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.

Ohio 4-H Capital Day

What is Ohio 4-H Capital Day?
This one-day event will give current high school students an opportunity to will join discussions covering current issues youth face, learn about advocacy, gain an understanding of the legislative process, and have the opportunity to meet with individuals involved with State Government.

When is Ohio 4-H Capital Day?
Join us in Columbus, our state capital, on Wednesday, June 15! Programming will begin at 9:00 AM and the day will conclude by 5:00 PM.

What is included in registration?
The day will include programming hosted at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, followed by a visit to the Ohio Statehouse, including a tour! Transportation for students will be provided from the 4-H Center to the Statehouse and back. Lunch will be provided to all attendees.

How can I register?
Registration is open through June 6! The cost is $10.00 to attend, which can be paid via credit card or by check – see these details in the online registration. Visit go.osu.edu/4Hcapital to get signed up!

Who can I reach for questions?
Contact Kayla Oberstadt, 4-H Older Youth Leadership Specialist at 614-292-3758 or Oberstadt.1@osu.edu.


Ohio 4-H Spark EXPO

UPDATE: current 9th graders are now included – in addition to current 8th graders!

Are you heading into ninth or tenth grade in the fall? There’s still time to come find your spark at the inaugural Ohio 4-H Spark EXPO June 16-18. Spend three days on Ohio State’s Columbus campus for fun, learning and career exploration sessions you don’t want to miss!

Visit go.osu.edu/4Hsparkexpo for more information! Registration is available until May 20 or until registration is full.

Ohio State Fair Help Needed

Interested in volunteering or working at the Ohio State Fair this summer? Check out the opportunities below and see if any of them interests you!

Little Farmers – New Ohio State Fair Educational Program

The Little Farmers program is a new exhibit at the Ohio State Fair that is geared toward kids ages 3-10 to educate them about agriculture. The activities are hands-on and will be located on the lawn northeast of the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center and includes stations on a variety of agricultural topics. Volunteers are needed throughout the fair to help with this exciting new program. Volunteers receive free admission for themselves and one guest if working at least one shift.

Visit https://ohiostatefair.com/little-farmers/ to find out more and to sign up to volunteer.


4-H Group Fundraising Opportunity – Scoop Ice Cream!

Are you or someone you know involved in a youth organization that is looking for a fundraising project? The Dairy Products Building at the Ohio State Fair (home of the famous butter cow) is looking for volunteer groups to scoop ice cream! Various schedules are available and no prior experience is required – just bring a fun attitude and a willingness to work to earn money towards your organization.  Contact Emilee with Concessions by Cox for more details at 614-297-0735 or emilee@cbycox.com


4-H Educational Assistants – Paid opportunity at the Ohio State Fair

The 2022 Ohio State Fair is quickly approaching. In the past years, hundreds of thousands of our closest friends gathered to make memories and enjoy their fair favorites – food, the butter cow, a visit with Smokey Bear, a performance by the All-Ohio State Fair Band or choir, or a run in the show ring. The 2022 Ohio State Fair will be back in full swing including state level 4-H project judging.

Ohio 4-H is accepting applications for Educational Assistants for the 2022 Ohio State Fair. This is a paid position. The first day of work would be around July 25 and end on August 8.

All applications MUST be completed on-line in Workday. Applicants should apply at https://hr.osu.edu/careers/.  Active OSU employees and students should click on the box titled, “Current OSU Employees and Enrolled Students”, external candidates should click on the box titled, “All Non OSU Employees”.


Ohio 4-H Special Needs Camp

“4-H is for everyone,” but sometimes accessibility issues deny youth with unique abilities the opportunity to attend camp. In Ohio, a statewide 4-H camp is held at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio for young people who have needs that cannot be accommodated for in a traditional camp and their caregivers. Being a typical kid is what Camp is all about and it is no different for youth with special needs. The goal is to give Campers a true experience of Camp while meeting their needs and letting them set their own pace for fun and success!

The Camp allows youth to actively participate in activities such as environmental science, crafts, music therapy, outdoor education, aquatic skills, and self-reliability.  The youth, along with their caregivers, enjoy 2 nights and 2 days of camping experience that may not have been available otherwise through 4-H.

