Save the Date: 4-H Craft and Vendor Show is July 30th

Think by July we’ll be looking forward to a cool down? Perhaps for one day, we can all think about Christmas! Come join us for our Craft and Vendor Show sponsored by the Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee on Saturday, July 30th, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds (Ed Sands and AAA Buildings). Enjoy some early Christmas shopping, donate a new, unwrapped toy for Firefighters for Kids, and a great lunch from Clearcreek Showmen 4-H Club!

We are currently SOLD OUT of vendor space for 2022. Questions can be directed to Cindy Gilfillen at

Funds raised support the Fairfield County 4-H Program for county activities like summer camp, state trips, awards, and so much more.

This is a great way to shop locally and support the county 4-H program. Parking and admission is free for the event. For more information about the Fairfield County 4-H program, visit

Link to Event Facebook Page: Fairfield County 4-H Craft and Vendor Show

List of vendors as of June 15, 2022

  • Barb Nelson – Lula roe
  • Carol Crawford – Fabric Crafts
  • Debbie Romine – Chalk Painted Items
  • Arla Canby – Homemade Candy Apples and Baked Goods
  • Norma McDonald – Handmade Crafts
  • Debra Waites – Artwork
  • Robin Wells – Sparkles Paparazzi
  • Libby Cavanaugh – Animal Rescue Items
  • Tonya Shaffer – Scentsy
  • Jamie Mast – Wreaths
  • Connie Zyvoski – Candle Tarts / Yard Wood
  • Megan Deel – Accessories
  • Jason Glaser – Metalwork
  • Destiny Ogg – Macramé
  • Kary Holbrook – Candles/Wax Warmers
  • Karen Willems – Crocheted items
  • Jo Binkley – Photography
  • Ruth Tuthill – Tumblers
  • Lauren Kidd – Ashes & Roses
  • Shirley Kruse – Kids Decorations
  • Bailey Smith – Home Goods & Decor
  • Cierra Andrews – Jewelry
  • Lisa Richards – Bandanas & Pet Beds
  • Irira Penry – Beauty Aides
  • Julie Barnes – Kids Hairclips and Flips
  • Margaret Myers – Around the World Items
  • Michelle Evans – Skin Care Avon
  • Maryanne Johnston – Items for Children & Adults
  • Allison Cramer – Mary Kay Makeup
  • Keith Mauger – Engraving Awards
  • Theresa Faulkner – Flower Arrangements
  • Aubry Shaw – Alpaca Products
  • Angie Chapman – T-Shirts Grafix
  • Julia Blackford – Christmas Crafts
  • Angela Risser – Chalk Designs
  • Kathy Salyers – Wood Signs
  • Rhonda Jenkins – Porch Leaners (Holiday, Welcome)
  • Stephanie Pamilio – Glass Etched
  • Sherryl Schall
  • Deb Stutzman – Homesewn
  • Linda Hollen – Air Fresheners
  • Dannett Williams – Fiber Arts Quilting
  • Steve Bell – Horseshoe Art
  • Robert Seymour – Signs
  • Jonile Scott – Handmade Treasures
  • Susie Mason – Texas Sheet Cakes, Pumpkin Bread
  • Judith Horvath – Bath & Body
  • Robin Mankin – Handmade Sublimation Shirts
  • Carl Taylor – Engraved Glass
  • Wayne Neff – Crafts
  • Katrina Harsly – Burlap Bags
  • Susan Hutchinson – Handcraft Leather
  • Linda Todd – Alcohol Ink Paintings
  • Susan Marteney – Jewelry Explosion
  • Hope Eddy – Handmade Items

Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board to Host Annual Legacy Dinner June 9, 2022, reservations due May 25th

Event Reservations Due May 25, 2022

LANCASTER, Ohio – 4-H supporters can enjoy a night out to at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds on June 9. A social hour will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner catered by Bob’s Backyard BBQ at 6 p.m. The program and live auction will commence at 7 p.m.

Event tickets are $50 per person, and table sponsorships that seat eight are available for $500.

“I was a 4-H member in Fairfield County for 10 years,” said Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board President Heather Wilson. “As an alum, I want to see the program continue to grow and support our youth. It’s been amazing to see local businesses, community members and 4-H families generously support the endowment throughout the last decade. We’re excited to be bringing the community together again to support this mission and allow attendees to enjoy a night of fun and socialization.”

