Bring a Friend to Ohio 4-H Conference!

Hey Teens! When you recruit a friend to attend the 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference on Saturday, March 11, the conference planning committee wants to THANK YOU! All you have to do is stop by the “Teen Recruit” sign when you check in at the conference to get your Ohio 4-H Conference Swag! We can’t wait to see you and your friends at the 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference! Find registration info at Registrations are due February 10, 2023.

Quality Assurance Trainings

Save the dates for Hartford Fair Livestock Quality Assurance (QA) Trainings! Any junior fair exhibitor that plans to show livestock at either the Hartford Fair or Ohio State Fair MUST complete an approved QA training by June 1, 2023 in order to be eligible to show in 2023. We are excited to return to holding QA trainings IN PERSON this year. Please review the Junior Fair Livestock Quality Assurance Guidelines for all requirements and a list of approved trainings. Please ensure you have a plan to either attend an in-person training or complete the online YQCA module BEFORE June 1, 2023.


  • There will NOT be a Horse Safety and Ethics training option during the QA trainings. ALL horse members will be required to complete the online EquiSTEP training module. More details can be found HERE.
  • Only Licking County 4-H/FFA Quality Assurance Programs will address program changes and updated for the Hartford Fair. If you choose to attend another QA program or complete the YQCA online module, please ensure that you are watching for updates through the Licking County Extension and Hartford Fair websites and that you check in with your advisor(s) for updates and changes as well.

Maple Syrup SPIN Club

Are you interested in learning how to make maple syrup? Then you are in luck! The Patriot Kids 4-H Club will be facilitating a Maple Syrup SPIN Club! SPIN club stands for SPecial INterest club and only meets for a short time to focus on a single topic. The Maple Syrup SPIN Club will teach you all you need to get started making your own syrup.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify Trees
  • Tap Trees
  • Gather Sap
  • Test for Sugar Content
  • Make Maple Syrup!

The first meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at the Warner Sugar Shack located at 1616 Loudon St., Granville, OH 43023.

Must be a Licking County 4-H member to participate.

Take the Leap: Career Readiness Day

Come join Ohio 4-H for Take the Leap: Career Readiness Day on Saturday April 1, 2023. All 4-H members ages 13-18 are welcome to attend this event. There will be activities and speakers to help them take their next step toward success.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in activities such as:

  • Social media and networking
  • Dealing with comfort zones
  • Handling stress
  • Goal setting
  • Interview skills
  • and much more!

WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 9:30am to 4:00pm

WHERE: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus, OH 43210

COST: $10.00

Register by March 15, 2022 at:

If you have questions about this event, please reach out to Francis Foos ( or Sarah Longo (

Ohio 4-H Virtual Livestock Judging Contest

How would you like to participate in a judging contest and gain judging experience from your phone? The contest began on Thursday via Facebook. Each week a class will be posted on the Ohio State – 4-H Animal Sciences Facebook page with a link to fill out your information and placing selections. It is open to participants of all ages and states. The species will include cattle, swine, sheep, and goats.

The rules are simple:

  • It is 100% FREE
  • Participate each week before results are posted
  • The contest is open to all ages
  • Results will be posted at the beginning of each week
  • The contest will run for 6 weeks

Division champions will be selected and are divided as follows:

  • Novice (0-7)
  • Junior (8-11)
  • Intermediate (12-14)
  • Senior (15-18)
  • Advanced (19+)
Check out for additional species and resources.

Participate every week for a chance to be named the Ohio 4-H Animal Sciences Virtual Judging Champion!

REMINDER: Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The conference is a great opportunity to gather new ideas, get updates about 4-H, meet/connect with new people, and celebrate our volunteers and teens. The conference includes break out sessions for both teens and adult volunteers, as well as a luncheon, trade show, and silent auction. You can find a list of sessions, registration form, vendor application, and silent auction donation form HERE. Cost to attend is $40 per person.

Please return the registration form along with payment to the Licking County Extension Office by February 9, 2023 so that we can get you registered. Check should be made payable to: Licking County 4-H Committee.


Licking County 4-H Band Seeking New Members!

Interested in joining the Licking County 4-H Band? Check out the information below!

Who: Anyone between the ages of 11 and 19.

When: Practices will be held on WEDNESDAYS in March, April and May | 6:00-8:30pm (Registration nights will be March 1st, 8th, and 15th)

Where: Wilson Middle School in Newark

What to Bring: Folding Music Stand, Instrument, $5 for registration, and a friend!

Additional activities and concerts will take place throughout the summer.

Find out more by visiting:

2023 Farmers Share Breakfast

The Licking County Farm Bureau will host their annual Farmers Share Breakfast on Saturday, February 18, 2023 from 8:00-10:00am at CTEC in Newark. The proceeds from this event will support campers attending Licking County 4-H’s Summer Residential Camp at 4-H Camp Ohio in June.

The Licking County Farm Bureau will be partnering with Utica Tractor 4-H Club and Simmons Farm Toys to host a Farm Toy Display Contest at the Farmer’s Share Breakfast! Sign up today and start working on your 1/64 Display! Sign up for the Farm Toy Display Contest by visiting:

Volunteers are also needed throughout the morning to make this event happen. There are many different jobs available and different time frames needed so find a time/job that works for you and sign up today! Sign up to volunteer by visiting:

We look forward to seeing you there!

LAST CHANCE: 2023 Advisor Applications Due

If you are interested in becoming a Licking County 4-H advisor for 2023, you can find the application HERE. Completed applications are due to the Licking County Extension Office by February 1, 2023. Applications can also be emailed to Lisa McCutcheon at If you are interested in starting a new club, please turn your advisor application in as soon as possible so we can get that process started as well.