Do you like writing? How about an International Pen Pal?

Since International Travel and hosting is cancelled for 2021, they’ve found other opportunities for 4-H youth and their families!

For 2021, we will instead offer several “virtual” international activities:

  •  Winter International Pen-Pal Program (January-April; info posted below) 
  •  Summer International Pen-Pal Program (May-August; identical to winter program; info will be posted in March)
  • Virtual Hosting Family Program (June-August; info posted in March)

Pen Pal spots are limited – ACT NOW if interested! If you would like to be a pen pal, please follow the link below for the instructions.

S4H Flier – Winter 2021 Pen Pal Program (Jan.-April)

Ohio Youth Livestock Skillathons – Rabbit Results

Congrats to the Fairfield County youth who participated in the Ohio Youth Skillathon for Rabbits!

  • Molly Barber, 4th Place Age 13
  • Sebastain Coulter, 5th Place Age 13
  • Aubrey Duke-Ward, 9th Place Age 12
  • Katelyn Lykins, 3rd Place Age 14, 6th Place Intermediate Overall, 17th Place Overall
  • Anna Wolfe, 6th Place Age 12
  • Tommy Wolfe, 10th Place Age 15

Additional youth participating:

  • Rhoslyn Rose
  • Mollie Smithberger

For more information and all results, visit: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons/rabbit-skillathon

Ohio Youth Livestock Skillathons – Beef Results

Congrats to the Fairfield County youth who participated in the Ohio Youth Skillathon for Beef!

  • Addie Dennis, 7th Place Age 10, 22nd Place Overall Junior Beef
  • Lily Dennis, 6th Place Age 13, 12th Place Overall Intermediate Beef
  • Andrew Huffman, 5th Place Age 15, 24th Place Overall Senior Beef
  • Ashton Huffman, 8th Place Age 12
  • Demi Lee, 10th Place Age 8/9, 25th Place Overall Junior Beef
  • Delaney Moore, 7th Place Age 15
  • Sadie Moore, 7th Place Age 12
  • Jordyn Smith, 8th Place Age 13, 15th Place Overall Intermediate Beef
  • Lydia Smith, 8th Place Age 8/9, 23rd Place Overall Junior Beef

Additional youth participating:

  • Landon Moore

For more information and all results, visit: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons/beef-skillathon

Junior Fair Entry Form now available

The  Junior Fair Entry form is now available. Please submit one form per youth per club/chapter they belong to.  (an example would be a youth taking livestock in 4-H and FFA would need to submit 2 forms).  Advisors may turn club forms into the Senior Fair Office (SFO), Monday – Friday, August 17-21 and 24-28, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.

Youth and their parents must complete the form using the  2019 Junior Fair Book for class numbers, and turn the form into their advisor.  The advisor is to check the form over, and then will submit all member forms for their club to the Junior Fair Office.  Don’t forget to sign the form – Member, Parent and Advisor!

Please enter all animals (including backup animals) for each member, as we know many of you aren’t sure which market animal you will be bringing to the fair yet.  The form does ask for the Fairfield County Market Tag and Sex in the last column – this is new this year.  Don’t forget to enter those!

Youth entering dogs, companion animals, crops and gardening projects, or cakes, pies and candies will also need to complete this entry form.

Dogs and Horses will need to complete their separate show entry forms as well.  Once those are finalized, we will share those with you.

When going to the Senior Fair Office, located in the brick Administration Building on the fairgrounds, advisors must enter the door marked Junior Fair.  This door is closest to Fair Avenue.  Masks are expected to be worn into the office, and Sandy will be wearing appropriate PPE to accept your paperwork.  There will be a limit of 2 advisors in the office at a time, so if you see people waiting, please wait your turn.  You are expected to stay 6 feet apart when waiting as well.

Once inside the office, turn left to Sandy’s desk and hand her your club entries.  She will review the entries and ask questions if she has any.  Once all entries are finalized, the SFO will prepare pass packets and let advisors know they are ready for pickup.

Please remember, due to COVID-19, the SFOis asking you be patient when dropping off entries.  They will be doing their best to keep the lines moving, but you may have a slight wait.  Also, once the Senior Fair Board finalizes advisor/member/parent pass information, we will share that with you as well.

2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair Project Guidelines

The 2020 Junior Fair Project guidelines are now available.  This is an overall snapshot of what should be completed in your project book,  possession dates, quality assurance and skillathon information, as well as what is expected for those projects that are to be interview judged at the fair (cakes, pies, candies, companion animals).