Although planning for the endowment was started in 2000, it became fully endowed in 2006. The first Legacy Dinner was held in 2010 and has grown to more than 350 attendees supporting the youth in the Fairfield County 4-H program. The goal of the board is to generate funds sufficient to endow at 4-H position in Fairfield County and support the 4-H youth development program, allowing the 4-H tradition to continue for generations to come.

“Our county’s 4-H program serves over 2200 youth each year through traditional club and school enrichment programming,” said Fairfield County 4-H Extension Educator Leslie Cooksey. “Leaving a legacy is what the endowment is intended to do. Whether you’re a local business, 4-H family or community member, we’d love for you to join us and support the future of the program in our county.”

Additional sponsorships are available for the Legacy Dinner as follows:

  • Platinum: $3,000 (two sponsorships available) – Receive two dinner tickets
  • Gold: $1,000 (five sponsorships available) – Receive two dinner tickets
  • Silver: $500 – Receive two dinner tickets
  • Bronze: $250

Sponsorship and reservation forms can be found on Checks can be made payable to one of two funds:

  • 4-H Fairfield County Foundation Fund (Money stays in Fairfield County. No Ohio State University gift credit given)
  • Fairfield County 4-H Endowment. On the check memo line designate: Fund #642082** (Earn Ohio State University gift credit and receive a giving receipt from The Ohio State University)

The event is held at Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building located at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds: 157 East Fair Avenue, Lancaster, OH 43130. Reservations and payment should be mailed to: Fairfield County 4-H Endowment, P.O. Box 564, Lancaster, Ohio 43130

To subscribe to updates, visit the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment blog at and follow the event on Facebook at

About the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment
The endowment was created in 2006 to raise funds to support the future of the 4-H program in Fairfield County and endow a position of a 4-H Educator if other funding sources dwindle. The 4-H Endowment is comprised of two permanent funds made possible through individual donations, business contributions and fundraising events. The 4-H Fairfield County Foundation Fund allows the money to be housed in Fairfield County. (No OSU gift credit given) and the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment is operated by the Ohio State University (Fund #642082). Visit to learn more.

About the Fairfield County 4-H Program
4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. The Fairfield County 4-H program was founded in 1920. The program currently reaches more than 2200 youth each year through traditional club and school enrichment programming – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities. For more information, visit

Pay Forward: Ohio 4-H Scholarship Challenge

Did you know there are only 9 counties that have more than 50 active 4-H clubs? Fairfield County is one of them!

Celebrate the 120th anniversary of 4-H by contributing to the Ohio 4-H Scholarship Challenge. Your gift will provide need-based support and empower deserving 4-H youth to attend Ohio State. Learn how you can make an impact.

Source: O-H-I-O Newsletter: May 10 (The Ohio State University Alumni Association)

Volunteer at the Ohio State Fair!

I wanted to reach out about a new, exciting exhibit that we will have at the 2022 Ohio State Fair. Little Farmers will be an educational, hands-on experience geared towards 3 – 10 year olds to teach them about agriculture.  


In order to make this exhibit successful, we will need to recruit a large number of volunteers to participate. Individuals or groups may volunteer for an entire day or just one shift. Make this a 4-H club community service project!


Click here for additional information: Little Farmers Flier  Anyone that is interested in volunteering can submit the online form and then we will be in touch in early June to start scheduling.  


Please feel free to reach out with any questions by contacting Andrea Hershey ( We appreciate you helping to spread the word about Little Farmers at the 2022 Ohio State Fair! 

Save the Date: Spring Flower Sale with Lancaster Greenhouse – April 29 – May 1

Come support the Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee by shopping at the Lancaster Greenhouse and Nursery, April 29 – May 1!

Read on for More Details….

