Hamilton County 4-H is Seeking Feedback

As a high quality youth development program of The Ohio State University, College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Hamilton County 4-H strives to “make the best better.” To achieve this national goal we continually seeks feedback from our community partners (including teachers), members, advisors and families to help us on our journey to excellence.

If you or your organization have participated in a Hamilton County 4-H program in the last year, or you are interested in having 4-H participate this year, we invite you to complete this short survey. Your responses are kept private and will help us as we re-evaluate our programs for the 2019-2020 4-H year.

To complete the survey visit: https://go.osu.edu/2019hc4hsurvey

If your survey link doesn’t work: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1MRFTBnELDd8Prf

A Successful Fair

Dear 4-H Members, Families and Friends,

There are too many people to thank! This year’s fair was a huge success. The 4-H members had an awesome time, they learned a lot and they all do so under the blazing hot sun. I can’t name every person who needs thanks, but the Community Fair Board members should be commended for their flawless efforts to put on an independent fair! The Species Superintendents should be praised for their hard work ensuring that the needs of the youth and animals were met. The general volunteers who showed up in times of crisis should be thanks for their bravery and selfless acts of compassion. Finally, thank you to Stricker’s Grove for their generosity and use of their facilities.

Thank you all so much for everything you’ve done, continue to do and will do in the future!

On the last day of the fair we were fortunate enough to have a drone flyover, showcasing the fair in all it’s majesty. I encourage you to check out some of the highlights from the flyover. You might see the fair in a whole new light!

Again, thank you all for everything! You’re all amazing rock stars!

Tony Staubach

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development


One Day Left for the Hamilton County 4-H Community Fair

Dear 4-H Members, Families, and Friends,

Today is the last day for the 2019 Hamilton County 4-H Community Fair. This years fair has been full of excitement, positive youth development and unforgettable moments. As we open the fair today, I hope you remember that all of this is for the benefit of our county youth.

Hamilton County 4-H is for everyone! Through our school programs we reach new audiences every day, through our club based program we protect our legacy and through our special programs we reinforce our commitment to the nearly 200,000 youth of Hamilton County.

While the numbers are still being crunched, we have seen a significant increase in attendance at this years fair, which serves as an excellent tribute to the hard work of our volunteers. 4-H cannot exist without volunteers. We have over 50 registered volunteers and each of them deserves accolades for their hard work this week. From our club advisors to our species superintendents and back to our project specific volunteers I have to say, thank you. You are making the world a better place and certainly exemplify the mission of 4-H.

Hamilton County 4-H can always use more Volunteers. Volunteers are needed to start new clubs in every community in Cincinnati and throughout Hamilton County. Volunteers are needed to serve as experts as youth complete their projects. Volunteers are needed to help get out the word about 4-H. Every person who shares a post or donated to this cause must be recognized for their efforts to serve 4-H.

Like all public programs Hamilton County 4-H cannot exist without the generous support of our funders. Thanks to the allocation from the Hamilton County Commissioners we are able to unlock the cost share from the USDA to support our 4-H Educator Position. Thanks to the support of the State of Ohio Legislature we are able to support of full time Program Assistant to run our flagship 4-H AgriScience in the City Program at Pleasant Hill Academy in College Hill. Thanks to the L&L Nippert Chertiable Trust we are able to engage nearly 3,000 youth in the ChickQuest program and thanks to the Ohio4-H foundation we are able to expand our reach to more youth, county wide. But a huge thanks must be given to Col. David and Dr. Nancy Bull for their generous matching gift challenge for our endowment. The Bull’s gift serves as a match, dollar for dollar their gift will help us reach our $100,000 goal.

Finally, just because the fair is almost over, doesn’t mean the 4-H fun is stopping. On September 29th we will host our annual 4-H Fun Run and Walk. Thanks to The KinderGarden School and Spring Grove Cemetery, this year’s registration is free but a suggested donation of $30 is definitely appreciated. We also need volunteers to help make this event happen.

If you’re looking to volunteer for Hamilton County 4-H visit : http://go.osu.edu/Volunteerhc4h or email: staubach.9@osu.edu.

If you’re looking to join Hamilton County 4-H visit: http://go.osu.edu/joinhc4h.

If you’re looking to register for the Hamilton County 4-H Fun Run and Walk visit: https://hamilton.osu.edu/events/4hfunrun2019.

If you’re looking to donate to Hamilton County 4-H: https://go.osu.edu/donatehc4h.

To learn more about the Hamilton County 4-H Community Fair Visit: https://www.hc4hcommunityfair.org

Tony Staubach
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

Only 2 Days Left

Hamilton County 4-H Community Fair is going on now at Stricker’s Grove, in Hamilton, Wednesday July 10 through Saturday 13 and is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Starting at 3:00PM on July 11 the Alpaca Show will take place at the Ohio Farm Bureau Show Pavillion. Come out to see our award winning alpacas and llamas as they are handled in the ring by our 4-H members.

