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

4-H International & Other Summer Exchanges – CANCELLED for 2020

In partnership with our national non-profit partner, States’ 4-H International, the Ohio 4-H Program has made the difficult decision to cancel all 2020 International Inbound hosting and Outbound travel programs this summer. This determination is a result of months of communication and collaboration among program partners. The decision aligns with the travel guidance provided by the CDC and State Department, yet most importantly, it fully prioritizes the health and safety of our delegates, host families, and chaperones. This includes the LABO exchange with Japan.

In addition to our international exchange program with State’ 4-H International, no other international or domestic 4-H trips or exchanges will take place this summer (between now and the end of August). This includes any county or club-level exchange trips with other states.

International Host Families Needed

Hello Potential Fairfield County Host Families: Now is the time to submit applications to host international youth in the summer of 2020!

2020 Hosting Information!

  • 50 Families will be selected to host Japanese youth and adults (July 23 – August 17).
  • You must have a child in your family aged 10-16 to host a youth. No children are required to host an adult.
  • Applications Due ASAP – Until all exchangees are placed. Japanese youth and adults are typically placed by March or April.
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance after references, home visit & background checks are completed.

Japanese Youth and Adults

*** Ohio host siblings for Japanese youth should be ages 10-16. *** Ohio host siblings will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender & approximate age. *** Applications accepted until all youth are placed, usually in late April.

2020 Host Family Application 

Please complete the application by following the instructions on page 1. This application can only be completed using a desktop or laptop computer. (No tablets, phones, etc.) You will be instructed to save the application form to your desktop or laptop with a NEW name BEFORE entering information to it – otherwise, your information will be lost. You will need the names, email addresses and phone numbers for your 3 references in order to submit the form. You will also need 1-2 family photos, although they can be submitted separately or at a later time. Questions?

2020 SAMPLE Host Family Application – Click above to see a finished application! 


Additional information can be found on the State 4-H Website at:

Attention High School Youth: Inspired by global agriculture? Get involved in the Ohio Youth Institute!

High school age youth are invited to part of the Ohio Youth Institute, hosted by OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Participants research and write a short paper on a global challenge facing a country, then come to the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on April 20, 2020. Students from throughout Ohio meet with OSU experts, speakers and participate in hands-on experiences focused on global food concerns. OYI Scholars may be eligible for USDA summer internships and international opportunities. Visit the OYI website for details.

4-H International Exchange Program – Update from the George Family!

The George Family had a wonderful time with Rise.Rise is a Japanese youth they hosted through the 4-H International Exchange Program this summer!

According to the George Family, “Rise is absolutely wonderful. We have done a fishing derby, hiked Old Man’s Cave, went to the pool, painted, done origami, made friendship bracelets, had fun at Magic Mountain and so much more! We also took her to her first drive in movie.” They were able to spend some time in the Cleveland area as well as Gatlinburg, TN. The George Family also introduced Rise to their family members and and friends. One neat thing Rise got to experience is that she witnessed Vice President Pence and his motorcade park right next to us in Canal Winchester.

Thank you so much to the George Family for allowing Rise the opportunity to be a part of their 4-H Family this summer!

If you’d like to know more about the 4-H International Exchange Program (to host or to experience 4-H abroad), please contact Leslie or Aubry at the Extension Office!



4-H Youth Cultural Immersion Project in Puerto Rico!

The best way to understand a different culture is to immerse yourself in it. Apply to be part of the Cultural Immersion project experience in Puerto Rico.  You will build multicultural skills and understanding, as well as an increased ability to communicate in the increasingly diverse society that we live in.  You will experience both the Old San Juan urban area as well as life in the remote mountain town of Castañer.  We will also be working with 4-H youth from Puerto Rico in joint service projects around the island.

Teens ages 15-18 are eligible for this 7-day service-learning experience.  The cost of the experience is $400 plus airfare (est. $650).  Limited scholarship funds are also available.

Who: Teens ages 15-18 (by the date of the trip)

Where: Puerto Rico (both Old San Juan and mountain village of Castañer)

When: November 26 – December 3, 2019

Application Deadline: August 15th, 2019

Cost: $400 plus airfare – (Approximately $650) – (Includes most meals, program fees, overnight lodging and transportation).

NOTE: All applicants will have an additional interview before trip final selections.  Final Selections will be made on August 25th

To apply for this unique teen opportunity, click here for a link to the application: 2019 Cross Cultural Immersion Application – Puerto Rico and contact Leslie Cooksey if you have further questions!

Ohio 4-H Looking for Host Families for Japanese Youth

Bring the World Home through Ohio 4-H!

Looking for some new fun and educational excitement this summer? How about hosting a boy or girl from Japan in your home for 3½ weeks? (July 24 – Aug. 18) The Ohio 4-H International Program is offering hosting opportunities to 75 families around the state, and Japanese youth on the other side of the world are anxiously waiting to learn who their new family might be! Host families should have their own child aged 10-15 who will serve as the main host sibling. Families will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender and approximate age. Special trips and activities are not required. The focus is on everyday family life. Host families provide lodging, meals, and any family activities. Medical insurance is provided. Youth bring money for personal spending (gifts, souvenirs, etc.) For more information, please visit Ohio 4-H International or contact Mary Lynn Thalheimer at or 614-247-8162.

Youth Opportunity: 4-H Global AgriCULTURE Camp

Experience life in another culture at a global village. Investigate hunger and poverty throughout the world. Volunteer locally to make a difference globally.

The $350 fee includes all supplies and overnight accommodations in OSU north campus student dorms and at the Heifer Global Village in Howell, Michigan. All meals, snacks and insurance are also included. Camp begins at 9 a.m. on June 10 and concludes approximately 5 p.m. on June 14, 2019. Open to all youth entering grades 8, 9 and 10 in fall 2019. Limited to 25 campers. Questions? Contact Dustin Homan at 614-247-8305, or Sally McClaskey at 614-247-8141, Sponsored in part by the Ohio 4-H Foundation.

Registration opens March 1st, 2019 at

Global Agriculture Camp Flyer 2019

Teen Opportunities – REMINDER!

Do you want to be a camp counselor? Junior Fair Board Member? Junior Leader? Outstanding 4-Her?  Scholarship or Award Trip 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.  4-H has special opportunities for teens only where YOU can play a part!

4-H members ages 14 and up as of January 1st should have received an email with details on the many exciting opportunities that await you as a teenager in the Fairfield County 4-H Program. 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 call the office if you need more information or would like some help with the necessary forms.

Be sure to complete a response form with items checked that you are interested in, and return the response sheet to the office by December 1, 2018. The response form can be found here. Any additional paperwork required for the items you are interested in will be sent back to you (remember that it is best to send your response sheet in ASAP so that you can have as much time as possible to complete any additional paperwork).

Application forms for those opportunities who require a separate form or application will be available at on December 1st.