  • In-Store Sales
    • Distribute the coupon below to all family and friends. A whole page of coupons can be found here: Spring Flower Sale Coupons
    • Group supporters will shop as a “normal customer” on the above dates listed.  If we happen to have any current in-store sales and promotions taking place, they will be able to take advantage of those just like a typical customer.
    • At time of checkout, customers will give a copy of the attached coupon to our cashier so we know they are associated with your group and 15% of their transaction will be donated back to your group (not the customer).
    • Absolutely no coupons can be distributed at the store location

This is a fundraising event for the 4-H Advisory Committee. The 4-H Advisory Committee supports county 4-H programming for all youth members and adult volunteers including, but not limited to: Awards and banquets, trips and scholarships, printing costs, special programming costs, and more!

Please share this post with family members and friends!

OSU Extension Resources for Earth Month

OSU Extension is celebrating Earth Day this year with SENR’s Sustainability Institute by offering a collection of six 4-H Earth Is Our Home Activities. Ohio 4-H members and others are encouraged to try these activities anytime on their own, in their clubs, and in school. They’re guaranteed to spark interest and create exciting learning opportunities.

Many thanks to 4-H colleagues and authors Erin Dailey, Rachael Fraley, Kristy Watters, Travis West, Jo Williams, and Tracy Winters. The ice core activity is from the 4-H project book Exploring Polar Science, so thanks to authors Molly Hunt and Jason Cervenec of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center too.

Please share these resources widely:

Did you participate in these activities? If so, we want to hear about it! Contact Leslie Cooksey at

Last Chance: QA Instructor Training for Advisors is March 28th

2022 Fairfield County Quality Assurance: Instructor Training for 4-H and FFA Advisors, Superintendents, and Show Committee Members

Quality Assurance is an annual Ohio Department of Agriculture (see 901-19-07 of Ohio Administrative Code) requirement for 4-H and FFA youth to exhibit at the Fairfield County Junior Fair who are enrolled in beef (breeding and market), goats (angora, dairy, meat, market, & pygmy),rabbits (market and breeding – this does not include pet rabbits), sheep (breeding and market), dairy cattle (breeding and feeders),poultry (breeding and market), hogs, and alpacas/llamas. Fairfield County youth must attend a qualified Quality Assurance Clinic by June 30th of the current year to be eligible to show at the 2022 Fairfield County Junior Fair. Youth who wish to show in a Junior Livestock Show at the Ohio State Fair should have QA completed by June 1st, 2022.

We will continue the same process of allowing 4-H club volunteers/FFA chapter advisors to teach QA at the club/chapter level IN-PERSON. We are looking for interested “Assistant Instructors” to be trained (and “certified”) to educate exhibitors on the required Good Production Practices (GPP’s) to be covered in 2022. As a certified Assistant Instructor, you will be able to teach Quality Assurance at the club/chapter level for 2022 after completing this training. We will also be looking for trained individuals to help with our countywide make-up dates on Saturday, May 7th (9:00 – 10:30 a.m.) or Sunday, May 22nd (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.) at the fairgrounds.

All 4-H Advisors, FFA Advisors, and Show Committee Members are invited to attend the QA Instructor Training. Please share with your fellow advisors to be sure they know about this information.

The final QA instructor trainings will be: Monday, March 28th at 7:00 p.m., Rickett’s Hall, Fairgrounds

Please RSVP to Leslie Cooksey at or call the Extension Office at 740-653-5419.

 At the training, you will:

  1. Learn the 10 Good Production Practices of Quality Assurance Education and which GPP’s need to be covered for 2022.
  2. Learn the documentation process planned for 2022. This will be structured for smaller groups and more at the club/chapter level.
  3. Receive training materials to cover this year’s required GPP’s for 2022. As an instructor, you will teach market exhibitors about all 10 GPP’s but go in detail on 3 of them. Activities will be provided to you to work through with market exhibitors for the 3 required GPP’s.
  4. Learn more about how record keeping and the accountability of your instruction to clubs and chapters needs to be documented and returned to the OSU Extension Office to ensure market exhibitors will then be eligible to show market livestock at the 2022 Fairfield County Fair. As a reminder, the deadline to complete Quality Assurance for Fairfield County Junior Fair Exhibitors is June 30th of the current year.
  5. Learn about any changes in Ohio Department of Agricultural Fair Exhibition Rules that affect Junior Fair Livestock Exhibitors so that you can share these with all livestock participants in your club/chapter.

If questions, please let Chuck ( or Leslie ( know!

We are looking forward to continuing this process in 2022.

