Market & MQP lamb tagging and weigh-in is July 16, 2022; Schedule your time!

Schedule a time today for having your market lamb tagged for the Fair.

After experiencing a largely successful “scheduled” tag-in for the market and MQP lambs in 2021, that process will be implemented again in 2022.

Youth who plan to tag-in market lambs for the ‘live’ show at the Fair in October, and/or weigh in lambs for the Muscle Quality & Performance (MQP) contest are asked to complete a brief survey on or before July 2 in preparation for this year’s July 16 tagging day. The on-line survey will ask each family with any 4-H or FFA members planning to exhibit market or MQP lambs in 2022 for the following information:

  • Family Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Number of lambs being tagged by the entire family
  • Scrapie tag number for each lamb
  • Ewe or Wether
  • List each immediate family member (youth), including their club or chapter, who might show the lambs being tagged
  • Where will the lambs be housed
  • Select a time for tagging/weighing between 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on July 16, 2022

Note that for 2022 there is a tagging rule update. As defined by Continue reading

THANK YOU for supporting the 4-H Legacy Dinner!

On behalf of the 4-H Endowment Board, thank you to all 4-H alumni, parents, and donors who helped make the 2022 4-H Legacy Dinner possible! With over 175 individuals in attendance, we enjoyed fellowship and shared continue support of one of Ohio’s largest 4-H programs in the state. Over $9200 was raised that evening of the even to support the Fairfield County 4-H Endowments.

Were you unable to attend but wish to support the 4-H Endowment Funds? Contact Leslie Cooksey at to discuss options. We recognize that this year’s dinner looked a bit different compared to our last dinner in 2019 – feel free to send any feedback for future 4-H fundraising events to Leslie as well and she will share this with the 4-H Endowment Board as they make future decisions.

Thanks again to our live auction donors:

  • Buckeye Ready Mix donated ten yards of concrete.
  • Four (4) 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Tickets, being held on Monday, December 5 in the Thomas and Mack Arena on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas. These tickets are the generous donation of the Michael Family.
  • Again this year Auman Landscape donated TWO 6-7 foot trees.
  • Back, yet again, by popular demand . . . Lancaster’s oldest independent grocery – Bay Food Market along with Bay Packing donated half a processed hog, times 2 of them!
  • McGuire’s Distinctive Truck and Ruff & Associates donated a Husqvarna leaf blower and pressure washer.
  • OSU football tickets with parking pass has been donated by Buckeye Ready Mix.

Additionally, we were excited to feature a few of our 4-H members who have taken 4-H projects where they have mastered various talents and creativity. Items donated by Fairfield County 4-H members:

  • 4-H member, Kendall Wild, donated two homemade pies with cinnamon minis!
  • 4-H’er Destiny McCray painted two beautiful art pieces representing 4-H including a bald eagle and a peacock.

Pictures from the event have been shared on the Ohio State-Fairfield County 4-H Facebook Page

Save the Date: 4-H Craft and Vendor Show is July 30th

Think by July we’ll be looking forward to a cool down? Perhaps for one day, we can all think about Christmas! Come join us for our Craft and Vendor Show sponsored by the Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee on Saturday, July 30th, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds (Ed Sands and AAA Buildings). Enjoy some early Christmas shopping, donate a new, unwrapped toy for Firefighters for Kids, and a great lunch from Clearcreek Showmen 4-H Club!

We are currently SOLD OUT of vendor space for 2022. Questions can be directed to Cindy Gilfillen at

Funds raised support the Fairfield County 4-H Program for county activities like summer camp, state trips, awards, and so much more.

