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October 2021 4-H Newsletter

In this issue:

  • 4-H Calendar 2022
  • End of Year Feedback Survey
  • 4-H Honor Member Awards – Due September 30
  • Junior Fair Board Applications – Due November 1
  • Camp Counselor Applications – Due November
  • 4-H Trick or Treat – October 24
  • Jr. Fair Sale Checks Update
  • 4-H Online Profile
  • Trip Scholarships
  • Calendar
  • State Opportunities

COUNTY UPDATES


2022 4-H Calendar Available NOW!

The 2022 4-H calendar is available here: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-calendar

Please mark down important dates with your families NOW! (Rally Night, Judging days, SKILLATHON, etc.) – Livestock Quality Assurance dates will be added by January

    • January 26 – Rally Night
    • March 15 – 4-H Enrollment deadline
    • May 1 – Animal Ownership deadline
    • June 1 – Jr. Fair Entries due
    • June 4-8 – 4-H Camp
    • June 21 and 29 – Livestock Skillathons (REQUIRED TO ATTEND ONE, NO EXCEPTIONS!)
    • July 9-16 – Madison County Fair (pending ODA approval)

We provide this calendar so that you can plan ahead. RARELY are big dates changed so that you can plan around family vacations, sporting events, etc. Please make these a priority as a lot of planning and volunteer time goes into these events. Make up options and extensions are few and far between for required things when we sent the schedule out several months in advance 🙂

*Note that these dates are subject to change, and some may be added (Quality Assurance dates, etc.). Check back regularly for updates.


End of Year Survey – Give Us Your Feedback!

We know this year has been difficult and you’ve had to modify in many ways to complete the 4-H year. We appreciate your support and dedication to the Madison County 4-H Program. As we find ways to make the best better, please complete this survey to help us do that. Remember this is your opportunity to voice opinions and make recommendations – Any feedback provided will remain confidential but may be used to improve the 4-H program.

To complete the survey by November 1, visit www.go.osu.edu/MadCo4HEval or click this link directly: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2mdFEbc3QzkeQyq  

Thank you for helping us continue to make the best better in Madison County! As always, if you have questions or are interested in volunteering to help make a program better, contact our office!


4-H Honor Awards – Due September 30th

Honor member awards and other volunteer/club awards are due September 30. It is easy to complete! It is a simple points system for activities they have done as 4-H members!

You can find all the applications here: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/forms-and-applications

Please complete the forms and return to your club advisors before the 30th so they can turn them in and confirm for you. Awards are announced at the 4-H Banquet in December

Volunteers: be sure to fill out your honor award too! Same thing – points system for the work you have already done as a volunteer!

We are also looking for Outstanding Member nominations and Friend of 4-H Nominations. Check out the above link for more information or contact our office!


Junior Fair Board Applications – Due November 1

Applications for the 2021 Junior Fair Board will be due November 1. Check www.go.osu.edu/madcoJFB for the application and more information to come soon! Contact the Extension Office if you have questions!

JFB is open to all high school 4-H/FFA members – not just for those enrolled in livestock projects! We need all project areas represented and all clubs! Our goal this year is to have at least one from each club apply!

JFB members meet about 5-7 times a year and plan various Jr. Fair activities, select awards, organize and work the livestock shows and misc. events, etc.


4-H Camp Counselor Applications – Due November 5

Applications are due November 5 and are available at www.go.osu.edu/madco4hcampcounselor. Contact the Extension Office if you have questions!

We are in need of several counselors! More counselors = more kids we can take to camp! We especially need MALE counselors! 20 counselors is our goal!

You do not have to have gone to camp before to be a counselor – just need to like kids! Counselors meet around 8-10 times a year starting in January and plan the entire camp week in June!

Please share and encourage your high school members to apply (must be 14 by January 1, 2022 to apply – mature 8th graders are also welcome!). You do not have to be in 4-H currently to apply – camp counselors can take camp counseling as their project for the year!


4-H Trick or Treat – October 24

Join us October 24 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Madison County Fairgrounds for some fun trick or treating, costume contest, games, activities, and free food and drinks, plus a haunted hayride! EVERYONE is invited to come!

*CLOVERBUD OPTION: At 4:30pm, right before the event starts, there will be a special activity for Cloverbuds (5-8 years) to make and take PUMPKIN SLIME! No pre-registration required – just show up and have fun!

Costume contest will being at 6pm. There are prizes! The categories are:

  • Infant to 4 years
  • 5-8 years
  • 9-11 years
  • 12-14 years
  • 15-18 years
  • Group/Adult

*If your club or organization would like to have a table to pass out candy, please contact our office by October 20th!


Jr. Fair Sale Check Info

  • All sales checks from the Junior Fair livestock sale have been mailed out. If you do not receive your check by October 5, please email madisoncountysalescommittee@gmail.com or call 614-778-9318.
  • Don’t forget to thank you buyers and boosts! Attached is a list of all buyers and addresses in alphabetical order, and it is also available here. Be sure to send thorough and thoughtful thank you notes (at least 3 sentences thanking them, an example of how you plan to use the funds – future plans, projects, etc.)

4-H Online Records

While enrollment is not due until March 15 for 2022 4-H year, it is a good idea to double check your profile now and make sure you are still getting emails, that your email and mailing address is correct, etc.

You can log into your 4-H Online profile at oh.4honline.com using the email and password you used to enroll in 4-H (and possibly fair entry). If you recently moved or changed your email, please make that correction so you can continue to receive information in a timely manner!


Trip Scholarships – Due December 1 or ASAP

What: For any youth in 4-H to submit to attend 4-H related trips or opportunities, such as statewide camps, 4-H conference, CWF and LWF, and more! Trips are funded by the county 4-H committee or endowment funds, either partial or fully funded depending on the opportunity and cost.

Deadline: Due December 1 OR with proper notice before the event to allow time to committee review and registration (6 weeks before registration is due)

Application: Can be found at www.go.osu.edu/madcoteenopportunities  and are turned into the Extension Office or emailed to foos.61@osu.edu

The following opportunities must have a trip scholarship filled out: Carving New Ideas, State Shooting Sports Camp, State Leadership Camp, Ohio 4-H Conference, Buckeye Leadership Workshop, Citizenship Washington Focus, Leadership Washington Focus, Sea Camp, and any other paid/selection type opportunity.


Upcoming Events – August: View the full calendar here

*2022 Calendar Available at the link above!

October 2 – Celebration of Youth Event, Leeds Farm

October 3-9 – National 4-H Week

October 4 – 4-H Advisory Committee Meeting – 6:30pm

October 24 – 4-H Trick or Treat

November 1 – Junior Fair Board Applications Due

November 5 – Camp Counselor Applications Due

December 5 – 4-H Banquet (RSVP required – forms available soon)


STATE 4-H OPPORTUNITIES

Be sure to check Ohio4H.org for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!


Carving New Ideas

Check out this great opportunity for 4-Hers grades 8-12! Carving New Ideas is a camping opportunity for older youth, concentrating on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation. It is hosted by Collegiate 4-H at The Ohio State University and the college students, who are also 4-H alumni, are prepared all of the fun activities for the weekend of October 29-31.

Registration is available at go.osu.edu/CNI. Deadline to register is October 6 or until cabins are full! Contact our office for a partial scholarship option!

 

 

 


4-H Celebration of Youth Auction

It isn’t too late to support Ohio 4-H and bid on some fun auction items. This year you can bid virtually in the Ohio 4-H Celebration of Youth auction even if you are not attending our event. Register now at https://4HCOY.givesmart.com to bid on an adorable OSU cookie jar, Jeni’s ice cream 3-month pint club, a delicious coffee basket and so much more!

The Ohio 4-H Foundation helps support many of our county 4-H programs and supports youth in statewide opportunities. This is a great chance to give to 4-H and support our youth!


Achievement Awards for Project Areas

These awards recognize achievements in specific 4-H project areas.

Areas include: Beef, CARTEENS, Citizenship & Community Service, Creative Arts, Clothing & Textiles, Communications, Companion Animals, Dairy, Environmental Sciences, Family Life & Child Development, Foods & Nutrition, Gardening & Horticulture, Health & Safety, Horse, Leadership, Goats, Llama Mechanical Engineering Sciences, Personal Development, Photography, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Shooting Sports, Swine, Woodworking, and Veterinary Science.

Award recipients receive a trip to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. Complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record (must follow guidelines listed on the application regarding font and formatting). Applicants must be at least 14 years old and currently enrolled in 4-H.

This application is also required for those interested in Ohio State Junior Fair Board and the Township Association scholarship.

Please contact Frances if you are interested in applying for these awards.

Deadline: December 1st to Madison County Extension Office

Website: go.osu.edu/OH4HAwards


Stay Connected! – ohio4h.org/stayconnected

Now more than ever it’s time for 4-H’ers to make the best better! While youth are at home and staying safe, we still want you to stay connected. Below are links to activities for youth and resources for volunteers. Check back frequently for additional links and program updates!

September 4-H News 2021

In this issue:

  • End of Year Feedback Survey
  • 4-H Honor Member Awards – Due September 30
  • Junior Fair Board Applications – Due November 1
  • Camp Counselor Applications – Due November
  • Trip Scholarships
  • Member Shout Outs
  • Calendar
  • State Opportunities

COUNTY UPDATES


End of Year Survey – Give Us Your Feedback!

We know this year has been difficult and you’ve had to modify in many ways to complete the 4-H year. We appreciate your support and dedication to the Madison County 4-H Program. As we find ways to make the best better, please complete this survey to help us do that. Remember this is your opportunity to voice opinions and make recommendations – Any feedback provided will remain confidential but may be used to improve the 4-H program.

To complete the survey by October 1, visit www.go.osu.edu/MadCo4HEval or click this link directly: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2mdFEbc3QzkeQyq  

Thank you for helping us continue to make the best better in Madison County! As always, if you have questions or are interested in volunteering to help make a program better, contact our office!


4-H Honor Awards – Due September 30th

Honor member awards and other volunteer/club awards are due September 30. It is easy to complete! It is a simple points system for activities they have done as 4-H members!

You can find all the applications here: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/forms-and-applications

Please complete the forms and return to your club advisors before the 30th so they can turn them in and confirm for you. Awards are announced at the 4-H Banquet in December

Volunteers: be sure to fill out your honor award too! Same thing – points system for the work you have already done as a volunteer!

We are also looking for Outstanding Member nominations and Friend of 4-H Nominations. Check out the above link for more information or contact our office!


Junior Fair Board Applications – Due November 1

Applications for the 2021 Junior Fair Board will be due November 1. Check www.go.osu.edu/madcoJFB for the application and more information to come soon! Contact the Extension Office if you have questions!

JFB is open to all high school 4-H/FFA members – not just for those enrolled in livestock projects! We need all project areas represented and all clubs! Our goal this year is to have at least one from each club apply!

JFB members meet about 5-7 times a year and plan various Jr. Fair activities, select awards, organize and work the livestock shows and misc. events, etc.


4-H Camp Counselor Applications – Due November 5

Applications are due November 5 and will be available soon at www.go.osu.edu/madco4hcampcounselor. Contact the Extension Office if you have questions!

We are in need of several counselors! More counselors = more kids we can take to camp! We especially need MALE counselors! 20 counselors is our goal!

You do not have to have gone to camp before to be a counselor – just need to like kids! Counselors meet around 8-10 times a year starting in January and plan the entire camp week in June!

Please share and encourage your high school members to apply (must be 14 by January 1, 2022 to apply – mature 8th graders are also welcome!). You do not have to be in 4-H currently to apply – camp counselors can take camp counseling as their project for the year!


Trip Scholarships – Due December 1 or ASAP

What: For any youth in 4-H to submit to attend 4-H related trips or opportunities, such as statewide camps, 4-H conference, CWF and LWF, and more! Trips are funded by the county 4-H committee or endowment funds, either partial or fully funded depending on the opportunity and cost.

Deadline: Due December 1 OR with proper notice before the event to allow time to committee review and registration (6 weeks before registration is due)

Application: Can be found at www.go.osu.edu/madcoteenopportunities  and are turned into the Extension Office or emailed to foos.61@osu.edu

The following opportunities must have a trip scholarship filled out: Carving New Ideas, State Shooting Sports Camp, State Leadership Camp, Ohio 4-H Conference, Buckeye Leadership Workshop, Citizenship Washington Focus, Leadership Washington Focus, Sea Camp, and any other paid/selection type opportunity.


Member Shout Outs!

Teen Leadership Council – Congrats to Luke Peart for being selected to serve on the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council for the 2021-22 term year! As a member, he will learn leadership skills, meet others teens from across the state, meet with supporters and donors of Ohio 4-H, and provide guidance to the 4-H program, as well as work some state level events!

Congrats to Amara Suchy for being selected to attend the Cultural Immersion Experience trip to Puerto Rico this winter!

Congrats to all of our Ohio State Fair participants! We had several winners in the livestock area, skillathons, and non-livestock judging! Way to represent Madison County well!

 


Youth Leadership Summit & Glo Paint Party – September 11

Madison County Prevention (MCP) will be holding the second annual Youth Leadership Summit on September 11th at the Madison County Fairgrounds!

This event is free to students, grades 9-12, in Madison County!  Madison County Youth Ambassadors (YA) have been actively planning for this event, which includes community service and leadership training, fun and games, FREE PIZZA, and a GLO PAINT PARTY!

Registration is required at: https://mcpglopaintparty.eventbrite.com

 

 

 

 


Upcoming Events – August: View the full calendar here

*2022 Calendar coming soon!

September 6 – Extension Office Closed, Labor Day

September 21-23 – Farm Science Review

September 30 – All End of Year Banquet Award Applications due: Honor Club, Community Service, Jr. and Teen Honor Member, Outstanding 4-H member, Cloverbud, Volunteer honor award, and Friend of 4-H nominations

October 2 – Celebration of Youth Event, Leeds Farm

October 3-9 – National 4-H Week

October 4 – 4-H Advisory Committee Meeting – 6:30pm

October 24 – 4-H Trick or Treat

November 1 – Junior Fair Board Applications Due

November 5 – Camp Counselor Applications Due


STATE 4-H OPPORTUNITIES

Be sure to check Ohio4H.org for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!


Achievement Awards for Project Areas

These awards recognize achievements in specific 4-H project areas.

Areas include: Beef, CARTEENS, Citizenship & Community Service, Creative Arts, Clothing & Textiles, Communications, Companion Animals, Dairy, Environmental Sciences, Family Life & Child Development, Foods & Nutrition, Gardening & Horticulture, Health & Safety, Horse, Leadership, Goats, Llama Mechanical Engineering Sciences, Personal Development, Photography, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Shooting Sports, Swine, Woodworking, and Veterinary Science.

Award recipients receive a trip to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. Complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record (must follow guidelines listed on the application regarding font and formatting). Applicants must be at least 14 years old and currently enrolled in 4-H.

This application is also required for those interested in Ohio State Junior Fair Board and the Township Association scholarship.

Please contact Frances if you are interested in applying for these awards.

Deadline: December 1st to Madison County Extension Office

Website: go.osu.edu/OH4HAwards


Ag Extrepreneurship Camp

Do you know any youth that are interested in taking over the family farm, starting their own farm, or owning their own business in the agriscience industry? Check out this attached flyer about attending Agricultural Entrepreneurship Camp on the weekend of September 24-26. Open to all youth that are in high school. Registration is now open and can be found here: http://go.osu.edu/exploreagcamp. This camp is a partnership between Explore Ag, Lucas County Extension, Franklin County Extension, Hocking College, Grow Next Gen, Venture Lab, and Young Entrepreneur Institute. If you have any questions contact myself or Marissa Mulligan.

 

 

 

 


Stay Connected! – ohio4h.org/stayconnected

Now more than ever it’s time for 4-H’ers to make the best better! While youth are at home and staying safe, we still want you to stay connected. Below are links to activities for youth and resources for volunteers. Check back frequently for additional links and program updates!

August 2021 4-H News

In this issue:

  • Jr. Fair Wrap Up Notes
  • Junior Fair Board Applications – Due November 1
  • Camp Counselor Applications – Due November
  • 4-H Honor Member Awards – Due September 30
  • Calendar
  • State Opportunities & State Fair reminders
    • Teen Leadership Council Apps – due August 14!

COUNTY UPDATES


Jr. Fair Wrap Up

PHOTOS

Many of you have likely seen that the Fairboard hired professional photographers to take photos of kids showing livestock. Be sure to check out the following links for photos!

Swine: https://emmamathews.shootproof.com/gallery/15538173/album/10542944?fbclid=IwAR1irC9DFQ4bg11quMQLcEG9Q6m0FwomkpVr0deF2_axLiIdPpoH9C50NCk

All other species: https://laurenfehlan.shootproof.com/gallery/15518078/home?fbclid=IwAR0ICv1AKHjfgKan6IN50P1etNXzSUgpLfvS_NYj46EqfD5_i7yblEA_Aqw

Special thanks to Paige Pence, Lauren Fehlan, Emma Mathews Photography for taking the photos and to the SFB for purchasing all the photos so you just need to download !

RESULTS

For special interest awards, misc. contest results (barn décor, thank you buyer posters, etc.), memorial trophy winners, showmen of showmen, premier exhibitor, and more, visit https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/madison-county-fair

A buyer list will be coming soon from sales committee. Don’t forget to write thank you notes!

Special Interest Auction participants will be notified next week or so with their photo thank you notes to pick up and mail to their buyers. Checks will be distributed in the next few weeks.


Junior Fair Board Applications – Due November 1

Applications for the 2021 Junior Fair Board will be due November 1. Check www.go.osu.edu/madcoJFB for the application and more information to come soon! Contact the Extension Office if you have questions!

JFB is open to all high school 4-H/FFA members – not just for those enrolled in livestock projects! We need all project areas represented and all clubs! Our goal this year is to have at least one from each club apply!

JFB members meet about 5-7 times a year and plan various Jr. Fair activities, select awards, organize and work the livestock shows and misc. events, etc.


