Summer Judging Award Results and Photos are POSTED!

We are so proud of all of the hard work each of our 4-H members (and their families…and their advisors!) have put into the last few months as you have worked through your 4-H project work and completed summer project judging last week!

Please know that we hope that each 4-H member is able to learn and grow from their 4-H project judging experiences – an opportunity to be asked questions and respond, an opportunity to open up and talk to an adult that they do not know, an opportunity to be brave! As 4-H staff, we truly have the best seat in the house on judging days watching the kids and their projects come through the door and we are so proud!

Did you miss summer judging? No problem…call our office (740-653-5419) to schedule an appointment for late judging which will take place on Tuesday, July 27th at the Ag Center/Extension Office. Members participating in late judging are no eligible for awards for state fair consideration.

The results from 2021 Summer Judging have been posted on our website. Click here to check them out! On the webpage, please select each day to view Summer Judging results. Eligible youth will be contacted when State Fair packets are available. Please note: State Fair Delegates are selected at the discretion of the judge(s). Not everyone will qualify for State Fair Selection.

Save the date for our Summer Judging Awards Program: Summerfest! Scheduled for Saturday, August 21st from 7-9 pm, Ed Sands Building, Fairgrounds. Invitations will be sent to the Award Winners soon!

Additionally, we tried to get photos of most youth while participating in judging this week. All photos have been posted in our Facebook Photo Album: Click here to access.

How do I get ready for summer judging?

  1. Complete your project book and activities as outlined in your the Project Guidelines for your particular project.
  2. Practice reviewing your project with an adult. Have them ask you questions about what you did and learned from your project.
  3. Schedule an project judging appointment by July 8th for each project that you are completing this summer by clicking this link.
  4. What day is my project judging? Review your project information in the 4-H Member Handbook.
    • Can’t make it on your assigned day? No problem! Although you won’t be eligible for county awards/state fair consideration, you can sign-up for late/make-up summer judging on July 27th at the Ag Center/Extension Office by calling 740-653-5419 to make an appointment.
    • That still doesn’t work for you? No problem! Although you won’t be eligible for county awards/state fair consideration, you can talk to your 4-H advisor to work with you to review your project for completion for the year.


Interview judging is a discussion between the judge and 4-H member regarding the member’s project, the member’s learning experience and development and plans for the future. It is a one-on-one discussion. Members do not have to participate in interview judging to complete a project, but it is an excellent way to build skills in interviewing and provides an opportunity to compete for county awards and state fair participation. Listed below are a few statements or questions often used in making the interview meaningful to the 4-H member. These types of statements help a judge find out about the member’s knowledge, accomplishments, interests, and challenges with the project.

a. What projects have you taken in 4-H?
b. Why did you select this project this year?
c. What did you hope to learn from the project?

a. Knowledge of project – subject matter – use of project terms.
b. What went well with the project? What did you do? What did you accomplish?
c. What problems did you encounter?
d. What assistance did you have? – 4-H Advisor, Junior Leader, Parents, Friends or Relatives.
e. Questions related to 4-H project book content.

a. What more would you like to learn in this project area?
b. What project will you take next year?
c. What are your other interests?

a. What 4-H activities have you participated in within your club or county?
b. Leadership experience in local club
c. Overall knowledge of 4-H
d. Plans for future – schooling, career, etc.
e. What was the biggest thing 4-H taught you this year?

This is an interview, so 4-Hers will want to keep in mind:
a. Wear nice clothes (dress pants/slacks, skirts, nice blouses, tops, etc.)
b. Grooming is essential. (hair, nails, etc. should be presentable)
c. Shake the judge’s hand
d. Be polite; use please and thank you
e. Do not have gum or other food in their mouth!

Attention 4-H Beekeepers!

The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees is once again sponsoring  the 2021 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition.  The essay competition is open to active 4-H Club members only.

2021 Essay Topic: Immunity: Threats to Bee Colonies and Methods to Defend Against the Threats

Deadline for submission to the Ohio 4-H state office is March 29, 2021.  Submit essays to Lisa Jinks, by midnight.  Each submitted essay will be reviewed by a panel of writing professionals and the top essay selected will be submitted for national competition.  The top 3 essays selected for the national level will earn CASH prizes! Be sure to see important requirements and guidelines on the Foundation’s website.  Click here for rules and overview.

