June 2020 4-H News

In this issue:

  • Livestock Quality Assurance Information – Due July 1
  • Camp Clifton Fundraiser
  • 4-H Project Guidelines
  • Green Range 4-H Scholarship – Due July 1
  • Community Updates
  • Madison County Fair Reminders
  • State 4-H Opportunities



*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)


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 6: Thursday, June 11, 6:00-7:00pm (SESSION IS FULL)
  • 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.

Questions? Call our office at 740-852-0975 or email nicol.115@osu.edu.

Additional information can be found here: Madison County QA Information


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 is live through June 18! If you can, please consider donating. Any amount helps!

Link to donate:  buckeyefunder.osu.edu/4hcampclifton


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


2 $500 scholarships are awarded to a senior enrolled in 4-H exhibiting market livestock at the Madison County Fair. The application form and attachments are due by July 1st to the Madison County Extension Office by mail or email to nicol.115@osu.edu. Applications can be found here.


The 4-H Committee decided that in lieu of a Show and Tell night at the fair due to governor guidelines, we will plan to host a Cloverbud Fun Day in the fall/winter for Cloverbuds to attend, participate in games and activities, and show off their club group project! Watch for more info soon. If you are interested in helping plan, contact Frances.


All 700 level shooting sports projects will NOT be judged at county fair judging like other special interest projects due to the fact that the instructors have been unable to meet with youth. (Safe Use of Guns and Basic Archery will be judged during the county fair judging still). HOWEVER, after July 6, instructors can begin having in person practices and the Shooting Sports coordinators are working to plan a day this fall for youth to have their projects evaluated, etc. Stay tuned for more updates! We want to ensure youth have had ample time to work with their instructors before they are judged.


Click here for the full 2020 4-H Calendar

June 1 – Madison County Fair Entries due at 11:59pm

June 4-8 – Celebrating Madison County 4-H Camp (see social media)

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

July 1 – Green Range 4-H Scholarship Applications 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 nicol.115@osu.edu or call our office!

Current Club News is available here.


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 dsims@co.madison.oh.us 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.



Junior Fair Entries were due June 1. If you have any issues or questions, contact the key leader or the Junior Fair Coordinators at madisoncountyjfb@gmail.com!

Please visit the Madison County Fair Website for the latest updates regarding Senior Fair Board decision.

Currently, the Madison County Senior Fair Board is moving forward to plan for a Jr. Fair. Please read the letter linked to their website for more information and contact a Senior Fair Board member with any questions.


Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Livestock Skillathons will not occur based on Senior Fair Board and local health department recommendations. Skillathon will also not be a requirement for the 2020 fair participation.





As a reminder, every you must do the following to be eligible for fair participation for 2020: (see further down for more in depth project completion guidelines for each individual project)

*Note: Livestock skillathons are normally a requirement for fair participation. This requirement is waived by Senior Fair Board for 2020 ONLY!

  • Livestock:
    • Complete your project record book and discuss your book and project completion with your club advisor
    • Complete Livestock Quality Assurance by July 1 (NOT required for equine, cavy, cat, dog, and alpaca projects)
    • Enter your appropriate projects and classes into Fair Entry (madisoncounty.fairentry.com) by June 1
  • Special Interest
    • Complete your project book and activities and discuss your project completion with your club advisor
    • Enter your appropriate projects and classes into Fair Entry (madisoncounty.fairentry.com) by June 1
  • Dog
    • Submit all relevant dog forms to duffey.2@osu.edu ASAP (vaccine form, copy of registration, permission to participate, etc.)
    • Complete your project book and activities and discuss your project completion with your club advisor
    • Enter your appropriate projects and classes into Fair Entry (madisoncounty.fairentry.com) by June 1
  • Horse
    • Submit all horse forms to duffey.2@osu.edu (permission to participate, horse ID form)
    • Complete your project book and activities and discuss your project completion with your club advisor
    • Enter your appropriate projects and classes into Fair Entry (madisoncounty.fairentry.com) by June 1


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


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 duffey.2@osu.edu. Applications can be found below or at go.osu.edu/fairopportunities



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!


Due to COVID-19 and in alignment with the cancellation of the Ohio State Fair, there will be no 4-H state fair project judging this year. However, we know how important it is to recognize 4-H members for the time and effort in completing their projects. While we are still working on the details, we are excited to announce there will be an Ohio 4-H Project Showcase. All members will be invited to submit a photo of themselves with their 4-H project. These photos will be added to a gallery page on the state 4-H website and we’re working on plans to highlight members in additional ways. We’ll share the information about posting photos by June 15.


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!



Camp Canopy put together a week of virtual learning to take your mind off of challenging times and bring it back to the good ol’ outdoors…and the forests and wildlife in it!

Starting Sunday, June 7, at 2 pm and ending at 2 pm on Friday, June 12, they will be posting videos created by Camp Canopy’s directors, instructors, and a few special guests to their Facebook page (@CampCanopy). Videos will be posted at 10 am, 2 pm, and 7 pm. They will be teaching about tree ID, mammal pelts and skulls, silviculture, bats, turning trees into logs, birds, frogs, invasive species, and MORE! Check out the full schedule here.

Be sure to join LIVE on Facebook at 10 am each day, starting Monday, for a preview of the day’s content.


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