4-H Camp Counselor Applications – Due November 5

Applications are due November 5 and will be available soon at www.go.osu.edu/madco4hcampcounselor. Contact the Extension Office if you have questions!

We are in need of several counselors! More counselors = more kids we can take to camp! We especially need MALE counselors! 20 counselors is our goal!

You do not have to have gone to camp before to be a counselor – just need to like kids! Counselors meet around 8-10 times a year starting in January and plan the entire camp week in June!

Please share and encourage your high school members to apply (must be 14 by January 1, 2022 to apply – mature 8th graders are also welcome!). You do not have to be in 4-H currently to apply – camp counselors can take camp counseling as their project for the year!


4-H Honor Awards – Due September 30th

Honor member awards and other volunteer/club awards are due September 30. It is easy to complete! It is a simple points system for activities they have done as 4-H members!

You can find all the applications here: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/forms-and-applications

Please complete the forms and return to your club advisors before the 30th so they can turn them in and confirm for you. Awards are announced at the 4-H Banquet in December

Volunteers: be sure to fill out your honor award too! Same thing – points system for the work you have already done as a volunteer!

We are also looking for Outstanding Member nominations and Friend of 4-H Nominations. Check out the above link for more information or contact our office!


Upcoming Events – August: View the full calendar here

*2022 4-H Calendar will be coming in September!

July 28-August 8 -Ohio State Fair

August 2 – 4-H Committee Meeting, 6:30pm

August 13 – Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Applications due to State 4-H office

 

 

 


STATE 4-H OPPORTUNITIES

Be sure to check Ohio4H.org for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!


Teen Leadership Council Applications Available!

Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member for the 2021-22 program year are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC. Please note: applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation and program fees) are due (received, not postmarked!) by Friday, August 13, 2021.

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction.


Stay Connected! – ohio4h.org/stayconnected

Now more than ever it’s time for 4-H’ers to make the best better! While youth are at home and staying safe, we still want you to stay connected. Below are links to activities for youth and resources for volunteers. Check back frequently for additional links and program updates!

July 2021 4-H News

July is here and it is time for the fair! I am so excited to see all the hard work of our youth come together. As we go into the prime time of summer heat and fun, I challenge you all to remember how grateful we are to have a time and place that our youth can exhibit their projects and enjoy the experience. I like to remember the 4-H pledge during busy times: head to clearer thinking, heart to greater loyalty, hands to larger service, and health to better living. Let’s use our minds to think clearly and be good role models for those around us, help out our friends and family, help serve those that are in need, and maybe try to not eat fair food for every meal? (Okay, ice cream doesn’t count!).

In all seriousness, let’s have a great fair week and best of luck to all of our exhibitors!

In this issue:

  • Jr. Fair Schedule and Book
  • Special Interest Information
  • Other Fair Contest Information
  • Cloverbud Updates!
  • Calendar
  • State Opportunities & State Fair reminders

COUNTY UPDATES


Jr. Fair Schedule and Rule Book&SpeciesSpecificInformation

Be sure to review and print out the following to be best prepared for fair week:

As a reminder, the fair is put on by all volunteers and as such, there will be mistakes because we are human! Please remember to go into the fair week with a kind heart and good sportsmanship and above all, ENJOY the time together as our youth complete their projects they have worked so hard on all year long!

*Emails: Be sure to check your emails frequently this coming week as well as social media for the fair and OSU Extension as this is the main way we communicate any changes or information you need to know!

Swine Check in Information: All exhibitors should have received an email with the swine check in times and information. You can also find the info at: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/swine-projects

Sheep and Goat Check In: Sheep and Goats will have to sign up for a check in time on Saturday at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4fadad2da5f85-sheep1 (has been sent via email to all sheep/goat exhibitors). Please sign up for ONE slot per FAMILY, NOT per animal.


Special Interest Project  Judging

Project Guidelines – This document provides general information for each 4-H project on what you need to do to complete the project: 4-H Project General Guidelines

A judging packet with assigned times for each special interest (non-livestock) project has been sent. Check your email for more details

Click here for details for clothing and nutrition projects and other reminders for judging day!: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-project-guidelines-project-selection/special-interest 

Special Interest Awards will be annouced on Tuesday, July 13 at 7pm. Nutrition and Clothing Awards will be annouced after the Style Review on Wednesday, July 14 at 7pm.


SPECIAL INTEREST AUCTION – New in 2021!

This year, all youth exhibiting a special interest project that are NOT selling a livestock animal in the Jr. Fair sale have the option to auction off an item related to your special interest project! The form below must be turned in at the time of judging check in on July 10th and has the additional rules listed.

Special Interest Auction Entry Form and Rules

  • When: Thursday, July 15 at 5:00pm (check in at 4:15 with item and get photo taken)
  • Where: Della Selsor Building
  • How: Turn in Auction Entry Form at Project Judging on July 10th
  • Item must be 60% homemade, raised, or in some way created by the exhibitor and must be related to your project. You may only enter 1 item per exhibitor.

This is a great oppportunity to invite your family and friends too, and reach out to your small businesses that would love to sponsor a project! If you know someone interested in supporting, share this flyer with them!


Miscellaneous Fair Contests

  • Thank Your Buyer poster contest – Sponsored by the Jr. Fair Sales Committee
    • Posters can be turned into the JFB office by 8pm on July 10th . List your name, species, and club on the backside. Posters will all be displayed in the Eby Arena
    • Poster cannot be larger than 11x18inches and must clearly list the previous year’s buyer and thank them for their support.
    • Each livestock category will have 1 winner chosen. Winners are announed on Tuesday evening at the Special Interest Awards ceremony. Cash prizes are given
    • Visit https://www.madisoncountyfairoh.com/junior-fairbook for the full list of rules
  • Cake Decorating Contest – Wednesday, July 14
    • Compete in your different age divisions listed below:
      • Adult/Senior Division (Age 15+) – 11:00am
      • Intermediate Division (Ages 12-14) – 11:45am
      • Junior Division (Ages 8-11) – 12:45pm
      • Cloverbud Division (Ages 5-8) – 2:00pm
    • All cake rounds and icing and tips are provided (Special thanks to Vallery Farmhouse Bakery for donating the icing!)
    • Participants are timed (Seniors = 30 min, Intermediates = 45 min, Beginners & Cloverbuds=60 minutes)
    • Placing awards are given from a qualified judge (Cloverbuds receive participation ribbon)

Cloverbud Participation at the Fair!

  • Cloverbud Show & Tell – July 12 @ 7pm in the Della Selsor Building: Each club takes the stage for members to share about the project that they made and what they enjoyed about 4-H! Club advisors register 30 minutes prior to the event
  • Cloverbud Passport to the Madison County Fair – July 14 @ 10:30: Sponsored by the Madison County Farm Bureau, any youth ages 5-8 can attend for a tour of the fairgrounds to meet the animals, enjoy games and crafts, and a special prize! Arrive at the Della at 10:30 to participate on July 14
  • Cloverbud Cake Decorating – July 14 @2pm: Test out your cake decorating skills! All youth are given a cake form and icing to decorate a cake with and to display the remainder of fair week.

Upcoming Events – July: View the full calendar here

July 5: Office Closed – Observed Independence Day

July 10: Special Interest Judging, Livestock Move In/Check in (Some animals move in/check in July 9th. Check the Fairbook for details)

July 10-17: Madison County Fair! Visit www.madisoncountyfairoh.com for the full schedule!

July 19-23 – State 4-H Junior Horse Show

July 28-August 8 -Ohio State Fair

August 13 – Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Applications due to State 4-H office

September 1 – Junior Fair Board applications due


STATE 4-H OPPORTUNITIES

Be sure to check Ohio4H.org for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!


Cloverbot Challenge

In honor of the Mars Rover, this year Cloverbuds will be going to space with the challenge happening on Mars. Cloverbuds will design a place to live on the Red Planet and create a model featuring their method of transportation. The Challenge will take place virtually on Monday, July 12 or Thursday, July 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. We will be utilizing breakout rooms in ZOOM so that teams will have the opportunity to share their projects. With help from the Ohio 4-H Foundation, teams can order a kit to get them started. Information is posted on the Ohio 4-H website https://ohio4h.org/families/cloverbuds/cloverbot-challenge and via Facebook.


Teen Leadership Council Applications Available!

Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member for the 2021-22 program year are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC. Please note: applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation and program fees) are due (received, not postmarked!) by Friday, August 13, 2021.

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction.


Ohio 4-H Summer Shooting Sports Education Clinics

Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports is offering 4 days of shooting education clinics to youth interested in expanding their skill set in a specific area at Canter Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio. You do NOT have to be enrolled in a shooting sports project to attend! Register in advance at go.osu.edu/SSclinics by July 9 as space is limited!

Contact our office to ask about potential funding to cover the $30/day/participant fee!

Dates are:

  • Sunday, July 18: Beginner Clinics
  • Monday, July 19: Adult/Youth Day
  • Tuesday, July 20: Intermediate/Introduction to Advanced skills
  • Wednesday, July 21: Advanced Skills

 


Stay Connected! – ohio4h.org/stayconnected

Now more than ever it’s time for 4-H’ers to make the best better! While youth are at home and staying safe, we still want you to stay connected. Below are links to activities for youth and resources for volunteers. Check back frequently for additional links and program updates!

