Ohio 4-H Project Showcase

Let’s represent Highland County during the The Ohio 4-H Project Showcase.

This summer we invite 4-H members in good standing to submit a photo of themselves with their 4-H project for display in an online project showcase. You’ll be asked to share what you liked about the project and one new thing you learned. Parents will also need to sign their approval for youth to participate.

Here’s more:

  • Select your favorite project – one per person
  • Send a great photo – at least 2 MB
  • Photos will be display after September 8 at ohio4h.org

Submit your photos by August 15 at go.osu.edu/4H2020Showcase. Questions? Contact Sarah Longo at longo.79@osu.edu.

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC)

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) applications for the 2020-2021 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.

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction.

  • 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 14, 2020.  We recognize this falls during some county fairs, so encourage teens to apply early!  We will accept applications as early as today! 😊 The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2020-August 31, 2021.

Here are some highlights about the responsibilities of the council:

    • Age: Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 the year of application to apply for council member, committee member, committee chair, and officer.
    • Number of Meetings/Events: See the program structure outline on the application for specific numbers of meetings and events. Members are required to attend at least 75% of meetings and events.
      • Working Events: Members are required to work a number of statewide events at the Ohio State Fair, and elsewhere throughout the state (Farm Science Review, Legislative Luncheon, etc.).  Each level of membership differs in the number of events that are required.  See the program structure for more information.
    • Location of meetings: Meetings are typically held at the Ohio 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio, but there are occasionally instances when they are held elsewhere due to events on Ohio State’s Campus.  In these instances, meetings may be held at locations close to campus.  Refer to the application for the locations for the 2020-2021 year.  Members will be notified prior to the location change.
    • Additional Opportunities: Depending on the level of involvement, council members have the option to apply for additional opportunities including the National 4-H Conference, Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, and other opportunities that may arise.

2020 Jr. Fair Deadlines fast approaching for animals.

Please remember the changes for 2020 Possession/Tagging

As we all know this has not been a normal year and we are trying to help out as much as possible.  We understand that people have not worked for a month and that some are out of work still.  We have decided to extend the possession date 1 month to allow more time for exhibitors to get animals.

***** Animals must be in possession by JULY 1, 2020!!!*****

Tagging will be done when you cross the scales at the fair.  All MARKET ANIMALS need to turn pictures and paperwork in by JULY 1, 2020.  There will be 3 options:

  1. There is a mail drop at the Jr. Fair Board office that you can leave your paperwork.
  2. Mail it to Highland County Junior Fair Board, Attention Jana Holbrook, PO Box 564, Hillsboro, OH 45133.
  3. Email to highlandcojrfair@yahoo.com (make the Subject the market species and if you have more than one market species do an email for each species, families can be put together in one email.)

The information paper needed for each species will be emailed out to advisors and will be on the Extension webpage ( highland.osu.edu ) for you to copy off and return with your pictures.  Pictures need to be of each side of the animal and must be a hard copy and not emailed to me.  We no longer need to fill out the affidavits (green paper).  Feeder calves will still need to do the Pre-Conditioning papers (yellow).  They are due August 15th

***You only need to turn back in the information paper and pictures by July 1, 2020.  Please fill out the papers completely!

***Chicken order forms still need to be turned in by June 1 so they can get ordered from the hatchery!


For additional changes and updates for 2020 Jr. Fair please visit https://highland.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/judging-schedules.

4-H Scholarships are available

Scholarship Deadlines

Aug. 1– Bob Shanks Scholarship Applications Due

Aug. 1– Donna Jo Keisling Scholarship Applications Due

Aug. 1– Ivor Jones Scholarship Applications Due

Check the Highland County 4-H Forms page for ALL applications  –


4-H Summer Dates and Changes


  • Make-Up judging July 1-postponed
  • Make-Up judging will take place virtually August 14th and August 15th
  • Must contact the Extension office to schedule an interview
  • Summer Judging on July 7- moved to August 22 with pre-fair judging
  • Summer (FCS) and Pre-Fair (General) judging’s for county will be held August 22 at the Highland County Fairgrounds.
  • Clothing and Nutrition Skillathons will also be held on August 22 at the Highland County Fairgrounds.
  • July 8th State Fair Qualifying and Swine Breading Judging Virtually-PENDING
  • July 9th Summer Awards and Style Review-Cancelled
  • Awards will be announced virtually once judging is completed
  • Scholarships award receipts will be announced at a later date
  • 2020 Highland County Jr Fair Changes
  • All fair changes for 2020 Highland County Jr. Fair can be found at https://highland.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/judging-schedules

New for 2020

  • Skillathon OR a Project Interview is a requirement for ALL animal projects to be shown at the Highland County Fair-this is for project completion only.  Exhibitors must bring a 2020 up-to-date project book. 

3 options for competition :

1)Project Interviews for 4-H will on Entry Day on July 17 from 12 (noon) – 6p.m.

2)Skillathon with OME eligibility and 4-H will be August 22 from 10a.m – 5p.m.

3)Last Chance skillathon for 4-H is August 29 from 10a.m. – 2p.m.

Ohio 4-H Camp…ish

2020 County and State 4-H Camp Dates

Hey, Stay-at-Home, Campers! Here’s your chance to go to camp…without leaving home. Join us June 9-11 for 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽…𝗶𝘀𝗵! You can connect with us online each day for one or all three sessions with songs, crafts, science, nature and fun with other campers. You know…all the things that happen at camp! Open to 4-H youth and those not in 4-H, no fees, you’ll use basic supplies that can be found around home. Register today at go.osu.edu/campish

Winning 4-H Plan

Winning 4-H Plan

Winning 4-H Plan request forms and final 4-H plan need to be completed by June 1, 2020.  A completed Winning 4-H Plan includes the request form and a meeting with the child, guardian and extension educator to discuss and plan out the year’s accommodations.  Please visit Highland.osu.edu for the request form and email the completed form to Danielle Combs by 4pm on June 1st.

Ohio 4-H Small Garden Virtual Spin Club

Ohio 4-H Small Garden Virtual SPIN Club

Have fun in this virtual 4-H Special Interest SPIN Club learning how to make small gardens from easy to find items. Activities include seed starting, seed bombs, re-purposing containers for the garden, herb and pizza gardens, terrariums, succulents, garden art, imagination gardens, and more!

Every Tuesday at 3:30-4:30pm from May 28 to July 9

Location: ONLINE! Register at go.osu.edu/gardenspinclub

Cost: FREE!

Details: Open to ANY youth grades 3-12. Limited to the first 25 to enroll

Contact information: Sue Hogan, Franklin County, Hogan.239@osu.edu