Officer Book Contest – Deadline is 10/31/2020

Are you a Treasurer or Secretary for your 4-H Club? Make sure to turn in your officer book to the Extension Office (831 College Ave, Suite D, Lancaster). Records should be completed through October 31st, 2020. Given the deadline falls on the weekend and our office is only open on limited days and times, please call 740-653-5419 to arrange a time for dropping off your book. Books must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5th.

Want more information? Check out your 4-H Member Handbook (p. 14) or ask your advisor!

Teen Tip Tuesday: Race and Racism – Huh?

Today’s Teen Tip Video, “Race and Racism – Huh?”, is provided by Marion County FCS Educator Whitney Gherman. The link to the video can be found here.  Learning about topics such as racism, oppression, and social identity requires stamina, courage, and skill. During this brief video a few terms and concepts will be introduced. Upon watching it you’ll have a better sense of the way race has been constructed and the ways to use your unique gifts and talents to interrupt, speak out, and stand against racism.

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Applications – Due 8/14/2020

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction.

Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member are now available online at: Please note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) must be received by Friday, August 14, 2020. The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021.

Summer Judging Results from Day 2 (Tuesday, July 14th): Demonstrations, Communications, Creative Arts

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 2 (Tuesday, July 14th). For a complete list of results, click here.

Fairfield County Youth Receive State 4-H Awards

The 2020 Ohio 4-H Achievement Awards were presented recently during a virtual recognition program. 4-H Achievement Awards are awarded annually to an outstanding individual in a particular project area for the state of Ohio. Local 4-H members were received the following awards. 

Kathryn Crow won the Companion Animal Achievement Award sponsored by the Nationwide Foundation. Kate, 16, is a seven-year 4-H member active in companion animal projects, in particular the dog and PetPALS programs. She feels that these programs have helped her see the value of assisting the community. She is the daughter of John and Lisa Crow from Baltimore in Fairfield County. Kate is currently a sophomore at Fisher Catholic High School. 

Kate Crow

Gabriella Schumacher received the Creative Arts Achievement Award sponsored by Ron and Carolyn Cull. Gabriella, 17, is a nine-year 4-H member and is active in cake decorating, sewing, cooking, rabbit and veterinary science projects. She is the daughter of Jack and Betsy Schumacher from Lancaster in Fairfield County. Gabriella is a home school junior and plans to become a veterinary technician. 

Gabriella Schumacher

Kaylee Sharp was recognized with the Dairy Achievement Award sponsored by STgenetics The Ohio Heifer Center. Kaylee, 17, is a 12-year 4-H member active in dairy cow, dairy beef feeder, market hog and cooking projects. Kaylee is the daughter of Scott and Joy Sharp from Stoutsville, Ohio in Fairfield County. She is currently a junior at Amanda-Clearcreek High School. Kaylee plans to go to college and pursue business and acting. 

Kaylee Sharp

Triston Hill won the Environmental Science Achievement Award sponsored by Derek and Angela Dusthimer. Triston Hill, 18, is a 12-year 4-H member in the areas of environmental sciences, engineering and gardening and horticulture. He has learned many things in these areas, some of which has led him to a certification and work placement. He is the son of Matthew and Angel Hill and lives in Amanda in Fairfield County. He attends Fairfield Career Center for Auto Technologies. 

Triston Hill

Caden Sweeney received the Mechanical and Engineering Science Achievement Award sponsored by the Packer Family. Caden Sweeney, 18, is a ten-year 4-H member in Fairfield County mainly active in engineering and livestock projects. Caden is the son of Jeff and Loretta Sweeney and is attending Canal Winchester High School as a senior. He plans to attend The Ohio State University in the fall. 

Caden Sweeney

Lexie Snider won the Personal Development Achievement Award sponsored by Jim and Marlene Helt. Lexie Snider, 18, is the daughter of Greg Snider and Emily Leist. She is a ten-year member of the Blue Ribbon Showmen 4-H club and she is active in large animal projects. She believes her 4-H experiences have helped her become wellrounded through hard-work, collaborating with others, leadership experiences and making new friends along the way. She is currently a senior at Amanda Clearcreek High School and plans to attend Ohio University to major in elementary education. 

Lexie Snider

Jordyn Nevers was recognized with the Veterinary Science Achievement Award sponsored by Steve and Cindy Rasmussen. Jordyn Nevers is a 9-year 4-H member in Fairfield County. She is a senior in high school and will be attending Columbus State Community College in the fall for their sign language interpreter program. Jordyn’s favorite 4-H project is the vet science books because she loves learning about animals. 

Jordyn Nevers

The recognition program was hosted by the Ohio 4-H Foundation. Ohio 4-H is the youth development program of Ohio State University Extension, with more than 171,000 young Ohioans participating in 4-H clubs, groups and special interest programs. 


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

2020 Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Winners

Congrats to the following Fairfield County 4-H members who earned Fairfield County 4-H Scholarships this year! Additional thanks to all of our gracious scholarship sponsors!

Click play to watch this video! We are so proud!

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.  Please refer to the email you received for a link to follow and complete the survey to help us plan for judging this year.  The survey will take less than 30 seconds to complete.  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!

Teen Opportunity: Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC)

Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member are now available online at: Please note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 14, 2020. The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021.

Here are some highlights about the responsibilities of the council:

  • Age: Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 the year of application to apply for council member, committee member, committee chair, and officer.
  • Number of Meetings/Events: See the program structure outline on the application for specific numbers of meetings and events. Members are required to attend at least 75% of meetings and events.
    • Working Events: Members are required to work a number of statewide events at the Ohio State Fair, and elsewhere throughout the state (Farm Science Review, Legislative Luncheon, etc.).  Each level of membership differs in the number of events that are required.  See the program structure for more information.
  • Location of meetings: Meetings are typically held at the Ohio 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio, but there are occasionally instances when they are held elsewhere due to events on Ohio State’s Campus.  In these instances, meetings may be held at locations close to campus.  Refer to the application for the locations for the 2020-2021 year.  Members will be notified prior to the location change.
  • Additional Opportunities: Depending on the level of involvement, council members have the option to apply for additional opportunities including the National 4-H Conference, Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, and other opportunities that may arise.