Sewing masks?

For those families who have been sewing masks to assist with COVID-19 efforts, we are getting numerous contacts on places that are seeking donations. We will continue to list contact information for these places on this blog post.

Homemade cloth masks:

4-H Enrollment Due May 1st!


  • If the youth is new to Fairfield County 4-H and does not live in Fairfield County, please have them complete an Across County Lines form as soon as possible.
  • Across County Line Membership Policy and Request Form – to be completed once in the lifetime of 4-H Club Membership unless the child moves.
  • All forms are pending approval by 4-H Educators in the county of residence and the county they wish to join.
  • Please email these forms to us NOW rather than waiting until May 1st if at all possible considering the approval process. Send forms to Leslie at as soon as you have them.
  • Do not assume all requests will be approved.

Attention Teens – Join a 4-H SPIN Club – Explore the Your Thoughts Matter: Navigating Mental Health 4-H Project!

Extension Educators in Hardin County, Jami Dellifield and Amanda Raines, are hosting a virtual SPIN Club for the Your Thoughts Matter: Navigating Mental Health project.  Please share with your teens and encourage them to register at You DO NOT need to be enrolled in this 4-H project in Fairfield County to participate in the SPIN Club.

The SPIN club will be open to youth ages 13+ and will be held via ZOOM on Tuesdays from May 5 – June 9. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Raines at


Attention 4-H Horse Advisors and Members,

During the COVID-19 emergency, there are no options for 4-H horse kids to show their horses. Huron County Horse Council has created an online Virtual Horse Show. All 4-H horse project members are welcome to participate. Please share this information with members in your county.

Basic Information: The Virtual Horse Show is a Facebook group that offers classes, patterns and a real judge! Kids pay a small fee of $5 per class to help cover the judge’s fees. All remaining funds are earmarked for our new horse barn fund, Build the Barn.

Participants are not required to dress up or take their horses anywhere. All they need is a yard and someone to take a video. To participate in the show, one does not need to have a Facebook account, only an email. Participants email their entry forms to

Awards: 1st place receives a $5 credit for the next show to apply to a class. We have many sponsors donating prizes for high-point awards at each show as well.


  1. Link to the Entry Form
  2. Payment via Paypal ( or Venmo @Katie-Jackson-804
  3. There are 2 sections to each show.
    • Show 1, Section A starts April 22nd and ends May 6th for Showmanship, English, and Driving.
    • Show 1, Section B will accept entries starting April 30th and classes will begin May 6th. Section B includes classes for Halter, Western, and Ranch (with a horsemanship class for gymkhana).
  4. The show series consist of 3 shows finishing in late July. At the conclusion of the show series, High Point awards will be mailed to the participants who scored the most points.
  5. The show is located on Facebook: 4-H ONLY Virtual Horse Show “Build the Barn for Huron County”.
  6. Facebook is not required to participate in the show. If you do not have a Facebook, please email for show information and patterns.

Questions? Contact Katie Jackson at

4-H International & Other Summer Exchanges – CANCELLED for 2020

In partnership with our national non-profit partner, States’ 4-H International, the Ohio 4-H Program has made the difficult decision to cancel all 2020 International Inbound hosting and Outbound travel programs this summer. This determination is a result of months of communication and collaboration among program partners. The decision aligns with the travel guidance provided by the CDC and State Department, yet most importantly, it fully prioritizes the health and safety of our delegates, host families, and chaperones. This includes the LABO exchange with Japan.

In addition to our international exchange program with State’ 4-H International, no other international or domestic 4-H trips or exchanges will take place this summer (between now and the end of August). This includes any county or club-level exchange trips with other states.

Perfect Stay at Home 4-H Projects – DOWNLOAD 4-H Books for FREE!

Download these 4-H Project Books for free. A special collection of project books is available for free on the Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects web page ( Click on the book you want, and when the file opens on your screen, save or print it from there.

The following 4-H Project Books are available and currently posted on the website listed above:

  • 91 Discovering 4-H
  • 409 Sew Fun
  • 496 My Favorite Things (collectibles)
  • 588 The Writer In You
  • 592 Get Started in Art
  • 442 Family History Treasure Hunt
  • 459 Let’s Start Cooking
  • 462 Yeast Breads on the Rise
  • 485 Racing the Clock to Awesome Meals
  • 359 Your Thoughts Matter
  • 405 The Laundry Project
  • 491 It’s My Home
  • 375 Leadership Road Trip: Where Are You Going?
  • 376 Pantry Panic
  • 611 Explore the Outdoors
  • 621 Ohio Birds
  • 493 Science Fun with Kitchen Chemistry
  • 540 Not Just Knots
  • 173 Horseless Horse
  • 500 Science Fund with Physics

For accessible formats of these publications, visit

Additionally, Fairfield County Only Projects (COP) Books are available for a FREE Download for our Pie and Candy Projects. Click here to download these books: COP Fairfield County Pie Project or COP Fairfield County Candy Project.

