Muskingum County Youth Quality Assurance – Adult Volunteer Opportunity

In 2024, we are transitioning to a new Quality Assurance format for our Junior Fair exhibitors. We are excited to utilize a curriculum developed in Lorain County called “Hoof to Table Quality Assurance”. It is a QA Simulation where each youth (parents can go along) receives a scenario and goes through a variety of hands-on stations related to the Good Production Practices (GPPs). EVERY GPP, EVERY YEAR. Since implementing this, they’ve seen increased understanding of QA principles and improved project record keeping. Most youth go through the self-paced simulation in about an hour.

The simulation has 12 stations, and we need at least one trained facilitator at each station. Which means we need more facilitators than we currently have! Facilitators don’t have to be 4-H volunteers – they could be parents, grandparents, committee volunteers, club volunteers, Senior Fair Board members, commodity group reps, etc. – but they do have to complete a two-hour self-paced online training by March 15. Once certified, certification is good for three years. We have three in-person sessions each year, I would hope most members of the team would help with two. 2024 QA Dates are: April 3, April 15, April 30 from 6-8 p.m. I would ask volunteers to arrive by 5:30 p.m.

If interested, please contact Jamie (, 740-454-0144) by December 15 so she can submit your name for the training.

New Volunteer Applications Now Available! Due January 31

Interested in serving as a club or committee volunteer starting in 2024? Adults who desire to volunteer their time, energy and talents to Ohio State University Extension and the Muskingum County 4-H program as a club or committee volunteer must successfully complete the volunteer selection process. Volunteer applicants must have approval from the club organizational volunteer or committee president to be considered. Upon completion of the application, the club organizational volunteer will receive an e-mail asking them to confirm the applicant as a potential volunteer for their club. Jamie will contact committee presidents directly if there is any question about volunteer applicants! 

This year, the application can be completed and submitted entirely online! The required interview will take place via Zoom and the orientation session will be in person. 

Find details and the application on our website: Completed Volunteer Applications MUST be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2024 to begin the selection process in 2024.  All steps of the volunteer selection process must be completed by March 1, 2024 to begin volunteer service in 2024. 

Reminder to organizational volunteers:All 4-H clubs must have at least two approved volunteers by March 1, 2024. Clubs that do not have two approved volunteers on March 1 will not be considered active for the 2024 program year. 

Interested in starting a 4-H Club in 2024? Contact Jamie ( in January for more information!

Get Your Muskingum County 4-H Apparel for Christmas – Green Friday through Cyber Monday!

Last chance to get Muskingum County 4-H Swag this year! All profits from the sale will go to the Muskingum County 4-H Committee to help support our county program.

Apparel can be ordered Green Friday (November 24) through Cyber Monday (November 27). Will ship or can be picked up at Muskingum Livestock in the Restaurant December 6 or 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Shirts are available in youth and adult sizes in two colors, Heather Gray or Kelly Green.

  • T-shirt ($18)
  • Long Sleeve Shirt ($20)
  • Crew Neck Sweatshirt ($28)
  • Hoodie ($30)

Order here:

2024 Market Beef Weigh In Details – December 11

2024 Market Beef Weigh-In is scheduled for December 11, 2023 from 6-8 p.m. at Muskingum Livestock Auction Company. Junior Fair Livestock Committee is asking that you complete the registration form for each steer BEFORE weigh-in. It is available online: The form should be completed by December 11 at 12:00 p.m. Anyone who does not complete the form by this time should still complete it, but be prepared to show the confirmation e-mail at weigh-in.

Please review the following information in preparation for the event: 2024 Market Beef Weigh-In Details. This information can also be found on our website: