Fair Booth Decorating Fabric

Is your 4-H Club looking for a backdrop for your 2019 fair booths.  The Washington County Extension Office has fabric that was donated by Joann’s Fabric and Crafts through the Kids in Need Program.  If you need a fabric for the backdrop of your fair booth stop by the extension office and browse the options.  For more details call us at 740-376-7431.

2019 Skillathon – Saturday, August 3

ALL livestock (market, dairy, breeding, fancy, and/or horse) project members are required to participate in skillathons for each specie project they have enrolled in.  Skillathons are required for all livestock and horse project participants in order to remain 4-H members in good standing and be eligible to exhibit, participate, show and/or sell their project animals at all three fairs.  FFA youth taking hogs should contact their FFA teacher for project requirements and eligibility.  FFA Youth are Required to participate in skillathons for all animals sold at the Washington County and Barlow Fair.  To help this process and coordinate efforts of youth and volunteers ALL Skillathons will be offered:

Saturday August 3, 2019

Washington County Fairgrounds – Multi-purpose Barn

8:30-12:00 – All species
(except horseless horse and except pet rabbit)


Make-up day: Tuesday, August 6 (6:00pm—8:00pm) – limited space, calling to reserve an appointment is  required–there is a $20 reservation fee to participate in Make-Up Skillathons

****Livestock Skillathon study guides can be found on the web at: go.osu.edu/washjudging or pick up a copy from the Extension Office.  The study guide provides all the information you will need for the skillathon.****


August – September 2019 4-H Newsletter Posted

The August – September 4-H Newsletter is now posted and ready for viewing.


It will be mailed later this week to all 4-H families and volunteers.

Market Duck Pickup – August 1 or 2

Depending upon when the hatchery ships the Market Ducks, pickup will be Thursday, August 1 in the afternoon or Friday, August 2 in the morning. Pickup will be at the Heritage Coop on Third Street. Please come prepared with something to take your poultry home in.  Your housing at home should be ready to go to put your birds in. Anyone can pick up your birds. Youth do not have to be present.

Please stay tuned for exact pickup times! You can always call the office to check-on the time 740-376-7431

4-H Project Make-up Judging – August 6

Make-up Judging – will be held on August 6 starting at 6:00 pm for members not available to attend Project Judging on July 16. Members must call the Extension Office to schedule a make-up appointment at 740-376-7431. Make-up Judging is held at the Multi-purpose Barn on the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Ohio State Fair Orientation – Sunday, July 21

4-H members who are selected to represent Washington County at the Ohio State Fair, should plan to attend the State Fair Orientation on July 21, 2019, 1:30pm at the Extension Office. This is a time for members, parents, and advisors to become familiar with State Fair judging, directions to judging venues, plus ideas on how to take projects to a new level for State Fair interviews and judging will be shared.  Photos for the media will also be taken.

4-H members selected as State Fair representatives at County 4-H Project Judging will receive notification of their project judging day and time at the State Fair. If you are selected as a State Fair representative, it is very important for you to let the office know as soon as possible if you are able to participate. If you are able to participate, we need time to get you the details,    tickets and maps you will need for your State Fair trip. If you are unable to participate we will need time to contact alternates. The Ohio State Fair can be an awesome experience for the whole family!

Going to the Ohio State Fair as a county representative can be a wonderful opportunity. It is a time to meet others from around the state, learn more about your project interest, and gain useful interviewing skills. Many 4-H’ers feel they are not ready or too nervous to take this opportunity but it can be a fun adventure filled learning experience. We hope the State Fair Orientation and encouragement from parents and advisors will give those members selected for Sate Fair the tools they need to take the adventure!


Pen Reservations for Fairs Due Soon

  • Waterford Fair – Enrollment form serves as pen reservation BUT all pen requests MUST in by July 1st to Chris Campbell – 984-4646.
  • Washington County Fair – All forms (fancy poultry, market poultry, rabbits, sheep, goats, beef, dairy) are due August 3 for Jr Fair exhibitors. Open class exhibitors due August 1)
  • Barlow Fair – All forms (poultry, waterfowl, feeder calf, rabbit, sheep, goat, cattle, horse) are due August 30.

Pen reservations are mailed directly to Senior Fairboard Offices (address is on forms). Pen reservation forms available in the Jr Fair Guide, on the web at https://washington.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/washington-county-4-h-forms and the OSU Extension office.


2019 Fair Booth Reservations

The summer is coming to a close and fair season is just around the corner. The Waterford Community Fair, Washington County Fair and Barlow Independent Fair are a great place to exhibit your club and your members 4-H projects. Advisors are encouraged to exhibit at one of the fairs in the county and may exhibit at more than one for promotion of their members and club activities. The fair booth reservation form is due August 1 for all the fairs. There are still spaces available for each of the fairs. You may drop off or email the booth reservation forms to hartline.24@osu.edu . Best of Luck to all the clubs exhibiting at the fairs. 4-H 2019 Theme is “4-H – The Stepping Stones to Success”

Advisors can find the form here: https://washington.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-volunteer-resources

July 16 4-H Project Judging & Public Speaking Results Announced

The results from the July 16 4-H Project Judging are now posted!

If you were selected as a state fair qualifier you will be expected to attend State Fair Orientation on Sunday, July 21 at 1:30 at the Extension Office. If you are not planning to attend you will need to notify the Extension Office at 740-376-7431 so we can contact the state fair alternate. Media pictures will be taken at Sunday’s orientation so please wear a nice shirt.

Here are the results with State Fair Dates:

July 16 Judging Results

Winner List of Speaking Contest

Here is Ohio State Fair Calendar when each project gets judged:

2019 OSF Calendar for Project Judging

Last Educational Equine Session

The Washington County Saddle Horse committee will host their last Educational Equine Session on Thursday July 18, 2019 from 630pm to 830pm.  The session will be held at the Washington County Fair Horse Arena.  Members who are exhibiting at the Washington County Fair are required to attend one session.  This session is an open workout session for members to practice different classes that they may participate in at the fair.  Members are encouraged to bring horses.  This will also be the last session where we will show the Horse Safety and Ethics Videos which are also required to show.  For more information contact the Extension Office at 740-376-7431