Livestock Skillathon – July 25

This will be a face-to-face event on July 25 with a physical distancing plan approved by the Marietta Health Department.

  • Members and/or family members cannot attend Skillathon if they or anyone living in their household is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Limit number of attendees to those required to attend event and necessary parents/adults. Parents are asked to wait in their vehicles.
  • Physical distancing will be practiced by maintaining a six-foot distance between people.
  • Face masks will be required to be properly worn during the Skillathon event.
  • Members will be using Chromebooks to complete the skillathons this year and then have a face to face interview with a judge to review project books and answer questions.
  • Watch for signs to enter and exit the Jr Fair Building.

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 at the Washington County Fairgrounds – Jr Fair Building


  • Last Name A – E: 8:30 – 9:30     
  • Last Name F – L: 9:30 – 10:30    
  • Last Name M – Z: 10:30 – 11:30

Here are the skillathon requirements and make-up information if you did not see this in your July 4-H Newsletter: 2020 Skillathon Study Guide

Washington County Fair Trash Can Contest

Clubs wanting to participate in the Washington County Fair trash can painting contest should register with their contest entry form.  Trash cans should include your group’s name and the year 2020. Trash cans will be judged on creativity, neatness, and overall appearance. This contest is open to all 4-H Clubs, FFA and FCCLA Chapters, and Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops. Organizations should go to Washington County Fair Grounds and pick up a trash can located under the old sheep barn next to the multi purpose building.  Trash cans and entry forms are due to the junior fair building on Thursday September 3, 2020.

4-H Project Judging Resources

Resources are posted at:

Preparing for Project Judging Video

Tips for Members – Preparing for 2020 Project Judging

2020 4-H Project Judging Guidelines (what to bring, etc)

Overview & Timeline:

  • All Special Interest Projects will be judged at the club level by club advisors for 2020. There will not be a county-wide event on July 16
  • Face-to-Face judging interviews are preferred. However, if necessary advisors could interview and judge a member virtually. Virtual interviews must have at least 3 people present; advisor, 4-H member, and a third person. Virtual interview will also need to include video or photos of the project book.
  • If needed OSU Extension can schedule judging appointments for special circumstances or members with Winning Plans
  • There will NOT be county-wide Make-up Project Judging (August 3) offered for 2020
  • July 31 – Advisors return Project Judging Completion Rosters to OSU Extension

Barlow Tag-in – July 18

Reminder of Barlow Tag-in on Saturday, July 18 from 8-10 AM at the Barlow Fairgrounds This is for Feeder Calves & Market Dairy Goats. Market Dairy Goat exhibitors must bring their Blue Breed Verification Card signed by the Breeder and Exhibitor. Feeder calf exhibitors can complete the card if eligible for the county best born and raised award.  Cards are still available at the Extension Office if needed or printed at

Feeder calves must have a halter on so calves can be tagged on the trailer.

Educational Equine Session

The educational equine session will be held on July 14, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Washington County Fair Grounds.  Social distancing will be followed and masks are expected to be worn.  Educational Equine Session are mandatory to exhibit at the Washington County Fair.  The safety videos will also be shown at this meeting for members and parents who need to view the videos.  Members must bring their own drink and snacks.  No food or drinks will be provided at this meeting.  This session is an open workout for members, and horses are encouraged but not required.  Please call the extension office for more information 740-376-7431.

Ohio 4-H Project Showcase – Aug 15 deadline

This summer we invite 4-H members in good standing to submit a photo of themselves with their 4-H project for display in an online project showcase. You’ll be asked to share what you liked about the project and one new thing you learned. Parents will also need to sign their approval for youth to participate.

Here’s more:

  • Select your favorite project – one per person
  • Send a great photo – at least 2 MB
  • Photos will be display after September 8 at

Submit your photos by August 15 at Questions? Contact Sarah Longo at

Pen Reservations for Fairs Due Soon

  • Waterford Fair – Your 4-H Enrollment form serves as pen reservation BUT all pen requests MUST in by July 1st to Chris Campbell – 740-984-4646.
  • Washington County Fair – All forms (fancy poultry, market poultry, rabbits, sheep, goats, beef, dairy) are due July 25 for Jr Fair exhibitors. Open class exhibitors due August 15). There is a $50 late fee!
  • Barlow Fair – All forms (poultry, waterfowl, feeder calf, rabbit, sheep, goat, cattle, horse) are due August 21.

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 and the OSU Extension office.

Hervida Virtual 4-H Camp – Registration Now Open!!

4-H Camp! (Clap, clap) 4-H Camp! (Clap, clap). It is that time of year. I so wish that we could be together around the flagpole saying the pledges, making crafts in the craft hall, playing water games in the field, swimming in the pool, singing songs in the dining hall, hiking trails, or watching skits around the campfire. However, we are staying safe and healthy and staying home. The 4-H pledge says, “I pledge my health to better living” and we are all trying to uphold that pledge every day currently.

This year we have the awesome opportunity to try something new. Although I wish we could be out at Camp Hervida, I am very happy to be able to provide a virtual camping experience. I have received songs, dances, and memories from various previous and current counselors to add to the fun. I would love to have more memories or others who have attended camp to send me more videos. The site is currently available at

You can click on t-shirt order link to print out the form to order the special 2020 Hervida shirt and get access to the other amazing camp activities. The camp pictures from previous years are available without payment for the other activities. Payment for the t-shirt and site must be to the Extension Office no later than July 17th in order to receive a t-shirt.

Happy virtual camping to you all!
Martha Webster, Camp Director

July 4-H Newsletter Now Posted

The July 4-H Newsletter is now posted and ready for viewing. It will be mailed soon to all 4-H families and volunteers.

  • Project Judging Tips for Members
  • Guidelines for In-person 4-H Meeting and Events
  • Livestock Skillathon Study Guide
  • Virtual 4-H Camp t-shirt Order Form

July 2020

Ohio Youth Livestock Expo – Entries Due July 10

The Ohio Youth Livestock Expo is being hosted July 25-August 18 by a group of volunteers with shows for beef, sheep, swine, and boer goats. The Expo is perfect for junior exhibitors who are looking for a state-wide, competitive show for their livestock projects.

For full details, schedule, eligibility, and entry information, go to Entries are due July 10.