June 2021 4-H News

In this issue:

  • Project Guidelines Information
  • Special Interest Skillathon
  • Livestock Skillathons Information
  • Extension Office Hours Update
  • 4-H Project Books
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Ohio 4-H Guidelines Reminder – MASK UPDATE
  • Jr. Fair Royalty Applications live & Other Fair Opportunities
  • Poultry Pollorum testing
  • Equine clinics
  • State Opportunities & State Fair reminders

COUNTY 4-H UPDATES


Special Interest Project Guidelines

Project Guidelines – This document provides general information for each 4-H project on what you need to do to complete the project: 4-H Project General Guidelines

A judging packet with assigned times for each special interest (non-livestock) project will be sent mid to late June. Watch your emails for more details!

Click here for details for clothing and nutrition projects and other reminders for judging day!: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-project-guidelines-project-selection/special-interest 

 


SPECIAL INTEREST AUCTION – New in 2021!

This year, all youth exhibiting a special interest project that are NOT selling a livestock animal in the Jr. Fair sale have the option to auction off an item related to your special interest project! The form below must be turned in at the time of judging check in on July 10th and has the additional rules listed.

Special Interest Auction Entry Form and Rules

  • When: Thursday, July 15 at 5:00pm (check in at 4:15 with item and get photo taken)
  • Where: Della Selsor Building
  • How: Turn in Auction Entry Form at Project Judging on July 10th
  • Item must be 60% homemade, raised, or in some way created by the exhibitor and must be related to your project. You may only enter 1 item per exhibitor.

This is a great oppportunity to invite your family and friends too, and reach out to your small businesses that would love to sponsor a project!

 

 


Livestock Skillathon Registration and Info

Skillathon takes place on June 19th, 2021.  Livestock Skillathons are required for the following projects in order to exhibit at the county fair: Beef, Dairy, Alpaca, Dog, Equine, Goat, Sheep, Poultry, Rabbit, and Swine Projects.

All youth must register for a time slot by June 9th at www.go.osu.edu/madcoskillathon

For skillathon information and registration links for each species, visit www.go.osu.edu/madcoskillathon

If you need a specific accomodation or have questions, contact the Extension Office at 740-852-0975. Alternative dates should have been scheduled by June 1 for those that have conflicts.

Visit this link for information such study guides, skillathon format, practice skillathons, etc.: Skillathon Resources  


OSU Extension Office Hours & Updates

General Office Hours: Our office is open Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm for normal office hours. It is still recommended that you call ahead if you need something specific or need to speak with a specific staff member.

Welcome our new office associate, Jackie Buss! If you see her in the office or chat with her on the phone, say hi and welcome her!


County Level Scholarship Opportunities


In-Person 4-H Meetings and Events Update -NEW UPDATE

Remember to follow our meeting guidelines for any in-person 4-H meetings and events that you may be attending: That information, along with any new updates, is at https://ohio4h.org/families/stay-connected.

    1. Face masks are not required to be worn inside or outside at 4-H camp (day or overnight) for ALL employees AND clientele
    2. Face masks are not required to be worn inside or outside at any OSU Extension (including 4-H non-camp) programs and activities for ALL employees AND clientele
    3. Face masks are not required to be worn inside or outside at county offices for ALL employees AND clientele.
      • Face masks are strongly recommended for those who are not yet fully vaccinated (strongly recommended means the individual chooses to wear a mask or not)
    4. All other health and safety guidance is still in effect, such as physical distancing and sanitizing. Local guidance or building requirements prevails if there are more stringent requirements
    5. Individuals and/or family members may not attend if they or anyone living their household is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell, or as been directly exposed (confirmed or suspected) to COVID-19 if they are not fully vaccinated.
    6. COVID-19 vaccinations are our best current protection against infection and a fatal outcome. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face mask, however we strongly recommend eligible, but unvaccinated, individuals to continue to properly wear a face mask when social distancing cannot be maintained.
    7. As a reminder: Know that these guidelines may be modified at any time if conditions change and/or guidance is not following, and/or local health department issues more stringent requirements

Upcoming Events – June: View the full calendar here

June 1: Madison County Jr. Fair entries due

June 4-8: 4-H Camp

June 9: Skillathon registration due at go.osu.edu/madcoskillathon

June 11: Cloverbud Day Camp

June 14: 4-H Advisory Committee Meeting -6:30pm

June 15: Outstanding Exhibitor applications due, Royalty and Ambassador Applications due; Writing projects due

June 16, 17, 18: Sewing Clinic 9am-4pm, Hope Church, Plain City

June 18: Nutrition Clinic, 11:00-1:00pm, Hope Church, Plain City

June 19: Livestock project Judging and Skillathons – 9:00-5:00pm – Pre-register for your timeslot at go.osu.edu/madcoskillathon by June 9!

June 20: Ohio State Fair Junior Livestock Entries due

June 23, 25, 25: Sewing Clinic 9am-4pm, Hope Church, Plain City

July 1: Green Range 4-H Scholarship due

July 5: Office Closed – Observed Independence Day

July 10: Special Interest Judging

July 10-17: Madison County Fair!


COUNTY JR. FAIR UPDATES


Jr. Fair Royalty and Ambassador Applications

Apply now to be Fair Royalty or Specie Ambassador! Applications are due June 15, with a required meeting for all contestants June 15 at 6:00pm in the Della Selsor Building.

For more information and applications, visit www.madison.osu.edu/fairroyalty 

 

 

 


Outstanding Exhibitor and Scholarship Applications Due June 15

Applications for outstanding specie exhibitors and various scholarship are due June 15. See below for the opportunities and applications:


Poultry –  Pollorum Testing (Note – NOT for market broilers or waterfowl)

Pullorum Testing – Saturday, June 12th at 12pm

Where: Poultry barn @ Madison County Fairgrounds

Why: An A/I & Pullorum Clean test is required for entry to the fair. If you purchased from a hatchery since last fair you can get a verification from the hatchery. If you have chickens older than last fair (2020) or purchased from a private breeder you MUST get your birds (a %) tested.

If you can’t make the June 12 date, reach out to Julia for a list of testers.  If you don’t have a “disease- free- hatchery paper” or a clean- test paper you will NOT show at the fair. Waterfowl is not tested.

Questions… please call Julia Smith at 614.519.1799.


Equine Clinic Dates

The following are the Equine Clinic Dates:

  • 6/6 @ 10AM for Western and Trail (Showmanship, Pleasure, Ranch, Contesting)
  • 6/12 @ 10 AM  for Hunters and English Flat work (Hunter under saddle and equitation)
  • 6/26 @ 10 AM for Saddleseat and Dressage

You are welcome to bring your horse or come watch and ask questions. Questions? Contact Sam Seidenstricker at 937-561-8500

 

 

 


STATE 4-H OPPORTUNITIES

Be sure to check Ohio4H.org for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!


Cloverbot Challenge

In honor of the Mars Rover, this year Cloverbuds will be going to space with the challenge happening on Mars. Cloverbuds will design a place to live on the Red Planet and create a model featuring their method of transportation. The Challenge will take place virtually on Monday, July 12 or Thursday, July 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. We will be utilizing breakout rooms in ZOOM so that teams will have the opportunity to share their projects. With help from the Ohio 4-H Foundation, teams can order a kit to get them started. Information is posted on the Ohio 4-H website https://ohio4h.org/families/cloverbuds/cloverbot-challenge and via Facebook.


Ohio Youth Skillathon Information

Ohio Youth Skillathon information for VIRTUAL and IN-PERSON sessions is now online at: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons

VIRTUAL Skillathon Registration is due by JUNE 14th, 2021!

A few important notes:

  • Those exhibiting at OSF and want to be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) awards MUST participate at the IN-PERSON skillathons at the state fair
  • Those exhibiting at OSF and want to be eligible for Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor (OBE) awards MUST participate in the VIRTUAL skillathons online

Ohio State Fair Livestock Schedule

The 2021 OSF Livestock Schedule is now posted at: https://ohiostatefair.com/agriculture-livestock/livestock-schedule/.

If you plan to show, entries are due June 20th! If you are showing swine and your parent needs PQA training, email foos.61@osu.edu. You need this to enter before June 20!


Stay Connected! – ohio4h.org/stayconnected

Now more than ever it’s time for 4-H’ers to make the best better! While youth are at home and staying safe, we still want you to stay connected. Below are links to activities for youth and resources for volunteers. Check back frequently for additional links and program updates!

May 2021 4-H News

Greetings 4-H Families!

May is here and we are about 30 days away from camp and 70 days from fair week! The weather is getting warmer, 4-Hers are working hard on their projects, and there are lots of important information to share! Be sure to read through all the newsletters sent and check your emails for updates from our county office, club advisors, etc. as deadlines and events are coming up quick! Best of luck as you work through your projects, and as always, reach out if you need help!

