There’s Still Time to “Raise Your Hand” for Fairfield County 4-H!

The National 4-H Raise Your Hand Alumni Campaign has entered its final month and we need your help to get to the finish strong!  A first place finish for Ohio will result in a $20,000 cash prize and your local program could benefit directly. In Ohio we are asking everyone to participate and the prize money will be divided among the 35 counties with the most hands raised! Don’t wait, go to today and Raise Your Hand.

Fairfield County 4-H Member Named Ohio Military Kids 2017 Military Youth of the Year!

Abby Skinner, an eight-year 4-H member from Fairfield County, was honored as the Ohio Military Kids Military Youth of the Year.

4-H’s Ohio Military Kids (OMK) presents this award, in partnership with the Ohio National Guard, to a military youth who has made a significant contribution to the OMK program. Read more here.

Ohio State Fair Jr. Fair Youth Livestock/Animal Shows and/or Events DEADLINE REMINDER

The following dates are deadlines for upcoming Ohio State Fair – Junior Fair Youth Livestock/Animal Shows and/or Events. Please read carefully!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017:

  • Postmark entry deadline for all junior fair and open livestock entries, including poultry and rabbits.
  • Postmark entry deadline for 4-H dog show and drill team (July 31- August 3) entries (entries to be sent to Ohio State Fair)
  • Postmark entry deadline for 4-H dog agility (July 29) entries (entries to be sent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center)

Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Postmark entry deadline for 4-H dog show poster contest (entry forms and posters to be sent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center)

Friday, July 7, 2017 – Postmark entry deadline for the 4-H Avian Bowl Contest (August 5) (Team entries to be sent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center)

Friday, July 7, 2017 – Postmark entry deadline for 4-H Poultry Judging Contest (August 5) (entries to be sent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center) Teams and individuals who enter by this deadline pay a $5.00 per person entry fee. Teams and individuals may enter the day of the event, however must pay a $10.00 per person entry fee.

The State Fair website for all livestock entry information is:

Entry information can also be found on individual calendar of events and/or resources species pages at:

***ONLINE ENTRY REMINDER**** – Online entries are available for most OSF livestock entries, and youth are encouraged to enter online vs the paper entries. Once the online entries close (midnight June 20, 2017) and Barb Prince, Entry Department, has them entered in her database, she will send a county list of youth entered to each applicable county 4-H educator for verification that these youth are members in good standing in their respective counties and eligible to show the animals they have entered. Verification must be returned to Barb before the youth are permitted to show at the Ohio State Fair.

Don’t forget to sign up for summer judging!

Summer judging registration is now open through June 30th.  See your member handbook pages 20-28 for details on what projects are judged each day as well as what you need to bring with you for judging.

To sign up, please go to your Ohio 4-H online account and follow the instructions that were emailed to each family on May 31, 2017.

Instructions can be found on our website   

If you have additional questions, please contact Missy at or call 740-652-7260 from 7:30 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.

Monday, July 10th, the following projects are judging: Health (#300, 351, 352, 353, 357, 358), Family Life & Child Development (#434, 435, 436, 365.17, 442), Home Decorating & Designing (#405, 491, 494, 495, 432M), Money Management (#445 & 448) and all Food projects (459, 461, 462, 463, 467, 469, 472, 474, 475, 476, 477, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487).

Tuesday from noon to 2 pm is the Demonstration Contest.  Please call the office (740-652-7260) with the title of the demonstration by July 3 at 3 pm.

Tuesday, July 11th, the following projects are judging: Self Determined (all #365 except Babysitting, Camp Counseling and Natural Resources), Collectibles (#496), Quilting (#498, 499, 365), Theater Arts (#596, 597, 598), Writing (#587, 588), Get Started in Art (#592), Leadership (#370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 365.11, 382, 383), Photography (#584, 585, 586, 589M) , Cake Decorating (#492), and Scrapbooking (#497).

There is modeling practice July 11th from 10-11 am for those taking clothing projects at Liberty Union High School, 500 W. Washington Street, Baltimore.  Members of the Fashion and Nutrition Board will be there to help sewing participants learn the proper way to model. (There is no registration required for this event)

Wednesday, July 12th, the following projects are judging: Engineering –  Science Fun (#490, 493, 500), RC Vehicles (#504), Robotics (#507, 508, 512M), Rockets (#501, 502, 503, 503M) Bicycle (#517, 518), Electricity (#527, 528, 529, 530, 531), Rope (#540), Small Engines (#541, 542, 543), Lawncare (#548), Young Engineers in Solar Energy (#550), ATV (#555), Woodworking (#556, 557, 558, 559, 560M) and Welding (#573); Environmental Science – Discovering 4-H (#091), Horseless Horse (#173), All About Dogs (#200), Vet Science (#241, 242, 243), Explore the Outdoors (#611), Exploring Ponds (#617), Why Trees Matter (#620), Ohio Birds (#621), Trapping Muskrats (#622), Fishing (#623, 624), Gun Safety (#630), Basic Archery (#631), Beekeeping (#641), Insects (#644, 645, 646), Gardening (#670, 671, 691, 692), and Self Determined Natural Resources.

