Junior Fair Tagging Update for Dairy Feeders, Market & MQP Lambs, Market Goats, and Market & MQP Hogs

The Fairfield County Senior Fair Board has voted to proceed with Fairfield County Fair with modifications to project our youth, visitors, and volunteers. They have changed the process for our upcoming July weigh-ins/taggings to protect and limit our social contact at this time. The Junior Fair Directors feel that it is important to limit contact as much as possible. Please find below the attached plan for Fairfield County Modified Junior Fair Tagging:

Fairfield County Fair July Tag-Ins have been modified to better accommodate concerns for Covid 19. Changes include exhibitors/families/advisors will be responsible for securing tags for Dairy Feeders, and market hogs from the Senior Fair Board Office, placing tags in animals (MQP lambs will still be weighed), Market goat & market lambs will be tagged using the Scrapie tag issued to them. You will be required to submit photographs of each animal. Please note the Senior Fair Board Office is located at 157 East Fair Avenue and office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon each day.

Market Hogs- You can tag in up to four different animals for the Fairfield County Hog Show. Two are for the live show one for MQP and one as a back- up that a family can share. Tags need to be ordered from the Fair Office and can be picked up by a 4-H/FFA advisor, parent or exhibitor. Tags orders can be submitted on the tag order form. Prior order must be placed so they are prepared and sanitized prior to your arrival. This form below along with pictures of all four sides of the animal, ear notching and the tag in the ear must be submitted by July 31st 6 p.m. If an animal is a shared back up in the family you must list both names on the form. One form per hog required. Animals must later be listed on the Junior Fair entry form Due August 28th as well.

Market Goats- You can tag up to two market goats for the Fairfield County Fair Market Goat Show. You will not weigh in your goat this year as in the past. This form below along with pictures of all four sides of the animal and the Scrapie tag in the ear must be submitted by July 31st 6 p.m. If an animal is a shared back-up in the family you must list both names on the form. One form per market goat required. Animals must later be listed on the Junior Fair entry form Due August 28th as well. Your goat will receive a Fairfield County Tag at Fair Weigh in in October once your scrapies tags are verified.

Dairy Feeders- You can tag in up to two dairy feeders for the Fairfield County Dairy Feeder Show.  You will not weigh in your Dairy Feeder this year as in the past. Tags need to be ordered from the Fair Office and can be picked up by a 4-H/FFA advisor, parent or exhibitor. Prior order must be placed so they prepared and sanitized prior to your arrival. This form below along with pictures of all four sides of the animal and the Fair tag in the ear must be submitted by July 31st 6 p.m. If an animal is  a shared back-up in the family you must list both names on the form. One form per Dairy Feeder required. Animals must later be listed on the Junior Fair entry form Due August 28th as well.

Market Sheep- You can tag in up to four market lamb for the Fairfield County Market Sheep Show. Two for the live show one as a back up and one for the MQP Class. You will not weigh in your Market Lamb this year as in the past unless you are in the MQP class. The MQP Committee will contact you on how to weigh in your animal.  This form below along with pictures of all four sides of the animal and the scrapies tag in the ear must be submitted by July 31st 6 p.m. If an animal is a shared back-up in the family you must list both names on the form. One form per market lamb required. Animals must later be listed on the Junior Fair entry form Due August 28th as well. Your market lamb will receive a Fairfield County Tag at Fair Weigh in in October once your scrapies tags are verified.


If you click on this link or copy and paste in your browser it will take you to the forms. This is a google form document. Multiple pictures can be added through the picture submit button. Please take clear pictures that can be used to verify your animal(s).

