Lawrence County 4-H News, June 2021

We are one month from Fair time! We hope everyone is enjoying their 4-H Club experience and working hard on their 4-H projects. As we begin preparing for the fair, we wanted to share some important updates regarding project judging and other events coming up:

Lawrence County Fair Theme: Lawrence County 4-H Can Do Virtually Anything Together

Rabbit Tag-In

June 12th, 8:00-10:00AM, Lawrence County Fairgrounds.

4-H Project Judging

Lawrence County 4-H Clothing & Food Projects, Judging: Tuesday, June 29th at 4:00pm, Register by June 11 at

Lawrence County 4-H Shooting Sports Projects, Judging: Sunday, July 11th at 2:00pm, Register by July 1 at

Lawrence County 4-H Natural Resources, STEM, Animal Science Projects, Judging: Wednesday, July 14th at 2:00pm, Register by July 1, at

Lawrence County 4-H About 4-H, Communication, Creative Arts, Home Living, Healthy Living, Leadership & Citizenship, Money Management & Self Determined Projects, Judging: Thursday, July 15th at 2:00pm, Register by July 1 at

For a full detailed project judging list, with a breakdown of project titles listed under each project area with date of judging, visit: Detailed Project Judging List 

There will be space in the 4-H project building to display your projects after your judging. Many of the 1st place projects are eligible to participate in our Silent Auction on Friday, July 16th. For information on what to bring to 4-H project judging and if your project is eligible for the silent auction view your project’s fact sheet here: Lawrence County 4-H Project Information | Lawrence (

Winners for each project will be announced at their 4-H project judging. Each 1st place will then be entered into the Overall 4-H Project Winner competition that will be announced at Friday’s 4-H Showcase, Friday, July 16th.

Ohio State Fair

Livestock Entries are due June 20th

All other projects: 1st place winners will receive information about the sate fair during their designated project judging.

4-H Project Clinics 

Nature Project Clinic, June 10th at 5:00pm, the Iron Furnace Shelter at Vesuvius

Cooking Project Clinic, June 17th at 1:00pm, reserve your spot by June 14 at:

Wood Working Project Clinic, June 21 at 5:30pm, reserve your spot by June 14 at

4-H Club Beatification Exhibits

Is your club interested in exhibiting a booth display, picnic table, trash can, flower pot, beautification display or participating in the parade? Complete this 2021 Beautification Sign Up Survey by July 1.

  • Club Booth Displays: Clubs may display a 3ft table space area of membership,
    community service, and club activities, etc. using a tri-fold/poster display. Clubs may use
    from the ground up in the 3 ft space( ½ table) for the display. Clubs are not limited to
    the table top. Cloverbud’s must be displayed within this space or in the project exhibit
    area of the building. Clubs must stay in designated area.
  • Picnic Tables – should be 6 ft. Picnic tables can be left at the fairgrounds or taken home
    after fair. We would like to use the picnic tables in and around the 4-H building for
    games and activities.
  • Trash cans should be at least 30 gallon or larger and can be left at the fair or taken back
  • Flower pots can be round or square and must be 20’’ in diameter or larger. Rectangle
    flower pots must be at least 20’’ in length or larger. All flower pots should be removed
    from the fairgrounds when all other exhibits are released from the fair.
  • Welcome beautification display should be a 6×6 area.

All booths and displays are dismissed the last Saturday of the fair.

Cloverbud Events

  • 4-H Cloverbud Fun Event on Monday, June 28th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Extension Office. We will be exploring many of the 4-H project areas. To help us plan, please register by June 21 at
  • Cloverbud Interviews/Rodeo/Carnival twice:
    • Monday, July 12th at 1:00pm
    • Tuesday, July 13th at 1:00pm

Cloverbuds can choose which day works best for their schedule. Volunteers will lead group rotations, Cloverbuds will start by signing up at the 4-H shelter.

