New 4-H Club Advisors Needed – Apply Today!

The Fairfield County 4-H Program continues to see the interest in community club participation grow and we need volunteers to make that happen. If you have been thinking of getting more involved with 4-H, now is the time to apply to be a club volunteer. Current clubs need help which means you don’t have to start a new club!! Have questions? Contact our office at 740-653-5419!

Read on to learn about the Fairfield County Volunteer Requirements – Due by February 1, 2023:

  1. Application
    1. An online application can be found here:
    2. Please complete an application and submit it to the Extension office. From this application, references will be collected by Extension professionals
  2. Fingerprint Record Check
    1. The simplest method of complying with the fingerprint requirement is to utilize the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department internet check system. To do this: Call the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office to schedule an appointment at 740-652-7320. Take your current, valid driver’s license and social security card. You must have your actual social security card (no copies).
    2. Request a BCI Check. You will need the following code: 2151.86 ORC to put on the request form. The cost to you will be $35.00 and checks should be made payable to: Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. Cash is also accepted.
    3. PLEASE SEND ALL RESULTS TO: Background Checks – Fairfield County 4-H OSU Office of Human Resources 1590 N. High St., Suite 300 Columbus, OH 43201
    4. Keep your receipt as all volunteers are reimbursed after their 1st year of service.
  3. After your application, references, and background check have been received, the Extension office will be in touch to set up an interview and send reminders about the new volunteer orientation and Youth Activities & Programs policy training that all new volunteers must be completed.

2022 Year End Survey – DUE FRIDAY!

 4-H Families & Advisors,

Thank you for participating in Fairfield County 4-H this year! As you finish your thank notes and host your year-end parties, we would like to invite you to provide feedback to help us improve the 4-H program. Please share your thoughts and feedback by completing the End of the Year Survey ( by Dec. 16, 2022.  

 We look forward to hearing from everyone recapping the 2022 year and look forward to planning 2023. 


New 4-H Volunteers Needed!

Join Fairfield County 4-H as a new 4-H Volunteer!

Applications, background check AND References are due to the OSU Extension Office by February 1st. Application are available here. New Volunteer Training will take place online through an online course system and must be completed by April 15th. Advisors are needed to support members across the entire county. There are a few clubs that need additional help so potential volunteers can ‘learn the ropes’ and not have the responsibility to take on the entire club or a new club. Contact our office at 740-653-5419 to learn more!

4-H Booths – Fair Information

The 4-H Display Barn will now house Junior Fair Poultry this year. All 4-H and FFA still projects will be housed in the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building.

If your club has a booth, all still projects will go in the club’s booth.

If your club is not having 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 fair pass OR premium for their project, it MUST BE DISPLAYED the entire week of the fair! 

Gardening/Crop Projects will be brought to the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building during set-up times and will be displayed together. Please check with the OSU Extension staff present to check-in your gardening/crop exhibit.

There will NOT be a special area in for all State Fair Clothing Participants – so these projects will need to be displayed in the club’s booth.

Please note, no straw is permitted in the displays including bales! The use of feathers is also prohibited from displays.

4-H booth setup will be Friday, October 7th from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 8th from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. 4-H booth tear down is Sunday, October 16th from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ONLY – no early removals!

Panorama Invitations – Check Your Email!!

Hello 4-H & FFA Members,

Panorama invitations were emailed 9/30/2022, however people are having issues accessing the invitation or have not received it.

The following members will be recognized during the 2022 Junior Fair Panorama:

  • Junior Fair Queen Finalists
  • County Livestock Representatives
  • Outstanding 4-Hers
  • 4-H State Fair Clock Trophy Winners
  • 2022 FFA American Degree Recipients
  • 2022 FFA State Degree Recipients
  • State Top 4 FFA Proficiency Award winners from each chapter

We look forward to having you be a special part of the 2022 Junior Fair Panorama on Saturday, October 8th. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Feeder Creek Show Arena, north of the racetrack. Please find your official invitation with further details. If you have any questions or did not receive the invitation, please reach out to me by email or phone 740-277-4626.


Aubry Fowler

Save the Date: Flower Sale with Lancaster Greenhouse – Sept 17-18

Come support the Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee by shopping at the Lancaster Greenhouse and Nursery, September 17 & 18!

Read on for More Details….

  • In-Store Sales
    • Distribute the coupon below to all family and friends. A whole page of coupons can be found here: Fall Flower Sale Coupons
    • Group supporters will shop as a “normal customer” on the above dates listed.  If we happen to have any current in-store sales and promotions taking place, they will be able to take advantage of those just like a typical customer.
    • At time of checkout, customers will give a copy of the attached coupon to our cashier so we know they are associated with your group and 15% of their transaction will be donated back to your group (not the customer).
    • Absolutely no coupons can be distributed at the store location

This is a fundraising event for the 4-H Advisory Committee. The 4-H Advisory Committee supports county 4-H programming for all youth members and adult volunteers including, but not limited to: Awards and banquets, Trips and scholarships, Printing costs, Special programming costs, and more!