Interested in Bees? Beginner Beekeeping Class offered in 2021

𝐅𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐞𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
2nd Annual One-day Beginner Beekeeping Class 2021

Learn all the fundamentals of basic, backyard beekeeping from local experienced beekeepers.

Feb. 20, 2021

Feb. 27, 2021

March 13, 2021

  • Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM EST
  • Venue: Fifth Avenue Church of Christ, 115 5th Ave. Lancaster, OH 43130

We are planning small, socially-distanced, in-person classes (limited seating) as well as virtual classes via ZOOM. Quarantine mandates may be different by February and March: changes may be necessary at the last minute. If changes to our offerings or your choice (in-person or virtual) need to be made, refunds are easy to do, we will stay in touch via email, and we will work it out!

In-person class:  $85, $65 for 2nd family member, sharing a book. Includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks, 1-yr. membership to FCBA and Ohio State beekeepers Assoc., mentoring, and hands-on experiences.
Virtual Class: $65, includes all the above except meals.
For  questions? Email:

To Register:

Fairfield County 4-H you are invited to attend with parent approval. For more information, contact Jeannie Saum, 614-975-6139.

Please note, that this is not a 4-H sponsored event. 

Summer Judging Results from Day 3 (Wednesday, July 15th): Engineering & Environmental Science

We are so proud of the hard work 4-H members have put into their projects this year! Congrats to all!

Here are the results of our members who participated in judging on Day 3 (Wednesday, July 15th). For a complete list of results, click here.

Summer Judging – Please Schedule an Interview Time by 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 10th!

Greetings 4-Hers!

Thank you to those who recently responded to last week’s survey regarding project completion options. We have taken survey responses into consideration, along with OSU’s guidance on primarily using virtual options for events due to the potential continued spread of COVID-19. In that light, we will be conducting project judging interviews using the online video conference format called Zoom. This will allow for a live, interactive interview with a judge and 4-Her. For those 4-Hers that do not have access to adequate technology to support a Zoom interview, we will offer a few limited slots for an in-person interview. Please read details below before choosing your judging appointment.

All SUMMER project judging will be conducted the week of July 13th. Projects will be judged on these originally scheduled days:

  • Monday, July 13: Food, Home Dec, Genealogy, Laundry, Health, Child Care
  • Tuesday, July 14: Demonstration, Communication, Creative Arts
  • Wednesday, July 15: Engineering and Environmental Science
  • Thursday, July 16: Clothing

Awards this year will be simplified with Outstandings and Honorable Mentions across projects. There is no state-level competition this year, so the primary focus of county judging will be the interview experience and an opportunity for the 4-Her to share what they have learned. Note: we will not be awarding special overall food or clothing awards this year.

Project displays: in order to offer flexibility, you may create a poster and have it near you for zoom judging, or a digital poster that you could ‘screen share’ and later print out to display at the fair. Note: food projects will NOT be required to complete a portfolio this year. Instead you could do a mini poster to display at the fair. The choice is yours.

Online (Zoom) Judging for all summer projects:

  • Extension staff will ‘host’ the meeting and send a link to the judge and 4-Her. Staff will remain online throughout the meeting as tech support, timekeeper and to provide a 2nd adult to avoid any one-on-one meetings with youth.
  • 4-Her and judge will utilize their own computer with a camera or device from their own homes.
  • This is a ‘live’ interactive interview and the judge can ask 4-Her questions.
  • Training will be provided on how to participate in a zoom interview.

In-person Judging for youth without access to internet or computer/phone:

  • Note: this option is reserved for members who cannot do a zoom interview because they do not have access to technology
  • Safety measures:
    • 4-Hers, judges and staff will be asked to wear masks. (provided if needed)
    • Plexiglass tabletop shields positioned between the judge and 4-Her
    • 6-foot distance between everyone
    • Surfaces will be sanitized after each 4-Her
  • Held at the Ed Sands building at the fairgrounds the week of July 13.
  • 4-Hers will wait in their car until it is time to be judged.

As a reminder, if you have a project that you do not plan to complete, please email Missy Koenig at with the project you wish to drop from your record. You also have the option of interviewing with your club advisor for project completion. Please contact your advisor to make arrangements.

