2022 Ohio 4-H Conference Registration is now open!

Advisors and Youth age 13 & Older,

Registration is now open for the 2022 Ohio 4-H Conference to be held on Saturday, March 12 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Conference check-in will start at 8:00 am with sessions starting at 9 am.  The day should be finished by 4 pm.

Fairfield County will be having at least 4 advisors recognized that day, so please plan on helping them celebrate!

Registration forms and the $40 payment (checks made to 4-H Advisory Committee, please) are due to our office by 4 pm on February 8th. There will be scholarships for youth that completed an Ohio Achievement Form and the first 5 adults that register for the conference.

The registration booklet containing session and workshop descriptions available can be found here.  The registration form is here.

Sessions and workshops coded ‘Teens’ is geared towards teens.  Sessions and workshops coded as ‘Adults’ are for adult volunteers.  Sessions for both groups are coded as ‘Both.’  Please keep in mind when registering for the Conference that a person can’t attend a workshop and session during the same time period.

Questions?  Please call our office at 740-653-5419 or Missy at 740-277-4631

Fairfield County Beekeepers Association Youth Beekeeping Scholarship Applications are due January 15th

Just a reminder that the Fairfield County Beekeepers Association Youth Beekeeping Scholarship Applications are due January 15th. Information and applications are found at fairfieldcountybeekeepers.org.

The FCBA Bee School Scholarship Program purpose is to:

  • Promote understanding of the value of honeybees to our environment and the food chai
  • Educate recipients in the biology and behavior of honey bees.
  • Train recipients in the best practices of beekeeping with hands-on experiences and mentoring.
  • Provide an opportunity for recipients to experience enjoyment and purpose through beekeeping.
  • Help recipients learn a possible life-long vocation and develop the potential to pursue beekeeping as a sideline or full-time vocation.

The Award

  • A Beginning Beekeeper Class and textbook.
  • Monthly Virtual Mentoring classes on 1st of the month, Feb. – Nov.
  • An “Earn-To-Own” Complete Beekeeping Gear of: 2 hives and bees, jacket with veil, and tools. Ownership of the Complete Beekeeping Gear, a value of $1350, will be awarded to the participant, free, at the end of the training period, in January 2023, if all performance and attendance goals have been met.
  • An experienced beekeeping mentor
  • Hands-on training in the FCBA Bee Yard
  • A one-year membership in the Fairfield County Beekeeping Association, , & monthly educational speakers at FCBA club meetings (3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:30, St Marks Church and virtual)
  • A one-year membership in the Ohio State Beekeepers Association

Dairy Feeder Clinic: January 15th in Champaign County

Champaign County is holding a dairy feeder clinic Saturday, January 15 beginning at 11am at the Champaign County Fairgrounds Rabbit Barn.  Please share with anyone interested. This would be a great activity to add to your learning experiences in the front of your Dairy Beef Feeder Record Book and to Junior/Ohio 4-H Achievement Forms!

Junior Achievement Award Applications (ages 9-13) due 1/7/2022

Fairfield County Jr. Achievement Form (pdf)  For 4-H members ages 8-13 as of January 1, 2022 to complete.  This form provides a start towards completing the Ohio Achievement Record form.  There are three levels of awards:  White Clover for members in the first and second year, Green Clover for members in their third and fourth years, and Gold Clover for members in the fifth and sixth year of Traditional 4-H. The cover letter may be found here. Click here for an Example Jr. Achievement Form

Junior Achievement Forms are due in paper copy to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7th, 2021.

Youth completing the Junior Achievement Form will be recognized at the Achievement Awards Program in April.

Save the Dates: 2022 Summer Judging will be July 12-14

New for 2022, we’ll be consolidating our judging days from 4 down to 3 days. The judging schedule will be as follows and project judging will take place at the Ed Sands Building at the Fairgrounds.

Tuesday, July, 12, 2022

  • Food and Nutrition Projects
  • Communications
  • Creative Arts Projects (including SD quilting, SD Creative Arts)
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Miscellaneous Projects

Wednesday, July, 13, 2022

  • Leadership
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Self Determined (General, Natural Resources, Workforce Prep)

Thursday, July 14, 2022

  • Clothing/Sewing Projects
  • Style Revue to take place that evening at 7:00 p.m. (location TBD)

Join Tractor Maintenance!

Do you know someone who works with dirt bikes, lawn mowers, tractors, or other small engine powered equipment? Is this something you want to learn more about?