We want to see what you are working on! If you have photos of working on your special interest projects, practicing with your animals, etc. – please sent them to foos.61@osu.edu to have them featured on our social media and next newsletter! We LOVE seeing your work!

In this issue:

  • 2021 Calendar of Events
  • 4-H Camp Registration Information
  • Livestock Quality Assurance Information
  • 4-H Yard Sign Fundraiser
  • Project Guidelines Information
  • Livestock Skillathons
  • Extension Office Hours Update
  • 4-H Project Books
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Ohio 4-H Guidelines Reminder
  • Jr. Fair Royalty Applications live & Other Fair Opportunities
  • Other Jr. Fair related reminders
  • State Opportunities

COUNTY 4-H UPDATES


4-H Camp Registration!

4-H Camp is happening! We are so excited to offer camping programs for our youth! Our registration and camps may look a little different this year, but we are planning to have a BLAST no matter what!

Camp Dates 2021 (grades completed in 2021)
  • June 4-8: Overnight 5 day, 4 night camp at 4-H Camp Clifton, 230/camper, for grades 3-8
  • June 11: Cloverbud Day Camp at the Gwynne Conservation Area , $30/camper, for grades K-2

For information on how to register, what is different for this year, etc., visit www.go.osu.edu/madco4hcamp. Below are the steps to register for either camp:

  1. Review the Camp Pre-Registration Packet: Overnight Camp June 4-8 | Cloverbud Day Camp June 11
  2. Register and pay via the online registration survey(automatically redirects you to pay via credit/debit card online)
  3. Send in Health Form and COVID Acknowledgement Form by May 21 for Overnight Camp & May 28 for Cloverbud Camp.  Forms must be completed and signed and turned in to the  Extension Office via mail or dropped off or emailed to foos.61@osu.edu.

Pizza Kits: If you wish to sell pizza kits to raise money towards your camp fee, click here for more information: https://u.osu.edu/madison4h/2021/04/20/pizza-kits-for-4-h-camp/ 

Scholarships: $50 scholarships are available through the 4-H Committee. Applications are due ASAP, BEFORE your registration. Visit go.osu.edu/madco4hcamp for the application

*Camper Parent Meeting (Optional) May 4 at 6:30 – Zoom link is below:

*Donations of Time and Money: If you would like to donate money to help send a camper to camp and to help us offset costs for campers give the need for increased supplies, please contact our office! We would also welcome additional volunteer to assist with potential cleaning runners, etc.

Livestock Quality Assurance – Only 2 Sessions  Left!

To be eligible for participation in the Madison County Junior Fair, potential youth exhibitors must participate in one of the following Quality Assurance Education Programs. The deadline to complete QA Education for the Madison County Fair is May 15, 2021.

Register at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa.

4-H & FFA Members in these projects must attend Quality Assurance Education:  All Dairy Cattle, Market & Dairy Goats, Breeding Goats, Market, Breeding, and Pet Rabbits, Beef (Mkt. Steers, Beef Feeders, Breeding Beef), Dairy Feeder Calves, Market and Breeding Swine, Breeding and Market Sheep, Market and Fancy Poultry.

This year, all the sessions will be held VIRTUALLY via zoom, just like last year. If you need an accomodation, please contact the Madison County Extension Office to make alternative arrangements.

Please save the dates for the below sessions. Youth must attend one session. Additional sessions may be added as needed. Sessions will be limited to 40 participants:

  • Thursday, May 6, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 12, 6:00-7:30pm

You may also choose to complete QA through the online YQCA certification on your own time. There is about a $12 cost with this program. Contact the extension office for more information.


4-H Yard Sign Fundraiser to benefit Madison County Equine Committee

The Equine Committee is selling 4-H Yard Signs personalized to your species or project and your child’s name! Signs are $20 plus $5 for name personalization. Questions? Contact Casie Phipps at casphi12@yahoo.com or 614-579-1287. All proceeds benefit the Madison County Equine Committee

 

 

 

 


Project Guidelines & Other Information

All members should have received emails this past week with additional details for their livestock and special interest projects. Please check those for specific information!

  • Need Help? – Use the Project Helper Contact Info for contact information for your species contact, Jr. Fair and Sales committee contacts, etc.!
  • Project Guidelines – This document provides general information for each 4-H project on what you need to do to complete the project: 4-H Project General Guidelines
  • Project Books – Purchase the 4-H Project Record Book for your species/project and the Resource Handbook if applicable (available in our office for purchase or online at www.extensionpubs.osu.edu) (Livestock projects must purchase the 4-H project book for their first year)
    • 2nd year livestock and beyond: (not equine, alpaca, dogs, or small animals) – utilize project book AND add record via the printable Livestock Project Record Book (will be checked for skillathon). You can print at home or pick up from our office for FREE
  • Fair Entries – Due June 1. Required if you want to exhibit your project at the fair. Watch for the link to be live around the first week of May here: FairEntry Link
  • Other Resources – Find additional videos and resources from current 4-H members at www.go.osu.edu/mc4hspark 

Livestock Skillathon

Skillathon takes place on June 19th, 2021. Families will receive assigned times for youth needing to complete skillathon. Livestock Skillathons are required for the following projects in order to exhibit at the county fair: Beef, Dairy, Alpaca, Dog, Equine, Goat, Sheep, Poultry, Rabbit, and Swine Projects.

If you need a specific accomodation or have questions, contact the Extension Office at 740-852-0975. Alternative dates should be scheduled by June 1 for those that have conflicts.

Visit this link for information such study guides, skillathon format, practice skillathons, etc.: Skillathon Resources  


2021 4-H Projects Books

This year, there are a couple ways to purchase your project books:

*Before ordering, check the Perfect Stay at Home projects page to see if the project your child is interested in is posted as a PDF version for free (there are 12 projects posted currently). We are happy to print these in the office for you if needed. You can also choose to buy the book still if it is easier to work in.

  1. Order Online: You can skip a trip to the office and have them ordered and shipped directly to your door! Visit extensionpubs.osu.edu to browse project and resource books. Use this coupon to get free shipping on orders of $20 or more (FREE2021)
  2. Purchase at our office: Schedule an appointment to come during 4-H office hours, or call ahead for a different time, to purchase your books in the county office.

Change for livestock books: 2nd year livestock and beyond: (not equine, alpaca, dogs, or small animals) – utilize project book AND add record via the printable Livestock Project Record Book (will be checked for skillathon). You can print at home or pick up from our office for FREE. First year members must still purchase the 4-H project and record book and complete activities in there, but you do not need to purchase a new one every year.


OSU Extension Office Hours & Updates

General Office Hours: As a reminder, our office is open by appointment only. We are generally staffed Monday-Wednesday, 9:00am-4:00pm in the physical office, but are available virtually Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm via phone or email!

Please continue to call ahead at least 24 hours before coming into the office to schedule an appointment, wear your mask when inside, and stay home if you are sick.

As a reminder, Arlene, our office associate, has retired. We have a temporarily Office Associate, Marianne, part time from another county office until the replacement is hired! Marianne will be helping to cover the office, answer phone calls, and assist you with other needs temporarily! Our new office associate will be starting mid-May and we wills end out more information then!


County Level Scholarship Opportunities


In-Person 4-H Meetings and Events Update 

Remember to follow our meeting guidelines for any in-person 4-H meetings and events that you may be attending: That information, along with any new updates, is at https://ohio4h.org/families/stay-connected.

 

 


Upcoming Events – May: View the full calendar here

1: All horse, alpaca, and dairy projects owned/leased and in posession of 4-H/FFA members. All market project animals owned and/or in possession of 4-H/FFA members

3: 4-H Advisory Committee Meeting – 6:30pm

6: Livestock Quality Assurance – 7:00-8:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

8: Sewing Clinic – 9:00-4:00pm, Hope Church, 9899 US 42 Plain City (RSVP via text to Daphne: 614-353-0406)

12: LAST CHANCE Livestock Quality Assurance – 6:00-7:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

14: 4-H Camp Registration Due (health forms due May 21)

15: Quality Assurance completion deadline

20: Poultry Broiler Pick Up

21: Cloverbud Camp Registration due for June 11th camp (health forms due May 28)

22: Sewing Clinic – 9:00-4:00pm, Hope Church, 9899 US 42 Plain City (RSVP via text to Daphne: 614-353-0406)

25: Extension Office Closed – Memorial Day

June 1: Madison County Jr. Fair entries due

June 4-8: 4-H Camp

June 11: Cloverbud Day Camp


Self Care Isn’t Selfish!

Stress and anxiety can sometimes trigger unhealthy behaviors. Next time you feel stressed, try one of these healthy habits instead:

  1. Get moving! Talk a walk, get weights, or do some yoga
  2. Reach Out! Talk with those who can provide support
  3. Stop and Breath! Focused breathing can help you calm down and think clearly
  4. Care for yourself! Get enough sleep and drink plenty of water

For more coping skills, visit mhrb.org.


COUNTY JR. FAIR UPDATES


Jr. Fair Royalty and Ambassador Applications

Apply now to be Fair Royalty or Specie Ambassador! Applications are due June 15, with a required meeting for all contestants June 15 at 6:00pm in the Della Selsor Building.