We are excited to see all that you have completed and learned in your 4-H projects this summer. Please click on this link to schedule your SUMMER judging appointment by 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 10th: Summer Judging Scheduling Link Please note:  If you have multiple summer projects or multiple 4-H members, you will need to re-select the link to schedule additional projects, it is not member specific.

~Fairfield County 4-H Team

Please Respond: Member survey regarding 2020 4-H Projects

All 4-H members (excluding Cloverbuds) should have received an email from Stacy Hicks on Tuesday, June 16th that shares an overview of 4-H project completion. Families with multiple 4-H members should receive multiple emails personalized to each member. We are asking that all 4-H members reply to the survey so we can continue making plans for summer judging. We have decided to extend the deadline for response to this email to Sunday, June 21st.  Please refer to the email you received for a link to follow and complete the survey to help us plan for judging this year.  The survey will take less than 30 seconds to complete.  If you have any questions, please contact the office at 740-653-5419. If you did not see an email with this survey link, please let us know (and be sure to check your junk/spam folders in your email).

Thank you for your help!

2020 4-H Essay Contest: Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees

The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. – 2020 4-H Essay Contest –   Each state can only have one submission and it must be submitted by the State 4-H Office. The 2020 Essay Topic is Overwintering: Bee Survival through the Cold Season. This contest is open to active 4-H members only. Cash awards are available to the National Winners placing 1st through 3rd! Additionally, the three-prizing wining essays will be published in ABF Quarterly, the magazine of the American Beekeeping Federation.

Deadline for submission to the Ohio 4-H State Office is March 23, 2020. Submit essays to Lisa Jinks, by midnight 3/23/2020. Submissions will be reviewed and the top state essay selection will be forwarded to the Foundation for national competition. CLICK HERE FOR RULES/OVERVIEW.

Sponsors Needed: 2019 Junior Fair Awards

Award sponsors should have received their invoices to make payment toward sponsoring 2019 Junior Fair Awards. Please send payment in as soon as possible. If questions, contact Marguerite Grimm at 740-654-8749 or by email at

The following awards are currently not sponsored for 2019 as of July 9, 2019. Please contact Marguerite Grimm (contact information listed above) to be sure the award is still available. Thank you in advance!


  • Supreme Junior Champion Dairy Female – Trophy: $19.00
  • Reserve Grand Champion Jersey Female – Trophy: $17.00
  • Grand Champion All Other Breeds – Trophy: $18.00
  • Junior Champion Heifer All Other Breeds – Trophy: $18.00
  • 2nd Place Dairy Breed Showman of Showman – Trophy: $17.00
  • 3rd Place Dairy Feeder Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award: $50.00
  • 4th Place Dairy Feeder Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award: $25.00


  • 3rd-5th Place Market Hog Each Weight Class – 7 Rosettes: $28.00


  • Hunter Under Saddle/Horse (Age 8-11) – Trophy: $16.00
  • 2nd-6th Place Hunter Under Saddle (Age 8-11): 5 Rosettes – $20.00
  • Hunter Under Saddle/Horse (Age 12-14) – Trophy: $16.00
  • Hunter Under Saddle/Horse (Age 15 & Over) – Trophy: $16.00


  • 1st Place Senior Pygmy Showmanship (15-18) – Trophy: $18.00
  • 3rd-5th Place Sr. Pygmy Showmanship (15-18) – 3 Rosettes: $12.00
  • 3rd-5th Place Inter. Pygmy Showmanship (13-14) – 3 Rosettes: $12.00
  • 2nd Place Junior Pygmy Showmanship (11-12) – Trophy: $17.00
  • 3rd-5th Place Jr. Pygmy Showmanship (11-12) – 3 Rosettes: $12.00
  • 3rd-5th Place Pygmy Showmanship (9-10) – 3 Rosettes: $12.00
  • 1st Place Pygmy Showman of Showman – Trophy: $18.00
  • 1st-5th Place Pygmy Goat Project Book Competition – 5 Rosettes: $20.00


  • 1st-3rd Place American Class Hen – 3 Rosettes: $12.00
  • 2nd-10th Place Breed Turkey – Rosette: $4.00
  • Reserve Champion Market Duck – Trophy: $17.00
  • 2nd-3rd Place Fancy Duck – 2 Rosettes: $8.00
  • 1st Place Premier Poultry Exhibitor – Cash Award: $50.00


