2024 Hartford Fair Junior Fair Board Applications Available

Come be a part of the team! The application for the 2024 Hartford Fair Junior Fair Board is now available HERE. Completed applications must be turned in by November 15, 2023. Applicants must be age 14 as of 01/01/2024 to apply for the junior fair board. Interviews will take place on Saturday, December 2nd at the Licking County Extension Office. Once you have submitted your application, please call our office at 740-670-5315 to schedule your interview.

Fall Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Company

Tractor Supply Company (TSC) is once again hosting their fall Paper Clover Campaign in all locations. The campaign runs from October 4th through 15th. Make donations at any of the four Licking County TSC Stores. 80% of the funds raised at each store will stay in Licking County’s program to support 4-H leadership and scholarship opportunities. The monies raised help Licking County 4-H send youth to state camps and national trips.

Heath: 2035 Hebron Rd., Heath, OH 43056

Johnstown: 659 W Coshocton St., Johnstown, OH 43031

Newark: 315 Deo Dr., Newark, OH 43055

Pataskala: 11309 Broad St SW, Pataskala, OH 43062

Carving New Ideas Workshop at 4-H Camp Ohio

The Collegiate 4-H Club at the Ohio State University is hosting their annual Carving New Ideas (CNI) Workshop at 4-H Camp Ohio November 17-19, 2023. This workshop is for 4-H youth in grades 8 through 12. Carving New Ideas is a camping opportunity concentrating on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation.

Licking County 4-H has had many youth attend over the years and they always have a great time and come out with new ideas on how to better serve the 4-H program at the club level, as well as the county and beyond.

The registration can be found at: https://go.osu.edu/23CNI

Research Survey for Horse Owners

Researchers at the Ohio State University invite you to participate in a survey about standard management practices of horse owners in Ohio. Responses from this survey will give us a better understanding of typical feeding and housing practices observed in the Ohio horse industry as well as what sources are most commonly used by horse owners to determine best management practices. This survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. To participate in this survey, you must be over 18 and own horses in the state of Ohio.

Risks of Participation and Informed Consent:

We do not anticipate any risk to you if you choose to participate in this survey. Every effort will be made to keep the results confidential; your name will not be associated with your responses. There is no cost to the survey except your time. You are free to choose whether or not to complete the survey and can discontinue participation at any time.


This survey includes entry into a drawing for a variety of prizes including a $20 gas card from Speedway or $20 gift cards to Rod’s Western Palace. You have an approximately 1:20 chance of winning.

You can complete the survey by clicking HERE. If you have questions, please reach out to Elizabeth Share at share.8@osu.edu.

Ohio 4-H Seeks Youth Delegates to Attend the National 4-H Conference

Any 4-H member in Ohio ages *15-18 is able to apply by completing the Qualtrics survey linked below in this email.

Basic Information:

  • National 4-H Conference is specifically focused on civic engagement, civic education, and personal development. Delegates arrive ready to connect, learn, engage, lead, and impact their communities, their nation, and their world. In 2024, National 4-H Conference returns for youth delegates to attend in-person in Washington, D.C., April 18-24, 2024 (Ohio delegates arrive a day early on April 18. Conference begins April 19).
  • Interested Ohio 4-H members must complete an application via Qualtrics (linked at bottom) by December 1 at 11:59 p.m. *Applicants must be 15-18 as of January 1, 2024, and currently enrolled as an Ohio 4-H member in 2024.
  • After an application is received, the State 4-H Office will request a referral from county 4-H professional for the respective candidate.
  • A selection board of advisors, 4-H educators, and past attendees will review applications and conduct interviews, as needed.
  • Those selected will be expected to fully engage in all pre-conference and conference activities and adhere to all National 4-H guidelines, complete all required work as a result of conference participation, and share knowledge gained with Ohio 4-H upon their return.
  • More information about the opportunity can be found on the website: https://go.osu.edu/N4HC
  • Ready to submit an application? Please visit: https://go.osu.edu/N4HCapp

Ohio Military Kids Winter Wonderland

Military families may join the Ohio Military Kids program for a FREE Winter Wonderland as we offer crafts, snacks, family activities, and a special visit from Santa in the North Pole! It is Saturday, December 9th, 2023, 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Central Ohio (specific location will be shared once registered).


