4-H Fall Flower Sale at Lancaster Greenhouse & Nursery: September 16th and 17th!

Are you ready for fall?

Come support the Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee by shopping at Lancaster Greenhouse and Nursery on September 16th and 17th. Hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

This is a fundraising event for the 4-H Advisory Committee. The 4-H Advisory Committee supports county 4-H programming for all youth members and adult volunteers including, but not limited to: awards and banquets, trips and scholarships, printing costs, special programming costs and more!

Supporters must present coupon at the time of purchase and 15% will go directly to the Fairfield County 4-H Program. Please share this post with family members and friends!

Texas 4-H Relief Support Campaign for 4-H Programs Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The Texas 4-H Program has been receiving requests from across the country on how to help Texas during their time of need. Below is the information just released on a campaign to support local and county 4-H Programs who have been hit by the massive storm. Please share.

Texas 4-H Relief Support Campaign for 4-H Programs Affected by Hurricane Harvey

To give, click the link below

2018 Youth in Action Awards

Applications for the 2018 Youth in Action Awards opened August 1! This important program gives youth the chance to share their stories of how 4‑H has changed their lives and how they have made a difference in their communities. Click here to download the application guidelines. Please click here to view the promotional video. Please feel free to share the video!

National 4-H Service Project – WW1 Memorial

The National Junior Master Gardener 4-H program has partnered with the WW1 Memorial Commission on a national service project for 4-H youth to be involved with building the WW1 Memorial. The Junior Master Gardener program is proud to promote because it ties to gardening!

Groups can make a donation of $64.99 and receive 60 poppy seed packets from the WW1 Memorial Commission. They can then sell the seeds to support their program. The recommended selling price is $2 per seed packet which would generate $120. Basically the first dollar goes to fund the National WW1 memorial and the second dollar stays local for the 4-H club, school group, etc. to support their activities/programs.

We are promoting through all of our JMG groups and state partners, but this is open for any and all 4-H groups. It is a great opportunity for youth to learn more about WW1, while also being a part of a national service project. Many resources, learning experiences and details on how to participate in the poppy project can be found at the website:  http://jmgkids.us/poppy/

Groups can start now, but the big push is between Sept. 5 and October 20th. Representatives from 4 winning groups will be invited to experience an expense paid trip to the groundbreaking of the National WW1 Memorial in Washington DC in November.

Attention Livestock Exhibitors: DUNF Forms now available!

The Drug Use Notification Forms (DUNF) are now available at the Senior Fair Office and the OSU Extension Office. Please send a representative from your club to pick-up the forms. Forms will be due at weigh-in for each species. As a reminder, our county code is 94. NEW for 2017: Per page 7 of the Junior Fair Book, Rule 26 states: Market animals and any species that requires a DUNF must be free from any/all drugs in their system at fair weigh-in day.

All exhibitors at the Fairfield County Junior Fair must abide by the rules listed in the 2017 Junior Fair Book. Please note that animals must be drug free or within tolerance by weigh-in day of fair. Each member is to bring a completed Drug Use Notification Form (DUNF) to weigh-in at fair. Livestock exhibitors must have completed a Quality Assurance Training by June 30, 2017 and should indicated so on the DUNF in order to exhibit at the 2017 Fairfield County Junior Fair. If the forms are not correctly completed, exhibitors will not be permitted to show.

4-H Day at Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends

The Erie County 4-H Committee will be sponsoring 4-H Day during HalloWeekends at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.

Experience HalloWeekends at greatly reduced rates!  Any ‘friend of 4-H’ (so basically anyone) can take advantage of this deal simply by buying tickets at the 4-H  groups sales booth the day of the event.  For more information, see attached 2017 HalloWeekends Flyer

4-H Health Heroes – Looking for new members!

Any teen in grades 9-12 interested in becoming a state-level 4-H Health Hero should apply online by Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

The 4-H Health Heroes program provides youth with the opportunity to represent 4-H and promote healthy living in their communities. Teens who serve as Health Heroes will gain valuable leadership experience, be able to teach a variety of health-related topics to people of all ages, and have a chance to travel to Washington D.C. for the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living (if selected). Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by October 6th. A required training will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Please share the attached informational flyer with any interested teens.

Additional information, requirements to serve, and the application can be found on our website: https://ohio4h.org/healthheroes

Fairfield County Awarded $2000 from National Raise Your Hand Initiative

Fairfield County youth programs are benefiting from Ohio’s recent victory in the national 4-H Raise Your Hand competition. As one of 35 counties with the highest participation, Fairfield received $2000 to use for local youth programs.

“We are very excited to have engaged, active alumni here in Fairfield County that are willing to step up as volunteers, project leaders, fair volunteers, judges, award sponsors, and more. These individuals are making a positive impact on over 1,300 youth in Fairfield County who are enrolled in 4-H Clubs,” said Leslie Cooksey, 4-H Extension Educator in Fairfield County.

The state won $20,000 after more than 11,800 Ohio 4-H alumni participated in the initiative by visiting 4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ and let themselves be counted.

“This is great! The Raise Your Hand Campaign shows that many Ohioans have a strong, personal connection to 4-H,” Ohio 4-H Foundation Board President Dale Arnold said. “We look forward to working with them to enhance 4-H programs at local, regional and state levels.” This money will be put toward new signage on the 4-H Display Barn that you will see at the Fairfield County Fair, October 8-14, 2017 in Lancaster, Ohio.

About Ohio 4-H: 4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. Last year, 183,000 individual Ohio youths participated in 4-H programs related to agricultural, STEM, citizenship and healthy lifestyles.

2017 Dairy Ambassador Application now available

Young ladies and men who are active 4-H/FFA members and are at least 15 as of January 1, 2017, have an interest in the dairy industry and have shown dairy heifer, cow or feeder calf the previous year are encouraged to apply to be the 2017 Dairy Ambassador.  The application found on our website is due to the Extension Office by September 8, 2017 by 4 pm.

AKC Dog Show Patch Program

Licking River Kennel Club is hosting a new program that AKC (American Kennel Club) offers called the Dog Patch Program. They will be hosting a fall show on Saturday, September 16th, 2017. For details, contact Danielle Dudley at hlfmastiffs@gmail.com. They are excited to offer this and hope to get a good turnout for their first year. Supplies need to be purchased, so a RSVP is requested.

For more information, visit: http://www.akc.org/public-education/dog-show-patch-program/

The AKC Dog Show Patch Program is a wonderful blend of fun and facts, which allows children to learn about AKC purebred dogs and dog shows.