2019 Project Judging Results

Results for the 2019 Special Interest and Food Project Judging have been posted here.  Clothing Project results will be posted after the results are announced at the Style Revue and Awards Night. Members who received a Superior, Honorable Mention, or State Fair Representative will be recognized at the 2019 Style Revue and Awards Night on Thursday, July 18th at the Reese Center at the OSU Newark/COTC Campus. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the modeling portion of the clothing judging. The awards recognition portion of the program will follow the style revue.

Members who were selected as a state fair representative will receive a packet of information by mail. Packets went in the mail Friday. If you do not receive your packet, please contact the Extension Office to have a new packet made. If you cannot participate in your project’s judging at the Ohio State Fair, please contact the Extension Office at 740.670.5315 immediately to let us know that you cannot attend. This will allow us to contact the project member who was selected as the alternate and offer that member the opportunity to participate in the project judging at the Ohio State Fair.

We are so proud of all of the hard work that our project members have exhibited throughout the judging process. Congratulations to all of our members!

Soil & Water Offers Conservation Mini-Grants

Licking Soil & Water announces a new Mini-Grant program for up to $1,000 for conservation projects within Licking County. Mini-Grant program is made possible through the Licking Soil & Water 75th Anniversary Fund.

The program is open to non-profit organizations such as schools, watershed groups, local government entities, municipalities, community groups (including governing bodies and associations such as HOA’s and condo associations) and civic associations.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until December 1, 2019 and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Project can include habitat improvement, equipment for environmental education, green infrastructure, pollinator or native plant installation and soil improvement initiatives.

Program details and application are available at

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Denise Natoli Brooks, Program Administrator with Licking Soil & Water, 740.670.5330.

2019 Youth Farm Safety Day Camp

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 – 9:00am-3:30pm – Licking Valley High School

There are many dangerous situations that can be encountered by kids on farms.  Accidents on farms can be life changing for families.  Many times these accidents could have been prevented.  The Licking Valley FFA and OSU Extension are working together to provide a Farm Safety Day Camp.  Our goal is to make the attendees aware of some of these situations and how they can react safely.  This is not just for kids that are raised on farms.  Anyone that has children that visit friends or family that have even the smallest farm should send their kids.  We are able to provide this camp, a t-shirt and lunch for $10 per participant thanks to support from the Licking County Farm Bureau and the Professional Agrarians of Licking County.  Please click here for registration information.

Ohio State Fair 4-H Livestock Judging Contest

You and your animals have been judged…now BE the judge! Develop and practice your livestock judging skills by placing both breeding and market classes of beef, goat, sheep, and swine at the 4-H Livestock Judging Contest Friday, July 26 during the Ohio State Fair. For more information and study materials, visit:

Hartford Fair Verification Forms

Verification forms for all Hartford Fair Entries should be mailed out by July 13th. Please watch for your verification forms to arrive in the mail. When you receive your forms, please review them to ensure that they are correct. It is helpful to compare them with the Official Hartford Fair Premium Book to ensure that you entered the classes and lots that you intended to. If you find a mistake, contact the Hartford Fair Office immediately to have it fixed. NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE AFTER JULY 20TH. If you do not receive a verification form within a reasonable time period, please contact the fair office to check about your entries.

If your address has changed since you submitted your 4-H enrollment in the spring, please let us know as soon as possible by calling our office at 740-670-5315 so we can update your information and to update it with the fair as well so all correspondences, including your verification forms, will arrive at the correct address.

Reminder: 4-H Project Judging on July 9th

All Clothing, Foods, and Special Interest projects will be judged on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at C-TEC in Newark (150 Price Road). Please use entrance 4 (far west entrance). Clothing projects will be judged in the morning, Foods projects in the afternoon and Special Interest projects throughout the day. Please find your club’s scheduled judging times here.

Please note: Quilting and Cake Decorating projects are considered Special Interest projects and will be judged during Special Interest project judging times.

Special Note for those taking Shooting Sports Projects:  Guns, bows, ammunition, and firearms of any kind are not permitted. Participants may not use any of these items or three-dimensional replicas of the items as a part of any display. Displays also may not include any part of an arrow longer than six inches. Display may not include any “loaded” ammunition. Any shells or casings must be open so that a visual examination can show that there is no powder in ammunition (the caps must be either absent or expended).

Rabbit and Poultry Project Upcoming Registration Reminder

Are you exhibiting in the Junior Breeding Rabbit or Market Rabbit or Poultry at the 2019 Hartford Fair?

If your answer is yes, we can’t wait to see you July 13, 2019!

All junior breeding rabbit or market poultry and rabbit projects to be eligible for the 2019 Hartford must be brought to registration on July 13, 2019 in the rabbit and poultry barn 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The rabbit or poultry project must be brought to the fairgrounds and checked in by an exhibitor or someone representing the exhibitor to be eligible. Rabbit exhibitors please fill out the registration form and bring with your rabbit to registration to help speed up the process.

All rabbits are required to be tattooed and poultry projects must be banded. There will be tattooing and banding offered by the Rabbit and Poultry Committee at registration, tattooing is $1.00 per rabbit or poultry entry. All rabbits to be exhibited

Junior breeding rabbits are those under 6 months of age at the 2019 fair.

If an exhibitor or a representative for them is UNABLE to bring their project to registration the fair board must be notified by end of day on July 12, 2019. If notice is not received, the project is not eligible to for the 2019 Hartford Fair.

Notice is to be sent to The email notice should include the following:
Exhibitors name, phone number, 4-H Club, and project information (ex breed of rabbit or market and tattoo).

If you have any questions please send an email to

Licking County Summer Farm Tour

Licking County Farm Bureau, in partnership with Licking County OSU Extension and Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District, is hosting a Summer Farm Tour.

The farm tour will be held July 13, 2019, starting out from Lynd Fruit Farm, 9399 Morse Road SW at 8 a.m. From there, participants will board buses and visit the three separate farms listed below. Buses will return to Lynd Fruit Farm for lunch.

What can I expect to see and learn:
Legends Lane Reproductive Services: State of the art Monoslope cattle barn designed around animal comfort. This design lets nature warm the barn in the winter and cool the barn in the summer. Cattle working facility that has been designed to maintain safety for both cattle & handlers. Wide variety of cattle. Top quality laboratory for performing embryo transfer and In Vitro Fertilization. Unique re-purposing of a facility that was previously a golf course.
Lynd Fruit Farm and Blue Frog Farm: Locally grown fruit production with a wide variety of fruit trees and berries. State of the art methods of growing fruit. Research behind new apple varieties. Prairie areas to maintain pollinators.
South Fork Dairy: Multiple breeds of cows including Montbeliarde, Holstein, and Jersey. Largest cross ventilation barn in Ohio -designed for cow comfort. Feeding and manure handling systems designed to keep animals clean and healthy. Milking parlor capable of handling 64 cows a ta time. Milk storage designed to maintain the highest quality.

Cost for Farm Bureau members is $10 and non-members are $15. Seating is limited and early reservations are encouraged by July 10.Please call 740-452-2356 to reserve your seat. Payment is due at the time of reservation.

Happy Independence Day!

The Licking County OSU Extension Office will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in honor of Independence Day. We will resume normal business hours on Friday, July 5th. We hope you and your family have a safe and fun holiday!