Community Service Opportunity: Pet Heaven Cemetery in Reynoldsburg/Etna

Read on if your 4-H Club is looking for a community service opportunity!

From Joe Downs, Cemetery Director at Pet Heaven Cemetery:

A brief explanation of who we are; Pet Heaven was purchased by The Basement Doctor in 2018, and is now one of their many sister companies. In the years prior to the purchase of the cemetery, it has been pretty neglected and overgrown. Since purchasing the cemetery in 2018, the employees at The Basement Doctor have been volunteering their time to mow, meet with families, dig graves, and even set monuments. Finally this year, they realized the cemetery has too much business to keep running on volunteer capacity, so they hired me. I am a former dog groomer and humane agent, as well as a current funeral director and crematory operator. I am now THE only person responsible for everything related to the cemetery.

Over the past few months I have contracted with casket suppliers, monument artists, and a lawncare team.

My final big task before re-opening the cemetery and accepting new burials; is landscaping!

Pet Heaven dates back to the 1950’s, and is home to hundreds of companions final resting places. Being that we have headstones from the 50’s and up, many families don’t make it out to care for the graves anymore, and I really want the grounds to be clean and welcoming before reopening.

Some of the biggest tasks I have include:

  • Washing off headstones with soap and water
  • Pulling weeds around headstones – we do not use a weed-eater around the headstones because the string contains metal reinforcement, and can damage the stone ☹
  • Leveling stones – Many of the headstones have settled into the ground over the years and shifted. Since our headstones are sized for pets, they are fairly small and lightweight. Most of the stones just need to be re-centered on their slabs, so the rows are in nice straight lines.
  • Gardening and landscaping – I have been reaching out to local nurseries and garden centers for donations of mulch and stone. Right now, the cemetery is just lawn and trees. I want to have a nice eye-catching entrance with bright flowers and dark mulch. We also have a large empty area in the center of the cemetery where I would like to add a “Pick-your-own flower garden” – growing a variety of flowers and greenery, offering a unique experience for visitors to pick their own arrangement of flowers to place on their loved ones grave.

I am reaching out to see if your 4H community would be interested in helping us complete any of these tasks. We are eager to open our doors again and start accepting burials for at-need families!

Everything necessary will be provided for our volunteers; gloves, sunscreen, glasses, brushes and cleaners etc…

I will also be installing a community board with local veterinary office info, coupons for pet supplies etc, and would be more than happy to add a big banner thanking the Ohio 4-H volunteers for making our cemetery beautiful!

***Pet Heaven as well as all of our sister companies have been completely covid free during the entire pandemic. While our employees are getting vaccinated, we are still enforcing a strict mask policy in our offices, vehicles, and common areas. Outdoor activities are mask optional as long as a 6-foot distance is still enforced, or members are from the same household.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this email, and I look forward to hearing back from you! 😊

JOE DOWNS 

CEMETERY DIRECTOR

PET HEAVEN CEMETERY

ADDRESS: 13701 NATIONAL RD. SW, ETNA OH, 43068

SITESwww.PetHeavenOhio.com / Facebook/PetHeavenCemetery

PHONE: 740.927.3582

JDowns@PetHeavenOhio.com ~

PBS Animal Health – 2021 4-H/FFA Discount Program

Please see the link to the form below to participate in a 5% discount on all items purchased for exhibitor livestock projects at PBS Animal Health. There will be a gift certificate shared to a winning club/participant at the end of the year!

For information, contact Chris Johnson at PBS Animal Health in Circleville 740-474-7394 or cjohnson@pbsanimalhealth.com.

Link to form: PBS Discount Program

2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair Companion Animal Show Results

Fairfield County Junior Fair Exhibitors were invited to participate in interview judging for their Companion Animal Project during Fair Week. Here are the results of the 2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair Companion Animal 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!

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.

Missing the Junior Fair Livestock Contests at the 2020 County Fair? Find all the details to watch the shows online here!

