4-H Day with the OSU Baseball Team

Play ball! Bring your 4-H club, families and friends to 4-H Day at Bill Davis Stadium on May 11 with the OSU Baseball Buckeyes. You can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the locker room, and kids can be “Anthem Buddies” and join their favorite player on the field for the National Anthem. General admission tickets are just $5. Find all the details at go.osu.edu/4hbaseball

Expand Your Family’s Horizons by Hosting a Japanese Youth This Summer!

Dear 4-H Families:

Looking for some new fun and excitement this summer? Host a boy or girl from Japan in your home for 3½ weeks! (July 24 to Aug. 18) The Ohio 4-H International Program is offering hosting opportunities to families who have boys or girls aged 10-15, and Japanese youth on the other side of the world are anxiously waiting to learn who their new family might be! The focus is on everyday family life. Special trips and activities are not required. Medical insurance is provided.

What’s Involved with Hosting?

Learn more about Hosting

Host Family Frequently-Asked-Questions

Who are the Japanese Youth? Scroll below for a representative list of youth needing host families (these are not actual youth coming in 2019). They have a wide variety of interests!

What are some ideas for the Homestay? Hosting is Easy and Fun!

Click here for more information!  http://www.ohio4h.org/international

How to Apply: Visit Application Form to complete an application which includes references, background check and in-home interview.

Contact: If interested, please act soon! We are making host family assignments as soon as possible. Please reply to this email (Mary Lynn Thalheimer at thalheimer.1@osu.edu).

Deadline: Applications are accepted until all youth are placed. The earlier the better, but please contact us regardless of when you receive this email.

(Please share this message with others who may be interested in this exciting summer program.)


Representative List of Japanese BOYS: 

Boy – age 12. Likes sports, soccer, running, kendo (Japanese fencing), camping, swimming, tennis, cooking, music and piano. Describes himself as curious, sensitive, cheerful, patient, talkative, sociable, tolerant, and diligent and laughs a lot. Favorite subjects: science and P.E. “I hope to have several siblings. I want to play soccer with my host brother and his friends.”

Boy – age 13. Likes handicrafts (especially wood-working), cooking (making sweets), soccer, swimming, camping, music, singing and traveling. Describes himself as tidy, curious, sensitive, sociable and laughs a lot. Favorite subjects: math science, music, technique and homemaking. “My goal for the homestay is communication with my host family, and helping them and cooking for them.”

Boy – age 14. Likes sports, camping, swimming, fishing, skiing, ping-pong, comics and animation. Describes himself as sociable, diligent, talkative and laughs a lot. Favorite subject: Social Sciences. “It’s nice to meet you! Let’s have fun together!”

Representative List of Japanese GIRLS:

Girl – age 12. Likes sports, camping, swimming, volleyball, playing with friends, cooking, singing, music, piano and dancing.  Describes herself as sociable, cheerful, talkative and laughs a lot. Favorite subject: P.E. “I’d like to teach Japanese cooking and learn American cooking. I’d like to see big American nature and the horizon. I’d like to experience horse-riding.”

Girl – age 13. Likes astronomical observations and taking photos of the sky. Also loves music (especially Disney!), camping, swimming, photography and clarinet. Describes herself as tidy, sociable and talkative. Favorite subject: science. “My goals are to never forget to say thank you, to smile, and to be a broad-minded person.”

Girl – age 14. Likes animals very much, especially big animals such as horses, cows and pigs. Also enjoys swimming, camping, singing and reading. Describes herself as tolerant, curious and sociable. Favorite subject: Japanese.  “I want to have friends in another country. I want to take care of many animals!”

Do you have your Enrollment Form in?

4-H Enrollments are due to the OSU Extension Office on Monday, April 15 by 4:30 PM. The enrollment form also serves as your Market Livestock Entry so make sure all projects are properly listed. All signatures must be in place on the form too! Poultry orders need to be turned in and paid for by Monday, April 15 by 4:30 PM.

Faxed or emailed forms will not be accepted!

Shooting Sports Fundraiser – Pancake Breakfast

Shooting Sports Fundraiser…Pancake Breakfast, Marietta Applebee’s Restaurant, 482 Pike Street, 8:00-10:00am, Saturday, April 13. Bull’s-Eye 4-H Club will receive 100% of the tickets sales. Applebee’s donates the food/beverages. The breakfast includes pancakes and beverage for $5. Walk-ins are welcome. A Silent Auction also will be held and closes at 9:30am. Thank you for your support to help purchase supplies, equipment and recognition items for the 4-H shooting sports program!

April – May 4-H Newsletter Posted

The April – May 2019 4-H Newsletter is now posted to the OSU Extension website: https://washington.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/washington-county-4-h-newsletters. The newsletter will be mailed to soon to all 2018 enrolled families. Since 4-H Enrollments are not due until April 15, new families should access this online copy of the newsletter.

Highlights Include:

  • Endowment Dinner Report
  • Market Livestock Update
  • Fair Updates
  • Jr Fair Royalty Contest
  • 4-H Week Winners
  • Ohio 4-H Conference Report
  • New Poultry Resource Book (from Ross County)
  • Pumpkin Growing Contest
  • Schwan’s Cares Camp Fundraiser
  • 4-H Camp Dates & Registration Form
  • Drones at Camp!
  • Upcoming Programs & Events

In search of the 2019-19 Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador

Changes are in the Air! In 2019, this program will referred to as the Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador Program, the person selected will serve as an ambassador for the industry throughout their year of reign at numerous promotional events and activities around the state.

