Lawrence County 4-H News, April 2023

The 4-H Club Season is in full force and we have a few things we would like to bring to your attention; some reminders and some new updates!

4-H Enrollment Changes: Need to add or delete a project? Make a club change or addition? Our office will accept changes to your 4-H enrollment up until March 31st. To make changes you must contact our office – 740-533-4322 or email Rachael at or Paige at After March 31st, no changes or project additions will be accepted.

4-H Dog Obedience: Taking the 4-H Dog Obedience Project? Classes start this Thursday, March 30th, 6:00pm at the Extension Office. Members enrolled in this project should check your email for further information and required forms.

Market Chicken Orders: Any youth planning to exhibit Market Chickens must purchase their chickens through the OSU Extension Office. Orders must be received and paid for by April 1st. The Market Chicken Order Form can be found here: 2023 Market Chicken Order Form 

4-H Project Book Orders: Don’t wait until the last minute, get your 4-H project book ordered today. We have many in-stock at the Extension Office, but it’s best to check with your club advisor and our office before purchasing.

Cloverbud Discovery Days Continues: Next Monday, April 3rd, 5:30pm at the Extension Office. Cloverbuds are welcome to join Zoie, our 4-H program assistant, and 4-H Teen Leaders to explore 4-H project areas. The schedule includes, April 3rd: STEM, April 17th: Creative Arts, and April 24th: Health H. To register to attend visit: Lawrence County 4-H Cloverbud Discovery Registration

Lamb, Goat, and Hog Tag In: Saturday, April 22nd, 8:00 – 10:00am at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds. All animals and alternate animals must be tagged in during this designated tag-in date. For more information on animal allowances and rules for the projects visit: 2023 Lawrence County Fair Rules.pdf (

Horse Project ID Form & Equistep Training: All youth planning to exhibit a horse during the 2023 4-H year must complete their Horse ID Form and Equistep Training. The Horse ID Form is due April 17th and can be found here: 2023 Horse ID Form. Also Equistep Training can be done online on your own time by visiting: 2023 Equistep or you can join us for our county-wide training, April 17th at 6:00pm at Collins Career Center. Equistep must be complete by May 1 for all Lawrence County 4-H exhibitors.

Non-Livestock/Breeding Form Now Available: Any youth enrolled in a Non-Livestock/Breeding Project such as Beef Breeding, Beef Feeders, Dairy/Pack/Pygmy/Meat Production/Fiber Goats, Sheep or Rabbit Breeding, and/or Fancy Poultry must complete an animal ID and class designation form by June 1. The form is now available online at: 2023 Animal ID Form 

Lawrence County 4-H Camp: Lawrence County youth are invited to attend 4-H camp this summer, June 5th – 8th at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp. This year we will be camping with Adams and Pike County, 3rd – 8th grade. Scholarship applications are now available at: Lawrence County 4-H Camp Scholarship Application. Scholarship applications are due April 15th and Camp Registration will be made available in the next few weeks!

Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Spring Fling: 3rd – 6th grade youth interested in checking out camp for an overnight are invited to attend the Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Spring Fling, April 22nd – 23rd. Registration is $40 and can be found at: Spring Fling Registration

4-H Community Service/Fundraiser Opportunity: Looking for a fundraiser/community service opportunity? Lawrence County Senior Fairboard Members are hosting an auction at the fairgrounds on Saturday, April 17th, in an effort to support Junior Fair improvements and they are looking for a club interested in hosting a concession stand. Interested clubs should contact, Montana Runnels.

Ohio 4-H Healthy Club Challenge: We pledge our “health to better living” but do we actually practice it? The 4th H Club Challenge encourages Ohio 4-H Clubs to learn, practice, and advocate for healthy choices and behaviors at 4-H club meetings. Practicing healthy habits and choices now has lifelong effects on the health of youth. Each club that completes the challenge before the deadline will enter into the $100 voucher drawing for their region to use for their club (project books, educational tools, etc.)! Each region will have a winner. The first 25 clubs that complete the registration and pre-survey will get an extra entry. How does it work? Apply 3 healthy practices per meeting at 6 or more 4-H clubs/meetings from April – December 2023. For more information visit:

Quality Assurance: Quick reminder all youth exhibiting an animal project at the county/state fair must complete Quality Assurance by May 1st. For quality assurance opportunities visit: Lawrence County Fair | Lawrence (

Food & Clothing Project Judging: Youth enrolled in a food and clothing project, including cake decorating and quilting, please hold the date for project judging: June 22nd at 5:00pm! More specific information will be shared to your emails soon!

Livestock Skillathon: Again this year, Livestock Skillathon will be a mandatory requirement to show and sale your project animal. The study guide and information for this years Skillathon is now available: 2023 Skillathon Study Guide.pdf (

4-H Lifeskills/General Projects: Please be sure you are checking out your 4-H project book and our Lawrence County 4-H Guidebook for information on project judging expectations and requirements. 4-H Guidebook

Lawrence County 4-H Guidebook: The 2023 Lawrence County 4-H Volunteer & Member Guidebook is not only good for project judging requirements but shares lots of information surrounding the structure and expectations of our county program. Visit Lawrence County 4-H Guidebook and be sure to take a deep dive into reading it!