This is a great way to shop locally and support the county 4-H program. Parking and admission is free for the event. For more information about the Fairfield County 4-H program, visit

Link to Event Facebook Page: Fairfield County 4-H Craft and Vendor Show

List of vendors as of June 15, 2022

  • Barb Nelson – Lula roe
  • Carol Crawford – Fabric Crafts
  • Debbie Romine – Chalk Painted Items
  • Arla Canby – Homemade Candy Apples and Baked Goods
  • Norma McDonald – Handmade Crafts
  • Debra Waites – Artwork
  • Robin Wells – Sparkles Paparazzi
  • Libby Cavanaugh – Animal Rescue Items
  • Tonya Shaffer – Scentsy
  • Jamie Mast – Wreaths
  • Connie Zyvoski – Candle Tarts / Yard Wood
  • Megan Deel – Accessories
  • Jason Glaser – Metalwork
  • Destiny Ogg – Macramé
  • Kary Holbrook – Candles/Wax Warmers
  • Karen Willems – Crocheted items
  • Jo Binkley – Photography
  • Ruth Tuthill – Tumblers
  • Lauren Kidd – Ashes & Roses
  • Shirley Kruse – Kids Decorations
  • Bailey Smith – Home Goods & Decor
  • Cierra Andrews – Jewelry
  • Lisa Richards – Bandanas & Pet Beds
  • Irira Penry – Beauty Aides
  • Julie Barnes – Kids Hairclips and Flips
  • Margaret Myers – Around the World Items
  • Michelle Evans – Skin Care Avon
  • Maryanne Johnston – Items for Children & Adults
  • Allison Cramer – Mary Kay Makeup
  • Keith Mauger – Engraving Awards
  • Theresa Faulkner – Flower Arrangements
  • Aubry Shaw – Alpaca Products
  • Angie Chapman – T-Shirts Grafix
  • Julia Blackford – Christmas Crafts
  • Angela Risser – Chalk Designs
  • Kathy Salyers – Wood Signs
  • Rhonda Jenkins – Porch Leaners (Holiday, Welcome)
  • Stephanie Pamilio – Glass Etched
  • Sherryl Schall
  • Deb Stutzman – Homesewn
  • Linda Hollen – Air Fresheners
  • Dannett Williams – Fiber Arts Quilting
  • Steve Bell – Horseshoe Art
  • Robert Seymour – Signs
  • Jonile Scott – Handmade Treasures
  • Susie Mason – Texas Sheet Cakes, Pumpkin Bread
  • Judith Horvath – Bath & Body
  • Robin Mankin – Handmade Sublimation Shirts
  • Carl Taylor – Engraved Glass
  • Wayne Neff – Crafts
  • Katrina Harsly – Burlap Bags
  • Susan Hutchinson – Handcraft Leather
  • Linda Todd – Alcohol Ink Paintings
  • Susan Marteney – Jewelry Explosion
  • Hope Eddy – Handmade Items

Skillathon Requirement Info for 4-H/FFA Junior Fair Exhibitors (Alpacas/Llamas, Beef, Dairy Cattle, Dogs, Goats, Horses, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Swine)

The Fairfield County Junior Fair will require the completion of at least one Skillathon per 4-H/FFA exhibitor in order to show at 2022 Fairfield County Junior Fair for all beef, dairy, goat, poultry, rabbit (except Pet Rabbits), sheep, swine, dog, horse, alpaca/llama projects. This requirement is included on page 15 of the 2022 4-H Member Handbook. Fairfield County Skillathons may include (but are not limited to) animal anatomy/body parts, breeding and reproduction, feeds and nutrition, current events, diseases and animal health, equipment ID, feed ID, Quality Assurance, breeds, marketing, meats, and recordkeeping. 2022 Fairfield County Skillathons will include breeds, parts, feeds, and an interview. 

Here are options to meet this county requirement:

1. Participate in the Fairfield County Skillathon event to be held September 10th and 25th at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. 
  • Fairfield County youth interested in competing for any Fairfield County Premier Exhibitor Award must complete the COUNTY Skillathon in each respective specie they play to compete in.
    • Example: Exhibitor wishes to compete for Swine Premier Exhibitor Award and Poultry Premier Exhibitor Award must complete both the swine and poultry Fairfield County Skillathons on September 10th (swine) and 25th (poultry).
    • For more information about 2022 Premier Exhibitor Contests, click here.
  • Youth will be asked to complete a tiebreaker question at Skillathon – this will be used to break ties for Premier Exhibitor and/or Skillathon if needed.
  • Skillathon Species for Saturday, September 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. include: Beef, Dairy Beef, Swine, Sheep, Meat Goats, Dairy Cattle
  • Skillathon Species for Sunday, September 25th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. include: Pygmy Goats, Dairy Goats, Horses, Alpacas/Llamas, Poultry Rabbits
  • Dog Exhibitors will complete the Skillathon at Dog Check-In Day on Saturday, August 27th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Fairfield County Skillathons will take place at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.
  • Scheduling for Skillathon is now open – click here to schedule for each Skillathon you wish to participate in:
  • New for 2022: Top Junior and Top Senior Skillathon Awards will be awarded.
2. Participate in the Ohio State Fair Virtual Skillathon.
3. Participate in the Ohio State Fair In-Person Skillathon.
  • Registration takes place on the day event at the OSF.
  • Youth do not have to be exhibitors at the OSF to participate.
  • OSF Youth participating in the Outstanding Market Exhibitor Contest must attend the OSF In-Person Skillathon to be eligible for this award.
Details including dates for both virtual/in-person options on the two options from the Ohio State Fair can be found here:
4. None of these options work? Exhibitors can schedule to take a written test by calling the OSU Extension Office at 740-653-5419. The makeup test will take place on Monday, September 26th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rickett’s Hall/Ed Sands Building at the Fairgrounds.

Project Books are required for each project coming to fair.

    • Cakes/Pies/Candies – Bring complete/up-to-date book to judging at fair.
    • Companion Animals – Keep complete/up-to-date books for judging at fair.
    • Dogs – Bring complete/up-to-date books to Dog Check-In Day on Saturday, August 27th.
    • Crops/Hay – Completed project books need to be turned in to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23rd.
    • All livestock/horse completed/up-to-date project books should either be:
      • A. Brought to their respective Skillathon Day (if participating in that specie’s county Skillathon), or
      • B. Turned into the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23rd (if OSF Skillathon or no county Skillathon is being completed).
    • ALL LIVESTOCK/HORSE PROJECT BOOKS WILL BE REVIEWED ON SKILLATHON DATES BY OUR BOOK JUDGES. THEY MUST BE COMPLETE IN ORDER TO SHOW AT THE FAIR. INCOMPLETE BOOKS WILL HAVE FAIR ENTRIES DENIED. We will not collect books or give more time for books to be finished between the last Skillathon date and fair like last year.

Please let Leslie Cooksey ( know if you have additional questions.

Ohio Youth Skillathons (Ohio State Fair Virtual and In-Person Sessions)

Ohio Youth Skillathon information for VIRTUAL and IN-PERSON sessions is now online at:

VIRTUAL Skillathon Registration is due by JUNE 21st, 2022!

A few important notes:

  • Those exhibiting at OSF and want to be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) awards MUST participate at the IN-PERSON skillathons at the state fair
  • Those exhibiting at OSF and want to be eligible for Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor (OBE) awards MUST participate in the VIRTUAL skillathons online

Summer Judging Project Interviews – Scheduling opens next week!

Summer project interviews will be coming soon! Dates for projects are correctly listed in the 4-H Member Handbook. Please note that there are errors on correct dates in the 4-H Project Guidelines for Self-Determined Projects. Again, pay attention to dates in the 4-H Member Handbook.

We will be scheduling interviews by appointment. The summer project judging sign up link will be sent to all youth enrolled in these respective projects via 4-HOnline next week.  The email will say from 4-HOnline, so please be on the lookout – some email systems don’t like 4-HOnline.

Please contact Stacy Hicks at 740-653-5419 if you have questions about summer judging sign ups!