All of the details regarding the live streaming of the Fairfield County Junior Fair Livestock shows is here. There will be 2 live streams: One from the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Show Arena and one from the Feeder Creek Show Arena. Please note: all shows in the Round Dairy Barn and the Horse arena will be recorded in their entirety and be ready for viewing following the completion of the live stream in the Feeder Creek Show Arena. Thumb drives will be available for purchase for each of the daily show activities. Contact the Senior Fair Board office to pre-order at 740-653-3041.

2020 Junior Fair Updates (by specie) as of 9/23/2020 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 9/23/2020 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

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.

2020 4-H//FFA Project Book Review – PLEASE READ!

4-H members are required to complete a project or record book each year for each of the projects in which they are enrolled. In past years, advisors reviewed project books for livestock, horse, gardening/crop projects at the club level – unless members pursued the Premier Exhibitor Contest, where they turned in their project book at the fair to compete in the Project Book Contest.

Likewise, FFA members are required to complete project records for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects through AET. If FFA members chose to participate in Premier Exhibitor in the past, they also turned in a printed version of their project records from AET to be reviewed in the Project Book Contest.

In 2020, Skillathons returned to the Fairfield County Junior Fair and the Project Book Contest and Premier Exhibitor Test have been discontinued for the Premier Exhibitor Contests. Originally, our plan was to have project books reviewed as a station of in-person Skillathons. The books would have been quickly reviewed in person by a judge who also would have interviewed the exhibitors on what they have learned from their 4-H/FFA project(s). Due to COVID-19 and moving Skillathons virtually, this in-person book review could not take place and an alternative plan was established.

Our alternative plan to review project books this year will be a county level review. 4-H Project/Record Books will be reviewed by 4-H Staff at the Extension Office while FFA Record Books will be reviewed by each FFA Advisor in their respective chapters.

What do exhibitors need to do?

  • Each member will need to turn in a project book for each project you plan to bring to the fair. This includes: All Beef (breeding, market, feeders, dairy beef feeders), Hogs, Sheep (breeding, market), Goats (meat does, market wethers, dairy, pygmy), Poultry, Rabbits (breeding, market – NOT Pet Rabbits), Horses, Dairy (breeding), and Llamas/Alpacas.
  • Records should be completed through September 18th. We understand there are portions of your book(s) that cannot be finished until after fair (i.e. profit/loss statements). We also know that you could not do everything you normally could have done this year with regard to citizenship, leadership, and project activities – but please update these sections of your book(s) the best you can for what you were able to do this year. Complete as much of your book as possible through September 18th.
  • For project completion requirements for each species, please review the 4-H Project Guidelines for Fair Projects.
  • If more work does need to be completed in project books (i.e. a book is turned in with numerous pages not filled out), you should expect to get a phone call asking you to pick-up your book and work on it more in order for it to be complete and be eligible to show at the fair.
  • Remember: Exhibition at the fair is an option beyond completion of 4-H and FFA projects. It is a privilege, not a right. You must be a member in good standing with your 4-H Club/FFA Chapter in order to show at the fair. One of the requirements for both organizations is completed project/record books.
  • Families can choose to drop off books on their own but should communicate that with their club advisor(s).

What do 4-H advisors need to do?

  • Sign the front covers of the 4-H Project Books!
  • Help with book collection and drop off at the Extension Office.
  • Books can be dropped in a box/tote provided by the club at the front door of the Extension Office. Or, you may place books in tote that we will place outside the Extension Office. No appointments are needed for book drop-off only.
  • Families can choose to drop off books on their own but should communicate that with you.

Drop-off schedule:

  • Monday, September 21st from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 22nd from 9:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 23rd from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 24th from 9:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.
  • Friday, September 25th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

How will 4-H Staff/FFA Advisors review books?

  • We will not be using a rubric.
  • We will be looking for current, up to date records for this year.
  • We expect the book to be completed for the projects that are taken.
  • We expect the front cover of the book to be completed and legible.
  • We expect members to complete their own project/record books.
  • A quick project/record book review will take place prior to fair. If more work needs to be done in a 4-H project/record book prior to fair (i.e. a book is turned in with numerous pages not filled out), we will contact the exhibitor to pickup their book(s) and to work on it more in order for it to be complete and be eligible to show at the fair.
  • We will keep books until after fair to allow for a more thorough review books and so we can provide feedback on how 4-H members can learn and make their books better. This is meant to be a learning process this year, much like learning how the Skillathons were going to be for the first time this year. Books will be returned in December when 4-H Advisors pick-up Livestock Sale Checks on behalf of the club.

