HealthU – Registration Open! A healthy living opportunity for High School Members

Are you a 4-H’er interested in health? Do you see yourself potentially working in health one day? Nutritionist? Therapist? Nurse? Athletic Trainer? Geneticist?

What: Health University (HealthU) is a weekend camp in October focused on Healthy Living for high schoolers in Ohio 4-H. Join us at 4-H Camp Ohio for a weekend as we explore four of the 9 Dimensions of Wellness and explore health-related careers. We will be exploring the following four tracks of wellness:

  • Physical wellness allows a person to engage in activities of daily living without experiencing undue fatigue or exhaustion. The physical dimension of wellness is supported through health behaviors, which include exercise, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake, not smoking, and getting adequate sleep each night.
  • Emotional wellness involves recognizing, accepting, and expressing feelings. Adequate rest is required for wellness in this dimension. If an individual’s mental function is hindered by stress and lack of sleep, they may struggle with accurately assessing a situation which then triggers negative emotional responses and disrupts emotional wellness.
  • Social wellness requires the ability to trust and respect other people and leads to the creation of supportive partnerships and friendships. Being socially well allows one to develop and maintain intimacy, and to have empathy and respect for others.
  • Creative wellness allows a person to appreciate and/or participate in a diverse range of arts or cultural experiences, and to value and cherish the surrounding world. Freely expressing thoughts and emotions through dance, song, drawing, painting, or writing are some of the ways to engage in creative wellness.

Who: Any current 4-H’ers in grades 9 thru 12.

When: Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23, 2022

Where: 4-H Camp Ohio, 11461 Camp Ohio Rd, St Louisville, OH 43071

Cost: $50 per youth (check or card)

Deadline: Register by 11:59pm on Sunday, October 2, 2022


Contact: Justin Bower,, with questions.

Sponsors needed for Junior Fair Awards (as of 9/27/2022)

Thank you to all Junior Fair Award sponsors for 2022. The following awards are currently not sponsored for 2022 as of September 27th 2022. Please contact Carrie Stoneburner, Junior Fair Awards Coordinator at 740-503-7141 or by email at Thank you in advance!

  • 5 Year Member Pins (4-H) – 57 Pins at $1.75 each

Sponsor can cover the cost of all  pins ($99.75) or partial.

10 Finalists Named for 2022 Fairfield County Fair Queen

LANCASTER, Ohio – Ten Fairfield County teens are competing for the title of 2022 Fairfield County Junior Fair Queen. The young ladies, all of whom participate in Fairfield County FFA Chapters and/or 4-H Clubs, were interviewed on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, by a panel of three community leaders who evaluated the candidates on a variety of factors including: 4‑H/FFA activities, school and community activities and poise.

The 2022 Queen will be crowned along with two attendants by the 2021 Fairfield County Jr. Fair Queen, Hannah Saum, on Saturday, October 8 at 7 p.m. during the Fairfield County Junior Fair Panorama.

This year’s finalists included:

  • Grace Ahrens, 17, daughter of Stephen and Erin Ahrens. She attends Hilliard Bradley High School and is a member of  Cloverleaf Livestock 4-H Club.
  • Lacie Bachman, 16, daughter of Gregg and Christi Bachman. She attends Bloom-Carroll High School and is a member of Unleashed 4-H Club and Bloom-Carroll FFA.
  • Isabella Byrd, 19, daughter of Neilston and Christina Byrd. She attends Columbus State Community College and is a member of Fairfield Fowl Friends 4-H Club.
  • Annie Deyo, 17, daughter of  Heidi and Mark Deyo. She attends Fairfield Union High School and is a member of Rough Riders 4-H Club and Fairfield Union FFA.
  • Evelyn Hill, 15, daughter of  Jessica and Jason Hill. She attends Lancaster High School and is a member of Shooting Stars 4-H Club.
  • Samantha Hurst, 18, daughter of Darren and Amy Hurst. She attends OSU Newark and is a member of Blazin’ Buckeyes 4-H Club.
  • Kate Markwood, 18, daughter of Jodi and Travis Markwood. She attends Fairfield Union High School and is a member of Kountry Kidz 4-H Club and Fairfield Union FFA.
  • Adriana Rodriguez-Denner, 17, daughter of Jody Denner and Sindy Rodriguez. She attends Lancaster High School and is a member of Shooting Stars 4-H Club.
  • Alison Sponseller, 17, daughter of Andy and Melissa Sponseller. She attends Liberty Union High School and is a member of  Wild About Animals 4-H Club.
  • Jadin Triplett, 18, daughter of Jamie Miller and James Triplett. She attends Hockng College is a member of Rough Riders 4-H Club and Fairfield Union FFA.

Contact: Angela Krile, Volunteer Coordinator, Fairfield County Junior Fair Queen Contest, 740-974-3948,

Remember to Turn in your School Excuse Note!!

Dear Junior Fair Families,

Just a reminder that the Extension Office sends school excuse letters to the School District you listed on your Fair Entry Form. The school letters to superintendents and principles ask for their cooperation in excusing those members exhibiting livestock projects at the Fairfield County Fair. It is your responsibility, to turn in a note from a parent/guardian to your school office. Youth should also notify the school prior to the dates of fair e to get permission and any missed assignments.

If your school has changed since fair entry time or you need an additional letter for other reasons (college classes, virtual classes, etc), please contact Aubry at or 740-653-5419. See you at the Fairfield County Fair!