For more information and applications, visit www.madison.osu.edu/fairroyalty 

 

 

 


Fair Schedule and Rule Book

Visit the Madison County Fair website for the schedule and fair book for specific fair information. Fair week is July 10-17!

There are several changes to the show schedules, so be sure to double check when your species show are!

 


Outstanding Exhibitor and Scholarship Applications Due June 15

Applications for outstanding specie exhibitors and various scholarship are due June 15. See below for the opportunities and applications:

 


Dog Vaccine and Licensure info 

Dog Vaccine and Licensure Forms: All 4-H dog projects must be in possession by April 1. Dog ID and Vaccine Form and Copy of Dog License (from County) are due by May 1 to the OSU Extension Office or Jenny will be available at the fairgrounds May 1 to drop them off. Contact Jenny Sweet, Dog Key Leader, with any questions at 740-506-3357.

Dog Clinics: Watch for more information to be sent soon for a few dates for dog clinics to practice for show.  Additional Dog Resources are available at https://ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/animal-sciences/dog/dog-resources

 

 


Poultry – Broiler Orders & Pollorum Testing

Market Broiler Orders: If you ordered broilers,  pick up will be Thursday, May 20 from 2-6pm at the fairgrounds. Watch your emails for more information

Pullorum Testing – COMING SOON: Pullorum testing is required for poultry that do not have the NPIP paperwork from the hatchery (market chickens are not tested). Check with the hatchery where you get your birds to see if they already have this done. More info for the May testing date will be sent out soon to poultry members. Individuals can also set up their own testing with a certified individual.


New Opportunity for Jr. Fair Sale

Beginning 2021, the Madison County Jr. Fair Livestock exhibitors will have the option to take their market livestock projects home versus sending the animal to the packer at the fair and still be allowed to be a part of the premium sale.  All project requirements must be met, such as showmanship, quality assurance, skill-a-thon, etc. as in previous years to sell in premium sale.

However, per state mandate, all Grand and Reserve Champion market animals MUST still go on to slaughter and cannot be taken home.  Furthermore, exhibitors that plan to take their animal/project home, must declare during entry at the June 1 deadline to allow the Madison County Fair Sale Committee time to supply the packer with shipping numbers.  Those exhibitors taking their projects home must also wait to be released before doing leaving with those animals.

Click here for more information: New Jr. Fair Sale Rule

Contact the Madison County Sales Committee at madisoncountysalescommittee@gmail.com with any questions. 


Livestock & Small Animal Committee Members Needed!

2021 is bringing some fresh changes to our Jr. Fair structure! In lieu of Livestock Key Leaders, the Jr. Fair Livestock program is moving to a committee structure to help encourage sustainability and limit the amount of work for the one person, creating a team effort!

If interested in being a part of this committee, contact madisoncountyjfb@gmail.com to learn more.

The 3 Committees will now consist of:

  • Equine Committee (has been in place for several years, If interested, contact Colleen Martin at stephighatlfs@aol.com for information on meetings times, dates, etc.)
  • Small Animal/Specialty: includes rabbit, poultry, dog, alpaca, and small animal
  • Large Animal Committee: Includes beef, dairy, swine, goat, and sheep

STATE 4-H OPPORTUNITIES

Be sure to check Ohio4H.org for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!


Cloverbot Challenge

In honor of the Mars Rover, this year Cloverbuds will be going to space with the challenge happening on Mars. Cloverbuds will design a place to live on the Red Planet and create a model featuring their method of transportation. The Challenge will take place virtually on Monday, July 12 or Thursday, July 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. We will be utilizing breakout rooms in ZOOM so that teams will have the opportunity to share their projects. With help from the Ohio 4-H Foundation, teams can order a kit to get them started. Information is posted on the Ohio 4-H website https://ohio4h.org/families/cloverbuds/cloverbot-challenge and via Facebook.


Send Smore Kids to Camp Opportunity

The Ohio 4-H Foundation is beginning a 4-H camp fundraising campaign to raise funds for our Ohio 4-H camping facilities. For this promotion, Send S’more Kids to 4-H Camp, we are holding a contest to choose the artwork that will be on the various incentives. Any 4-H member may submit a design for the Send S’more Kids to Camp Campaign. There will be two divisions, Junior (4-H age 8-13) and Senior (4-H age 14-18). All entries must be submitted by Wednesday, May 12. Winners will be notified by May 17.

Submission: Please submit a scan; the winning entry will be asked to submit original for publication.

  • For submissions for the Junior division, visit go.osu.edu/4hartjr.
  • For submissions for the Senior division, visit go.osu.edu/4hartsr.

All entries must be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 12. If you have any questions, please email ohio4hfoundation@osu.edu.


Stay Connected! – ohio4h.org/stayconnected

Now more than ever it’s time for 4-H’ers to make the best better! While youth are at home and staying safe, we still want you to stay connected. Below are links to activities for youth and resources for volunteers. Check back frequently for additional links and program updates!

Pizza Kits for 4-H Camp!

It’s pizza time! Starting today and for the next 4 weeks, we’re selling Pizza Kits to raise money so we can help campers raise money for their 4-H camper registration fees! To reach our goal and be successful, we need everyone’s help. It’s super easy to join the fun! Our fundraiser closes on May 19!

Sellers: To get started follow this link https://fundraising.littlecaesars.com/login/join-fundraiser/46ba13e9-1d4b-496b-a0d1-1a6529d63ca0 to create your very own Seller page (click “create a new account”). You can customize your page, upload a video, create an avatar, and watch how many pizza kits you’ve sold. You’ll get your own special link to send to your friends and family so they can buy delicious pizza kits and support our fundraiser. Pizza Kits will be delivered directly to their home by FedEx, so send the link to your out of state family and friends, too. You can even post your Seller link on your social media pages.

Every kit we sell earns $6 profit, which goes directly to the seller’s camp registration fee! Don’t forget to buy some for yourself!

Buyers: If you are not a seller, and wish to purchase a kit, contact our office to either get hooked up with a seller, or purchase through out county page here: https://fundraising.littlecaesars.com/fundraisers/support/e5143877-142c-415e-ac94-f27f966609c6 

If you have any questions about how to participate this year, please contact the Extension office at 740-852-0975 or foos.61@osu.edu

April 4-H News

Greetings 4-H Families!

Welcome to SPRING! 4-H Season is in full swing! Now more than ever, it is important to read through this entire newsletter and check your emails for updates from our county office, club advisors, etc. as deadlines and events are coming up quick! Best of luck as you work through your projects, and as always, reach out if you need help!

In this issue:

  • 2021 Calendar of Events
  • 4-H Camp Update & Survey request
  • Livestock Quality Assurance Information
  • 4-H Yard Sign Fundraiser
  • Project Guidelines Information
  • Livestock Skillathons
  • Extension Office Hours Update
  • 4-H Project Books
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Ohio 4-H Guidelines Reminder
  • Livestock Tag In and Forms reminders
  • Broiler Orders and Pollorum Testing
  • Other Jr. Fair related reminders

COUNTY 4-H UPDATES


2021 4-H Calendar Available

Mark your calendar and save the dates now for important county events and deadlines! Updates will be added to the website and this calendar as we receive them, as well as emailed to all 4-H families.

Please note: dates, times, and locations, and format are subject to change based on OSU and county health and safety guidelines. We will keep you informed as time progresses.

A printable calendar can be found here.


4-H Camp Update

At this time Ohio State University has given us permission to hold  4-H IN-PERSON DAY CAMPING (woohoo, better than just virtual). We are hoping that as things change we will be able to quickly change plans and end up being able to offer 4-H overnight camping at 4-H Camp Clifton following current health guidelines. More information will come mid-April.
 
Current Camp Dates:
4-H Camp: June 4-8 (for 3-Day Adventure Day Camp – June 4-6 or 5-7)
Cloverbud Day Camp TENTATIVE: June 11 or 12 & August 6 or 7 – Location Tentatively Gwynne Conservation Area in London
No matter the circumstance, our counselors and staff hope to provide a great adventure for our youth to learn and experience new things, make new friends, and reap the many benefits of attending camp! We also know that it will look different in order to follow current health guidelines at the time of camp (mask wearing most of the time, smaller group activities, modified schedules and registration process, etc.)
Give this situation, we wanted to get our 4-H community’s feedback as we move forward with planning. Please complete this survey ASAP as accurately as possible for what your family would be willing to sign your children up for camping in 2021: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1KMWsTXPic5jFtA 
*Tentative Costs:
  • 3-Day Adventure Day Camp at 4-H Camp Clifton ~$150 total/camper
  • Overnight 5 day, 4 night camp at 4-H Camp Clifton ~230/camper
  • Cloverbud 1 day Day Camp at the Gwynne Conservation Area ~ $30/camper
*Pizza Kit Fundraiser will be coming in the next couple of weeks. Watch for an update to help raise money toward your camper fee! $6 profit/kit sold!
*Donations of Time and Money: If you would like to donate money to help send a camper to camp and to help us offset costs for campers give the need for increased supplies, please contact our office! We would also welcome additional volunteer to assist with potential cleaning runners, etc.