  • 2nd Place Premier Rabbit Exhibitor – Rabbit Hole Carrier: $50.00


  • 1st-5th Place Vegetable or Fruit – 4 Rosettes: $16.00


  • 2nd-5th Place Senior You & Your Dog – 4 Rosettes: $16.00
  • 1st Place Beginner Novice A – Trophy: $16.00
  • 1st Place Dog Obedience( Novice A) – Trophy: $16.00
  • 2nd-5th Place Dog Obedience (Novice B) – 4 Rosettes: $16.00
  • Interm. Showmanship (A) Age 12-14 – Trophy: $16.00
  • 1st Place Dog Obedience (Grad. Novice B) – Trophy: $16.00
  • 1st Place Dog Obedience (Open A) – Trophy: $16.00
  • 2nd-5th Place Junior Showmanship (A) – 4 Rosettes: $16.00
  • 2nd-5th Place Intermediate Showmanship (A) – 4 Rosettes: $16.00
  • Junior Showmanship B (Ages 8-11) – Trophy: $16.00
  • Intermediate Showmanship B (Ages 12-14) – Trophy: $16.00
  • 2nd-3rd Place Dog Obedience Graduate Novice A – 2 Rosettes: $8.00


  • Champion Cat Overall – Trophy: $16.00
  • 1st-5th Place Cat 1 (Ages 8-11) – 5 Rosettes: $20.00
  • 1st-2nd Place Cat 2 – 2 Rosettes: $8.00
  • Champion Rodents – Trophy: $16.00
  • 1st-3rd Place Rodents (Ages 8-13) – 3 Rosettes: $12.00
  • 1st-2nd Place Rodents (Age 14-18) – 2 Rosettes: $8.00
  • 2nd Place Amphibians, Birds & Reptiles – Rosette: $4.00
  • 1st-2nd Place Cavy (Ages 8-11) – 2 Rosettes: $8.00
  • 1st-5th Place Pet Rabbit (Age 8-11) – 5 Rosettes: $20.00


  • 1st Place On Cutting Edge (Vet. Science) – Trophy: $16.00
  • Outstanding Veterinary Science – 2 Rosettes: $8.00
  • Outstanding School Projects (Enrichment) – 10 Rosettes: $40.00
  • 1st Place Self Determined Sr. (Other Projects) – Trophy: $16.00


  • 1st Place Exploring Ponds – Trophy: $16.00
  • 1st Place Ohio Birds – 1st Year – Trophy: $16.00
  • Outstanding Environmental Science – 2 Rosettes: $8.00
  • Outstanding Beekeeping – 2 Rosettes: $8.00


  • 1st Place Rockets Away (Estes Rockets) – Trophy: $16.00


  • 3rd Place Sports Nutrition: Ready Set Go – Rosette: $4.00
  • 1st Place Snack Attack – Rosette: $4.00
  • 3rd Place Star Spangled Foods – Rosette: $4.00
  • 2nd Place Global Gourmet – Rosette: $4.00
  • 2nd Place Party Planner – Rosette: $4.00
  • 1st Place Take A Break For Breakfast – Rosette: $4.00
  • 2nd Place Buttercream Frosted  (Cakes) – Rosette: $4.00


  • 2nd Place Sew for Fun – Rosette: $4.00
  • 2nd-3rd Place Tops for Tweens – 2 Rosettes: $8.00
  • 3rd Place Clothing for Middle School – Rosette: $4.00
  • 3rd Place Sew for Others – Rosette: $4.00
  • 3rd Place Clothes for High School & College – Rosette: $4.00
  • 3rd Place Accessories for Teens – Rosette: $4.00
  • 1st-2nd Place Loungewear – 2 Rosettes: $8.00
  • 2nd-3rd Place Dress-Up Outfit – Formal – 2 Rosettes: $8.00


  • 1st Place First Aid in Action – Junior – Rosette: $4.00
  • 1st Place Makeover My Space – Rosette: $4.00


  • 2nd-5th Place Small Animal Contest – 3 Rosettes: $12.00


  • Family & Consumer Science Honorable Mentions – 10 Rosettes: $40.00
  • 5 Year 4-H Member Pins – 50 Pins: $125.00
  • 12 Year Member Pins – 10 Pins: $25.00
  • 13 Year Member Pins – 5 Pins: $12.50
  • 14 Year Member Pins – 5 Pins: $12.50