Thank You Note Station Update!!

Were you able to visit The Thank You Note Project during the Fairfield County Fair?!? We are mailing out 50 thank you notes that were completed during fair week! Did you have a busy week and miss the Thank You Note Station?

Great News: Bring your completed note to the Extension Office (831 College Ave. Suite D, Lancaster) by Friday, Oct. 29th and the 4-H Endowment Committee will pay for your postage. The Extension Office is open Mon-Friday from 7:30am – 4:00pm. There is also a black drop off box on the East side of the building near our employee entrance where you can place thank you notes after hours. Now is a perfect time to say thank you!

Ohio State Beekeepers Association: Youth Scholarship Program

The Youth Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2022 Program. The Ohio State Beekeepers Association supports new young beekeepers through our Youth Scholarship Program. We realize that the success of a new beekeeper is not reliant on the work of the student and money alone, but by the effort of a partnership. Thus the Youth Scholarship Program encourages participation of the guardian, student, local association, and mentor. 4-H & FFA students are encouraged to participate for 2022. This program is open to members of 4-H/FFA, in school, between the ages of 12 and 18. Questions – Youth Scholarship Program by email: or call 419.438.7335


10 selected applicants (5 from 4-H and 5 from FFA) will receive:

*Woodenware and tools for two hives

*1 year membership to OSBA

* Free admission to the OSBA Fall Conference Beekeeper Training DVD

*1 year subscription to Bee Culture

and more!


Important Dates:

October 8th, 2021 – Applications and program information will be available.

November 28th, 2021 – Application deadline.

December 5th, 2021 – Winners announced.

For full program requirements and instructions, visit our website:


Download the Youth Scholarship Application at

Attention Teens – Attend Carving New Ideas Workshop October 29-31

Carving New Ideas is an overnight camping opportunity for youth in grades 8-12 featuring educational workshops, recreation sessions, and leadership development. Hosted by the OSU Collegiate 4-H Club, CNI will take place October 29-31 at 4-H Camp Ohio (11461 Camp Ohio Road, St. Louisville OH). Check-In is Friday, October 29th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. and Check-Out is Sunday, October 31st at 10:00 a.m.

The total camp fee is $75. However, the Bertha Wilson Camp Scholarship will cover $50 of this fee and you will only be responsible for $25!

Although you will see the deadline to register is October 6th on the attached flyer, I will need to know who will be attending from Fairfield County utilizing this camp scholarship and assist you with the payment process. Please see attached letter and acceptance/decline form with additional information.

Steps to proceed if you’d like to attend:

  1. Contact Leslie Cooksey at to let her know you want to attend! She will email an invitation letter with acceptance form for this trip opportunity.
  2. If accepting, your signed acceptance form, thank you note and $25 payment should be brought to the Extension Office at your earliest convenience. Preferably, by October 5th. If you can’t make it by that date, just let me know “it’s coming”… I know it’s a busy time with school and fair fast approaching.
  3. If accepting, you must complete the online registration form by October 6tH: (please forward me a copy of your email confirmation if you receive one).
    • Select “pay by check” during registration. I will take care of payment in one effort from Fairfield County.

We hope that many of you take advantage of this in-person teen opportunity. Please reach out if you have any questions!

Volunteers DESPERATELY needed to help in the 4-H Display Barn during fair week!

To help cut down on vandalism or theft in the 4-H Display (Booth) Barn, all clubs with booths in the 4-H Display Barn are REQUIRED to sign up for at least one – 2 hour period to guard and keep an eye on displays in the 4-H Display Barn. During your club shift(s), we ask that you have at least two people per club – one adult and one person age 16 or older. They can be parents, advisors, or older 4-H members. The guards watch the area and answer visitors’ questions. Please contact your club advisor or call the Extension Office to sign-up for a shift. If you know the names of those who will be representing your club during those days and times, please also include their names. Please share all the days and times you are able to help. (Note: You will not be placed in every time you list—that will just assist in the process of acquiring volunteers!)

Thank you to Judy, Sheila, and Cindy for signing up to help so far…but we need many more volunteers to help! Please contact Missy Koenig ( if you can help out!

2021 Junior Fair Display Barn Guards Needed!

Clubs and families with items to be displayed in the display barn fair week – we need your help!

The display barn is open 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday October 10th and Saturday October 16th and 9 am to 9 pm Monday – Friday.

Please consider volunteering for a two hour time slot at least once during the week.  Shifts available are 9am – 11 am, 11 am – 1 pm, 1 pm – 3 pm, 3 pm – 5 pm, 5 pm – 7 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm.

