Ohio Youth Skillathons – Reg Due July 15

As many of you know, the 2020 Ohio State Fair has been cancelled due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus -including the 2020 Ohio State Fair Skillathons. To support the continued learning needs of youth livestock and companion animal exhibitors throughout Ohio, Ohio State University Extension and the Department of Animal Sciences are pleased to offer virtual Skillathons this year. Our 4-H Animal Sciences team will conduct online Ohio Youth Skillathons in 2020 with the chance to compete for the highest score. Unlike in-person State Skillathons, no cash awards will be involved. These Skillathons will encompass the same educational materials, by species, that would typically be evaluated at the Ohio State Fair, and give the opportunity to put your 4-H project knowledge to the test! Please save the date(s) for the species you would like to participate in below.

Dates/times, rules, and registration for Ohio Youth Skillathons are now online at: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons

Registration is due by JULY 15th, 2020.

  • Register by visiting: go.osu.edu/skillathonregistration
  • All exhibitors with need an email address specific to that exhibitor that can be used as your log-in credential (this is also where the first-time registration will be).

Horse Skillathon: Thurs 7/23/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Goat Skillathon: Fri 7/24/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Dairy Skillathon: Sat 7/25/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sheep Skillathon: Wed 7/29/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Dog Skillathon: Mon 8/3/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Poultry Skillathon: Tue 8/4/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Swine Skillathon: Wed 8/5/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Beef Skillathon: Thurs 8/6/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Rabbit Skillathon: Fri 8/7/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

3-7 Graders Needed for Dandelion Detectives Study

Can you help spread the word? We’re looking for youth Dandelion Detectives!

Dandelion Detectives is a STEM activity targeting 3-7 graders where participants work together to measure the value of weeds for insects. Dandelion Detectives will take place over the summer of 2020 and participants can be located in Ohio or surrounding midwestern states.

The Dandelion Detectives project can be completed in one day of your choice (June-August) and involves: taking a pre and post questionnaire about insects; observing insects at an “Observation Dandelion” created using simple provided materials and sugar water mixture; and conducting a lawn weed survey. Participating Dandelion Detectives will be able to upload their findings to a project website. At the end of the project, students will receive a “Student Scientist” certificate and will have access to all of the data collected by the project team!

Toolkits containing all materials to participate in Dandelion Detectives can be ordered for $10 (to cover shipping fees) at this link.

We also offer a do-it-yourself option here.

Yesterday, Dr. Mary Gardiner presented a webinar (for adults/educators/advisors) about the program; the recording is linked below.

The Value of Turf Habitats for Biodiversity and Introducing Dandelion Detectives, a New Youth-Focused Community Science Program! (43m.)

To sign up for Dandelion Detectives or for more information, visit this website: https://u.osu.edu/dandeliondetectives/

Contact the DD team with any questions: dandeliondetectives@gmail.com

Dr. Gardiner is a Professor of Entomology at the Ohio State University and an Extension State Specialist.

Still Need a 4-H Project Book?

The OSU Extension is now open every day except Wednesday and you can stop by the office at 202 Davis Ave. and purchase project books. The office is open 8-4:30.

If your livestock project is being taken through FFA, you will need to consult your FFA Advisor about the proper record keeping book needed.

Barlow Fair Catfish Tournament – June 27



June 27, 2020 Barlow Fairgrounds

Fishing is the ultimate social distancing event!!

Sign in will start at 5 pm-6:45 pm at the 550 parking lot where the covered bridge is.

Stringer location, RIGHT, CENTER, or LEFT of mouth of fish will be drawn following sign in and then fishermen will be released.

You must be in line to weigh-in by 2 am in the 550 parking lot by the covered bridge.

Individual entries only. No team entries allowed

Open to all ages.

All participants ages 16 and up MUST POSSESS a current Ohio fishing license at sign in.

All minors must be accompanied by a licensed adult.

Only live fish can be weighed. Dead fish will be disqualified.

May fish any legal waterway.

Can fish from boat or bank.

Rod and reel only. No seines, trout lines, or cast nets.

Participants will weigh-in 1 fish each per division entered.

Winner will be determined by weight. In the case of a tie, the longest fish will win.

All fish that are weighed in will be released by officials after the tournament.



2.All Other Species of Catfish

$10 entry per angler per division. Anglers may enter one or both divisions.

1st place per division – 25% payout and Plaque.

2nd place per division – Plaque

Questions contact Barlow Fairboard Director Gary Newlen 740-629-2664.


Hervida Virtual 4-H Camp!

Coming soon…. a virtual camping experience! Have fun with traditional 4-H Camp Hervida activities including songs, dances, signatures, camp meal ideas, and more.

Special t-shirt will be included in the package.

More information to come soon!

2020 Livestock Skillathon – July 25

This will be a face-to-face event on July 25. Stay tuned for schedule details as we work to establish a plan for social distancing.

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.

Saturday, July 25 in the morning.

Washington County Fairgrounds – Jr Fair Building


4-H Public Speaking Contest – July 14

County 4-H Public Speaking Contest – July 14 –  9:00 am at OSU Extension Office

  • Public Speaking Incentives for 4-H Members! The 4-H Advisory Committee will award a $6 voucher to each member participating. One award per member. Each participant will be entered in a drawing for a cash award sponsored by Bob and Peg Byers.
  • Entry Form due July 6: County 4-H Speaking Contest Entry Form

The following events are offered to 4-H members (not Cloverbuds):

  • 4-H Demonstration & Illustrated Talk without Technology Contest (Junior Division – ages 8-10)
  • 4-H Demonstration & Illustrated Talk with or without Technology Contest (Intermediate Division – ages 11-13 and Senior Division – ages 14 & up)
  • 4-H Pledge Contest
  • 4-H Creed Contest
  • 4-H Shooting Sports Topic (Jr & Sr Divisions)
  • 4-H Living History Topic (Jr & Sr Divisions)
  • 4-H Marketing Contest – thank you card, holiday card, 4-H Infomercial Promoting 4-H (items due to Extension Office July 6)

Complete contest details: County 4-H Speaking Contest flier -full details

4-H Public Speaking Contest – How to participate

Learn more about the 4-H Public Speaking Contest, speaking categories, how to prepare, and how to register for the July 14 event. For complete contest guidelines: https://go.osu.edu/washjudging

Posted by Ohio State – Washington County 4-H on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council Applications Due Aug 14

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) applications for the 2020-2021 year are now available! Please let any interested individual know, so they may apply! Please note, because it is only a one year term, current TLC members who wish to continue their service must re-apply.

Applications and more information for this group are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC. Please note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 14, 2020. We recognize this falls during some county fairs, so encourage teens to apply early! We will accept applications as early as today!  The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2020-August 31, 2021.

Smitty’s Night

The Washington County Saddle Horse Committee is hosting a Smitty’s Pizza night.  All are encouraged to have a pizza night on Thursday June 18, 2020 and place an order with Smitty’s Pizza to help the horse committee raise some dough.  All funds raised will go toward sponsoring awards at the Washington County Fair, along with judges fees, and other horse events.