Moving in on Wednesday…

We are officially less than ONE WEEK AWAY from the first day of the Henry County Fair!

There is plenty of information available to our families, so be sure to take time to review this info.

Here are a few things to review…

The OSU Extension office will be on limited hours during the week of fair as our staff will be at the Henry County Fair the majority of the time, please make your family is aware.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out via email ( with any questions in the meantime as we will be in and out of the office in preparation for the 2022 Henry County Fair!


Wednesday August 10th~

9:00a-7:00pm Junior Fair Livestock Arrival at the Fairgrounds

  • Large Animal Scales will be open from 9a-11a – then 3p-7p
  • Small Animal Scales will be open from 12noon-7:00pm

Please keep in mind ALL Market lambs, Market Goats, ALL Market Poultry, Market Rabbits, Market Beef, Beef Feeders & Dairy Beef Feeders will be weighed as they are unloaded or during scale hours. 

DUNF Forms should be completed PRIOR TO COMING ACROSS THE SCALES for all MARKET beef, sheep, swine, goats, poultry, rabbits, lactating dairy cows and lactating dairy goats!


Once unloaded & checked in, we encourage everyone to make your way to the AgHall at 6:30pm to watch our Junior Fair King & Queen Coronation and the Introduction of Royalty! Don’t forget to get your tickets to the Senior Fair Board Chicken BBQ before heading to coronation, ticket information is listed HERE.


Please remember at 8:00pm VETERINARY INSPECTIONS will begin! A member or representative MUST be present AT your animal until the vet has completed the inspection!


Results and updated information will be communicated regularly on the Henry County Facebook Page AS WELL as the Henry County 4-H News & Notes Blog, so be sure to subscribe!

4-H Advisory Council Fall Mum Sale


The Henry County 4-H Advisory Council is holding a Fall Mum Sale.

We ask to you to complete the online order form for Pre-orders.

Mums will be available for pick up on September 4, 2022.


We are offering..

  • 9″ Pots – $8.00 each
    • Bronze, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
  • 12″ Pots – $15.00 each
    • Orange, Pink, Purple, Multi-Color, White, Yellow
  • 13″ Basket – $15.00 each
    • Pink, Sundance Yellow, Red Hots, Yellow Tang, Venus Purple

T-Minus 12 days til Moo-ve In!

Wow guys! Fair is literally right around the corner! So buckle up for some important information!!!

  • Did you have a Special Interest Project? Were you not able to make it to Project Judging?
  • Be aware of your specie-specific Weights Requirements! Review these weights and be sure check your animal now that we’re in the homestretch!
  • Drug Use Notification Forms (DUNF)
    • Is now a fully ONLINE submission! Preferred practice is to submit this documentation the WEEK of Move-in Day! All MARKET Livestock Entries will receive a REMINDER link on MONDAY AUGUST 8th, so keep a look out! Or scan the QR code to complete the form now.
  • North Gate Passes
    • All Livestock members have been place on the North Gate Pass list. If you indeed need a North Gate Pass, please visit the Senior Fair Board Office at the Henry County Fairgrounds
    • Senior Fair Board Office Hours:
        • July 27-August 6
          • Weekdays= 11am-7pm [Closed July 31 & August 7]
        • August 8-18
          • Every day= 8a-8p
  • Officer Books
    • This is a gentle reminder that all Club Officer Books will be due to the Extension Office no later than September 1st!
      • If you’re looking for the scoring rubric, please visit our Club Information Tab > Officer Record Rubric
  • Don’t forget about the Fall Mum Fundraiser!
  • This year’s Junior Fair Board has TWO EXCITING opportunities for our exhibitors this year:

      • The Henry County Junior Fair Board is competing with other fairs in Ohio to raise the most canned-food/pantry items in an effort to win $5000!
      • Each of our Livestock Barns will have crate in which to bring your items! All items raised will be dispersed throughout the county to local food pantries!
      • Add it to your calendar on our Facebook Event!
    • Belle Imaging & Marketing
      • This year, our board wanted to provide an excellent opportunity to have a professional photographer come to the fair to capture these precious moments of our exhibitors.
      • All 16 Junior Fair Shows will be captured! (Here’s the schedule)
      • On top of that… All families will recieve FREE DOWNLOADS! How awesome is this??? Photos will be uploaded to her site for you to download FOR FREE!
      • You can still order prints from her on her website. Feel free to check her out at:

We’re seeking out….

