In this issue…
- COVID-19 Update (as of April 7) – No new updates
- Project Book reminders
- NEW Livestock Record Book for PDF Download
- 4-H Camp 2020
- Livestock Quality Assurance Information
- Livestock Skillathon Study Guides available
- Project Guidelines
- 4-H Club News
- State 4-H Opportunities
- Madison County Fair Updates (Swine Ractopamine Use, Livestock Tag-In, Royalty forms, etc.)
LATEST COVID-19 & 4-H Update (as of April 7, 2020)
*All 4-H activities, club meetings, events and programs must be held virtually or cancelled until July 6. Read the letter for more 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!
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!
MADISON COUNTY 4-H CAMP
All county and state 4-H Camps, including our Madison County 4-H Camp and Cloverbud Day Camp, are cancelled for 2020. We will have opportunities for virtual camps available to our youth! Watch for details to come. Thank you for your understanding. We hope to see everyone at Camp Clifton in 2021!
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 1: Tuesday, April 28, 3:00-4:00pm
- Session 2: Tuesday, May 5, 5:00-6:00pm
- Session 3: Monday, May 11, 2:00-3:00pm
- 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 email@example.com if you need this certification!
Questions? Call our office at 740-852-0975 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information can be found here: Madison County QA Information
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 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.
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.
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
April 30: Ohio State Fair exhibitor scholarship due
April 30: 4-H Advisory Committee Scholarship Due
May 2: CANCELLED: Sheep and Goat in person tag in, Swine in-person ear notch form drop off – All tags and photos will be submitted electronically on Fair Entry when registering for the fair. Link will be open soon and due June 15
May 4: VIRTUAL – 4-H Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:30pm
May 5: VIRTUAL – Livestock Quality Assurance, 5pm (Registration Required)
May 7: VIRTUAL – Junior Fair Board Meeting/Key Leader Meeting, 6pm (Changed from original May 6 date)
May 11: VIRTUAL – Livestock Quality Assurance, 2pm (Registration Required)
May 11: VIRTUAL – Equine Committee Meeting, 7pm
May 12: VIRTUAL – Jr. Fair Sales Committee Meeting, 7:30pm
May 12: All horse 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.
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
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 4-8 – Celebrating Madison County 4-H Camp
June 3 – Junior Fair Board/Key Leader Meeting, 6pm
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)
June 11 – VIRTUAL – Livestock Quality Assurance, 6pm (Registration Required)
June 14 – VIRTUAL – Livestock Quality Assurance, 4pm (Registration Required)
June 15 – Madison County Fair Entries due, 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 email@example.com 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)
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
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!
Taking the Your Thoughts Matter project? Interested in Mental Health? Consider joining the virtual SPIN club hosted by the writers of the project book! Open to all youth ages 13+ and is held via ZOOM on Tuesdays starting May 5-June 9.
Register at go.osu.edu/thoughtsSPIN
Discover how to turn trash into treasure! Join in on this virtual SPIN club opportunity for live how-to sessions. Learn how to make projects from recycled items, such as wind chimes, bird feeders, games, etc. with materials found in your home!
Meetings are every Tuesday and Thursday, May 5th-29th at 3:30pm
Pre register by emailing Robin Stone (Cuyahoga County 4-H Educator) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to all ages and even non-4-H members!
MADISON COUNTY FAIR UPDATES
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
SHEEP & GOAT TAG IN AND SWINE EAR NOTCH FORMS CANCELLED FOR MAY 2
All sheep, goat, and swine tag information will be required to be submitted via Fair Entry by June 15. There will be no in-person tagging or weigh in or paper drop off on May 2!
More info to come soon on how to upload pictures and tag information onto Fair Entry.
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.