June 2022 4-H News

In this issue:

  • 2022 4-H Calendar & Upcoming Events
  • Livestock Skillathon Sign Ups & Info – Due June 15
  • 4-H Demonstration Day – June 15
  • 4-H Project Guidelines
  • Fair Related Awards and Opportunities – Outstanding Exhibitor, Royalty and Ambassadors
  • Scholarship Reminders
  • Fair Reminders – Fair Book and Schedule Available.
  • Jr. Fair Sale Reminders
  • State Opportunities – Shooting Sports Camp and Capital Day

2022 4-H Calendar – Mark Dates 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.)

    • June 4-8 – 4-H Camp
    • June 15 – Demonstration Contest Day
    • June 21 and 29 – Livestock Skillathons (REQUIRED TO ATTEND ONE, NO EXCEPTIONS!)
    • July 9-16 – Madison County Fair

Upcoming Events: View the full calendar here

*Fair schedule for 2022 posted at https://www.madisoncountyfairoh.com/fair-schedule

June 4-8 – 4-H Camp

June 10 – Demonstration Contest Entries due (Register at www.go.osu.edu/madcodemoday)

June 13 – 4-H Advisory Committee Meeting – 6:30pm

June 15 – Outstanding Exhibitor Applications due; Demonstration Contest

June 20 – Ohio State Fair Jr. Livestock Entries due

June 21 & 29 – Livestock Project Judging and Skillathons – 4:30-8:30pm: pre-register for your time slot at go.osu.edu/madcoskillathon by June 15!

June 24 – Cloverbud Day Camp

July 1 – Green Range 4-H Livestock Scholarship Due

July 4 – Office Closed – Independence Day

July 9 – Special Interest and You and Your Dog Judging Day

July 9-16 – Madison County Fair!


Livestock Skillathon – Sign Up by June 15 & Study Guides!

Skillathon takes place on June 21st and 29th. Families will sign up for 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.

SIGN UP FOR SKILLATHONS BY JUNE 15 at: www.go.osu.edu/madcoskillathon 

Click here for a document describing how skillathon works, how to sign up, and more!: 2022 Livestock Skillathon Information and Sign Up

Study guides, skillathon format, practice skillathons, etc. are also available at the above link.

**VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Parents, advisors, community members, alumni are all welcome to assist with skillathons! The more volunteers, the smoother each evening can run! Please call the Extension Office at 740-852-0975 or email foos.61@osu.edu if you are interested. Food will be offered to volunteers both evenings!

4-H Demonstration Day!

Join us for the 4-H Demonstration Day on Wednesday, June 15, starting at 10am to practice your public speaking skills and get a chance to compete for cash and awards, and represent Madison County at the State Fair Communication Day!

Register by June 10th at www.go.osu.edu/madcodemoday

Click here for Demonstration Contest Rules and Information


  • 1. Junior: ages 8-10, no computer technology permitted
  • 2. Junior teams: ages 8-10, no computer technology permitted
  • 3. Intermediate: ages 11-13, with/without computer technology
  • 4. Intermediate teams: 11-13, with/without computer technology
  • 5. Senior: ages 14 and up, with/without computer technology
  • 6. Senior teams: ages 14 and up, with/without computer technology
  • Cloverbud: ages 5-8 pledge or demonstration
  • Cloverbudteam: ages 5-8 pledge or demonstration


  • Overall in Each Class:
    • 1st Prize $50 and trophy
    • 2nd Prize $40
    • 3rd Prize $20
  • Cloverbudswill be awarded for participation
  • 1st place winners will be selected to represent Madison County at The Ohio State Fair Communication Day. Classes 1-6 will go to the State Fair on Thursday, August 4. Some State rules are different than Madison County rules.

4-H Project Guidelines & Other Information

As you begin to work on your projects for 2022, check out some of our resources available! We have a project guidelines document that outlines every 4-H project and the basic requirements available at https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-project-guidelines-project-selection 

For SPECIAL INTEREST PROJECTS, you can find additional resources, judging information, clinics, etc. at https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-project-guidelines-project-selection/special-interest

For LIVESTOCK PROJECTS, you can find the project resources, fair information, clinics, skillathon information, and more at https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-project-guidelines-project-selection/livestock-project 

Animal Specific Information

Emails were sent to all families in early April will all details pertaining to your animal project. See below for a link to view that email message. Please review for details of what is required of your project!

**Click here for a quick synopsis of Livestock requirements for each species: Livestock Project Information 2022

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

Special Interest Auction

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 and has the additional rules listed.

Special Interest Auction Entry Form and Rules

  • When: Thursday, July 14, 2022 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
  • 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!


Awards and Opportunities – Outstanding Exhibitor and Jr. Fair Royalty

Outstanding Exhibitor Applications (All due June 15)

These are a great way to be recognized for your hardwork in your species! Fill out the form and turn into the Extension Office by June 15!

Apply for Madison County Jr. Fair Royalty or Ambassadors by June 15 at https://madison.osu.edu/fairroyalty

Represent the Madison County Fair in your species or department or as royalty! Applications are due June 15. Follow the link above for more details on requirements and dates and deadlines!




Jr. Fair Miscellaneous Contests

  • Secretary Book Form (Due June 15)
  • Reporter Book Form (Dune June 15)
  • Talent Contest (Occurs Sunday of Fair Week during royalty contest)
  • Note:   There is no pre-entry form for the following contest (see fair book for rules):
    • Cake Decorating (Wednesday of Fair Week)
    • Club Barn Decorating Contest
    • Club Flower Bed Contest (sponsored by the Master Gardeners)
    • Thank Your Buyer Poster Contest
    • Aglympics
    • Hay Bale Decorating contest

County Level Scholarship Opportunities

  • Green Range 4-H Club Livestock Scholarship – Due July 1
  • Bob Clawson Poultry Scholarship – Due June 15


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

Pullorum Testing – Sunday, June 12th at 1-3pm

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 (2021) 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.

2022 Madison County Fair Schedule and Fair Book Available!

The 2022 Madison County Fair schedule and Fair Book is posted at https://www.madisoncountyfairoh.com/fair-schedule.

Please review the schedule and your species guidelines!

Jr. Fair Sales Committee Update – FAQ’s!

Curious about how the sale will work this year? Check out this list of Frequently Asked Questions for the Jr. Fair Sale! 


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!


Ohio 4-H Capital Day – register for High School 4-H Members!

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

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

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

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

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

Ohio 4-H Capitol Day Flyer

Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Camps

Don’t miss out – registrations for the 2022 Ohio 4-H Junior (July 15-17) and Senior (July 24-29) Shooting Sports Education Camps help at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp are due June 15th!
Registration information can be found online at: https://go.osu.edu/ssedcamp. Payment is due at time of registration!

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