Ohio 4-H Horse Program Updates – Aug 12

Due to recent university restrictions related to COVID-19 concerns, the several changes to the remaining Ohio 4-H horse events in 2020 and the year-end awards program.  Additional updates will be posted on Ohio 4-H Horse Facebook page or refer to horse.osu.edu for complete details!

The State 4-H Competitive Trail Ride and Groom & Clean contest, in their original format, have been cancelled.  However, 4-H & FFA members may participate in designated alternative opportunities to receive participation credit towards the modified year-end awards for 2020.  A community service opportunity has also been approved by the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee as an alternative for the Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show that was cancelled earlier this year.  Members must complete all of the requirements to receive participation credit for each event.  Please note that these alternative opportunities require members to submit an online participation form or documentation that will need your signature or email for approval.

Since all of the Ohio 4-H Horse Program state contests were transitioned to online contests or alternative activities due to COVID-19, the year-end awards will be slightly modified.  The State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will award certificates to all 4-H/FFA members that participated in at least 4 of the 8 state contests or alternative activities, as has been done for the past several years.  4-H/FFA members that earn participation credit for all 8 state contests or alternative activities this year will be receive specially designed year-end award t-shirts.

A pdf copy of the updates with additional details is attached here: 4-H Horse Program Update Aug12

County Fair Weigh-in & Check-in

The County Fairboard is working on completing their Jr Fair plan and submitting the proposed schedule to the Marietta Health Department for consideration. The proposed plan includes animal weigh-in and check-in occurring on Friday, September 4 in the evening. This is a change to the original schedule where animals were going to arrive on Thursday.

Stay tuned for a complete Jr Fair schedule to be released soon.

Barlow Fair Duck Weigh-in – Call to Schedule

The Barlow Fairboard will be conducting Duck Weigh-in accordingly:  In order to lessen the congestion that weigh-in brings, Gary Newlen will be scheduling a time for each exhibitor to bring in their ducks. In order to do this, weigh-in times will have to be changed to Thursday from 2-6 pm.  There will be slots every 10 minutes available. Exhibitors should call 740-629-2663 (Jenny Newlen) to schedule.

Due to COVID, Duck showmanship will go back to Friday at 9 am with market show to follow. This will take place on the little stage right outside the Poultry Barn.

County Fair 4-H & FFA Booths

County Fair is still planning to have 4-H and FFA booths since they qualify as part of the Jr Fair. The setup times have been changed to 9 am to 9 pm for Wednesday Sept 2 & Thursday Sept 3 to help encourage social distancing. Clubs should try to limit the number of members and advisors attending booth setup and tear-down. Tear down has been changed to noon-4:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept 8 so this can be done before the livestock sale and again to encourage social distancing.

Clubs are not required to have a booth, but keep in mind that still project premiums and hog premiums are paid only if a booth is put up and the projects are displayed.

Jr Fair Royalty Court Winners Announcement

The 2020 Washington County Junior Fair Royalty Court will be announced following the interviews on Monday, August 10. Due to the revised Jr Fair schedule for the Waterford Community Fair, this is a change for 2020. Only immediate family of the royalty court candidates have been invited to attend. The announcement will be videoed and posted to the Washington County 4-H Facebook page by 10:00 pm on Monday, August 10.