4-H Endowment Breakfast: Sunday, October 8th from 8-10 am, Ed Sands Building

The 2023 Endowment Donation Breakfast will be held at the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building on Sunday, October 8th, from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. (or until sold out). Come have some fun, enjoy breakfast and make a donation to the Fairfield County Endowment Fund. Money donated covers the cost of the breakfast and helps provide training and personal development opportunities for 4-H members today so they can be strong leaders tomorrow.

Follow the Fairfield County Extension Facebook Page

Please be aware that our existing Ohio State – Fairfield County 4-H Facebook Page has been unpublished by Facebook administrators. We are working toward getting the page reactivated rather than recreating the page moving forward.

However we are able to post 4-H updates on the Fairfield County Extension Facebook Page in the meantime. Upcoming countywide activities and events are posted on there now! Find the page here: https://www.facebook.com/FairfieldCountyExtension!

Please keep an eye on weekly 4-H blog posts (https://u.osu.edu/fairfield4h/) and our county 4-H website (fairfield.osu.edu) for important information and updates.  Sorry for the inconvenience – we are not sure what happened, but are working to get it fixed!


HealthU Registration is Open!


Are you a 4-H’er interested in health? Do you see yourself potentially working in health one day? Nutritionist? Therapist? Nurse? Athletic Trainer? Geneticist?


What: Health University (HealthU) is a weekend camp in October focused on Healthy Living for 7th through 12th graders in Ohio 4-H. Join us at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp for a weekend as we explore four of the 10 Dimensions of Wellness and explore health-related careers. We will be exploring the following four tracks of wellness:

  • Physical wellness allows a person to engage in activities of daily living without experiencing undue fatigue or exhaustion. The physical dimension of wellness is supported through health behaviors, which include exercise, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake, not smoking, and getting adequate sleep each night.
  • Emotional wellness involves recognizing, accepting, and expressing feelings. Adequate rest is required for wellness in this dimension. If an individual’s mental function is hindered by stress and lack of sleep, they may struggle with accurately assessing a situation which then triggers negative emotional responses and disrupts emotional wellness.
  • Social wellness requires the ability to trust and respect other people and leads to the creation of supportive partnerships and friendships. Being socially well allows one to develop and maintain intimacy, and to have empathy and respect for others.
  • Creative wellness allows a person to appreciate and/or participate in a diverse range of arts or cultural experiences, and to value and cherish the surrounding world. Freely expressing thoughts and emotions through dance, song, drawing, painting, or writing are some of the ways to engage in creative wellness.


Who: Any current 4-H’ers in grades 7 thru 12.

When: Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29, 2023

Where: Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, 1362 Caves Rd, Jackson, OH 45640

Cost: $50 per youth (check or card)

Deadline: Register by 11:59pm on Sunday, October 8, 2023


Contact: Justin Bower, bower.183@osu.edu, with questions.

Lancaster Greenhouse Fundraiser – This Saturday & Sunday

Come support the Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee by shopping at the Lancaster Greenhouse and Nursery, September 16th & 17th! Hours for this sale are Saturday, September 16 from 9am-4pm and Sunday, Sept 17 from 11am-4pm.

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!

Dine to Donate: Little Caesars – Sept 8 – Oct 1, 2023


The Fairfield County 4-H Junior Leaders will be hosting a monthly dine to donate fundraiser to raise funds for their club. September’s dine to donate will be a Little Caesars fundraiser for the whole month of September! Read the details below to learn more and support the Fairfield County 4-H Program. We will receive $6 for every item sold.
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, County 4-H Scholarship, and the Bottle Cap Bench Project!
Thank you for the support!


