Save the Date – June 1 & 2 – 4-H Fundraiser at Big Sandy Superstore

Shop the Lancaster Big Sandy Superstore on Saturday June 1 or Sunday June 2, mention the Fairfield County 4-H Program or show this post and our organization will receive a percentage of the sale!

Big Sandy has some great deals. On top of us receiving a percentage of the sales, Big Sandy is going to match that! It’s truly a win-win for you, our wonderful supporters and for our non-profit. We sincerely appreciate your support and hope you will consider shopping at the Big Sandy Superstore in Lancaster on Saturday, June 1 (10am-8pm) or Sunday, June 2 (1pm-6pm).
Remember all you have to do is show the flyer or mention that you are shopping to support us and we will be credited for your transaction!
This fundraiser supports the Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee who provides opportunities to all county 4-Hers like Cloverbud Recognition Awards, Judges for Summer Judging, 4-H Day, Achievement Banquet, and more!

Register for 4-H Camp NOW to Secure your Spot this Summer!

Fairfield County 4-H Camp Registration is NOW OPEN! Registration is completed entirely online and spots are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Camp is open to members in grade Kindergarten through 9th – based on the grade you are in right now. Read on to learn more about 4-H camp this summer.

What will we do at Camp?

Our camp counselors are hard at work making sure we’re going to have the best summer yet. Tar Hollow activities include swimming and boating at Pine Lake, nature, crafts, recreation, tye-dye, campfires, inspiration, and many other activities. Alley Park activities include archery, canoeing, crafts, games, songs, campfire, tye dye, and more!

 Camp Dates: 

  • Day Camp (Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8,9) – June 4-6 – Alley Park
  • Cloverbud Day Camp (grades K-2, Cloverbud Members) – June 8 – Alley Park
  • Junior Camp (Grades 3,4,5) – June 30-July 3– Tar Hollow
  • Senior Camp (Grades 6,7,8,9) – July 7-10– Tar Hollow
    • Camp grades are based on the current grade in school

Registration Details:

  • Registrations will be completed online and are on a first-come-first-serve basis starting on May 1, 2024 through May 15, 2024. Families will have the option to join a waitlist if all spots fill up for the camp they want to attend.
  • Registration can be found here: go.osu.edu/FCCamp
    • This link will take you directly to the registration starting on May 1st
  • Payment Info:
    • Payment by credit card will be available this year (online only).
    • If you will be paying by check or cash, please select appropriate payment type in the registration process and mail or drop off your payment (check or cash) to the OSUE office (OSU Extension, 831 College Ave., Suite D, Lancaster, OH 43130). Make checks payable to: OSU EXTENSION. There will be a $30.00 charge for all returned checks.
    • Registration will be considered complete upon receipt of application and payment.
  • Once registration is complete and payment received, additional information will be provided electronically via email or can be printed upon request at the Fairfield County Extension Office including what to bring, necessary forms, and a map to camp.
  • NO REFUNDS once payment is processed. You are required to pay back the full price of camp 14 days after conclusion of camp if your child does not attend.

Registering Multiple Campers?

  • Each camper must complete an online registration form.
  • Families with multiple children attending camp(s) who want to pay with a credit card can:
    • process payment with each registration, or
    • wait until the last registration is complete and finish the credit card processing after submitting registration on the last camper.
  • Please add all fees together and list ALL members names/camps in the description to ensure payment is applied correctly.

 Friend Requests can be made during the registration process. We recognize the importance of sharing a camp experience with a friend. To request the same cabin as a friend, both campers must name each other in the registration process. A maximum of two campers can request to be together. This is the only opportunity to request a cabin assignment with your friend.

  • Please remember, there is no guarantee that the request can be honored, but we will do our best.
  • If you have questions or concerns, please contact Aubry Fowler, Camp Director, at Fowler.443@osu.edu.

 Bertha Wilson Trust will provide a 50% campership again this year, if registered by midnight on Wednesday, May 15th.

  • Members will only have to pay $50 for Day Camp, $100 for Intermediate or Junior Camp, and $25 for Cloverbud Camp.
  • Members are welcome to attend both Day Camp and Overnight at Tar Hollow if they wish and if spaces are available. However, they will only receive a campership for the Tar Hollow camp and will be required to pay the full amount ($100) to attend Day Camp. If you are interested in attending both camps, please email fairfield4h@osu.edu to receive more information about registration and payment options.
  • “Thank You” notes are expected from each child who receives a campership. Please send to: OSU Extension,
    ATTN: Bertha Wilson Camp Scholarship | 831 College Avenue, Suite D | Lancaster, Ohio 43130-1081

Dine to Donate: May 7 – El Pedregal Mexican Restaurant

The Fairfield County 4-H Junior Leaders will be hosting a monthly dine to donate fundraiser to raise funds for their countywide club. May’s dine to donate will be a fundraiser at El Pedregal Mexican Restaurant on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 from 11:00am – 10:00 p.m. at 44 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis. 15% of your bill will be donated to the 4-H program. Bring in this flyer (or show it digitally to your server) to the store to get credit for your purchase.
DO NOT PASS OUT FLYERS IN OR NEAR THE RESTAURANT – Our fundraising event could be void if this happens.

