4-H Teen Opportunities, Award Forms, and Recognition (youth ages 13-18 as of 1/1/2023)

Attention Teens! Do you want to be a camp counselor? Junior Fair Board Member? Junior Leader? Outstanding 4-Her? Scholarship or Trip Award winner? Do you find yourself asking “How do I get to do that?” We suspect that as you have gotten older you have started to look for new and exciting things where you can be involved. Read on… 4-H has special opportunities for teens only where YOU can play a part!

There are many exciting opportunities that await you as a teenager in the Fairfield County 4-H Program. Soon, 4-H members who will be ages 13-18 as of 1/1/2023 will receive a survey link emailed to them. This survey is an invitation for you to let us know what you are interested in learning more about. Read all about these opportunities, mark which ones you are interested in and we will follow up with making sure you have the correct forms, applications, and information to proceed to the next steps!

The opportunities in awards, trips, scholarships and more available to teens in the 4-H program are incredible. Don’t miss out on learning more and getting involved! Most of these opportunities are open to 4-H members ages 14 and up as of January 1st. There are also a few opportunities for youth ages 13 as of January 1st. Some of these activities require completion of special forms while others just involve asking for more information. Regardless of what you are interested in, be sure to give us a call if you need more information or would like some help with the necessary forms.

If members and parents would like a little extra assistance in preparing their records, feel free to call or email Leslie (740-277-4625) at cooksey.25@osu.edu or Aubry (740-277-4626) at fowler.443@osu.edu.

We encourage you all to broaden your 4-H experience and try something new. We think you’ll find many new friends and much more fun ahead!

Additionally, we invite youth who will be ages 13-18 as of 1/1/2023 to attend the Achievement Form Workshop on Thursday, December 8th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Extension Office / Ag Center.

Cloverbud Day at the Fair (October 9th)

Cloverbud Members – Save the Date for Cloverbud Day at the Fair!

Fair is just around the corner so be sure to put these Cloverbud Fair Events on your calendar. As a reminder, all of these activities are optional but members will receive a ribbon or gift for participation.

Cloverbud Day at the Fair: Sunday, Oct 9, 2022, 1:00 p.m. in the Round Cattle Barn

  • Stuffed Animal Show
    • Encourage your members to bring their favorite stuffed animal. Each child will get to enter the ring, share a fun fact about their animal, and have a mini experience of what it’s like to show at the fair.
    • All participants will receive a ribbon.
  • Show-N-Tell
    • This is an opportunity for club members to talk about their year in 4-H. Members are encouraged to bring a project or item from the 4-H year to show and talk about.
    • All participants will receive a ribbon.
    • This show will take place immediately following the Stuffed Animal Show.
    • If you’re interested in attending Show-N-Tell, advisors please email me with number of members participating.
  • Cloverbud Graduation
    • We will be recognizing Cloverbud members who are ‘graduating’ from the Cloverbud program and will be traditional 4-H members in 2023.
    • Members should have received an invitation email and survey to fill out if this applies to them.  If you feel we have missed someone, please let us know.
    • Graduation will follow immediately after Show-N-Tell!

If you have any questions, please contact Aubry at Fowler.443@osu.edu or 740-277-4626. We look forward to seeing you at the Fairfield County Fair!

Bottle Cap Project – FINAL RESULTS

Congratulations to the top 3 clubs in the Bottle Cap Project Club Contest:

1st Place: Champions

2nd Place: Thurston Future Farmers

3rd Place: Sewing Shefs

Champions 4-H Club will receive a bench sponsored by the Junior Leaders and a personalized plaque for their bench. Thank you to those clubs who have been collecting caps for the Fairfield County Junior Leaders Bottle Cap Project! We were able to collect 2,391 lbs of plastic bottle caps!! 10 new benches will be purchased and placed on the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.

Curious how how much your club collected? Check out how many pounds your club turned in below:

Bottle Cap Weigh In Final Results
Club Name TOTAL:
General Donation 653
Champions 502
Thurston Future Farmers 396
Sewing Shefs 287
Kountry Kidz 117
Lithopolis Livestock 110
Amanda Work & Win 62
AC Extreme 60
Baltimore Blue Ribbons 52
Carroll Country 36
Awesome Animals 23
Green Extreme 23
Rough Riders 11
Wild About Animals 11
Pygmies Plus 7
Bloomin’ Clovers 6
Fairfield Cavy & Rabbit 5
Shooting Stars 5
Fairfield Fowl Friends 2
Just Kiddin’ 1

Fairfield Co. Junior Fair Rabbit Clinic: August 14th

The Fairfield County Junior Fair Rabbit Committee will be hosting a rabbit clinic on Sunday, August 14th from 2:45 to 5:15 p.m. It will be at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in the #50 Building which is next door to the Rabbit Barn. The agenda for the clinic will be as follows:

  • 3:00 pm   Welcome
  • Guest Speaker: Glenn Carr, Rabbit Judge
  • Guest Speaker: Jennifer McMorrow, Vet from Lancaster Vet clinic
  • Clarification on Junior Fair Rules

From 4:00 to 5:15 pm exhibitors may practice Skillathon on breeds, parts, and other areas to help for September’s Rabbit Skillathon.

If you need help with verifying your breed or sex of you rabbit, we can help on the day of the clinic (if so, please bring your rabbit(s) with you).

A rabbit supply company will be onsite if you need to purchase anything for your bunny needs.

FINAL Bottle Cap Weigh-In: Sunday, July 24th

The final weigh-in for bottlecaps this year is Sunday, July 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the #4 Beef Barn at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. Please bring all clean plastic bottle caps in a trash bag and/or box! If you have questions, please contact Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu)

Reminder on the rules:

  • Work within your club to collect clean plastic bottle caps and lids.
  • Collect only caps that are approved – they must be ALL plastic and clean (no food residue please)
  • Store them during our “off” time in bags – inside a box – they will get heavy
  • Bring them to the Extension Office for the Club Weigh-In 
  • Fundraise to purchase a bench for your club Contact Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu) for more details (optional)
  • The club who collects the most caps by weight will receive a bench sponsored by the Junior Leaders and a personalized plaque for their bench.

Caps you should be collecting vs unaccepted caps:


Save the Date for 4-H Summerfest: Summer Project Awards Ceremony is August 13th

Our annual Summerfest Awards Program will be held Saturday August 13, 2022 at Ohio University-Lancaster. Members who completed their summer projects and received a 1st-3rd place, Honorable Mention or Outstanding will be mailed postcard invitations to the event soon. The event will begin at 7 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you help us celebrate the great work done with summer projects. This event is open to the public.

Summer Judging Results and Photos

Congrats to all 4-Hers, parents, and advisors! Summer Judging week has been wonderful as we get to see all of the hard work come together in our project interviews. Results for summer projects will be posted at this link and all results will be posted by the of the day on Friday, July 16th: go.osu.edu/fcsummerjudgingresults

State Fair packets will be ready starting on TUESDAY, July 19th during regular office hours.
All county award winners should save the date of August 13th at 7:00 p.m. for Summerfest!

Additionally, photos from summer judging have been posted on our Ohio State – Fairfield County 4-H Facebook Page. Direct links are as follows:

Junior Fair Poultry Work Day RESCHEDULED for AUGUST 13th – Help is needed!

The Poultry Work Day previously scheduled for July 23rd has been RESCHEDULED due to the conflict with the Lancaster Fair Festival Day. The work day will now take place on Saturday, August 13th.
We will be having a workday at the fairgrounds to build and paint stanchions for the new cages, and need several exhibitors and/or parents to help. Hopefully we will have enough folks to do some power washing and painting on the old stanchions as well. We’ll start at 9 and run to about 3. If you can help for all or part, it will be greatly appreciated. Lunch will be provided. Please contact John Hablitzel or respond to the Facebook event if you are able to help so we have an accurate count for planning purposes.