Our Fundraiser Starts Today! It’s pizza time! Starting today and for the next 4 weeks, we’re selling Little Caesars Pizza Kits and In-Store Meal Deals to raise money for the Fairfield County 4-H Junior Leaders Club. To reach our goal, we need everyone’s help. It’s easy to join the fun! To get started, follow this link or scan the QR code with your phone to order pizza kits and meal deals! Pizza Kits will be delivered directly to your buyers via FedEx, so send your link to family & friends across the country, too. Hot News! Little Caesars Fundraising now offers In-Store Meal Deals. Buyers can purchase promo codes that can be redeemed for hot pizza at their local Little Caesars. Post your unique link on your social media pages to reach even more people. Every item we sell earns $6 profit and makes an impact. Don’t forget to buy your own! If you need technical help with the fundraiser, contact our support team at Little Caesars Fundraising at M-F 8:30am-6:00pm ET at 888-4LC-KITS.

If you have any questions about our fundraiser, contact the Fairfield County Extension Office at 740-653-5419.

4-Hers Helping Neighbors Fight Hunger – Food Drive Contest in September

4-H’ers Helping Neighbors Fight Hunger – 2023 Food Drive Rules

  • Join Fairfield County 2-1-1 & H3: Hunger Coalition during September for Hunger Action Month to help fight hunger in our communities!
  • Thank you to Farm Credit Mid-America for sponsoring the prize money for our club contest!
  • Each week items will be donated to food pantries, meal sites, and shelters across Fairfield County
    • Fairfield County 4-H Junior Leaders are working with Fairfield 2-1-1 to identify recipients in every region of our county to reach as many as possible
  • Timeline:
    • Starts Tuesday, Sept 5 at 7:30am
    • Ends Friday, Sept 29 at 4pm
  • Items must be dropped off at the Fairfield County Extension Office (831 College Ave, Lancaster) by Friday, Sept 29th at 4pm.
    • Items can also be dropped off when pre-scheduled county 4-H meetings are taking place at the Extension Office (example: Endowment Board, Junior Leaders, Show Committee Meeting, etc)
  • There are a few ‘off site’ collection times when items can be dropped off
    • Sept 9th from 9am-3pm – Ed Sands Building (During Skillathon)
    • Sept 24th from 11am-4pm – Ed Sands Building (During Skillathon)
  • Members will tell county staff the club name or label their items at drop off in order to receive credit
  • Clubs will be competing by total weight of items and item count in the club contest.
    • In order to receive the top prizes, a club must donate at least 100 pounds or 100 items
  • Awards:
    • $100 – Top Club with the most items by weight
    • $100 – Top Club with the most items by count
    • $50 – 6 Clubs with the most items by weight OR count
  • Items Most Needed:
    • Canned Fruit
    • Soup
    • Cereal
    • Canned Meats
    • Cooking Oil
    • Sugar, Flour, Spices
    • Hygiene Items
    • Paper Products
    • Cleaning Supplies

Dine to Donate: Chipotle – Aug. 7, 2023

The Fairfield County 4-H Junior Leaders will be hosting a monthly dine to donate fundraiser to raise funds for their club. August’s dine to donate will be a Chipotle fundraiser on Monday, August 7th from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at 1608 North Memorial Drive, Lancaster. 33% of the event sales will be donated to the 4-H program.
Supporters should show the official fundraiser flyer (shown above) in hard copy or on their phone. Supporters may also tell the cashier at checkout that they are there to support the 4-H fundraiser before they pay! If you don’t tell the cashier you are there for the fundraiser, the Junior Leaders will not get credit for the sale.
Remember do not hand out fundraiser flyers or solicit to customers in line at the restaurant, or in the parking lot at any time. All promotion/flyer distribution must be done ahead of time.
Gift cards purchased during fundraisers do not count towards total donated sales, but purchases made with an existing gift card will count.
Order online and pickup Chipotle for your fundraiser by using the Promo Code M4VRXTN on the Chipotle app or website. Please note that fundraiser online ordering is only valid through pickup during your fundraiser’s scheduled date, time, and assigned restaurant. Ordering delivery for fundraisers is not permitted at this time.
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, County 4-H Scholarship, and the Bottle Cap Bench Project!
Thank you for the support!

Tractor Supply Thank You Video

Looking for a 4-H promotional opportunity to include on 4-H award forms? Read on!