Selection takes place at the Ohio State Fair. Contestants will attend an interview and answer an impromptu question from a panel of judges at the conclusion of the Ohio State Fair Guys and Gals lead competition. The selection of the ambassador is based on personality, presentation, poise and knowledge of the Ohio Sheep, Lamb and Wool industry.

Please note: this contest has been opened up to both male and female contestants.

Contestants are encouraged to participate in the Ohio State Fair Guys and Gals Lead competition and we encourage all youth between the ages of 17-22 who are involved in the industry to consider applying for this position. This is a tremendous opportunity to build a wealth of knowledge of the Ohio sheep, lamb and wool industry, expand communication skills, and network within Ohio agriculture.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the 2019-2020 Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador, please download the application by visiting ohiosheep.org . All applications must be postmarked to the Ohio State Fair by June 20, 2019.

If you would like more information on the Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador contest or would like the 2018-19 Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen Kait Stillion to make an appearance at your local event, please contact Kristin Reese at 614-582-3208 or localfarmmom@gmail.

4-H Endowment Dinner & Auction – THIS SATURDAY!!

The 4-H Endowment Dinner & Auction is THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 6 at the Washington County Junior Fair Building.  This event has something for everyone and is open to everyone! Doors open at 5:00pm with Silent Auction beginning and Dinner starting at 6:00pm with the Live Auction beginning at 7:30 pm.

Haven’t got your tickets yet? NO PROBLEM!  Tickets can be purchased at the Extension office or will be available for purchase at the door.

Questions? Call the Extension Office at 740-376-7431

Check out the auction item pictures at: https://www.facebook.com/4HEndowment/

Ohio State Fair Scholarship Deadline – April 15

If you exhibit at the Ohio State Fair and meet the scholarship eligibility requirements, don’t miss out on this scholarship opportunity!

In an effort to recognize outstanding Ohio youth and to help those interested in furthering their education, the Ohio Expositions Commission has established a scholarship program. The purpose of these scholarships is to assist high school juniors and seniors (2018-2019) and graduates who are continuing their education at an accredited institution in an undergraduate course of study in any field.

Available scholarships include seven Endowment Fund scholarships; 3 Jr. Fair Beef Cattle, 3 Jr. Fair Swine, and 3 Jr. Fair Sheep Exhibitor scholarships, 2 Jr. Fair Poultry, 2 Jr. Fair Dairy Cattle Exhibitor and 2 Jr. Fair Horse Exhibitor scholarships; 1 Jr. Fair Dairy Goat, 1 Jr. Fair Boer Goat, 1 Jr. Fair Rabbit, and 1 Jr. Fair Dog Exhibitor scholarship; and 3 Jr. Fair Exhibits & Activities scholarships. All of the scholarships offered are $1,000 each, except for the Governor James A. Rhodes Junior Fair Endowment Fund Scholarship which is $1,500.

Scholarships will be awarded to junior exhibitors during the Ohio State Fair. Applicants will be judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, county fair participation, and financial need. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2019.

Scholarship information and the application can be found at https://ohiostatefair.com/scholarships/

Schwan’s Fundraiser for Youth Attending Camp -ends April 30

Campaign ID: 44396

Campaign Name: Washington County 4-H Camps & Trips

Website: https://www.schwans-cares.com/c/44396

How to set up your account:

Campers will need to become a Team Member. Once you become a Team Member you can share your info with folks that would like to purchase Schwan’s food and support your efforts to raise funds toward your camp registration fees or 4-H trips.


  • Earn 20% of sales toward your camp/trip registration fee
  • Earn 40% when supporter purchase eGift Cards (limit 1 per customer, per campaign)


There are 3 ways to place a fundraising order:

  1. Via Schwan’s Cares. Find your campaign or fundraiser and (1) choose “Buy Now” to purchase an eGift Card (online only; limit 1 per customer, per campaign) OR (2) choose “Shop Now” to place a food order from Schwan’s. You can support at the campaign level or at an individual fundraiser level.
  2. By Phone. Place your order via toll free number 1-855-870-7208. Make sure to provide your Campaign ID and/or Fundraiser ID when ordering by phone. (44396)
  3. Via Schwans.com. During checkout simply type in your Campaign ID and/or Fundraiser ID to contribute to your fundraiser.


  • For existing Schwan’s customers, you will need to follow one of the 3 ordering steps above to create your fundraising affiliation and have your order contribute to the campaign. Your order will be delivered on your existing scheduled route day.
  • For new customers, you will choose your delivery date and time during checkout.
  • Form of payment is required when placing fundraising orders, but you can change payment at the door to a preferred method of payment (Check, Cash, EBT, or Credit and Debit Card are accepted). If you are not home during the time of delivery, we will leave your items in a protected freezer bag at no cost to you.

Poultry Orders Due April 15

Poultry Orders & Payment for Turkeys, Chickens & Ducks are due April 15, 2019  

Market Turkeys:   $7.00 each  – Broad Breasted Whites  (Limit 6 per exhibitor)

Market ChickensChickens at $2.00 each –  Super Roaster  (Limit 12 per exhibitor)

Market Ducks: Ducks at $5.00 each  – White Pekin      (Limit 6 per exhibitor)


Order cards are available at the OSU Extension Office 740-376-7431