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2021 Advisor Grade Sheets and Record Book Update

All livestock members must have their record books completed to date and ready for review when asked by their advisors.  Your advisors will be asking for them this month as grades are due by May 25th.  The record books this year include more than just feed records and livestock costs.  Therefore, work should be done in the books regardless of how long you have had your animal or if you even have it yet.

2021 Skillathon Information

Skillathon will be virtual again this year.  The sites will open on May 22nd and will close on May 30th.  You will be able to complete Skillathon at any time between the listed dates.   The password to obtain the study guides are available by clicking on the iink below and filling out the requested information.  The password will be e-mailed to you and can them be entered when prompted when you click on the Skillathon Study Guide page on our Newsletter Site.

To obtain the study guide password click on this link: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezVW0X3bmpjtc2O

2021 Still Project Judging Schedule Update

Due to missing a few still projects on the judging schedule, some adjustments had to be made.  Please check out the updated schedule ensure you arrive at the correct time.  Most changes were very minor.  If we have any additional judging schedule updates, we will post immediately.  To view the updated schedule, click on the link below.

2021 Paulding County 4-H Still Project Judging Schedule

Pullorum Testing for All Exhibition Chickens

The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced earlier this year that they will be requiring all exhibition poultry to have a Pullorum test complete before they can be exhibited.  Paulding County will be holding pullorum testing at the Paulding County Fairgrounds the last part of May.  The date has not been determined as Michael has to get his certification to test due to not having anyone in the county certified to test for pullorum.  Once a date has been set, the date will be announced.

Paulding County Will Have 4-H Camp This Summer at 4-H Camp Palmer

We are way more than excited to announce that we have been approved to have a multi-day/night camping experience in 2021 at 4-H Camp Palmer.  Our hearts were hurting in 2020 with the thought of not being at camp and cannot wait to be on the grounds of beautiful 4-H Camp Palmer this summer.

While there is still a lot of planning that needs to happen to ensure we are meeting safe camping requirements in this time of COVID-19, we can safely say that we will be starting our stay at 4-H Camp on July 9th.

More information about camp, including an online registration will be released once we have more definitive plans, but mark your calendars now to attend 4-H Camp at 4-H Camp Palmer beginning on July 9th.

Paulding County 4-H Campership Applications Now Available

The Paulding County 4-H Advisory Committee is excited to announce that the application for the Paulding County 4-H Camperships are now available.  The application will be completed and submitted online this year, with the link to the application found below.  To receive a campership in 2021, the applicant must be an active member in Paulding County 4-H.

The Paulding County 4-H Camperships are funded by a grant from the Cooper Family Foundation and various other local organizations.  All applications will be reviewed and scored by the 4-H Advisory Committee.  The grant amount will be split equally among applications received by Paulding County 4-H members that meet a minimum standard.

Applications are to be submitted online no later than May 21, 2021.  Applications received after this date will not be considered.  Youth applying for this campership must complete the application on their own.  Applications that are found to be completed by anyone other than the applicant will be disqualified.  A parent/guardian may help answer the first page of questions which entail contact information.

2021 Paulding County 4-H Campership Application

Paulding County Junior Fair King/Queen Contest Applications Due May 1st

This is a reminder that the Paulding County Junior Fair King and Queen applications are now available and due May 1st.  Youth who are currently enrolled in High School and participate in a Paulding County Youth Organization are eligible to apply.  Applications will be completed on line this year.  To access the application, visit the following link: King/Queen Contest Application.

Applicants will need to be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • All activities you have participated in as a member of the club you are representing (community service projects, county fair, officer trainings, speaking contests, offices held, awards, etc.)
  • A short summary of what your plans are for the future and how your participation in youth organizations has influenced your future goals
  • What would it mean to be chosen as the Paulding County Junior Fair King or Queen and what would you do to promote the Paulding County Junior Fair?
  • In 500 words or less: What do you feel are the roles and responsibilities that come with the title of Paulding County Junior Fair King or Queen?
  • A photo that will be used for media and publicity of the competition

For questions related to this contest, please contact Pam White at 419-551-1048.

Junior King/Queen and Prince/Princess Contest Applications Now Available

We are excited to announce that the Paulding County Junior Fair Junior King/Queen and Prince/Princess applications are now available.  These applications will be completed online and MUST be completed by the youth applying.  Any application that is found to be completed by anyone other than the applicant will be disqualified.  A parent/guardian may help the youth enter the information on the first page of questions only.  A parent/guardian must also sign the application at the end.  Applications for both contests must be submitted no later than June 1, 2021.  The application will not be able to be accessed after this date.