Dates: June 17-19, 2022

Location: Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio

4-H Event Youth Assistant (4-HEYA) Applications Available

  • What: 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA)
  • Who: Individuals age 13-18 (as of January 1 of the year of application) and have at least 1 year prior 4-H experience.
  • Time Frame: Apply by May 15, selection, training, service to Ohio State Fair, and evaluation. Complete responsibilities by August 31, 2022.
  • Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):
    • Training – Must attend one of the options for training (July 12 or July 21)
      • Please note: individuals MUST attend one of the training options. This is not negotiable. If you know you are unable to attend a training option before applying, it is best to wait another year before applying to serve in this capacity.
    • Events – Must work a minimum of 3 events at the Ohio State Fair; may work more if desired
  • Program Fee: $25/person (paid at go.osu.edu/4HEYA25);
  • Teens Receive:
    • 4HEYA Polo & Nametag
    • State Fair admission, parking ticket, and meal ticket(s)
    • Optional State Fair housing in the Rhodes Center (if desired)
    • Experience of working events at the Ohio State Fair
    • Opportunity to enhance leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program
  • What about the Teen Leadership Council? YES, these members may apply for 4HEYA AND TLC this year, if desired. TLC applications will be available in June and will be due the Friday following the Ohio State fair. Their term is September 1, 2022-August 31, 2023. Current TLC members are not eligible to apply for 4HEYA, as they are already fulfilling obligations at the Ohio State Fair.
  • Questions? Contact Frances (foos.61@osu.edu), Sarah (longo.79@osu.edu), or Kayla (oberstadt.1@osu.edu)


Calling all current eighth grade students! Ohio 4-H has a new opportunity for you! You are invited to attend the 4-H SPARK EXPO to participate in career exploration and learn valuable skills and make new friends. The program will be held June 16-18, 2022 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio. To find out more as well as to pre-register, visit go.osu/edu/sparkexporeg before April 15, 2022. Spots are expected to fill quickly, so don’t delay if you are interested.


Healthy Living 4-H Youth In Action Award Applications Now Accepted

Youth changing their communities is a cornerstone of 4-H Healthy Living work.  Do you have a teen leader who should be recognized for the work done in changing health in their community? The 4‑H Youth in Action Award Program recognizes four confident young leaders with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives in the 4-H core pillar areas: agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living and STEM. Any of these pillar areas may be appropriate for youth leading change in WCC, but definitely civic engagement or healthy living!

Each year, Pillar Winners will experience an exciting year of telling their 4‑H story and celebrating their leadership. Winners receive:

  • $5,000 higher education scholarship
  • Opportunities to showcase their 4 H impact story
  • All-expenses paid trip to National 4 H Council event
  • Networking opportunities with 4 H celebrities and other prominent alumni
  • Recognition as the official 4 H youth spokesperson for their pillar

Applications are received through March 28 at https://4-h.org/parents/4-h-youth-in-action-awards/#!about-4h-youth-in-action

The application consists of basic contact information, answers to two limited response questions and a one-minute video.  This opportunity is open to 15-18 year-olds.

Virtual National 4-H Healthy Living Summit

The National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living is a pioneer in the National Youth Summit Series, bringing together teen health leaders from across the country to focus on learning about and solving healthy living issues impacting our homes, our community and our economy.

Designed for grades 9 through 12, the Summit provides the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to address today’s issues facing nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness and emotional well-being.

In the past we have taken Ohio 4-H Health Heroes to the in-person summit. The summit this year got moved from February to April due to the pandemic and travel restrictions that were in place in January. They decided to offer a separate in-person and virtual opportunity for youth and adults to attend this year. The Healthy Living Design Team is taking a small delegation of youth to the in-person summit but we wanted to offer all Ohio 4-H youth and adults to take part in the virtual Healthy Living Summit at your own cost. The summit is designed for groups to go and youth are expected to create community action plans and implement those plans after the summit. Justin is planning on leading the Ohio 4-H delegation and will be our contact with National on the summit. Here’s a layout of the information:

Where: Virtually

When: Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12, from 6-9pm both days

What: There will be a speaker each day, 2 workshops from the six health tracts each day, a cooking demo, and a career panel.

Who: Youth currently in grades 9 thru 12, or adult volunteers/professionals interested in health and safety.

Cost: $125 per person, a check will need to be postmarked by Friday, March 11 and mailed to the State 4-H Office. More details are in the registration link.

Expectations: You will be joining a delegation to the summit and will be asked to complete an action plan in which you plan to implement some community change around health and send the plan and results to Justin

Registration: Fill out this Qualtrics registration by 11:59pm, Friday, March 11: https://go.osu.edu/22VirtualHLSummit