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!

Please Remember to THANK YOUR SPONSORS!

We need to make sure our sponsors receive thanks and appreciation for supporting Fairfield County’s youth. This would include receiving the Bertha Wilson Camp Scholarship, receiving awards for summer judging, as well as receiving awards at the Fairfield County Junior Fair.

Please make sure if you are receiving awards (or have received awards already this year), to write a thank you note to your sponsor for these awards. Several people took lots of time making sure there was an address label for your particular sponsor on the back of rosettes/ribbons and attached to trophies.

Please note that we often lose sponsors because they do not receive a note of appreciation and thanks from our youth members receiving the awards that they have sponsored. If a member is not sure of their sponsor for an award received at summer judging or the fair, please contact the Extension Office and we will help you get the information you need.

We also strongly encourage youth to share information about their project, award(s) received, and perhaps a picture! Sponsors really enjoy reading this information.

2020 Summer Judging Awards will be packaged for advisor pickup with their end of the year club packets. Details on this process will be shared after fair.

Facebook Lives for Junior Fair Updates: Recordings for the week of September 28th

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 September 28th.

September 28th update includes:

  • Updated specie/judgings at the fair: http:/go.osu/edu/2020fairinfo
  • Review 2019 Junior Fair Rules
  • Beef Rules and Parking Map have been updated
  • Wristbands and backtag pickup for Advisors
  • Backtags are laminated – thanks to Fitzpatrick Enterprises!
  • Buyer packets are in the mail
  • New buyers – contact OSU Extension
  • Thank you for completing 4-H and FFA record books!

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September 29th update includes:

  • Appointment scheduling for Cakes/Pies/Candies and Companion Animals
  • Take Home Forms for Market Livestock
  • Partial Terminal Sale
  • Only Overall Grand/Reserve Champions animals will go through the ring

September 30th update includes:

  • Sorting Rosettes & Trophies…and writing Thank You Notes!
  • Show Committees meet September 30th

October 1st update includes:

  • Wristband and Backtag pickup for Advisors
  • Showmanship Sign-ups
  • Review 2020 Junior Fair Updates by Specie

October 2nd update includes:

  • Take Home Form: go.osu.edu/2020takehome
  • No Paylean Form: go.osu.edu/nopayleanform
  • Online DUNF Forms: go.osu.edu/fairfieldunf

State 4-H Achievement Form Workshop

This fall, the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council will again be hosting two different Achievement Form Workshops for 4-H members statewide!

  • October 7, 2020 (7:00-9:00 p.m. on Zoom): An informational session will be held, providing a basic overview of the Achievement Form, giving introductory tips for completion, and sharing about potential opportunities available to members who complete and submit their forms.
  • November 14, 2020 (5:30-7:30 p.m. on Zoom): A more in-depth session will be offered for those who have completed or made significant progress on their form; small group coaching will be available for members to receive personalized feedback.

 More information can also be found at go.osu.edu/TLC.

Sponsors Needed for Junior Fair Awards (Updated list as of 9/18/2020)

Award sponsors should have received their invoices to make payment toward sponsoring 2020 Junior Fair Awards. Please send payment in as soon as possible. If questions, contact Ashleigh Traster at 740-503-4980 or by email at ashleigh.trasterffw3@gmail.com. Please note, Ashleigh is the new Junior Fair Awards Coordinator!

The following awards are currently not sponsored for 2020 as of September 18, 2020. Please contact Ashleigh (contact information listed above) to be sure the award is still available. Thank you in advance!

Book 20 – Clothing

  • 1st – 2nd Place Clothing for Middle School – 2 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 1st Place Clothes for High School – 1 Rosette at $4.50
  • 1st Place Creative Costumes – 1 Rosette at $4.50
  • 2nd Place Dress Up Outfit – 1 Rosette at $4.50

Special 4-H Club Awards

  • 5 Year Member Pins – 47 pins at $2.00 each (sponsors are welcome to choose any number of these pins to donate)

Teen Tip: How to Address an Envelope…. actually, isn’t this a tip for all youth?!

Teen Tip video “How to Address an Envelope”, is provided by Carroll County FCS Educator Bridget Britton.  Sometimes the art of simple things are lost on a paperless society, but are we truly paperless?  The skill of properly addressing an envelope is still an important skill for everyone to have.  Watch this week’s video to learn how to properly address an envelope.  Feel free to share this video with others.

Fair Update for Cloverbud Members

In order to keep all Cloverbuds and their families safe, we have decided to make all activities virtual. The Fairfield County Senior Fair Board is trying to limit the number of people who attend the Junior Fair and are on the grounds, so we are creating virtual opportunities to celebrate our Cloverbud members.

