Bottle Cap Project – Update!

Thank you to those clubs who have been collecting caps for the Fairfield County Junior Leaders Bottle Cap Project – We are well on our way to collecting 1,000 lbs of plastic bottle caps. We are currently at 553 pounds of bottle caps diverted from the landfill to be recycled into benches and tables!

Check out how many pounds your club has turned in below:

Bottle Cap Weigh In
Club Name TOTAL:
Sewing Shefs 209
Champions 185
Thurston Future Farmers 72
AC Extreme 41
Awesome Animals 19
Carroll Country 6
Fairfield Cavy & Rabbit 5
Rough Riders 5
Lithopolis Livestock 4
Pygmies Plus 4
Fairfield Fowl Friends 2
Just Kiddin’ 1

We will continue to collect bottle caps until Sunday, July 24, 2022!

We will have two more weigh in days (May 22 & July 24) at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds

If you are unable to attend the weigh in, please schedule a time to drop off your bottle caps at the Fairfield County Extension Office by calling 740-653-5419!

Bottle Cap Weigh In: May 7th and/or May 22nd

4-H Clubs do you have bottle caps to weigh in?

Please bring all clean plastic bottle caps in a trash bag and/or box to the May Weigh-Ins at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds!

Weigh Ins will take place in the #4 Beef Barn at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds on:

  • Saturday, May 7th, 9:00 – 11:00am
  • Sunday, May 22nd, 11:00am – 1:00pm

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:

4-H Cloverbud Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 2!

The Fairfield County Junior Leaders invite Cloverbuds and their family members under the age of 8 to attend the JAS’s Easter EggExtravaganza. This will be held on Saturday, April 2nd from 1:00pm-3:00pm (with the Egg Hunt happening at 2:00pm). This FREE event will be held at the Ag Center/Extension Office (831 College Ave, Lancaster). Join us for crafts, animals, games, and an egg hunt.  This event is being held in memory of Cloverbud Advisor, Jane Sharp.

Save the Date: April 2 – Cloverbud Easter Egg Hunt

The Fairfield County Junior Leaders invite Cloverbuds and their family members under the age of 8 to attend the JAS’s Easter EggExtravaganza. This will be held on Saturday, April 2nd from 1:00pm-3:00pm (with the Egg Hunt happening at 2:00pm). This FREE event will be held at the Ag Center/Extension Office (831 College Ave, Lancaster). Join us for crafts, animals, games, and an egg hunt.  This event is being held in memory of Cloverbud Advisor, Jane Sharp.

March 15th – Dine to Donate at Raising Cane’s

Grab lunch or dinner on Tuesday, March 15 from the Lancaster Raising Cane’s location and support the Fairfield County Jr. Leaders. This opportunity to support 4-H is from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. You must mention the fundraiser when placing your order and Cane’s will donate 15% of sales to the 4-H Jr. Leadership Club!

Bottle Cap Challenge: Battle of the 4-H Clubs!!

The Junior Leaders will be continuing with their Bottle Cap Project for 2022 and need your help collecting plastic caps to turn into benches. Work within your club to collect clean plastic bottle caps and lids. Store them during our “off” time in bags – inside a box as they can get heavy. The club who collects the most caps by weight will receive a personalized plaque for a bench. If your club would like to fundraise to purchase a bench for your club, contact Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu) for more details about this optional opportunity.

 

 

Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award – Nominations Open!

The Fairfield County Junior Leaders are honored to recognize two former 4-H’ers who have been selected as outstanding 4-H Alumni. This award annually recognizes one male and one female former 4-H member (any county or state) for their outstanding contribution(s) to the 4-H program as adult volunteers. In addition to their own individual plaques, the outstanding 4-H Alumni will also have their names added to our 4-H Alumni Award Plaque which is on display in the lobby of the Fairfield County Extension Office.

Please submit this form: Outstanding Alumni 2022 by Dec. 1st to nominate a former 4-H member for this award along with a short reason why he or she should be recognized.

Please nominate one man and one woman who are 4-H Alumni.  They can be from any state or county 4-H program. This award is not limited to just current advisors! This award annually recognizes one male and one female former 4-H member (any county or state) for their outstanding contribution(s) to the 4-H program as adult volunteers. Please submit a nomination form for a former 4-H member for this award and include a short description on why they should be recognized.

