The Start of the 2022 4-H Year in Lawrence County

The new 4-H year kicked off November 1st, 2021 and with that comes lots of exciting news:

  • 2022 4-H Enrollment: The oh.4honline.com system is open for enrollment. All new and returning volunteers and members need to enroll by March 15th.
    • When you enroll, you are committing to:
      • Attending 5 Club Meetings
      • Completing all requirements for your project/service. Member examples: Quality Assurance, Skillathon, Project Books & Judging, etc.
      • A Lawrence County 4-H Volunteer & Member Guidebook is coming soon, as a helpful resource for participation information & requirements.
  • Junior Fair Livestock Information, can be found here: Lawrence County Fair | Lawrence (osu.edu) Information includes:
    • 2022 Livestock Rules & Regulations
    • 2022 Junior Fair Tag In Dates
      • Upcoming soon: Market Steer Tag-In, December 18th from 10:00am – 12:00pm
    • 2022 Quality Assurance Requirements & Training Opportunities
      • Upcoming Training Option Soon: December 27, 2:00pm, ZOOM, click QA registration to register for your space.
  • Volunteer Trainings: All volunteers are required to complete Policy 1.50 and one other Volunteer Training Competency. Policy 1.50 will be completed using the Canvas Course, like we did in 2021. Course registration will be available in January. The Volunteer Training Competencies will be offered via ZOOM & In-Person, volunteers only need to attend 1, in addition to completing the Policy 1.50 at your own pace through the canvas course.
  • 2021 Club Year End Documents
  • Community Service Opportunities
    • Adopt a Cemetery – Veteran Services is interested in partnering with 4-H clubs for Wreaths Across America in December and Flag Placements before Memorial Day. If your club is interested in Adopting A Cemetery – contact Tim Carpenter at 740-533-4327
    • Make-It, Give It – No Sew Blankets:  Ohio 4-H Foundation and JOANN Fabrics awarded us a community service grant, so we are seeking 4-H clubs and members interested in making a no-sew blanket and giving it to organizations serving youth this Holiday Season to make the blankets. We have plenty available at the Extension Office. Contact us to arrange for pick-up, 740-533-4322 or fraley.171@osu.edu
  • 4-H Camp Dates have been released: 4-H Camp | Lawrence (osu.edu)
    • 4-H Camp Counselor applications will be available soon! Interested youth ages 14 and up, should apply!
  • 4-H Health Rocks We are excited to offer students ages 8-14 years of the age, the opportunity to participate in the 4-H Health Rocks! program. This program will provide opportunities for participants to build life skills, such as communication, coping and decision-making skills through work with trained adult and teen mentors regularly throughout the 2021-2022 program year. Participants will have opportunities to participate in camps, field trips and healthy living activities.The program will assign the youth to a group with a teen mentor.  That trained mentor will help engage youth in fun, hands-on learning opportunities designed to help youth build life skills which lead to healthy lifestyle choices related to tobacco, drug and alcohol use prevention. Participants in the 4-H Health Rocks! program do not have to be enrolled in 4-H; there is no fee to participate; and all materials and supplies will be provided. Participants will have an opportunity to complete a pre, mid and end of program study survey.  Participation in the 4-H Health Rocks! research study is optional. There is no penalty for declining this invitation to participate in the program or research study. The program will kickoff with an informal parental meeting on Monday, November 22nd at 5:30pm via ZOOM – at this time parents will learn more about the program and secure a mentee spot for their child, as we only have 25 spots! The program will run until July 31, 2022. To register for the informal parent meeting, please visit go.osu.edu/lawcohealthrocks

Lawrence County 4-H News, July 2021

2021 Lawrence County 4-H Fair Theme

“Lawrence County 4-H Can Do Virtually Anything Together”

4-H Club Booths/Beautification Displays & Parade

4-H Club Booths will be given a 3 ft. table space from the floor up to display your club advisors, members, and activities/projects your club completed this year. All individual projects will be displayed on the tables and wall across from the 4-H Club Booths. Please follow project guidelines for individual projects. All guidelines can be found online at https://lawrence.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-project-information

Beautification Displays Upon arrival at the county fair, we would like all 4-H Beautification displays in their designated spot by 5:00pm on Sunday, July 11th. There will be a map on display in the 4-H building. Please add your location to the map to indicate its location on the fairgrounds to help with judging.

4-H Parade will be Sunday, July 11th, please be lined up and ready to go by noon at the Kroger parking lot. Line up as you arrive, making sure your club knows where to find you and file out when indicated by the escort. We will not be lining up by club name. Please make sure we have received your club info sheet for announcing, prior to the start of the parade.

