Licking County Recycling Billboard Contest

The Licking County Recycling Billboard Contest is open to all Licking County students in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade. Entries must be postmarked or received by the Licking County Recycling Office by November 15, 2019. One entry will be selected for billboard advertising during the holiday season. Only one entry per student. Entry forms can be found here.

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:

2019 Ohio State Fair Skillathons

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:

2019 Hartford Fair King and Queen Application

The 2019 Hartford Fair King and Queen Application is now available here. Applicants must be a 2019 Hartford Fair Junior Exhibitor between the age of 16 as of 1/1/19 and no older than 19 as of 1/1/20. Applications are due to the Hartford Fair Office by Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 5:00pm. Additional information can be found in the application.

2019 Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports State Championship/Shotgun Competition

This competition is open to all Ohio 4-H members enrolled in any 4-H Shooting Sports discipline and age 13 as of 1/1/2019. Youth must meet all Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports requirements, including but not limited to, being knowledgeable and proficient in the safe use of the equipment and knowledgeable of the general rules of the event. The event is April 13, 2019 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio and only includes a shotgun competition this year (additional disciplines will be added annually). The cost to register is $40 by April 5th and $50 late registration/day of event. All targets are provided but members will be responsible to supply their own firearm and ammunition.

To register on-line:  All appropriate forms will be emailed to each youth registered. Those registering day of the event must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to complete the appropriate forms.

Rules can be found at:

The competition serves as part of the selection process for the 2020 Ohio 4-H Shotgun Team that will compete at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition held in Grand Island, Nebraska. Youth ages 13-17 as of 1/1/19 are eligible for the team. Those youth age eighteen as of 1/1/2019 can compete for awards but not for selection to the 2020 State Team.

2019 4-H / FFA Dairy Judging Contest

The 2019 4-H/FFA Dairy Judging Contest will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 10:00am at the Hupp Dairy Farm in Croton. During this event, the Licking County 4-H Junior and Senior Dairy Judging Teams will be selected to compete in the 2019 State Dairy Judging Contest. Youth ages 8 and in third grade through 18 (as of 1/1/19) are encouraged to participate.

There will also be a Dairy & Dairy Feeder Quality Assurance training the same day at noon in the Babcock Building on the Hartford Fairgrounds.

Horsebowl Teams Forming Now!

There will be an introductory meeting and evaluation of teams on February 5th at 6:00pm at the OSU Extension Office at 771 E. Main Street, Newark, Ohio 43055.  Practices will be held every Tuesday from that point on until the competition.

Horsebowl is a state-wide competition over horse-related questions. The all-day contest will take place on March 30th on The Ohio State University main campus in Columbus. More information can be found here on the state 4-H website.

If you have any questions or are interested in joining please email Lisa Kuhn at

2019 Ohio State Fair Rabbit Quiz Bowl Contest Information Meeting

A meeting will be held for the 2019 Ohio State Fair Rabbit Quiz Bowl Contest on Thursday January 31st at 6:00pm at the Licking County Extension Office. This is a wonderful opportunity for all 4-H members who participate in any of the rabbit projects. Each county in Ohio can have up to four teams participate (2 Junior teams / 2 Senior teams), with each team consisting of three to five members. At this informational meeting, we will be discussing the rules, what is expected of the participants, and the materials used in this contest. More information can be found here.

Ohio 4-H State Skillathon Team

Do you have youth who are interested in being on the Ohio 4-H State Skillathon Team?

There will be an information session on January 20th, 2019 (2:00 – 4:00 PM) located at the Animal Sciences Building (2029 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210) for those interested in an opportunity to be chosen to represent Ohio during the National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest in Louisville in November.

We encourage everyone who is interested to attend the January session to ask any questions, etc. If you could please RSVP to Elizabeth Share (contact information below) with your intentions to be at the first session on Sunday, January 20th it would be appreciated. Please respond by January 16th, 2019.

Starting in January, practice sessions will be conducted to work on individual and team activities on Sunday afternoons (2:00 – 4:00 PM) located at the Animal Sciences Building (2029 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210).
• Sunday, January 20th (informational, parents are welcome to attend)
• Sunday, February 17th
• Sunday, March 17th
• Sunday, April 14th
• Sunday, May 19th
• July – OSF skillathons
• Sunday, August 18th
• Sunday, September 8th
• Sunday, September 22nd (Mock Contest and selection of team)
• Additional practices in Oct/Nov for team members

The practices in Sept/Oct/Nov are mandatory and you must be able to attend the mock contest to be eligible for the team.

Elizabeth Share, MS
Extension Specialist, 4-H/Youth Development
614-292-0589 Office