Ohio State Fair Skillathons – Open to **ALL** 4-H and FFA youth!

Did you know any 4-H/FFA youth can participate in the State Fair skillathons? Skillathons are events for youth to show what they know about a species and to be recognized for their knowledge and skills. All Skillathons are open to any Ohio 4-H member, age 8 and in the 3rd grade, or 9 years old and older regardless of grade level, to age 18 as of January 1, 2019, and FFA members. Therefore, 4-H and FFA members turning 19 on or before December 31, 2018 are too old to participate in the Skillathons. Youth do not have to be an exhibitor at the Ohio State Fair to participate or be enrolled in an animal project.
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Shop the 4-H Vendor Sale on SATURDAY, July 27th!

Come out and support our vendors and the Fairfield County 4-H Craft Show/Vendor Sale this Saturday, July 27th, 2019 and celebrate “Christmas in July” from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. We’ll be in the Ed Sands Building. Get some early Christmas shopping taken care of or just shop for yourself, birthdays, and other special occasions coming up!

The Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee will host their 3rd Annual Craft and Vendor Show on Saturday, July 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to raise money for the county program. The event, which will be held at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in the Ed Sands Building 157 E Fair Ave, Lancaster, OH, will help raise funds for county activities like summer camp, state trips, awards, and so much more in the county.

Saturday’s vendors include:

  • Lu La Roe
  • Origami Owl
  • Color Street
  • Tastefully Simple
  • Doterra
  • Lila Rose
  • Tupperware
  • Scentsy
  • Pink Zebra
  • Wayne’s Wood Creations
  • Greyt Impressions
  • L&A Embroidery
  • ThisnThat by Deb
  • Animal Rescuers Friend
  • Paparazzi Jewelry
  • Holly’s Cozy Mittens
  • Brillant Water
  • Tara Greible
  • Mark Molnar
  • Madison Stewart
  • Personalize Your Items
  • Sewn to Retire
  • Tara Agriculture
  • Jessica McMillen
  • Connie Hoff
  • Helen Wilson
  • Stephanie Knight
  • Logan Hampton
  • Fabric Crafts and Seasonal Decorations by Carol Crawford
  • Christine Loughman
  • Farm Chick Essentials


1st Chance for Premier Exhibitor Testing – Saturday, July 27th!

Junior Fair Exhibitors who wish to compete for their species’ Premier Exhibitor Contest, must take the test for those respective species. The first option is this Saturday, July 27th, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Rickett’s Hall at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. For more information about Premier Exhibitor, visit the very bottom of page 13 of the 4-H Member’s Handbook and also be sure to review your specie rules in the Junior Fair Book.

Additional testing dates are:

  • August 25th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Rickett’s Hall at the Fairgrounds
  • September 14th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Dining Hall at the Fairgrounds

2019 Junior Fair Beef Reminders and Updates

Attention 4-H and FFA Beef Exhibitors – we would like to remind you of a few upcoming deadlines and rule changes for the 2019 Fairfield County Fair.

  • The possession deadline for beef feeders is August 15th. Rule 17 in the Junior Fair Book page 26) for Breeding Beef, Steers/Heifers and Feeders states: “Feeder steers and feeder heifers must submit nose-prints (up to 2 feeder steers and 2 feeder heifers) to the Senior Fair Office within five days of required possession date. Exhibitor is to fill out a 4″ x 6″ index card accordingly; On Back: Name, Contact Phone Number, Email, Address, 4-H Club or FFA Chapter, and Breed. On Front: Calf Nose Print. When brought to the Senior Fair Office, office staff will make three copies (one copy for the exhibitor and the other two copies, plus the original, for the Senior Fair Office). The Senior Fair Office copies and the original will be placed in a photo or page protector and stored in a three ring-binder marked “Nose Prints”. If nose print card(s) are mailed in, the cards must be filled out as stated above. When the nose print card(s) are received in the office, the envelope will be stamped with that date, copies will be made and a copy will be sent to the exhibitor. The Senior Fair Office MUST have the exhibitors correct address.”
  • For Beef Breeding entries, a reminder that Breed classes will need to have at least two entries to be considered a class. All other registered non-class entries will be placed in the AOB division of breeds (Breeding Beef, Steers/Heifers, and Feeders – Rule 18, page 26).
  • For ALL Beef entries, Mulch is the preferred bedding for all Junior Fair beef animals regardless of which barn they are housed in. Exhibitors will provide their own bedding. This is a CHANGE for 2019! Also, exhibitors will not need to remove their bedding as the Senior Fair Board will do so at the end of fair as of their June 18, 2019 Senior Fair Board meeting.