Thursday, July 13th will be clothing judging from 11 am to 4:30 pm.  This includes the consumer projects (Look Great for Less and Shopping Savvy) as well as all clothing construction projects. The Style Review will be Thursday evening at Liberty Union High School starting at 7 pm. To be eligible for county placement and for state fair selection, 4-H’ers must participate in judging on July 13th AND participate in the Style Review.



Junior and Cloverbud camps still accepting registrations!

Junior Camp (ages 8-10) will be held June 30-July 3rd at Tar Hollow.  The theme for this year is ‘Exploring Science at Tar Hollow’. At this time, we still have 34 girl and 9 boy spots open.  The fee will be $125 which includes meals, lodging, programming, health insurance AND both a camp picture and camp t-shirt (new additions for 2017!)  The registration form for Junior and Cloverbud camp can be found at this link:   2017 4-H Camp Registration Form 031617-20q181f

Junior camp registration forms are due by 4 pm on Monday June 19th. If you register in the office, you will receive your camp letter and packet.  If you register by mail, you will receive your camp letter and packet by email. We ask that completed health forms (with camper picture) and permission to participate forms are turned into the Extension Office before camp so the camp nurse can read through them before camp check in. For Junior Camp, we would like the forms returned by June 26th.

The single day Cloverbud “Brainiacs” Camp (ages 5-8) will be held at Alley Park on Saturday July 8th. Cost for this single day action packed camp is $35.00.  Please use the registration form above to register for camp.  Registration for Cloverbud Camp ends at 4 pm on Monday, July 3rd. (Yes, the office is open that day – we are closed on July 4th)  If you register in the office, you will receive your camp letter and packet.  If you register by mail, you will receive your camp letter and packet by email.

We ask that completed health forms (with camper picture) and permission to participate forms are turned into the Extension Office before camp so the camp nurse can read through them before camp check in.  For Cloverbud Camp, we request the forms by July 3rd.

Many answers to questions regarding camp can be found here:

If you have more questions, don’t be afraid to call the office at 740-652-7260.



Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council Applications are Available!

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) applications for the 2017-2018 year are now available!  Please let any interested individual know, so they may apply! Please note, because it is only a one year term, current TLC members who wish to continue their service must re-apply. This program has replace the two former programs of Ohio 4-H Ambassadors and Ohio Teen Advisory Council TAC).

Applications and more information for this group are now available online at: note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 11, 2017.  We recognize this falls during some county fairs, so encourage teens to apply early!  We will accept applications as early as today! The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2017-August 31, 2018.  If you have questions on this opportunity, please let Kayla ( or Hannah ( know.

Camp Spots – Still Available!

Although we are past the June 1st Camper Registration Deadline and Camp Scholarship Deadline, we are still accepting late camp registrations. Read more for further details!

As of June 2, 2017, we have 37 spots left for Junior Girls, 12 spots left for Junior Boys, 7 spots left for Intermediate Girls, and 5 spots left for Junior Boys. When each camp fills, we will start a wait-list. There are no refunds with cancellations.

Farifield County 4-H Camps are open to current Fairfield County 4-H members and those completing a School Enrichment program in Fairfield County.  Fairfield County Youth camp at Tar Hollow State Park, located in Laurelville, Ohio. Youth sleep in a cabin with at least one youth counselor and up to 6 other youth. Activities at camp include campfire, swimming, canoeing, hiking, fishing, line dancing, crafts, team building activities, water carnivals, games, and lots of fun!  We hold our Junior and Intermediate camps here.  Our Cloverbud Day camp is held at Alley Park near Lancaster.

For 2017, the Junior and Intermediate camp fee includes meals, cabin lodging, camp programming fees, health insurance and new for 2017 –  the camp t-shirt and picture

CAMP DATES FOR 2017!!  (age as of January 1st)

  • Intermediate (11-14 year olds): June 15-18, 2017
  • Junior (8-10 year olds): June 30-July 3, 2017
  • Cloverbud (5-8 and Cloverbud members): July 8, 2017

Camp Registration, Scholarship Request and Cabin Friend Request Form Completed form and payment of $125.00 due by June 5th for Intermediate Camp, $125.00 due by June 19th for Junior Camp, and $35.00 due by July 3rd for Cloverbud Camp. This price includes the late fee (as registration closed June 1st). Registration after June 1st does not qualify for camp scholarships and cabin friend requests may not be made. Additional camp forms will be emailed to you (once available) to complete and bring to camp. 

