Rabbit & Poultry Fun Show & Clinic

The Licking County 4-H Rabbit and Poultry Committee will host their annual Youth Rabbit and Poultry Clinic & Fun Show on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Hartford Fairgrounds in the Hondros Family Beef Barn. Registration will take place from 8:30-9:30a.m. with a Showmanship Clinic starting at 9:00a.m. The Show will begin at 10:30a.m. Entry fee is $1.00 per animal and there is no limit on the number of animals you can enter. Please review the flyer HERE for more details and rules. This is a great opportunity for youth to learn more about showing their animals and to practice their showmanship skills.

REMINDER: Hartford Fair Royalty Application Due Soon

The 2022 Hartford Fair King and Queen Application is due by 5:00pm on Saturday, June 18, 2022 to the Hartford Fairgrounds office. Applicants must be at least 16 as of August 1, 2022 and not older than 19 as of December 31, 2022 and must have a Junior Fair Exhibit at the 2022 Hartford Fair. Please review the full set of guidelines and complete the application HERE.

Ohio State Fair Virtual Skillathon Registration

Registration is now open for the Ohio State Fair Virtual Skillathon Contests. These contests are a great way to participate in the Ohio State Fair skillathon program without having to attend the fair in person. Registration to participate is due by June 21st and can be completed be visiting go.osu.edu/skillathonregistration. Members are NOT required to be enrolled in a species project to participate so all 4-H and FFA youth are encouraged to participate!

Please note: outstanding breeding exhibitors (goat, sheep, swine, and beef) must complete the virtual skillathon to be eligible for OBE.

2022 Dairy Judging Contest Results

Congratulations to the many 4-H Dairy / Dairy Feeder project members who competed in the 2022 Dairy Judging Contest held this past Saturday! We’re happy to share results with you…
1. Emma Hann
2. Madeline Hoskinson
3. Kasen Walker
4. Karlee Joseph
5. Annabel McKinney
1. Riley Reeves
2. Kash Reeves
3. Annie Franks
4 Hunter McKinney
5. Gabby Hupp
1. Logan Hupp
2. Olivia Ryan
3. Melinda Wesley
4. Connor Garee
5. Trent Walker

River Round Up Poster Contest

Calling all student artists – The 2022 Licking County River Round Up Poster Contest is now open and accepting submissions through April 8!

The 2022 River Round Up Poster Contest is open to all school-aged youth in primary, secondary schools (public, private, and home school; K-12) or school-aged youth living in Licking County.

Posters submitted must reflect water pollution awareness and encourage volunteer participation in the River Round Up.

Poster Awards: One winning poster will be chosen from each of the three categories below. $100 will be awarded to each of the winning student artists, and $500 will be awarded to each of the students’ schools for advancing science and art programming.

Categories: Elementary (K-5), Middle School (6-8), and High School (9-12). One winner will be chosen from each grade category.

Winning posters will be used as the primary electronic marketing pictures for the 2022 River Round Up and will be displayed at River Round Up Event sites on September 10, 2022, and in promotional displays around Licking County throughout the year.

For contest rules and to submit your artwork, visit: https://lickingswcd.com/how-to-help/river-round-up-2022.html

What is the Licking County River Round Up?

The Licking County River Round Up is an annual, county-wide river cleanup event in September on the Saturday after Labor Day. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2022. This community event brings out hundreds of volunteers who pull tires, shopping carts and mountains of trash from the Licking River and its tributaries.

Through this amazing community-based conservation effort, a river system that had all but been abandoned, has seen a beautiful rebirth of aquatic and bird life. The event is coordinated by the Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District in partnership with many local agencies and organizations – including the Licking County Health Department.

2022 Equine Education Competition Teams Forming

Have you ever considered getting involved in Horse Bowl, Hippology or Horse Judging, but didn’t know where to start? We’ve got just what you need! An informational session will be held on January 25th, that will help you in better understanding each event, and allow you to sign up to participate! For those who have competed previously, please know that we want you to attend as well! The Horse Bowl contest is on April 9th and the Hippology/Judging contest is on June 13th.  All 4-H members enrolling in a Horse project are eligible to participate.

Please join us for an informational meeting, so that we can establish team and plan practice dates and times…

Attendance during this organizational meeting is very important!

When:  Tuesday, January 25th  / 7-8:00 p.m.

Where:  Online – Zoom Meeting

Please send an email to Lisa Kuhn at lakuhn2010@gmail.com so you can  be sent the meeting link. Lisa is also more than happy to answer any questions you may have…


There is also a Virtual Clinic on Saturday, February 26th that you can attend to better understand how the contests will operate in a virtual setting. You can register online at:  https://ohio4h.org/events/virtual-state-4-h-horse-hippologyjudginghorse-bowl-clinic .  If you are planning on participating in the contests, we would strongly suggest signing up for this free clinic.

Ohio Cattlemen’s Stockmanship Competition

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Stockmanship Division provides an opportunity for youth to participate in the BEST program without showing an animal. The stockmanship competitions are open to all Ohio youth regardless of if they show cattle during the BEST show season.

The 2021-2022 Stockmanship Contests include:

  • Prepared Speaking
  • Salesmanship
  • Cattlemen’s Challenge Competition (the OCA version of a skill-a-thon)
  • Fitting Contest
  • Judging Contest

To find out more and to register to participate, please visit the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association website at: http://ohiocattle.org/best/stockmanship.

2021 Ohio National Poultry Show

The Ohio National Poultry Show will be held on November 13-14, 2021 at the Voinovich Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. This is a great opportunity for youth to get some extra experience showing their birds and to meet other participants from across the state. Entries are due by Tuesday, October 12, 2021 so don’t delay if you are interested in participating. More information can be found on the Ohio National website.

4-H Auditions for American Idol!

On Friday, September 24, American Idol will host a virtual audition day dedicated to 4-H’ers—current members and alumni ages 15-28. 4-H singers nationwide will audition over Zoom for a chance to become the next American Idol. Help us spread the word to get your 4-H’ers a chance at their big break! Register here.