2021 4-H Family Guides – arriving in your mailbox SOON!

4-H families and volunteers who were enrolled in 4-H during 2020 will be receiving a mailed copy of the 2021 Ohio 4-H Family Guide soon. Please do not throw this away! You will not be receiving a copy from your advisor/club this year! Save this publication to help select projects when we begin the 2021 club year soon. A digital version can be found here: 2021 Ohio 4-H Family Guide.

Thank you to the Ohio 4-H Foundation for their help in getting this publication to our 4-H families and volunteers safely in 2021!

2021 Family Guide

New Year, New You: Making YOUR Best Better (4-H SPIN Club for Teens)

Greetings 4-H Youth and Parents,

January starts a new year, let’s make a new you.  We are excited to offer New Year, New You: Making YOUR Best Better (targeted at youth in 5th-8th Grades).  We will tackle topics that will help you be informed to make the best choices for the best you.  You will receive a fun swag bag in the mail when you sign up that contains items that relate to the weekly topics.  Each week we will have guest speaker(s), activities, and time to talk with other youth when we meet for about an hour.

You are invited to join New Year, New You: Making YOUR Best Better series being held on Sundays February 7 – March 14, 2021. These sessions will be held virtually on ZOOM from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.  The attached flyer provides a brief description and information on how to register. More information will be given to youth once registered.

Weekly session topics:

  • February 7          New Year, New You, and the Awesome Things You Can Do!
  • February 14        Boys, Girls, Crushes and Feelings…Oh My! What’s Appropriate, Safety & Etiquette.
  • February 21        TikTok, Snapchat, Insta are They Just Fun?   Seriously is Human Trafficking a Thing?
  • February 28        Work’n for a Live’n…jobs, image, and beyond.
  • March 7               What’s up with Vaping, Marijuana, and Alcohol?
  • March 14             New Year, Healthy You! Be Your Best Physically, Mentally and Emotionally

Hurry to register! Spots and swag bags are limited.  Participants will receive up to $40 worth of fun, useful swag items.   To register go to go.osu.edu/spinnyny  Registration deadline is January 15!!

Parent/guardian note: Are you convinced this is a good activity, but your child isn’t sold?  May we suggest a conversation where you express these are important topics for your child to learn more about and you set a family goal with an incentive for him/her to participate.

Can’t wait to see you in 2021!!

Andrea Cole, Katie Cole, Allison Cooper, Liz Hirzel, Angie Holmes

Extension Educators, 4-H Youth Development

OSU Virtual Junior Swine Day – Registration is OPEN!

The OSU Virtual Junior Swine Day is scheduled for February 20, 2021. The complete agenda and registration information can be found at this link: www.go.osu.edu/jsd2021

Please distribute to those you think might be interested in attending.

2021 OSU Virtual Junior Swine Day
Saturday, February 20, 2021 

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
The Agenda for the Day:

9:00 a.m. – Welcome
Evaluating and Selecting Your Pig Project (Video evaluating pigs)
 A.J. Genter, Archbold, OH and Justin Rodibaugh, Rensselaer, IN
Nutrition and Feed Management
     Dr. Joel DeRouchey, Swine Nutritionist, Kansas State University
Meat Science
     Dr. Steve Moeller, OSU Swine Extension Specialist
When Science and Pig Shows Collide
Dr. Andy Bowman, OSU Veterinary Preventive Medicine
Vaccinations / Pig Health
Dr. Todd Price, North Central Vet Services, Sycamore, OH
Showmanship (Video with interviews and showmanship discussion)
Kelly Morgan, Manager of Showpig Programs, Ohio Pork Council
12:30 p.m. – Wrap Up and Answer Questions
Registration Information:  After you fill out the registration form below you will receive an email confirming your registration. An additional email will be sent to you 48 hours prior to the event which will contain the Zoom Link and password that are needed to view the Virtual Jr. Swine Day. Please register once per household.
Cost: Jr. Swine Day is free of charge
Registration Deadline is Wednesday, February 16, 2021
For more information, contact Dale Ricker (ricker.37@osu.edu)

Bottle Cap Challenge: Battle of the 4-H Clubs!!

The Junior Leaders are starting a new community service for 2021 and need your help collecting plastic caps to turn into benches. Work within your club to collect clean plastic bottle caps and lids. Store them during our “off” time in bags – inside a box as they can get heavy. The club who collects the most caps by weight will receive a personalized plaque for a bench. If your club would like to fundraise to purchase a bench for your club, contact Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu) for more details about this optional opportunity.