For the train enthusiasts we have in our program….
In the depot at the fair is a display of farming and/or construction implements and tractors. There is room for 4-H or FFA members to do part of the display cases. Here’s some information if you have interest.The suggested sizes are 1/64, 1/50, 1/32 scale.  Create a theme for your area or just display in your area, in a display case provided in the Depot.
If you have any interest, send a note to Patrick Schulze’s email by August 5th.  Patrick is in charge of the display area.
Include in your email name, contact, sizes and items to be displayed.Arrive with your items at the Depot by 9am on Wednesday morning before fair.  Please make a list of your items and leave with Patrick.  Arrangements can made if needed for other times.
Create a sign tent that states  –  Display made by:FYI, the door is locked nightly.  The area is not manned 100% of the time.  The cabinets close from behind but do not lock.

How Outstanding!

Thank you to everyone that made our Livestock Skillathons & Project Judging Day an absolute success! Our judges were thoroughly impressed with the caliber of exhibitors they encountered this week, so be sure to give yourselves a round of applause!

On Monday we will have our Project Winners & State Fair Participants finalized – All families will receive an email as soon as results are posted. Keep in mind if you are eligible to go to the Ohio State Fair as a participant, we have limited tickets available and it is first, come, first, serve with the tickets we do have. If you are interested in viewing the Ohio State Fair Schedule, please access the schedule at:

4H Awards
4H Center – Ballroom
Photo by Jay LaPrete

Congratulations are in order for one of our Senior 4-H’ers, Kalleigh Fry! Kalleigh was selected as the Ohio 4-H Goat Achievement Award Winner. Kalleigh Fry, 18, is a 13 year 4-H member from Henry County. Throughout her time as a 4-H member, Kalleigh has taken various still projects and heavily focused on a variety of goat projects. Kalleigh is the proud daughter of Stephen and Charla Fry from Archbold, Ohio and is a senior at Archbold High School. Next fall, she will be attending The Ohio State University- ATI to major in agribusiness.


Reminders for the upcoming week:

  • Saturday July 16th – Henry Co. Horse Council “State Fair Send-Off” Breakfast – 7a-12pm (or until supplies run out) – Henry County Fairgrounds, Small Animal Building
  • Sunday July 17th – 4-H Camp Counselor Review Meeting – 6pm – Crossroads Church
  • Wednesday July 20th –
    • Rabbit IDAny Rabbit NOT tattooed – 4-6pm – Henry County Fairgrounds, Small Animal Building
    • Pullorum Testing – All poultry that has co-mingled with other birds – 5-6pm – Henry County Fairgrounds, Small Animal Building
    • Junior Fair Board – Maintenance & Painting – 4-7pm – Henry County Fairgrounds
  • Booth Guidelines, Assignments & Patrol Times can be found on the 4-H Club Information Tab
  • We have added a Tab for Henry County Livestock Sale Information – be sure to keep checking for more Sale-related information!


It has been brought to my attention that many of our Club Advisors were unfortunately omitted from the Northwest Signal for whatever reason and would like to be sure to recognize their hard work & dedication to our program!

2022 4-H Club Advisors

Buckeye Kids: Lori Drewes, Danielle Spring

Country Kids Catch A Dream: Linda Kinder, Milford Kinder, Tina Myers, Donna Warren, Amy Williams

County Line Livestock: Shaylee Brown, Lynnsey Maassel, Allison Wiemken, Eric Wiemken, Nikki Wiemken, Lori Wilkerson

Creative Kids: Makalie Jorgensen, Ashton Kessler

Forever Farmers & Friends: Nancy Bannister, Nathaniel Gerencser, Julie Meyer, Marie Plassman, Molly Wiemken, Tim Wiemken

Freedom Royal Farmers: Betsy Eggers, Timothy Eggers, Amanda Podach, Chris Podach, Eric Riefers, Zach Wiemken

Gerald Busy Fingers: Bethann Gerken, Stefanie Hilvers, Kendra Michaelis, Rebecca Michaelis

Grelton Bluebirds & Prized Livesock: Kelly Behrman, Andrew Carpenter, Heather Carpenter, Marcia Gobrogge, Nathaniel Honeck, Heather Johnson, Ulrike Myers, Ashley Shanks

