What Happens Next in 4-H: July Monthly Highlights

Important Links:

2019 4-H Calendar

2019 Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook

2019 Fair Book


4-H Committee Meeting – July 1, 6 p.m.

The 4-H Committee will meet at 6 p.m. in the Rural Services Building Meeting Room.

Independence Day – Extension Office Closed – July 4

Our office will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day! Enjoy the holiday!

Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show Entry Deadline – July 3

Exhibitors who qualify for the OSF Junior Horse Show can submit their entries online at www.ohiostatefair.com/livestock.  A non-refundable $40.00 stall fee is due with the entry and payable online.  This year’s entry deadlines will be as follows:

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, July 3 at 1:00pm

Late Entry Deadline: Monday, July 8 at 1:00pm. Total fee will be $140.00 ($40.00 stall fee + $100.00 late fee).


For more information, visit the State 4-H website.

Still Project Judging – July 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Still Project Judging will take place on Wednesday, July 10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Veteran’s Building at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds. Important details, including assigned club times and project completion requirements can be found in the Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook starting on page 7. Reminder that 4-H projects must be judged at the county level to be completed. There are no advisor grade options this year.

Youth with a Winning 4-H Plan this year should have received a Winning 4-H Plan Accommodations form in the mail. Please be sure to attach the form inside the front cover of the youth’s project book(s) to aid the judge.

4-H CARTEENS – July 11

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.

Junior Fair Booth Entry Deadline – July 15

The entry form for Junior Fair Booths is now available. Deadline: July 15 by 4:30 p.m.

Livestock Skillathon – July 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Livestock Skillathon will take place on Tuesday, July 16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Veteran’s Building on the Fairgrounds. Important details, including assigned club times and study topics can be found in the Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook starting on page 16. A study kit link will be e-mailed soon.

Youth with a Winning 4-H Plan this year should have received a Winning 4-H Plan Accommodations form in the mail. Please be sure to attach the form inside the front cover of the youth’s project book(s) to aid the judge.

Junior Leaders Escape Room Outing – July 17

Details will be shared with members via e-mail and Facebook.

Market Rabbit Registration – July 18, 6-8 p.m.

Market Rabbit Registration is scheduled for July 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Rabbit Barn at the fairgrounds. Bring your Market Rabbit Registration Form/Hutch Sheet. Please be sure the stall sheet is signed by a club volunteer before weigh-in.

Members must have registered at breeding rabbit by the June 15 deadline to be eligible. All market rabbits must attend to be tattooed and registered, no exceptions! Back-up rabbits must be tattooed and registered by the deadline.

Junior Fair Board Meeting – July 22, 5 p.m.

Junior Fair Board will meet with Senior Fair Board at the Veteran’s Building at the Fairgrounds, followed by their monthly meeting.

Livestock Committees – July 25

Livestock Committees will meet at designated times at the Veteran’s Building at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds.

Help Still Needed! 2019 Fair Clean Up Day

I incorrectly reported that all supplies had been donated…Junior and Senior Fair Board is still seeking supplies!

Senior and Junior Fair Board members have identified areas of need around the fairgrounds in preparation for the 173rd Muskingum County Fair. We are asking for donations of the following items to help with the process of the first Muskingum County Fair Clean Up Day:

• Bottled Water
• Paint Brushes and Rollers
• Paint Mitts
• Paint Trays or Empty Coffee containers to hold the paint
• Plywood (For Clean Face showers)
• 24 Hinges (For Clean Face showers)
• Wood Stain
• Paint (Dark Green or White)
• Power Washers and hoses to use the day of
• Gift Cards to get supplies (Home Depot, Lowe’s, Rural King, Tractor Supply or any others would be appreciated)

Please take items to the Secretary’s Office located at 1300 Pershing Rd, Zanesville, OH 43701 by July 20th. Hours of the Secretary’s Office are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m..

Clean up Day will take place on July 27th from 8:00-12:00. Please register online before July 27th.