  • Cloverbud Corner is a place to exhibit your ½ sized poster or small craft or item to display of your favorite 4-H club/community service activity. Please bring these with you to the Cloverbud interviews. Items can then be put in the Cloverbud Corner display after your interview for the remainder of the week.
  • Cloverbud Pet Potato Parade is scheduled for Thursday, July 15th, sign ups at 6:00pm in the 4-H shelther, parade at 6:30pm. Bring a decorated pet potato (cat, dog, cow, horse, lizard, snake, unicorn, etc). Be creative! Cloverbuds will be asked to introduce themselves and their pet during the parade.

2021 Lawrence County Fair Schedule

The 2021 Lawrence County 4-H & FFA Events Schedule can be found at 2021 Lawrence County Fair Schedule of Events (

A few items to note:

  • Skillathon will be offered multiple days, exhibitors of any specie can come on the date that works best for them to participate in the electronic skillathon.
  • Market Feeder, Beef Breeding, and Market Steer show has been moved to the same day, Wednesday, July 14th.
  • Lawrence County 4-H Horse Show has been scheduled for Friday, July 9th at 6:00pm at LCHA.

In place of our Barn Meeting, the Lawrence County Junior Fairboard has shared their Top 10 tips on a successful fair week, we encourage every 4-H member to take a minute to watch this video:

All rules can be found at: 2021 Junior Fair Rules and Regulations_0.pdf (

Fair Pageant Information

Fair Queen, Princess, and Little Miss Information can be found at Lawrence County Fair | Lawrence (

Pre-Fair Check-In

On July 1st, our office will be open 8:00 – 6:00pm to pick up your fair passes. Please bring a copy of your club roster with meeting attendance. Club members must attend 5 meetings and complete their 4-H project book to receive their fair pass.

Non-Livestock/Breeding Forms

If you are planning to exhibit a breeding or non-livestock project and have not yet submitted your Non-Livestock/Breeding Form please complete and submit to our office by July 1. 4-H Project Forms | Lawrence (

Buyer Invites & Thank Yous

Now is the perfect time to invite 4-H & FFA supporters to the county fair to watch our many events, as well as to our livestock sale on Saturday, July 17th. We also ask all 2019 exhibitors, to express thanks to their buyers by hanging a thank you poster above your pen. All 1st year exhibitors are ask to welcome or thank buyers! Posters are judged on originality, artistic ability and creativity.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 740-533-4322 or,

Lawrence County 4-H, June Deadlines Are Approaching Fast

June 1 is right around the corner and brings many 4-H deadlines!

  • The Lawrence County 4-H Horse Show scheduled for Friday, July 9th has a registration deadline of June 1. Show registration can be found at: Lawrence County 4-H Horse Show Registration We must have a minimum of 5 members, who have completed the required Equistep & Horse ID Forms, registered to continue with show planning.
  • The Lawrence County 4-H Non-Livestock & Breeding Forms are due to the Extension Office June 1. Forms, show schedule, and rules can be found at
  • The Lawrence County 4-H Committee has planned a few 4-H Project Clinics. We must have at least 5 registered to continue with the clinic planning.
  • 4-H Food & Clothing Project Judging is scheduled for Tuesday, June 29th more information and registration for interview can be found at 4-H Food & Clothing Project Judging. Registration deadline is June 11th
  • Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp 
  • Lawrence County Fair Market Rabbit Tattooing is scheduled for June 12th at the Small Animal Shelter of the Fairgrounds from 8:00 – 10:00am. All exhibitors who have completed QA and enrolled in the Market Rabbit project must bring their rabbits to this event to receive their fair ID.

I believe that covers all deadlines in June!

In other news, we will welcome back Paige Matney from maternity leave on June 1. Starting June 1, our office hours will be Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 4:30pm. We will be closed for Memorial Day!

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend. If you have any questions, please reach out to our office at 740-533-4322 or &

Lawrence 4-H News, May 2021

Hello –

With 4-H clinics, project judging, camps and the county fair inching closer, we have quite a few things to share. Please take a minute to read and share with your 4-H friends.

Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, Camp Is Calling, We Must Go!

Each camp has its own registration deadline, please visit the individual links for more information. Beds are beginning to fill up, please do not wait until the last minute.