The Tractor Maintenance & Small Engines 4-H Club is looking for new members! 4-H is a non-formal, educational youth development program for individuals age 8 and in 3rd grade or 9 years old through age 18, as of January 1, 2022.

This 4-H club teaches individuals how to work on small engines and tractors while visiting different businesses and agriculture shops throughout the county. No experience is necessary – This is a great opportunity to learn something new!

Want to learn more about tractor safety and how to work on them? The club will be using a new curriculum that focuses on tractor safety and how to properly perform tractor maintenance. The Tractor Maintenance courses are available to members who have taken the small engine project books or have had previous experience working on machinery.

The club meets every Monday in January through Mid-March. The first meeting will be Monday, January 10th at 7:00p.m. at the Fairfield County Ag Center, 831 College Ave, Lancaster. All interested members are welcome to attend this first meeting to learn more and get registered! For more information, contact the Fairfield County Extension Office at 740-653-5419.

Treasurer’s Book Contest Results

Congratulations!

The Fairfield County 4-H Treasurer’s Book Annual Contest is proudly sponsored and funded each year by the Friendly Bremen Banking Center. Thank you, Jodi Motta and Vinton County Bank, for their support and organization of this contest.

The role of the club treasurer is to handle all money matters of the club and maintain accurate financial records.  When the Treasurer’s Book is complete, it should document the activities by its members for one year. It becomes a historical document to that accurately records the club’s income and expenses, and shows that the club is in good financial standing.

All treasurers are eligible and encouraged to submit a book each year. There is a monetary award that goes to the winners and they go directly to that individual. The 4-H Treasurer Book Rubric was used to evaluate each treasurer’s book that was submitted in the contest. Employees of the bank will review the books and choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner. Each member who places will receive a visa gift card.

The 2021 results are:

  • Tanner Affolter – 1st place. Tanner is a member of the Amanda Work and Win 4-H Club.
  • Marissa Newman – 2nd place. Marissa is a member of the Clearcreek Showmen 4-H Club.
  • Megan Tooill – 3rd place. Megan is a member of the AC Extreme 4-Hers 4-H Club.

Thank you to all of the members who participated in the Treasurer’s Book contest this year. Keep up the good record keeping! If your club did not participate this year, we hope you will keep this contest in mind and participate next year.

Secretary’s Book Contest Results

Congratulations!

The Fairfield County 4-H Secretary’s Book Annual Contest is proudly sponsored and funded each year by the family of Robert L. Hillman who was a 4-H advisor for many years in Pickaway County. Mr. Hillman believed strongly in teaching and practicing quality record keeping within the structure of the 4-H program. He continued to support his grandchildren, Adam, Milea, and Sarah Maxwell, in their 4-H endeavors in Fairfield County until his death in 2003. To continue his long-standing commitment to the tradition of record keeping and the 4-H program, his family is proud to sponsor this competition in his memory.

When the Secretary’s Book is complete, it should document the activities by its members for one year. It becomes a historical document to be enjoyed for years to come as individuals review it with fondness and memories.

All secretaries are eligible and encouraged to submit a book each year. There is a monetary award that goes to the winners and they go directly to that individual. The 4-H Secretary Book Rubric was used to evaluate each secretary’s book that was submitted in the contest. Each book was evaluated and received a one-, two-, or three-star rating based on the rubric. Based on the ratings, the top  individual will receive a monetary award.

The 2021 results are:

  • Stephanie Bowers – 1st place, 3 Star Book. Stephanie is a member of the Sewing Chefs 4-H Club.
  • Jadin Triplett – 2nd place, 1 Star Book. Jadin is a member of the Rough Riders 4-H Club.
  • Lily Dennis – 3rd place, 1 Star Book. Lily is a member of the Amanda Work and Win 4-H Club.
  • Colton Tooill – 4th place, 1 Star Book. Colton is a member of the AC Extreme 4-Hers 4-H Club.

Thank you to all of the members who participated in the Secretary’s Book contest this year. Keep up the good record keeping! If your club did not participate this year, we hope you will keep this contest in mind and participate next year.

Cloverbud Graduation Video – 2021

Cloverbud Graduation is held as part of Cloverbud Day at the Fair. We use that time to recognize Cloverbud members who are ‘graduating’ from the Cloverbud program and will be traditional 4-H members in 2022. As a reminder, all of these activities are optional but members who participated received a gift and are included in the video.  Thank you to the Cloverbud members who participated!
Without further ado, here is the 2021 Cloverbud 4-H Graduation Video!