Portage County Junior Fair Board Applications Available!

Applications and Recommendations can be emailed or postmarked no later than March 1, 2023 OR delivered to Randolph Fair Office by March 1st @ 3:00pm to be considered for selection.


The purpose of the Junior Fair Board is to improve and coordinate junior fair activities with the Senior Fair Board.  To promote youth and youth involvement, attitudes, and abilities; to present to the public the best Junior Fair possible; and to advance the ideas and ideals of good citizenship and sportsmanship.

Age Requirements:

A Junior Fair Board member must be at least 14 years and not over 19 years of age on January 1 of the year that they are selected to serve.

Members who reach the upper age limit, while an active member, may continue in active membership until the age of 21, as set by the Senior Fair Board

2023 JFB Application

General Membership & Information 2023

2023 JFB Recommendation Form


Are You Career Ready?

Take the Leap: Career Readiness Day

Saturday, April 1, 2023 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau Center, Open to ages 13 – 18. Cost is $10.

Several Teen Leadership Council members have been planning this event and are excited to facilitate this opportunity for their peers.

This day is jam-packed full of opportunities for participants with some highlights listed here:

  • Learn about 4-H opportunities at the state level
  • Rotate through career preparation workshops covering topics such as resume writing, interview skills, goal setting, and more
  • Network with peers who are also interested in preparing for their future

Participants can register at go.osu.edu/taketheleap. Registration is due by March 15. 

Take the Leap Flyer 2023

Ohio 4-H Conference 2023

Ohio 4-H Conference, Saturday, March 11, 2023 Greater Columbus Convention Center Columbus, Ohio

Session information and registration form can be found here!

Adult Members will be paid for by the 4-H Advisory Committee and youth members will be paid for by the Youth Benefit Committee. No payment is necessary for Portage County 4-H youth and volunteers for registration.

Please turn the registration form to the Portage County Extension Office no later than February 9th. You can email the form to Jesseca at housel.15@osu.edu, mail, or drop off at the Extension Office (705 Oakwood Street, Suite 103, Ravenna, OH 44266).

Summer Internship Available!

Come Spend the Summer with Us!

Come experience OSU Extension behind the scenes! Learn how to build programs, and engage communities in 4-H Youth Development, Family & Consumer Sciences and Agriculture & Natural Resources.

2023 Volunteer Training

ALL Volunteers must attend one of these offered trainings. If you are unable to attend, please contact Jesseca Housel at housel.15@osu.edu or call 330-296-6432 for alternative training solutions.
New volunteers are welcome, however, additional training will be required.

Valentines Card Making

Please have your bags dropped off to the Portage County OSU Extension Office by Wednesday, February 8th, 2023.

Our office is open Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 9am-4pm. (Additional times are available, just email Jesseca at housel.15@osu.edu to set up a drop off time outside of these hours)

Sign-up and let us know how many cards you or your club plan on creating!!

Deer Field Ag Services’ Fair Funding Starter Scholarship Program

Deerfield Ag Services is accepting applications for the 2023 Fair Funding Starter Scholarship. Thirty-six junior fair participants were awarded scholarships in its inaugural year of 2022.

During the 2023 fair season, Deerfield Ag Services will once again grant funding to individual youth exhibitors at the start of their projects to offset some of the initial investments associated with fair livestock projects.

Though these scholarships will not likely offset the full cost of getting started, the company hopes to help make it more attainable for junior fair participants to take part in exhibiting the livestock of their choice. The scholarship amounts vary by project, and are as follows:

  • Rabbit & Poultry – $25

  • Goat and Lamb – $75

  • Horse – Up to $100

  • Swine – Up to $250

  • Beef – Up to $350

The scholarship is eligible to students in Portage, Stark, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties who are either  4-H and FFA participants. To sign up for the program, students must fill out a brief application below.

2023 Fair Funding Starter Scholarship Application

2023 Trips and Opportunities

Interested in a FREE Summer Opporutnity?

Fill out and turn in the 2023 Achievement Record before February 3rd to the Extension Office!

2023 Achievement Record – PDFWord


Become a Camp Counselor!

What are you doing in June of 2023?

It is never too early to start planning!

We are looking for NEW applicants to become camp counselors for Portage County at 4-H Camp Whitewood!


Worried about the responsibility? This is NOT a summer long commitment!

Beginning in March to June, we meet every other week. Collectively, you can expect about 10 meetings. By attending these meetings, you recieve specialized training to help you prepare for anything you might face at camp! Camp this year will be June 25th – 30th.

Looking to gain real life work experience?

Being a camp counselor looks GREAT on resumes! Adding camp to your resume tells employers that you have strong people skills and a desire to work hard- skills that are critical for making it into the workforce.

Take Some Time and APPLY!

Online Application Link:  https://go.osu.edu/2023counselorapp

Applications are due by Monday, January 9, 2023. So please fill it out ASAP!! Camp Counselor interviews will be conducted on Monday, January 16, 2023. Applicants will be contacted through email by Wednesday, January 11, 2023 to set up a time for your interview.


Please reach out if you are unsure or have any questions!


The Ohio State University
Jesseca Housel OSU Extension Educator 1
Portage County 4-H Youth Development
705 Oakwood St. Suite 103, Ravenna, OH 44266
Main Office 330-296-6432 / Direct Line 330-235-7646 / Cell 330-298-5232
housel.15@osu.edu / portage.osu.edu