Details on 4-H Project Books:

The newer 4-H livestock record books are designed to include records for all projects taken in that specie. Add additional pages if needed if you are keeping separate records (i.e. pygmy vs. dairy goats). If you are taking more than one project in a specie, you should fill out all information applicable for those projects in your 4-H record book (market, breeding, feeders, etc). Those projects that share ONE 4-H record book are as follows:

  • ONE (135) Project/Record Book should be turned in for all 4-H Goat Projects:
    • (135BD) Dairy Goats
    • (135BM) Breeding Meat Goats
    • (135M) Market Goats
    • (135PY) Pygmy Goats
  • ONE (117) Beef Project/ Record Book should be turned in for all 4-H Beef Projects:
    • (117B) Beef Breeding
    • (117DF) Dairy Beef Feeder
    • (117M) Market Beef
    • (117BF) Beef Feeder
  • ONE (150) Poultry Project and Record Book should be turned in for all 4-H Poultry Projects:
    • (150CE) Chicken, Exhibition
    • (150CM) Chicken, Market
    • (150CEP) Chicken, Egg Production: Hens and Pullets
    • (150DE) Duck, Exhibition
    • (150DM Duck, Market
    • (150GE) Goose, Exhibition
    • (150TE) Turkey, Exhibition
    • (150TM) Turkey, Market
    • (150H) Helmeted Guinea Fowl
  • ONE (190R) Equine Record Book for the following Horse Projects:
    • (174) Beginning Horse Management*
      • *First year members taking (174) Beginning Horse Management can turn in this book with completed records for their first year and do not need to turn in the (190R) Equine Record Book. For second year and up, members taking (174) Beginning Horse Management should turn in the (190R) Equine Record Book.
    • (175) Light Horse Selection
    • (177) Horse Training: How to Talk to Your Horse
    • (180) Learning to Jump
    • (181) Draft Horse
    • (182) Small Equine
    • (184) Standardbred Horses
    • (185) Equine Reproduction and Genetics
    • (188) Trail Riding
    • (189) Dressage
    • (762) Horse Nutrition

The 4-H livestock record books that have not been updated by Ohio 4-H in recent years have separate books for breeding and market. 4-H members taking both market and breeding should be completing a book for each project.

  • SEPARATE Record/Project Books should be turned in for (199) Sheep Breeding and (198) Market Lambs.
  • SEPARATE Record/Project Books should be turned in for (225) Breeding Rabbits and (226) Market Rabbits.
  • SEPARATE Record Books should be turned in for (122 ) Dairy Heifers and (126) Dairy Cows.

Additional books that should be completed for the following projects:

  • Market Hogs: (139) Market Hog Project and Record Book
  • Llama/Alpaca: (132) Llama and Alpaca Project and Record Book
  • Pigeons: (365.22) Self Determined Idea Starter: Pigeons

Book Drop-Off Exceptions:

  • You and Your Dog exhibitors will keep books and bring with them to Dog Judging at the fair on Sunday, October 11th.
  • Companion Animal (including 227 Pet Rabbit) exhibitors will keep books and bring with them to Companion Animal Judging at the fair on Sunday, October 11th.
  • 4-H Gardening/Crop Project exhibitors will keep books and bring with them when they drop off their fair display on Saturday, October 10th between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the 4-H Display Barn.
  • Cakes/Pies/Candies exhibitors will keep books and bring with them to Cakes/Pies/Candies Judging at the fair on Monday, October 12th.

Additional questions can be addressed to Leslie Cooksey, 4-H Extension Educator, by email at cooksey.25@osu.edu. Additionally, feel free to listen to this recording of an interview with Connie Smith featured on 88.9 The Farm Page on Saturday, September 12th where 4-H and FFA project/record books are discussed: https://u.osu.edu/thenews/files/2020/09/LeslieBooks.2020.mp3

 For a printable version of this information, click here: 2020 Project Book Information

Junior Fair Schedule Update as of 8/28/2020 – PLEASE READ!

