4-H Spelling Bee at Ohio State Fair

Each county can nominate up to four youth (one per grades 3-4-5-6) to the Ohio State Fair 4-H Spelling Bee. Washington County youth interested will be selected on a first come first serve basis.
Ohio students will spell their way to the top at the Ohio State Fair 4-H Spelling Bee in the National Church Residences Martin Janis Senior Center! Participating schools may recommend two students in each grade level, third through sixth (for the 2018-2019 academic year). The competition is open to both 4-H and non-4-H members.
Important dates and times
Entry deadline: June 17
Competition date: July 27, National Church Residences Martin Janis Senior Center
  • 3rd and 4th grade students
    • 8 – 9 am – Registration
    • 9 – 11 am – Competition
  • 5th and 6th grade students
    • Noon – 1 pm – Registration
    • 1 – 3 pm – Competition

Route 7 Feed Sponsoring Clinic June 15 at Washington County Fairgrounds

Please mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Showmanship Clinic being sponsored and hosted by Route 7 Feed. This years clinic will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Marietta Ohio. on Saturday, June 15th Registration begins at 8am — there will be two sessions that you can attend. You may bring your own animal (no pigs) or just come yourself and learn the tricks and tips from the experts!

New this year — Horses!!

Let’s make this fun and have a contest — please rsvp either here, through private message or by calling the store 740-667-0085 to let us know your are coming. You will be entered into a drawing for a free bag of feed!!!

Hope to see you on June 15th!


Is Your Club Hosting Food Stand or Food Service Activity?

Please keep in mind when Ohio 4-H Volunteers are providing leadership to the on-site preparation and service of food, for sale or giving away (not including carry-in, covered dish, pot-luck dinners, or bake sales) will have completed the Safe Food Handling for the Occasional Quantity Cook training or an equivalent educational opportunity, prior to engaging in the food preparation or service.

All events or activities involving food preparation or service will have a volunteer(s) or paid staff member(s) providing primary leadership who is/are onsite for the entire event or activity.

When required, secure licensing from all appropriate agencies (contact county Health Department) and follow acceptable food preparation and service guidelines.

Here is a link to OSU Extension’s Occasional Quantity Cooks Volunteer Training: Directions – New Occasional Quantity Cooks Volunteer Training – May 2017 CFAES Canvas

The training is good for 3 year before renewal is needed.

4-H Night with the Reds

4-H families and friends can purchase discounted tickets for a Cincinnati Reds game AND for your county program to earn some extra funds at the same time!

Join us on Monday, June 17, as the Cincinnati Reds take on the Houston Astros.  The game starts at 7:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park.  A group discount is being offered to 4-H: view level (upper level) tickets are $10 and field level tickets are $20.  In addition to discounted ticket rates, counties will earn $4 from each ticket purchased using the link below and have their county designated.  Ticket sales are not limited to 4-H members/volunteers; share the link as much as you would like!


Clermont County hosted an event with the Reds last year and had such a great time, we wanted to offer this opportunity to all counties.  We hope you will join us for a fun night with fellow 4-H families!  The more tickets we sell the more “4-H perks” we get such as delivering the game ball, kid zone activities or an on-field ceremony.

How do I earn money for my program?

All you have to do is share the link with 4-H members, volunteers, alumni, even your family and friends!  The discounted tickets are available to anyone!  Each ticket sold from your county (county must be listed as “county in which I participate in 4-H) will earn your program $4!

How do I purchase tickets?

Online!  Click the link below to purchase your tickets.  You can even see which of your friends are going to the game and where they’re sitting!


About GABP and the Reds

Great American Ball Park (GABP) is located on the winding banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, near several restaurants and attractions.  GABP serves as the home of the Cincinnati Reds, baseball’s first professional franchise.  This year, the Reds are celebrating their 150th anniversary as a professional baseball team!

County Fair Tag-in June 1

Required Tag-in for Market Lambs, Market Goats, Dairy Feeder Steers will be Saturday, June 1 from 8—10:00 am at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Watch for road signs to indicate lineup locations.

Yellow Breed Verification Cards Required

  • Dairy Feeder Steer – due June 1 – must be sign by dairy farmer where purchased in Washington, Athens, Morgan, Monroe, Noble, Belmont, Guernsey, or Muskingum Counties
  • Market Dairy Goat – due July 20

Blue County Breed Award Cards 

  • Market Goat – due June 1
  • Market Steer – due June 1
  • Market Lamb – due June 1
  • Market Rabbit – due Aug 3

Cards are available from the OSU Extension Office or your advisor


Jr Fair Royalty Applications – Due May 31

Waterford Community, Washington County, and Barlow Independent Fairs are seeking youth to apply for: Jr Princess, Prince, Queen, King, Dairy Princess, Horse Princess

 Applications due to extension office on May 31, 2019 at 4:30pm

Interviews: August 12, 2019 evening (Time TBA)

 Judging & Crowning: August 15, 2019 – 5:00 pm


  1. A member of a Junior Fair youth organization in Washington County.
  2. Candidates must be a Junior Fair Exhibitor at a Washington County Fair.
  3. Queen 16 years of age by August 17, 2019 and no older than 19 years of age as of January 1, King candidates: 16-19 years of age as of January 1, 2019. Princess & Prince candidates: 12-15 years of age as of January 1, 2019.
  4. Contestants may not be married, nor have been married, nor borne or fathered a child, or be with child.
  5. Has not previously served as Junior Fair King or Junior Fair Queen of Washington County.
  6. Prince, Junior Princess and Dairy Princess, Horse Princess may not run consecutive years for the same title.

Entry fee is $30.00.   Make checks payable to Washington County 4-H Committee/Royalty.

All schools, youth organizations and civic organizations are invited to encourage candidates to enter the contest. Eligible Junior Fair organizations include 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, FCCLA, and FFA.

Application available at: https://washington.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/washington-county-4-h-forms

Horse Project Deadlines & County Fair Arena Use

Several of the forms for the horse project are due to the Extension Office by Friday, May  31 at 4:30 pm. 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 2019 horse packet. It can be found on our web page at: washington.osu.edu

Forms to register for the Washington County Fair will be due July 26. This includes:

  • Horse Stall Reservations
  • Horse Show Entry Form

Washington County Fairgrounds – Permission to Use and Ride

The fairboard is asking 4-H & FFA horse families to make an appointment to ride at the fairgrounds. Please call Debbie Tornes at 740. 516.1182 and give her as much notice as possible. If Debbie cannot reached, contact Fred Boyd at 740-516-3175. The arena will be locked due to safety and liability.