All forms for tagging information should be submitted through the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMXvGiyIDH0UnfuOTa5ZPAg1HrhLJXfSsXBr-pyTFdP2AiOg/viewform?usp=sf_link

All tag request should be sent through the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4tpFgdwgzBAHZdEh9Y0v1IRjDaFga0aaWZmd5Uzblzwrhjg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Questions should be directed to Chuck Miller , Junior Fair Director at keywest100@att.net

Teen Tip: How to Measure Ingredients

Today’s Teen Tip video was created by Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Katie Schlagheck.  It is called “How to Measure Ingredients” and it can be found here.  Measuring liquid ingredients is much different than measuring dry ingredients, Katie will demonstrate the correct technique for both including the best way to measure flour and brown sugar.  Please share this video via social media platforms, with community partners, and any other youth serving organizations.

Farm Science Review will be a Virtual Show in 2020

For the first time in its nearly 60-year history, The Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review, scheduled for Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, will not be held in-person. Instead, a virtual show will be
implemented for 2020. The farm show, sponsored by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), annually attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada to the show site in London, Ohio.

“We are committed to delivering a robust and innovative virtual show in support of agriculture during this pandemic,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president and dean of CFAES. “Throughout its history, the Farm Science Review has been at the forefront of showcasing the future of agriculture,” she said. “While it may look different in 2020, we will continue to meet the needs of our growers and partners through access to exhibitors, virtual demonstrations, and education about the most recent advancements in agricultural production.”

The three-day event normally allows agricultural producers to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, view field demonstrations, and learn the latest in agricultural
production. Popular educational programs feature specialists from The Ohio State University, Central State University, and other land-grant institutions.

“Due to the rapidly changing conditions in the spread of COVID-19 across the U.S., the decision was made to hold a virtual show,” said Nick Zachrich, Farm Science Review manager. “We have
worked diligently to plan for another incredible show demonstrating the newest developments in equipment, research, and application to support agricultural production.” Current conditions are not conducive to hosting an in-person event. “With our multigenerational audience, we determined a need to prioritize everyone’s health and ensure that we are doing our part to contain the spread of the virus during this global pandemic,” he said.

While extremely disappointing for everyone involved, Zachrich said that Farm Science Review management and its executive committee believe this is the right decision to keep visitors,
exhibitors, partners, and staff safe. In addition, the State of Ohio Responsible Restart guidelines currently limit mass gatherings. There is little reason to anticipate changes in the next two months that would provide for the ability to meet Farm Science Review’s daily in-person attendance of between 35,000 to 50,000 visitors.

“We understood early on that regardless of the number of cases, the show would have to take drastically different approach in order to meet the health and safety requirements for COVID19,
such as physical distancing and sanitization,” Zachrich said. “While we would have liked to wait until closer to the event to make a decision, we felt compelled to let suppliers, exhibitors,
and partners know so they can begin to plan for a virtual show.”

More information will be shared in the forthcoming weeks about the 2020 virtual Farm Science Review program and how to engage. Visit fsr.osu.edu for ongoing updates.

All media inquiries should be directed to Sherrie Whaley, CFAES media relations coordinator, whaley.3@osu.edu, 614-292-2137.

Sherrie R. Whaley
614-292-2137 / 614-582-6111

Nick Zachrich

Fairfield County Youth Receive State 4-H Awards

The 2020 Ohio 4-H Achievement Awards were presented recently during a virtual recognition program. 4-H Achievement Awards are awarded annually to an outstanding individual in a particular project area for the state of Ohio. Local 4-H members were received the following awards. 

Kathryn Crow won the Companion Animal Achievement Award sponsored by the Nationwide Foundation. Kate, 16, is a seven-year 4-H member active in companion animal projects, in particular the dog and PetPALS programs. She feels that these programs have helped her see the value of assisting the community. She is the daughter of John and Lisa Crow from Baltimore in Fairfield County. Kate is currently a sophomore at Fisher Catholic High School. 

Kate Crow

Gabriella Schumacher received the Creative Arts Achievement Award sponsored by Ron and Carolyn Cull. Gabriella, 17, is a nine-year 4-H member and is active in cake decorating, sewing, cooking, rabbit and veterinary science projects. She is the daughter of Jack and Betsy Schumacher from Lancaster in Fairfield County. Gabriella is a home school junior and plans to become a veterinary technician. 

