We’re Hiring!

The Licking County OSU Extension Office is looking for a new colleague to fill our office associate position. For complete position description and online application instructions, please go to www.jobsatosu.com and search by Job Opening Number 452281 or click here. To assure consideration you must apply by August 25, 2019.  The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Thank You Notes

If you haven’t already started writing your thank you notes for this year, we would highly encourage you to do so. It takes a lot of support from sponsors as well as volunteers to make our 4-H program and the Hartford Independent Fair run each year. Please take the time to thank those who supported you, either by sponsoring an award you won, buying your animal at the fair, or anyone who helped you complete your project. It only takes a few minutes to write a thank you note, but it means a lot to the person who receives it. If you are unsure about what should go into a thank you note, there is a helpful graphic below.

Licking County 4-H Website Updates

Over the next few months we will be working the reorganize the 4-H portion of the Licking County OSU Extension website. The plan is to remove unnecessary/outdated information and to reorganize some of the pages to make it easier to find the information you need. We ask that you be patient as we work through the reorganization and should you be unable to find information that you need during this time, please call our office at 740.670.5315 so that we can get you the information you need. We hope that this will allow us to have a better organized site for the start of the next 4-H year.

Unclaimed Items from the Junior Fair Board Office and 4-H Center

There were several projects, books, and awards that were not claimed from the Junior Fair Board Office or the 4-H Center during fair. If you did not pick up your 4-H project from the miscellaneous booth in the 4-H Center, or your livestock project book or award from the Junior Fair Board Office during fair, those items have been taken to the Licking County OSU Extension Office. They can be picked up Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm.

Any general lost and founds items were taken to the Senior Fair Board Office. You can call the fair office at 740.893.4881 if you’ve found that you have missing items to see if they were turned in there.

Ohio Cheviot Breeders Starter Flock Award

The Ohio Cheviot Breeders Association (OCBA) is seeking applicants for the Jim Cluff Memorial Starter Flock Award.

The OCBA started the contest in 1994 to award a Cheviot starter flock to an Ohio youth up to 17 years of age. The purpose of the award is to introduce the youth to the enjoyment of raising and owning a purebred Cheviot sheep, as well as encouraging the growth of new Cheviot breeders in Ohio.

The contest winner will receive the following: a one-year membership in the OCBA, one bred ewe the first year, one ram the second year and in the third year the youth will donate a lamb to continue the award.

The application deadline is September 30th. For an application and contest rules please contact the Ohio Cheviot Breeders Association Starter Flock Committee Chairperson, Tabitha Weisend, at 740-459-9751 or tabithasregcheviots@yahoo.com.

Lamb Cookoff and Shepherds Lead Contest

There are two great contests in the sheep department that you can participate in during the week of the fair. Both contests are open to both youth and adults!

The Lamb Cook-off will be held on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 4:00pm in Baird Arena. Rules and entry information can be found here.

The Shepherds Lead Contest will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in Grubb Arena at 4:00pm. Rules and entry information can be found here.

Local Food Cook-Offs at the Hartford Fair in the Natural Resources Area

Wednesday, August 7th at 3 pm

Win bragging rights and cool prizes!
Awards are given in each category per competition:

  • Best Tasting
  • Best Use of Local Ingredients


  • Pre-registration starts 30 minutes prior to competition.
  • Prepare recipe at home or in the campground.  Bring a copy with you to include with Registration Form.
  • Wild Game:  Recipe must include wild game or fish.
  • Sweets & Greens:  Sweets recipe must  include a sweet (such as fruit, honey); Greens recipe must include a green (such as lettuces, collards)
  • All items must be legally harvested, gathered, or purchased.
  • The HFNRA reserves the right to use the recipes for publication and recognition.
  • All ages welcome.
  •  One recipe/person/category; 3 categories are ‘Wild Game,’ ‘Sweets,’ and ‘Greens’
  •  HFNRA is not responsible for lost or broken cookware and recipes.
  • After judging, all entries must be made available for tasting by the audience.

Questions? Contact Licking Soil & Water at 740-670-5330 or Information@LickingSWCD.com.

2019 Hartford Fair Livestock Sales Brochure

Now is the perfect time for members who are planning to sell their livestock projects during the sales at the 2019 Hartford Fair to send out letters to potential buyers. A helpful item to include with your letters is the 2019 Hartford Fair Livestock Sales Brochure. The Sale Brochure gives the dates, times, and locations of the three sales that will occur throughout the week. It also gives information on how the sales work and what to expect as a buyer. This information can be helpful to potential buyers, especially if it is their first time participating in the sales.