Projects to be judged on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (see page 11 of the 4-H Member Handbook):

  • All Food and Nutrition Projects
  • Family Life (Babysitting)
  • Genealogy
  • Home Living
  • Scrapbooking
  • Photography
  • Cake Decorating (youth must complete summer judging option if they wish to qualify for Ohio State Fair)
  • Collectibles
  • Creative Arts/String Art/Graphic Design
  • Money Management
  • Quilting
  • Creative Writing
  • Healthy Living

Projects to be judged on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (see pages 11-12 of the 4-H Member Handbook):

  • Self Determined 365.00
  • Self Determined 365.04 Natural Resources
  • Self Determined 365.06 Workforce Prep
  • Communication/Leadership/Citizenship
  • Discovering 4-H/4-H Around the Globe
  • Horseless Horse/All About Dogs
  • Veterinary Science
  • Science Fun
  • Aerospace
  • Robotics
  • Bicycle
  • Electricity
  • Knots
  • Small Engines
  • Energy
  • ATV
  • Woodworking
  • Welding
  • Natural Resources
  • Gardening (youth must complete summer judging option if they wish to qualify for the Ohio State Fair)

Projects to be judged on Thursday, July 14, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (see page 12 of the 4-H Member Handbook):

  • All Clothing Projects

The Style Revue will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14th for all clothing project members.

4-H Cloverbud Camp – Photos posted!


Thank you to all campers, camp counselors, and adult staff for an AMAZING Cloverbud Camp! It was WARM, SUNNY, and AWESOME to be in-person doing our thing! How blessed are we to have this amazing facility right here in Lancaster! A huge thanks to our friends at Alley Park. Photos from 4-H Cloverbud Camp are now posted on the Ohio State – Fairfield County 4-H Facebook Page!

Next up… Day Camp is in progress and Intermediate Camp starts next week!

Sponsors needed for Junior Fair Awards (as of 6/6/2022)

Award sponsors should have received their invoices for sponsoring 2022 Junior Fair Awards. Please send payment in as soon as possible. If questions, contact Carrie Stoneburner 740-503-7141 or by email at Please note, Carrie was the new Junior Fair Awards Coordinator starting in 2022!

The following awards are currently not sponsored for 2022 as of June 6, 2022. Please contact Carrie (contact information listed above) to be sure the award is still available. Thank you in advance!

Award Title Award Type Unit Price Total Price
1st-3rd Place Outdoor Adventurer: Intermediate Fishing 3 Rosettes $4.50 $13.50
Junior Overall Best of Style Revue Award/Plaque $12.00 $12.00
2nd Place Staying Healthy – Junior Rosette $4.50 $4.50
Reserve Champion Market Goat Trophy $18.50 $18.50
Reserve Champion Breeding Doe (Rabbit) Trophy $17.50 $17.50
6th-10th Place Breeding Buck (Rabbit) 5 Rosettes $4.50 $22.50
1st-3rd Place Does & Bucks (Ea. Breed Class) 10 Rosettes $4.50 $45.00
1st Place Rabbit Showman (Age 12) Trophy $18.50 $18.50
1st Place Overall Alpaca/Llama Premier Exhibitor Banner/Cash Award $125.00 $125.00
2nd Place Overall Alpaca/Llama Premier Exhibitor Banner/Cash Award $100.00 $100.00
3rd Place Overall Alpaca/Llama Premier Exhibitor Banner/Cash Award $75.00 $75.00
1st Place Alpaca/Llama Premier Exhibitor (Ea. Age Div. 8/9-18) 10 Rosettes/Coupons $10.00 $100.00
1st Place Overall Dog Premier Exhibitor Banner/Cash Award $125.00 $125.00
2nd Place Overall Dog Premier Exhibitor Banner/Cash Award $100.00 $100.00
3rd Place Overall Dog Premier Exhibitor Banner/Cash Award $75.00 $75.00


Congrats to Fairfield County’s State 4-H Achievement Award Winners!

Congrats to six Fairfield County 4-H members who received State 4-H honors as State Achievement Award Winners. Members attended a banquet at the Ohio 4-H Center in Columbus on Saturday, June 11th to meet with their award sponsor and receive their awards. These 4-H members will join others from Ohio and attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia this fall. Congrats!

Pictured below (right to left):

  • Alison Sponseller, State Achievement Winner for Rabbits
  • Henry Hoisington, State Achievement Winner for Swine
  • Lily Dennis, State Achievement Winner for Sheep
  • Cece Woods, State Achievement Winner for Food & Nutrition
  • Isabella Byrd, State Achievement Winner for Health & Safety
  • Not pictured – Sofia Gugliemotto, State Achievement Winner for Clothing & Textiles