schaffner’s Vanilla Ice Cream!!

A special thanks to the Thurston Future Farmers 4-H Club for all of their help with set-up and tear down of the tables and chairs, and the effort of the 4-H Junior Leaders as they helped with dinner and cleanup throughout the evening.

It takes a very dedicated team of individuals to pull off a dinner of this magnitude each year, and all who help are sincerely appreciated.

And, of course a very special thanks to the entire Grube family – especially Karl and Judy – for opening your home and farm to host this year’s event.

From the entire Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board, thank you all for being a part of the 2017 Fairfield County 4-H Legacy Dinner.  Whether you bought a ticket, sponsored a table, baked a cake, participated in the silent or live auction, or became a “Friend of the Legacy Dinner” with your monetary donation, we sincerely thank you for your generous support. It truly does take the support of the entire Fairfield County 4-H Family including sponsors and donors to make this Legacy Dinner and Auction a true success!

Sincerely, Connie

Summer Judging and Late Judging

Don’t forget – you need to sign up for Summer Judging (July 10-13th) by Friday June 30th.   Please refer to your member handbook pages 20-29 for information on projects judged on what day and requirements for the judging.  This is all done through 4-H online this year, which can be found here.  Remember – in order to be considered for county awards and state fair competition, you must complete your judging during our normal judging week.

If you are having problems getting scheduled, please call the office and Missy (740-652-7264) or Ellen (740-652-7262) can talk you through the process.  Remember – 4-H online tutorials are available through our website to assist you in using the program.

If you are unable to attend our normal summer judging, then late judging is available on July 25th from 9 am to 4:30 pm.  We ask that you call the office to schedule your late project judging starting Monday June 26th through Friday July 7th to schedule your late judging time for Tuesday, July 25th from 9 am to 4:30 pm.  Please know your project name when calling in to schedule judging.  Please call 740-652-7260 to schedule your late judging during our normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 7:30 am to 4 pm.

Reminders for Advisors (Policy 1.50) and Members (Quality Assurance)

Advisors: don’t forget to complete your Policy 1.50 training in 4honline by June 30th.  Remember, you need to use Mozilla Firefox as your web browser in order to complete the training and quiz.  Log into to complete the training. Please contact Missy (740-652-7264) if you are having issues getting your training completed.  I have a computer set up in the office that can be used during our normal business hours, 7:30 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

Advisors – don’t forget to turn in your completed member Quality Assurance Forms by June 30th as well.

Members: Don’t forget – Your completed Quality Assurance paperwork is due to the office by June 30th.  If you are taking a poultry (including market ducks and turkeys), beef, sheep, hog, rabbit (market and breeding only), dairy breeding and feeders, or goat (Angora, Dairy, Meat & Market, Pygmy) project, then you need to attend quality assurance training.  All our county training is complete, but a trained advisor could provide you with the training or you could attend one of the few state training’s left.  Contact the Office if you need to find an out of county training.

Do you have a story to share about the Ohio State Fair?

The Ohio State Fair staff is looking for some human interest stories related to people who have visited the Ohio State Fair.  See below.  Thanks for your cooperation.  Maybe we can get a 4-H related story in the press from Fairfield County!

They are looking for human interest stories for the following areas (or more, if you can think of someone). It could be a vendor who is celebrating an anniversary, someone who has been a visitor for many years, a person who exhibits annually, someone who enters unique recipes, etc. Newspapers and television stations love a unique human interest story, and they want to find them!

If you have anyone you know who has an interesting Ohio State Fair story to tell, please let Alicia Shoults know! She would greatly appreciate the following information so that they can research, reach out and pitch a story about them to their local newspaper. If possible, she would love to get any ideas you have by June 19th, 2017.

  • Name
  • Phone/email
  • Reason they are interesting (have been entering for years, met at the Fair, celebrating an anniversary of Fair involvement, etc.)

Contact: Alicia Shoults, CFE, Marketing & Public Relations Director

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There’s Still Time to “Raise Your Hand” for Fairfield County 4-H!

The National 4-H Raise Your Hand Alumni Campaign has entered its final month and we need your help to get to the finish strong!  A first place finish for Ohio will result in a $20,000 cash prize and your local program could benefit directly. In Ohio we are asking everyone to participate and the prize money will be divided among the 35 counties with the most hands raised! Don’t wait, go to today and Raise Your Hand.

Fairfield County 4-H Member Named Ohio Military Kids 2017 Military Youth of the Year!

Abby Skinner, an eight-year 4-H member from Fairfield County, was honored as the Ohio Military Kids Military Youth of the Year.

4-H’s Ohio Military Kids (OMK) presents this award, in partnership with the Ohio National Guard, to a military youth who has made a significant contribution to the OMK program. Read more here.

Ohio State Fair Jr. Fair Youth Livestock/Animal Shows and/or Events DEADLINE REMINDER

The following dates are deadlines for upcoming Ohio State Fair – Junior Fair Youth Livestock/Animal Shows and/or Events. Please read carefully!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017:

  • Postmark entry deadline for all junior fair and open livestock entries, including poultry and rabbits.
  • Postmark entry deadline for 4-H dog show and drill team (July 31- August 3) entries (entries to be sent to Ohio State Fair)
  • Postmark entry deadline for 4-H dog agility (July 29) entries (entries to be sent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center)

Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Postmark entry deadline for 4-H dog show poster contest (entry forms and posters to be sent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center)

Friday, July 7, 2017 – Postmark entry deadline for the 4-H Avian Bowl Contest (August 5) (Team entries to be sent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center)

Friday, July 7, 2017 – Postmark entry deadline for 4-H Poultry Judging Contest (August 5) (entries to be sent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center) Teams and individuals who enter by this deadline pay a $5.00 per person entry fee. Teams and individuals may enter the day of the event, however must pay a $10.00 per person entry fee.

