Since Fair Entry opened in early May and families have begun completing livestock entries for the 2021 Muskingum County Fair, several key questions/things have come up. Reviewing these items will help the process flow more smoothly. This is a learning year for all of us!

  • In order for an animal to be exhibited at the fair, it must be entered in an animal class – NOT just a showmanship class. Animal class entries require exhibitors to identify the animals they will exhibit. We’ve had a few youth only entered in a Showmanship class and have rejected these entries so the animal class entries can be added. 
  • Animals that are required to be registered at a county level registration event (market goats, market lambs, breeding rabbits that are not tattooed and market rabbits) CANNOT be entered until after the registration event. You will need the animal ID (Fair Tag # or tattoo) in order to complete the registration.
  • Back-up animals must be entered – these are entered as a SEPARATE ENTRY, not on the same entry as your primary animal (unless it is an entry for a pen of lambs/rabbits).
  • Household back-ups must be registered in the name of EACH child that is using it as a back up.
  • Please make ALL entries for ALL family members before submitting your invoice for a specific deadline, or you will not be able to add additional entries to any family member. 
    • This means if a youth/family has multiple entries, including one that has to go to a registration event on June 7, they should wait until after June 7 to complete all entries for the youth family.  


Virtual & In-Person Ohio Youth Skillathon Opportunity

Ohio Youth Skillathon information for VIRTUAL and IN-PERSON sessions is now online at:


VIRTUAL Skillathon Registration is due by JUNE 14th, 2021!


A few important notes:

  • Those exhibiting at OSF and want to be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) awards MUST participate at the IN-PERSON skillathons at the state fair
  • Those exhibiting at OSF and want to be eligible for Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor (OBE) awards MUST participate in the VIRTUAL skillathons online

COVID-19 4-H Meeting/Activity Guidelines – Effective June 1

Effective June 1, 2021:

  • Face masks are not required to be worn inside or outside at 4-H camp (day or overnight). Other COVID-19 protocols including social distancing and sanitizing remain in place and will be communicated directly with camp families.
  • Face masks are not required to be worn outside at any other OSU Extension (including 4-H) programs and activities, including 4-H club meetings/events and county-level events conducted by OSU Extension. Masks are still required at indoor events and when visiting the Extension office, regardless of vaccination status. Program participants ages five and older, and parent/guardians must wear a mask. Medical conditions or disability exceptions are permitted. Other COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing, cohorts/pods and sanitizing remain in place. 
    • Face masks are strongly recommended for those who are not yet fully vaccinated (strongly recommended means the individual chooses to wear a mask or not).
    • Include this message in your pre-meeting/event/program communications:
      • Individuals and/or family members may not attend if they or anyone living their household is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell, or as been directly exposed (confirmed or suspected) to COVID-19 if they are not fully vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccinations are our best current protection against infection and a fatal outcome. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face mask outdoors, however we strongly recommend eligible, but unvaccinated, individuals to continue to properly wear a face mask when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Find details at Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events. Ohio 4-H continues to adjust guidelines as appropriate, and is relying on 4-H professionals, clubs, volunteers, parents and members to follow these guidelines so that activities continue to take place in person. These guidelines can change at any time if conditions change or guidelines are not followed.

Information effective April 26, 2021 includes:

  • Club meetings and events can meet in larger groups than the previous limit of 50, as long as they can maintain physical distance, wear masks when required and practice good hand hygiene. Per the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, meetings of more than 10 people should be split into smaller groups/pods of no more than 10 people per pod, with 6 feet or more separation between pods. Individuals living in the same household should be in the same pod.
  • Fundraisers and community service activities may now take place. These events need to follow physical distancing, masking, and sanitizing guidance.
    • Food booths are permitted with local health department approval.
    • For other fundraisers involving food, food must be pre-packaged and dine-in events are not permitted.
    • Follow your local health department guidelines as they take precedence.
  • Potlucks and buffets are not permitted. Only pre-packaged food (e.g., boxed lunches) may be served.

In addition to the guidance from the Ohio Department of Health, county and city health departments may release local health advisories limiting activities or encouraging additional caution. When a local health advisory is in effect, 4-H club meetings and activities must follow that guidance when it is more restrictive than these guidelines.

What Happens Next in 4-H: June Monthly Highlights

Important Links:

2021 4-H Calendar

2021 Muskingum County 4-H Owner’s Manual



Junior Camp Reminders – June 10-12

Junior Camp is from June 10-12. Registered campers will receive updates one week prior to camp.

Cloverbud Camp Reminders – June 25

Cloverbud Camp is June 25. Pre-registered campers will receive full registration details on May 28. Camper Registrations & Payment due June 3.

4-H Public Speaking Contests – CANCELLED

Due to limited interest, Speaking Contests will not be held in 2021.

Still Project Judging Reminders

Youth must attend a county level judging for still projects this year. There will be no advisor grade options this year. More information can be found on page 5 of the 2021 Muskingum County 4-H Owner’s Manual.

