OSU Extension Annual Conference

The Ohio State University Extension Services will host their annual conference December 5-7, 2022 in Columbus. This will the be the first time this conference will be held in-person since 2019 and we are very excited to be able to learn from and celebrate with our colleagues in one location. The Licking County Extension Office will remain open those days, but the majority of staff will be attending the conference. Please note that email/voicemail response times may be a little longer than normal during this time. We look forward to networking with our colleagues from across the state and bringing back updates and new ideas to Licking County!

Junior Fair Board Members Present in Indianapolis

Representatives of the Hartford Fair’s Junior and Senior Fair Boards – along with Licking County Extension staff members, traveled to Indianapolis November 27-28 to present a program during the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE). They spoke about the importance of creating a strong partnership between teen and adult board members. Their presentation was on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. before an audience of approximately 135 adult fair managers and board members from throughout the world!

Following their presentation, they enjoyed dinner together and toured the drive-through lights display at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Along the way home, Junior Fair Board members enjoyed a tour of the OSU Adventure Central facility in Dayton and lunch at the infamous Young’s Dairy in Yellow Springs.

Junior Fair Board presenters included Travis Allen, Madison Hoover, Hannah Lucas, Cassie Orr, Abby Paxton and Autumn Wampler. Senior Fair Board presenters included Rod Arter and Roger Smith. OSU Extension staff included Adrienne Anderson and Lisa McCutcheon.

MANY THANKS to the Hartford Senior Fair Board who financially supported the trip to allow Junior Fair Board members to attend!

BONUS: The presentation crew has been invited to present at the Indiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Convention in January 2023!

Delegates Travel to National 4-H Congress

Congratulations to Jacob Berisford, Sadie Holman and Elizabeth Santa as they spent time last week at the 2022 National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia.

They were among Ohio’s State Project Award Winners in 2022 in Mechanical and Engineering Sciences, Beef and Companion Animals, respectively.

We congratulate Elizabeth on being chosen Flag Bearer for the Ohio delegation! All three delegates are shown together below following the Congress Gala on Monday night.

Save the Dates in 2023!

We know families are starting to plan out their year for 2023. Knowing that the full calendar will be available soon, here are a few of the big dates that we want to make sure you’re aware of for 2023…

  • Advisor Updates: January 28, February 16, and February 21
  • Enrollment Deadline: April 1
  • Mini Camp: May 12-13
  • Cloverbud Day Camp: June 3
  • Summer Residential Camp: June 17-21
  • Project Judging: July 11
  • Style Revue and Achievement Night: July 20
  • Hartford Fair: August 6-12


REMINDER: Market Steer / Heifer Weigh-in

REMINDER: If you’ll be showing at BEST show during December 10 weigh-in, reach out to Ian and Kody ASAP for alternative date / time details!

2023 Market Steer / Heifer Exhibitors…
It’s time to get your steer / heifer registered for WEIGH-IN, which will be held Saturday, December 10 (8:00-11:00 a.m.) at the Fairgrounds. Details noted below… Register ONLINE by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9:

Additional information on showing Market Steer/Heifer at the Hartford Fair, as well as the Ohio State Fair (including information on DNA packets) can be found HERE.

Please be sure to review all information to insure you don’t miss any dates/requirements!

2023 Ohio 4-H Spark EXPO

SAVE THE DATE: Current 8th Grade students…

The 4-H Spark EXPO (Exploring Pathway Opportunities) is an exciting opportunity for youth who have completed the eighth grade at the conclusion of the 2022-2023 school year. There will be four days of fun and learning with activities to explore a variety of career and educational opportunities. Attendees will develop valuable skills, make new friends, and fuel individual growth; and they will get the chance to tour Ohio State’s campus. To learn more about the event or to pre-registration visit:

REMINDER: Ace of Clubs 4-H Club to host Doug Tallamy

Ace of Clubs 4-H Club along with several other local community partners will host Doug Tallamy, author, professor, and ecologist, as he shares his work and research highlighting the importance of using native plant species to protect and re-establish habitat biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem.  The talk will take place on Monday, December 5, 2022 at Swasey Chapel on Denison’s campus promptly at 7:00 PM.  Parking is available in the underground parking garage at Slater Hall or in the Swasey Chapel parking lot.  Space is limited – Please REGISTER each guest who plans to attend.  

2023 Camp Counselor Application Available

The application to be a Licking County 4-H Camp Counselor for 2023 is now available! 4-H Cloverbud Day Camp will take place on June 3, 2023 and 4-H Summer Camp will take place June 17-21, 2023. Applicants must be 14 years old as of January 1, 2023 to be eligible to apply.

2023 Licking County 4-H Camp Counselor Application (this application is for both Summer Camp AND Cloverbud Day Camp Counselor applicants):

  • Application is due by January 6, 2023.
  • Follow the link above to the application. You’ll complete your responses, read the Standards of Behavior and Camp Counselor Contract, and then both you and parent will electronically sign your application. The application can be completed easily on a computer or mobile device.
  • NEW APPLICANTS: Once you have completed your application, please reach out to Lisa ( to schedule your interview. Interviews will be held on January 17, 2023.

2023 Camp Counselor Reference Form:

  • Please note, this link can be shared with your reference contacts. They will then follow the link to a survey, and complete their feedback about your skills and abilities, and submit online.
  • ALL APPLICANTS: Please remember that we must receive at least two reference forms on your behalf…

Please reach out to Lisa McCutcheon ( or Adrienne Anderson ( with questions.

Giving Tuesday

You are part of a special 4-H community. As volunteers, alumni, and supporters, you have the power to change the lives of youth across Ohio by providing them with opportunities to inspire curiosity, fuel adventure, develop lifelong skills, and grow into true leaders. During this giving season, reflect on what 4-H has done for you and others you know. Would you consider donating to help ensure this program continues to grow and thrive for future generations? A gift to Ohio 4-H is an investment in our youth and in our community’s future. Please consider giving to Licking  County’s 4-H funds at 

Market Steer and Heifers Weigh-In for 2023

Members who are planning to take a Market Steer or Heifer project to the Hartford Fair in 2023 must bring their animal(s) to the Tagging / Weigh-In on Saturday, December 10, 2022. Tagging / Weigh-in will take place from 8:00am to 11:00am that day in the west end of Grubb Arena at the Hartford Fairgrounds. Youth planning to bring steers or heifers to the weigh-in MUST pre-register their animals online by NO LATER THAN 1:00pm on Friday, December 9, 2022 at:

Additional information on showing Market Steer/Heifer at the Hartford Fair, as well as the Ohio State Fair (including information on DNA packets) can be found HERE.

Please be sure to review all information to insure you don’t miss any dates/requirements!