4-H Project Days

Thanks to the Lawrence County 4-H Committee and a few great guest presenters we are able to offer a couple 4-H project clinics this year for our popular 4-H project areas:

  • Nature Day, will be provided by Ashley with Wayne National Forest at the Iron Furnace Shelter House on June 10th at 5:00pm, to register visit Register for the event by June 1.
  • Cooking Clinic, will be provided by Heidi Clark with Spice of Life Catering, on June 17th at 1:00pm at Mamre Baptist Church, to register visit, register by June 14.

More information about these events were emailed directly to members enrolled in these projects. If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please contact me if you have any questions or need more information.

Market Chicken Pick Up 

4-H & FFA Market Chicken orders should ship on May 26th. We will contact each individual family once the chickens arrive at the Extension Office for pick up. All market chickens are expected to be picked up the day of arrival.

Non-Livestock Animal/Breeding Forms 

4-H & FFA members planning to exhibit a non-livestock animal/breeding project must complete their animal registration form by June 1. Each member was emailed and mailed a copy of the form and they can also be found at 4-H Project Forms | Lawrence ( All members planning to exhibit one of these projects must complete QA by May 15th.

Market Rabbit Tattooing 

4-H & FFA members planning to exhibit market rabbits at the county fair must bring their rabbits to the Lawrence County Fairgrounds from 8:00-10:00am on June 12th for rabbit tattooing.  All members planning to exhibit a market rabbit rabbit project must complete QA by May 15th.

Food/Cake Decorating and Clothing/Quilting 4-H Project Judging 

4-H & FFA members planning to be judged on their Food, Clothing, Cake Decorating or Quilting project need to register for their interview by visiting: 4-H project interview registration. Project judging for these projects will be Tuesday, June 29th. Members may also participate in their skillathon during this time.

Lawrence County Fair Pageant Information can be found at Lawrence County Fair | Lawrence (

Lawrence County Junior Fair Rules & Schedule can be found at: Lawrence County Fair | Lawrence (

Lawrence County 4-H Project Fact Sheets with Frequently Asked Questions can be found at: 4-H Project Forms | Lawrence (

If you have any questions, please reach out – 740-533-4322 or

Lawrence County 4-H News, April 2021

Hello 2021 Lawrence County 4-H Families:

First, I just want to say thank you! Thank you to our volunteers and families who worked hard to recruit and enroll our members this year. I know the new 4HOnline system was a little tough to navigate and I appreciate your patience.

I know many are eager to get started on their 4-H project books. We do have lots of 4-H project books in stock and if they aren’t there, we can get them in usually within the week. Clubs may take up an order or members can contact our office directly. Orders can also be placed on the OSU Extension Publications website and there are a few projects available for free download at Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects | Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Also, I know livestock youth are curious about Quality Assurance expectations and how to get their training before the May 1st deadline. Available Quality Assurance trainings can be found at Lawrence County Fair | Lawrence ( Livestock tag-in is also a hot topic right now, we will be holding Lamb, Goat, and Hog Tag-In on April 24th, 8:00 – 10:00am at the fairgrounds. Exhibitors must bring their animals to the grounds that morning to be tagged. Rabbit Tattooing will be June 12th, 8:00 – 10:00 am at the fairgrounds. Market Chickens must be ordered by April 5th, by visiting 2021 Lawrence County 4-H Market Chicken Order Form

Lawrence County 4-H Horse Projects must have their Equistep Training and Project ID Form completed by April 15th. Find the Project ID Form and Equistep link at Lawrence County 4-H Horse Projects.

Lawrence County 4-H Seniors, there is a 4-H scholarship available to you. It can be found as an online survey at Lawrence County 4-H Scholarship. The deadline has been extended to April 15th. The committee awards $250.00 scholarships.

4-H Club Officers looking for great resources there is a toolkit available: 4-H Club Meeting Tool Kit and also a Regional 4-H Club Officer Training coming up soon, Tuesday, April 20th at 6:30pm, on ZOOM to register visit

I also want to congratulate our Lawrence County 4-H Teen Leaders on their Ohio 4-H Community Service Award. The teens received statewide recognition for their Angel Tree project efforts! To view their President, Brea Belville, share more about the experience and more when accepting the award, view the recorded recognition event here, around the 18:30 mark: 2021 Ohio 4-H Awards Recognition – YouTube

4-H Teens, members 14 years and older, if you are looking for a fun opportunity to be involved with the fair and county-wide 4-H events – contact Rachael at or 740-533-4322 for more information.

