4-H Virtual Fun Show Opportunity!

The Paw Pals’ 4-H Club in Butler County has created an online Virtual Fun Show allowing members to continue being motivated to work with their dogs and have a show experience. This is a great opportunity for 4-H dog project members!  Show #2 will go live Monday, May 11, 2020 at 9:00am. Entries close Wednesday, May 20 at 11:59pm. Scores will be posted by Sunday, May 24, after 12:00pm. Ohio 4-H dog show judges are judging these virtual shows. Click HERE for more information and the show bill.

Licking County 4-H Royalty Updates

Licking County Canine King/Queen & Puppy Prince/Princess Contest Application – UPDATED 4.8.20 – Entry Deadline: Friday, June 5, 2020. Entries MUST be mailed to: Deb Dunlap, 484 Courtney Drive, Newark, OH  43055. (No late entries accepted)

Licking County Family & Consumer Sciences Queen/Princess Contest Application – UPDATED 4.8.20 – Applications due by May 1, 2020.  All entries should be submitted to: OSU Extension – Licking County Office, 771 E. Main Street, Suite 103, Newark, OH  43055.

Licking County Goat King & Queen Contest Application – UPDATED 4.8.20 – Entries due no later than Wednesday, May 6, 2020.  Mail entries to Lori Lee, 18355 Utica Road, Utica, OH  43080.

Licking County 4-H Horse & Pony Council Queen/King & Princess/Prince Royalty Rules & Application – UPDATED 4.8.20 – Please refer to the application for list of dates and rules/requirements. – Additional Resources (made available during the Informational Meeting).

Licking County Pork Industry Queen / Princess Contest Application and Guidelines – UPDATED 4.8.20 – Entry Deadline: Wednesday, May 13, 2020.  Mail entry to:  Kelsey McLaughlin, 5691 Sunnyside Road, Granville, OH  43023

Licking County Poultry Royalty Contest Application – UPDATED 4.8.20 – Check Back for Updated Information – Entry Deadline: Friday, May 22, 2020.  Mail application to: Sarah Henry 11413 Blue Jay Road, Newark, OH 43056

Licking County Rabbit Royalty Contest Application – UPDATED 4.8.20 – Entry Deadline: Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  Mail applications to: Sonia Tilley, 10630 Baker Road, St. Louisville, OH  43071.

Licking County 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador  – UPDATED 4.9.20 –  Application Entry Deadline:  Wednesday, May 1, 2020 – Mail completed entry to:  LCSS Ambassador, c/o Jennifer Imbody, 12893 Rocky Fork Road, St. Louisville, OH  43071.

Ohio 4-H Dog Expo

Ohio 4-H Dog Expo, April 27, Clark County Fairgrounds

Registration postmark deadline: April 15


What is Ohio 4-H Dog Expo? Dog Expo is an opportunity for 4-H members (AND their dogs) to learn skills to help them be more successful with their 4-H dog projects. Teamwork between the 4-H member and their dog is emphasized throughout the sessions. Dog Expo is open to all 4-H dog project members and their dogs, whether this is their first year or they have been taking dogs for several years. Experienced 4-H dog volunteers and resource people will be present to help 4-H members. Dog project members are welcome to attend at no cost if they are not bringing a dog. Dog advisors are welcome to attend without dogs at no cost.

When is Ohio 4-H Dog Expo? Dog Expo will be on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00am-2:30pm.

Where will Ohio 4-H Dog Expo be held? Dog Expo will be held at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, OH 45505. There will be several buildings devoted to the different sessions. Registration will be in the Youth Building.

What is the cost? 4-H’ers can come for half a day or all day. It will cost each 4-H’er $10.00 to participate for half a day, and $20.00 to participate for a full day’s worth of sessions with their dogs. You MUST pre-register. There are NO same-day registrations. We will NOT accept walk-ins. ONLY the 4-H member may bring their dog. Puppies under 6 months old are not allowed. Other dogs are not permitted on the grounds. Advisors can attend for free, as well as parents and siblings. Advisors and 4-H members attending without dogs need not pre-register.

When is Registration due? Registrations must be postmarked by Monday, April 15. You must send your money along with the registration form to the address at the bottom of the form. You can download the information and registration form at www.go.osu.edu/calendardogs by clicking on the link corresponding to the April 15 and April 27 dates.

Who should I contact? For general questions, please contact either Lucinda Miller, Extension Specialist, 4-H, at miller.78@osu.edu, 614.292.7453, or Jennifer Newell, State 4-H Dog Advisory Committee at NewellFarmJenn@gmail.com. Registrations must be sent to Jennifer Newell (address on registration form) by the postmark deadline.

Ohio State Fair Skillathon Opportunities

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: go.osu.edu/osfskillathons

Friday, 7/20 from Noon-5:00pm GOAT SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Tuesday, 7/24 from 9:00am-2:00pm SHEEP SKILLATHON Brown Arena Wool Room
Wednesday, 7/25 from 9:00am-2:00pm HORSE SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Thursday, 7/26 from 3:00-6:30pm DAIRY SKILLATHON 1 Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Tuesday, 7/31 from 9:00am-3:00pm DOG SKILLATHON Buckeye Sports Center (north end)
Wednesday, 8/1 from 1:30-5:00pm DAIRY SKILLATHON 2 Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Wednesday, 8/1 from 4:00-7:30pm POULTRY SKILLATHON Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion
Thursday, 8/2 from 8:00am-1:00pm SWINE SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Thursday, 8/2 from 4:00-7:00pm BEEF SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Friday, 8/3 from 8am-Noon RABBIT SKILLATHON Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion

Ohio State Fair Junior Livestock and Canine Entry Deadlines

Please be aware of the following deadlines for 4-H members interested in showing livestock or dogs at the Ohio State Fair. You must be enrolled in the project you are entering at the Ohio State Fair within the Licking County 4-H program in order to be eligible to show at the state level.

Wednesday, June 20 – Rules can be found at and entries can be made at https://ohiostatefair.com/livestock/ .

  • Ohio State Fair Rabbit & Poultry Entry Deadline (online entries encouraged)
  • Ohio State Fair Livestock Entry Deadline (online entries encouraged)
  • Ohio State Fair Dog Show Entry Deadline (all entries made directly to Ohio State Fair, either mailed or made online; online entries encouraged)
  • Ohio State Fair Dog Show Drill Teams Entry Deadline (made directly to Ohio State Fair, but no online entry availability)
  • Ohio State Fair Dog Agility Entry Deadline (entries sent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center)

Sunday, July 1 (will accept a July 2 postmark since July 1 falls on Sunday) – Ohio State Fair Dog Show poster entry deadline (posters and entry forms sent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center)

Friday, July 6

  • Ohio State Fair Poultry Judging Contest Team and Individual Entries (without paying late fee)
  • Ohio State Fair Avian Bowl Contest Team Entry deadline

Ohio State Fair Skillathon Facilitators Needed

Facilitators Needed for Ohio State Fair Skillathons: More than 1,300 FFA and 4-H youth participated in nine animal species skillathons last year. We need your help to facilitate the Ohio State Fair skillathons, which include: beef, sheep, swine, dairy, horse, goat, poultry, dog, and rabbit. Please click on the following link and complete the survey to indicate your availability and interest: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDq6ouGJTxT4qQR

Volunteers (18 years old and not in 4-H or FFA) for the skillathons are responsible for facilitating a station. A station requires youth to perform a series of tasks to test their knowledge about a subject related to the species. Facilitators are not required to have broad experience or knowledge about the species. If you agree to volunteer, we will send a follow-up letter in July with parking and admission passes, as well as additional facilitator information.