Fairfield County’s 4-H Meat Judging Team – 2nd Place at State Contest!

Five Fairfield County 4-H youth participated in the State 4-H Meat Judging Contest on April 28th. Our Senior Team placed 2nd out of 5 teams. Senior Team members included Derek Burns (2nd place individual), Sarah Doner (4th place individual), Paige Hinton (11th place individual), and Allie Poston (15th place individual). Additionally, Lily Dennis competed in the Junior Division and placed 5th individually in the Junior Division.

Members were coached by 4-H volunteers, James Maynard and Caitlyn Black alongside Bloom Carroll FFA members. For more information in joining the Fairfield County 4-H Meat Judging Team in 2019, contact James or Caitlyn.

Some of the Fairfield County 4-H and Bloom Carroll FFA Meat Judging Team Members.

Paid Positions available for the 2018 Ohio State Fair!

The State 4-H Office is currently accepting applications for Educational Assistants for the 2018 Ohio State Fair. These are paid positions. The first day of work would be July 21st, 2018 and ending on August 5, 2018. Housing is available in the Rhodes Center Dormitory. Please share this information with those that you think may have interest. For more information, contact Allen Auck at auck.1@osu.edu.

4-H Antique, Craft, and Vendor Show: VENDORS WANTED!

The Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee is planning an Antique, Craft, and Vendor Show for Saturday, July 28th, 2018 at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The 4-H Advisory Committee is currently looking for vendors who can purchase a 10′ x 10′ space (includes 1 table and 2 chairs) for $25. Contact Mark Sharp at sharpie3@ymail.com or 740-503-5918 for more information and to reserve a space! All funds raised will benefit the Fairfield County 4-H Program!

4-H Camp Registrations: CLOSE June 1st (to avoid late fee, get scholarship, request buddy)!

Fairfield County 4-H Camps are open to current Fairfield County 4-H members and those completing a School Enrichment program in Fairfield County.  

Fairfield County youth attend Junior and Intermediate Camps at Tar Hollow State Park, located in Laurelville, Ohio. Youth sleep in a cabin with at least one youth counselor and up to 6 other youth. Activities at camp include campfire, swimming, canoeing, hiking, fishing, line dancing, crafts, team building activities, water carnivals, games, and lots of fun!  We hold our Junior and Intermediate camps here.  Our Cloverbud Day camp is held at Alley Park near Lancaster.

Continuing from 2017, the Junior and Intermedicate camp fee includes meals, cabin lodging, camp programming fees, health insurance, the camp t-shirt and picture.

Cloverbud Day camp fee includes snacks, lunch, camp programming fees and health insurance.

CAMP DATES FOR 2018!!  (age as of January 1st)

  • Cloverbud (5-8 and Cloverbud members): June 9. Cloverbud Day Camp will be first this year! 
  • Intermediate (11-14 year olds): June 26-29 (staff arrive June 25). 
  • Junior (8-10 year olds): July 7-10 (staff arrive July 6).

Do you want more information about the activities that will happen at camp? Want to request being in the same cabin as a friend? Visit the Camp Round Up Thursday May 24th, 2018 at the Ag Center from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. You can also register for camp at this time in addition to meeting counselors that will be camping with you!

Camp Registration and Cabin Friend Request Form  Completed form and payment of $57.50 due by June 1st for Junior and Intermediate Camp. After June 1st deadline, there will be a late fee in addition to the full camp fee (no scholarships).

For more information, click here.

Health & Safety and Pledge/Creed Speaking Contest Event – Sign up now!

Speak out and get involved! Improve your public speaking skills and raise awareness of health and safety topics. The Fairfield County Health & Safety Speaking Event will be Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Ag Center. Any 4-H or Cloverbud member can participate. The following events will take place:

  • Junior and Senior Individual Health & Safety Speaking Events
  • Health & Safety Speaking Team Event
  • 4-H Creed Speaking Event
  • 4-H Pledge Speaking Event (Cloverbuds Only)

Earn a chance to also participate in the Ohio State Fair with the Health & Safety events!

Registration is due June 1st by calling the Extension Office at 740-652-7260.

Ohio State Fair Youth Arts Exhibition and Creative Arts Competitions – Accepting Entries!

Help us spread the word to Ohio youth about the arts competitions and exhibition opportunities offered in Creative and Youth Arts at the Ohio State Fair this summer!  Unless otherwise stated on the competition pages, youth ages 11 and up can enter Creative Arts competitions.

Use the direct links below for all  Youth Arts Exhibition and Creative Arts competition information and entry details.

