New Junior Fair Board and Fashion & Nutrition Board Members Recognized

Newly selected Junior Fair Board and Fashion & Nutrition Board members were recognized at the Achievement Banquet held early this month.

Those recognized and pictured below as new or continuing Junior Fair Board members: Augusta Kilbarger, Tatum Campbell, Dalton Hyme, Derek Burns, Abigail Hall, Ethan Kaper, Corinne Somers, Hannah Queen, Sarah Doner, and Kamala Sweeney.


Those recognized members of the Fashion & Nutrition Board pictured below include: Melissa Sommers, Emily Praither, Katelyn Dennis, Corinne Somers, Kathleen Lattore, Alexa Romanowski, Emma Preston, Lauren Preston, Gabriella Schumacher.

Schumacher wins Leadership Washington Focus Trip to D.C.

Fairfield County 4-Her, Gabriella Schumacher, was recognized on April 4th, 2017 at the Achievement Banquet for winning a trip to the 4-H Leadership Washington Focus this summer. The Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) Tour will take place in Washington D.C., July 17 – July 21, 2017. This is a unique opportunity for 4-H youth who will be entering grades 7 through 9 this fall to learn about developing their own personal leadership styles, exchange ideas and develop freiendships with other 4-H’ers from across the nation, and experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington D.C.

Gabriella received this honor after completing excellent records as documented in her Ohio 4-H Achievement Form. Thank you to Industrial Custom Control Solutions (Mike and Missy Koenig) for sponsoring this trip in addition to their continued support of the Fairfield County 4-H Program. Additional trip sponsors include the 4-H Endowment (annual OSU endowed interest) and the 4-H Advisory Committee.

Pictured: Award Winner – Gabriella Schumacher and Award Sponsors – Missy and Mike Koenig with Industrial Custom Control Solutions.

Fairfield County 4-Hers to Participate in 2017 Horse State Communications Contest

Good luck to the following Fairfield County 4-H Horse Members who will be participating in the 2017 State 4-H Horse Communications Contest which will be held at the Nationwide and Ohio 4-H Center on Saturday, April 29th, 2017. Junior and senior contests will be taking place.

Good luck to: Gabby Gugliemotto, Cora Cain, and Jordan Kagey!

Attention FFA Members!

Attending the Ohio FFA Convention next week? Consider attending the Exploring Ag Careers with Real Money. Real World. (Workshop A) at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5th in the Bricker Building! Fairfield County 4-H and FFA members will be joining 4-H Extension Educator, Leslie Cooksey, in helping fellow FFA members explore Ag Careers with the OSU Extension Program, Real Money. Real World. Connect financial literacy with a future career choice in agriculture and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Workshop participants will participate in a simulation where they make financial and cost-of-living decisions about housing, transportation, food, etc. As participants of this session, youth will learn about how ag careers can meet financial earning goals. For more information, contact Leslie at

Ohio State Fair Youth Arts Exhibition Info

Attached is the 2017 Ohio State Fair Youth Arts Exhibition Information. All Ohio youth grades 1-12 are encouraged to enter. Please share this information with all your 4-H groups, leaders and social networks. All entry is done online now through June 20th, 2017. Visit the direct link below for all exhibition information and entry details! Thank you for helping us inform the youth of Ohio about this awesome arts opportunity!

Also attached is the 2017 Creative Arts Competition Information which is also available on the Ohio State Fair website. Many of the competitions encourage youth entries and all entries entered are displayed.  If not stated on the competition page, the competitions are all open to youth 11 years old and up. Check out these Creative Arts Competitions with specific youth classes and spread the word:

-Leather Art
-Miniature Art
-Inventors Challenge (High School)
-Cake Decorating

Seed To Bloom Ag-STEM Institute Summer Camp

Central State University, Wilberforce, OH  45384
June 11-June 23, 2017

Camp Information: The SEED TO BLOOM Ag-STEM Institute is designed to provide activities, experiments, projects, and field experiences for students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the fall of 2017.   Students attend the camp free of charge. The Institute is a two-week, academic, and residential camp. The camp will provide youth professional development, leadership skills, civic engagement, and mentoring activities that prepare young people to make positive impact in their communities. Participating students will experience major areas of STEM courses and their interconnectivity to agriculture in addition to the Youth Professional Development courses in alignment with nationally recognized 4-H programs. Field trips to partnering agricultural-based industries will be part of the camp. Selection criteria will include GPA requirements, having an interest in STEM related careers, letters of recommendations and an essay.