The Junior Leaders are a countywide teen leadership group that focuses on 4-H community service, leadership, and more! Their big events include planning the Fairfield County 4-H Advisor Recognition, Countywide Cloverbud Events, and the Bottle Cap Bench Project!

Thank you for the support!

Camp Registration Opens May 1st

Fairfield County 4-H Camp Registration opens May 1st! Registration is completed entirely online and spots are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Camp is open to members in grade Kindergarten through 9th – based on the grade you are in right now. Read on to learn more about 4-H camp this summer.

What will we do at Camp?

Our camp counselors are hard at work making sure we’re going to have the best summer yet. Tar Hollow activities include swimming and boating at Pine Lake, nature, crafts, recreation, tye-dye, campfires, inspiration, and many other activities. Alley Park activities include archery, canoeing, crafts, games, songs, campfire, tye dye, and more!

 Camp Dates: 

  • Day Camp (Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8,9) – June 4-6 – Alley Park
  • Cloverbud Day Camp (grades K-2, Cloverbud Members) – June 8 – Alley Park
  • Junior Camp (Grades 3,4,5) – June 30-July 3– Tar Hollow
  • Senior Camp (Grades 6,7,8,9) – July 7-10– Tar Hollow
    • Camp grades are based on the current grade in school

  Registration Details:

  • Registrations will be completed online and are on a first-come-first-serve basis starting on May 1, 2024 through May 15, 2024. Families will have the option to join a waitlist if all spots fill up for the camp they want to attend.
  • Registration can be found here: go.osu.edu/FCCamp
    • This link will take you directly to the registration starting on May 1st
  • Payment Info:
    • Payment by credit card will be available this year (online only).
    • If you will be paying by check or cash, please select appropriate payment type in the registration process and mail or drop off your payment (check or cash) to the OSUE office (OSU Extension, 831 College Ave., Suite D, Lancaster, OH 43130). Make checks payable to: OSU EXTENSION. There will be a $30.00 charge for all returned checks.
    • Registration will be considered complete upon receipt of application and payment.
  • Once registration is complete and payment received, additional information will be provided electronically via email or can be printed upon request at the Fairfield County Extension Office including what to bring, necessary forms, and a map to camp.
  • NO REFUNDS once payment is processed. You are required to pay back the full price of camp 14 days after conclusion of camp if your child does not attend.

 Registering Multiple Campers?

  • Each camper must complete an online registration form.
  • Families with multiple children attending camp(s) who want to pay with a credit card can:
    • process payment with each registration, or
    • wait until the last registration is complete and finish the credit card processing after submitting registration on the last camper.
  • Please add all fees together and list ALL members names/camps in the description to ensure payment is applied correctly.

 Friend Requests can be made during the registration process. We recognize the importance of sharing a camp experience with a friend. To request the same cabin as a friend, both campers must name each other in the registration process. A maximum of two campers can request to be together. This is the only opportunity to request a cabin assignment with your friend.

  • Please remember, there is no guarantee that the request can be honored, but we will do our best.
  • If you have questions or concerns, please contact Aubry Fowler, Camp Director, at Fowler.443@osu.edu.

 Bertha Wilson Trust will provide a 50% campership again this year, if registered by midnight on Wednesday, May 15th.

  • Members will only have to pay $50 for Day Camp, $100 for Intermediate or Junior Camp, and $25 for Cloverbud Camp.
  • Members are welcome to attend both Day Camp and Overnight at Tar Hollow if they wish and if spaces are available. However, they will only receive a campership for the Tar Hollow camp and will be required to pay the full amount ($100) to attend Day Camp. If you are interested in attending both camps, please email fairfield4h@osu.edu to receive more information about registration and payment options.
  • “Thank You” notes are expected from each child who receives a campership. Please send to: OSU Extension,
    ATTN: Bertha Wilson Camp Scholarship | 831 College Avenue, Suite D | Lancaster, Ohio 43130-1081

Fairfield County 4-H Achievement Awards

4-H members who completed the Ohio 4-H Achievement or Junior Achievement Forms were recognized on April 11th at the Fairfield County 4-H Achievement Awards Program. Scholarship winners were also announced and recognized. A sincere thank you to Fairfield Federal for their continued sponsorship of this awards program. A big thank you to the Fairfield County Commissioners, Senator Tim Shaffer, and Representative Kevin Miller for providing certificates to our members. And a special thank you Commissioner Fix, Commissioner Levacy, Commissioner Fix, Senator Shaffer, and Representative Miller for attending this event!