I have already seen so many great things come across social media of awesome community service work our 4-H clubs are doing; Easter baskets, essential worker baskets, and much more! We are Lawrence County 4-H Proud and “Can do Virtually Anything Together” (our 4-H theme this year). To stay up to date on current safety protocols and guidelines, please visit Stay connected! | Ohio 4-H Youth Development. & YES, you can meet in person, as long as you can do so safely 🙂

I believe this wraps up most of the current hot topics. I am trying to send target emails to families with information as it pertains to their projects and areas of interest, so you may see some of this more than once. Please, watch your email – as this is our primary way of communication. You can also follow us on facebook, Ohio State – Lawrence County 4-H and check our website for regular updates If you have any questions, please reach out!


2021 Lawrence County 4-H FAQ

When is Lawrence County 4-H Enrollment deadline?
-Enrollment deadline is March 31st, 2021.
Who can enroll?
-Ohio 4-H membership is based on a child’s age AND grade
as of January 1 of the current calendar year. Eligibility for
Cloverbud participation begins when a child is age 5 and
enrolled in kindergarten. Eligibility for participation in 4-H
projects and competitive events begins when a child is age 8
and in third grade. Any youth age 9 or above is eligible for
project membership, regardless of grade level.
What is a Cloverbud and what projects can they take?
-The youngest 4-H members are called Cloverbuds (youth
age 5 and in kindergarten to age 8 and in the third grade).
4-H volunteers lead activities that explore topics such as
health, earth and the environment, citizenship, plants and
animals, science and technology, personal development,
Creative arts, and more! Cloverbuds are noncompetitive and
are only eligible to take “My 4-H Cloverbud Year” project
How do I enroll?
How do I get my 4-H Project books?
-Contact your club advisor for bulk order or contact our office
at (740)533-4322. Orders can also be placed directly at
Will there be a Lawrence County Fair, and when?
-July 10-17, 2021. “Message from Fair Board President, Randall
Lambert… The Lawrence County Fair Board is currently making
preparations to have a full fair for 2021. (Complete with rides,
food vendors, livestock shows, grandstand attractions, etc.)
Governor Mike Dewine recently announced that Ohio Fairs
would be permitted to operate at a 30% occupancy capacity.
We will be following all State and CDC Guidelines. (At this
time, masks and social distancing will be required.) Although
nothing is guaranteed during these unpredictable times, we
are continuing to move forward with our plans for the 2021
fair season. We will provide you with additional information as
it comes available.”

Lawrence 4-H Community Service, “Tic, Tac, Toe, Can You Get 3 In A Row?”

Every Winter, the OSU Extension, Lawrence County office staff and the Lawrence County 4-H Committee team up to provide service to our county.  4-H members are encouraged to develop and practice skills to become helpful and useful in their club, community, country, and world. 4-H Community service project allows youth and adults to work together while helping others at the same time. This year, we challenge you to participate in a game of Tic, Tac, Toe:

If participating in the Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Recycling Project, as part of your Tic, Tac, Toe board, please read the following image for acceptable items:

While doing your part, take a few pictures and reflect on the mission of being helpful and useful to others, then when you get “3 in a row” submit your responses by December 31st at and you will win a small 4-H prize.

We look forward to seeing your acts of service this year!

Earth Day 2020

Today, I read through the most recent National Geographic for Kids magazine, inside there was a “Which Comeback Critter Are You?” personality quiz. After taking it and reading through the different critter personalities, I immediately thought I am surrounded by a pack of grey wolves. According to the quiz, grey wolves “love to talk about issues you are passionate about, just like gray wolves – sort of, they use their barks, whimpers, growls, and howls. And wolves are tough, able to thrive in hot deserts and cold mountains. Not much fazes you either. Challenges? Bring ‘em on”.