Please make sure these projects are added to your 4-H enrollment this year. If you have already submitted your enrollment and it has been approved, email Missy Koenig ( with the changes you would like to make to your projects. Enrollments are due May 1st!

NOW AVAILABLE – Purchase your 4-H Books ONLINE!

The news you have been waiting for (and will be posted at some point this evening on the Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development page to the public: ONLINE BOOK ORDERS!

I know the price of books via the OSU Extension Publications (state website) is a bit more than what we have access to locally, but this is our current option with the local Extension Office being closed until further notice!

While county offices are closed and local distribution of project books is on hold, choose one of these ways to get a project book:

  • Download one for free. A special collection of project books is available for free on the Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects web page ( Click on the book you want, and when the file opens on your screen, save or print it from there. Horseless Horse and Science Fun with Physics are being added soon! (For accessible formats of these publications, visit
  • Buy one online. If you would like to buy a print copy of a Perfect Stay-at-Home project or any other project book, you can order directly from (click on 4-H) with one of these special discounts for Ohio residents: FREE2020 (for free shipping) OR 20IN2020 (20% off the entire order). Use the coupon that works best for you. Orders can be shipped directly to a person’s home as long as it is an Ohio address. Please review your order carefully. No returns are accepted. There is no restriction on the number of times a coupon can be used. See printable ordering instructions HERE.
  • Make your own. If you would rather not purchase a book in this way, self-determined projects are an excellent choice for self-motivated members eager to get started by creating their own projects. Although self-determined projects may be better suited for older 4-H members, they are available for any member and are often based on idea starters already available online. Many of the idea starters are great stay-at-home projects too, for example, Music, Bats, String Art, Climate Change, American Sign Language, etc. (For project judging, self-determined projects are judged in self-determined categories.)

If none of these options work for you because of affordability or internet access, contact Jane Wright, Ohio 4-H curriculum manager, who may be able to help ( Additionally, you may reach out to Leslie Cooksey ( or Aubry Fowler ( – Fairfield County 4-H Educators.

Additionally, if you have already submitted your 4-H enrollment for 2020, you can still make changes now through May 1st – especially if you’d like to add one of the FREE Stay at Home Project options! If your 4-HOnline Profile has been approved, just send Missy Koenig ( an email letting her know what changes you’d like to make to your projects. Furthermore, we will be posting our County Only Project Books on our website under Member Resources by the end of this week for the Pies and Candies Projects. These books will be FREE of charge and you can download and print to use NOW!

Stay safe, stay healthy! You’re all Making the Best Better in 4-H!

Fairfield County Extension Office – Office and Calendar Updates 04.14.2020

Dear 4-H Families, Volunteers and Supporters:

It is with a heavy heart that we share this news with you. Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel all Ohio State University Extension in-person programming through July 6. This includes all 4-H programs, activities, and events. Additionally, Ohio 4-H has made the very difficult decision to cancel all 4-H camps thru August 31. Although in-person programming is cancelled, we will continue to offer virtual 4-H experiences.

We know this is an incredible disappointment and recognize how much everyone looks forward to our cherished 4-H summer events. As 4-H professionals committed to providing positive youth development programming, we share your sense of loss.

Given available information, we anticipate the next few weeks and months will continue to be critical times for stemming the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is our duty to keep ourselves and those we serve safe through the education we provide and the modeling of safety-conscious behaviors. We do not want to get to the other side of this pandemic and wish that we had done more to keep our future generation of leaders safe and healthy.

While we are making decisions regarding the youth events we organize and manage (such as camps and 4-H project judging), we are deferring to local decision-makers and Governor DeWine’s administration on the events owned by others, such as county fairs. Our decision to cancel in-person 4-H activities and events through July 6 and summer camps, should not automatically imply that local county fairs are also canceled at this time. Please keep in mind that 4-H and our FFA colleagues support the education and development of youth, but the decision about whether fairs will occur is in the hands of others. This continues to be an evolving situation that will require some negotiation and monitoring depending on decisions. We will be ready should fairs move forward and to pivot if they are cancelled.