Stock the Trailer Canned Food Drive – RESULTS!

Fairfield County Fair Junior Leaders completed the weight of their Food Donations on 10/18/21 on the official Fairfield County Fair scales.   We collected 4,925 lbs of canned food and bottled water.  We had tremendous support from the community for this project including the Fairfield County Commissioners, the Fairfield County Antique Tractor Club, and the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association, just to name a few. Plus, numerous 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters donated in the Fairfield County Fair Challenge. The Fairfield County Senior Fairboard voted to give back the $500 participation fee in $100 increments to those clubs donating the most food, hoping to assist with end of the year recognitions. Donated items were donated to 8 different pantries across Fairfield County including: Foundation Dinners, Lancaster Vineyard Church Food Pantry, St. Vincent DePaul, Lutheran Social Services, Maywood Community Outreach, Lancaster Fairfield Community Action, Mills Memorial United Methodist Church Food Pantry and the Baltimore-Thurston Food Pantry.

Congratulations to Our Trop 5 Winning Groups: 

  1. Clearcreek Showmen 4-H Club
  2. Champions 4-H Club
  3. Junior Horse Exhibitors (to be used at their Spring Clinic)
  4. Amanda Work & Win 4-H Club
  5. Lithopolis Livestock 4-H Club

Aubry will be in touch with each winning club to make sure you receive your prize of $100 each for your end of the year celebrations.

 

Thank you to all these groups and fairgoers who donated to the canned food drive. The final results for each group can be found below:

Final Numbers:            Lbs. of Food Donated 

Clearcreek Showmen             497

Champions                               333

Jr Horse Exhibitors                155

Amanda Work & Win             125

Lithopolis Livestock               105

Sewing Shefs                            92

Blazin’ Buckeyes                      52

Fairfield Union FFA               52

AC Extreme                              49

Awesome Animals                   23

US Kids                                      19

Amanda Clearcreek FFA        11

Just Kiddin                                9

Fight the Hunger – Fill the Trailer at the 2021 Fairfield County Fair!

Dear 4-H Friends,

The Fairfield County Senior Fairboard is very excited to participate in the Farm Credit Mid-America “Fight the Hunger-Fill the Trailer”  canned food drive campaign beginning on Monday, October 11 after the Grand Opening of the 2021 Fairfield County Fair.  We are encouraging all Junior Fair Participants to join in this challenge to help those in our community who need assistance especially as we look to colder weather ahead.  We are partnering with the Fairfield County Junior Leaders in this effort and do appreciate their support in this HUGE undertaking during County Fair Week.

Each of the clubs, chapters or groups participating will be asked to bring your canned food donations to either the Ed Sands or the North Wing of the Dairy Barn by the Alpacas to our drop off sites.  Donations will be weighed daily and winning clubs will be kept an announced daily via the Fairfield County Fair Facebook page.  Our goal is 10,000 lbs of canned food!! We CAN DO THIS!!!

Since we know this upcoming week is a busy time for everyone, if you would like to drop off your donations at either the Ed Sands or Dairy Barn during Club Set Up on Friday, October 8 near the kitchen door/window  or Saturday, October 9 we will hold those donations for you until the official Contest beginning on Monday, October 11.   Please be sure you donations are clearly marked on the bag or box of donations, so your group can be credited for the donation.  Also, if you have friends or relatives coming to the fair to watch you exhibit your projects, please let them know they can participate too!!  We will have large drop box containers at every entrance gate to receive donations, just be sure your club name is attached to your families donation!!   The contest will end on Saturday, October 16 when we visit all the campers on the Fairgrounds with our Junior Leader helpers  to “clean the camper “  looking for canned food items!! Join the fun of this great community service project!!

The winning groups will receive a cash prize from the Fairfield County Senior Fairboard in the amount of $100.00 for your club, chapter or group.  There will be 5 winning prizes.  Please consider helping the Senior Fairboard with this worthwhile campaign.  Our goal is to win the $5,000 top prize in this contest and make the entry process easier for all of our Junior Fair groups!!    Also, please let us know if there is a particular food pantry or blessing box you wish for some of your donations to be directed to and let us know if you would like to be a part of the delivering your donation with the Fairfield County Junior Leaders after the Fair!