The State Fair website for all livestock entry information is:

Entry information can also be found on individual calendar of events and/or resources species pages at:

***ONLINE ENTRY REMINDER**** – Online entries are available for most OSF livestock entries, and youth are encouraged to enter online vs the paper entries. Once the online entries close (midnight June 20, 2017) and Barb Prince, Entry Department, has them entered in her database, she will send a county list of youth entered to each applicable county 4-H educator for verification that these youth are members in good standing in their respective counties and eligible to show the animals they have entered. Verification must be returned to Barb before the youth are permitted to show at the Ohio State Fair.

Don’t forget to sign up for summer judging!

Summer judging registration is now open through June 30th.  See your member handbook pages 20-28 for details on what projects are judged each day as well as what you need to bring with you for judging.

To sign up, please go to your Ohio 4-H online account and follow the instructions that were emailed to each family on May 31, 2017.

Instructions can be found on our website   

If you have additional questions, please contact Missy at or call 740-652-7260 from 7:30 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.

Monday, July 10th, the following projects are judging: Health (#300, 351, 352, 353, 357, 358), Family Life & Child Development (#434, 435, 436, 365.17, 442), Home Decorating & Designing (#405, 491, 494, 495, 432M), Money Management (#445 & 448) and all Food projects (459, 461, 462, 463, 467, 469, 472, 474, 475, 476, 477, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487).

Tuesday from noon to 2 pm is the Demonstration Contest.  Please call the office (740-652-7260) with the title of the demonstration by July 3 at 3 pm.

Tuesday, July 11th, the following projects are judging: Self Determined (all #365 except Babysitting, Camp Counseling and Natural Resources), Collectibles (#496), Quilting (#498, 499, 365), Theater Arts (#596, 597, 598), Writing (#587, 588), Get Started in Art (#592), Leadership (#370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 365.11, 382, 383), Photography (#584, 585, 586, 589M) , Cake Decorating (#492), and Scrapbooking (#497).

There is modeling practice July 11th from 10-11 am for those taking clothing projects at Liberty Union High School, 500 W. Washington Street, Baltimore.  Members of the Fashion and Nutrition Board will be there to help sewing participants learn the proper way to model. (There is no registration required for this event)

Wednesday, July 12th, the following projects are judging: Engineering –  Science Fun (#490, 493, 500), RC Vehicles (#504), Robotics (#507, 508, 512M), Rockets (#501, 502, 503, 503M) Bicycle (#517, 518), Electricity (#527, 528, 529, 530, 531), Rope (#540), Small Engines (#541, 542, 543), Lawncare (#548), Young Engineers in Solar Energy (#550), ATV (#555), Woodworking (#556, 557, 558, 559, 560M) and Welding (#573); Environmental Science – Discovering 4-H (#091), Horseless Horse (#173), All About Dogs (#200), Vet Science (#241, 242, 243), Explore the Outdoors (#611), Exploring Ponds (#617), Why Trees Matter (#620), Ohio Birds (#621), Trapping Muskrats (#622), Fishing (#623, 624), Gun Safety (#630), Basic Archery (#631), Beekeeping (#641), Insects (#644, 645, 646), Gardening (#670, 671, 691, 692), and Self Determined Natural Resources.

Thursday, July 13th will be clothing judging from 11 am to 4:30 pm.  This includes the consumer projects (Look Great for Less and Shopping Savvy) as well as all clothing construction projects. The Style Review will be Thursday evening at Liberty Union High School starting at 7 pm. To be eligible for county placement and for state fair selection, 4-H’ers must participate in judging on July 13th AND participate in the Style Review.



Junior and Cloverbud camps still accepting registrations!

Junior Camp (ages 8-10) will be held June 30-July 3rd at Tar Hollow.  The theme for this year is ‘Exploring Science at Tar Hollow’. At this time, we still have 34 girl and 9 boy spots open.  The fee will be $125 which includes meals, lodging, programming, health insurance AND both a camp picture and camp t-shirt (new additions for 2017!)  The registration form for Junior and Cloverbud camp can be found at this link:   2017 4-H Camp Registration Form 031617-20q181f

Junior camp registration forms are due by 4 pm on Monday June 19th. If you register in the office, you will receive your camp letter and packet.  If you register by mail, you will receive your camp letter and packet by email. We ask that completed health forms (with camper picture) and permission to participate forms are turned into the Extension Office before camp so the camp nurse can read through them before camp check in. For Junior Camp, we would like the forms returned by June 26th.

The single day Cloverbud “Brainiacs” Camp (ages 5-8) will be held at Alley Park on Saturday July 8th. Cost for this single day action packed camp is $35.00.  Please use the registration form above to register for camp.  Registration for Cloverbud Camp ends at 4 pm on Monday, July 3rd. (Yes, the office is open that day – we are closed on July 4th)  If you register in the office, you will receive your camp letter and packet.  If you register by mail, you will receive your camp letter and packet by email.

We ask that completed health forms (with camper picture) and permission to participate forms are turned into the Extension Office before camp so the camp nurse can read through them before camp check in.  For Cloverbud Camp, we request the forms by July 3rd.

Many answers to questions regarding camp can be found here:

If you have more questions, don’t be afraid to call the office at 740-652-7260.