Special Edition Issue!
There have been lots of new updates and opportunities made available in the last couple of weeks! Check out the May 4-H News 2020 #2 for some reminders and new opportunities!
- Madison County Fair Entries Live and due June 1
- Other Madison County Fair related updates
- T-Shirt Design Contest
- 4-H Camp Fundraiser
- Livestock Quality Assurance Information
- Livestock Skillathon Study Guides available
- Community Service Needs
- State 4-H Opportunities
MADISON COUNTY FAIR UPDATES
MADISON COUNTY FAIR ENTRIES LIVE – DUE JUNE 1
Enter all projects in FairEntry by June 1st, 2020 at 11:59pm at the link below to be eligible to participate in the Madison County Fair:
All entries will be made online at the link above, including all non-livestock projects. See the link below for a step-by-step help sheet.
Fair Entry Help Sheet (Step by Step Instructions)
*Note: 4-H families will use their 4-H Online log in information to register. If you forgot your password, click the “forgot password” link to reset. Any members that are ONLY in FFA can select the option to create a FairEntry account.
*All tag information and photos of sheep, goats, and swine will be due via Fair Entry by June 1 online. Follow instructions in fair entry to make submissions.
*Please be prepared to submit a high resolution photo of exhibitors standing next to their market animal into FairEntry. More information and instructions are listed in the help sheet.
If you have questions about fair entry or need additional assistance, contact the Jr. Fair Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org!
For your reference, the 2020 Madison County Jr. Fair Book is available here: Madison County Jr. Fair Book. All exhibitors are expected to read and understand these rules and guidelines prior to exhibition.
RACTOPAMINE GUIDELINES FOR 2020 MADISON COUNTY JR. FAIR SWINE SHOW
Swine Exhibitors: Please review the following letter from the Senior Fair Board regarding the use of Ractopamine at the 2020 Madison County Fair: Ractopamine Guidelines
For more information about going Ractopamine-Free and a copy of the affidavit is available at ohiopork.org/ractopamine-free
For other updates and information about swine projects in Madison County, click here: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/swine-projects
FAIR ROYALTY & SPECIES AMBASSADOR APPLICATIONS – Due June 15
All of the fair royalty and specie ambassador applications are now available at madison.osu.edu/fairroyalty
*Updated information for 2020:
- Applications should be emailed directly to email@example.com by June 15th, or mailed to the OSU Extension Office (must be received by June 15).
- Photos should be submitted electronically with the application materials.
- The advisor recommendation forms will also be electronically submitted to the above email address.
- A hard copy photo will be required to be brought in during the interviews on July 7.
- There is no meeting on June 15th for royalty and ambassador applicants.
Please contact Holly Stockham, Royalty Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-857-1417 with any questions!
OTHER FAIR RELATED APPLICATIONS
There are several species that have individual awards for outstanding exhibitor, scholarships available, etc. Please review the application for your respective species. All applications are due June 15 by email to email@example.com. Applications can be found below or at go.osu.edu/fairopportunities
- Outstanding Goat Exhibitor
- Outstanding Dog Exhibitor
- Outstanding Horse Exhibitor
- Outstanding Sheep Exhibitor
- Bob Clawson Poultry Scholarship
- Outstanding Rabbit Exhibitor
- Small Animal Essay Contest
There are also some other contests for members to participate in, including the Secretary and Reporter book and Talent Contest form available at go.osu.edu/fairopportunities.
COUNTY 4-H UPDATES
*All 4-H activities, club meetings, events and programs must be held virtually or cancelled until July 6.
*The OSU Extension Office is closed; all employees are teleworking until further notice and can be reached via email or phone (714-852-0975)
4-H T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST
The Madison County 4-H Committee has decided to hold a 2020 Madison County 4-H T-Shirt Design contest! Go to go.osu.edu/madco4hshirt to review the rules and submit your design by June 1st! The winning design will be made into a shirt available later this year. The winning designer will receive a free t-shirt!
This year, if you have not already purchased your Livestock Project/Record Book for your species, you may download and print this free Livestock Record PDF document (1 per project). This will count for your record book for 2020 for skillathon and fair requirements and project completion. FFA members can choose to use this book or their SAE record report on AET as in the past. Note: Alpacas, Equine, and Dog projects should still use their respective project books.