Use the link to register: https://forms.gle/EdsnEWDeEAB5nnv7A

This is open to any community organization or individual that may need community service hours or willing to volunteer.

Thank you for the support!

Contact Information for Questions:
Payton Dearth (740) 586-4030
Gail Deitrick (740) 683-2382
John Graham (740) 819-3010

State Fair Skillathon Information

Below is information about the Ohio State Fair Animal Skillathons. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Share from the State 4-H Office, share.8@osu.edu

Information to share: 4-H and FFA youth can show what they know about 9 different animal species through 10 skillathon events during the Ohio State Fair (see the schedule below). Skillathons are free, registration is the day of the event (an adult must accompany the youth), youth can come anytime between the hours listed, and youth do not have to be a state fair exhibitor or be enrolled in an animal project in order to complete. Youth vying for the Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) award for goat, sheep, poultry, swine, and beef must participate in the Skillathon, showmanship, and live animal show in order to qualify. Rules, study resources (including the station topics for each species), and other information are available at: go.osu.edu/osfskillathons

Helpful background information for county professionals:

  • We implemented a new scoring process last year, which will require a youth or an adult representative to bubble in a youth’s name on a scantron sheet. Additionally, we will still collect information such as birthdate, address, and county of enrollment on a separate piece of paper.
  • A responsible adult MUST accompany the youth to registration and sign the youth’s registration form in person before the youth can participate. The signature is to verify the youth’s birthdate and age.
  • Please forward me “Winning 4-H Plan Request Forms” for youth who may need accommodations.


WE, 7/17 from 10am-3pm HORSE SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
FR, 7/19 from 12-5pm GOAT SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
TU, 7/23 from 9am-2pm SHEEP SKILLATHON Brown Arena Wool Room
TH, 7/25 from 3-6:30pm DAIRY SKILLATHON 1 Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
TU, 7/30 from 9am-3pm DOG SKILLATHON Buckeye Sports Center (north end)
WE, 7/31 from 1:30-5pm DAIRY SKILLATHON 2 Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
WE, 7/31 from 4-7:30pm POULTRY SKILLATHON Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion
TH, 8/1 from 8am-1pm SWINE SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
TH, 8/2 from 4-7pm BEEF SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
FR, 8/2 from 8am-12pm RABBIT SKILLATHON Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion

Update – Winning 4-H Plans

Youth who completed a Winning 4-H Plan Request Form this year or in past years will receive a letter and accommodations form(s) in the mail before July project judgings to staple inside the front cover of their project book(s).

If a child on a Winning 4-H Plan is registered for Early Judging next week, I will make sure that the judge is aware of approved accommodations.

Update – Downloadable Skillathon Study Kits

In case you are looking, the Downloadable Skillathon Study Kits are not currently available on the website due to University concerns with how these materials were being shared with the public. Stay tuned for an update!

2019 Dog Show Cancelled

The 2019 4-H/Junior Fair Dog Show, scheduled for July 23 at Gone to the Dogs in Zanesville has been cancelled because of low registration numbers.

All youth who completed a 2019 Dog Registration Form and submitted by June 15 have been notified of this cancellation and made aware of alternate judging options.

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council Applications Now Available

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) applications for the 2019-2020 year are now available!  Please let any interested individual know, so they may apply!  Please note, because it is only a one year term, current TLC members who wish to continue their service must re-apply.

  • Applications and more information for this group are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC.  Please note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 9, 2019.  We recognize this falls during some county fairs, so encourage teens to apply early!  We will accept applications as early as today! :o)  The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020.

Junior Fair Fan Update

Rule Clarification regarding fans for the 2019 Muskingum County Fair, which will be printed in the Fair Book.

General Livestock Rule #26: Fans: 1 per animal. All fans must have three prong plugs and be at least 24 inches off the ground. No surge protectors are permitted. Extension cords must be 12/3 wire with no wrapping around posts. Zanesville Fire Department will be on site to check for compliance. Fans not in compliance will be unplugged, and exhibitor will be notified of required changes and given four hours to correct. If problem is not resolved, exhibitor will not be able to exhibit the project the following year.