Barn Meeting

There will not be a barn meeting this year at the Fairgrounds, we ask each of you to watch our Barn Meeting tips presented by our Lawrence County Junior Fairboard at go.osu.edu/lawco4htop10

Beef Breeding & Market Feeder Check-In

Animals not brought in for the week will need to check in at the scales between 9-10am, showday, Wednesday, July 14th.

DUNF Forms

All market species will need to complete the Drug Use Notification Form by Sunday of the fair, by 6pm. These will be electronic this year, we will have computer access for families to complete.

**all Hog exhibitors will also need to complete their Ractopamine Free affadavit.

4-H Project – 1st Place 

All project exhibitors who receive 1st place in their judging throughout the week who wish to compete at the State Fair must notify the 4-H office by Friday, July 16th, 4-H Showcase. Failure to notify the office of your intent to compete at the state fair opens it up for 2nd place and beyond to register for the Lawrence County seat at state fair project judging in that project area.

4-H Showcase & Silent Auction

The Lawrence County 4-H Showcase, 2:00pm Friday July 16th, will highlight Skillathon Awards, 4-H Overall Project Awards, and the Style Show. During this time, our 4-H Project Silent Auction will be open. Many of our 1st 4-H Projects judged on Wednesday and Thursday of the fair will have the opportunity to sell their project through our 4-H Project Silent Auction. Bring a friend and come check out these winning projects and consider supporting their hard work through the silent auction

Club of the Day

We will not be requiring Clubs to sign up for a specific “Club of the Day” clean up because we are asking each of you to always leave the grounds better than you found it. If you see a mess, help clean it up! If advisors would like to organize a group effort, please feel free to do so!

Cloverbud Events

During the Lawrence County Fair, we are planning to have many different Cloverbud activities for your 5-8 year old members. All Cloverbud events and details can be found in our June newsletter, Lawrence County 4-H News, June 2021

Sweet Tooth Auction

The Lawrence County Junior Fairboard would like to invite you and your friends to the 20 Sweet Tooth Auction. The Sweet Tooth Auction is the primary fundraiser for the Junior Fairboard. The Junior Fairboard uses these funds to put on the cloverbud activities at the fair, engage in service learning opportunities, and giving back to the community. Please come support them on Tuesday, July 13th at 5:00pm at the Large Animal Barn prior to the Hog Show.

Skill-A-Thon Study Guides

Skill-A-Thon will take place in the 4-H Expo Center under the grandstand. Study guides can be found at Lawrence County 4-H Skillathon Study Guide.

Livestock Bowl

The Lawrence County Farm Bureau hosting a Livestock Bowl during the fair, teams will consist of 5 members within the junior or senior division. Teams can be made up of members from different clubs. Please see the attached fair schedule for details.

Livestock Sale Checks

Checks will be mailed to the 4-H member’s enrollment address. If this address has changed, the 4-H member needs to provide the Extension Office with proof of address change. Please remind all youth and parents to do so, prior to the fair. If the 4-H member needs to make arrangements to pick up their check, they must contact Leslie before doing so at her office. Checks will be mailed no earlier than August 1st.

Thank You’s

Market Livestock: Don’t forget to have all livestock youth create a Buyer Thank You Poster to hang above their pen for the week of the fair. All posters should thank their buyers from last year, if you have new livestock members have them create a welcome 2021 buyers or a thank you to previous buyers

All members: Many of our awards are sponsored by local businesses, please encourage your members to write thank you’s to the sponsors for the events they are participating in throughout the county fair.

Lawrence County Fair and Ohio 4-H Policies

As we come into fair time, it is important to remember a few of our Ohio 4-H and Fair Rules when it comes to show and sale etiquette and 4-H volunteer and member code of conduct, please share with your members and volunteers.

Code of Conduct

“4-H members, parents, and other adults participating in 4-H activities will:

  1. Adhere to program rules, curfews, dress codes, policies, and rules of the facility being used.
  2. Conduct themselves in a courteous, respectful manner, use appropriate language, exhibit good sportsmanship, and provide positive role models.
  3. Abstain from illegal behaviors, use of alcohol, illegal or illicit drugs, and tobacco during 4-H events and activities.
  4. Fully participate in scheduled activities.
  5. Respect other’s property and privacy rights.
  6. Abstain from child abuse (physical and/or verbal) and harassment.
  7. Accept personal responsibility for behavior including any financial damage.
  8. Be responsible for any financial damage caused by inappropriate behavior.
  9. Adhere to rules of safety.
  10. I will uphold and support the responsible and lawful use of social media. In so doing, I will not create or post social media content that is abusive, threatening, defamatory, obscene, harassing, or creates a hostile environment.