Options are:

  • Early Judging by appointment on June 22 or 30. Register online for Early Judging.
  • Still Project Judging on July 7 at the Veteran’s Building at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds

Writing Project Portfolios Due – June 30

Project #588 The Writer in You: Writing portfolio must be submitted to the Extension Office by June 30 at 4:30 p.m. to be reviewed by the judge. Failure to do so will result in loss of at least one letter grade at judging. Members will not receive their portfolio back before judging. Portfolios will be brought to judging by the judge.

Portfolios should be in a notebook or folder and include a cover sheet with the youth’s name, 4-H age and include the items listed on page 40 of the project book (Activity 2-10). Members must bring their completed project book and an educational display to Still Project Judging. More information can be found on page 11 of the 2021 Muskingum County 4-H Owner’s Manual.


Lamb & Goat Registration – June 7, 4-7 p.m.

All Market Lamb & Goat project participants must attend Lamb & Goat Registration to have their animals tagged and weighed on June 7 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Hog Barn on the fairgrounds. All animals must go across the scales. There is no paperwork for youth to complete and bring with them to weigh-in. After registration, exhibitors will be responsible for completing the online entry process using the Fair Ear Tag # by June 15. For entry help:

All lambs & goats exhibited at the Muskingum County Fair are required to have a scrapie ID prior to exhibiting at the fair. All market lambs & goats must have a scrapie tag in their ear prior to arriving at Lamb & Goat Registration. If a lamb or goat does not have a scrapie ID at weigh-in, the animal will be dismissed. Ear tag IDs must be in the animal’s ear.

Fair Entry Notes:

  • If entering the same animal in more than one class, an entry is required for each class. Example: A market goat must be entered in the Market Wether AND Bred & Owned Market Wether class if it will be exhibited in both classes.
  • Carcass Lamb:  The Muskingum County Sheep Producers Improvement Association is sponsoring a carcass lamb activity for Junior Fair exhibitors this year.  To register, youth must check yes when completing their fair entries.

Breeding Rabbit Registration – June 7, 6-8 p.m.

Breeding Rabbit Registration is scheduled for June 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Rabbit Barn on the fairgrounds.  All rabbits must be tattooed at that time if they do not already have a tattoo. If rabbits are already tattooed, they do not need to attend registration. There is no paperwork for youth to complete and bring with them to registration. Exhibitors will be responsible for completing the online entry process using the appropriate tattoos by June 15. Back-up rabbits must be tattooed and registered by the deadline. For entry help:

Livestock Quality Assurance Deadline Reminder – June 15

The deadline for youth exhibitors to receive their Quality Assurance Certification in order to exhibit at the Muskingum County Fair is June 15. Youth will need to complete the YQCA online course if they do not have their certification yet. Details: Last Quality Assurance Option.

Horse Education Program Deadline Reminder – June 15

The deadline for youth exhibitors to complete their Horse Education Program requirement in order to exhibit at the Muskingum County Fair is June 15. Youth will need to complete the Ohio 4-H EQUISTEP online program if they do not have their certification yet. Details: Final Horse Education Option.

Junior Fair Entry Deadline – June 15 for everything but Market Rabbits and Feeder Calves

All 4-H and FFA youth must complete livestock entries in order to be eligible to exhibit at the Muskingum County Fair.

Pullorum Testing – June 26, 9-12:30 p.m.

Poultry Committee member Peggy Anderson will be at the Poultry Barn on the fairgrounds June 26, 9-12:30 p.m. for Pullorum Testing. 

Exhibitors can purchase birds from a hatchery of choice, but are required to provide proof of Pullorum-free poultry at check-in. Exhibitors must monitor ODA/State Veterinarian website for shipping/travel related bans. Accepted paperwork includes the bill of sale from a Pullorum-free flock or copy of a Pullorum test. Waterfowl are not required to have Pullorum testing.

Questions? Call Peggy at 740-849-2241.


PAS Show Reminder

Muskingum County youth interested in registering for the PAS Show (State Fair Horse Qualifier) should register online by June 15 at 11:59 p.m. More information can be found in the 2021 Horse Project Information Letter. State Fair entry deadline for horses is July 7.

Ohio State Fair Livestock and Dog Show Entry Deadline

Youth wishing to show livestock (other than horses) or dogs at the Ohio State Fair must complete the entry process by June 20. For more information, visit the Ohio State Fair’s website.

Seeking a 4-H Committee Member

Due to a resignation, the Muskingum County 4-H Committee is currently seeking a 4-H volunteer to fulfill a partial term through December 2022.

The 4-H Committee serves as an advisory committee for the 4-H program and assists with county-wide 4-H programs like the 4-H Kick-Off, Volunteer Recognition Banquet, Older Youth Opportunities Interviews and Club/Committee Audits.