Gabriella Schumacher

Kaylee Sharp was recognized with the Dairy Achievement Award sponsored by STgenetics The Ohio Heifer Center. Kaylee, 17, is a 12-year 4-H member active in dairy cow, dairy beef feeder, market hog and cooking projects. Kaylee is the daughter of Scott and Joy Sharp from Stoutsville, Ohio in Fairfield County. She is currently a junior at Amanda-Clearcreek High School. Kaylee plans to go to college and pursue business and acting. 

Kaylee Sharp

Triston Hill won the Environmental Science Achievement Award sponsored by Derek and Angela Dusthimer. Triston Hill, 18, is a 12-year 4-H member in the areas of environmental sciences, engineering and gardening and horticulture. He has learned many things in these areas, some of which has led him to a certification and work placement. He is the son of Matthew and Angel Hill and lives in Amanda in Fairfield County. He attends Fairfield Career Center for Auto Technologies. 

Triston Hill

Caden Sweeney received the Mechanical and Engineering Science Achievement Award sponsored by the Packer Family. Caden Sweeney, 18, is a ten-year 4-H member in Fairfield County mainly active in engineering and livestock projects. Caden is the son of Jeff and Loretta Sweeney and is attending Canal Winchester High School as a senior. He plans to attend The Ohio State University in the fall. 

Caden Sweeney

Lexie Snider won the Personal Development Achievement Award sponsored by Jim and Marlene Helt. Lexie Snider, 18, is the daughter of Greg Snider and Emily Leist. She is a ten-year member of the Blue Ribbon Showmen 4-H club and she is active in large animal projects. She believes her 4-H experiences have helped her become wellrounded through hard-work, collaborating with others, leadership experiences and making new friends along the way. She is currently a senior at Amanda Clearcreek High School and plans to attend Ohio University to major in elementary education. 

Lexie Snider

Jordyn Nevers was recognized with the Veterinary Science Achievement Award sponsored by Steve and Cindy Rasmussen. Jordyn Nevers is a 9-year 4-H member in Fairfield County. She is a senior in high school and will be attending Columbus State Community College in the fall for their sign language interpreter program. Jordyn’s favorite 4-H project is the vet science books because she loves learning about animals. 

Jordyn Nevers

The recognition program was hosted by the Ohio 4-H Foundation. Ohio 4-H is the youth development program of Ohio State University Extension, with more than 171,000 young Ohioans participating in 4-H clubs, groups and special interest programs. 


Teen Tip: Developing Cultural Intelligence

Today’s Teen Tip video was created by Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Joseph M.  It is called “Developing Cultural Intelligence” and it can be found here. As one ventures away from one’s home, one may meet persons whose physical, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds differ from one’s own backgrounds. Cultural intelligence, a strategy to better understand others’ backgrounds, is one way to help one get to know, and perhaps develop friendships with those persons from diverse backgrounds.  Please share this video via social media platforms, with community partners, and any other youth serving organizations.

Support Fairfield County 4-H: Turn on AmazonSmile in the Amazon App to generate donations!

AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon App. Turn on AmazonSmile in the Amazon App to generate donations benefiting the Fairfield County 4-H Program. AmazonSmile customers can open the Amazon shopping app on their phones or electronic device. Go to the Main Menu of the Amazon shopping app and select “Settings.” Select “AmazonSmile” and follow the instructions to complete this process.

Not signed up for AmazonSmile? To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com on your web browser or activate AmazonSmile on your Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone (found under settings on your app). On your browser, you may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. When you’re using the app, always check for the “AmazonSmile” logo to ensure you’re activated for AmazonSmile. When you shop AmazonSmile, they will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Fairfield County OH 4-H Advisory Committee when you select our organization.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

10th Annual FilmFest 4-H

FilmFest 4-H is a national film festival for youth that are filmmakers, visual artists, aspiring actors, and those that are just interested in meeting other creative people. FilmFest helps youth become producers, not just consumers, of digital media. FilmFest 4-H takes place in a 4-H environment. Imagination, fun and curiosity are essential! Cameras, smart phones and mobile devices are strictly encouraged. Courtesy and creativity are always in style. This event will take place August 1-2, 2020 online via Canvas and Zoom. Registration and film submissions close July 17, 2020. Click here for more information.

