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.ย 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.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN INTERVIEW JUDGING?

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.ย 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.

I. PAST EXPERIENCES & PROJECT SELECTION
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?

II. 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.

III. PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
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?

IV. PERSONAL INFORMATION & KNOWLEDGE OF 4-H
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?

V. ADDITIONAL TIPS TO PREPARE FOR JUDGING:
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 judgeโ€™s hand
d. Be polite; use please and thank you
e. Do not have gum or other food in their mouth!

Interested in Bees? Beginner Beekeeping Class offered in 2021

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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: ย $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 ย questions? Email: fcbabeeschool@gmail.com

To Register: https://tinyurl.com/FCBARegister

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.ย 

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.

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.ย  Please refer to the email you received for a link to follow and complete the survey to help us plan for judging this year.ย  The survey will take less than 30 seconds to complete.ย  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. โ€“ 2020 4-H Essay Contest – ย ย 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, jinks.2@osu.edu 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.

It’s time to sign up for Summer Judging!

Summer judging will be held the week of July 8-11th.ย  Please see your member handbook pages 9 & 10 for the specific projects being judged each day.ย  The sign up is now ready for you to use! Registration will close on July 3rd!

You will register for judging through 4-H online. Go to https://oh.4honline.com to log into your account using the same email and password you used to register for 4-H this year.ย  If you don’t know which email you used, contact your club advisor or the extension office (740-652-7260).

Once you are logged into your account, you should be on the page with ‘Announcements and Newsletters’ as well as an arrow that says ‘go to family’. Directly above the “Announcements and Newsletters” you will find the My Meetings section in small blue font. Select My Meetings. If you are not on this page, please select the house symbol on the top right of your profile to get to the page.

This will show your available meetings.ย  There should be the 4 days of judging listed.ย  Choose the correct project area and go to the far right to the blue ‘Sign Up‘.

Use the drop down box to select the correct family member and then the topic (which we have as project number).ย  Once you have selected the project number, the times will populate.ย  Use the drop down box to select the time you would like for judging. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday judging times are in 15 minute increments.ย  Thursday Clothing judging is in 20 minute increments. There are projects being judged by more that one judge, so please check the second (or third) judge as well to see if they have a time available that fits your schedule better.

If you have problems getting your judging scheduled, please contact Missy at 740-652-7264 or koenig.398@osu.edu.

Please call 740-652-7260 to sign up for late judging on July 23rd if you can’t make it to Summer Judging.

Exhibitor Premiums

If you completed a project during summer judging and have the project exhibited at the fair, you are eligible to receive the premium award based on the grade you received.ย  Stop by the little red building east of the Junior Fair Office (on top of the hill) and pick up your premium.ย  For those of you that are showing this week at the fair, you can get your premium the day AFTER your show.ย  The ladies working in the premium office need your grade before they can give you your premium, and we need until the following morning to get them copies.

Please Remember to THANK YOUR SPONSORS!

We need to make sure our sponsors receive thanks and appreciation for supporting Fairfield Countyโ€™s youth. This would include applying for the Bertha Wilson Scholarship, receiving awards at Summerfest, 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 Summerfest 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.