There have been many hours and planning put in to discuss Junior Fair options for the 2020 Fairfield County Fair. There is no doubt that the 2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair will be different – but we are doing everything to plan a fair for our 4-H and FFA members to showcase their projects they have been working hard on. These decisions are difficult and sometimes ever changing. We understand there is a lot to keep up with and we appreciate your patience and flexibility. Please note that multiple meetings have taken place by various groups of volunteers, FFA Advisors, 4-H Educators, Junior Fair Directors, Senior Fair Board members, and Superintendents. They have done so with the kids in mind every step of the way. More details will be forthcoming as it relates to health and safety expectations, how each specie will run their show with safety precautions, animal release details for each specie, camping, and admission. The 2020 Junior Fair will not be open to the public. Plans are in the works to provide a live broadcast for most shows/judgings during fair week.

The main ideas on the following schedule are as follows:

  • We wanted to keep the same days and times for judging as best we could.
  • Buyer feedback confirmed that an in-person sale will continue as planned on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. and Friday at 10:00 a.m.
  • There are changes to animal arrival/weigh-ins/dismissal and many of the details are still being confirmed.
  • We also need to limit the number people on the grounds – which is why some weigh-ins have been moved, some species have decided to trailer in/trailer out, and early release times.

All of these decisions are for 2020 only. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Junior Fair Director, Chuck Miller, (keywest100@att.net) or 4-H Educator, Leslie Cooksey, (cooksey.25@osu.edu).

As approved by the Fairfield County Senior Fair Board as of 8/25/2020:

Fairfield County Junior Fair Program 2020

Friday August 28th

4 p.m. All Junior Fair Entries are due in the Senior Fair Office

Tuesday September 1st

8 a.m. Junior Fair Virtual Skillathons open on-line for all Junior Fair Exhibitors (information will be sent by email and posted on the 4-H Blog). Click here for more information.

Friday September 4th

All Junior Fair Livestock Exhibitors must have completed Quality Assurance.

Friday September 11th

4 p.m. Junior Fair Queen, Commodity Representatives, and Friend of the Junior Fair Award Applications are due at the OSU Extension Office.

Sunday September 20th

In-person Skillathon (by appointment) for those needing internet access. Click here for more information.

Monday September 21st

8 a.m. Project books completed through September 18th may start to be turned into the OSU Extension Office by way of the 4-H/FFA Advisor. (Last day to turn in is Friday, September 25th 4 p.m.).

6 p.m. Lamb & Wool Queen Applications due to Trish Preston: e-mail Trish at raridanpreston1@gmail.com

8 p.m. Must have completed the Virtual Skillathon.

Tuesday September 22nd

6 p.m. Queen Finalist Interviews, Location TBA

Friday September 25th

4 p.m. Project Books completed through September 18th must be turned into the OSU Extension Office – Advisors must have all members books turned in by 4 p.m.

6 p.m. All beef exhibitors must contact Chris Turner, Beef Superintendent, to inform him if you are stalling in the barn or tying out your beef project at the fair. Email Chris at turnerc@libertyunion.org

Sunday September 27th

1 p.m. Barrow MQP Show – Feeder Creek Vet Arena.

Wednesday September 30th

7 p.m. Show Committee Meeting – Zoom or Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building, Location TBD

Sunday October 4th

12:30 p.m. Sheep MQP – Feeder Creek Vet Arena

Saturday October 10th

8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Swine Weigh-In & Check-In – Swine Barn

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breeding Rabbit Check-In – # 50 Building – DO NOT BRING YOUR BREEDING ANIMAL, but you must check in with Rabbit Committee to verify your classes for Thursday’s Show.

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Market Rabbit Weigh In & Tagging – # 50 Building – You may bring up to two pairs (1 fryer pair, 1 roaster pair). Market rabbits will be placed in cages after weigh-in and stay at the fair.

