4-H Camp Tech – June 13-15

Are you ready to geek-out at 4-H Camp Tech?! Join us for this overnight program from June 13-15 on the OSU campus in Columbus where you’ll learn coding, robotics, engineering design and more. This camp is open to youth entering grades 6,7 or 8 in fall 2018. Camp Tech is based at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center with overnight accommodations in an OSU. Dorm. Find the details at 4-H Camp Tech!

Ohio 4-H Night at the Columbus Blue Jackets – March 22

Ohio 4-H will be partnering with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the puck drops at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $38 in the upper bowl and $65 in the lower bowl and for every ticket purchased, $10-$20 will be donated back to the Ohio 4-H Foundation to be used for 4-H Scholarships!

For more information, please review the informational flyer! What a great idea for a club social all while supporting Ohio 4-H!


2018 4-H Science Saturdays are Back!

“May the Force Be With You” – it’s time for another 4-H Science Saturday on Feb. 3 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. We’ll learn about sound science and uncover the secrets behind sound waves and electromagnetic fields with OSU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. You’ll create a force field to build a working speaker out of paper and connect it to a cell phone. Find the details at: https://ohio4h.org/events/science-saturday-1

Youth Welding Workshop – March 30


Come learn from the experts! The Youth Welding Workshop provides a unique opportunity for youth ages 10-18 to develop arc welding (stick or SMAW) skills or oxyacetylene welding and cutting skills. With one-on-one assistance, students begin at their own level and progress in their skills throughout the day.  Limited to the first 20 participants to send in registration. Visit https://ohio4h.org/events/youth-welding-workshop

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp at Kelley’s Island July 7-11

egistration is now open for the Ohio 4-H Sea Camp to be held at the Kelley’s Island 4-H Camp on Lake Erie July 7-11.  The registration forms are due June 1st.

Here are some additional links to Sea Camp resources for those that might be interested in attending:

Will you be one of the 4O youth chosen to attend Capital Challenge?

Exceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes FFA, 4-H and Farm Bureau such successful organizations. These groups are partnering to bring the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge to you. Here is your chance to get involved and have a hands-on experience that will enable you to make your community a better place.

Delegates must be in at least the ninth grade and between the ages of 14 and 18 during the 2017-2018 school year. Delegates are expected to have concern for local community issues and a desire to be more involved. Cost to youth is $30 upon selection.

Up to 40 youth will be selected for the challenge. Participants will need to be ready to travel to Columbus for Phase One of the challenge. They will work in their assigned team during the following months developing a policy and presentation. Teams then will come together in Columbus to present. The winning teams will compete at the Ohio State Fair for cash prizes.

Learn more: 2018 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge Information

2018 Beef Weigh-in/Tag-in Information Now Available

The Marion County Jr. Fair Market Steer & Heifer Weigh-In will be held Saturday, December 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in Horse Barn #7 on the fairgrounds. The snow date is scheduled for December 16.

1. Complete one registration form for each steer and heifer to be registered and weighed.
2. 2018 Marion County Market Beef Fair Entry Form: This enclosed form MUST be completed and turned in on December 2. This will be your fair entry form for market animals only. Breeding beef and feeder calf entry forms will be separate and due May 15.
3. Enclosed are rules, requirements and application for the 2018 Bred, Born and Raised Class sponsored by the Cattlemen’s Association. Please read these carefully if you wish to participate in this class. These forms must also be completed and turned in at weigh-in/tagging registration on Saturday, December 2.
4. All market steer and heifer projects must be in the exhibitor’s possession and be weighed-in on December 3rd to be eligible to show at the 2018 Marion County Fair.
5. All market beef will be weighed and tagged.
6. This letter is only going to last year’s 4-H Market Beef and Feeder Calf exhibitors and Ag. Education Instructors. So pass this information on to any potential new exhibitors you may know. 4-H organizational advisors will receive a postcard.
7. You MUST have a halter on each animal! Please work with these animals and tame them to help prevent injuries to the animals and people.
8. RALGRO or SYNOVEX implants will be available at Steer and Heifer Weigh-In.
9. Dairy Feeder Calf Exhibitors must attend weigh-in and tag day to be determined at a later date. Beef Feeder Calf Exhibitors must have a broadside picture of their project animal and entry form turned in to the Extension office by May 15, 2018.
10. The Ohio State Fair Beef Department is again using new protocols for identifying market beef animals. These protocols include the use of an electronic, identification (EID) ear tag that has a unique 15-digit number and a DNA sample that will be submitted for all market beef animals that exhibitors plan to enter in the 2018 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef Show.

The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair sample that will be submitted to the Ohio State Fair by January 15, 2018 to meet the ownership deadlines for market beef animals. Along with the DNA hair submission, each market animal’s 15-digit EID tag must also be included on the DNA packet. DNA packets may be picked up at any Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST sanctioned show prior to the January 15 deadline or ordered from the Ohio State Fair.

All market beef and market heifers that you plan to exhibit at the Ohio State Fair MUST have an EID tag and hair sample submitted by January 15 to the Ohio State Fair. There are two ways to get the packet of materials needed:

  • If you are showing that animal at a BEST show prior to the January 15, 2018 deadline, the EID eartag you use for the BEST shows will also be the EID tag for state fair. You will also get the envelope and directions for submitting a hair sample.
  • If you are not showing that animals in a BEST show, you must contact the Ohio State Fair and have a tag and packet sent to you. Because most of our state fair exhibitors also show at BEST shows, the Marion County Extension office will NOT be ordering packets. The EID tags are expensive and we do not want to order tags that will not be needed.
  • You will place the tag into the animal’s ear and collect the hair samples. Once this step is completed, you will need to bring the envelope which is closed, seal in place correctly and signed by the exhibitor to the Extension office or Ag Instructor. If the tag was in place when the animal comes to the Marion County Weigh-In on December 2 (the EID number will be written on the weigh-in slip), then you will bring the form to the Extension office if you are a 4-H member or to your Ag teacher if you are a FFA member. The 4-H Educator or FFA Advisor will sign to verify you are a member in good standing at the time. The exhibitor is then responsible to mail or deliver the envelope to the Ohio State Fair by January 15. If the eartag is not in place at the December 2 weigh-in, you will also need to provide a clear picture that shows the EID eartag in place and the numbers can be read.
  • To obtain a packet if you are not showing in a BEST show, contact:

The Ohio Expo Center and State Fair
c/o Stacey French
717 E 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43211
Phone: 514/544-4049
E-mail: s.french@expo.state.oh.us



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