Thank you for all of your support of the bi-annual Paper Clover fundraising campaign at Tractor Supply. This spring, the campaign reached a major milestone – raising $20M for 4-H’ers since 2010. As a thank you to Tractor Supply for their longstanding partnership and commitment to 4-H’ers across the country, we’d like to hear directly from YOU, the youth and adult mentors involved in 4-H.

We are asking you to submit a brief video to say thank you to the Tractor Supply associates and share a testimonial about how the funds raised through Tractor Supply create opportunities for young people. Videos can feature an individual, or a group thank you. We will be compiling the clips into one video to share with Tractor Supply associates ahead of the Fall 2023 Paper Clover campaign.

Video Testimonial Instructions

Sample Script:

  • Introduce yourself – Name and where you are located.
  • Thank you, Tractor Supply, for your support of 4-H and the Paper Clover Campaign!
  • We use funds raised through Paper Clover to XXXXXX.

The video should be brief, about 15-30 seconds in length. The main message should be the thank you. And please, be yourself and try to have fun with it! (Try to use a conversational tone vs. reading from a script.)

Filming Tips:

  • No fancy equipment needed. You can film using your phone.
  • Keep the phone horizontal while filming. Ideally, use a tripod or rest the phone on a steady surface.
  • Make sure you are in a quiet place – limit the background noise as much as possible.
  • Try to set the phone up so that it’s approximately at eye-level with you. Ideally, your face and shoulders will fill most of the frame without too much blank space around you.
  • Try to make sure you have enough light on your face to be seen clearly. Try to avoid having lights or bright windows behind you as you film—this will create a silhouette effect in the video.

Deadline: August 18, 2023

How to Share your Video:  Please email all completed videos to creininger@fourhcouncil.edu

Bottle Cap Project – FINAL RESULTS

Congratulations to the top 3 clubs in the Bottle Cap Project Club Contest:

1st Place: Champions

2nd Place: Thurston Future Farmers

3rd Place: Sewing Shefs

As a reminder the top 3 clubs will receive a ‘cash’ prize for winning. Aubry will be reaching out to advisors on the week of 7/31 on how they would like to receive their prize.

Thank you to those clubs who have been collecting caps for the Fairfield County Junior Leaders Bottle Cap Project! We were able to collect 3,088 lbs of plastic bottle caps!!

We are excited to be able to offer outdoor furniture for sale to our community, and work with sponsors for new items at Alley Park.

Curious how how much your club collected? Check out how many pounds your club turned in below:

Bottle Cap Weigh In
Club Name Total
Champions 759
Thurston Future Farmers 433
Sewing Shefs 406
Lithopolis Livestock 346
Camelids Unlimited 231
Banner Chasing Bunch 229
Carroll Country 4-Hers 102
Kountry Kidz 100
Amanda Work & Win 76
Rough Riders 64
Wild About Animals 58
Clearcreek Showmen 48
Baltimore Blue Ribbons 31
Shooting Stars 25
Cloverleaf Livestock 24
Superior Showmen 34
Extension Office 13
Pygmies Plus 13
4 Legged Friends 11
Falcon 4-Hers 11
Green Extreme 8
Fairfield Cavy & Rabbits 6
Junior Leaders 3

Club Help Needed: Decorate a Garland

The Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee needs a few more clubs to decorate a Holiday Garland for the 4-H Craft & Vendor Show on July 29th. Club Members or Advisors can pick up a garland from Gail Ellinger at Punky’s Tack & Feed Store (5800 Westfall Road, Lancaster). Decorated garlands will be donated back to the Advisory Committee for the Silent Auction that will take place on July 29th from 9am-3pm at the 4-H Craft & Vendor Show.  All funds raised from these garlands will directly benefit the 4-H Program as the advisory committee pays for award banquets, trips, scholarships and more! Thank you to the clubs who have claimed and decorated a garland already.


There are 4 garlands left, so please call Gail (740-808-2523) or stop by the shop to claim yours today!

This garland is one that Special Projects 4-H Club decorated for the Silent Auction