Livestock Quality Assurance – Register Now!

To be eligible for participation in the Madison County Junior Fair, potential youth exhibitors must participate in one of the following Quality Assurance Education Programs. The deadline to complete QA Education for the Madison County Fair is May 15, 2021.

Register at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa.

4-H & FFA Members in these projects must attend Quality Assurance Education:  All Dairy Cattle, Market & Dairy Goats, Breeding Goats, Market Rabbits (Pen of 3), Beef (Mkt. Steers, Beef Feeders, Breeding Beef), Dairy Feeder Calves, Swine, Breeding and Market Sheep, Market Poultry (Pen of 4 Broilers, Mkt. Turkeys and Market Ducks)

This year, all the sessions will be held VIRTUALLY via zoom, just like last year. If you need an accomodation, please contact the Madison County Extension Office to make alternative arrangements.

Please save the dates for the below sessions. Youth must attend one session. Additional sessions may be added as needed. Sessions will be limited to 40 participants:

  • Tuesday, April 6, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 14, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Saturday, April 17, 10:00-11:30am
  • *New Members Only: April 19, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Poultry Specific: April 21, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 25, 4:00-5:30pm
  • Thursday, April 29, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday, May 6, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 12, 6:00-7:30pm

*NEW: 1st-3rd Year 4-H Members Only! New Member Quality Assurance – Thursday, April 19th, 7:00-8:30pm – Covers an overview of what Quality Assurance is and activities are geared toward younger members! Perfect for newer members or those just getting started with livestock projects!

You may also choose to complete QA through the online YQCA certification on your own time. There is about a $12 cost with this program. Contact the extension office for more information.


4-H Yard Sign Fundraiser to benefit Madison County Equine Committee

The Equine Committee is selling 4-H Yard Signs personalized to your species or project and your child’s name! Signs are $20 plus $5 for name personalization. Questions? Contact Casie Phipps at casphi12@yahoo.com or 614-579-1287. All proceeds benefit the Madison County Equine Committee

 

 

 

 


Project Guidelines & Other Information

All members should have received emails this past week with additional details for their livestock and special interest projects. Please check those for specific information!

  • Need Help? – Use the Project Helper Contact Info for contact information for your species contact, Jr. Fair and Sales committee contacts, etc.!
  • Project Guidelines – This document provides general information for each 4-H project on what you need to do to complete the project: 4-H Project General Guidelines
  • Project Books – Purchase the 4-H Project Record Book for your species/project and the Resource Handbook if applicable (available in our office for purchase or online at www.extensionpubs.osu.edu) (Livestock projects must purchase the 4-H project book for their first year)
    • 2nd year livestock and beyond: (not equine, alpaca, dogs, or small animals) – utilize project book AND add record via the printable Livestock Project Record Book (will be checked for skillathon). You can print at home or pick up from our office for FREE
  • Fair Entries – Due June 1. Required if you want to exhibit your project at the fair. Watch for the link to be live around the first week of May here: FairEntry Link
  • Other Resources – Find additional videos and resources from current 4-H members at www.go.osu.edu/mc4hspark 

Livestock Skillathon

Skillathon takes place on June 19th, 2021. Families will receive assigned times for youth needing to complete skillathon. Livestock Skillathons are required for the following projects in order to exhibit at the county fair: Beef, Dairy, Alpaca, Dog, Equine, Goat, Sheep, Poultry, Rabbit, and Swine Projects.

Visit this link for information such study guides, skillathon format, practice skillathons, etc.: Skillathon Resources  

 


2021 4-H Projects Books

This year, there are a couple ways to purchase your project books:

*Before ordering, check the Perfect Stay at Home projects page to see if the project your child is interested in is posted as a PDF version for free (there are 12 projects posted currently). We are happy to print these in the office for you if needed. You can also choose to buy the book still if it is easier to work in.

  1. Order Online: You can skip a trip to the office and have them ordered and shipped directly to your door! Visit extensionpubs.osu.edu to browse project and resource books. Use this coupon to get free shipping on orders of $20 or more (FREE2021)
  2. Purchase at our office: Schedule an appointment to come during 4-H office hours, or call ahead for a different time, to purchase your books in the county office.

Change for livestock books: 2nd year livestock and beyond: (not equine, alpaca, dogs, or small animals) – utilize project book AND add record via the printable Livestock Project Record Book (will be checked for skillathon). You can print at home or pick up from our office for FREE. First year members must still purchase the 4-H project and record book and complete activities in there, but you do not need to purchase a new one every year.


OSU Extension Office Hours & Updates

General Office Hours: As a reminder, our office is open by appointment only. We are generally staffed Monday-Wednesday, 9:00am-4:00pm in the physical office, but are available virtually Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm via phone or email!

Please continue to call ahead at least 24 hours before coming into the office to schedule an appointment, wear your mask when inside, and stay home if you are sick.

As a reminder, Arlene, our office associate, has retired. We have a temporarily Office Associate, Marianne, part time from another county office until the replacement is hired! Marianne will be helping to cover the office, answer phone calls, and assist you with other needs temporarily!


County Level Scholarship Opportunities

  • Madison County 4-H Scholarship – Due April 30
    •  The Madison County 4-H Advisory Committee sponsors two -$500.00 and four-  $250.00 scholarships.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in the Madison County 4-H program and must be high school seniors or college freshman.
    • This scholarship application is due April 30th to the Extension Office or emailed to foos.61@osu.edu
    • Click here for a Fillable PDF  or  Word file of the application.
  • Green Range 4-H Club Livestock Scholarship – Due July 1

In-Person 4-H Meetings and Events Update 

Remember to follow our meeting guidelines for any in-person 4-H meetings and events that you may be attending: That information, along with any new updates, is at https://ohio4h.org/families/stay-connected.

 

 

 


Upcoming Events -April

1: Dog Projects owned and in possession of owner

6: Livestock Quality Assurance – 6:00-7:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

14: Livestock Quality Assurance – 7:00-8:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

15: Poultry Orders Due – Market Broiler projects (Submit orders online here)

17: Livestock Quality Assurance – 10:00-11:30am – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

17: Sewing Clinic – 9:00-4:00pm, Hope Church, 9899 US 42 Plain City (RSVP via text to Daphne: 614-353-0406)

19: **NEW MEMBERS (1st-3rd year) Livestock Quality Assurance – 7:00-8:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

20: Poultry Quality Assurance – 6:00-7:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

24: Sewing Clinic – 9:00-4:00pm, Hope Church, 9899 US 42 Plain City (RSVP via text to Daphne: 614-353-0406)

25: Livestock Quality Assurance – 4:00-5:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

29: Livestock Quality Assurance – 6:00-7:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

30: 4-H Committee Scholarship Applications due

May 1:

  • Sheep & Goat tag-in and weigh in;
  • Sheep & goat breeding forms due;
  • Swine ear notch forms due;
  • Dog Vaccine and Licensure forms due
  • All horse, alpaca, and dairy projects owned and leased and in possession of 4-H & FFA members with lease agreements submitted to the Extension office.
  • All market project animals owned and/or in possession of 4-H & FFA members

Self Care Isn’t Selfish!

Stress and anxiety can sometimes trigger unhealthy behaviors. Next time you feel stressed, try one of these healthy habits instead:

  1. Get moving! Talk a walk, get weights, or do some yoga
  2. Reach Out! Talk with those who can provide support
  3. Stop and Breath! Focused breathing can help you calm down and think clearly
  4. Care for yourself! Get enough sleep and drink plenty of water

For more coping skills, visit mhrb.org.


COUNTY JR. FAIR UPDATES


Sheep & Goats – Tag In/Weigh In – May 1 

Date: May 1- 9am to 12pm

In order to have a safe event and create social distancing we are asking those who are attending this event to choose and sign up for a time slot. Please choose 1 per family not animal or exhibitor.

Please sign up for time slot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/…/10C0D45A5A82EA4F8C34…

More spots will be added if needed.
*Masks required to be worn by all attending
Any questions please email: madisoncountysalescommittee@gmail.com

Swine Ear Notch & Photos Due May 1 PLUS Fair Change!

All swine exhibitors must submit ear notches and headshot photo by May 1 to the Extension Office or to fairgrounds on May 1 between 9am-12pm to Eby Arena.

Ear Notch forms and additional info can be found here: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/swine-projects.

NEW: You may tag up to six hogs, but you can only exhibit FOUR hogs at the 2021 Madison County Fair


Dog Vaccine and Licensure info due May 1

Dog Vaccine and Licensure Forms: All 4-H dog projects must be in possession by April 1. Dog ID and Vaccine Form and Copy of Dog License (from County) are due by May 1 to the OSU Extension Office or Jenny will be available at the fairgrounds May 1 to drop them off. Contact Jenny Sweet, Dog Key Leader, with any questions at 740-506-3357.

