Cake Decorating Workshop RESCHEDULED for April 25, 2020

The Cake Decorating Workshop that was previously scheduled for Saturday, March 28th, 2020 has been RESCHEDULED for Saturday, April 25th. See below for an UPDATED flyer. Please RSVP by April 20, 2020 to 740-653-5419 or


Tar Hollow Raise the Roof Campaign – We Need YOU!

Tar Hollow Advisory Council Needs Your Help!

The Tar Hollow Advisory Council is collectively reaching out to our family, friends, alumni and guests of the Tar Hollow Resident camp to request donations for a new Shelter House. Tar Hollow Resident Camp has been hosting visitors and campers for more than 80 years. Thousands of youth, now parents and grandparents, have been loyal to this special place for the memories made and the impact it had on their personal development for generations. We love what we have but would like to work to make the best better by building a new covered area that provides good programming space in sunshine and in rain. The Shelter House would be a 36’ x 48’ structure with open sides, a metal ceiling, single bubble insulation on the roof, seamless gutters and downspouts.  The restroom would be a two-unit waterless restroom with overall construction to fit the ambiance of camp.  The cost of the project is $40,000.

With your help, we can ensure Tar Hollow users have another great large sheltered place to gather to forge friendships, test limits, and explore interest areas. The new shelter house will be built in the Tar Hollow Resident Camp in the field by campfire circle. This new shelter house will allow user groups to enjoy a covered programming space for many years to come. Fundraising will take place during the entire month of March. In order to donate, visit:

If you would prefer to write a check, make it out to The Ohio State University and include “Tar Hollow Support Fund 316857” in the memo.  Send your check to: OSU Extension Pickaway County, P.O. Box 9, Circleville, OH 43113.

Thank you for helping us bring wonderful new programs to the campers of Tar Hollow Camp!



2020 Fairfield County Junior and Open Hog Shows will be Ractopamine (i.e. Paylean) Free

The Fairfield County Fair Swine Shows (both junior and open) will be ractopamine-free in 2020. Find answers to questions being asked on this website: u.osu/edu/nopaylean.

Ractopamine (i.e. Paylean) is banned in 2020

At their regular January meeting, the Fairfield County Senior Fairboard passed a motion making the swine show for the 2020 Fair ractopamine-free. This includes both Junior Fair and Open Class swine, and means that pigs exhibited at the 2020 Fairfield County Fair, including both ‘live’ and MQP pigs, have never been fed or exposed to ractopamine sources from the time of birth to the time of harvest.

During their February meeting, the Board adopted the requirement that two affidavits that must be received from each exhibitor regarding their swine exhibit.

The first affidavit is to be completed by the pig’s breeder and is due to be turned in to the Senior Fair Office by the Junior Fair tagging date in July. Find that Seller/Producer Affidavit linked here.

The second affidavit will be from the parent/guardian and is due at fair weigh in on the Saturday immediately prior to the beginning of the fair. Find that Parent/Legal Guardian Affidavit linked here.

Affidavits or other requirements for Fairfield County Fair Open Class swine exhibitors have yet to be determined.

Market hogs at the 2020 Fairfield County Fair will be subject to random testing for ractopamine by both the Fairfield County Agriculture Society and the buyer/packer bidder.  If a pig tests positive for ractopamine, the Fairfield County Agriculture Society and the buyer/packer bidder reserves the right to determine disciplinary and financial penalties against the exhibitor.

As more decisions are made regarding the implementation of ractopamine-free swine exhibits at the 2020 Fairfield County Fair, that information will be posted here.

Today, for more about the history of ractopamine and the move to ractopamine-free swine production and exhibitions, visit our What, Why & How; FAQ’s page that can be found linked above. Visit our Facts/Info page for information about managing swine that are ractopamine-free, and also the plans for the Ohio State Fair swine show.

You may also contact the Senior Fair Board at 740-653-3041 for more information.

Skillathons Return for the 2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair (includes 4-H and FFA exhibitors!)

Please take a few minutes to check out this informational video about Skillathons which will be required of Junior Fair Exhibitors in order to exhibit at the 2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair. This applies to both 4-H and FFA exhibitors taking goat, sheep, rabbit, poultry, horses, alpacas/llamas, swine, beef, dairy and dogs. Click here for the video.