Application Process: Parent/Guardian and student complete the attached student application form. Student Application Form 2017. Recommendation forms. Student writes a one (1) page essay. Parent/Guardian or student gives the request for records to your child’s school registrar.

For more information contact: Sandra Jodi Black,

4-H Forestry and Wildfire Camp – September 15-17, 2017

Do you have youth interested in natural resources and want a camping experience totally dedicated to exploring the outdoors through forestry and wildlife education? Then 4-H Forestry and Wildlife Camp at Canters Cave in Jackson from September 15-17, 2017 is just for them. Thanks to generous support from the Ohio 4-H Foundation, campers can attend for just $35 each, reduced fee is limited to the first 40 youth to sign up. Youth will explore tree identification, wildlife habitat study, animal identification, orienteering, map reading, outdoor cooking and shooting sports disciplines during camp.

More information on both events can be found at

Ohio 4-H Forestry Competition

There is still time for Fairfield County to send a team of members to the Ohio 4-H Forestry Competition occurring June 23rd, 2017 at Hocking College in Nelsonville. NEW this year – individual members can compete in the competition as well. A flier and registration form that you can distribute to clubs and natural resource project members is available at Members DO NOT have to be from the same club but must be from the same county to form a team and 4-H Educator, Leslie Cooksey, will need to sign the form certifying that they are current 4-H members in the Fairfield County 4-H Program. If you have questions contact,

4-H Dog Bowl Contest – Registration Deadline is 5/17/2017

The Ohio 4-H Dog Bowl Contest will take place on Saturday, June 17th, 2017 – Postmark deadline for teams to enter, pay the $30.00 team entry fee, and submit questions is Wednesday, May 17th, 2017.

Objective of Dog Bowl: The primary objective of the Dog Bowl Contest is to provide an opportunity for youth involved in 4-H dog projects to demonstrate their knowledge of canine-related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. The Dog Bowl Contest should provide an educational experience for both participants and spectators.

 Entry Rules:

Team and contestant eligibility:

  1. Each county may enter two (2) junior and two (2) senior teams of four (4) or five (5) contestants. One team member will be designated as the alternate if five contestants are entered. The team may be selected by any procedure the county deems appropriate.
  2. A junior individual may compete on a senior team; however, once a junior does compete as a senior, he/she may never move back to competing as a junior on a junior team.
  3. Teams of three (3) will be permitted the day of the contest if a 4th team member is unable to participate. Teams of three are not eligible for team bonuses.
  4. Senior contestants must be at least 14 years of age on January 1, 2017, and not older than 18 years of age as of January 1, 2017.
  5. Junior contestants must be at least 8 years old and in the third grade and younger than 14 years of age as of January 1, 2017.
  6. Team members need not own or show a dog to participate. However, they must be enrolled in a 4-H Dog Project, which includes Project 200 All About Dogs and Project 202 Dog Achievement Program (DAP), in their county in 2017 to participate.
  7. If one county does not have enough members to complete a team, cross-county teams are allowed to participate.

For cross-county teams:

  • Members must represent their county of 4-H enrollment.
  • Members from one or more additional counties can make up a cross-county team.
  • Cross-county team members do not need to be from neighboring counties with adjacent borders.
  • One Extension professional from the county or counties where the cross-county team member(s) is enrolled must provide enrollment documentation in the form of a letter(s) written on county Extension letterhead. This letter must be sent to Dr. Lucinda Miller, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr., Columbus, OH 43210 postmarked by Wednesday, May 17, and attached to the team’s entry form. Documentation may also be emailed to by the deadline, and will be attached to the team’s registration form.
  • One Extension professional from the county in which the team is registered must sign the registration form.
  • Documentation will be confirmed upon receipt of entries.