2019 Speaking Contest Details

Encourage youth to participate in our county public speaking contests this summer! Practicing public speaking at a young age helps 4-H members develop communication skills that will benefit them throughout life.

Participants will receive a certificate and a $10 Walmart gift card. Top placing members/teams will also receive an award before the Junior Fair Parade. Information and resources to help youth prepare are available online: http://go.osu.edu/speakingcontests.

June 18 @ John McIntire Library, 220 N. 5th Street, Zanesville, Meeting Room B

Health & Safety Speaking

5:00 p.m.


Demonstrations & Illustrated Talks

6:00 p.m.

Call the Extension Office to register by Friday, June 7. 


Health & Safety Speaking Contest Guidelines

Speeches are scored on content, organization, delivery, vocal action, personal appearance and time.

: ages 8-13 as of 1/1/19; 2 ½ to 3 ½ minute talk on some aspect of health or safety, no visuals.


SENIOR DIVISION: ages 14-18 as of 1/1/19; 4 to 5 ½ minute talk with the same rules as juniors.


TEAM SKITS: 2 – 5 persons; 5-8 minutes

Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks Guidelines

For those who have participated in the past, speech length requirements changed this year!

JUNIOR DIVISION: ages 8-10 as of 1/1/19; 5-7 minutes, individual or team presentation without computer technology. May use props, posters, pictures, etc. to deliver message.


INTERMEDIATE DIVISION: ages 11-13 as of 1/1/19; 8-10 minutes, individual or team presentation with or without computer technology. May use props, posters, pictures, etc. to deliver message.


SENIOR DIVISION: ages 14 and up as of 1/1/19; 8-10 minutes, individual or team presentation with or without computer technology. May use props, posters, pictures, etc. to deliver message.


Cloverbud Interview Night – June 19

The Muskingum County 4-H Junior Leaders will be hosting the first-ever Cloverbud Interview Night on June 19 from 6-8 p.m. at the Veteran’s Building on the Fairgrounds.

There will be no pre-registration. Registration will take place the night of the event beginning at 5:45 p.m. 

Cloverbuds should come at their club’s assigned time, listed below.  If unable to come at the assigned time, please sign-in as early as possible, but note that this may increase wait time.

6:00 p.m. – Club Names A-E

6:30 p.m. – Club Names F-J

7:00 p.m. – Club Names K-T

7:30 p.m. – Club Names U-Z

Cloverbuds are invited to bring an item to share with a member of Junior Leaders. This will be a one-on-one show and tell opportunity for Cloverbuds to practice interview skills.

Sample Items:

  • Poster display, scrapbook, etc. on a topic of interest to the Cloverbud
  • Collection (baseball cards, toys, etc.)
  • Other item they love!

Each participant will receive a small reward!

Please encourage Cloverbuds to come, as the Junior Leaders are very excited to host this event!

Seeking T-shirt Donations for Junior Camp Craft


This year at Junior Camp, one of our crafts will be No-Sew T-shirt Pillows. Our camp counselors are seeking donations of new or used (but in good condition) t-shirts for this craft!

Please contact Jamie if you have t-shirts to donate!

Operation Spirit Seeking Donations

Operation Spirit is a local organization seeking donations to start a sewing school in Sierra Leone. Melodie Pittman, a former 4-H Volunteer asked me to share their request list in hopes that some may be interested in making donations.

  • New thread – any color
  • New 1/2-1 inch elastic.
  • Measuring tapes
  • Straight pins
  • Seam rippers
  • Snaps
  • Needles for mending
  • Thimbles
  • Sewing scissors
  • Pin cushions

Drop off at 816 Maple Avenue leave on the porch on the table or in a chair if there is no answer. Items are needed by June 5.

Contact: Melodie Pittman 740.453.6777

Cloverbud Day Camp Registration Now Available!

Camper Registration Packets for Cloverbud Day Camp are now available on our website and in the Extension Office!

Old McDonald Had a Farm

When: Friday, June 28, 2019

Where: McDonald’s Greenhouse & Corn Maze, 3100 Adamsville Road, Zanesville

Who: Current Muskingum County 4-H Cloverbuds.

Cost: $25 per youth – includes lunch, refreshments, t-shirt and all program materials.

Download the Camper Registration Packet

Registrations will be accepted beginning May 20. Registration is limited to the first 80 campers.

Cloverbud Camp Registrations are due to the Extension Office by June 3, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Registrations must be received by this date. This is not a postmark deadline.

What Happens Next in 4-H: May Monthly Highlights

Important Links:

2019 4-H Calendar

2019 Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook


Horse Safety & Ethics Program – May 2, 6-7 p.m.

All first-time horse project participants are required to participate in the Horse Safety and Ethics Training Program with a parent/guardian before they are permitted to ride a horse at a 4-H activity or event. Both parent/guardian and youth must read 191R Horses, Safety and You prior to attending the program and bring the book with them to the program. See page 22 of the 2019 Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook for details.

Royalty & Ambassador Applications – Due May 10

Applications are now available for Junior Fair King & Queen and species ambassadors/royalty. Visit our website under 4-H Youth Development>Junior Fair to download applications. Deadline May 10, 4:30 p.m.

Small Animal Sale Committee Meeting – May 13, 7 p.m.

The Small Animal Sale Committee will meet at the Extension Office at 7 p.m.

Camp Team Meeting #5 – May 15, 6-8 p.m.

Junior Camp counselors and staff will meet at the Extension Office.

Junior Camp Registration – Due May 15

Junior Camp Registrations are now being accepted! Priority 4-H member registration is the first week of May, then it’s open to anyone! Pick up a packet in our office or download from our website. Visit the 4-H Youth Development>Junior Camp page of our website for more information on camp! Deadline to register is May 15, 4:30 p.m.

Horse Leases  – Due May 15

Horse leases and registration paperwork for leased horses are due May 15, 4:30 p.m. OSU Extension can only provide guidelines of what should be included in your horse lease and not provide a template for you to use. You can download the guidelines from our website under 4-H Youth Development>Junior Fair. Look under Stall Sheets and Registration Forms.

Junior Leader Officer Meeting – May 16, 6 p.m.

Meeting will take place at the Extension Office.

Royalty & Ambassador Interview Night – May 22

Applicants will be interviewed at designated times in the evening at the Veteran’s Building at the Fairgrounds. Please follow the instructions on the individual application for scheduling interviews.

Livestock Subcommittee Meetings – May 23

Livestock Subcommittees will meet at their designated times on Thursday, May 23 at the Fairgrounds. Specific reminders are sent via committee chairs.

Junior Fair Board – May 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

Junior Fair Board scheduled to meet at the Extension Office – location may change to Fairgrounds.

Camp Team Meeting #6 – May 29, 5-8 p.m.

Junior Camp counselors and staff will meet at the Extension Office.

4-H CARTEENS Program – May 30

4-H CARTEENS takes place at the Muskingum County Juvenile Court. Youth interested in becoming 4-H CARTEENS volunteer presenters should contact the Extension Office for details.

Family Reading Festival – “Reading is our Superpower”

Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC), Muskingum County Library System, and Muskingum County Literacy Council would like to invite you to the Colony Square Mall for a FREE Family Reading Festival on May 18th, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Students (Preschool– Gr. 6), families (parents, grandparents, toddlers, etc.), educators and community members are welcome to join the activities.

Lots of fun activities and prizes! Superhero characters will be there!