Also, the Lawrence County 4-H App is now LIVE! We are so excited to provide this App as a way to connect to all of our 4-H families through your phones App store. It’s a free download. Once inside the 4-H Now App, search for Lawrence County and Download our program. It is regularly updated, so be sure to clear it out of your open apps and check it for all the latest information! The App can be found for Anroid users here: Apple Users:

Now that the 4-H Enrollment season for Fair has ended, we hope you are off to a great start. Please reach out to us if you have any questions along the way! We are here to help 🙂







Lawrence County 4-H News, March 2023

It’s March 1st, which means Lawrence County 4-H Enrollment Deadline is in 15 days! 

2023 4-H Theme: 4-H & Me in 2023

4-HOnline: All volunteers and members must be enrolled by 11:59pm on March 15th to be eligible for junior fair participation this year. Enroll at New families should create a profile, but returning families or members who need help logging in – please contact our office. DO NOT create a new profile!

4-H Volunteers: please don’t forget to complete your volunteer training by March 15th. Failure to complete will result in your ineligiblity to be a 4-H volunteer for the 2023 year – details can be found at 2023 Lawrence County 4-H Volunteer Training | Lawrence County 4-H (

Meet & Greet, Set Up for Project Success: Need help with enrollment? Want to look through some project books to help make your decision? Want to purchase your project book and get project completion requirements? Join us on March 7th, 4:00 – 7:00pm at the Extension Office.

Senior Scholarship Opportunities: Due March 20th, 2023, application links are below. Please encourage your senior 4-H members to apply. The Lawrence County 4-H Scholarship Application will be used to select the Ohio Valley Bank Scholarship recipient as well as the Lawrence County 4-H Committee Scholarship recipient.

Cloverbud Discovery Days

Cloverbud Discovery Days is open to all 5-8 year old Lawrence County 4-H Cloverbuds. Discovery Days will happen at the Extension Office starting Monday, March 27th continuing April 3rd, April 17th, and April 24th. Each Monday new activities will be introduced starting at 5:30pm. Registration is required at



Quality Assurance: The last county-wide Quality Assurance Training will be held on March 23rd at 5:00pm, via Zoom, QA Registration is required to recieve the connection link. Registration can be found: Meeting Registration – Zoom Other Quality Assurance Options can be found here: Lawrence County Fair | Lawrence ( Quality Assurance must be completed by all livestock exhibitors and attendance submitted to the Extension Office by May 1st.

Full Junior Fair Schedule: The 2023 Lawrence County Junior Fair Schedule has been posted to our website! You can find it by visiting: Lawrence County Fair | Lawrence ( A few highlighted changes:

  • Market Chicken Show moved to Tuesday, July 11th at 9:00am
  • Market Lamb Show moved to Monay, July 10th at 10:00am
  • Skillathon only offered Saturday, July 8th from 1:00 – 5:00pm
  • Cloverbuds & Families, you will also see a few Cloverbud events have moved around and some extra activities for all have been added!

Market Chicken Order Form: All 4-H members taking Market Chickens at the 2023 Lawrence County Fair must order their chickens through our office by April 1st. Payment and order must be received by the 1st! Each member receives 10 market chickens at a cost of $25.00. Order form can be found at

Lawrence County 4-H Horse Projects: Youth planning to exhibit a horse at the Lawrence County 4-H Horse Show must submit their project id form by March 31, ID Form can be found here: 2023 Lawrence County 4-H Horse ID Form Youth must also complete Equistep training by May 1. Training registration can be found here: EquiSTEP 2023 – College of FAES ( Please be sure to keep a copy of your certification for verification. Lawrence County 4-H Horse program will be hosting an in-person, group Equistep Training, date to be released soon.

Lamb, Goat, Hog Tag-In: Any exhibitor enrolled in the Market Lamb, Goat, and/or Hog project must bring their animals to Tag-In on April 22nd from 8:00 – 10:00 at the Lawrence County Fairground Large Animal Barn to be tagged with their official fair ID.

 Spring Fling: Registration is now open for our 2023 Spring Fling! Spring Fling Overnight is open to 3rd – 6th grade. It will be held April 22nd – April 23rd. Camp will begin at 4:30pm on Saturday & end Sunday at noon!Cost is $40 and registration is due by April 14th. Visit to sign up today. Activities will include hiking, outdoor recreation, line dancing, a campfire, and more!

Community Service Opportunity:  Hometown Love has contacted the Extension Office looking for 4-H clubs to help with a Spring Fair being hosted at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 22nd at 9:00am. For more information and potentially volunteering your 4-H club to help, please contact Brandi Ross at 304-360-0422 or message the group on Facebook at HomeTownLove – Rome.