Henry County Hoofbeats: Nicole Blackwood, Jody Mohring, Nicole Schwab, Tiffany Wachtman

Henry County Sharp Shooters: Ryan Arno, Brian Bok, Tanya Bok, Tim Elkington, Amy Nickels, Audrey Norden, Sheryl Petersen, Trevor Shively, Carl Sunderman, Marilyn Sunderman, Kacey Wilkerson

Holgate Hustlers: Shelby Rupright, Elizabeth Schuller, Erin Vance, Sarah Wenzinger, Kaylee Westrick

LC Central Station: Kristin Bauman, Martha Gebers, Kimberly Jones, Jennifer Schroeder, Todd Schroeder, Ella Sharp

Marion Express: Cassandra Bishop, Todd Bishop, Bonnie Imbrock, Lynne Prigge, Kathryn Reimund, Mark Seedorf, Keisha Shawber, Stephanie Tietje-Barnhisel, Holly Weber

Maumee Valley: Rebecca Heuerman, Stefanie Miller, Shawn Sonnenberg

North Florida: Christy Eberle, Mark Weddelman, Teresa Weddelman, Michelle Weddelman, Ben Weddelman

Northeastern 4-H Neighbors: Lori Graber, Stephanie Honeck, Tammy Meyer, Lexie Poulson

Okolona Buckeyes: Kelijo Chaffee, Crystal Genter, Katie Morrison, Carly Slee, Rhonda Slee, AnnaLisa Wiemken, Tony Wiemken

Pleasant Ridge: Lindsey Brinkman, Stephanie Eis, Darlene Hoffman, Christine Kelly, Andrew Manon, Laura Miller

Richfield All Stars: Bailey Elchinger, Stacy Elchinger

Ridge Kids: Lisa Dapelo, Matt Eggers, Benjamin Frey, Stephanie Gerken, Sheena Miller, Cristi Ranzau

River City Rugrats: Virginia Bauer, Mary Flowers, Virginia Minnick, Kimberly Schumm, Laura Storch

South Florida: Amy Meyer

Town & Country 4-H’ers: Tori Baker, Andrea Eicher, Eric Norden, Julie Norden, Rianna VonDeylen



Project Judging Starts Next Week!

We’re excited to see all of your smiling faces again to join us for our 2022 Livestock Skillathons & Project Judging Interviews!

Here are some tips & tricks to help you prepare!

  • Review your Project Date & Time! – Here is the 2022 Schedule
  • Livestock Skillathon Exhibitors – Please come dressed in your “Show Clothes” – If you’re not sure what those are, please review your Specie’s SHOW RULES in the Henry County Handbook
  • Project Judging Interview – I recommend “Church Clothes.” Think of this as a interview and dress to impress the judge/s.
  • Speaking of the handbook… REVIEW YOUR HENRY COUNTY HANDBOOK to make sure you have completed your project requirements as outlined in the handbook!
  • Livestock Skillathon Exhibitors – STUDY! Head over to the Livestock Skillathon & Project Judging Tab to find Senior Member Articles & Study Guide Packets! (No we are not open on Saturday for you to come & review the kits)

What else is new???

  • Join the Henry County Horse Council for the “State Fair Send-Off” – The horse program’s 16 Qualifiers will begin to leave for the Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show on Sunday July 17. Join us for the Free-Will Donation, Food, Fun & Fellowship at the Henry County AgHall from 7:00am – 12:00pm (Or until supplies run out!)

2022 State Fair Horse Qualifiers are: Paige Bartels, Maryn Findling, Shalyn Findling, Katie Gerken, Kylee Gerken, Dylan Heuerman, Megan Heuerman, Tyler Heuerman, Devon Hull, Maya Mason, Joslyn Mohring, Tracey Rich, Ryli Rohrs, Maddie Sattler, Kara Schnitkey & Ashley Wachtman.








Full steam ahead!

We just keep trucking here at the office! 

Keep in mind that Skillathon & Project Judging is coming soon! Follow this LINK over to the Project Judging information for information, study guides & senior articles to review!

The countdown to the Henry County Fair is officially upon us, so we’ve added more information for clubs, members & parents under our 4-H Club Information tab.

  • Club Booth Layout
  • Club Booth Patrol Schedule
  • Premium Pick-Up Schedule

As always, reach out to us with any questions or concerns!

