Congrats to Newly Selected Jr. Fair Board Members for 2017!

Congratulations to the following teens who were selected to serve on the 2017 Fairfield County Junior Fair Board representing 4-H and/or FFA organizations. Teens submitted an application with reference letters and completed a series of stations on selection day which also included an interview. Congrats to these outstanding teens selected to represent their organization in the coming year!

Kaci Bright – 4-H and FFA

Derek Burns – 4-H and FFA

Tatum Campbell – 4-H and FFA

Abigail Hall – 4-H

Paige Hinton – 4-H and FFA

Dalton Hyme – 4-H

Ethan Kaper – 4-H and FFA

Connor Marteney – 4-H

Hannah Queen – 4-H

Sydney Sharp – 4-H and FFA

Emma Stephens – 4-H and FFA

Lauren Young – 4-H

Holmes County Market Lamb Clinic 3/11/2017

The Holmes County Sheep Committee will be hosting a Market Lamb Clinic on March 11th, 2017 at Harvest Ridge in Holmes County. As part of the clinic, Nicole Swavel, 4-H Program Assistant in Wayne County, will also be teaching Quality Assurance. This event will be a great opportunity for 4-H youth interested in Market Lamb to learn more and connect with other youth. If Fairfield County youth attend and take part in the Quality Assurance portion, please contact Leslie or Missy at the office to make sure you have the appropriate paperwork to take with you to get signed and returned to receive credit for Fairfield County. Here is a link to their flyer: Holmes Co. Market Lamb Clinic Flyer-rbasqw

Fairfield County 4-H’er Traveling to Japan!

A Fairfield County youth will be traveling to Japan this summer as part of the 4-H/Japanese Exchange Program Amelia Borchers, 15 years old, son/daughter of Eric and Jodie Borchers will join 4-H’ers from around the country for the exchange, July 12 to August 10.

While in Japan, the Ohio youth will be learning the local culture by living with Japanese host families and participating in community life.  Many of them will be staying with the families of Japanese youth who have previously visited them in Ohio on this reciprocal exchange.

Borchers is among 40 4-H’ers from the USA who will be visiting Japan. She will begin her tour with orientation sessions on the west coast of the US and Tokyo. Later during the visit, Borchers will attend a camp with Japanese and American youth.

Amelia Borchers attends Lancaster High School, and is active in girls basketball and tennis. She also competes with the school’s Science Olympiad Team and plays in the freshman band. She decided to apply for the Japan experience because last summer her involvement with the program began when her family hosted a 14-year old girl from Japan. Borchers became good friends with this young lady and after she returned to Japan, Amelia decided to take her experience with the program even further by traveling to stay with her in Japan.

The exchange program in Japan is coordinated by the Labo Foundation, an organization dedicated to teaching foreign languages and cultures to Japanese youth. Japanese young people learn about a country’s culture and do songs and stories in the language they are studying.

In 1972, Labo established the first exchange with 4-H clubs in the United States. The first year for Ohioans to make the journey to Japan was 1981. Since then, a group of Ohio 4-H’ers has visited Japan nearly every summer, with a total of 244 youth and adult chaperones making the trip so far.

Youth interested in traveling overseas or families interested in hosting someone from another country should contact your local county extension office at 740-652-7260 or your local volunteer International County Coordinator, Sue Suttles at 740-652-7271 or email: You can also visit

Ohio 4-H is currently seeking families to host young people from Japan from July 23 – August 18 this summer. Youth and families do not need to be current 4-H members to apply. Join the fun and learn about your world!

The Judging Experience

The Judging Experience is coming to Lancaster, Ohio on February 11-12, 2017 for a 2-day livestock judging camp. The camp is open for all experience levels ages 8-18. Visit for details and registration!

Please note this event is not affiliated or organized by the Fairfield County Extension Office, Fairfield County 4-H Youth Development Program, or Fairfield County 4-H Livestock Judging Team.

4-H Camp Ohio Winter Workshops

Will be held March 18th and April 8th at Camp Ohio in St. Louisville, Ohio. Any age counselor may attend these workshops. If you are interested please view the attached flyer (WW Flyer 2017-2d0lrmw) and contact Leslie Cooksey at for registration information. This workshop will count toward the camp counselor training hour requirement, but does not take the place of required topics covered in Fairfield County Camp Counselor Trainings.

Ohio Pork Council Seeking a Communications Intern

The Ohio Pork Council is seeking a talented communications intern for the summer! The OPC intern will be responsible for assisting in communication with members and the public by writing press releases, developing graphics and using social media. the intern is expected to assist with the Ohio State Fair, serving as the Pork Food Stand Assistant Manager, and support producer education programs to help increase member participation and awareness of Pork Checkoff programs. As part of the internship program, the student will attend a national intern-training seminar that is held in conjunction with the World Pork Expo. Interns will receive compensation of up to $4,000 in the form of bi-weekly salary of scholarship. To apply, please send resume and cover letter by March 1, 2017 to: Ohio Pork Council, Attn: Emily Bir, 5930 Sharon Woods Blvd., Ste. 101, Columbus, OH 43229 or email to