Extension Office Closed on July 4th

The Licking County OSU Extension Office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in honor of Independence Day. We will be open again for normal business hours on Thursday.

We hope you and your family have a fun and safe holiday!

Ohio 4-H Health Heroes

The 4-H Health Heroes program is looking for teens in grades 7-12 who are interested in learning about healthy eating, leading an active lifestyle, and other health-related topics. The program provides youth with the opportunity to represent 4-H and promote healthy living in their communities. Additionally, the Health Heroes help accomplish the goals of the National 4-H Healthy Living Mission Mandate, which encourages youth and families to gain optimal physical, social, and emotional well-being.

Trained Health Heroes in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities by serving at the state-level. More information will be given at the trainings.

 The trainings will be offered on the following dates:

  • Central OH – Sept. 29th at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus
  • Northeast OH – Nov. 3rd at the Lodi Family Center in Lodi
  • Southern OH – February 2 at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp near Jackson
  • Northwest OH – Location and date TBA

Teens who are interested in becoming a Health Hero can find more information and the application form at https://ohio4h.org/healthheroes.

Applications are due September 15th at 11:59 pm.

Ohio State Fair Skillathon Opportunities

4-H and FFA youth can show what they know about 9 different animal species through 10 skillathon events during the Ohio State Fair (see the schedule below). Skillathons are free, registration is the day of the event (an adult must accompany the youth), youth can come anytime between the hours listed, and youth do not have to be a state fair exhibitor or be enrolled in an animal project in order to complete. Youth vying for the Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) award for goat, sheep, poultry, swine, and beef must participate in the Skillathon, showmanship, and live animal show in order to qualify. Rules, study resources (including the station topics for each species), and other information are available at: go.osu.edu/osfskillathons

Friday, 7/20 from Noon-5:00pm GOAT SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Tuesday, 7/24 from 9:00am-2:00pm SHEEP SKILLATHON Brown Arena Wool Room
Wednesday, 7/25 from 9:00am-2:00pm HORSE SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Thursday, 7/26 from 3:00-6:30pm DAIRY SKILLATHON 1 Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Tuesday, 7/31 from 9:00am-3:00pm DOG SKILLATHON Buckeye Sports Center (north end)
Wednesday, 8/1 from 1:30-5:00pm DAIRY SKILLATHON 2 Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Wednesday, 8/1 from 4:00-7:30pm POULTRY SKILLATHON Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion
Thursday, 8/2 from 8:00am-1:00pm SWINE SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Thursday, 8/2 from 4:00-7:00pm BEEF SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Friday, 8/3 from 8am-Noon RABBIT SKILLATHON Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion

2018 4-H Special Interest, Food and Clothing Project Judging Schedule

Please check out the schedule for project judging for Special Interest, Foods and Clothing Projects. We ask members to please arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled judging time to allow time to get checked in and fill out the top portion of their score sheet. 4-H Committee members will be available to help members check in.

We suggest you park on the west side of C-tec and enter through the door by the preschool playground. There will be signs to help direct you to the judging area.

Reminder: Quilting and Cake Decorating projects are Creative Arts projects and will be judged on Tuesday with the other Special Interest Projects, NOT on Wednesday with the Food and Clothing Projects. If you have questions on which day your project will be judged, please reference the Licking County 4-H Project Requirements document. It will list under “County Requirements” which judging day you should attend for your project. Project Requirements: https://licking.osu.edu/sites/licking/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/2018LC4HProjectRequirements.pdf

2018 4-H Summer Camp and Cloverbud Day Camp are a Wrap!

We had so much fun on our Island Adventure at 4-H Summer Camp! We hope your child came home with lots of stories and memories to share. We took lots of pictures throughout the week. Check them out on the Licking County 4-H Facebook page.

We ended up with several items left in our lost and found. If your child is missing an item or two, please call our office or stop in to see if we have what you are missing. We will hold the items for about a month and then will donate whatever is not claimed.

