4-HOnline Enrollment – Steps to Enroll/Re-Enroll

The Marion County Extension Office is excited to announce that we are accepting 4-H enrollments to the 4HOnline enrollment system beginning November 28. Please log on to to enroll in 4-H. All families will need to review their members’ information and re-enroll for 2019 via 4-HOnline. For steps to re-enroll, please read below:

Members/Families who are re-enrolling and are new to this process: Click here for instructions.



4HOnline for Club Advisors Guides to Enrollment: Click here for instructions.


If your family is looking to enroll in 4-H for the very first time, please read below:

New Members/Families:

  1. Choose a club which meets in your area, a club your child’s friends are in, or contact the Extension Office for more information.
  2. Contact the club advisor, whose name and phone number is listed in this brochure. Youth may join 4-H at any time; however, to participate in the Marion County Fair, they must be enrolled by February 15.
  3. Complete an online enrollment form at and select “I need to setup a profile.” OR contact the Extension Office for additional enrollment information.

2019 Marion County 4-H Schedule

This year’s 4-H calendar is now available. The calendar of events is subject to change. Please read your project information pages (provided with your project books), refer to Marion County 4-H social media accounts, the Marion County 4-H blog and OSU Extension website AND read the most recent electronic newsletters sent throughout the year.

Click here to view.


Updated 1/11/19

Applications Available for 4-H Trips Scholarships

Dear Marion County 4-H Member:

In an effort to provide more opportunities for Marion County 4-H youth, we are implementing a new trip scholarship program. With this letter invites you to consider applying for one or more of the wonderful opportunities that are available to you. 🙂

How do you know if you are eligible? Good question! If you are a current 4-H member and will be enrolled by February 15, 2019, you are considered to be eligible for these opportunities. However, in order be considered for the opportunities, you must complete and submit an Marion County 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Application.

4-H Opportunity Scholarship Application. This packet of materials allows you the opportunity to be selected to attend any one of a variety of state and national camps and conferences. All applications must be received in the Marion County Extension Office no later than 4: 00 p.m. on February 1. I encourage you to allow adequate time to complete the application both completely and correctly. Finally, be sure that you, your parent and your advisor sign your application. Applications which do not have proper signatures or which are received late will not be considered for selection.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the Extension Office.




Margo Long
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development


Click here to review application.

2019 Jr. Fair Market Steer & Market Heifer Weigh-in Information

Marion County Jr. Fair
Market Steer & Heifer Weigh-In
Saturday, December 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Horse Barn #7
(Snow Date: December 22)

2019 Jr. Fair Market Steer & Market Heifer Weigh-in Packet

  1. Complete one registration form for each steer and heifer to be registered and weighed.
  2. 2019 Marion County Market Beef Fair Entry Form: This enclosed form MUST be completed and turned in on December 15.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 2019 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 15.
  4.  All market steer and heifer projects must be in the exhibitor’s possession and be weighed-in on December 15 to be eligible to show at the 2019 Marion County Fair.
  5.  All market beef will be weighed and tagged.
  6.  This letter is being sent to ag education instructors and electronically to all 4-H members. 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, 2019.
  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 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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 15 (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 15 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


For questions or concerns, please email Margo Long at

Marion County 4-H Camp Counselor Applications – Due September 28, 2018

It’s time to start thinking about the 2019 4-H Camping Program! The 2019 Marion County 4-H Camp will be held July 17-21 at 4-H Camp Ohio. Candidates must currently be in high school (9th – 12th grade) and at least 14 years old by Jan. 1, 2019.

Ohio 4-H Camp Counselors provide care and coordinate activities for campers during the camp week. Being a 4-H Camp Counselor is a unique, amazing experience; however, because you are in care, custody and control of minors, serving as a 4-H Camp Counselor requires a great deal of commitment, responsibility, maturity and accountability. Counselors are required to attend 24 hours of mandatory training, held over the course of multiple meetings from the time of their selection to camp week.

Our selection process for counselors is designed to mimic a real-life job selection process. As when applying for a real job, you should complete and provide all requested items for the camp counselor position. Additionally, I kindly ask that you only apply if you know that you are willing and able to commit the time and energy required to be a 4-H Camp Counselor. While it is certainly fun, it is also work.

Those wishing to apply should complete and return the application packet and references no later than September 28, 2018.

A. Application – Candidate should complete the application and return it to the Extension Office no later than September 28, 2018 at 4 p.m.

B. Reference Contact Information – Two references should be acquired on the candidate’s behalf. Reference forms must be completed by two (2) non-family members (references can return them directly to office) and should not be family members or other youth. Potential references: Club advisor, teacher, employer, pastor, etc.

C. Interviews – ALL CANDIDATES must interview. Interviews are scheduled for October 28 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. OR 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. Dress is business casual (no jeans or sweats). Expect to be at the interview for the entire hour. Indicate your preference on the application.

Click here for the complete application packet.


