Awards and Style Reviews

4-H had American Flair at Summer Judging, Style Review and Awards

Youth, advisors, and parents had a busy second week of July as members showcased their projects at Summer and State Fair Qualifying judging’s.  We honored their hard work with ‘flair” at the Style Review and Awards Ceremony at Southern State Community College put on by the Highland County FCS Board.  Congratulation’s on a job well done!

Fair Style Review

The Style Review will be held on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. All 4-H members with a clothing project are encouraged to participate. The

4-H members will be modeling in three categories: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Three top models will be selected.

Junior Fair Awards Presentation

Awards for the 4-H Special Interest projects and other Jr. Fair Building projects will be presented at the Awards Ceremony, Monday, Sept. 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building.

All American Flair at the Highland County Fair 2019 Fair Books are available with full schedule of events

To review fair changes and updates please visit our website for easy reference.

Cloverbud Days

Cloverbud Days during the Fair

Calling all Cloverbud 4-H members, please join the Highland Co. Jr. Leadership Club in the Junior Fair FCS Building for a fun time at the 2019 Highland County Fair on:

  Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 2-3 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10-11 a.m.

Come to one day or both, there will be different activities and games to participate in each day!


Cloverbud News

Want more information about the cloverbud program?  Check out the Cloverbud Connections Newsletter at:

Commodity Carnival

2019 Commodity Carnival

Commodity Carnival is a fun learning activity for students to experience managing the business risks associated with producing and bringing livestock to market.  This pop-up booth will have games and activities for any youth to enjoy during these dates and times during the fair.  This activity is open to ANY youth.

Sept. 2, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sept. 3 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sept. 4 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Additional Contests

4-H Officer Books Contest

Club Secretary, Treasurer, and News Reporters interested in competing in the 4-H Officer Book Contest, must submit their books to the Extension Office by noon on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Contest rules are available at:


Baking Contest/Sewing Challenge

Registration forms for the Baking Contest and Sewing Challenge are due to the Extension Office on or before Aug. 27, 2019. The schedule be released on soon as possible after the deadline. Registration forms are available at:

The sewing challenge will take place on Monday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. and the Baking Contest will take place on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 9 a.m.


Jr. Fair Demonstration Contest

Demonstration Contest forms are due to the Extension Office on or before Aug. 27, 2019. Youth will be placed in Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories for their Demonstrations. The schedule be released on soon as possible after the deadline. Registration forms are available at:

The Demonstration contest will be held on Friday, Sept. 6 at 12 p.m.

Inaugural Germinate International Film Fest Held

The inaugural Germinate International Film Fest was held in Hillsboro, Ohio, on August 16 & 17, 2019. The two-day film festival highlighted content relevant to agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities from around the globe. Hosted by Ohio State University Extension, Highland County, the event was attended by individuals from multiple states.

In addition to screening over 60 films, the festival also offered workshops on drone flight, a tree walk, beef production and taste testing, astronomy, Milk Bar baking demonstration, and a tour of Bell’s Opera House. Two dinners were held for attendees, with the dinner on Saturday evening featuring locally-sourced foods. The awards ceremony was held on Saturday evening as well, which concluded with an outdoor screening of The Pollinators.

The winners of the 2019 Germinate International Film Fest were:

Peter Nelson accepting the award for The Pollinators.

Best Feature Length Documentary Film

The Pollinators


Best Short Documentary Film Under 15 Minutes

Who’s Your Farmer?


Riley Slivka accepting the award for Along The Edge: A Montana Family Harvest Story.

Best Short Documentary Film Between 15 to 30 minutes

Along The Edge: A Montana Family Harvest Story


Best Short Documentary Film Over 30 Minutes

Losing Ground


Best Virtual Reality Film

Virtual Reality Exploration of Earth’s Cryosphere


Biz Young and Olivia Nava accepting the award for To The Land.

Best Short of Any Kind

To The Land


Rachel Leggett accepting the award for On-Farm Research: Starter Phosphorus.

Best Scholastic Film

On-Farm Research: Starter Phosphorous


Best Photography: Agriculture

Shane White


Best Photography: Natural Resources

Theresa Raisch


Tammy Newsome accepting the Rural Community Photography Award on behalf of Gwynn Stewart.

Best Photography: Rural Community

Gwynn Stewart


Best International Short Documentary Film



Best International Short Documentary Film

Dizhsa Nabani


Best Feature Length International Documentary Film



Annmarie Aronoff accepting the award for SkyGrazers: A Story of the Flying Farmers. 

Best Film Featuring A Workforce Development Topic

SkyGrazers: A Story of the Flying Farmers


Best Student Film

One Egg


Best International Student Film

From the Ground Up


Best Historical Film

Rendville: Across the Color Line


Aston Bain accepting the award for My Steer, B.J.

 Best Youth Film

My Steer, B.J.


Drew Hamilton and Greenfield McClain High School Students accepting the award for the History of Bell’s Opera House and the Parker House.

Best Film By High School Students

History of Bell’s Opera House and the Parker House


Audience’ Choice


The Germinate International Film Fest was made possible with sponsorships and community partnerships with: The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Southern State Community College; White Clover Farm; Karnes Orchard; Visitors Bureau of Highland County; State Farm, Amatha Farrens; City of Hillsboro; Merchants National Bank; Highland County Chamber of Commerce; Highland County Commissioners; Tissot’s Home Center; Ag-Pro Companies; and Germinate International Film Fest volunteers.

For more information about the Germinate International Film Fest or other Extension programming, contact the Highland County Extension Office at 937-393-1918.

‘Build’ing Up our Youth

Check In for Projects displayed  Jr. Fair Building

All Jr. Fair & 4-H Special Interest (crops, garden, flowers, farm shop, & photography) exhibits must be entered and/or confirmed on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9:00 a.m. 9:00 p.m. Please do not wait until the last minute!

Booth setup in the Jr. Fair Building is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 30, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Jr. Fair Building/Jr. Fair FCS Building Guard Schedules

The Jr. Fair and FCS Building Guard Schedules for the fair are attached. Each club with exhibitors in the building must cover a shift. The Jr. Fair FCS Building Layout is attached. Call the OSU Extension Office at 937-393-1918 to schedule your guard time.

Set Up in the Jr. Fair FCS Building

Decorating and placing projects in the Jr. Fair FCS Building and is Friday, Aug. 30, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. You will need to verify that everyone in your club has displayed their project. Let Diane Keltner or Danielle Combs know by Sunday at noon if a club member did not exhibit. Each club will receive a packet at set up that will show project grades for the advisors to use when placing ribbons on projects. Club premiums should be available for pickup in October. All projects must be in place in the Jr. Fair FCS Building by 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.

Project Removal from Jr. Fair Building

Items that can be carried out can be removed on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. (No vehicles will be allowed on the fairgrounds.) All other projects can be removed on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. after which tear down begins. We are not responsible for any projects left after noon.