2019 Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge

Remember when you were six years old? Grown-ups were giants, the world was big, and in your imagination, you could be whatever you wanted to be! This year’s 4-H Cloverbot Challenge will focus on those childhood career goals with the theme “When I Grow Up…”

The 4-H Cloverbot Challenge is a statewide event designed just for our youngest 4-H’ers. Teams work together to research a topic, build a model out of interlocking bricks and create a poster highlighting their experience. On June 29, the teams will come together at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center to share their work, visit with one another, participate in kid-friendly activities, and celebrate their efforts with a closing celebration and award ceremony.

What’s the best way to learn about careers? Invite a firefighter, veterinarian, mechanic, or author (or whatever job might interest your Cloverbuds) to a team meeting, so they can learn firsthand what a day in the life looks like. Take a field trip for an on-the-job view of the career. Or of course, help them search the internet to get all the details about what it takes to excel in the selected profession.

Teams may have a minimum of two members, but no more than eight, and are coached by an adult team leader. Details and registration information can be found at https://ohio4h.org/families/cloverbuds/cloverbot-challenge

Questions? Contact Beth Boomershine at boomershine.10@osu.edu or Sally McClaskey at mcclaskey.12@osu.edu. And a special thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation for their ongoing support of the Cloverbot Challenge.

4-H Partners with JOANN for ‘Clovers for Kids’ Campaign

JOANN stores are helping 4-H bring more hands-on programs to local communities across the nation to inspire kids to lead lives with their head, hands, and hearts.

Between March 1 – April 30, 2019 visit your local JOANN store and purchase a clover tear away at the register for either $1 or $4.  $4 purchases come with a $4 off coupon for a later purchase.  The more money that is raised, the more that will come back to the Ohio 4-H program.

In addition, JOANN wants to support individual 4-H’ers involvement by providing a rewards card for 4-H members, leaders, staff, and parents.  The rewards card gives holders 15% off their purchase every day.  To sign up go to https://www.joann.com/4-h/

State 4-H Achievement Awards Announcement – Fairfield County Results!

Congrats to the following teens who will be recognized for their State 4-H Achievement awards at our Fairfield County 4-H Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019!

The following individuals are STATE AWARD WINNERS in their respective project area and will be invited to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta Georgia this fall! Additionally, they will be recognized with other state winners from across Ohio at the State 4-H Achievement Banquet in June.

  • Gabriella Gugliemotto – Horses
  • Caroline Mason – Companion Animal

The following individuals are FIRST ALTERNATES to the State Achievement Award winners:

  • Dalton Henry – Woodworking
  • Caden Sweeney – Mechanical & Engineering Science

The following individuals are SECOND ALTERNATES to the State Achievement Award winners:

  • Hannah Henry – Creative Arts
  • Levi Hyme – Environmental Science
  • Hannah Kitsmiller – Leadership
  • Jordyn Nevers – Veterinary Science
  • Madison Newell – Woodworking
  • Emma Stephens – Family Life & Child Development
  • Rachel Swick – Gardening & Horticulture.

Congrats to all! Keep up the great working maintaining your 4-H records which open the doors to many county, state, and national 4-H opportunities.

State Camp Opportunity: 4-H Camp Tech and 4-H Global AgriCULTURE Camp

Two overnight camps are happening this summer at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

4-H Camp Tech is from June 5-7 , 2019 for youth entering grades 6, 7 and 8. You’ll explore all things tech-y from programming with Google to virtual reality to robotics and more! Details at http://go.osu.edu/CampTech.

And you can learn about life in another culture and learn about making a difference at 4-H Global AgriCULTURE Camp, from June 10-14, 2019. Youth entering grades 8, 9 and 10 will spend three days at OSU discovering how agriculture can impact global food issues, then travel to Howell, Michigan for an over experience at the Heifer Global Village. Find out more at http://go.osu.edu/GACamp.

State Opportunity for Teens: 4-H Event Youth Assistant

The 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA) applications are now available!  This is an opportunity for teens 13-18 as of January 1 to get a short term experience at the state level.  Applications are available at https://ohio4h.org/families/just-teens and are due by May 15, 2019 to epley.24@osu.edu.  They also require 2 reference forms (one from a 4-H / Extension professional), so be prepared to fill out some of those. 😊


Want more info about the opportunity?  See below.

  • What: 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA)
  • Who: Individuals age 13-18 (as of January 1 of the year of application) and have at least 1 year prior 4-H experience.
  • Time frame: Apply by May 15, selection, training, service to Ohio State Fair, and evaluation.  Complete responsibilities by August 31, 2019.
  • Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):
    • Training-Must attend one of the options for training (July 9 or July 17, 2019)
    • Events-Must work a minimum of 3 events at the Ohio State Fair; may work more if desired
  • Program Fee: $25/person for first year members; $10 for 2nd or more year members
  • Teens Receive:
    • 4HEYA Polo & Nametag
    • State Fair admission, parking ticket, and meal ticket(s)
    • Optional State Fair housing in the Rhodes Center (if desired)
    • Experience of working events at the Ohio State Fair
    • Opportunity to enhance leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program
  • What about the Teen Leadership Council? YES, these members may apply for 4HEYA AND TLC this year, if desired.  TLC applications will be available in June and will be due the Friday following the Ohio State fair.  Their term is September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020.  Current TLC members are not eligible to apply for 4HEYA, as they are already fulfilling obligations at the Ohio State Fair.
  • Questions? Contact Hannah (epley.24@osu.edu), Kayla (oberstadt.1@osu.edu), or Frances (nicol.115@osu.edu)

Tree Decorating 4-H Club Contest

Clubs are needed to help with the Christmas in July Event on July 27th!

The Advisory Committee would like 10 clubs to decorate Christmas Trees that are 2 feet tall and can be real or artificial for their Christmas in July Event. There will be 3 awards given for the best decorated trees. The trees can be decorated in any 4-H friendly theme and will be a part of a silent auction during the event. Please let Aubry (fowler.443@osu.edu) know if your club would like to participate by Friday, March 29th! The trees will be provided by Advisory Committee but the decorations would need to be supplied by the club.

Entries Accepted for 2019 Barrow and Lamb MQP until May 1

Entries – or perhaps, more appropriately entitled applications for entry – for the 2019 Fairfield County Jr. Fair Barrow and Lamb MQP programs are now being accepted in the OSU Extension office. To be considered for a spot in either the 2019 Barrow or Lamb MQP, an application along with an essay not to exceed 300 words must be postmarked or received in the Extension office by the end of business on May 1, 2019.

Also new this year, the barrows will be harvested and processed at Bay Packing in Fairfield County. This new location will now allow participants to have their hams cured if they wish. However, in order to be able to accommodate such a large harvest and process the pork in a timely fashion, participants or those who have purchased the freezer pork from the participants must agree to pick up their fresh frozen pork prior to the Fair at a time yet to be announced. Cured product such as bacon or ham will be available for pick‐up at a time yet to be determined after the Fair.

As in the recent past, the lambs will also be harvested at Bay Packing. Likewise with the freezer pork, in order to be able to accommodate such a large harvest and process the lamb in a timely fashion, participants or those who have purchased the freezer lamb from the participants must agree to pick up their fresh frozen lamb prior to the Fair at a time yet to be announced.

A number of factors have contributed to these changes for the Barrow MQP program. While Continue reading