Advisors will be distributing Junior Fair Books soon to club/chapter members, if they have not done so already. In the meantime, download sections of the Junior Fair Book as needed by clicking here.

Attention Teens – Be a part of the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC)!

Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC. Please note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 9, 2019.

This is a great opportunity for 4-H individuals ages 14-18 as of January 1 for this application year. Meetings are typically held at the Ohio 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio but some events may be held at locations close to campus.

Here are some highlights about the responsibilities of the council:

  • Age: Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 the year of application to apply for council member, committee member, committee chair, and officer.
  • Number of Meetings/Events: See the program structure outline on the application for specific numbers of meetings and events. Members are required to attend at least 75% of meetings and events.
    • Working Events: Members are required to work a number of statewide events at the Ohio State Fair, and elsewhere throughout the state (Farm Science Review, Legislative Luncheon, etc.).  Each level of membership differs in the number of events that are required.  See the program structure for more information.
  • Location of meetings: Meetings are typically held at the Ohio 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio, but there are occasionally instances when they are held elsewhere due to events on Ohio State’s Campus.  In these instances, meetings may be held at locations close to campus.  Refer to the application for the locations for the 2019-2020 year.  Members will be notified prior to the location change.
  • Additional Opportunities: Depending on the level of involvement, council members have the option to apply for additional opportunities including the National 4-H Conference, Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, and other opportunities that may arise.

OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development is seeking a full-time University Program Assistant (Columbus Campus)

University Program Assistant, 100% FTE, 40 hour work week position in the Ohio State University Extension 4-H Youth Development State office.  Provide assistance and office support to statewide programming efforts.  Works with 4-H faculty and staff to assist teaching and facilitating details of teen leadership training events, registrations, State Leadership Camp, Making eXtreme Counselor (MXC) Workshop, and Teen Leadership Council, including but not limited to the teen luncheon at the Ohio 4-H Conference and state fair events. Assists in the evaluation and selection process of Teen Leaders. Provides office support to 4-H state level camping program, including Camp Facility Director’s training/meetings, affiliate entity reports, camp program director’s training.  Requires occasional evening and weekend hours.  Contact Hannah Epley.24@osu.edu for further information.

For complete position description and online application instructions, please go to www.jobsatosu.com and search by Job Opening Number 451396.  To assure consideration you must apply by July 28, 2019.  The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Sponsors Needed: 2019 Junior Fair Awards (Updated list as of 7/17/2019)

Thank you to those who responded to last week’s post with awards that still needed sponsors fo rthis year. Here is an updated list as of July 17, 2019.

Award sponsors should have received their invoices to make payment toward sponsoring 2019 Junior Fair Awards. Please send payment in as soon as possible. If questions, contact Marguerite Grimm at 740-654-8749 or by email at marg.grimm@columbus.rr.com.

The following awards are currently not sponsored for 2019 as of July 17, 2019. Please contact Marguerite Grimm (contact information listed above) to be sure the award is still available. Thank you in advance!