Mark your calendars for next year:

  • 4-H Summer Camp – June 13-17, 2019
  • Cloverbud Day Camp – June 15, 2019

Ohio State Fair 4-H Evening Activities

Ohio State Fair – Youth Center – Evening Activities

  • “4-H’s Got Talent Show”  NEW Event! – Saturday, July 28 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Cloverbud Activity – Seed Art – Thursday, July 26 at 5:00 p.m.
  • 4-H Yoga – Wednesday, July 25 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Performance by the Licking County 4-H Band – Sunday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m.

4-H’s Got Talent Show

Got talent? Check out this new event at the Ohio State Fair Youth Center. The event will be held Saturday, July 28 at 6:00 p.m. and is open to 4-H members only.  Members have a chance to win a clock trophy! Spots are limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so register soon! Please go to ohio4h.org/ohiostatefair for the application to apply.

Cloverbud Activity

Looking for something for your Cloverbud to do at the Ohio State Fair? Check out our seed art activity held in the Youth Center on Thursday, July 26 at 5:00 p.m. No need to pre-register, just join us for some fun!

4-H Yoga

Interested in learning more about yoga and how to include it your 4-H club activities? Yoga has a multiple mental and physical health benefits and is something people of all ages can do. Please join the Ohio 4-H Health Heroes in learning some fun and relaxing yoga poses at the Ohio State Fair Youth Center. This event will be held on Wednesday, July 25th at 5:00 pm.

Licking County 4-H Band Performance

Looking for a cool place to enjoy a show at the Ohio State Fair? Join us in the Youth Center on Sunday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m. for a performance by the Licking County 4-H Band. The band began in 1948 and currently has 4-H members ages 11-19 who attend school or live in Licking County. You are in for a real treat. Join us!

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council Application

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) applications for the 2018-2019 year are now available!

Here are some highlights about the responsibilities of the council:

  • Age: Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 the year of application to apply for council member, committee member, committee chair, and officer.
  • Number of Meetings/Events: See the program structure outline on the application for specific numbers of meetings and events. Members are required to attend at least 75% of meetings and events.

o   Working Events: Members are required to work a number of statewide events at the Ohio State Fair, and elsewhere throughout the state (Farm Science Review, Legislative Luncheon, etc.).  Each level of membership differs in the number of events that are required.  See the program structure for more information.

  • Location of meetings: Meetings are typically held at the Ohio 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio, but there are occasionally instances when they are held elsewhere due to events on Ohio State’s Campus.  In these instances, meetings may be held at locations close to campus.  Refer to the application for the locations for the 2018-2019 year.  Members will be notified prior to the location change.
  • Additional Opportunities: Depending on the level of involvement, council members have the option to apply for additional opportunities including the National 4-H Conference, Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, and other opportunities that may arise.

Applications and more information for this group are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC.  Please note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 10, 2018.  We recognize this falls during some county fairs, so encourage teens to apply early!  We will accept applications as early as today! :o)  The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2018-August 31, 2019.

2018 Hartford Fair Entries Due!!!

All 2018 Hartford Fair Entries are due to the Hartford Fair Office by Saturday, June 30th at 5:00 p.m.

A Few Reminders…

  • All 4-H members must make a junior fair entry (livestock or still project entry) and have the project on the fairgrounds during the week of fair in order to receive their photo ID for the week of fair.
  • If making entries for multiple departments, each department must have its own form.
  • You will receive a entry verification form in the mail in July. Check the verification form for accuracy as soon as you receive it and inform the fair office of any mistakes as soon as possible.
  • Fair photo ID photos will NOT be taken during fair entry days (June 29 & 30) so if you have not gotten your photo done and still need to, please make time to stop by the fair office Monday-Thursday this week between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. If you wait until next week, there will be a $10 late fee to have photos taken.

The Hartford Fair King and Queen application is also due on June 30th. There was a mistake in the application that listed the due date as June 23rd, so if you would still like to turn in an application, you may still do so until June 30th.