Lawrence County 4-H is full of “grey wolves”. Our volunteers, youth, and adults are resilient. So many are passionate – passionate about the future of our 4-H program, passionate about continuing to find new ways to fulfill our mission, passionate about providing service to our community, and much, much more. Lawrence County 4-H volunteers, like wolves, are tough, able to thrive in hot deserts and cold mountains. This unique time has proven our 4-H family is tough, through the highs and the lows, each of you have taken it in stride and come up with some great ideas to continue moving forward with the wolves attitude of “Challenges? Bring ‘em on”.

On average, a Lawrence County 4-H youth and adult volunteers will give over 100 hours of service each year. 4-H may have taken a 180 degree turn lately as we have begun our virtual outreach. But, our 4-H community has accepted the challenge. 4-H Clubs are participating in virtual activities together, 4-H volunteers are continuously providing insight and ideas, our teens are providing us with weekly motivation, and many 4-H families are providing service to our community.

So, you may wonder why the topic of National Geographic for Kids, Gray Wolves, and 4-H? Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day. Earth Day is a celebration of environmental protection. 4-H pledges to provide our hands to larger service & our health to better living. Earth Day gives a perfect opportunity for 4-H to showcase our passion, provide service, and accept a “…for my world” challenge.

Need some ideas? Go on a hike, plant a tree or a garden, pick up trash, recycle, set up a composting site, turn off the water while your brushing your teeth and lights when you leave a room, donate unwanted items.

Share your Earth Day activities in the comments.

2020 Lawrence County 4-H COVID-19 FAQ

As of April 14th, 2020, this blog post will be updated as more information is available.

“Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel all Ohio State University Extension in-person programming through July 6. This includes all 4-H programs, activities, and events. Additionally, we’ve made the very difficult decision to cancel all 4-H camps thru August 31. Although in-person programming is cancelled, we will continue to offer virtual 4-H experiences.”

Will there be a 2020 Lawrence County Fair? According to Ohio Fair Managers’ Facebook Page the fair is still on schedule. An April 8th post stated, “Just to give an update Ohio Fair Managers are working with Ohio’s Government Leadership and have not cancelled any Ohio agricultural fairs as of April 8, 2020. We will keep you updated. These are new times for all of us and together we can get through this. There are several fairs that have applied for help through the CARES ACT if you have question message us and we can pass along contact information. Stay safe!”

If Fair gets cancelled, how can we complete our judging? As of right now we are continuing to move forward with fair plans, however if it were to be cancelled, please know your Lawrence County 4-H and Senior Fairboard Team is brainstorming contingency plans to support your 4-H project completion with judging and auctions.

Can 4-H Members Change 4-H Projects? The deadline to make additions or changes to 2020 4-H projects has been extended to April 30. All 4-H project registrations such as Horse ID and Safety will be accepted until the April 30 deadline.

How Do 4-H Members Get 4-H Project Books? The online ordering system is available to order 4-H project books and be shipped straight to your house. Coupon codes are available for Ohio 4-H residents FREE2020 (for free shipping) OR 20IN2020 (20% off the entire order) Ohio 4-H has also made “stay-at-home” projects available for pdf download at; this includes:

• Discovering 4-H
• Sew Fun
• My Favorite Things
• The Writer in You
• Get Started In Art
• Family History Treasure Hunt
• Lets Start Cooking
• Yeast Breads on the Rise
• Racing the Clock to Awesome Meals
• Your Thoughts Matter
• Laundry Project
• It’s My Home
• Leadership Road Trip
• Pantry Picnic
• Explore the Outdoors
• Ohio Birds
• Science Fun with Kitchen Chemistry
• Not Just Knots

How will 4-H projects scheduled for pre-fair judging be judged? 4-H project judging will be postponed until after July 6th. Most 4-H project judging will be held at the county fair. All project judging dates will be shared with individual project areas, as they are scheduled and posted on our website at

How will club members get in their 4-H meetings? We are asking all 4-H Volunteers to work with your 4-H club members to host at least two virtual meetings prior to fair. This can be via zoom, facebook live, google hangout, group text chat, call and do a phone tree check in, etc. Be creative. Hopefully, there will be opportunity to will hold a last minute, face-to-face, pre-fair check in after July 6th. Please note, OSU conferencing system, is available will also allow for land-line call-ins, you do not need internet to connect. Let us know if you need help setting up a call. The clubs most host 6 meeting requirement may be  met through December 31, 2020.

