Raise Your Hand for Fairfield County 4-H!

Ohio is in the lead, but what about Fairfield County 4-H?! There is one last month to participate in the Raise Your Hand Campaign National 4-H Alumni Campaign!

Help Fairfield County 4-H and Ohio 4-H win money to support local and state 4-H programming! If Ohio finishes in 1st place, the top 5 counties in Ohio each get $2,000! Spread the word and recruit fellow Fairfield County 4-H Alum to “Raise their Hand!” Raise your hand at: http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/

Ag is COOL!

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio State Fair and the buckeye state’s agricultural commodity groups are again sponsoring the “Agriculture is Cool” program at the Ohio State Fair complete with exciting interactive stations like the opportunity to milk a cow!

Here are ways you can participate:

  • K-12 Students can participate in the Creative Expression Contest
  • 4th Graders can present their report card at the Ohio State Fair Entry Gate and get in free!
  • 4th Graders can write an essay and win a $500 scholarship!

For more information, view this flyer:

Food Contest Opportunity

The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) are sponsoring the Ohio Signature Food Contest. Any Ohio residents can submit their food product design or vision. This contest will showcase the new, innovative products throughout the state. Finalists will present their product to a panel of judges. The state winner will be announced at the Ohio State Fair during a special ceremony and will receive business and marketing assistance to advance the product to the marketplace. Click here to complete the online entry form by June 22nd, 2017. Contact 419-535-6000, ext.117 for more information.

Ohio 4-H Scholarship Winners Announced!

Ohio 4-H Scholarship Winners Announced! Over 800 scholarships were submitted. Fairfield County winners include:

A.B. Graham Leaders of Tomorrow 4-H Scholarship:

  • Autumn Miller
  • Melissa Sommers
  • Kamala Sweeney

Ashley Brittany Calhoon 4-H Leadership Scholarship:

  • Alexa Romanowski

John T. Mount 4-H Achievement Award:

  • Molly Michael

Paul A. Smith and Ethel I. Smith 4-H Scholarship:

  • Emma Newell

Tiney and Helena McComb Family 4-H Endowment:

  • Grace Dannemiller


Camp Roundup is May 25th!

Don’t miss the 2017 4-H Camp Roundup slated for Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Fairfield County Ag Center located at 831 College Avenue, Lancaster from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.   You can sign up for 4-H Camp, meet your camp counselors , check out this year’s camp theme and request a friend for your cabin, too!

Intermediate Camp is for 4-Her’s age 11-14 and will be held June 15 – 18, 2017.

Junior Camp is for 4-Her’s Ages 8-10 and will be held June 30-July 3rd, 2017. 

Cost for each of these camps is $115.00 each.  Both of the camps will be held at Tar Hollow State Park, South of Laurelville.  Camp fee includes meals, cabin lodging, camp picture, camp T-shirt, camp programming fees and health insurance.

Scholarship opportunities are available for those families with multiple campers attending camp, first time campers and those with financial need. If your child receives free or reduced lunches, they are eligible for scholarships.  All you need to do is complete the center section of the all-in-one camp registration form to apply. The cost for Intermediate or Junior camp with the scholarship is $66.75 per camper.  For Cloverbud campers, the cost for Cloverbud Day camp with the scholarship is $12.50.

Cloverbud Camp is for Ages 5-8 and will be held at Alley Park on July 8.  Cost for this camp is $25.00.

Registration for each camp closes one week prior to the start of camp. However, a $10 late fee is assessed for anyone registering for camp after June 1, 2017.

If you cannot attend 4-H Camp Roundup, youth can be registered by mailing or dropping off registration forms to the Extension Office located in the Fairfield County Ag Center, located at 831 College Avenue, Suite D, Lancaster, OH   Camp registration applications are available online at http://fairfield.osu.edu.  Check out the 4-H Youth Development page and look for Fairfield County 4-H Camp.  If you have additional questions, please contact the OSU Extension office at 740-652-7260.

Quality Assurance Clinic is Saturday, 5/20/2017

Don’t forget – we have last countywide Quality Assurance Clinic this weekend on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the AAA Building at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.

Who needs to have Quality Assurance?  Anyone taking the following projects:

  • Breeding and Market Beef
  • Goats – Angora, Dairy, Breeding Meat, Market and Pygmy goats
  • Breeding and Market Rabbits
  • Breeding and Market Sheep
  • Dairy Breeding and Dairy Feeders
  • Breeding and Market Poultry
  • Swine

Another option is to attend your club clinic, or approved state clinics.  Please refer to page 12 of the 4-H Member’s Handbook for additional information.

All Quality Assurance training must be completed by June 30th, 2017 in order to show at the 2017 Fairfield County Junior Fair. This is a Junior Fair Requirement.  If your club/chapter is having a clinic, please turn in your paperwork as soon as possible, but no later than June 30th, 2017.

Rabbit Clinic is this Sunday, 5/21/2017

All Fairfield County Junior Fair Rabbit Exhibitors are invited to attend the Rabbit Clinic this Sunday, May 21st, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Fairfield County Fairgrounds in the #50 Show Arena (same barn as the rabbit show during the fair). Hear updates for the 2017 Fairfield County Fair, hear helpful information from a vet, and visit with one of the 2017 fair judges. Past 4-H rabbit showmen from the Fairfield County Fair will also be available to talk to and ask questions about what to expect when it comes to raising, caring for, and showing rabbits. Skillathon stations will also be set up for educational purposes.

You and Your Dog Project Interview Questions for State Fair

For the Ohio State Fair 4-H Companion Animal Day Judging on July 28th, 2017: You and Your Dog Interview Questions – Questions for each age division (8-10-year-olds, 11-13-year-olds, and 14-18-year-olds) are posted at www.go.osu.edu/companionanimals on the Resource page. Fairfield County 4-H Dog Members can make Ohio State entries themselves by June 20th, 2017 at http://ohiostatefair.com/livestock/

All About Dogs Project Information for State Fair

All About Dogs Interview Questions and Project Book Completion – With this being the first year for this project, judging at the Ohio State Fair Companion Animal Day (July 28th, 2017) will be one class for youth 8-18 years old until we have a better idea of age breakdown. This is an entry level project for youth who are exploring the 4-H dog project and are not yet ready to take a dog; therefore, most likely the majority of youth taking this project will be younger. Fairfield County will select State Fair participants from Summer Judging on July 12th, 2017 and make State Fair entries at that time.

A list of 30 questions, including the page number where the answers can be found, is posted at www.go.osu.edu/companionanimals on the Resource page. Instructions for recommended use are provided. Project book completion is also explained in the questions document.