Ohio 4-H Dog Expo – Registration Deadline EXTENDED to 5/3/2017

The (postmark) registration deadline for the Ohio 4-H Dog Expo has been extended to Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017. The Ohio 4-H Dog Expo will take place at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 13th, 2017.

What is Ohio 4-H Dog Expo? Dog Expo is an opportunity for 4-H members (AND their dogs) to learn skills to help them be more successful with their 4-H dog projects. Teamwork between the 4-H member and his/her dog is emphasized throughout the skills sessions. Dog Expo is open to all 4-H dog project members and their dogs, whether this is their first-year or they have been taking dogs for several years. Experienced 4-H dog volunteers and resource people will be present to help 4-H members work with their dogs. There will be a session for advisors to ask questions and learn how to better help 4-H’ers with their dog projects.

Where will Ohio 4-H Dog Expo be held? Dog Expo will be held at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds, Lancaster. There will be several buildings devoted to the different sessions. Just follow the signs! Find directions to the Fairfield County Fairgrounds at: www.fairfieldcountyfair.org

What is the cost? 4-H’ers can come for half a day or all day. It will cost each 4-H’er $10.00 to participate for half a day, and $20.00 to participate for a full day’s worth of sessions. You MUST pre-register. There are NO same-day registrations. We will NOT accept walk-ins. ONLY the 4-H member may bring his/her dog. No puppies please!! Advisors can attend for free, as well as parents and siblings. Advisors need not pre-register.

Ohio 4-H Health Heroes Challenge Clubs with the 4th “H”: Health!

The Ohio 4-H Health Heroes are promoting the 4th H for Health Challenge to clubs. This comes after they attended the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living in Washington D.C. where they received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to promote healthy living.

The challenge supports healthy meetings by encouraging clubs to serve water, incorporate physical activity, offer a fruit/vegetable for a snack, and do an activity to enhance social & emotional health.

Please help us by encouraging 4-H clubs in Fairfield County to take the 4th H for Health Challenge. Club leaders will be receiving an email with information about the challenge the week of 4/24/2017.

4-H clubs that complete their tracking sheet and send it into the state 4-H Office will receive a certificate of achievement for their members. They will also be entered in a drawing to win prize kits to promote health at meetings.

Club leaders can find more info along with the leader’s guide and tracking sheet on our website: http://www.ohio4h.org/4thHChallenge

Ohio counties that have the highest percentage of clubs turning in their tracking sheet will be recognized at the Ohio 4-H Conference in 2018.

State Leadership Camp Staff Needed!

State Leadership Camp Staff Needed! 

  • Counselors and adult staff needed!
  • Applications are available online at http://www.ohio4h.org/camp/leadership-camp
  • Individuals 18+ who are good leaders, past counselors, or interested in helping.
  • Must complete application, undergo selection, and attain a background check.
  • Applications are due May 1, 2017.
  • Required to participate in some trainings prior to camp, including May 19-21 and July 8-9 (both at Camp Ohio)–this is not negotiable.
  • Contact Becca Goodman, goodman.230@osu.edu or Hannah Epley epley.24@osu.edu for more information.

OSU Extension Fairfield County Happenings!

OSU Extension in Fairfield County is always busy with something….4-H enrollment is in full gear, school programming is winding down, and we have plenty of spring/summer programs starting soon!

You may be interested in several upcoming programs/events…

We hope you will be able to join us for programs and events throughout the season!  Please share these opportunities with your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors.  Don’t forget to visit our website at https://fairfield.osu.edu/ for news and our full event calendar…

Thanks for all you do to support Extension!

4-H Antique, Craft, and Vendor Show

The Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee is planning an Antique, Craft, and Vendor Show for Saturday, July 29th, 2017 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 Toni Miller at leigh-toni@live.com or 740-969-2169 for more information and to reserve a space! All funds raised will benefit the Fairfield County 4-H Program!