Communication & Expressive Arts Contest

We had a fabulous turnout for our 2022 Communication & Expressive Arts Contest on Tuesday June 14th at Crossroads Church! I’d like to thank all of the 4-H families that came out to support our participants – I am so excited to see this program grow in the future! The amount of talent within our youth members is fantastic! See the results below!

Expressive Arts Division – Overall Theme: Building Tomorrow’s Future

Category 2:Written Expression

Activity 2-A) Written Poem (click name to read their entry)

Activity 2-B) Written Short Story (click name to read their entry)

Category 3: Visual Arts

Activity 3-A) Sculpture

  • First Place: Bailey Holbrook
  • Second Place: Blake Reimund

Activity 3-B) Drawing

  • First Place: Nathan Sattler
  • Second Place: Mackenzie Spring
  • Third Place: Molly Rosebrook
  • Thanks to Emmaline Weaver & Morgan Reimund for their entries!

Activity 3-C) Painting

  • First Place: Taylor Hendrix
  • Second Place: Karleigh Sonnenberg
  • Third Place: Kendall Rosebrook
  • Honorable Mention: Macee Speiser
  • Thanks to Morgan Reimund, Addison Speiser, Alyssa Sifuentes, Stella Fifer & Jovi Sonnenberg for their entries!

Activity 3-D) Photography

  • First Place: Hannah Millikan
  • Second Place: Adrianna Meyer
  • Third Place: Rylee Speiser
  • Thanks to Blake Reimund & Jolynn Eis for their entries!

Communication Division

Category 4: Illustrated Talks & Demonstration 

Activity 4-C) Illustrated Talk & Demonstration WITHOUT use of computer – Intermediate Division (11-13)

  • First Place: Levi Johnson
  • Second Place: Tracey Rich

Category 5: Marketing

Activity 5-A) Thank You Card WITHOUT use of computer – Junior Division (8-10)

  • First Place: Lyla Miller
  • Second Place: Piper Speiser
  • Emaline Wachtman

Activity 5-C) Holiday Card WITHOUT use of computer – Intermediate Division (11-13)

  • First Place: Kennedy Kruse

Activity 5-D) Holiday Card WITH use of computer – Intermediate Division (11-13)

  • First Place: Makenna Bickel
  • Second Place: Bella Agler
  • Third Place: Allistair Cordes

Activity 5-F) Public Service Announcement (PSA) – Senior Division (14-18yo)

  • First Place: Adrianna Meyer


Thanks for all the Entries!

Thank you for all of the entries for the 2022 Henry County Jr. Fair! If you have questions or concerns, please email Morgan at:

Outside of FairEntry, many of you have been asking for some updates across the program – Emily & I have been working hard to get things “buttoned up” before we head out next week for camp. So please follow these links to answer many of your questions! As always, please contact the office with any questions.

Final 4-H Camp Newsletter

Henry County Skillathon & Project Judging Information

Henry County Jr. Fair Schedule of Events

It’s Crunch Time!


It’s the magical deadline! ALL Henry County Fair entries are DUE into our FairEntry System!

There are few things to take note of…

  1. When you have uploaded your animal to 4-HOnline, I have to approve the animal BEFORE you are able to “see” that animal in the FairEntry Program. While it IS an extra step, I am able to verify all the information in available & CORRECT. Which actually SAVES us time when we get to Fair Time Check-In! I check these uploads multiple times a day, so get on it BEFORE JUNE 15TH! Here’s a helpful video on adding your animal!
  2. PLEASE use the FairEntry video we uploaded this year, it’s helpful! When your 4-H Online Animals have been approved, they will simply appear & you’ll select the classes to enter for fair & be good to go. Again, I will approve your “Invoice” to ensure there are no big issues, but so far, things have gone swimmingly. As always, please email me with any FairEntry questions. Everyone that reaches out with questions, I usually get resolved within the day.
  3. If you are taking a NON-ANIMAL project… I still need you to sign up for your project! We use the system for your premiums, so if you’d like to have a premium, please sign up BEFORE JUNE 15TH!

FFA members- you will create your animals directly on the Fair Entry system & DO NOT need to upload them to 4-HOnline. Be sure, if you have a Goat or Sheep that you are uploading the ENTIRE Scrapie Tag Number!

I will be visiting Paulding County Fair on June 11th, so please be patient should you email me around that time.

As always, my email is: Happy entering!