At 5:00PM the Horse Fun Show begins with opportunities for our 4-H members to “get silly” and showcase their equestrian skills.

At 6:30PM the nationally recognized Lumberjack Show of Champions will take place at Stricker’s Grove followed at 7:00PM with the 4-H Livestock Auction.

Capping off the evening The McSplains will take the stage in the Stricker’s Pavillion at 7:30PM.

Come and be entertained! The fair will continue on Saturday, July 13 with much-anticipated Stihl Power Tools Lumberjack of Champions Tour sponsored by Bud Herbert Motors. Also on July 13, the Open Horse show with IBRA Barrel Racing sponsored by Miamitown Equine Veterinary Service.

Prices: Wednesday through Friday: $6 per person; $4 senior citizens (60 & older); 5 and under free Saturday: $8 per person; $6 senior citizens and 5 & under free. Free Parking.

Stricker’s Grove is located at 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45013
Fair hours: Wednesday 4-10pm; Thursday 4-10pm; Friday, 4-10 pm; and Saturday 9 am- 10pm.

For more information including complete pass prices, ride information, hours and full schedule check out the group’s website at: www.hc4hcommunityfair.org

We would love to have you as our guest!
Emily Kahrs
(937) 243-0938

Two Minutes with Tony: 2019 4-H Community Fair

(If you’re having trouble viewing the video visit: https://youtu.be/GefyvBJ9_BM)

Did you know the first American State Fair was held in Syracuse New York in 1841? This event kicked off the American Tradition of showcasing a states agricultural achievements and economic prowess.

Nine years later, Ohio would hold it’s first State Fair in 1850 in the Cincinnati community of Camp Washington.

Animals were brought from across the state to Cincinnati, Ohio by train and exhibited during the three-day event. The annual fair traveled the state before settling in its current location in Columbus, Ohio.

State fairs, and their cousins, the county fair, started out as a way to showcase agriculture but as the population has shifted from agrarian to urban the focus has been on showcasing what makes each community unique.

From concerts to robotics demonstrations, the modern fair is about a lot more than cows and plows.

While the animals and produce are still a fair staple and an important tool for teaching the community about the food system, fairs like the Hamilton County 4-H Community Fair teach youth, exhibitors and guests about the strength of self-directed learning.

4-H is a mainstay in the local fair movement. Youth self-select projects are asked to give presentations on what they learned through their project during the annual project judging.

The project topics are almost limitless, with youth raising guinea pigs, preparing spoken word presentations, constructing robots or even baking cupcakes.

To see Hamilton County 4-H in action come out to the 2019 Hamilton County 4-H Community Fair July 10-13 at Stricker’s Grove. Open to the public.

4-H Inclusion Representatives

We need your help.

Sign up today to be an Inclusion Representative!

Adults and youth (age 15 and up) are encouraged to sign up.

Some of you have already answered the call in previous conversations but, it’s time to get more serious about this process. Fill out the form below to indicate that you’d like to be an inclusion representative for Hamilton County 4-H.

What does an inclusion representative do?

1.) Attends a quarterly meeting with our 4-H Educator. (January 31, March 28, June 20, September 26 at 4:00PM, Location: TBD)

2.) Provides feedback on current policies and practices.

3.) Serves as a voice in the community for the good things that 4-H can do for all youth.

4.) Assists in identifying program opportunities, needs and funding opportunities.

5.) Volunteers as appropriate for events, lessons and programs focused on inclusion and diversity.

Sign up here!

Endowment and Donate


Hamilton County 4-H has been part of youth education for more than a century. Through community clubs, camps, in-school and after-school activities, and summer programs, 4-H creates fun through learning. Children and teens increase their self- confidence and personal life skills while learning about specific subjects from animals to computers, from public speaking to cooking, and from art and gardening to environmental sciences. With area youth participating in traditional clubs and students engaged in their classrooms through 4-H Agri-Science in the City, Hamilton County 4-H has impact on the lives of youth from all walks of life.

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Nancy and Colonel David Bull, we have the opportunity to enhance this impact on the 4-H program for generations of youth to come through the establishment of an endowment to be used exclusively for 4-H programming in Hamilton County. Nancy and David Bull have a deep sense of the community of philanthropy. They would like to leverage their gift of $50,000, half the amount needed to fund the $100,000 endowment, as a challenge gift to other donors who are interested in establishing support of Hamilton County 4-H. Their gift will match dollar-for- dollar to the first $50,000 raised to establish the Hamilton County 4-H Endowment.

Establishing an endowment for Hamilton County will ensure the long-term success and growth of the 4-H program. The endowment will exist in perpetuity, and it will be used to support 4-H programming, scholarships and camperships, and the growth of 4-H in Hamilton County.

By making your gift or pledge, know that you will double the impact of your philanthropy through this challenge grant campaign. Your generosity, hand-in-hand with the generosity of Dr. and Colonel Bull, will support programming for youth in Hamilton County for generations.

For more information, contact Pablo Villa at 614-247-7344 or villa.36@osu.edu.


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