Thank you to our scholarship donors: Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee, Basil Garden Club, Fenstermaker Family, Park National Bank, Kiwanis Club of Lancaster, and Feeder Creek Veterinary Services.

Additionally, we would like to thank our trip sponsors: Sewing Shefs 4-H Club, KKEZ 4-H Club, OK and Judy Schurtz, Justin Marteney Memorial Shooting Sports Education Camp Fund, OSU Endowment Interest Fund, 4-H Advisory Committee and the Bertha Wilson Trust.

For photos from the event, click here. Congrats to all and keep up the great work!

For a complete listing of 2024 awards: 2024 Achievement Banquet Program and 2024 Scholarship Awards

Youth Opportunity: 4-H Demonstration Contest – Signup by July 1st

Sign-up NOW through Monday, July 1st to participate in the Fairfield County 4-H Demonstration Contest by calling the Extension Office at 740-653-5419.

When: Wednesday, July 17th, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Who: Any 4-H member (project age)

What: A contest designed to demonstrate your ability to teach how to do something. There are Junior and Senior Divisions! For more information contact the Extension Office

Where: Ag Center, 831 College Avenue, Lancaster Why: To share your talents or skills with others and improve your teaching abilities.

Need tips on how to plan for a great demonstration? Click here!

Participants in the county demonstration contest have the opportunity to advance to the Ohio State Fair! For more information on guidelines and rules, review the Ohio State Fair Guidebook for Communication Days.

Youth Opportunity: 4-H Creed Speaking Contest

Speak out and get involved! Improve your public speaking skills and learn the 4-H Creed. The Fairfield County Creed Speaking Event will be Wednesday, July 17th starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Ag Center. Any 4-H member can participate.

Registration is due July 1st by calling the Extension Office at 740-653-5419. For questions, contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

Cloverbud Opportunity: 4-H Pledge Speaking Event

The Fairfield County Cloverbud Pledge Speaking Event will be Wednesday, July 17th starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Ag Center. Any 4-H Cloverbud member can participate. This is a great way to practice public speaking at an early age! We can’t wait to cheer our Cloverbuds on!

Registration is due July 1st by calling the Extension Office at 740-653-5419. For questions, contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

Call for Live Auction/Silent Auction Items for the 2024 4-H Legacy Dinner benefiting Fairfield County 4-H

The Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board is busy preparing for the 13th Annual 4-H Endowment Dinner scheduled for Thursday, June 13th, 2024 at Cheers Chalet in Lancaster.  We need your help!!  One of the highlights of the annual fundraising event is the Live and Silent Auction.  If your club would like to help by donating a gift basket or item for the auction, your donation would be most appreciated.  Popular items for themed baskets have included Pet Themed Basket, Kid Friendly Movie Baskets, Family Board Game Baskets. A very popular basket in the past was the Shooting Sports Basket which offered a basket of supplies plus passes to a shooting range.

Does your club focus on health-related projects?  How about a basket of healthy snacks!!  Quilt projects…who wouldn’t love a nice table runner quilted by a 4-H club member(s)!!  Does your club have a great health and safety committee…everybody always needs to update their home or vehicle safety kits or maybe a basket of sun screen protection products. Gardening projects….hanging baskets, succulent gardens…oh my, the possibilities are endless!!

Think outside the box. Be creative and focus on something that might be a good representation of your 4-H club’s scope of projects: maybe a basket of brushes, combs and grooming supplies, halters or feed pans and buckets. Maybe a set of clippers!! How about your 4-H clubs’  favorite snack …make or bake your favorite recipe, fill a basket with the ingredients and a sampling of the cookies, brownies or snack!!   Make it fun!! Legacy Dinner Basket Ideas

Better yet, send a representative of your club to the Endowment Dinner!!  Put your head to clearer thinking and hands to larger service and help us “Leave a Legacy” at the 2024 4-H Endowment Legacy Dinner. Your generous support is truly appreciated.

State Horse Bowl & Hippology Contest Results

Congratulations to the Fairfield County Junior & Senior Teams on placing in the State Horse Bowl & Hippology Contests held on April 6, 2024!

Senior Hippology Team

10th Place

Members: Alayna Byrd, Beau Cutright, Riley Cain and Brianna Downey

Junior Horse Bowl Team

9th Place

Members: Brenna Neff, Baylin Alt, Bella Champlin and Hallie Nicodemus

  • Hallie Nicodemus individually placed 9th (out of 91 kids competing in the state)
  • Brenna Neff individually placed 7th (out of 91 kids competing in the state)