Need Quality Assurance to participate in the Ohio Youth Livestock Expo? Here are your options!

Hello 4-H Members,

Although the Ohio State Fair has been cancelled, you may be planning to attend the 2020 Ohio Youth Livestock Expo in July/August. This new show (for beef, sheep, goats, and hogs) is following similar rules, guidelines, protocol of the Ohio State Fair – although it is being planned independently from the Ohio State Fair by other individuals in the livestock industry.

The deadline for entries is Friday, July 10th. (https://theoyle.com/) You must be enrolled in the 4-H or FFA project you plan to enter at the county level. They will be verifying entries with county level enrollments (just like the State Fair does). Additionally, we learn just over a week ago that Quality Assurance is required and I found out on Friday that their deadline for QA is July 13th at 5:00 p.m. I realize this puts those in Fairfield County in a tight window to complete QA by their deadline. I will do what I need to help you complete QA if you plan to exhibit in this event.

Your options:

1. Complete Quality Assurance online through YQCA. This is the only approved online option. It does cost $12 per member annually. If you plan to show in other livestock shows this year outside of Ohio – I actually recommend completing QA in this way as some of the national stock shows actually will require YQCA to meet their Quality Assurance Requirement. Visit http://yqca.org/ to complete QA if you choose this option. Fairfield County 4-H Members should select “sign in with 4-HOnline”. It will prompt you to select a state and then enter your 4-HOnline account information. After successfully logging in, you will be given a list of active family members. Select the family member and start the account creation process. Fairfield County FFA Members (who are not in 4-H) should select FFA & Independent Sign-In. When complete, you will get a certificate number. For a complete list of directions visit: Getting Your YQCA Online Certification Please email your certificate number to cooksey.25@osu.edu.

2. Talk to your club advisor. Some are trained to teach Quality Assurance. I know that they are still figuring out how their meetings will look now that in-person events can resume. If your advisor is planning to teach QA by July 13th, they are able to do this in-person with you.

3. If the above options do not work for you, email me IMMEDIATELY. I am trained for Fairfield County to conduct Quality Assurance via Zoom (club advisors are not). If anyone needs this option, be prepared to plan on this happening between now and July 13th. Date TBD (We are busy with summer judging prep, but we’ll make it happen if anyone needs it).

Please reach out to me if you have any questions (email cooksey.25@osu.edu or phone 740-277-4625).


Leslie Cooksey

Summer Judging – Please Schedule an Interview Time by 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 10th!

Greetings 4-Hers!

Thank you to those who recently responded to last week’s survey regarding project completion options. We have taken survey responses into consideration, along with OSU’s guidance on primarily using virtual options for events due to the potential continued spread of COVID-19. In that light, we will be conducting project judging interviews using the online video conference format called Zoom. This will allow for a live, interactive interview with a judge and 4-Her. For those 4-Hers that do not have access to adequate technology to support a Zoom interview, we will offer a few limited slots for an in-person interview. Please read details below before choosing your judging appointment.

All SUMMER project judging will be conducted the week of July 13th. Projects will be judged on these originally scheduled days:

  • Monday, July 13: Food, Home Dec, Genealogy, Laundry, Health, Child Care
  • Tuesday, July 14: Demonstration, Communication, Creative Arts
  • Wednesday, July 15: Engineering and Environmental Science
  • Thursday, July 16: Clothing

Awards this year will be simplified with Outstandings and Honorable Mentions across projects. There is no state-level competition this year, so the primary focus of county judging will be the interview experience and an opportunity for the 4-Her to share what they have learned. Note: we will not be awarding special overall food or clothing awards this year.