Please register by November 26th for the event at https://go.osu.edu/OMKEvents

REMINDER: Health HEROES Applications Due

The application for 2023-2024 Ohio 4-H Health HEROES are open. This statewide teen healthy living advocacy group are called HEROES because they serve as Health Education Resources for Outreach, Engagement, and Service. Youth will learn about current issues and topics in healthy living, learn lessons and activities to implement in their local 4-H community, will be tasked to create an action plan to create change in their local community, and will be a part of a statewide cohort who cares about the health and well-being of Ohio youth.

Benefits of becoming a 4-H Health Hero are:

  • Learning about a variety of healthy living topics
  • Gaining valuable leadership and communication skills
  • Meeting other 4-H youth from across Ohio who are invested in healthy living
  • Leaving a positive impact on your family, friends, and community
  • Promoting the 4th H!

In previous years we have had youth focus on making change in health topics such as; mental health, vaping, opioids, and more.

Youth who are passionate about health and in grades 9 through 12 may apply! For more information, important dates, and expectations, you may check out https://go.osu.edu/HealthHEROES.  Application is due Sunday, October 15th, 2023 by 11:59 pm.

Any questions, you may contact Justin Bower, State 4-H Healthy Living and Ohio Military Kids Educator at bower.183@osu.edu or at 614-247-1979.

REMINDER: Health University (HealthU) at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Registrations Due

What: Health University (HealthU) is a weekend camp in October focused on Healthy Living for 7th through 12th graders in Ohio 4-H. Join us at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp for a weekend as we explore four of the 10 Dimensions of Wellness and explore health-related careers. We will be exploring the following four tracks of wellness:

  • Physical wellness allows a person to engage in activities of daily living without experiencing undue fatigue or exhaustion. The physical dimension of wellness is supported through health behaviors, which include exercise, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake, not smoking, and getting adequate sleep each night.
  • Emotional wellness involves recognizing, accepting, and expressing feelings. Adequate rest is required for wellness in this dimension. If an individual’s mental function is hindered by stress and lack of sleep, they may struggle with accurately assessing a situation which then triggers negative emotional responses and disrupts emotional wellness.
  • Social wellness requires the ability to trust and respect other people and leads to the creation of supportive partnerships and friendships. Being socially well allows one to develop and maintain intimacy, and to have empathy and respect for others.
  • Creative wellness allows a person to appreciate and/or participate in a diverse range of arts or cultural experiences, and to value and cherish the surrounding world. Freely expressing thoughts and emotions through dance, song, drawing, painting, or writing are some of the ways to engage in creative wellness.

Who: Any current 4-H’ers in grades 7 thru 12.

When: Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29, 2022

Where: Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, 1362 Caves Rd, Jackson, OH 45640

Cost: $50 per youth (check or card)

Deadline: Register by 11:59pm on Sunday, October 8, 2022


Contact: Justin Bower, bower.183@osu.edu, with questions.

REMINDER: 4th H Club Challenge

We pledge our “health to better living” but do we actually practice it? The 4th H Club Challenge encourages Ohio 4-H Clubs to learn, practice, and advocate for healthy choices and behaviors at 4-H club meetings. Practicing healthy habits and choices now has lifelong effects on the health of youth.

Each club that completes the challenge before the deadline will enter into the $100 voucher drawing for their region to use for their club (project books, educational tools, etc.)! Each region will have a winner. The first 25 clubs that complete the registration and pre-survey will get an extra entry. How does it work? Apply 3 healthy practices per meeting at 6 or more 4-H clubs/meetings from April – December 2023.

Register and complete pre-survey.
Record the dates and activities in the 4th H tracker link. (the tracker link will be provided after registering)
Share a picture of your club doing a healthy practice on social media. Be sure to include the official hashtag #Ohio4thHClubChallenge.
Submit all activities to the tracker link by December 31st, 2023.

More information can be found at https://go.osu.edu/4thHClubChallenge. Attached is a graphic both in PNG and PDF file for your newsletters, social media, etc.