To participate in the Junior Fair Junior King/Queen contest, youth must be between the ages of 9 and 13 years old and participate in a youth organization in Paulding County.  Previous winners of this competition are not eligible to enter the contest.  Youth applying must answer the following questions on the application: All activities you participate in, your favorite part of the fair and why, and Why do you want to be the Paulding County Junior Fair Junior King/Queen?

To participate in the Junior Fair Prince/Princess contest, youth must be between the ages of 5 and 8 years old and participate in a youth organization in Paulding County.  Previous winners of this competition are not eligible to enter the contest.  Youth applying must answer the following questions on the application: All activities you participate in, your favorite part of the fair, your favorite animal, and your favorite subject in school.

To complete the Junior King/Queen contest application please click this link: Junior King/Queen Contest Application

To complete the Prince/Princess contest application please click this link: Prince/Princess Contest Application

Riders All-Around Horse Show Association Holding 5 Horse Shows This Summer

The Riders All Around Horse Show Association from Indiana has scheduled the following dates for Open Horse shows at the Defiance County Fairgrounds. The dates for the scheduled shows are:

May 1, 2021 – Schooling Show

May 29, 2021 – Open Show

June 26-27, 2021 – Open Show

July 31, 2021 – Open Show

September 4, 2021 – Open Show

**  I believe Lindsey Ebaugh is planning her After Fair Horse Show for September 25, 2021.

The Show Bill for the May 1st

 

Virtual Family Space Camp

A special THANKS to our Cuyahoga County 4-H friends for sharing this extremely exciting opportunity to join in on their “Journey to the Extreme – Mission to Mars Virtual Family Space Camp.  To see what is being offered check out the flyer below.  To register, click https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cHkwuJTLtxfMLxY.  The cost is free and you only have to travel to the comfort of your couch!!!

Paulding County 4-H Holding SafeSitter Babysitting Class

Paulding County 4-H is excited to announce that we are a certified SafeSitter training site and will be offering our first SafeSitter Babysitting Class on Saturday, May 1st from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm in the Youth Leadership Building.  This class is open to the first 12 youth in grades 6-8 who register.  The cost for the training is $50.  To register for the class, visit go.osu.edu/springbabysitting2021 no later than April 28, 2021.  Payment is due at registration and can be made using a credit or debit card via our online payment system.  Lunch and snacks will not be provided so all participants should be prepared to bring these items.  Bottled water will be available for all participants.  If you have any questions about this popular babysitting program, please e-mail schweinsberg.5@osu.edu or call 419-399-8225 and speak with Michael.

Adding Animals into 4-H Online

We are going to be putting all of our animals into 4-H Online starting this year.  The steps are very easy to do and will make registering for your fair classes even easier.  To add your animals, please follow the step-by-step directions that are linked below.  I am asking for all animals (dogs, horses, breeding rabbits, goats, sheep, swine, cattle, turkeys, ducks, geese, all exhibition/breeding chickens) to be added to 4-H Online by next Monday, April 26th.  The only two project animals that will not be entered by April 26th are the market chickens and market rabbits.  Once we have this step complete, I will go into detail about FairEntry and registering for the Paulding County Junior Fair.  If you have any questions, please let me know by sending me an e-mail at Schweinsberg.5@osu.edu or call me at 419-399-8225.

Information needed when entering animal into 4-H Online

  • Animal Age
  • Animal Name – This is what you call it. MUST BE APPROPRIATE!!!
  • Beginning Weight – Leave Blank
  • Animal Birthdate
  • Breed
  • Breeder Name – Answer with “N/A”
  • County Raised – Must have been born and raised in Paulding County
  • RFID Number – Leave Blank
  • Animal Gender
  • Tag – This is the identification tag that you use to identify the animal. For market projects, this must be the tag that was placed at livestock tagging.
  • You will also need a picture of the front, left, and right side of the animal. For market projects you will also need a picture of the market tag that was placed at livestock tagging.  For non-market sheep and goats, a picture of the scrapies tag should be uploaded.  For all oher non-market livestock, a picture of the back of the animal will suffice.

Paulding County Adding Animals in 4-H Online

Reminder of Club Meeting Attendance

This is a reminder that 4-H clubs in Paulding County have a minimum number of meetings that you must be at in order to be a member in good standing with that club and 4-H in Paulding County.  Ohio 4-H dictates that youth must actively participate in 6 hours of programming in order to be considered a 4-H member in good standing.  The Paulding County Junior Fair rules state that, in order to be eligible to participate at the fair, a fair participant must be a member in good standing in the youth organization they represent.  We also have some clubs that have set the minimum number of meetings that members must attend in order to stay eligible.