Dog Clinics: Watch for more information to be sent soon for a few dates for dog clinics to practice for show.  Additional Dog Resources are available at https://ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/animal-sciences/dog/dog-resources

 

 


Poultry – Broiler Orders & Pollorum Testing

Market Broiler Orders: All Market Chickens must be purchased from our county order. Orders and payment are due April 15. Order your birds here: Broiler Order Form. Birds are $1.75/bird. You should order at least 6 for your project. Payment can be made via check or cash to OSU Extension and dropped off or mailed to our office. Pick up will be Thursday, May 20 from 2-6pm at the fairgrounds.

Pullorum Testing – May 1: Pullorum testing is required for poultry that do not have the NPIP paperwork from the hatchery (market chickens are not tested). Check with the hatchery where you get your birds to see if they already have this done. More info for the May 1 testing date will be sent out closer to. Individuals can also set up their own testing with a certified individual.


Fair Schedule and Rule Book

Coming soon! Watch the Madison County Fair website for the schedule and fair book for specific fair information. Fair week is July 10-17!

 

 


New Opportunity for Jr. Fair Sale

Beginning 2021, the Madison County Jr. Fair Livestock exhibitors will have the option to take their market livestock projects home versus sending the animal to the packer at the fair and still be allowed to be a part of the premium sale.  All project requirements must be met, such as showmanship, quality assurance, skill-a-thon, etc. as in previous years to sell in premium sale.

However, per state mandate, all Grand and Reserve Champion market animals MUST still go on to slaughter and cannot be taken home.  Furthermore, exhibitors that plan to take their animal/project home, must declare during entry at the June 1 deadline to allow the Madison County Fair Sale Committee time to supply the packer with shipping numbers.  Those exhibitors taking their projects home must also wait to be released before doing leaving with those animals.

Click here for more information: New Jr. Fair Sale Rule

Contact the Madison County Sales Committee at madisoncountysalescommittee@gmail.com with any questions. 


Livestock & Small Animal Committee Members Needed!

2021 is bringing some fresh changes to our Jr. Fair structure! In lieu of Livestock Key Leaders, the Jr. Fair Livestock program is moving to a committee structure to help encourage sustainability and limit the amount of work for the one person, creating a team effort!

If interested in being a part of this committee, contact madisoncountyjfb@gmail.com to learn more.

The 3 Committees will now consist of:

  • Equine Committee (has been in place for several years, If interested, contact Colleen Martin at stephighatlfs@aol.com for information on meetings times, dates, etc.)
  • Small Animal/Specialty: includes rabbit, poultry, dog, alpaca, and small animal
  • Large Animal Committee: Includes beef, dairy, swine, goat, and sheep

STATE 4-H OPPORTUNITIES

Be sure to check Ohio4H.org for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!


Stay Connected! – ohio4h.org/stayconnected

Now more than ever it’s time for 4-H’ers to make the best better! While youth are at home and staying safe, we still want you to stay connected. Below are links to activities for youth and resources for volunteers. Check back frequently for additional links and program updates!

If It Weren’t for 4-H…Stories from 4-H Alumni!

Anyone that has participated in 4-H can attribute some skill back to something they learned in 4-H. Whether it is public speaking, finding their love for a certain career topic, organization, running a meeting, or more. Check out these stories from recent 4-H alumni as they share how they got their start in 4-H!

Marina Sweet, Madison County 4-H Alumni and DVM Candidate

If you met me today, you probably would never guess I grew up in a Detroit suburb. My family moved to London, Ohio when I was ten years old and being an animal loving child, joined 4-H in Madison County as soon as I could. My 8-year 4-H career began with six Buff Orpington hens that had individual names and would eat out of my hand. By the end of my time in 4-H, I had raised chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep, dairy heifers, and a hog in addition to several special interest projects. I was a camp counselor and served on Junior Fairboard, among other volunteer opportunities.

To say 4-H changed my life would be an understatement! When I first joined, I was terrified of speaking in front of others and knew very little about farm animals. 4-H brought me some of my most cherished friendships, reinforced my work ethic, showed me that I love public speaking, and perhaps most importantly of all, founded my passion for livestock and agriculture. Because of my years in the program, and one particular year raising a market wether that required veterinary attention at Ohio State, I realized my life’s calling in food animal veterinary medicine.

Thanks to 4-H, I received several scholarships to attend The Ohio State University for undergrad where I majored in Animal Sciences and furthered my passions, particularly with dairy cattle. Today, I am a third year veterinary student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and begin clinical rotations in just a few months. I truly owe almost everything to the 4-H program and agricultural community for building me into the person I am today while giving my life a greater purpose in providing veterinary care to help farmers and hobbyists raise healthy livestock and thus a safe food supply.

 

 

 

 

Haylee Henry, 4-H Alumni & Student at South Dakota State University

Growing up, I was always looking for what my purpose was going to be in life. It wasn’t until I found myself in my first official 4-H meeting in Speedy Spurs Livestock 4-H club that I felt like I belonged somewhere. I can remember that feeling of acceptance that I had sitting around a table full of my friends that had similar interests to my own. Through my years in 4-H I found myself getting more and more involved in things outside of my own 4-H club and interacting at the state and national level. 4-H taught me many life lessons throughout the years. 4-H taught me how to be a Leader, how to Communicate with others and how to be Kind. I will cherish the time I had growing up in 4H and finding the courage I needed to branch out of my comfort zone.

Fast forward to now I am currently a sophomore at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. I am studying Agricultural Communications and Agricultural Leadership; I hope to use my degree to help develop youth programs in the Agricultural industry and offer opportunities to youth today, to prepare them for their future. Growing up in the a very supportive community inspired me to leave what I have always known and branch out to another part of the country and gain a new perspective on what the world looks like. I hope to gain the skills I need to help develop and shape the future leaders of our industry. And always remember, Communicate, Lead and Be Kind.

 

Rachel Garrison, Madison County 4-H Alumni and Program Coordinator at American Farm Bureau Federation

“I started my 4-H career at the young age of 6 as a Cloverbud. My project was cattle, and my first heifers name was Star, she was sweet yet feisty. I continued showing cattle until my last year in 2015. I took various other projects throughout the years like gardening and creative writing as well as joining the Junior Fairboard. I loved taking these projects and cherish the time I spent on the farm. I love that 4-H has so many aspects and found that I especially enjoyed working with my club members to give back to our community, creating lifelong friendships, preparing for skill-a-thon and club demonstrations just as much as being in a show-ring. The community of friends and mentors I found through Madison County 4-H is something I continue to use and value more every year.

My years in Madison County 4-H sparked my interest in agriculture and lead me to my career as a Project Coordinator for American Farm Bureau Federation. I get to work every day at an organization that supports and values America’s farmers and ranchers. The move from Ohio to Washington D.C. was big for me but I’ve found that my 4-H experiences have set me up to run headfirst with a helping hand and smile into anything. Madison County 4-H opened up my world to all aspects of agriculture and the world beyond. I consider my time in the program one of my most valuable assets in life.”

Being a 4-H Volunteer

Interested in becoming a 4-H Volunteer? Check out these testimonials from just 2 of our 130+ amazing volunteers! Contact the Madison County Extension Office to learn more about the volunteer selection process and opportunities available!

Savannah Brock, Madison County 4-H Alumni and Volunteer 

I fell in love with 4-H in 1991 when I moved to Madison County. I was from the city but my dad grew up on a small family farm and he wanted us to have the same experience that he did. I sure am glad I moved out here and joined 4-H. I took many projects over my years in 4-H some I liked more than others but working with my animals and fair were the highlights of the summer every year. I have also had many roles as a volunteer, I can’t say which one I liked the best as I have loved them all. I loved being a volunteer with 4-H camp and with junior fair board. It was always so awesome to see the youth plan from the ground up for camp and fair and make it a huge success. I have learned so much from 4-H. I have learned about all of the projects, how to care for animals, how to show animals, but most importantly it taught me valuable life skills. Some of the life skills, I am most thankful for are responsibility, hard work, and people skills. I have also made some pretty amazing friends along the way. It is hard to believe that this is my 30th year! Time flies when you are having fun! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for my kids, my club, and myself. If you are on the fence about joining or volunteering, I say go for it. Try it out! I promise you will not regret it. 4-H has something for everyone!

Valerie Peart, Madison County 4-H Alumni and Volunteer

When asked to write about being a 4-H volunteer my fist thoughts were of my time as a 4-Her.  Some of my best friends and memories are around 4-H, camp, junior fair board, and fair.  When my oldest daughter was five I heard about clover buds and signed up, the club we joined said sure, but we need an advisor.  That was 16 years ago and the next year we started our own club, the Prairie Raiders.  In 2006 we were all clover buds, this year, my son will graduate high school, it’s been a wonderful experience.

Volunteering with your kids and their friends with a program that I believe in so deeply has been just as rewarding to me as to the 4-Hers and their families.  There are so many programs available and as an advisor it is great to experience projects with the youth.  In our club we have had cooking, sewing, hogs, ducks, bees, woodworking, muskrat trapping and all things in between. It seems the ideas for a project are limited only by your imagination.

As a volunteer it has also been great to meet and work with other volunteers on the 4-H committee or in the extension office.  Each of us are committed to making the best better and let’s be honest, continuing to be a 4-Her is one of the best benefits to volunteering.