  • 3rd Place Dairy Feeder Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award: $50.00
  • 4th Place Dairy Feeder Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award: $25.00


  • 3rd-5th Place Sr. Pygmy Showmanship (15-18) – 3 Rosettes: $12.00
  • 3rd-5th Place Inter. Pygmy Showmanship (13-14) – 3 Rosettes: $12.00
  • 2nd Place Junior Pygmy Showmanship (11-12) – Trophy: $17.00
  • 3rd-5th Place Jr. Pygmy Showmanship (11-12) – 3 Rosettes: $12.00
  • 3rd-5th Place Pygmy Showmanship (9-10) – 3 Rosettes: $12.00
  • 1st Place Pygmy Showman of Showman – Trophy: $18.00
  • 1st-5th Place Pygmy Goat Project Book Competition – 5 Rosettes: $20.00


  • 2nd-5th Place Llama/Alpacas Showmanship – 4 Rosettes: $16.00


  • 1st-3rd Place American Class Hen – 3 Rosettes: $12.00
  • Reserve Champion Market Duck – Trophy: $17.00
  • 2nd-3rd Place Fancy Duck – 2 Rosettes: $8.00
  • 1st Place Premier Poultry Exhibitor – Cash Award: $50.00


  • 1st-5th Place Rabbit Exhibitor – 4 ARBA Books: $88.00


  • 2nd-5th Place Senior You & Your Dog – 4 Rosettes: $16.00
  • 1st Place Beginner Novice A – Trophy: $16.00
  • 1st Place Dog Obedience (Novice A) – Trophy: $16.00
  • 2nd-5th Place Dog Obedience (Novice B) – 4 Rosettes: $16.00
  • Intermediate Showmanship (A) Age 12-14 – Trophy: $16.00
  • 1st Place Dog Obedience (Grad. Novice B) – Trophy: $16.00
  • 1st Place Dog Obedience (Open A) – Trophy: $16.00
  • 2nd-5th Place Junior Showmanship (A) – 4 Rosettes: $16.00
  • 2nd-5th Place Intermediate Showmanship (A) – 4 Rosettes: $16.00
  • Junior Showmanship B (Ages 8-11) – Trophy: $16.00
  • Intermediate Showmanship B (Ages 12-14) – Trophy: $16.00
  • 2nd-3rd Place Dog Obedience Graduate Novice A – 2 Rosettes: $8.00 



  • 12 Year Member Pins – 10 Pins: $25.00
  • 13 Year Member Pins – 5 Pins: $12.50
  • 14 Year Member Pins – 5 Pins: $12.50      

Last Call – Ohio State Fair 4-H Livestock Judging Contest

Come show what you know at the Ohio State Fair 4-H Livestock Judging Contest! Registration forms postmarked by this Friday, July 12 along with the $10 registration fee, will receive free admission to the fair. You may also register the day of the event with no admission included. The contest will take place on July 26th, 2019 at 10:00 am, with registration beginning at 8:30 am. For more information, please visit go.osu.edu/LivestockJudging. You will need a signature from an Extension Professional (Aubry Fowler or Leslie Cooksey) to complete your registration form. Please plan accordingly to get their signature by Friday at 4:00 p.m. so you don’t miss out!

Summer Judging Results – Available Online!

All results from this past week are/will be posted online. Click here for all results.

Congrats to all 4-H members who completed their projects and participated in judging this week! You all did a great job… keep up the great work!

All award winners will be invited to attend Summerfest to receive their awards. Summerfest will be held on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Liberty Center in Lancaster. Postcard invitations will be mailed to county award in a few weeks.

State Fair Packets – Available for pickup!

For those youth who qualified for the Ohio State Fair after be selected this week during miscellaneous project judging can now pickup their State Fair packets at the Extension Office. Please note that the clothing project packets will not be available until NOON on Friday, July 12th, 2019. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Additionally, if you were selected for State Fair, but cannot attend…. PLEASE DO NOT pick up your packet! We will need to know that you do not plan to attend so that we cannot contact the alternate and pass on the State Fair packet to alternate.

Questions about State Fair packets? Call Missy at 740-652-7264.