4-H Family Night with the Columbus Blue Jackets: March 3rd

The 4-H Foundation has collaborated with the Columbus Blue Jackets to have a fun, family night for 4-H. This will take place on Friday, March 3rd at 7pm as the Blue Jackets take on the Seattle Kraken. A portion of ticket sales will come back to the Ohio 4-H Foundation to help support the Ohio 4-H grant program. We encourage all counties to market this event as all 4-H families and alumni are welcome to attend.

The Blue Jackets have created a unique 4-H ticket page (link below). Guest are welcome to buy tickets in the upper or lower bowl. We do have a section blocked for 4-H in the upper bowl (Section 205, this is clearly seen on the webpage). Below are some of the important summary details to consider:

  • What: A fun, family night for 4-H at the Columbus Blue Jackets (CBJ vs Seattle Kraken). A portion of tickets sold will go to the Ohio 4-H program ($10 for upper bowl tickets and $20 for lower bowl tickets will come back to 4-H). 4-H will be recognized briefly at the game.
  • Who: This event will be marketed to all Ohio 4-H families (all 4-H professionals, donors/supporters, alumni, volunteers, members and families).
  • When: Friday, March 3rd at 7 pm.
  • Where: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.
  • How: www.bluejackets.com/4-H
  • Cost:
    • Lower bowl ‐ $69 per ticket.
    • Upper bowl ‐ $41 per ticket.
  • Why/Purpose of the Event:
    • Raise money for Ohio 4-H. A portion of the ticket sales (purchased on the unique ticket website created for 4-H) will be given to the 4-H.
    • Provide a unique event for 4-H alumni and current 4-H families.
    • Promote the Ohio 4-H program to a new audience. There will be a brief slide and message in between periods during the game that will recognize 4-H.

Hey Teens…Invite a 4-H friend to Ohio 4-H Conference, get free 4-H swag!

Hey Teens!  When you recruit a friend to attend the 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference on Saturday, March 11, the conference planning committee wants to THANK YOU!  All you have to do is stop by the “Teen Recruit” sign when you check in at the conference to get your Ohio 4-H Conference Swag!  We can’t waitto see you and your friends at the 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference!  Find registration info at this link.

New 4-H Families: Save the date, 4-H Day on March 4th!

New 4-H families who need assistance with choosing projects and/or clubs are invited to attend 4-H Day on Saturday, March 4th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the AAA Building at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. We ask that all prospective 4-H families complete our 4-H interest survey to pre-register for the event. This will assist us with club placement tracking on the day of the event.

4-H members will be set up with various 4-H project displays to share their experiences in the program. Additionally, 4-H advisors will be attending to assist with answering any questions and club placement. For more information, visit: u.osu.edu/fairfield4h/join4h

WANTED: 4-H Members and Project Displays for 4-H Day!

4-H Day is coming up on Saturday, March 4th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the AAA Building at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. We could not host this “open house” and 4-H kickoff event without the help of our 4-H volunteers, youth, and families. Here is what we need and are looking for:

  • Kids of all ages who want to show off their projects. All projects welcome – bring animals, project books, awards, displays, etc. Setup will begin at 12:00 a.m. and those kids who would like to have a display should contact 4-H Day Chair, Becca Goodman (bmg147@yahoo.com) to let her know what they plan to bring.
    • Pens and cages will be available IF we know that they are bring an animal by Friday, February 24th at 4:00 p.m. If they bring an animal, they are responsible for feed, water, bedding, and cleaning up after their animal.
    • We will be limiting project displays to ONE per project so please let Becca know what you’d like to bring (i.e. we will not have 3 different members bring 3 pet rabbits!)
  • Adults (advisors….and parents are also welcome) to help with registration, answering general 4-H questions, hosting small groups of 8-10 (youth and adults), and club placement/check-out.

This is a great way for kids to engage in public speaking and add something to their Junior Achievement or Ohio 4-H Achievement Forms (4-H promotion/awareness at its finest!)

Join the 4-H Meat Judging Team! First Practice – Monday, February 6th

Youth interested in livestock are strongly encouraged to join the 2023 4-H Meat Judging Team! Practices start February 6th and continue through April. The State 4-H Meat Judging Contest will take place Saturday, April 29th at the Animal Science Building on the OSU Campus in Columbus.

Reach out to Meat Judging Coach, Sarah Doner, if questions!

Attention Sheep Exhibitors – Corriedale Club Application Announcement – win a EWE!

A chance to “Win Two Corriedale Ewes to Start Your Own Flock!”

This opportunity is sponsored by the Ohio Corriedale Club.  Applications must be returned by February 20th to: Scott Kin, Ohio Corriedale Club, 9184 Twp Hwy 79, Wharton, Ohio 43359. Contact 419-731-3533 or scottkin14@hotmail.com with questions.