Project displays: in order to offer flexibility, you may create a poster and have it near you for zoom judging, or a digital poster that you could ‘screen share’ and later print out to display at the fair. Note: food projects will NOT be required to complete a portfolio this year. Instead you could do a mini poster to display at the fair. The choice is yours.

Online (Zoom) Judging for all summer projects:

  • Extension staff will ‘host’ the meeting and send a link to the judge and 4-Her. Staff will remain online throughout the meeting as tech support, timekeeper and to provide a 2nd adult to avoid any one-on-one meetings with youth.
  • 4-Her and judge will utilize their own computer with a camera or device from their own homes.
  • This is a ‘live’ interactive interview and the judge can ask 4-Her questions.
  • Training will be provided on how to participate in a zoom interview.

In-person Judging for youth without access to internet or computer/phone:

  • Note: this option is reserved for members who cannot do a zoom interview because they do not have access to technology
  • Safety measures:
    • 4-Hers, judges and staff will be asked to wear masks. (provided if needed)
    • Plexiglass tabletop shields positioned between the judge and 4-Her
    • 6-foot distance between everyone
    • Surfaces will be sanitized after each 4-Her
  • Held at the Ed Sands building at the fairgrounds the week of July 13.
  • 4-Hers will wait in their car until it is time to be judged.

As a reminder, if you have a project that you do not plan to complete, please email Missy Koenig at Koenig.398@osu.edu with the project you wish to drop from your record. You also have the option of interviewing with your club advisor for project completion. Please contact your advisor to make arrangements.

We are excited to see all that you have completed and learned in your 4-H projects this summer. Please click on this link to schedule your SUMMER judging appointment by 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 10th: Summer Judging Scheduling Link Please note:  If you have multiple summer projects or multiple 4-H members, you will need to re-select the link to schedule additional projects, it is not member specific.

~Fairfield County 4-H Team

Guidelines to resume In-Person 4-H Meetings, Events, and Programs

We’re happy to share we’ve received approval from Ohio State University leadership to resume in-person 4-H club meetings and activities starting immediately. This is welcome news for our 3,039 Ohio 4-H clubs across the state. Ohio 4-H clubs that choose to begin meeting in-person must follow the guidelines listed below to promote the health and safety of our 4-H community, as we face the challenge of COVID-19.

Clubs choosing to meet in-person should provide virtual connection options for members who have that preference. Please note that in-person 4-H club meetings, activities and other events may be suspended at any time if local, state, federal, and/or university authorities issue new restrictions. 4-H meetings and activities can only be held in person if Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidelines can be followed.

The Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidelines provide expectations for all members, volunteers, and their families while participating in 4-H club meetings and activities. County and Independent Fairs work closely with Ohio 4-H / The Ohio State University, but are separate entities and follow different guidance. When 4-H members and volunteers participate in Junior Fair animal activities, they follow guidance from these local partners, as Ag Societies have the responsibility for the Junior Fair. 4-H non-livestock project judging that takes place during the fair is conducted by OSU Extension and must follow Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidance.

The Fairfield County OSU Extension office will be open to the public by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting July 21st. These dates for July will be July 21st 23rd, 28th, and 30th. All Fairfield County OSU Extension Staff will continue to be available remotely by phone or email. We will continue to send information to you via email through 4-HOnline as well as post on our 4-H News Blog (u.osu.edu/fairfield4h). You will also find the guidelines, a tip sheet and resources at ohio4h.org/families/stay-connected. Ohio 4-H teen leaders are developing video tutorials to assist educating club members on the in-person meeting expectations and will share those as they are available. When possible, we encourage OSU Extension programs, meetings, and events to meet virtually.

Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-person Meetings & Events

As we return to in-person 4-H activities, the following principles will be used:

  • The health and safety of the 4-H community is our
  • Transparency is essential – clear expectations must be communicated in a timely
  • Be flexible – continue to provide options, including virtual ones, for participation to provide 4-H members and families with a safe environment given their individual circumstances, while maintaining inclusivity and flexibility for all.

We know concerns about the spread of COVID-19 have changed how people interact with one other. Because of this, those who organize meetings and events have a responsibility to consider the health and safety of attendees. This document provides guidance for how to lead and conduct OSU Extension / 4-H meetings and events.

General Considerations

As you restart in-person 4-H activities, the following considerations will assist with your planning.

  • Time
    • Consider limiting the length of meetings and events, particularly those that take place indoors, and the length of time people will be in contact with one another. Sustained contact provides an increased opportunity for virus transmission.
  • Place
    • Consider the guidance from your local county health department regarding locations where you meet, as well as where attendees may be coming from.
  • People
    • Consider the overall number of attendees and whether this includes individuals (including other individuals in their home) who may be at a higher risk of serious illness if they develop COVID-19. The CDC cautions that gatherings with more than 250 people have a higher risk of coronavirus transmission and the state of Ohio has place limitations on the size of gatherings.
  • Space
    • Consider hosting meetings and activities outdoors when possible. Continue to offer options for virtual engagement when individuals request it.
    • Consider the types of interactions that occur at the event and if contact between attendees can be limited.
    • Maintain six feet of distancing between individuals whenever feasible.
    • Masks are an effective means of preventing transmission from people who feel fine, but are not showing symptoms and have the ability to infect others.

Meeting Planning

Meeting Notices

In advance of meetings, it is important to send notices to parents and members outlining expectations for participation. The notice should include the following information:

  • State that members and/or family members cannot attend the meeting if they or anyone living their household is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Provide an option for members to participate virtually.
  • Note that physical distancing will be practiced by maintaining a six-foot distance between people.
  • We expect face masks will be properly worn during the 4-H meeting.
  • Encourage participants to bring their own snacks and drinks for the meeting.


Take attendance at the meeting or event by checking off names on a roster. Do not pass around a paper for individuals to sign or have members sign-in. This attendance record must be kept in case someone attending the meeting/event contracts COVID-19 and information is needed for contact tracing. Attendance records must be kept for at least six months beyond the date of the meeting/event.

Quarantine and Isolation

Any individual (e.g., member, club leader) who develops symptoms of COVID-19, must immediately isolate, seek medical care, and take the following steps:

  • Contact the local health department about suspected cases or exposures.
    • Work with local health department to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing.
  • Attend 4-H club activities virtually.
  • Notify your county OSU Extension professional, who will notify the State 4-H Office.
    • County office will notify club members and families per standard protocol for notification of communicable diseases.
    • If the individual who developed symptoms attended a club meeting or activity, the club should stop all in-person club activities for 14 days following the exposure, meet only virtually, and notify club members to monitor for symptoms.
    • The State 4-H Office will follow university reporting and contact tracing protocols.

Any individual (e.g., member, club leader) who learns they have been exposed to an individual (e.g., family member, friend) with COVID-19, must immediately quarantine for 14 days and:

  • Attend 4-H club activities virtually while in quarantine.
  • Notify your county OSU Extension professional, who will notify the State 4-H Office.
    • County office will notify club members and families per standard protocol for notification of communicable diseases.
    • The State 4-H Office will follow university reporting protocols.

Physical Space Design

Plan ahead. There are many factors to consider regarding the need for six-foot physical distancing and the number of people a gathering space can accommodate. Consider the following when choosing meeting/event spaces:

  • Can the event take place outside? Open air appears to reduce the risk of spreading airborne illness.
  • What is the normal maximum occupancy of the space?
    • To provide six feet of physical distance between individuals, the occupancy of meeting spaces must be decreased by half. For example, a space with a posted maximum occupancy of 100 people would need to be adjusted to a maximum of 50 people.
    • If you need to estimate the capacity of a space, allow 30 square feet per person.
  • Is there access to a clean restroom for participants, including soap and water for washing hands?
  • Set up tables and chairs to provide six-feet physical distancing. Moving chairs is discouraged.
    • If seating is fixed, mark those seats that are off limits (e.g., use tape to indicate “don’t sit here” spaces in grandstand seating).
  • Modified layouts can help attendees keep their distance from others.

