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.

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.

Summerfest Awards Program

Our annual Summerfest Awards Program will be held Saturday August 25, 2018 at the Liberty Center, 951 Liberty Drive Lancaster OH.ย  Members who completed their summer projects and received a 1st-3rd place, Honorable Mention or Outstanding were mailed invitations to the event (with a mistake on the postcard) oops.ย  The event starts at 7 pm.ย  We look forward to seeing you help us celebrate the great work done with summer projects.ย  This event is open to the public.