4-H Club and Member Opportunity: Celebrate 4-H on Earth Day!

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is looking for passionate 4-H students to use their skills and talents to spread a message of education, service, and stewardship this Earth Day. ODNR is seeking proposals for student-led programs to take place at participating Ohio State Parks. Programs will be open to the public.

“We are impressed by the passion for conservation we see in Ohio’s 4-H students,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “We would love for these students to take that passion and find out-of-the-box ways to engage their community, to improve our natural world, and have a little fun while doing it.”

The chosen programs will be offered to the public, free of charge, at Ohio State Parks between Friday, April 22 and Sunday, April 24. Examples of desirable programming include, but are not limited to invasive species removal, Earth Day art projects, sustainable fashion, and campfire cooking.

For a list of participating parks and to apply click here. The deadline to apply is March 14, 2022. Contact Alyssa Yaple with any questions about project proposals. Winning proposals will receive recognition at ODNR’s Natural Resources Park at the 2022 Ohio State Fair.

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills as they work in partnership with caring adults. The program is committed to helping young people develop skills that will help them succeed. Read more about it here.

The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft provides exceptional outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing outstanding customer service, education, and conservation of Ohio’s 75 state parks and waterways.

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

Junior Fair Dog Superintendent Needed – Apply by April 1st.



If you are interested in an opportunity to develop leadership and organizational skills and be an active participant in planning the Fairfield County Junior Fair, we would encourage you to apply for the position of Junior Fair Dog Show Superintendent. We are looking for individual interested in working with the Senior & Junior Fair Board and staff to provide the following services:

  • Operate the Junior Fair Dog Show during the Fairfield County Fair and month of August.
  • In December, review the rules for the Junior Fair Dog Show and assist in up-dating rules to meet current industry standards.
  • Work with schedule and operation of the Dog Show and educational programs associated.
  • Provide input to the Skillathon event as needed.
  • Develop a communication instrument with exhibitors through email through out the year on up-coming events related to the Dog show. Database will be provided
  • Work with a committee representative of the dog industry including trainers, breeders and veterinarians in our county and coordinate their volunteer help to operate the show/ and judging
  • Plan and conduct with your committee the dog show at the fair and in August.
  • Coordinate dog showmanship and show.
  • Complete all required documents regarding dog show results and champions. As well as certify required documents for the show Project identification and vaccination certificates from exhibitors signed by a licensed veterinarian. .
  • Work with sponsors and their commitment to award sponsorship.
  • Seek with assistance new award sponsors for new award areas.
  • Work closely with Junior Fair Directors, Fair Manager, and 4-H & FFA leadership
  • Follow up in early September non-sponsored awards and assist in finding sponsors with assistance.
  • Skills required are excellent communications skills with quick follow up on calls or problems and ability to assist volunteers and exhibitors. Experience in working with youth and dogs is preferred for this position.

Computer skills using spread sheets and word processing skills.

An outgoing personality that will be the spokes person for the Junior Fair Dog Program. They work in a cooperative effort with the Senior Fair Board, Junior Superintendents, Extension & FFA Office staff and advisors.

Applicants should send a resume with cover letter to:

Jim Marcinko, Fair Manager

157 East Fair Ave

Lancaster, Ohio 43130

Due Date: April 1st, 2022   Applications will be reviewed, and applicants interviewed and final selection by Fairfield County Senior Fair Board.

Blast Off! OSU Extension Virtual Parenting Education Classes

Blast Off! ​​is a series of four-session parenting education events, facilitated by OSU Extension Professionals, Joseph Maiorano and Chris Kendle via Zoom. They use Active Parenting curricula– a video and discussion format. The next series, Parents of School-Age Children is 12:30-2:30 pm February 21-24. Parenting Teen-age Children is 10-12 pm March 7-10. Parenting Children Age Birth to Five is 10-12 pm April 26-28. Click here for an informational flyer: Blast Off 2022

Pre-registration for each series is required. Registration is $30, but they send $25 gift card to persons who attend all four sessions. 

Chris and Joseph invite you to Blast Off! with them. If you think Blast Off! might benefit others, e.g., colleagues, peers, friends, family members, community members, then please promote this event (PDF flyer attached).