All 4-H advisors have been advised of these rules and regulations.  They are asked by the 4-H office to confirm that minimum standards of time have been met for each youth who participate in 4-H.  Those that do not have enough hours in to be a member in good standing will not be eligible to show or participate at the Paulding County Junior Fair or the Ohio State Fair.  Our clubs have all been meeting since late fall (all of the clubs started meetings in October or November), and have been meeting regularly since.  The 4-H Office will be going by club attendance records and the information that is submitted by the club advisors.  If you are not sure of your attendance, ask at the next club meeting.

Livestock Lease Agreements

Are you leasing or borrowing a breeding animal or horse for the Paulding County Junior Fair?  If so, the signed lease agreement is due to the Extension Office no later than the close of business on Monday, May 3rd, 2021.  Any project being leased or borrowed that does not have the lease agreement on file by the date due may find the project ineligible to be shown.  As a reminder, it is against Ohio Revised Code to lease a market animal.  For help with how to prepare a lease agreement, please click on the link below.

Livestock Lease Information

Parade and Modeling Contest Not Being Held in 2021

The Paulding County Junior Fairboard and OSU Extension has announced that the Junior Fair Parade that usually takes place every year on Monday evening of the fair will NOT be held in 2021.  Discussions around how to properly social distance while riding on a float were held and we found that this would be nearly impossible to pull off.

For the Modeling Contest, we would not be able to have the spectators in the Youth Leadership Building to watch the contest and we would also have to further limit the number of entries to stay compliant with current health orders.  We determined that it would be best to hold off on this contest for 2021 and bring it back in 2022.

Paulding County 4-H Senior Scholarship Information

The Paulding County 4-H Advisory Committee is announcing the availability for at least one senior in Paulding County to receive a scholarship in the amount of at least $250.  All required documents must be submitted electronically no later than the close of business on Monday, May 3rd in order to be considered.  For directions on what needs to be submitted please click on the link below.

2021 4-H Advisory Committee Scholarship Application

4-H Project Book Ordering

Our office understands that when many of the book orders were put in, the market rabbit book was out of stock.  We also understand that to order one book online will cost more than double the price of the book.  For this reason, our office will be placing weekly book orders for the next two weeks.  From now until April 9th, you may e-mail Michael at Schweinsberg.5@osu.edu with your book order.  What is needed is the name of the book being requested along with how many of the book needs ordered.  Your order will then be placed by our office.  The orders will then be delivered to our office and a time will be set up for payment and book pick-up.  All orders received will have an invoice e-mailed to inform of the cost of the order.  Once again, all order requests must be e-mailed to Schweinsberg.5@osu.eduWe will not be taking orders over the phone, text, or any other means of communication.

Paulding County Junior Fair Livestock Tagging

The Paulding County Junior Fairboard will be holding our Livestock Tagging next Saturday, April 3rd, from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the Paulding County Fairgrounds.  Please enter at the main gate and drive down the midway to the barns.  We ask that you not make this a family event to limit the number of people on the fairgrounds.  It is also required that a mask is worn while on the fairgrounds.  The following animals will need to be tagged at this event in order to be able to be shown at the Paulding County Junior Fair: All Feeder Calves, All Market Swine, All Market Goats, and All Market Sheep.  For questions about livestock tagging, please contact Tony Miller at 419-203-1673.

Paulding County Outstanding Livestocker Contest Applications Now Available

The Paulding County Outstanding Livestocker Award application is now available.  Youth who are a member in good standing in a youth organization that participates in the Paulding County Junior Fair may apply.  Past winners of this award are not eligible for this contest. All animal projects are eligible as long as the youth has at least two years of livestock project experience.  To access the application, please visit the following link:

https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aYwqR4yLgFKNUXA.

Applicants will need to be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • List all activities you have participated in as a member of the club you are representing (community service projects, county fair, officer trainings, speaking contests, offices held, awards, etc.)
  • A short summary of what your plans are for the future and how your participation in youth organizations has influenced your future goals
  • List any past and present learning experiences that have enabled you to take better care of your livestock as well as year(s) you completed these experiences.
  • List the animal projects you have taken, the year(s) you have taken the project, and any awards you have won with the project.
  • Essay #1: Nearlyone percent of all cattle, sheep and swine produced in the United States are marketed through youth livestock show  This is a significant quantity of animals entering the food chain.  What is your role in both caring for animals and producing a safe and wholesome product?
  • Essay #2: A younger Jr. Fair member is thinking about showing livestock at the fair next year but, theyare not sure of what they want to show.  What words of wisdom and help would you offer them being an older member who has shown livestock?
  • The name and e-mail address of an advisor who you would like to have complete a reference evaluation for you
  • A photo that will be used for media and publicity of the competition

For questions about this contest, please contact Michael at schweinsberg.5@osu.edu or 419-399-8225.