Contact Missy to volunteer – we accept youth ages 13 and up to help adults at the same time.



Join Battle of the Groups during the Stock the Trailer Campaign

 Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer Campaign comes to the Fairfield County Fair

All Fairgoers are invited to participate in our Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer campaign by bringing non-perishable food items to the Fairfield County Fair. There will be collection boxes at all fair entrance gates for individuals to leave donations.  All food collected during fair week will go to local food pantries to support local families and individuals who may be in need. The Fairfield County Junior Fair has set a goal of 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to be collected that can help our community. This campaign is in partnership with the Farm Credit Mid-America.  Our Junior Fair is competing against other fairs in the region; the Junior Fair that collects the most food, wins a prize.

The Fairfield County Junior Leaders are challenging All 4-H Clubs, FFA Chapters & Scout Troops to participate and bring non-perishable food items to the fair. The Top 5 groups who donate the most food by weight will receive cash prizes for their end of year celebrations. Items for group donations can be brought directly to the livestock trailer housed in the north wing of the round cattle barn, or the grain cart in the Ed Sands Building during the fair. There will be daily weigh ins for groups to get credit. All groups are welcome to start collecting now, and turn in items once the fair opens!!



Scholarship Opportunity: Lallemand Animal Nutrition Forward Scholarships

For the seventh consecutive year, Lallemand Animal Nutrition will offer five Lallemand Forward Scholarships for students pursuing degrees in agriculture. The 2021 program offers: two $2,500 undergraduate scholarships, one $3,000 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine scholarship, one $3,000 master’s program scholarship and one $3,000 doctoral scholarship. Applications are open to students in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Below are guidelines and the application for each scholarship:

Please submit all applications and materials no later than Thursday, September 30, 2021 to:

Source: OSU ACEL Newsletter 9/22/2021

Fairfield County Junior Fair Queen Candidates Announced!

Fourteen Fairfield County teens are competing for the title of 2021 Fairfield County Junior Fair Queen. The young ladies, all of whom participate in Fairfield County FFA Chapters and/or 4-H Clubs, were interviewed on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, by a panel of three community leaders who evaluated the candidates on a variety of factors including: 4‑H/FFA activities, school and community activities and poise.

The 2021 Queen will be crowned along with two attendants by the 2020 Fairfield County Jr. Fair Queen, Hannah Henry, on Saturday, October 9 at 7 p.m. during the Fairfield County Junior Fair Panorama. The event will also be streamed live through services by Innerphase Video Productions.

This year’s finalists included:

  • Morgan Cowdrey, 16, daughter of Quentin and Jennie Cowdrey. She attends Amanda-Clearcreek (AC) High School and is a member of  Final Drive 4-H Club and AC FFA.
  • Kathryn Crow, 17, daughter of Lisa and John Crow. She attends Fisher Catholic High School and is a member of Unleashed and Pickerington PetPALS 4-H clubs and Bloom-Carroll FFA.
  • Sofia Gugliemotto, 17, daughter of Janna and Gary Gugliemotto. She attends Bloom-Carroll (BC) High School and is a member of Rough Riders, Thurston Flying Fingers and Shooting Sports 4-H clubs and BC FFA.
  • Samantha Hurst, 17, daughter of Darren and Amy Hurst. She attends Berne Union High School and is a member of Blazin’ Buckeyes 4-H Club.
  • Lexie Hyme, 17, daughter of  John and Lisa Hyme. She attends Berne Union High School and is a member of Blazin’ Buckeyes 4-H Club.
  • Jordyn Nevers, 18, daughter of Kimberly and Guy Nevers. She attends Kent State University and is a member of Carroll Country 4-H Club.
  • Adriana Marie Rodriguez-Denner, 16, daughter of Jody Denner and Sindy Rodriguez. She attends Lancaster High School and is a member of Shooting Stars 4-H Club.
  • Hannah Saum, 17, daughter of Dave and Robin Saum. She attends Amanda-Clearcreek (AC) High School and is a member of  Blue Ribbon Showmen 4-H Club and AC FFA.
  • Alyssa Swick, 18, daughter of Ralph and Crystal Swick. She attends Otterbein College and is a member of Pygmies Plus 4-H Club and Fairfield Union FFA.
  • Grace Terflinger 18, daughter of Tom and Emily Terflinger. She attends Canal Winchester High School and is a member of Green Extreme 4-H Club.


Contact: Angela Krile, Volunteer Coordinator, Fairfield County Junior Fair Queen Contest, 740-974-3948,