Brimfest sign-up

Volunteers are needed to help work a booth at Brimfest for the 4-H program. This is for September 21st – 24th. Email to sign up and I will add you to this sign-up. 

Thursday 5-6pm – Fran P.

Thursday 6-8pm –   Pat Allen                         

Thursday 8-10pm –                                         

Friday 5-7pm – Fran P.

Friday 7-10pm                                  

Saturday 12-3pm –      Carrie Firth  & Fran Mansfield   

Saturday 3-6pm –                   Jeannie Yount                 

Saturday 6-7pm ________________

Saturday 7-9pm –                            Kelly Blay                 

Saturday 9-11pm –         Linda Rufener                         

Sunday 12-2pm –                                                                  

Sunday 2-4pm –                                                                  

Feel free to bring a camp chair with you. Thanks for your help and all that you do! Below is a picture of how it was set-up last year, just using it as an example. 

Portage County 4-H Horse Clinic

Portage County 4-H Horse Clinic

 Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am

In the Hamilton Arena at the Portage County Randolph Fair Grounds 4215 Fairground Rd. Randolph, OH

Featuring Brenda Hanson of Hanson Horse Training LLC  Teaching your horse ground manners and getting them started with obstacles. Brenda is a graduate of the University of Findlay. She has competed and won in a variety of ranch obstacle courses including; Ohio Equine Affaire, Massachusetts Equine Affaire, Craig Cameron Challenge, Geauga Horse and Pony Association and the Bradshaw Horse and Rider Obstacle Challenge at the Geauga County Fair. This is a free observation clinic for Portage County 4-H members and their families. Sponsored by the Town Trotters 4-H Club and the Portage County Youth Benefit Committee

For more information please contact Renee Doraski @ 330-647-8738 or email the

Neither the Town Trotters 4-H Club, Portage County Youth Benefit Committee, Randolph Fair Board, Brenda Hanson, nor any other organization or individual associated with this clinic will assume any responsibility for injury to spectator or responsibility to loss or stolen property.


Portage County Randolph Fair 2017

  • Hubbard Building Booth Reservation Form – Due to the Extension Office by August 14th. Spaces are available to all clubs/committees. (Rules and the score sheet for your review – we will have copies for the judges)
  • Bake Sale rules – open to all 4-Hers (including Cloverbuds)!
  • Jr. Fair Buddies are back! Open to all Cloverbud-age kids!  Here is the registration form. Please note that this form goes to the Fair office.
  • Small Animal Check-in: Sunday, August 20th 11 am – 7 pm is Small Animal check-in. All poultry will be accepted during  that time! (there was an error in the Fair book)
  • Gold Medal forms are due to the Extension Office by September 8th at noon. (they can be turned in at Fair, emailed or dropped off at the office) *Additional copies will be in fair packets.
  • Packet Pick Up: Wednesday, August 16th 5-7 pm and Sunday, August 20 2-4pm ADVISORS:  you will be required to bring a list of youth in you club that will be camping. It can be a list from 4-H Online with campers names highlighted or a handwritten list. You will NOT get camping passes for your youth without it.
  • Attention all COMMITTEES:  You must email us an updated list of members in order to get your name badges for the Fair!
  • This year there will be no bulk/group pick up of committee name badges. Each committee member will have to pick up their own badge.
  • Committees still in need of shavings for Fair? Centerra in Ravenna has a special deal available:  Buy 30 bags and get 20 bags free! Delivery is available for $0.50/bag. Contact Brittany 330 269-3424

Camping 2017

Camping 2017

  •   2017 Camping Letter and 2017 Camping Roster are attached
  • Packets can be picked up and turned in at the fair office beginning Thursday, June 1, from 6pm  – 7:30pm
  • No packets can be turned in prior to June 1 @ 6pm
  • After June 1 camping rosters may be turned into the fair office
  • All rosters will be dated and time stamped upon receipt

Please contact Donny Garretson 330.351.0016  with any questions.

Portage County placed in the top 3 at the 4-H Horse Bowl State competition in Columbus!

After months of preparation, Saturday, April 1, 2017 Portage County’s 4-H senior, and junior teams competed at the State of Ohio’s 4-H Horse Bowl competition at Ohio State in Columbus. And their dedication paid off. Our Senior team:  Jessica Booher, Jenna Moulton, Anna Martin, & Jacob Mill placed 1st out of 24 counties in Ohio, taking home a valuable reference binder called Horse Smarts valued at over $100. Our seniors will also move onto the Quarter Horse Congress in October, then the Eastern Nationals in November. Out of our senior team 2 individuals were in the top ten for the most questions answered correctly – Jessica Booher placing 2nd and Jenna Moulton placing 9th

 Our Junior team placed 3rd out of 23 counties, surpassing last year’s 5th place. Our juniors attended practice every week, with daily studying. Our junior team consisted of 4 team members and 1 alternate: Scarlett Fitzpatrick, Ayla Powers, Jennah Latshaw, Ryan Booher, alternate Kyla Ford, & Kaitlyn McIntyre as assistant coach. Out of our junior team we had 1 individual that placed 3rd for the most questions asked, she is Ayla Powers.








Juniors (yellow) l-r Ryan Booher, Ayla Powers, Kyla Ford, Scarlett Fitzpatrick, Jennah Latshaw

Seniors l-r Jacob Mills, Anna Martin, Jenna Moulton, Jessica Booher








Curriculum Updates: Horse, Dog & Sewing

  • Equine Record Book (190R) – This resource has been rebranded. The Feed Expense Report on page 16  has been updated to include a column for weight (in pounds) under the categories of Grain, Hay/Pasture, and Supplements/Additives. Change was for clarity, either record sheet is acceptable.  P16 Equine Record Book April_17
  • Clothing Master: Design and Construction (432M) –  is no longer State Fair eligible.
  • Dog Resource Handbook (201R) – Updates to this book have been added to our Books/Resource page under Publication Updates. There are two versions: 2016 edition and 2018 edition. Members can download one pdf with all the changes depending on which edition they own. Changes were made in these chapters: Breeds, Grooming, Communication and Behavior, Obedience, Judging, Showmanship, and Working Dogs.

Second Welding Workshop @ OSU!

The Youth Welding Workshop provides a unique opportunity for youth ages 10-18 to develop arc welding (stick or SMAW) skills or oxyacetylene welding and cutting skills. With one-on-one
assistance, students begin at their own level and progress in their skills throughout the day. All participants attend a safety session and then spend the rest of the day in the welding lab. This workshop is open to any youth! This workshop provides an excellent interactive opportunity for those completing the 4-H Arcs & Sparks project. June 3, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Agricultural Engineering Building The Ohio State University, 590 Woody Hayes Dr., Columbus, OH 43210

Youth Welding Workshop 2017