Steps to Access Host on Zoom

How do our Livestock members complete Quality Assurance? Quality Assurance is still mandated by ODA. All members participating in a livestock project must complete Quality Assurance. Members can complete Quality Assurance on their own through ycqa or register for a virtual trainings scheduled through the Extension Office. Quality Assurance options, instructions, dates and times will be available by visiting:

How will Market Lamb, Goat, and Hog Tag-In happen? The Lamb, Goat, and Hog Tag-In scheduled for May 9th has been moved to a digital format. All Market Lamb, Goat, and Hog exhibitors must complete an online form and submit photos using their scrapie (lambs and goats) or ear notch (hogs) ID. Online submission forms can be found at The form must be completed in full and submitted by Saturday, May 9th. Livestock projects will be tagged with their county fair ID tag at fair weigh in, tag numbers will be pre-assigned.

What about rabbit tag in? The Livestock Committee is working on a process like the one above. Instructions will be made available closer to the originally scheduled tag-in date.

What about Market Chicken Orders and Pick Up? Market Chicken exhibitors have received an e-mail with instructions on how to submit market chicken orders. The Extension Office will be placing our Market Chicken order the first week of May and will have instructions for a pick up plan then.

How do I submit my breeding animal form? An online submission process will be created similar to what is being used for market tag-in. Forms will be shared as available and will be due June 1st.

What about the Cloverbud Discovery Series? Unfortunately, our face-to-face, Cloverbud Series has been cancelled. Many of our Friday Fun activities are perfect for our Cloverbuds and hope to have others available.

What is the OSU Extension, Lawrence County staff doing to keep 4-H youth and volunteers engaged?
 Ohio State – Lawrence County 4-H Facebook, @lawrence4h, is regularly updated with Monday Motivation, Funday Friday, and other activities and challenges.

• The blog has up to date news information, educational resources, challenges and activities. We share most all facebook news here too, so those without facebook, have a place to participate.

E-mail Blasts are being sent to all 4-H families regularly. All information and links for trainings, needed forms, etc. is shared directly with members through their family enrollment email. If you need to update your email, please contact us. E-mail is the primary method of current communication. Our newsletter style e-mails will go out each Friday and any breaking news will be shared when necessary.

Tuesdays at 2:00pm, Zoom Connection, with an activity and open Question and Answer time. To connect visit: Or dial in by calling 646-876-9923.

How can I contact the OSU Extension, Lawrence County staff? Our office phone, 740-533-4322 will still connect you us. Also our e-mail, or is an easy way to reach us quickly.

2020 Lawrence County Quality Assurance, Tag-In, and Livestock Information

Lawrence County 4-H & FFA Livestock Information, as of May 1, 2020 

This post will be used to update all Lawrence County 4-H Livestock Exhibitors on up to date information regarding their project requirements.

Quality Assurance

All 4-H & FFA Livestock Exhibitors are required to complete Quality Assurance. They can choose either to complete via Zoom or by completing training. Members only need to complete one training option.

Lawrence County 4-H Virtual ZOOM Quality Assurance

There are 5 sessions available. These sessions are scheduled for 1 hour 30 minutes and will allow for interactive polling. Please register 48 hours prior to the session you prefer, first come – first serve to the first 40 registered. To view dates/times and register please visit:

Approximately 24 hours before the webinar, you will receive a Zoom link to connect to the webinar from Rachael Fraley. The link will be sent from Training will be limited to a maximum of 40 families per session. Families only need to register once if all family members will be participating at the same time. Members can connect through zoom video conferencing or by calling in on a land line.