Consequences for violating any part of the code of conduct may include, but are not limited to: removal from participation in the event in which the code of conduct has been violated (at the individual’s expense); sanctions on participating in future 4-H events, forfeiture of financial support for the event, removal from offices held, etc. Behavior outside of 4-H activities can affect “member in good standing” or “volunteer in good standing” status.”

 

4-H & FFA Show & Sale Dress Code

  1. Lawrence County Fair dress code during show and sale consists of a clean dress. Anyone in the show/sale arena must wear boots or leather shoes at all times. Long pants with no holes are required when in the show/sale arena. No advertisements on clothing with the exception of 4-H or FFA Logos; but no identification of club or chapter permitted. Also shirts must NOT have any sayings that are inappropriate for ANY age of participants and spectators. Shirts must have shoulders, appropriate necklines, no cut-out arms, cover all undergarments and the shirt MUST meet the pants. Some examples of shirts not permitted are: midriff baring, spaghetti straps, arms cut out shirts and tube tops. No hats will be permitted in the show ring. All tattoos must be covered during show and sale. The use of cell phones, iPads, etc. are prohibited during show and sale. Failure to comply, may result in show/sale dismissal.

All 2019 Lawrence County 4-H Livestock Fair Rules, Schedule and more can be found at Lawrence County Fair

Fair Office Hours

Our office will be moving to the fairgrounds on Wednesday, July 7th. Therefore our office in the courthouse will be closed Wednesday, July 7th  thru the end of fair. Our office will reopen, July 19th. During the fair, our office is located under the fairgrounds. Our phones will be forwarded, so please call 740-533-4322; if needed and leave a message! We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Need More Information

Looking for more information or feel like we’re missing something, visit u.osu.edu/lawrence4h or lawrence.osu.edu to view our previous newsletters or contact our office at 740-533-4322, email Fraley.171@osu.edu or Matney.30@osu.edu

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 go.osu.edu/2021foodandclothingjudging

Lawrence County 4-H Shooting Sports Projects, Judging: Sunday, July 11th at 2:00pm, Register by July 1 at go.osu.edu/2021ssprojectjudging

Lawrence County 4-H Natural Resources, STEM, Animal Science Projects, Judging: Wednesday, July 14th at 2:00pm, Register by July 1, at go.osu.edu/2021wednesdayprojectjudging

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 go.osu.edu/2021thursdayprojectjudging

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 (osu.edu)

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: go.osu.edu/lawco4hcooking

Wood Working Project Clinic, June 21 at 5:30pm, reserve your spot by June 14 at go.osu.edu/lawco4hwoodworking

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
    home.
  • 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 go.osu.edu/lawco4hcloverbudfun
  • 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 (osu.edu)

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:

go.osu.edu/lawco4htop10

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

Fair Pageant Information

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

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 (osu.edu)

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 fraley.171@osu.edu, matney.30@osu.edu

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 lawrence.osu.edu.
  • 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 fraley.171@osu.edu & matney.30@osu.edu

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 go.osu.edu/lawco4hnature. 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 go.osu.edu/lawco4hcooking, 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 (osu.edu) 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 (osu.edu)

Lawrence County Junior Fair Rules & Schedule can be found at: Lawrence County Fair | Lawrence (osu.edu)

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

If you have any questions, please reach out – 740-533-4322 or fraley.171@osu.edu

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 (osu.edu). 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 go.osu.edu/OT21

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 fraley.171@osu.edu 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 lawrence.osu.edu. If you have any questions, please reach out!

Rachael

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
book.
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 https://extensionpubs.osu.edu/
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 go.osu.edu/2020LawCo4HTicTacToe 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 extensionpubs.osu.edu/ 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 www.ohio4h.org/stayathome; 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 lawrence.osu.edu.

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: https://u.osu.edu/lawrence4h/2020/04/08/2020-lawrence-county-quality-assurance-tag-in-and-livestock-information/

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 go.osu.edu/2020LawrenceCountyLivestockID 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 U.osu.edu/lawrence4h 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: https://osu.zoom.us/j/219931241 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, Fraley.171@osu.edu or Matney.30@osu.edu is an easy way to reach us quickly.