Licking County OSU Extension Office Closed for Labor Day

The Licking County OSU Extension Office will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2020 for Labor Day.

Our office continues to be open Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm (except for holidays that fall on those days). We are continuing to telework on the other weekdays that our office is not open. Please remember to schedule an appointment if you need to come to the office, otherwise you can always call 740.670.5315 and leave a voicemail if we are not in or send us an email (Lisa: or Adrienne: if you need to contact us.

Time to Review Your 4-H Projects!

Now is a great time to review the projects you took in 2020 at Project Central. The Project Central website is a resource for all of the projects available through Ohio 4-H. Members can search for projects by name, topic, or skill level. You can see sample pages from the project and read reviews from members who have taken the project. Add your review to help other members know what to expect if they take that project. You can also start looking through projects to get ideas for which project(s) you might like to take next year.

Visit Project Central here.

Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest

The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) and Licking County Safe Communities Coalition, through support from State Farm®, is challenging Licking County high school students to create a public service announcement (PSA) billboard to educate their peers about teen driver safety.

The winning design will be displayed on a local billboard and the creator will be awarded $500.

Motor-vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens. The goal of the contest is to raise awareness leading up to National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 18 through 24.

The contest requires students to create their own billboard design with a PSA for teen driver safety and includes one of the following areas of teen driver safety: seat belts, distracted driving, speed, and peer pressure. The billboard design can be created using whatever media they are most comfortable with, including graphic design, drawing, painting, photography, etc. When using facts and statistics, students should use credible sources (i.e.,, or through their own research.

A panel of judges will select the winning entry based on the following criteria: relevance, originality, creativity, aesthetic quality, and how well the message of teen driver safety is communicated through the design. A winner will be selected and announced through a press release to the community and their artwork will be displayed on billboards in Licking County for one month in recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Week.

The winning design will receive a prize of $500. The referring teacher or school will receive $300 for promoting the contest. Homeschooled students are invited to participate.

For questions or more information, please contact Jon Kraus, Safe Communities Coordinator, at (740) 349-6500 or See official rules here.

2021 Food & Fashion Board Application Available

The application for those wishing to apply for the 2021 Food & Fashion Board is now available here.  Completed applications are due September 18, 2020 by 4:00pm.  Applications can be mailed/dropped off to the Licking County Extension Office at 771 E. Main St., Ste 103, Newark, OH 43055 or can be completed as a fillable PDF and emailed to Adrienne Anderson at  Applicants must be 14-years-old as of January 1, 2021 and have been enrolled in a food and/or clothing project for 2020 and plan to enroll in a food and/or clothing project for 2021 to be eligible.

2019 Food & Fashion Board

Don’t Forget to Say “THANK YOU”!

A lot of respect can be earned or lost by our ability to say thanks. Thank you notes help our sponsors realize that the award sponsorship really means something to you. It helps make them more interested in sponsoring next year. Our sponsors and buyers were extra supportive this year to make sure that our junior fair exhibitors had a successful fair. For help in writing that thank you note or letter click here.