Marion County Junior Fair Board Applications Now Available

The Jr. Fair Board is a group of teens selected to assist in being responsible for Jr. Fair activities. As a result of participation, Jr. Fair Board will develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations needed for adult success, and the Marion County Junior Fair program will be strengthened and expanded.

  • To apply you must be 14 years old by January 1, 2019 and in GOOD standing as a 4-H, FFA, Scouts, Farm Bureau, FCCLA or any other youth organization member.
  • Applications will be screened and selected individuals will be contacted for interviews if needed.
  • Return the following by August 31, 2018
    • Jr. Fair Board Application (completed and signed).
    • Two (2) Letters of recommendations – one letter from a Junior Fair related organization and one from an educational/community-related individual who can speak to your dedication and work ethic. Forms cannot be filled out by family members.


  • Work closely with Junior Fair Specie Barn Advisors.
  • Assist in planning and conducting Junior Fair activities, shows and events.
  • Attend all year-round (monthly) and special meetings and special events of the Junior Fair Board and department committees. If unable to attend, personally notify the Extension Office. The Constitution is strict regarding attendance!
  • Maintain active and model membership in the organization you are representing on the Board for your full term.
  • Click here for a complete list.



Any member with two unexcused absences from regular Board meetings shall be retired from the Board. That member`s position shall be treated as a vacancy. A member missing four meetings, regardless of excuse, will be retired. Any member unable to attend a meeting shall contact the Extension Office before the meeting and state the reason for the absence. A vacancy occurring on the Board in any department shall be filled by the Board at the next regular Board meeting.



  • Apply by completing a Junior Fair Board Application (completed and signed) and returned o the Marion County Extension Office or emailed to no later than 4 p.m. on August 31, 2018.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation – one letter from a Junior Fair related organization and one from an educational/community-related individual who can speak to your dedication and work ethic. Forms cannot be filled out by family members.


For more information or questions, please contact Margo Long, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, or 740-223-4040.

2018 Family Consumer Science Nutrition Finalists

Congratulations to all of our nutrition and miscellaneous finalists! Click here to view the complete.


Our finalists are strongly encouraged to exhibit their projects in the 2018 Outstanding Nutrition and Miscellaneous Project Show on Monday, July 2, the Marion County Fair. The show is FOR DISPLAY ONLY AND NOT FOR JUDGING PURPOSES. It is a chance for those attending the fair to view the outstanding 4-H nutrition and miscellaneous projects.

***Important*** All projects must be exhibited in your 4-H club project booth or the open booth during the entire fair. If you do not have your project displayed in the club or open booth, you will not be allowed to participate in the Outstanding Nutrition and Miscellaneous Project Show. You will also not receive any recognition, placings, or state fair honors with these projects. All booth exhibits must be in place by Saturday, June 30.

Your display for this show should be whatever it was that you took to judging. Check in your display between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. and it may be taken down at the conclusion of the King and Queen Coronation.  Your display must be returned to your 4-H project booth at the conclusion of the King and Queen Coronation or by noon on Tuesday, July 3. Once your exhibit is checked in, you don’t have to stay with it.  The exhibits will be guarded, but I would not recommend leaving any valuable baskets under the table.

For those classes eligible for State Fair, you must exhibit at the show to participate in the state fair. All participants will be introduced and recognized Monday evening, following the Style Revue at approximately 8:00 p.m. State Fair winners will also be announced at this time.

Again, congratulations on your outstanding project work and good luck at the fair.



2018 Marion County Fair Royalty Announcement

Congratulations to this year’s Marion County Fair Royalty Court! The judges were very impressed with the quality of the applicants.





















Don’t forget to join us Monday, July 2 at 8:30 p.m. in the Coliseum for the Outstanding 4-H Girl and Boy awards as well as the Fair Royalty Coronation!

Crop, Shop, Science & Engineering Project Judging – June 30

The schedule for the  2018 Crop, Shop, Science & Engineering project judging is now available. We did our best to accommodate preferences; however, the class sizes and number of members enrolled in the projects determined the scheduling.




*updated as of 6/22/18 at 4:25 p.m.


For questions or concerns, please email


IMPORTANT: Marion County Pre-Fair Information

Please read the ENTIRE packet to ensure you do not miss anything! Click here for the complete pre-fair information.

If you have specific questions, please email Margo ( We are looking forward to a great fair!

Information listed in the packet:

  • Marion County 4-H Calendar
  • Marion County Fair Book
  • Marion County Fair Photo Identification Badges for Members
  • Overnight Permission
  • Milkshake Stand Help
  • Marion County Fair T-Shirt
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Cornhole Tournament
  • Junior Fair Schedule Change – Awards & Recognition
  • Pre-Judging
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Judging
  • Crop, Shop, Science and Engineering Judging
  • Identification on All Exhibits
  • Awards and Trophies
  • Livestock Exhibitor Information