Please share this post with family members and friends!

Save the Date for 4-H Summerfest: Summer Project Awards Ceremony is August 13th

Our annual Summerfest Awards Program will be held Saturday August 13, 2022 at the Wagner Theatre at the Ohio University – Lancaster Campus. Members who completed their summer projects and received a 1st-3rd place, Honorable Mention or Outstanding will be mailed postcard invitations to the event soon. The event will begin at 7 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you help us celebrate the great work done with summer projects. This event is open to the public.


Shop the 4-H Vendor Sale this Saturday, July 30th!

Come out and support our vendors at the Fairfield County 4-H Craft & Vendor Sale this Saturday, July 30, 2022  from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. We’ll be in the Ed Sands & AAA Buildings. Get some early Christmas shopping taken care of or just shop for yourself, birthdays, and other special occasions coming up!

There are many activities to participate in that day in addition to shopping from 74 Vendors: the A Firefighters for Kids Toy Drive for Fairfield County Youth, Wreath Silent Auction, Pictures with Santa, Ice Cream Truck, and more!

The event, which will be held at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in the Ed Sands Building 157 E Fair Ave, Lancaster, OH, will help raise funds for county activities like summer camp, state trips, awards, and so much more in the county.

Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board to Host Annual Legacy Dinner June 9, 2022, reservations due May 25th

Event Reservations Due May 25, 2022

LANCASTER, Ohio – 4-H supporters can enjoy a night out to at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds on June 9. A social hour will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner catered by Bob’s Backyard BBQ at 6 p.m. The program and live auction will commence at 7 p.m.

Event tickets are $50 per person, and table sponsorships that seat eight are available for $500.

“I was a 4-H member in Fairfield County for 10 years,” said Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board President Heather Wilson. “As an alum, I want to see the program continue to grow and support our youth. It’s been amazing to see local businesses, community members and 4-H families generously support the endowment throughout the last decade. We’re excited to be bringing the community together again to support this mission and allow attendees to enjoy a night of fun and socialization.”

Although planning for the endowment was started in 2000, it became fully endowed in 2006. The first Legacy Dinner was held in 2010 and has grown to more than 350 attendees supporting the youth in the Fairfield County 4-H program. The goal of the board is to generate funds sufficient to endow at 4-H position in Fairfield County and support the 4-H youth development program, allowing the 4-H tradition to continue for generations to come.

“Our county’s 4-H program serves over 2200 youth each year through traditional club and school enrichment programming,” said Fairfield County 4-H Extension Educator Leslie Cooksey. “Leaving a legacy is what the endowment is intended to do. Whether you’re a local business, 4-H family or community member, we’d love for you to join us and support the future of the program in our county.”

Additional sponsorships are available for the Legacy Dinner as follows:

  • Platinum: $3,000 (two sponsorships available) – Receive two dinner tickets
  • Gold: $1,000 (five sponsorships available) – Receive two dinner tickets
  • Silver: $500 – Receive two dinner tickets
  • Bronze: $250

Sponsorship and reservation forms can be found on Checks can be made payable to one of two funds:

  • 4-H Fairfield County Foundation Fund (Money stays in Fairfield County. No Ohio State University gift credit given)
  • Fairfield County 4-H Endowment. On the check memo line designate: Fund #642082** (Earn Ohio State University gift credit and receive a giving receipt from The Ohio State University)

The event is held at Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building located at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds: 157 East Fair Avenue, Lancaster, OH 43130. Reservations and payment should be mailed to: Fairfield County 4-H Endowment, P.O. Box 564, Lancaster, Ohio 43130

To subscribe to updates, visit the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment blog at and follow the event on Facebook at

About the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment
The endowment was created in 2006 to raise funds to support the future of the 4-H program in Fairfield County and endow a position of a 4-H Educator if other funding sources dwindle. The 4-H Endowment is comprised of two permanent funds made possible through individual donations, business contributions and fundraising events. The 4-H Fairfield County Foundation Fund allows the money to be housed in Fairfield County. (No OSU gift credit given) and the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment is operated by the Ohio State University (Fund #642082). Visit to learn more.

About the Fairfield County 4-H Program
4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. The Fairfield County 4-H program was founded in 1920. The program currently reaches more than 2200 youth each year through traditional club and school enrichment programming – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities. For more information, visit