Click here to download the PDF of the book and to see a sample filled out record!
LIVESTOCK QUALITY ASSURANCE 2020
The dates scheduled below are for virtual QA options for 2020. ALL participants must register individual at go.osu.edu/MadCoVirtualQA at least 48 hours in advance of the session:
- Session 4: Wednesday, May 20, 5:00-6:00pm
- Session 5: Thursday, May 28, 4:00-5:00pm
- Session 6: Thursday, June 11, 6:00-7:00pm
- Session 7: Sunday, June 14, 4:00-5:00pm
- Session 8: Tuesday, June 23, 6:00-7:00pm
- Session 9: Thursday, June 25, 5:00-6:00pm
Members can also take advantage of the Online YQCA option. Cost is $12. Contact our office for details. *Note: There is a discount being offered from the company for APRIL ONLY! Contact us to get details on purchasing the coupon.
Finally, there may be a 3 year test out option for ages 12-14 and 15-18. Contact the office if you are interested.
For Ohio State Fair SWINE MARKET exhibitors only: Youth entering a market swine project at the Ohio State Fair for 2020 will be required to have a parent/guardian PQA certified in order to meet packer requirements by June 20th (certification number is required for online fair entry) . This training can be done online. Contact Frances ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need this certification!
Questions? Call our office at 740-852-0975 or email email@example.com.
Additional information can be found here: Madison County QA Information
SKILLATHON STUDY GUIDES
All of the livestock skillathon study guides are now available at go.osu.edu/madcoskillathon!
There are also some practice quizzes available at madison.osu.edu/livestocklearninglab . Feel free to practice the online quizzes to help study various topics that can help in skillathons and in the show ring!
Skillathons will very likely not occur in person on June 27th and 30th. More information will be coming soon on the format for skillathons, but the content on the study guides is still the same. As of now, skillathon will still be required for fair participation.
We want to congratulate all of our 4-H seniors! To help us show our appreciation, we are doing Senior Spotlights on social media. If you haven’t already, please send us information about your senior using this survey: Senior Spotlight Information
Want to dig in to a 4-H project that’s a good match for staying at home? See our collection of Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects here: org/stayathomeprojects. When a copy opens on your screen, you can save or print it from there. (For accessible formats of these publications, visit cfaes.osu.edu/accessibility.)
OSU Extension has projects available for purchase on extensionpubs.osu.edu where you can use a coupon to get projects at the same cost as you would to by them at our office. Use coupon code FREE2020 for free shipping or 20IN2020 for 20% off your entire order!
Self determined idea starters are always available for free online here: ohio4h.org/selfdetermined
*ADVISORS: Following the stay at home order and advice from our governor and CDC, please refrain from distributing books to members!
KEEP THE 4-H CAMP CLIFTON SPIRIT AGLOW!
4-H Camp Clifton Buckeye Funder was created as an emergency response to the unprecedented COVID-19 needs. How are you giving back in honor of your own camp experience? Share and inspire others to give together, even when we’re apart.
Now more than ever,4-H Camp Clifton need your support. Your gift helps us to make it through this storm to welcome campers back next summer.
For decades, 4-H Camp Clifton has helped to grow leaders and make the best better. Show your camp love by supporting this program to ensure they are still here next year to welcome our 4-H youth and continue the tradition of excellence.
The Buckeye Funder will be live on Monday morning, May 18 through June 18! If you can, please consider donating. Any amount helps!
Link to donate (will be open on Monday, May 18): http://buckeyefunder.osu.edu/4hcampclifton
4-H PROJECT GUIDELINES
Curious about what you actually need to complete for your project? Review the General Project Completion and Fair Guidelines. You can search for your project for a quick glance at the requirements (livestock and special interest!). It also includes links to the Ohio State Fair requirements.
4-H Project General Completion and Fair Guidelines
For specific information, review the Madison County Fair book and project specific guidelines. If you have any questions, contact a key leader or the extension office!
