Ohio State Fair Virtual Skillathon Registration deadline has been extended to June 18th

The Ohio State Fair has extended the virtual skillathon registration deadline until June 18.

It is important that OSF exhibitors know that the virtual skillathon is required to compete for Overall Breeding Exhibitor at the state fair. It’s also great practice and shows a lot of what to expect for the in-person skillathon.  4-H/FFA youth do not have to be exhibiting or taking animal projects to participate.

OSF Skillathon Rules and Dates

How to Register
• Please register by visiting:
• Please answer allofthe survey prompts.
• Each youth will need a unique email addressto be used as your log-in credential.
• For example, a family with 3 children participating must have a unique email address for eachchild.
• If you have any questions, please contact 4hanimalscience@osu.edu.
• Session 1 (June 28, 9a –4p): Dog, Horses
• Session 2 (June 29, 9a –4p): Goats, Sheep, Alpacas/Llamas
• Session 3 (June 30, 9a –4p): Dairy, Beef, Swine
• Session 4 (July 1, 9a –4p): Poultry, Rabbit, Cavy

Chicken & Duck Pickup Dates

The Market Chickens and Market Ducks have been ordered.  The birds will be shipping out in July.  Members need to have their facilities or pens ready to go in July and look to pick up their market chickens on July 7 and the market ducks on July 21.  Please hold these dates and be ready to meet us at Heritage Country Store on Third Street in Marietta.  Please look for a post closer to the dates to be sure the pick up day is the same.  We will be working with the hatchery to determine a pick up date and time.  More information to come.  For questions please contact the extension office at 740-376-7431.

Virtual Day at NASA for 4-H Families

On Friday, June 25th from 10-12, NASA has offered a Virtual Day at NASA for 4-H families. Families will get to meet and speak with NASA scientists, take a virtual tour of the Icing Research Tunnel and complete at Mars Helicopter Hands-on activity. A break out room for high school students to explore internships and careers at NASA will be added if any high school students register. To register, please click on the link below:
4-H Day at NASA Registration Form
Please feel free to share this with your clubs and program sites. They can only provide us with 80 connection links ( a family or site registering only counts as one link, even if there are multiple participants), so please encourage early registration.

Cloverbud Pictures Needed from Clubs for Fair Booths

Attention Cloverbud Advisors!!

Please snap a few pictures during your 4-H Cloverbud meetings and activities this summer. We would like to feature each club in the Cloverbud Booth that is displayed at our local fairs. Think about a group picture, fun activities, community service project – whatever you are doing! Just snap some pictures and email them to Bruce Zimmer at zimmer.2@osu.edu

Applebees “Together We Care Night” to Benefit 4-H Horse Program

The Washington County Saddle Horse Committee is excited to announce their partnership with Applebees to host a fundraising event.  Mark your calendars for June 29, 2021 and stop in and order off the “Together We Care Menu”.  If you prefer not to dine in then call for your curbside to go order and help raise funds to support the 4-H horse program in Washington County.  The 4-H horse program will receive 50% of the menu item profit for all items purchased off the “Together We Care” menu on Tuesday June 29th.  We are encouraging all of our 4-H members, volunteers, business supporters and others to order lunch or dinner to help us with needed supplies and awards for the horse program.  This event will run all day and the Washington County Saddle Horse Committee Members and 4-H members will be present to greet guests from 4-8pm.  Please review the attached menu to see qualifying items. 

July 4-H Newsletter Posted

The July 4-H Newsletter is now posted and ready for viewing. https://washington.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/washington-county-4-h-newsletters.

It has also been sent out for mailing to all 4-H families and volunteers. Newsletter inserts include:

  • 4-H Project Judging Schedule for July 15
  • A Night to Shine Application for Mentors (4-H & FFA members wanting to share their animal projects)
  • A Night to Shine Application for Special Needs Youth
  • Livestock Skillathon Study Guide for July 31
  • County 4-H Speaking Contest Registration Form

July 2021 – with inserts

A Night to Shine in the Show Ring

This year, the Washington County Junior Fair has added a special event, “A Night to Shine in the Show Ring.” This show will showcase the talents of special needs youth from across the county, as they pair up with a 4-H show mentor and show their animal. We are extremely excited to offer this show, and can’t wait to see all of the youth!

Washington County 4-H members will utilize animal projects to mentor youth. By providing ALL participants the opportunity to experience a 4-H animal project this will allow special needs youth to achieve success in the show ring.

A night to shine in the show ring is to give our special needs youth in the county the experience of showing a livestock animal in the ring at the fair.  Mentors will meet with their special needs partner on August 13 from 6 – 7:30 at the OSU Extension Office for ice breaker games, meet your partner, what to wear and to schedule a farm visit.

Farm visits are to be scheduled between August 8-August 29th for your special needs partner to meet your animal and learn how to show.  Mentors and their partners will show the animal during our Night to Shine in the Show Ring on Monday, September 6th at 5pm in the Multi-Purpose Barn.

Participant Application (Special Needs Youth) – A night to shine Participant Application

Mentor Application (4-H & FFA Members wanting to share their project animals) – A night to Shine Mentor Application

Ohio State Fair Virtual Skillathon Contest

Ohio Youth Skillathon information for VIRTUAL and IN-PERSON sessions is now online at: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons

VIRTUAL Skillathon Registration is due by JUNE 14th, 2021!

A few important notes:

  • Those exhibiting at OSF and want to be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) awards MUST participate at the IN-PERSON skillathons at the state fair
  • Those exhibiting at OSF and want to be eligible for Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor (OBE) awards MUST participate in the VIRTUAL skillathons online