After a 14 year hiatus, Fairfield County’s Jr. Fair livestock exhibitors will once again be participating in Skillathons beginning in September of 2020. In this Fairfield Focus, Connie Smith visits with Jr. Fair Coordinators, Chuck Miller and Phil Miller, and also Fairfield County 4-H Educators, Leslie Cooksey and Aubry Fowler, about the rationale behind bringing Skillathons back, and how they will be implemented.

CANCELLED AS OF 3/12/2020: Attend Plowboy Prom on March 14th!

UPDATED AS OF 3/12/2020: Following OSU guidelines and the cancellation of the Ohio 4-H Conference, the Plowboy Prom hosted by Collegiate 4-H, scheduled for March 14 has been cancelled.


Previously posted on March 9, 2020:

It’s time for the annual Plowboy Prom, hosted by OSU’s Collegiate 4-H chapter! Join us on March 14, 2020 at the Nationwide & Ohio 4-H Farm Bureau Center for an evening of square dancing, food and fun with music from The Pleasant Valley Boys. Admission is just $5 and doors open at 6 p.m. See you there for the “Captivating Carnival!”

Ohio leaders proclaim Ohio 4-H Week: March 8-14, 2020

Ohioans will be seeing green even before St. Patrick’s Day this year as 4-H members, in their official colors of green and white, will celebrate 4-H Week March 8–14 throughout the state.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted officially proclaimed the seven days as Ohio 4-H Week, with a state proclamation released last week. A number of special activities will help increase public awareness of the Ohio 4-H program.

As America’s largest youth development organization, 4-H supports about 6 million children nationwide including nearly 172,000 children in Ohio, where 4-H clubs exist in all 88 counties.

Ohio also has the distinction of being the birthplace of 4-H. In 1902, schoolteacher A.B. Graham started a youth program in Clark County, Ohio. Since then, youth in Ohio 4-H clubs have followed the motto “make the best better.”

Gov. DeWine recognized the impact of 4-H in his proclamation, noting that “Ohioans enjoy seeing the many and varied 4-H projects—from livestock to fine arts and from photography to model rockets—each year at their county fairs and the Ohio State Fair.”

Although originally started as an organization for farm children, today Ohio 4-H emphasizes leadership and citizenship skills, and it extends into the suburbs and inner cities.

Ohio youth, ages 5-19, participate in 4-H through community clubs, camps, schools, and short-term experiences. Regardless of the environment, 4-H relies on the experiential learning model, which emphasizes “learning by doing” through hands-on activities.

Much of this learning revolves around projects selected by the 4-H member. Working in partnership with adult leaders and volunteers, youth delve into animals, computers, public speaking, cooking, art, gardening, leadership, and environmental sciences, just to name a few.

According to Kirk Bloir, state 4-H leader and assistant director of Ohio State University Extension, 4-H helps youth develop important life skills. “Youth in 4-H are more likely to be active in their communities, make healthy choices, and look for higher education opportunities,” he said. Additionally, Ohio 4-H alumni are 10% more likely to have a college degree than their counterparts.

Volunteers are a vital part of Ohio 4-H with more than 1,200 sharing their time and expertise to help youth succeed. They assist with programs, camps, fairs, committees, and serve as club advisors. Ohio 4-H volunteers will be recognized on March 14 at the Ohio 4-H Conference in Columbus.

The Ohio 4-H youth development program is part of OSU Extension, the statewide outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. See an infographic snapshot of Ohio 4-H here.

Source: CFAES News

Support the 4-H Junior Leaders! Eat at Raising Cane’s on March 24th!

Stop out and plan to eat lunch or dinner at Raising Cane’s in Lancaster on Tuesday, March 24th from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Lancaster (1934 N Memorial Drive). 15% of sales that mention or show the flyer below will be donated to the 4-H Junior Leaders. The Junior Leaders are a countywide teen leadership that focuses on 4-H community service, leadership, and more! Their big events include planning the Fairfield County 4-H Advisor’s Banquet, donating a county 4-H Scholarship, and the JAS Cloverbud Easter Egg Hunt!

Thank you for the support!