Project Judging for 2020: As of now, we are planning for special interest project judging at the fair on July 11. No matter what happens, we will make sure that youth have a chance to complete an interview-like experience with a judge in 2020
Click here for the full 2020 4-H Calendar
May 15: Ohio 4-H Event Youth Assistant Applications due
May 20: VIRTUAL – Livestock Quality Assurance, 5pm (Registration Required)
May 21: Poultry Broiler order pick up, 2-6pm, Extension Office (See email from Amy Dodds on the process)
May 25: Extension Office closed – Memorial Day
May 28 – VIRTUAL – Livestock Quality Assurance, 4pm (Registration Required)
June 1 – VIRTUAL – 4-H Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:30pm
June 1 – Madison County Fair Entries due at 11:59pm
June 4-8 – Celebrating Madison County 4-H Camp
June 8 – Equine Committee Meeting, 7pm
June 9 – Jr. Fair Sales Committee Meeting, 7:30pm
June 9-11 – Ohio 4-H Camp(ish) Week – Imagination Staycation (Registration required at go.osu.edu/campish)
June 11 – VIRTUAL – Livestock Quality Assurance, 6pm (Registration Required)
June 14 – VIRTUAL – Livestock Quality Assurance, 4pm (Registration Required)
June 15 – Fair Royalty/Ambassador Applications due, Outstanding Exhibitor/Livestock Scholarships due
4-H Advisors and Parents: if you have any information you would like to be shared in the newsletter OR club reports that you want published on our blog, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office!
Current Club News is available here.
Don’t forget about the Club Acvitities available at the fair each year!
- NEW: Queens Photo Challege
- 4-H Club Flower Bed Contest
- Barn Decorating Contest (see Madison County Fair Book)
- Buyer Thank You Sign Decorating contest (see Madison County Fair Book)
- Aglympics (see Madison County Fair Book)
- Club Reporter and Secretary Book contest
- Talent Show contest (during Royalty Crowning at the Fair)
- Creative Baking contest (see Madison County Fair Book)
FACE COVERING DONATIONS NEEDED!
Madison County EMA and the Health Department are working on a project to have volunteers make homemade face coverings to disperse to community members who are not able to afford or make their own.
There is some guidance on how to make cloth face coverings on CDC’s website. This is the information shared from the health department. It includes sew and no sew instructions that you can use to make masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Contact Debby Sims, EMA Director, at email@example.com or 740-852-4200 to coordinate drop offs. Once they have a decent supply the Madison County EMA will serve as a distribution point where one can receive 1-2 face coverings per household member.
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!
OHIO 4-H EVENT YOUTH ASSISTANTS – Due May 15
Interested in a leadership role at the state level? The 4-H Event Youth Assistants are a stateiwde group of teens that assist with Ohio State Fair events. It is a great way to gain leadershop skills and meet other 4-Hers from across the state! Events include: annoucing awards during the fair, assisting with project check in, helping with skillathons, etc.
Applications and more information are available at go.osu.edu/4HEYA
2020 OHIO 4-H CONFERENCE VIDEOS AVAILABLE
While Ohio 4-H Conference was cancelled this year, many of the presenters recorded their presentations for your viewing! Click here to view all of the 30+ videos shared for teens and adult volunteers! From club activities, to fair ideas, to line dancing, there is TONS of great content to watch to better yourself as a 4-H member or volunteer!
OHIO 4-H CAMP…ISH
Ohio 4-H is excited to announce a statewide opportunity for youth ages 8-18 (kids enrolled in 4-H or not!) to partake in an at-home camp…ish experience! From June 9-11, join us for crafts, games, songs, and 4-H fun presented at Ohio 4-H Camp…ish! Each day will be designed around a unique theme and programming will be offered from 9-11 AM, 1-3 PM, and 4-5 PM. Learn more at go.osu.edu/campish
SPECIAL INTEREST (SPIN) CLUB OPPORTUNITIES
Ohio 4-H Computer Science Spin Club for 3rd -6th grade.
Come join us and learn about the basics of coding, computer technology, and software. If you enjoy exploring computers or apps then you’ll love learning in this totally virtual environment with people your own age. Learn about hacking, coding, computational thinking, and more!
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY AT 2-3 PM FROM MAY 19-JUNE 4 (3 weeks)
Location: ONLNE! Click below to join https://go.osu.edu/computerspin
Details: Open to ANY youth in grades 3-6.
Contact information: Elliott Lawrence, Lucas County, Lawrence.firstname.lastname@example.org; Mark Light, Hardin County, email@example.com