As we work through the impact of these decisions for 4-H activities and events in the weeks ahead, county OSU Extension 4-H professionals will share important updates and information with you as we develop and provide new online opportunities. We know the experiences will be different than we had hoped, yet we remain committed to working together to grow future generations of true leaders.

Please continue reading for an updated list of dates as it relates to Fairfield County 4-H and Extension meetings, programs, and events.

Yours in service to 4-H,

Leslie Cooksey and Aubry Fowler, Fairfield County 4-H Educators

We know that this is a stressful and confusing time, but as we get more information on the coronavirus outbreak, we are doing everything possible to keep our 4-H members, families and community supporters safe. At the end of the day we are committed to our members and want to keep everyone safe and healthy.

As you may be aware, The Ohio State University announced the suspension of face-to-face instruction and the move to virtual instruction for the remainder of the semester. Events deemed nonessential are postponed between now and at least July 6, 2020 (please note this date has been updated from previous communications). Activities are encouraged to continue virtually when possible.

Based on these guidelines, all in-person meetings of 4-H clubs, committees, advisory groups, and Extension are postponed or canceled until at least July 6.

Thank you for your patience with your county 4-H staff, the state 4-H office and OSU Extension as we navigate the process. Although this has caused a disruption, 4-H professionals are still working remotely, and many club members are working on their projects. We’re committed to doing our part to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. We also know that when we choose to act together, we can have incredible positive impacts.

Fairfield County club advisors are reaching out to members to begin the enrollment process for 2020. As of right now, we intend to keep our enrollment deadline of May 1st but please stay tuned for updates as it relates to enrollment form deadlines as we approach this date. Clubs are also encouraged to meet virtually during this time. Our office has been temporarily closed as of March 18th however the OSU Extension Staff are available by email and phone. 4-H Project books cannot be purchased or distributed at this time and we will provide an update when this can happen – information will be shared by email hopefully the week of April 13th for online ordering options on 4-H Project Books. Thanks again for your cooperation and patience during this challenging time.

Please read through the following date changes as they related to the Fairfield County Extension and 4-H Programs and mark your calendar accordingly.


  • All 4-H Club Meetings need to be virtual (Skype, Google Hangout, etc.) or postponed until July 6, this means NO face to face meetings, programs, or events until at least July 6th.
  • As of this time, all Fairfield County 4-H Enrollments are still due May 1st.
  • Any 4-H or Junior Fair Forms due May 1st – stay tuned for a way to submit these forms to us online. Forms can also be mailed to the OSU Extension Office at 831 College Avenue, Suite D, Lancaster, OH 43130. We will also be sending a link the week of April 13th on how to submit these forms via an online mailbox!

Schedule changes through July 6th:

  • POSTPONED March 28/April 25 – Cake Decorating Workshop – Rescheduled Date TBD
  • VIRTUAL MEETING April 14 at 7:00 p.m. – 4-H Endowment Committee Meeting (members should have received Zoom connection information from Leslie).
  • VIRTUAL MEETING April 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Camp Counselor Training (camp counselors will receive Zoom connection information from Aubry).
  • DEADLINE April 15 – Ohio State Fair Scholarship Application
  • CANCELLED April 17 – Spring Horse Clinic
  • RESCHEDULED April 18 for June 27 has now been CANCELLED – 2021 Dig into Gardening – April 17, 2021 at Christ United Methodist Church, Baltimore
  • VIRTUAL MEETING April 20 – Junior Leaders Meeting
  • POSTPONED April 20, 21, 27, 28 – Slow Cooking, Fast Cooking Series – Rescheduled Date TBD
  • NEW VIRTUAL MEETING April 21 – 4-H Advisor Update for Dogs, Livestock, Quality Assurance at 6:00 p.m.
  • VIRTUAL MEETING April 21 – 4-H Horse Advisory Committee at 7:00 p.m.
  • CONFERENCE CALL MEETING April 21 – Senior Fair Board Meeting – check with Leslie for future details.
  • VIRTUAL April 25 – State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest (pre-registration required)
  • RESCHEDULED April 25 – State 4-H Horse Communications Contest – NEW DATE May 16
  • VIRTUAL MEETING April 27 – Camp Counselor Training NEW TIME: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • POSTPONED April 27 – May 1 – Test Out Week for Quality Assurance
  • VIRTUAL MEETING April 29 – Junior Fair Board Meeting
  • POSTPONED May 3 – QA Makeup Option 1 – Date TBD
  • COUNTY DEADLINE May 1st – 4-H Enrollment and Forms
    • All youth (including Cloverbuds) enrollments due in 4-HOnline.
    • All advisor enrollments due in 4-HOnline.
    • Forms due May 1st via Member Online Mailbox:
      • Dog Permission to Participate
      • Horse EquiSTEP Safety Form & Quiz/Permission to Participate
      • Home Grown Market Wether Form
      • Home Grown Market Rabbit Form
      • MQP Barrow and/or Lamb Applications
    • Forms due May 1st via Advisor Online Mailbox:
      • Check list for Enrollment
      • Charter Checklist
      • Club Information Sheet
      • Fees Paid Report
      • Updated Constitution/By-Laws (if applicable)
      • Club Meeting Schedule/Calendar
  • VIRTUAL MEETING May 4 – Camp Counselor Training – NEW TIME: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • VIRTUAL MEETING May 11 – Fashion and Nutrition Board Meeting
  • VIRTUAL MEETING May 12 – 4-H Endowment Committee Meeting
  • VIRTUAL MEETING May 13 – Junior Fair Board Meeting
  • CANCELLED May 14 – In the Garden 2020: Wagnall’s Master Gardener Volunteer Education Series
  • STATE DEADLINE May 15 – Ohio 4-H Event Youth Assistant Applications
  • POSTPONED May 16 – QA Makeup Option 2 – Date TBD
  • VIRTUAL MEETING May 19 – 4-H Horse Advisory Meeting
  • MEETING May 19 – Senior Fair Board Meeting
  • VIRTUAL MEETING May 20 – Camp Counselor Training – NEW TIME: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • VIRTUAL MEETING May 21 – 4-H Advisory Committee
  • CANCELLED May 27 – Cloverbud Counselors Picnic & Onsite Training
  • CANCELLED (with details forthcoming for potential virtual option) May 28 – State 4-H Achievement Banquet
  • CANCELLED May 29-31 – State Special Needs Camp at Canter’s Cave
  • COUNTY DEADLINE June 1 Horse ID & Photos, Lease Form, Club Pony Form, Negative Coggins Test (if going to State Fair)
  • COUNTY DEADLINE June 1 Sign-up for Health & Safety and Pledge/Creed Speaking Events (details will be forthcoming on holding this event virtually)
  • VIRTUAL MEETING June 1 – Junior Leaders
  • VIRTUAL MEETING June 1 – Fashion & Nutrition Board
  • VIRTUAL MEETING June 2 – Sale Committee
  • CANCELLED June 4 & June 5 – Intermediate Counselor Work Days
  • CANCELLED June 6 – Cloverbud Camp
  • VIRTUAL June 1-3 – Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp (for previously registered 4-H members)
  • TBD June 7-12 – Camp Canopy (should have determination on this from Ohio Forestry Association by the end of the week of April 13th)
  • CANCELLED June 9 – Tar Hollow Counselors Camp
  • VIRTUAL June 10 – 4-H Pledge/Creed, Health & Safety Speaking Contests
  • CANCELLED June 11 – 4-H Legacy Dinner
  • VIRTUAL June 15 State 4-H Hippology
  • VIRTUAL June 15 State 4-H Horse Judging Contest
  • CANCELLED June 15-18 – Intermediate Camp
  • MEETING June 16 – Senior Fair Board
  • POSTPONED June 20 – Ohio 4-H Dog Bowl Contest – RESCHEDULED for October 17 (Team entries must be postmarked by Thursday, September 17). Visit for more information.
  • CANCELLED June 20 – Fairfield County PAS Horse Show
  • CANCELLED June 23 & 24 – Junior Camp Counselor Work Days
  • CANCELLED June 21-27 – Citizenship Washington Focus
  • CANCELLED and TBD June 29 – Area III Health & Safety Speaking Contest
  • COUNTY DEADLINE July 1 – 4-H Writing Project Entries (will submit to 4-H Member Online Mailbox)
  • COUNTY DEADLINE July 1 – Horse Members: Negative Coggins Test for Primary Horse
  • CANCELLED June 30 – July 4 – Junior Camp

Future programming will be evaluated as we receive additional information from the state. Programming updates will be announced on our Ohio State – Fairfield County 4-H Facebook page as well as our Events tab on our OSU Extension website (

For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and how to prevent its spread, please visit:

The best way to reach us is via email:

Leslie     Aubry Fowler:

Extension Educators, 4-H Youth Development, OSU Extension Fairfield County