Cloverbud Day at the Fair (October 9th)

Cloverbud Members – Save the Date for Cloverbud Day at the Fair!

Fair is just around the corner so be sure to put these Cloverbud Fair Events on your calendar. As a reminder, all of these activities are optional but members will receive a ribbon or gift for participation.

Cloverbud Day at the Fair: Sunday, Oct 9, 2022, 1:00 p.m. in the Round Cattle Barn

  • Stuffed Animal Show
    • Encourage your members to bring their favorite stuffed animal. Each child will get to enter the ring, share a fun fact about their animal, and have a mini experience of what it’s like to show at the fair.
    • All participants will receive a ribbon.
  • Show-N-Tell
    • This is an opportunity for club members to talk about their year in 4-H. Members are encouraged to bring a project or item from the 4-H year to show and talk about.
    • All participants will receive a ribbon.
    • This show will take place immediately following the Stuffed Animal Show.
    • If you’re interested in attending Show-N-Tell, advisors please email me with number of members participating.
  • Cloverbud Graduation
    • We will be recognizing Cloverbud members who are ‘graduating’ from the Cloverbud program and will be traditional 4-H members in 2023.
    • Members should have received an invitation email and survey to fill out if this applies to them.  If you feel we have missed someone, please let us know.
    • Graduation will follow immediately after Show-N-Tell!

If you have any questions, please contact Aubry at or 740-277-4626. We look forward to seeing you at the Fairfield County Fair!

Daily Drawing for Junior Fair Exhibitors – Thanks to Foltz Ag Enterprises and Granville Milling!

Attention Junior Fair Exhibitors: Foltz Ag Enterprises & Granville Milling Company are having a daily drawing for a $50 Gift Certificate at the 2022 Fairfield County Fair. Sign up at the Foltz Ag Enterprises fair booth. Drawing will be held each day. Winner chooses a $50 Gift Certificate from Foltz Ag OR from Granville Milling. Gift Certificates can be redeemed at the company’s fair booth, or at their business location. This opportunity is open to all 4-H and FFA exhibitors (not just livestock exhibitors!).

Buy your paper clover in October at Tractor Supply Co.

Tractor Supply Company (TSC) will once again partner with Ohio 4-H to feature the Paper Clover fundraiser. The campaign will run Oct. 5–16, and you can show your support by purchasing a paper clover at your local TSC store or adding a donation at checkout for all orders made at

Since 2010, TSC’s annual Paper Clove fundraiser has helped raise more than $18 million for 4-H programs across the country, and more than $400,000 has been raised for Ohio 4-H in the past five years alone. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these fundraisers goes back to 4-H, with 90% of the donations going directly to supporting 4-H youth in the state where the paper clover was purchased and the remaining 10% supporting 4-H programming at the national level.

For additional details, visit

Swine Ambassador Application – Deadline extended thru 9/27/2022

Due to no applications being submitted, the Swine Committee has reopened the application for the Swine Ambassador and will accept applications thru September 27th. Click here for a direct link to the 2022 Swine Ambassador Application: 2022 Swine Ambassador Application. Applications can be dropped off to the Extension Office or emailed to Thanks!

Junior Fair Poultry – Virtual Clinic (Fair Etiquette) 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18th

Our final virtual poultry clinic of the year in Sunday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m. will focus on “Fair Etiquette”. We’ll discuss things you need to do while showing at the fair.
  • Keeping your birds watered and fed
  • Cleaning cages and barns
  • Other important things to do while your birds are at the fair

This is a VERY important session for all poultry exhibitors to attend. Please share this will all club members and exhibitors.

Here’s the link to the virtual Google Meet session.
Remember exhibitors that attend the event live will receive a prize and be entered into a drawing for a grand prize to be awarded during the fair.

Poultry Exhibitors: Turn in Hatchery Paperwork for MARKET POULTRY at Skillathon on Sept. 25th

Attention Poultry Exhibitors – here is a reminder about the Pullorum Testing Requirements for Junior Fair Poultry exhibitors. This is an update to the information printed in the Poultry Rules of the Junior Fair Book with regard to HOW to submit hatchery paperwork this year.

PULLORUM TESTING REQUIREMENTS: Per ODA rule 901:1-18-05. All chickens and turkeys exhibited at the fair must present proof of origination from a Pullorum-free hatchery or be blood tested upon arrival. Pullorum testing will be available for chickens only from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday before the fair in the breeding barn. The rapid test provided at the fair does not work for turkeys therefore turkeys must provide hatchery paperwork or be tested by a vet prior to arrival.

Photos or scans of hatchery paperwork for market poultry only can be dropped off at the Poultry Skillathon on Sunday, September 25th. Please leave a copy of this paperwork at the registration table. Be sure that the exhibitor’s name is listed on the hatchery paperwork. If family/club members share hatchery paperwork, please include all exhibitor names on the copy submitted. If hatchery paperwork is not dropped off at Skillathon, exhibitors can drop off at the Extension Office or submit by email to Preference is to have hatchery paperwork submitted by October 1st.

Hatchery paperwork must show purchase and/or hatch date and the Pullorum-free hatchery insignia. Hatchery paperwork for non-market poultry will continue to be checked during check in.

For those purchasing from a reseller such as tractor Supply or Rural King, receipts from the reseller do not meet the ODA requirements. The reseller should be able to provide you with the name and contact information for the hatchery where the birds originated, and you must contact, and you must contact that original hatchery to obtain the proper paperwork.