The committee meets five times per year, on the first Monday of February, April, July, October and December.

Adult members apply and are selected to serve a three year term by the committee members. Adult members are selected to represent a geographical area of the county based upon where their 4-H club meets. Three at-large members are also selected from any area of the county.

Youth members are Junior Leaders elected to a one year term by the club’s membership.

If you are interested, please contact Jamie (

FINAL OPTION: Horse Education Program

As a reminder, all youth enrolled in a horse project (except Project #173 Horseless Horse) must complete a Muskingum County Horse Education Program.

All first-time horse project participants must read 191R Horses, Safety and You. Books are available for purchase by club volunteers at the Extension Office for $6.


  • Complete Ohio 4-H’s EQUISTEP Online Course.
  • Pre-registration is REQUIRED in order to receive the information to complete the course, which is sent immediately after registration is completed.
  • Register here:
  • Each INDIVIDUAL youth must use a unique e-mail address to complete the course, as the system generates a completion certificate for each person.
  • The course must be completed by June 15. 
  • Please forward the completion certificate to Jamie at

Cloverbud Day Camp Pre-Registration – May 24-27

Cloverbuds are Legendairy!

Cloverbud Day Camp is scheduled for June 25 at Windy Ridge Jerseys in Norwich, OH.

2021 Cloverbud Day Camp is sponsored by:

  • Windy Ridge Jerseys
  • Muskingum County 4-H Committee
  • Muskingum County Dairy Promoters
  • Dairy Duchess


  • A first-come, first-serve pre-registration will take place May 24-27 online. Pre-registration opens May 24 at 8 a.m. Deadline to pre-register is May 27 at 11:59 p.m. Once spots are filled, a wait list will be implemented. Please review the Ohio 4-H Camp COVID-19 Acknowledgement Form before pre-registering your child for camp. This camp will follow the most recent OSU/local health department COVID-19 guidelines, which will be communicated prior to camp. Pre-register here: you visit the link before May 24 at 8 a.m., you will see this message “Sorry, this has not started.”
  • Pre-registered campers will receive full registration details on May 28. Cost per camper is $25.
  • June 3 – Camper Registrations & Payment Due




  • From Cow to Carton – Dairy Farmer J Hodge will teach campers about the process of milking and campers will learn how to milk a “cow”.
  • Dairy Good Food: Delicious and Nutritious – OSU Extension SNAP ED Program Assistant Lakyn Craig will lead activities related to dairy products we eat and drink.
  • Crafts with Cows – Volunteers from the Muskingum County Dairy Promoters will assist campers with a craft while the cows are watching.
  • Calves are Cute! – Dairy Farmer and Local Veterinarian Rachel Elliott Hodge will teach campers about calves on their farm.
9:00-10 a.m. Curbside Check-In by Group, selected on registration
10:15-10:30 a.m. Welcome
10:45-11:15 a.m. Session 1
11:30-12 p.m. Session 2
12:15-1 p.m. Lunch
1:15-1:45 p.m. Session 3
2:00-2:30 p.m. Session 4
2:30-3:00 p.m. Ice Cream & Goodie Bags
3:00-4:00 p.m. Curbside Check-Out by Group, selected on registration

Ohio 4-H Special Needs Camp Opportunity

Ohio State University Extension proudly offers this camp for individuals with with disabilities ages 8-18. This camp will be hosted from the Elizabeth L. Evans Outdoor Education Center/Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp near Jackson, Ohio. Alumni are also invited to continue to participate.

Join us as we learn to celebrate life this summer from Canter’s Cave! We are planning a great VIRTUAL event for our camp families that will include a Camp in a Box mailed packet with supplies for several hands-on activities, a camp shirt, 4 planned virtual meetings where camp families can interact and learn, and more!

  • When: July 9-11, 2021 FROM YOUR HOME (if anyone may need a hot spot for the weekend, please contact us. We may be able to work that out.)
  • Times to hold – we are planning to have hour long Zoom Meetings on Friday at 4 pm, Saturday at 10 am and 4 pm, and Sunday at 10 am. (Schedule may change as presenters are confirmed…)
  • Fee: $20.00 for each person who receives activity supplies – Thanks to support from the Ohio 4-H Foundation

More information:

Cloverbud Day Camp Update – “Cloverbuds are Legendairy!”

Cloverbud Day Camp is scheduled for June 25 at Windy Ridge Jerseys in Norwich, OH.

Our theme is “Cloverbuds are Legendairy!”

We are still working on details – thank you for your patience!

Current Registration Timeline (this has changed since previous update):

  • A first-come, first-serve pre-registration will take place May 24-27 online. Pre-registration opens May 24 at 8 a.m. Deadline to pre-register is May 27 at 11:59 p.m. Once spots are filled, a wait list will be implemented.
  • Pre-registered campers will receive full registration details on May 28.
  • June 3 – Camper Registrations & Payment Due