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.


Ohio Military Kids – attend camp at Kelleys Island!


AGES: Teen: 12 – 15 years old, Youth: 9 to 11 years old

DATE: Teen: August 1 to 5, 2022, Youth: August 7 to 11, 2022

COST: $75 per youth

LOCATION: 4-H Camp on Kelleys Island

REGISTER: https://go.osu.edu/OMKEvents

Teens and youth will have  a 5 day and 4 night adventure on Kelleys Island. They will be taught to be resilient while making lifelong friends. Activities include sailing, swimming, rafting, kayaking, volleyball, soccer, archery, lined dances, crafts, campfire, and more! Questions contact Justin Bower at bower.183@osu.edu.

*This event is open to youth of military service members or retired/separated service members within one year of their separation from service.*

2022 Ohio 4-H’s Got Talent Show – Registration due July 17

As many other state and national events return this year, so does the Ohio 4-H’s Got Talent Show!

Don’t know what this is? That’s ok, here is quick explanation. In 2018 we had our first state-level talent show and competition at the Ohio State Fair. It was well received and continued in 2019. It was put on pause during 2020 and 2021 but has returned for 2022. We take 12 acts (individual or group) from across the state and have them compete in four categories (vocal, instrumental, dance, and miscellaneous). We place 1st thru 3rd in each category and choose a winner overall. Please encourage your 4-H’ers to participate. It’s a great time!

When: Saturday, August 6th, 2022 at 6:00pm

Where: Lausche Youth Center, at the Ohio State Fair

Who: Current Approved 4-H’ers in Good Standing

Categories: Vocal, Instrumental, Dance, & Miscellaneous

Registration Link: https://go.osu.edu/OH4HTalent

Registration Deadline: Sunday, July 17, 2022 by 11:59 pm

*The first 12 acts that apply and are confirmed with their county will participate


The rules and more detailed information are located at  https://go.osu.edu/OH4HTalent.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Justin Bower at bower.183@osu.edu.

Ohio State Fair Skillathons – Open to **ALL** 4-H and FFA Youth!

Did you know any 4-H/FFA youth can participate in the State Fair Skillathon? Skillathons are events for youth to show what they know about a species and to be recognized for their knowledge and skills. All Skillathons are open to any Ohio 4-H member, age 8 and in the 3rd grade, or 9 years old and older regardless of grade level, to age 18 as of January 1, 2022, and FFA members. Youth do not have to be an exhibitor at the Ohio State Fair to participate or be enrolled in an animal project. Want more information? Click here!

Dates for Ohio State Fair In-Person Skillathons are listed below. You do not need to register in advance…just show up!

  • Dog: Thursday, July 14, 9:00am – 2:00pm, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
  • Horse: Wednesday, July 20, 10:00am – 3:00pm, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
  • Dairy Cattle: Wednesday, July 27, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
  • Sheep: Wednesday, August 3, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Brown Sheep Building
  • Poultry: Wednesday, August 3, 4:00pm – 7:00 pm, Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion
  • Swine: Thursday, August 4, 8:00am – 1:00pm, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
  • Beef: Thursday, August 4. 2:00 – 6:00 pm, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
  • Rabbit: Friday, August 5, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion
  • Goat: Friday, August 5, 1:00 – 4:00pm, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)

By participating in an Ohio State Fair Skillathon, this will meet the Skillathon requirement for 4-H and FFA youth to exhibit at the 2022 Fairfield County Junior Fair. As a reminder, Skillathons will continue in 2022 as a required portion of project completion for livestock projects. Fairfield County Skillathons will be offered for all beef, dairy, goat, poultry, rabbit (except Pet Rabbits), sheep, swine, dog, horse, alpaca/llama projects. Skillathons may include (but are not limited to) animal anatomy/body parts, breeding and reproduction, feeds and nutrition, current events, diseases and animal health, equipment ID, feed ID, Quality Assurance, breeds, marketing, meats, and recordkeeping. Skillathons are required for those who wish to exhibit at the 2022 Fairfield County Junior Fair. Youth must complete at least one Skillathon. Youth can participate in more than one species if they intend to participate in the Premier Exhibitor for that respective species. For more information: Refer to Junior Fair Book. Fairfield County Skillathons will be held on September 10th and 25th at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.