Clover Days at Tractor Supply Co. Stores Runs 4/26 – 5/7/2017

Clover Days at the Tractor Supply Company stores started 4/26/17 and will run through 5/07/2017.  This is TSC’s fundraiser for 4-H.  This year, the money will be donated to the Camp Programs and National trips won by members all around the country.  100% of the money raised goes directly to 4-H! 90% of the funds raised in Ohio will go to our local camp programs and 10% will be donated on the National level! Our goal at the Carroll Store is $5,000. Donating is easy and can be done at the register! We will even give you a register receipt for tax purposes!

The Carroll TSC Store (the one on 33) would love to invite clubs to come set up a booth for bake sales, craft sales, etc. Please call the store to make arrangements 740-654-1496. We also need members to come in and stand with the cashier and tell customers about 4-H. If you are experienced with livestock, you can talk to customers about what you feed them. You can talk about your summer projects and help customers find things in the store. You can also help customers carry out feed to their vehicles. Most importantly, you can tell them how much fun 4-H is and what opportunities you have had through 4-H! For any questions please call the store or text Brenda Stepp at 740-503-4536. Store hours are Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Host Families needed July 23 to August 17, 2017

Dear Friends of the Ohio 4-H International Program:


 Thank you for your support of our program. Would you be willing to forward this email to your friends and contacts? Or, if you’ve not already applied, are YOU interested in hosting this summer? We still need 38 families to host a Japanese youth and word-of-mouth is the best way to share this opportunity.

Bring a Japanese Youth into your own Living Room!

Ohio 4-H is looking for host families to enjoy an incredible international experience from July 23 to August 17, 2017. Membership in 4-H is not required. Hosting is educational and lots of fun! Your family will come together through a fun and challenging project, and engage in another culture … and your own child will gain a special friend across the world. Families only need live their “regular lives.” Special trips and activities are not required, and medical insurance and spending money are provided. Potential Ohio host families should have a child in their own home aged 10 – 15 who will serve as the main host sibling.

Applications are accepted until all youth are placed! – please contact us if interested regardless of when you receive this email.

If your child is going to camp, the Japanese child goes, too! (And the cost is covered.) If you’re going on vacation, the Japanese child goes, too! Exchange youth do not need their own rooms, but do need their own bed or mattress on the floor. If your child starts school before 8/17, we hope the Japanese youth might go along for a few hours a day – if not, they can be kept busy by the host parents, neighbors or relatives. Don’t worry about the back-to-school rush and shopping … this is something the exchange youth enjoy being a part of! The Japanese youth do not speak fluent English, but families (and especially youth) find creative ways to communicate when stumped, and utilize dictionaries and adult chaperones as necessary.

Complete a fillable application here: 2017 Host Family Application

See what’s involved with Hosting! What’s Involved?

Discover what past visitors have enjoyed most about the homestay … (Hint: just every-day family experiences!): Hosting is Easy and Fun!

Get your questions answered here: Host Family Frequently-Asked Questions

Learn more at www.ohio4h.org/youth/internationalor contact Mary Lynn Thalheimer (thalheimer.1@osu.edu).

4-H Discounts for Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay!

We’re excited to announce that Ohio 4-H has partnered with Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay to offer exclusive discounts on ticket packages for you, your friends and family to enjoy!

Celebrate the return of summer with a discount that’s sure to thrill! Get Two Parks. Two Days + Free Fountain Drinks, all for $19.95! And with over 70 rides and attractions spread across 64 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and pathways, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Buying ticket packages could not be easier. Simply navigate to https://www.kentuckykingdom.com/partners/ohio4-h to access the Discount Ticketing Portal. Here you can purchase discount ticket package vouchers for you, your family and friends – right from the comfort of your home!

New Cloverbud Kit is Available! Weather Fun

We have received a ‘Weather Fun’ Cloverbud kit that Fairfield County 4-H advisors can check out for their meetings.

Please call 740-652-7260 to reserve this new kit.  Advisors are responsible to replace any of the consumable items they use in the kit.

The kit includes:

  • Weather Ice Breakers & Games
  • Weather Songs
  • Crafty Weather ideas
  • Watermelons from Ohio and other snack ideas
  • Science Experiments
  • Safe in the Storm (a repeat-after-me story to act out)
  • Careers in Weather
  • Community Service

We look forward to you sharing this fun kit with your Cloverbuds!