Educational Materials

Provide participants with their own copies of educational materials. If you plan to use an activity that requires passing an item around, you should revise the activity. For example, the item should be big enough to be viewed from a distance, or a sample or picture needs to be available for each participant.

Food and Drinks at Meetings

Encourage each attendee to bring their own drinks and snacks instead of providing shared options at meetings. Potlucks and buffets are highly discouraged.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Face Masks

Face masks are expected to be worn at all 4-H in-person meetings and events. Face masks refer to disposable procedure masks or cloth face coverings, not surgical or N-95 respirators. They should fit snuggly around the mouth and nose and be worn appropriately to be effective. Remember – it is possible to have COVID-19, not exhibit any symptoms and transmit the virus to others.  Wearing a face mask is a measure to protect others.

Face masks are required at the following events: individual interviews, skill-a-thon, and other judging events that may accidentally result in less than 6-foot social distancing space.

Cloth Face Covering Patterns

There are many ways in which you can make a cloth face covering. The CDC offers several different options to make a cloth mask including a sewn mask, a quick-cut t-shirt mask, and a bandana cloth face covering. These patterns can be found at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html

Sanitizing Stations and Schedules

All entrance/exit door handles for the meeting location and the doors handles of any accessible restrooms and any other high-touch surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected with an EPA-registered cleaner-disinfectant before and after the meeting.

All tables and chairs should be cleaned and disinfected before and after use. Before and after will be defined by the meeting or event:

  • Meetings: if you have a two-hour meeting and individuals sit at the same table and chair for the duration, “before” is prior to the start of the meeting, “after” is the conclusion of the meeting.
  • Events: if you have scheduled times for youth to participate in an interview, skill-a-thon, or judging event, then tables, chairs, and equipment should be sanitized before the event, after use by each individual, and after the conclusion of the event.

If you are unable to find an EPA-registered cleaner-disinfectant, the following bleach solutions may be used:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water OR
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Additional tips for cleaning and disinfecting tables and chairs include:

  • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection and
    confirm the product is not past its expiration date.

    • Some bleaches, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing or for whitening, may not be suitable for disinfection.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation.
  • Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
  • Wear disposable gloves when handling bleach solutions.
    • Use nitrile gloves rather than latex, since some people have a latex allergy.
  • Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute.
  • Bleach solutions will be effective for disinfection up to 24 hours.
  • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used.

Practice Good Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching any frequently used item or
  • Avoid touching your face or others in attendance.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your
  • Provide tissues and make sure there is a wastebasket to dispose of used tissues.
  • Provide hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol at a registration table or at a table near the entrance of the meeting room.

Monitor Your Health

  • Be alert for symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of
  • Do not attend in-person activities if you or anyone living in your household is experiencing symptoms associated with the COVID-19 or any other communicable illness.
  • Follow CDC/ODH guidance if symptoms
  • Refer to the Quarantine and Isolation instructions on pp. 2-3.


All in-person 4-H meetings and events are required to have the following signs posted. This is to provide clear communication and transparency regarding the measures 4-H is recommending to promote the safety of the community.

Sign Post Location Available at
4-H Event Guidelines Entry and Exit doors
Registration tables
Throughout the space, if feasible
Sanitizing Stations At each activity/judging station
Hand Washing Poster Entry to restrooms
Above restroom sinks
Watch Your Step! Poster and Where to Stand Templates Entry and Exit doors
Registration tables
Throughout the space if feasible
How COVID-19 Spreads Entry and Exit Doors