All dates are subject to change as adjustments are made to accommodate health and safety priorities related to COVID-19.

New Virtual Mailbox for families to submit forms to OSU Extension (Due May 1st: Dog Permission, Horse EquiSTEP, Horse Permission, Home Grown Market Wether, Home Grown Market Rabbit, MQP Barrow, MQP Lamb)

  • We have created a NEW online mailbox to submit forms to us that are due in May, June and July. We are encouraging families to submit forms on their own rather than giving them to your club advisor to submit on your behalf.  If possible, it would be extremely helpful for you to name the files before uploading – “Last Name, First Name, Form Name 2020.”  For example: Clover, Chris, MQP Barrow 2020.
  • Signatures on forms – scanned copies and digital signatures (if you know how to do that!) are acceptable.
  • Forms will need to be downloaded on the computer prior to completing the information. You will need to save each form before uploading the online mailboxes. Failure to do so may result in submitting a blank form. 
  • Choose the member mailbox below to submit your forms as soon as you have them completed.
  • Member Mailbox

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 Cooksey.25@osu.edu as soon as you have them.
  • Do not assume all requests will be approved.

Wayne County Jr Fair Square Dance

Please join the Wayne County Jr Fair Board and Wayne County Rural Youth on Saturday November 9th for an evening of square dancing. The event will be held in their new newly completed Fair Event Center at 199 Vanover Street, Wooster OH 44691.  Admission is $5.00.  Questions?  Please call 330-264-8722.

Junior Fair Cakes, Pies and Candy Information

You made a Junior Fair cake, pie or candy entry.  You or your family should have received an email with this information.

Now what happens?  You keep working on perfecting your skills for the project and complete your project book.

Cakes, pies and candies will only be accepted in the 4-H Display Barn on Monday, October 7th from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or may be brought with members to judging. NO ITEMS WILL BE ACCEPTED EARLIER THAN MONDAY MORNING!

Check-in for judging starts at 2:45 p.m. and judging begins at 3:00 p.m. This is a first come, first served judging.  Youth must bring their completed project book and their final cake, pie or candy entry to judging.

Results will be announced once all judging has been completed, approximately 7:00 p.m. Please check your 4-H Member Handbook (page 11), 4-H Project Guidelines (page 32),and the Junior Fair Rule Book (page 55) for additional information.

Please contact our office with questions.

 

Fair Booth Information and Reminder

The 4-H Display Barn will house all still projects! Clubs will have a booth in this building and all projects will go in your booth. Gardening/Crops entries should be brought to the 4-H Display Barn during setup times and will be displayed together in a central location in the AGmazing AgriCenter (Ed Sands Building). Please check with the 4-H Display Barn staff present at setup to complete an exhibit card.

If your club is not requesting a booth, there will be a special area in the 4-H Display Barn for your member’s projects to be displayed. A reminder that in order for a member to receive a premium for their project, it MUST BE DISPLAYED the entire week of the fair!

We do not have a 4-H theme for 2019. Clubs should decorate their booth using the theme of their choice. Please note, no straw is permitted in the displays including bales). The use of feathers of any kind are prohibited for any type of display at the Fairfield County Fair. To view a booth score rubric, see the Club Advisors Resources on our website!

To request a booth, one advisor from your club should fill out the 2019 BOOTH REQUEST and VOLUNTEER SHEET from the August newsletter and turn in by Friday, September 6th. Please list how many projects your club has and specify the size of the items. There is a formula used to give clubs a fair/equal amount of space for each project.

Continuing in 2019: With the update of panels for booths that are not against the wall, these booths will be on 4 foot increments (4×4 ft, 4×8 ft, 4×12 ft, etc.). The outside wall booth sizes will be the same as before.
Display Barn Setup is 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 4th and 5th (NO SUNDAY SETUP!).
Display Barn Tear Down is Sunday, October 13th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. No booths or projects may be removed prior to this time!

Display Barn Guards: To help cut down on vandalism or theft in the barns, all clubs with booths in the 4-H Display Barn are REQUIRED to sign up for at least one – 2 hour period to guard and keep an eye on displays in the 4-H Display Barn. During your club shift(s), we ask that you have at least two people per club – one adult and one person age 16 or older. They can be parents, advisors, or older 4-H members. The guards watch the area and answer visitors’ questions.

Fill out the sign-up form with the days and times your club would like to take a shift. If you know the names of those who will be representing your club during those days and times, please also include their names. Please list all the days and times you are able to help. (Note: You will not be placed in every time you list—that will just assist in the process of acquiring volunteers!) Return this form to the OSU Extension Office.