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Market Beef & Feeder Weigh-In – Beef Barn

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Beef Heifer & Feeder Weigh-In & Check-In.

4 p.m. All 4-H/FFA Shop and Crop Exhibits must be in place in the 4-H Display Barn.

Sunday October 11th

8 a.m. Dog Show Registration and Show – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena

TBD – Junior Fair Livestock Judging Contest

10 a.m. Companion Animal Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

10 a.m. Market Sheep arrival and to be penned in the AAA Building

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Market Sheep Weigh-In & tag checking – AAA Building

12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Market Chicken & Market Duck Weigh-In # 19 Poultry Building – Market Animals will be housed at Poultry Barn until show on Monday.

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Breeding Poultry Projects & Turkey Projects – Check-In and verify your classes with the Poultry Committee – # 19 Poultry Building. (DO NOT BRING YOUR BREEDING ANIMALS UNTIL POULTRY SHOW ON MONDAY).

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Pygmy Goat Check-In – Round Cattle

3 p.m. Swine Showmanship – Feeder Creek Vet Arena

4 to 5 p.m. Dairy Feeder Weigh-In – Round Cattle Barn

6 p.m. Junior Fair Queen Contest (By Invitation only)

Monday October 12th

8 a.m. Opening Ceremony & Queen Announcement and attendants – Ricketts Hall (by Invitation Only)

8 a.m. Poultry Turkey and Breeding Animals should arrive for Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

8:30 a.m. Market Swine Show – Feeder Creek Vet Arena

9 a.m. Poultry Show (Turkey & Showmanship) – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

11 a.m. Pygmy Goat Show – Round Cattle Barn

12:30 p.m. Poultry Show (Market & Breeding) Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

3 p.m. Cakes, Pies, and Candies Judging – 4-H Display (1:30 to 3 p.m. for Zoom, if requested)

4 p.m. Market Goat Weigh – In AAA Building

Tuesday October 13th

7:30 a.m. Dairy Goat Check-In – AAA- Building (animals will be trucked in and trucked out)

8:30 a.m. Dairy Feeder Show – Round Cattle Barn

9 a.m. Dairy Goat Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

10 a.m. Beef Show, Breeding, Feeders, Steers – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena

12 p.m. Meat Doe and Market Wether Goat Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

Wednesday October 14th

8:30 a.m. Horse Show Competition (Classes 1 through 33) – Horse Show Outdoor Arena

8:30 a.m. Sheep Show (Showmanship – starting with Seniors, Breeding, Under/Over Market Class, Lunch Break, Market) – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena

8:30 a.m. Market Rabbit Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

10 a.m. Dairy Cattle Breeding Show and Showmanship – Round Cattle Barn

12:30 p.m. Rabbit Showmanship – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building (No animals required)

Thursday October 15th

9 a.m. Horse Show (Classes 34 through 64) – Outdoor Horse Arena

TBD Super Showmanship

10 a.m. Alpaca Show – Round Cattle Barn (Truck in day of show)

10 a.m. Breeding Rabbits should arrive at the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building (Must be checked in on Saturday October 10th with Rabbit Committee to show.

12 p.m. Rabbit Breeding Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

5 p.m. Junior Fair Livestock Auction Session 1 – (Market Beef, Dairy Products, Dairy Feeder, Swine) Feeder Creek Vet Arena

Friday October 16th

9 a.m. Junior Fair Livestock Champions on Display #50 Building

9 a.m. Rain Date for Horse Show – Outdoor Horse Arena

10:00 a.m. Junior Fair Livestock Auction Session 2 – (Market Lambs, Market Rabbits, Market Poultry, Dairy Goat Products, Market Goats) – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena

 

*** Animals will be released following your show (both market & breeding) except for Champion and Reserve Champion Market Beef/Market Goats/Market Sheep/Market Swine. The exact time you can remove your animals will be determined by Junior Fair Director and Superintendents of your show and will be announced.

The Fairfield County Fair Board has set a 10 p.m. curfew for the grounds each day as requested by the Governor at 10 p.m. No exhibitors or parents should be in the buildings so cleaning can be taking place.

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