Check out the list of Frequently Asked Questions! It will help you as you prepared to attend camp!

If you have further questions, please contact the office at 740-652-7260. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Junior Leaders – Seeking Donations for Winchester Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

The Fairfield County Junior Leaders will be visiting residents at Winchester Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canal Winchester on Friday, June 9th, 2017. They are currently seeking donations to take with them when they mingle have fun with the residents playing bingo and other fun games! If you are able to donate any of the following items, please drop them off to the OSU Extension Office the week of June 5th or make sure you pass along to a Junior Leader member who is attending this community service event.

Bingo items that can be donated:

  • gently used and clean stuffed animals
  • small pieces of candy
  • sample make-up/chapstick (unused)
  • lotions and perfumes
  • coloring supplies
  • coloring books (adult and children)
  • purses and wallets
  • word searches
  • uno cards
  • playing cards
  • pens, pencils crayons

Auction items that can be donated (residents collect points and cash points in to buy things!). The following items listed above and below will go to their auction:

  • gently used clothing
  • gently used blankets
  • baby dolls

Thank you in advance!

Lauren Young and Corinne Somers, Fairfield County Junior Leaders  -Community Service Committee

Consider a 4-H Legacy Dinner Donation or Sponsorship!

The Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board is in full swing planning the 2017 4-H Legacy Dinner benefiting the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Funds. They are currently looking for sponsorships and donated items for the silent auction. The 4-Creation 4-H Club challenges each 4-H Club to donate a nice item or a gift basket of items to the Legacy Dinner. For more information, contact Leslie Cooksey at 740-652-7272 or read more on their website at:

Attend the Dinner, Leave a Legacy!

Make your reservation today, and plan to join us for an evening of fun, food and giving at the 2017 Fairfield County 4-H Legacy Dinner and Auction! This year’s event is being held at the Grube Farm on Thursday, June 22, and tickets are now on sale.

The Fairfield County 4-H Youth Development program strives to teach leadership, citizenship and life skills to nearly 1,400 4-H club members each year. While most of these young people participate in the traditional 4-H club experiences, children who are not yet 4-H age can participate in a non-competing, activity based curriculum known as the Cloverbud program. Nearly 1000 additional youth are exposed to 4-H work through school enrichment programs. In addition, the 4-H Youth Development program also offers training and leadership opportunities for more than 200 4-H advisors in our County.

While dollars to support the 4-H Youth Development program are received cooperatively through Federal, State and County funding, several years ago friends and former 4-Hers met to begin what is now known as the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment. The mission of this Endowment and the Board who manage it is to raise awareness and dollars for long term investment in the 4-H program. Their hope is to leave a Legacy for 4-Hers for generations to come by generating enough funding over time to endow a 4-H position in Fairfield County.

The major annual activity of the 4-H Endowment Board is the Legacy Dinner and Auction which will be held this year on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the farm home of Karl & Judy Grube and Family, located at 1225 Canal Road NE, northeast of Baltimore. The evening will begin with cheese and wine tasting, and the auction preview at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00. The entire evening is dedicated to the benefit of the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment when you will enjoy great food, fellowship with other supporters of our County’s 4-H program, and perhaps most importantly, lots of fun!

You are invited to help leave a legacy by simply attending, and/or by becoming one of the contributing sponsors for the evening. There are actually four different ways for you to consider becoming involved and supporting the effort of the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment.

First, for $40 you can attend and simply enjoy a great meal!

Second, for $400 you may purchase a table for 8 to attend the Dinner and Auction and share the table with your business colleagues or friends.

A third alternative for participation is a donation for either the silent or live Legacy Auction that is held during the Legacy Dinner. Examples of suggested items that are appreciated for these auctions include themed gift baskets, event tickets, autographed memorabilia, gift certificates, jewelry, photography, art work, baked goods and sweet treats, or any items that represent 4-H and youth. You may also find a listing of few items already included in the Auctions on the Legacy Auction page.

If you would like to offer your support by simply become a contributing sponsor of the event, there are multiple levels of support available ranging from donations and/or sponsorships of from $100 to $1500+.

Regardless of the extent you choose to participate, we do hope you will come and share in an evening of food, fellowship and fun in support of the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Dinner and Auction.