2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair Cakes, Pies & Candies Results

Fairfield County Junior Fair Exhibitors were invited to participate in interview judging for their Cake, Pie or Candy entries during Fair Week. Here are the results of the 2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair Cakes, Pies & Candies Show. Members should have picked up their awards at the Junior Fair Office during fair week. Any awards remaining can be picked up at the Fairfield County Extension Office by Appt on Tuesday or Thursday (Call 740-653-5419 to schedule), or will be given to club advisors with their end of the year packets.

Congratulations to all our exhibitors for completing their fair project during this difficult year!

Thank You Note Station Update!!

Were you able to visit The Thank You Note Project during the Fairfield County Fair?!? We are mailing out 41 thank you notes that were completed during fair week! Did you have a busy week and miss the Thank You Note Station? Great News: Bring your completed note to the Extension Office (831 College Ave. Suite D, Lancaster) by October 30 and the 4-H Endowment Committee will pay for your postage. The Extension Office is open by Appointment Tuesday & Thursday Mon-Friday from 8:00am – 3:30pm. There is also a black drop off box on the East side of the building near our employee entrance. Now is a perfect time to say thank you!

The Thank You Note Project is Back!!

The Thank You Note Project is back for 2020 but with a socially distanced twist. There will be 3 Thank You Note stations – One at each indoor show arena which includes Feeder Creek, Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building, and the Round Cattle Barn. Look for The Ohio State Buckeyes Tent or Thank You Note Banner to find the station in your closest show arena.

At each station there will be blank thank you notes for you to pick up and take with you to fill out. Need help with writing a thank you note or filling out an envelope? There are directions sheets on each table that you can take a picture of to reference later.  If you are lucky enough to win a trophy, there is a thank you note already on there for you. Once you’ve written your note and filled out your envelope drop it off to one of the mailboxes and we will mail it for you.

Thank you to the Fairfield County Endowment Board for sponsoring postage again this year! Remember to finish your project strong by writing a thank you note to award sponsors!

Facebook Lives for Junior Fair Updates: Recordings for the week of October 4th

Daily 4-H and Junior Fair updates from 4-H Educators, Leslie Cooksey and Aubry Fowler as we approach the fair for the week of October 4th. The videos from last week can be reviewed by clicking on this link.

October 4th update includes:

  • MQP Lambs
  • Poultry Barn Setup
  • Swine Showmanship Time Change

October 5th update includes:

  • Poultry and Other Livestock Sale Clarifications

October 6th (first video) update includes:

  • Hog Pet Setup in the L barn

October 6th (second video) update includes:

  • School Letters
  • Outstanding 4-Her Recognition

October 7th (first video) update includes:

  • Super Showmanship Contest
  • Livestock Judging Contest
  • No Premier Exhibitor for Meat/Market Goats

October 7th (second video) update includes:

  • Round Cattle Barn Setup for the Alpaca and Dairy Cattle Show Committees

October 8th (first video) update includes:

  • 4-H crops and gardening drop off on Saturday
  • FFA still project judging
  • Cakes/Pies/Candies Judging

October 8th (second video) update includes:

  • Health and Safety Guidelines

October 10th update includes:

  • Agenda for Sunday – note that the correct location for the dairy feeder weigh-in is the Round Cattle Barn (not the AAA Building as Leslie accidentally stated in the video)!

2020 Junior Fair Updates (by specie) are posted!

2020 Junior Fair Updates by specie have been organized and posted by specie on the OSU Extension/4-H website. Please note that this information is current as of 10/8/2020 and is subject to change. Updated documents will be reposted to this site with the updated date noted next to the specie should that need to happen. http://go.osu.edu/2020fairinfo

Items that have been updated since they were originally posted on 9/23/2020:

  • Map of parking area
  • Modified Junior Fair Schedule (updated 10/6/2020)
  • Beef Cattle (updated 9/25/2020)
  • Rabbits (updated 10/7/2020)

Please take the time to read all updates as it pertains to your family and Junior Fair participation this year. Please review the 2020 General Rules and Modified Junior Fair Schedule listed at the top of this page. Additionally, since no updated rule book was printed for 2020, it is important to read the 2019 Junior Fair Book rules as well for your respective specie. All of this information is listed on this page of the website.

Please reach out if you have any questions at all!

Here is a screenshot of our OSU Extension/4-H website where the updates are posted. Below the 2020 updates, you will find links to the 2019 Junior Fair Rule Book.