Please provide the following updates to your members:

  • We are inviting Cloverbud Members to participate in the Fairfield County Skillathons. These are virtual this year and are just for completion for our traditional members. This is a great opportunity for Cloverbud members to test their knowledge about different animal species that show in Fairfield County. Cloverbud Members who participate will receive a certificate of completion. Links to all skillathons can be found here. The Skillathons are online September 1-21 and must be completed by 8 pm on September 21st.
  • Stuffed Animal Show & Show-N-Tell will be virtual this year. Details will be coming out soon on how members can participate in this activity. Members who participate in either of these events will receive a ribbon and their videos will be shared during Fair Week.
  • Cloverbud Graduation will be virtual this year as well. Eligible members will receive an email invitation to participate in the graduation. Keep an eye on your family email in the next few weeks for more details. Members who participate in graduation will receive a graduation ‘gift’ bag and certificate.
  • Take & Make It Bags and Thank You Notes:
    • If you have Cloverbud members who will be at the fair with siblings or families there will be Take & Make It Activity bags available for them to pick up thanks to the Junior Fair Board. These bags will have simple crafts for Cloverbud members to work on during shows to keep them busy. There will be activities from commodity groups for them to enjoy as well. Keep an eye out for registration details so that the JFB can plan for enough supplies
    • The Thank You Note Station will be available during the fair again this year and there will be Cloverbud Specific bags with postcards for members who want to write thank you notes to their advisors, award sponsors, etc.
  • There will be no peewee shows taking place at the 2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair.

As a reminder, all of these activities are optional, but we would love for your members to participate. Cloverbud members will receive recognition for participating in some form whether that is a certificate, ribbon, video played during fair week, or a photo featured on Fairfield County’s 4-H social media channels.

If you have any questions, please contact Aubry Fowler (fowler.443@osu.edu). We appreciate all your hard work and dedication to the Fairfield County 4-H Cloverbud Program, we truly could not do all of this without you!

Sponsors Needed for Junior Fair Awards (Updated list as of 8/28/2020)

Award sponsors should have received their invoices to make payment toward sponsoring 2020 Junior Fair Awards. Please send payment in as soon as possible. If questions, contact Ashleigh Traster at 740-503-4980 or by email at ashleigh.trasterffw3@gmail.com. Please note, Ashleigh is the new Junior Fair Awards Coordinator!

The following awards are currently not sponsored for 2020 as of August 28, 2020. Please contact Ashleigh (contact information listed above) to be sure the award is still available. Thank you in advance!

Book 1 – Dairy

  • 2nd-6th Place Jr. Dairy Market Feeder Showman – 5 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 2nd-6th Place Beginner Dairy Feeder Showman – 5 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 4th-5th Place Dairy Showman of Showmen Contest – 2 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • Junior Champion Guernsey Heifer – 1 Trophy at $18.50
  • Reserve Junior Champion Guernsey Heifer – 1 Rosette at $4.50
  • Dairy Breeding 1st Place, each class – 9 Rosettes at $4.50 each

Book 4 – Sheep

  • 1st Place Sheep Premier Exhibitor – 1 Award at $100.00

Book 6 – Dairy Goats

  • 1st -5th Place Senior Yearling – 5 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • Reserve Champion Milker – 1 Trophy at $17.50
  • Division II 2nd Place Dairy Goat Showman (ages 12-14) – 1 Trophy at $17.50
  • 1st-5th Place 5 Year Old and Over Dairy Goat – 3 Rosettes at $4.50 each

Book 11 – Rabbits

  • 3rd-10th Place Pen of 2 Home Grown Fryers – 6 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 1st-3rd Place Each Breed Class, Does & Bucks – 14 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 1st-5th Place Premier Rabbit Exhibitor – 1 ARBA Book at $22.00

Book 12 – 4-H/FFA Crops

  • 1st Place Vegetable or Fruit – 1 Rosette at $4.50

Book 13 – FFA Agriculture Engineering/Production

  • 1st Place Woodworking Small (FFA Engineering) – 1 Rosette at $4.50

Book 14 – Dogs

  • 2nd-5th Place Junior, You & Your Dog – 4 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 2nd-5th Place Intermediate, You & Your Dog – 4 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 2nd-5th Place Beginner Novice (B) – 4 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 2nd-5th Place Pre-Novice – 4 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 2nd-3rd Place Dog Obedience Graduate (Novice B) – 2 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 1st Place Dog Obedience (Open B) – 1 Trophy at $17.50
  • Junior Showmanship (A) (ages 8-11) – 1 Trophy at $17.50
  • 2nd-3rd Place Senior Showmanship (B) (ages 15-18) – 2 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • Senior Showmanship (B) (ages 15-18) – 1 Trophy at $17.50

Book 19 – Nutrition

  • 1st Place Everyday Food & Fitness – 1 Rosette at $4.50
  • 3rd Place Everyday Food & Fitness – 1 Rosette at $4.50
  • Overall Best Intermediate Cake – $15.00 Award

Book 20 – Clothing

  • 2nd Place Creative Costumes – 1 Rosette at $4.50
  • 1st Place Look Great for Less – 1 Rosette at $4.50

Special 4-H Club Awards

  • 5 Year Member Pins – 10 pins at $2.00 each
  • 11 Year Member Pins – 5 pins at $2.00 each

Lamb & Wool Queen Applications: Due 9/21/2020

The 2020 Fairfield County Lamb and Wool Queen Contest entry form can be found at http://www.fairfieldcountyfair.org/forms.  Forms are due to the contest coordinator by September 21, 2020.

Please note that all other specie applications as well as Junior Fair Queen applications are now posted online. Click here for more info.