4-H & FFA Members may also take YQCA online. 4-H members, please use your 4honline log in information. FFA members will need to use the YQCA log in. All members need to send their completion certificate number or screenshot the certificate and send to The cost of this training is $12 and is open to all members. The link to participate in YQCA training is

Livestock Tag-In

Lamb, Goat, and Hog Tag-In

Lamb, Goat, and Hog Tag-In scheduled at the fairgrounds for May 9th has been cancelled. Please view your online submission form below, complete, and submit by Saturday, May 9th.  If you have any questions or problems with the form, please contact Rachael at

Need a little help with form? Check out the Livestock ID Tutorial

Need help reading your hog’s ear notches? Ear Notch Video

Lawrence County Market Chicken Distribution

The Market Chickens have been ordered and will tentatively arrive on Wednesday, May 27th. We will plan for an afternoon pick-up at the picnic shelter at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds. In order to help comply with social distancing and an effort to keep everyone safe, we will set up distribution to keep a socially safe distance.

Market Rabbit Tag-In 

The Market Rabbit Tattooing at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds has been cancelled. All Market Rabbit exhibitors are required to submit the Market Rabbit Registration Form with photos. The registration form must be submitted by Saturday, June 6th for exhibition eligibility.

Non-Market Livestock and Breeding Project Registration Forms

All Lawrence County 4-H and FFA Youth planning to exhibit a Non-Market Livestock project or Breeding Project must complete the Lawrence County Non-Market Livestock/Breeding Project Registration Qualtrics Survey by June 1 to exhibit your project at the county fair.



Livestock Rules and Fair Information can be found by visiting:


Get Outdoors, There Are Benefits For All!

Sometimes during this stay at home order, I find it easy to be a stagnant, couch potato. As I balance the at home mom, full time 4-H Educator and 1st grade teacher, planting us in front of the tv is an easy out for entertainment.

When our Lawrence County 4-H Health Hero, Brea Belville, issued her 4th H: Get Outside and Move Challenge, I began thinking. Thinking of all the many challenges we are faced with as we deal with our “new normal”, feeling a little stuck but safe at home. Although, I’ve heard of all reasons to be outdoors, I still felt like because I had to work, I had to be inside… but what if I moved it outdoors?

Suddenly, I move my office and kids outside and it’s like magic. My daughter is entertained, running and playing in the yard, jumping rope, and doing tug of war with the dog. My 8-month old son is enjoying watching it all and I am getting work accomplished. Win-Win for all involved in my family today.

As I sit outside researching and reminding myself of the benefits, we are all getting fresh air and Vitamin D. So, how is it beneficial you may ask? It improves mood, focus, and even sleep habits. Just being outside also increases the likelihood of being physically active. The minute we stepped out, Leighton’s creative, active play began.

So what can you do outside?

Home Work: for youth it may be school work or adults it may be work, work. Whatever it is, can your job be done sitting on your porch? The outdoor air and sunshine helps get those creative thoughts flowing.

Picnic: Move your breakfast, lunch, or dinner outdoors. Set up a blanket in the yard, sit on the porch, on the playset, whatever works for your family. Maybe it’s even cooking around an outdoor fire.

Play: Move your body; walk, run, jump, ride your bike. Whatever it is your body likes to do. For youth, 60 minutes a day is encouraged, for adults it’s 150 minutes a week. It’s easily attainable by just moving outdoors; play duck, duck, goose, simon says, red light, green light, the list goes on.

Read: Read a new book, have your kids read to you, or to each other.

Yoga: Practice some of your favorite yoga moves to stretch and clear your mind. 4-H Yoga For Kids is on youtube and a great resource for kids and adults.

These are just a few ideas, but did you know outdoor play encourages cognitive, social, emotional development? Allowing for unstructured, free play allows for self-direction and lengthens attention spans. So, I challenge you to allow yourself, your kids, your family to be creative and dream up some outdoor fun.

Starting now, while we are at-home, and getting outside daily will help to establish new habits that will keep you healthy throughout your life.

Keeping active not only will improve your physical health and well-being but all aspects of life.


Authored By: Rachael Fraley, OSU Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

Reviewed By: Paige Matney, OSU Extension, Lawrence County Office Associate