Horse Project Forms Due June 1

Several of the forms for the horse project are due to the Extension Office by Friday, June 1 at 5:00pm. This includes:
* horse lease form
* safety video form
* horse project animal declaration form
* required immunizations form
* PAS Ohio State Fair qualifiers entry form
* PAS form for youth attending other counties to qualify
* horse identification form

These form can be found in the 2018 horse packet. It can be found on our web page at:

Showmanship Clinic – June 2

Showmanship Clinic will be held at the Athens County Fairgrounds, Saturday, June 2nd. Registration begins at 9:00 am. For more information, contact (740) 667-0085. Bring your animal (beef, goat, sheep, rabbit, chickens — NO Swine) and learn tips and tricks from the experts!

Ohio State Fair Youth Arts Exhibition and Creative Arts competition

For Youth Arts Exhibition:

For Arts, Crafts & Fashion Competitions:

For Culinary & Baking Arts Competitions:

Youth Arts Exhibition Highlights

  • Win a $1,000 Blick Art Materials Shopping Spree for Your School’s Art Department – The school or home school affiliation with the most students entered will win this award.  Shopping Spree can be in-store or by catalog (
  • All Youth Artists Featured in the Exhibition – In addition to being considered for awards, all youth will receive a Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Trio Card; good for 3 scoops of ice cream.
  • Nationwide Children’s People’s Choice Awards – One award in each division.
  • A Bareclay Studios Ceramics Class will be awarded in each division – Recognizing outstanding ceramics work.
  • Youth Artists Selected to Receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence in the 2018 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition – Receive free entry for up to 10 pieces of work in the 2018 Ohio State Fair Youth Arts Exhibition.
  • Ohio Arts Council Awards– Middle School and High School artists receive Blick Art Materials gift card awards.
  • New Mary Dorrian Memorial Awards – One youth in each division will receive this award.
  • First Lady’s Spotlight Award Ohio’s First Lady, Karen Kasich, will choose three pieces of artwork for this award.
  • Deadline is June 20, 2018.

Creative Arts Competition Highlights

Arts, Crafts and Fashion

  • New form required for Fashion & Sewing Arts competition.
  • Miniature Model Shipbuilding class now accepting plastic and wood models.
  • Photography competition now accepting unlimited entries!
  • Woodworking competition now offering over $1,000 in awards.
  • New Cork Art class offered in Other Crafting Art competition.
  • Fair Phone Photo Day on-site competition only $5/entry.
  • Loom Weaving competition now offering 3 classes
  • Quilt competition now offering new Modern Quilt class.
  • Check Out our Daily, Hands-on Art Activities.
  • Deadline is June 20, 2018

 Culinary & Baking

  • New Heirloom Cake Recipe is “Applesauce Cake”
  • Baked Pies competition offers Increased award dollars and new Hodgson Mill flour requirement.
  • Cakes and Cookies/Pastries competitions have new Domino brown sugar requirement.
  • Aramark “Chopped Cook-Off” featuring shortened time periods for both competition rounds.
  • Egg-stra, Egg-stra competition offers increased award dollars and new classes.
  • New Farm to Table competition – Enter your best cold salad recipe. 
  • Crazy Cake Decorating competition – First 10 entries delivered receive one Fair admission ticket.
  • Professional/Advanced Cake Decorating – Novelty Cake class is back.
  • Deadline is June 20, 2017

    These Live Culinary Competitions are open to any Ohioan who enjoys cooking & baking!

    If you miss the deadline, you can still enter these competitions day of the event for $60/competition (cash only).

     Professionals & Amateur Chefs Encouraged to Enter!

  • Aramark Chopped Cook-Off                                      Saturday, August 4
  • Egg-citing and Devilishly Good                                  Saturday, July 28
  • Grilling Competition                                                    Saturday, July 28
  • Ohio Wines Grown Here                                             Friday, August 3
  • Chili Cook-Off                                                             Sunday, July 29
  • Family Heirloom Recipe Competition                         Sunday, July 29

5k Run/Walk for Hervida – June 2

The Oak Grove Explorers 4-H Club will host the 5k Run/Walk for Hervida on Saturday, June 2 at 8 a.m. starting at the Oak Grove Christian School (formerly Rec. Center) 535 BF Goodrich Road, Marietta, OH. The pre-registration fee is $12 and must be postmarked by May 18. After May 18, the registration fee is $15. Registration forms are available at Registration/bib# pickup is 7-7:45 a.m.

Proceeds from the event benefit Hervida 4-H Camp. For more information or questions, contact Andrea Ralston at 740-350-4669 or email



Calling All Young Beekeepers

The Bayer Bee Care Young Beekeeper Award is proud to recognize the next generation of beekeepers (12-18 years old) and their efforts to give back to their communities through beekeeping. Each entrant has a chance to earn a $3,000, $2,000 or $1,000 prize, which can be used as a scholarship or toward continuing their beekeeping or a scholarship. Applications are open, now through May 31!…/bayer-be…/young-beekeeper-award

Registration for Camp Canopy Now Open (Formerly Forestry Camp)

Registration is open for Camp Canopy, a week-long camp for high school students looking to spend time outdoors and are interested in learning more about forestry and wildlife, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“If you love the outdoors and want to learn more about how trees grow and where wildlife like to live, this is the camp for you,” said Jeremy Scherf, camp co-director and service forester with the ODNR Division of Forestry. “We are offering some new sessions along with great educational and recreational activities for our campers this summer.”

Camp Canopy is open to incoming high school freshmen through graduating seniors and takes place at FFA Camp Muskingum on Leesville Lake in Carroll County from June 10-15. The camp was originally known as the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp.

Campers will learn tree and wildlife identification, outdoor survival skills and natural resources management while enjoying a fun, traditional camp experience with campfires, night hikes, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and swimming in Leesville Lake.

New sessions this year include electrofishing, reptiles and mammal trapping, in addition to learning how to measure a tree and how forest management works. Campers will also be able to experience rifle shooting and archery. Students attending camp for the third and fourth year will have the opportunity to use the new high ropes course.

A total of $6,000 worth of college scholarships will be awarded to the top campers this year. These scholarships are awarded by Hocking College, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Zane State College and the Ohio Forestry Association.

A previous camper wrote “I seriously love this camp. I am definitely returning in 2018.” Another camper shared that “Camp has made me excited to learn about forestry and wildlife in college!”

Sponsorships to help with registration costs are available, go to for more information. The last day to register for Camp Canopy is Friday, June 8. Stay up-to-date on all things Camp Canopy by signing up for the e-newsletter on the website. People can also find us on Instagram (camp_canopy), Twitter (@CampCanopy_OH) and Facebook (

FINAL SESSION – Livestock Quality Assurance Training #3 – May 15 – Career Center

This is the last QA in the county. Members planning to take market livestock and lactating dairy cattle/goats projects and a parent/guardian must attend a Livestock Quality Assurance training in order to participate in Jr Fair events, shows and sales at the fairs. Members may attend a QA session in any Ohio county, the member must still be accompanied by an adult.

Test-out Option – Youth ages 12-14 and 15-18 may participate.  The test will be offered after each QA session. Pre-registration is required by calling the Extension Office.


Camp Nurse Needed

Our Washington County 4-H Camps at Hervida in the month of July are actively searching for a camp nurse.  There are 3 camps this summer.  Our Cloverbud/ Beginner Camp (2 days, 1 night), Junior camp (week long Monday- Friday), and Senior Camp (week long-Monday-Friday).  Camp nurse is needed for all camps, however nurses can choose to do 1 camp or all camps.  RN / LPN required.  Call the extension office at 740-376-7431 or email if interested.