Please pass along to interested youth!

Ohio Corriedale Club Ewe Application 2023

Ohio 4-H Virtual Livestock Judging Contest

How would you like to participate in a judging contest and gain judging experience from your phone? The contest began on Thursday via Facebook. Each week a class will be posted on the Ohio State – 4-H Animal Sciences Facebook page with a link to fill out your information and placing selections. It is open to participants of all ages and states. The species will include cattle, swine, sheep, and goats.

The rules are simple:

  • It is 100% FREE
  • Participate each week before results are posted
  • The contest is open to all ages
  • Results will be posted at the beginning of each week
  • The contest will run for 6 weeks

Division champions will be selected and are divided as follows:

  • Novice (0-7)
  • Junior (8-11)
  • Intermediate (12-14)
  • Senior (15-18)
  • Advanced (19+)
Check out judgingpro.com for additional species and resources.

Participate every week for a chance to be named the Ohio 4-H Animal Sciences Virtual Judging Champion!

Be sure to include this in your 4-H and FFA record books under learning experiences!

Sources: Licking County 4-H Blog and Ohio State – 4-H Animal Sciences Facebook Page

Junior Leader Kick Off Meeting – Feb 6th

Fairfield County youth ages 13-18 are welcome to join Junior Leaders –  Join us Monday, February 6th at 6:30p.m. at the Ag Center (831 College Ave, Lancaster) as we kick off our year!

What is Junior Leadership Club?

A group of older 4-H youth from across the county. This club is designed for older youth BY older youth. Some of the activities we do throughout the county are: social outings, community service, fundraising, leadership opportunities, and assisting at county events.

When do they meet?

The Junior Leaders typically meet monthly on Mondays at 6:30 PM and ending at 8:00 PM.

Where are the meetings at?

Unless otherwise stated, we meet at the OSU Extension Office in Lancaster (831 College Ave.) also known as the Ag Center.

Who can join?

Anyone who is 13-18 years old and a current 4-H member of Fairfield County.

When can you join?

Any time during the year. All you have to do is show up to a meeting.

What do we do at the meetings?

Jr. Leaders discuss and plan what is going to happen each year in Fairfield County 4-H. Members of Junior Leaders work on different committees to come up with the plan of work each year.

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp – Staff Applications Available for Ages 18+, due 3/29/2023

The 2023 State 4-H Leadership Camp Staff Applications are now available!! Interested individuals can view a letter with more information at: https://ohio4h.org/camp/leadership-camp titled “2023 Potential Leadership Camp Counselor/Staff Information and Application”. A link to the application is included in the letter.

Please forward this information along to anyone who you think might be interested! Applications are due no later than March 29, 2023. If you have questions, please let me know!!

Here are some highlights about the opportunity:

  • Individuals 18+ prior to June 1, 2023 who are good leaders, past counselors, or interested in helping may apply
  • Must complete application, undergo selection, have current background check, attend training
  • Applications due: March 29, 2023
  • Interviews: Week of April 3rd
  • Staff Training Weekend (Camp Ohio): May 12-14, 2023 (this is mandatory for all applicants to attend)

Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board Applications Open – due 3/1/2023

Encourage your organization members to attend the virtual information session to learn more about JFB!

The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is made up of our great state’s best and brightest young leaders, hand-picked to contribute to the success of the Ohio State Fair each year. These students come together for two weeks of hard work, building enduring friendships, and professional relationships along the way.

JFB virtual information session

Details: Join us for a virtual information session where past Junior Fair Board members will share the ins and outs of the position and answer questions from participants!
A recording of the session will be available at ohiostatefair.com/jfb the following day.

What are the requirements for my organization members?

In addition to being an outstanding leader, prospective members should meet the following general criteria:

  • 16 – 20 years old
  • Currently a member of 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Farm Bureau
  • Highly involved members in their organization
  • Significant accomplishments within the organization (i.e. competition at the state and/or national level, leadership experiences, community service/volunteer experiences, etc.)
  • Leadership experience with the potential and desire to continue to grow as a leader
  • Very responsible, respectful and professional
  • Members are only eligible to serve one two year term on the JFB representing one organization

What is the time commitment?

Junior Fair Board members commit approximately two weeks of time to the Ohio State Fair, arriving the Monday prior to the Fair’s Wednesday opening. First year Junior Fair Board members are paid a flat-rate stipend for their service; returning members will receive a higher stipend for their second year of service.

How do my organization members apply?

Member of 4-H, Boy Scouts, Farm Bureau, FFA, and Girl Scouts are eligible to apply. Interested students can also apply to serve as an at-large member if they represent one or more of these organizations. All interested applicants should submit the official Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board application through the online application portal between January 1 and March 1.