As I just shared in our recent column in the Ironton Tribune, March is Madness in 4-H, too! I hope all of our 4-H families are off to a great start.
We have quite a bit to update you on and bring to your attention to help with your projects and 4-H year success! Some will pertain to you, other pieces may not, but we hope you read it all to be aware of what is going on in our county 4-H program, so just maybe you can help your fellow 4-H’ers if they have questions 🙂
What’s Happening in April?
- April 1st, Market Chicken Orders, must be placed. Order by visiting: Market Chicken Order Form
- April 2nd, Lawrence County 4-H Horse Clinic open to all Lawrence County 4-H youth. Lunch will start at noon, with clinic planning to start at 1:00pm. RSVP here!
- April 4th, Extended Deadline date for Lawrence County 4-H Horse ID forms! This is the first deadline 4-H Horse Youth must meet in order to be eligible to show. Failure to submit by the 4th will result in ineligibility to show at the county/state fair. Horse ID form can be found here! Second step is the Equistep Training, training can be found at go.osu.edu/equistep Equistep must be completed by May 1.
- April 19, Quilting Clinic, youth interested in quilting can register for a hands-on clinic, more details and the RSVP form can be found at: 4-H Clover Clinics Please RSVP by April 10.
- April 21, County-Wide Quality Assurance Training, 7:30pm, zoom option: QA Registration
- April 23, Lamb, Goat, Hog Tag-In, 8:00 – 10:00am, Fairgrounds. All members planning to exhibit lamb, goat, or hog projects must have their animals brought to the fairgrounds during the designated time to tag animals with official fair ID.
- April 29 – 30th, Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, Spring Fling, Open to 3rd-6th graders. Spring Fling is an overnight camping opportunity for youth to come check out 4-H Camp. Registration is $40. Payment and Registration is due by April 22. Register by clicking: Spring Fling
- April 30th, Sewing Clinic, youth interested in sewing can register for a hands-on clinic, more details and the RSVP form can be found at: 4-H Clover Clinics Please RSVP by April 10.
- Did you miss the orientation meeting for Dog Obedience? The next Dog Obedience meeting will be this coming Wednesday, April 6th at 6:30pm on the courthouse lawn in Ironton.
- Shooting Sports is meeting regularly, if you are enrolled in a 700 level shooting sports project you must be meeting with our certified instructors through the Lawrence County 4-H Shooting Sports Club. If you need help connecting with them, please let us know.
- Quality Assurance Deadline, May 1, there are multiple ways to complete Quality Assurance – in your club with a certified assistant instructor, through on-line zooms, YQCA, or test-out (if you meet the required age of 12) but whichever you choose… QA must be complete by May 1 to be eligible to show and sell at the county fair.
- Livestock Skillathon, Livestock Skillathon is mandatory this year for all exhibitors to be eligible to show and sell. If exhibiting multiple species, exhibitors may choose with preference being a market project over breeding. Skillathons will be completed on ipads this year. Livestock Skillathon for all species will be offered on Saturday and Sunday of the Fair. Chickens must be completed by Saturday, prior to show (no Sunday option). Each specie will also have the opportunity to complete skillathon at their designated tag in.
- Lamb, Goat, Hog: April 23
- Chickens: During chicken pick up, week of May 23
- Rabbits: June 11
- Visit Livestock Skillathon Study Guide for this years topics. Although not listed on the Skillathon Study Guide, if members bring their 4-H project books with these pages complete to their skillathon, they will receive 5 bonus points:
- Goat: pg. 30-33
- Rabbit: pg. 34-37
- Chicken: pgs. 7-9
- Lamb: pgs. 27-30
- Beef: pgs. 27-30
- Hog: pgs. 27-30
4-H Fair Activities Updates
- Change in Lawrence County Fair Parade: The 4-H parade will be moving to Saturday this year. It will be held at 2:00pm inside the fairgrounds. We will no longer be starting from the Kroger parking lot. It will also be a walking parade only. Clubs are encouraged to have props but there will be no trucks, floats, or motor vehicles. Walking Only!
- Change in Rabbit/Chicken Barn & 4-H Building: Recently, it was decided the 4-H Building and the Rabbit and Chicken Barn will swap places. Our 4-H and Livestock Committees along with the Senior Fairboard are working hard to make this transition and believe it will be a great move for our rabbit and chicken exhibitors. We will be using the 4-H Expo Center for all 4-H displays. In the stages of making the move, an idea to allow small animal club show boxes was shared. Advisors we would like your input, would you be interested in creating a 4ft x 4ft x 2ft show box to be utilized by your club members? Please complete the Show Box Survey by April 15.
- Club Booth Displays: We will be setting up our table-top club booth displays in the 4-H Expo Center under the grandstand. The same criteria exists as before, except you will not have the boards behind your display to staple to, if you need wall space it must be magnetic or placed with command hooks that will be removed on Sunday of the fair.
- Cloverbud Corner: We will have a cloverbud corner in the Expo Center.
- Cloverbud Interviews, Project Judging, Picnic Table Socialization, Games, and more will be held in the old rabbit/chicken barn… now the 4-H building :).
- 4-H Fair Schedule: The 4-H Fair Schedule has been posted on our website at: 2022 Lawrence County Fair Schedule of Events (osu.edu) Locations will be added as we approach the fair.
We understand some of these changes may impact your decisions to participate in some of the club projects: parade, beautifications, displays etc. We will be launching a new sign up for these things in the next few weeks!
4-H Camp Opportunities
Dates, scholarship applications and more can be found: 4-H Camp | Lawrence (osu.edu)
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Ideas? Send them our way at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-533-4322