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: https://go.osu.edu/ss2019  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: https://goo.gl/QdcSPV

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 lakuhn2010@gmail.com

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

River Round Up Poster Contest

We know that here in Licking County we have very creative 4-H members. Every year we get to see that creativity with your 4-H projects. We wanted to share an opportunity for members to use their creativity, with the chance of winning a cash prize and scholarship money for their school! See details below…

Youth are encouraged to participate in Licking County Soil & Water Conversation District’s (LCSWCD) River Round Up Poster Contest. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2019 and the winning individual receives $100 cash with an additional $500 in scholarship money!

The 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 should reflect water pollution awareness and encourage volunteer participation in the River Round Up. Prizes will be awarded to students and their respective schools. The winning individual will receive $100 in prize money and winner’s school will receive a $500 scholarship to use for advancing science and art programs. Up to two honorable mentions will receive a $250 scholarship each for their school.

The grand prize also includes having the winning poster used as the primary electronic marketing picture for the 2019 River Round Up. All entries will be displayed on the River Round Up Facebook page. Winning posters will be displayed at a River Round Up registration site on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

1. The poster contest is open to any K-12 student who resides or attends school in Licking County.
2. Posters should be between 8.5 x 11 inches and 18 x 24 inches and have flat artwork only. Do not fold or roll posters. No glitter.
3. All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019. Only one entry per student. Winners will be announced by Friday, March 1, 2019.
4. Attach an official entry form to the back of the entry; entry form must be filled out completely and legibly.
5. Mail or deliver entries to: River Round Up Poster Contest, c/o LCSWCD, 771 E. Main St., Suite 100, Newark, OH 43055.
6. All entries become the property of the River Round Up committee and will not be returned to artist.
7. Only original artwork with positive themes will be accepted. Winning artwork may be modified to suit marketing purposes.


Mail or deliver entries to:
River Round Up Poster Contest, c/o LCSWCD, 771 E. Main St., Suite 100, Newark, OH 43055


Inspired by Science Photo Contest

Science is a part of everything we do – from the food we eat, our health and the plants that surround us. It’s so ingrained in our everyday lives that we often don’t think about how science improves our daily activities.

That’s why we’re asking you to think about how science has inspired you. Do you use nutritional science to create amazing meals for your family? Does 3-D printing or technology make your life easier? How about using chemistry to create slime? Show us what science has inspired you to do!

Submit your answer and an original photo for the chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science January 10-13, 2019.  All entries must be submitted by November 2, 2018 at 11:59:59 PM ET, limit one entry per person per day. Entrants must be between the ages of 14-18, so don’t forget to get your parent’s help and permission before entering!

Hurry! You only have until 11:59 PM ET on November 2, 2018, to submit your entry!

Teen Safe Driving Billboard Contest

The Licking County Health Department 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 15 through 21.

The contest requires students to create their own billboard design with a PSA for teen driver safety and includes 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. teendriversource.org, safecar.gov), 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, October 15 through 21.

The winning design will receive a prize of $500. The student will be presented with the prize from the Licking County Safe Communities Coalition and State Farm at their high school. The referring teacher or school will receive $500 for promoting the contest. Homeschooled students are invited to participate.

For questions or more information, please contact Ashley See, Health Education Manager at (740) 349-6514 or ASee@lickingcohealth.org.

See last year’s winning design here.


  • Any high school student may enter (grades 9 through 12).
  • All participants MUST complete an entry form to participate in the contest. Applicants must have permission from a parent or guardian if they are under 18 years of age. Find entry from here.
  • Winning entry must be presented in the required design specifications.
  • Winning entry will be awarded a $500 prize and presented to the student at their high school. The referring teacher or school will receive $500 for promoting the contest.
  • The school may have the opportunity to have a teen driver safety event or assembly to present the prize provided by the Licking County Safe Communities Coalition and State Farm if the school wishes to do so.

Deadline to submit designs is September 27.