Competition Highlights Include:

Youth Arts Exhibition Highlights

  • Win a $1,000 Blick Art Materials Shopping Spree for Your School’s Art Department – The school or home school affiliation with the most students entered will win this award.  Shopping Spree can be in-store or by catalog (dickblick.com).
  • All Youth Artists Featured in the Exhibition – In addition to being considered for awards, all youth will receive a Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Trio Card; good for 3 scoops of ice cream.
  • Nationwide Children’s People’s Choice Awards – One award in each division.
  • A Bareclay Studios Ceramics Class will be awarded in each division – Recognizing outstanding ceramics work.
  • Youth Artists Selected to Receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence in the 2018 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition – Receive free entry for up to 10 pieces of work in the 2018 Ohio State Fair Youth Arts Exhibition.
  • Ohio Arts Council Awards– Middle School and High School artists receive Blick Art Materials gift card awards.
  • New Mary Dorrian Memorial Awards – One youth in each division will receive this award.
  • First Lady’s Spotlight Award Ohio’s First Lady, Karen Kasich, will choose three pieces of artwork for this award.
  • Deadline is June 20, 2018.

Creative Arts Competition Highlights

Arts, Crafts and Fashion

  • New form required for Fashion & Sewing Arts competition.
  • Miniature Model Shipbuilding class now accepting plastic and wood models.
  • Photography competition now accepting unlimited entries!
  • Woodworking competition now offering over $1,000 in awards.
  • New Cork Art class offered in Other Crafting Art competition.
  • Fair Phone Photo Day on-site competition only $5/entry.
  • Loom Weaving competition now offering 3 classes
  • Quilt competition now offering new Modern Quilt class.
  • Check Out our Daily, Hands-on Art Activities.
  • Deadline is June 20, 2018

 Culinary & Baking

  • New Heirloom Cake Recipe is “Applesauce Cake”
  • Baked Pies competition offers Increased award dollars and new Hodgson Mill flour requirement.
  • Cakes and Cookies/Pastries competitions have new Domino brown sugar requirement.
  • Aramark “Chopped Cook-Off” featuring shortened time periods for both competition rounds.
  • Egg-stra, Egg-stra competition offers increased award dollars and new classes.
  • New Farm to Table competition – Enter your best cold salad recipe. 
  • Crazy Cake Decorating competition – First 10 entries delivered receive one Fair admission ticket.
  • Professional/Advanced Cake Decorating – Novelty Cake class is back.
  • Deadline is June 20, 2018

    These Live Culinary Competitions are open to any Ohioan who enjoys cooking & baking!

    If you miss the deadline, you can still enter these competitions day of the event for $60/competition (cash only).

    Professionals & Amateur Chefs Encouraged to Enter!

  • Aramark Chopped Cook-Off                                       Saturday, August 4
  • Egg-citing and Devilishly Good                                  Saturday, July 28
  • Grilling Competition                                                    Saturday, July 28
  • Ohio Wines Grown Here                                             Friday, August 3
  • Chili Cook-Off                                                               Sunday, July 29
  • Family Heirloom Recipe Competition                     Sunday, July 29

For more info, contact: Sandy Libertini, Ohio State Fair Arts Director at 614-579-5743 or s.libertini@expo.ohio.gov


Ohio State Fair dates:

07/25/18 – 08/05/18


2018 Rabbit Bowl

Attention members taking a rabbit project – would you like to test your skill at answering questions from the rabbit resource, ARBA Standards of Perfection and the ARBA Official Guide Book: Raising Better Rabbits & Cavies? Well then, the Ohio State Fair 4-H Rabbit Quiz Bowl Contest may just be the contest for you.

This is a new contest this year, with the primary purpose to provide and opportunity for 4-H members to demonstrate their knowledge of rabbit-related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail.  The Rabbit Quiz Bowl Contest is designed to provide an educational experience for both participants and spectators.

Advisor Cindy Swinehart is willing to help get teams ready for the contest, which will be Saturday July 7th at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.  Cindy may be reached via email at swinehart85@columbus.rr.com or via phone at 740-654-6827

There are opportunities for both Junior (ages 8-13 as of January 1) and Senior (ages 14-18 as of January 1) teams to complete. Teams will be at least 4 members, with a 5th member as an alternate.  The team members must be 4-H members, but are not required to enroll in a 4-H rabbit project. You read that right – they don’t have to be taking a rabbit project!  Each county may send 2 Junior and 2 Senior teams to this contest.  We would love for Fairfield County to be well represented!

The deadline to enter is fast approaching – June 7th.  If you would like more information about the contest, please visit the state website https://ohio4h.org/events/ohio-state-fair-4-h-rabbit-quiz-bowl-contest for details and more information.