Ohio State Fair Skillathons – Open to **ALL** 4-H and FFA youth!

Did you know any 4-H/FFA youth can participate in the State Fair skillathons? Skillathons are events for youth to show what they know about a species and to be recognized for their knowledge and skills. All Skillathons are open to any Ohio 4-H member, age 8 and in the 3rd grade, or 9 years old and older regardless of grade level, to age 18 as of January 1, 2018, and FFA members. Therefore, 4-H and FFA members turning 19 on or before December 31, 2017 are too old to participate in the Skillathons. Youth do not have to be an exhibitor at the Ohio State Fair to participate or be enrolled in an animal project.
Want more information? Call the Extension Office!

Fairfield County Awarded $600 from National Raise Your Hand Initiative

Fairfield County youth programs are benefiting from Ohio’s recent victory in the national 4-H Raise Your Hand competition.

As one of 35 counties with the highest participation, Fairfield County received $600 to use for youth programs.

“It is exciting to see the community and alumni support of our 4-H youth here in Fairfield County. They continue to care and want to see today’s youth succeed in an organization that is near and dear to their hearts. We could not have one of the largest 4-H programs in Ohio without the support of our parents, alumni, and community members,” said Leslie Cooks, 4-H Extension Educator in Fairfield County.

For the second year in a row, Ohio 4-H alumni and friends raised nearly 18,000 hands to bring home the $20,000 prize to their local 4-H programs in the national Raise Your Hand competition

“I am proud that Ohio 4-H once again will benefit due to the overwhelming support of our loyal community,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Thank you all for your dedication and support of our 4-H youth.”

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About Ohio 4-H

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. Last year, 156,000 individual Ohio youths participated in 4-H programs related to agricultural, STEM, citizenship and healthy lifestyles.

Contact: Leslie Cooksey, cooksey.25@osu.edu or 740-652-7272

Gabby Gugliemotto wins Area 4-H Health & Safety Communication Contest – Moving on to State!

Congratulations to Gabby Gugliemotto who placed in the top 3 at the Area III Health & Safety Communication Contest in Columbus earlier this month. She will now be moving on to give her speech at the Ohio State Fair! Good luck, Gabby!

Attention Junior Fair Barrow MQP participants, parents and advisors

As you’re aware, due to the constraints of harvesting and processing we are limited in Fairfield County to only accepting 30 entries in the Jr. Fair Barrow MQP (Muscle Quality & Performance) contest. Presently 59 youth have signed up to participate in the project.

At the same time, we also know that each year several youth who sign up early in the year for Barrow MQP later choose not to purchase a barrow, decide to take their barrow for the ‘live’ show instead of MQP, or for one of a variety of other reasons they no longer plan to complete MQP.

Since the July 15 deadline for acquiring youth project pigs in Fairfield County has passed, if advisors, parents or youth know of someone who previously signed up for Barrow MQP but no longer plan to participate, we ask that you Continue reading

4-H Antique, Craft, and Vendor Show: VENDORS WANTED for Saturday, July 28th!

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!

Fairfield County 4-H Extension Educator – Job Opening!

For those who may not be aware, our second 4-H Educator, Boone Troyer, took another position and left the Fairfield County 4-H Program in mid-June.

We are ready to open the applicant pool for hiring! Applications are due by Sunday, July 22nd, 2018. For a detailed position description and for more information, visit: http://go.osu.edu/FC4HED.

State screening interviews for selected candidates will be on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 in Columbus.

Market Lamb Tagging and MQP Lamb Weigh-In and Tagging – Saturday, July 14th, 2018

All 4-H and FFA youth enrolled and planning to exhibit market lambs or MQP (Muscle Quality and Performance) lambs at the 2018 Fairfield County Junior Fair must weigh-in and tag their animals on Saturday, July 14th, 2018 from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in addition to meeting other Junior Fair, 4-H and FFA requirements.

Market Goat Tagging – Saturday, July 14th, 2018

All 4-H and FFA youth enrolled and planning to exhibit market goats at the 2018 Fairfield County Junior Fair must weigh-in and tag their animals on Saturday, July 14th, 2018 from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in addition to meeting other Junior Fair, 4-H and FFA requirements.

Dairy Feeder Weigh-In and Tagging – Saturday, July 14th, 2018

All 4-H and FFA youth enrolled and planning to exhibit dairy feeder steers at the 2018 Fairfield County Junior Fair must weigh-in and tag their animals on Saturday, July 14th, 2018 from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in addition to meeting other Junior Fair, 4-H and FFA requirements.

Modeling Clinic for 4-H youth with SEWING & CLOTHING projects on July 17th!

The Fashion and Nutrition Board Members invite youth with sewing and clothing projects to their modeling practice/clinic on Tuesday, July 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Liberty Union High School. This is a great opportunity to practice for the Style Revue. The 4-H Style Revue will take place on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Liberty Union High School.