OSU Extension Office will be Open on Good Friday

Even though the Job & Family Service Offices at 1115 Gilman Ave will be closed, OSU Extension will be open on Friday, April 15.

Clients can visit the office to purchase project books, call the office regarding 4-H Enrollment, place Poultry Orders or email staff.

Quality Assurance Session #3 – April 18 at Warren High School Building 6 Gym

April 18 from 7-9 pm at Warren High School Building 6 Gym is the second QA session. Members planning to take market livestock and lactating dairy cattle/goats projects and a parent/guardian must attend a Livestock Quality Assurance training in order to participate in Jr Fair events, shows and sales at the fairs. Members may attend a QA session in any Ohio county, the member must still be accompanied by an adult.

Test-out Option – Youth ages 12-14 and 15-18 may participate.  The test will be offered after each QA session. Pre-registration is requested by calling the Extension Office at 740-376-7431

Two Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board Members!!!

The Ohio State Fair recently announced that Melina Matics of Marietta and Josie Burke of Waterford will be joining the 2022 Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board. The 17-member board is composed of youth ages 16-19 from 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Farm Bureau, Grange and Tech Ed. Matics is a member of the Oak Grove Explorers 4-H Club and Burke is member of the Waterford FFA Chapter.

Washington County will have two representatives serving on the 2022 board, Melina Matics representing Ohio 4-H and Josie Burke representing Ohio FFA. The youth board comes together for two weeks of hard work during the Ohio State Fair held in Columbus. Their roles include building enduring friendships and professional relationships along the way. Their personalities and experiences provide a youthful and fun perspective as they fill the roles of welcoming officials at livestock shows, performances, the daily parade and other exhibits.

Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler said, “The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board members are honored for their previous accomplishments and demonstration of leadership skills by being selected to serve on the Junior Fair Board. Through this experience, they will expand their leadership development and give back to the state of Ohio.”

The Ohio Expo Center will host the Ohio State Fair. With big-name entertainment, educational activities, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior livestock shows in the nation, the 2022 Ohio State Fair will run July 27 to August 7, 2022

OSU Extension Internship Program

We are excited to announce the OSU Extension Internship Program will be offered for summer 2022! Washington County will be featured in the program….See Below.

To Apply:
Internal (OSU) students: https://www.myworkday.com/osu/d/inst/15$392530/9925$78086.htmld
Non-OSU students: https://osu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/OSUCareers/job/Remote-Location/Student-Summer-Assistant—OSU-Extension-Internship-Program_R42659-1

This year, our intern positions will be hired in teams of three interns each in three separate locations (9 total positions). You can expect to work collaboratively with your intern team, Area Leader supervisor, and other Extension Professionals.

Research: Effective leadership and what makes great teams – Area 10, based in Mahoning County
Curriculum Development: Video-based materials Youth-Development Programs – Area 13, based in Delaware County
Curriculum Development: STEM Programs – Area 19, Muskingum, Perry, Morgan, and Washington Counties

Positions can be completed remotely, with 3 required onsite days to meet with your team (mileage reimbursed, reliable transportation required).

  • Innovative
  • Collaborative
  • Multi-Disciplinary
  • $13/hour
  • Travel allowance
  • Hybrid/remote work
  • 38 hours per week
  • May 16-August 5, 2022
  • Working closely with a local OSU Extension educators
  • Planning, helping or teaching community classes, day camps, field days or fairs
  • Attending meetings with community leaders and volunteers
  • Developing news articles, exhibits, brochures, marketing materials, and resources for educational curriculum
  • Using social media and technology to share research-based information
  • Participating in field research, helping with literature reviews, and testing new methods and curriculum
  • Working with youth through 4-H activities, county fair, camps and project judging

Questions? Contact:

Jared Morrison, morrison.332@osu.edu
Organization Development Consultant
OSU Extension learning and Organizational Development

Enrollment Deadline – April 15

It’s time to enroll for 2022 and select your projects!

DEADLINE: April 15, 2022

Returning Members:

Visit https://oh.4honline.com/  

  • Use the family email you created last year.
  • Contact the OSU County Extension office at 740-376-7431 if you don’t have your family email address.
  • For your password, use the password you created in the past, if you forgot your password select the “Reset Password?” option. Then check your email for a password reset link.
  • Do not set up a new profile. You must log into last year’s profile.
  • To re-enroll a member from a previous year, click “Enroll Now” next to the profile of the appropriate member.
  • Please be sure to enroll for all your clubs and projects at the same time.  If you are a member enrolled in multiple clubs for instance ABC Explorers 4-H Club and XYZ FFA Chapter , then be sure to add projects to each club and chapter.  If you do not enroll for all clubs and projects before you submit then you will not be able to add them yourself and will need to contact the Extension Office to add the projects or clubs after you submitted your enrollment.

New 4-H Families:

Visit https://oh.4honline.com/  

  • Select the option “Don’t have an account?” and provide the requested information.
  • Select Ohio as your state and then “Ohio 4-H Youth Development”.
  • Select your county from the drop-down menu.
  • Enter an email address, phone number, and create a password.

4-H Event Youth Assistant Apps to Help with Ohio State Fair

The 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA) applications are now available!  This is an opportunity for teens 13-18 as of January 1 to get a short-term experience at the state level.  Applications are due by May 15, 2022

Here is a basic overview of the opportunity:

  • What: 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA)
  • Who: Individuals age 13-18 (as of January 1 of the year of application) and have at least 1 year prior 4-H experience.
  • Timeframe: Apply by May 15, selection, training, service to OSF, and evaluation. Complete responsibilities by August 31, 2022.
  • Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):
    • Training – Must attend one of the options for training (July 12 or July 21)
      • Please note: individuals MUST attend one of the training options. This is not negotiable. If you know you are unable to attend a training option before applying, it is best to wait another year before applying to serve in this capacity.
    • Events – Must work a minimum of 3 events at the Ohio State Fair; may work more if desired
  • Program Fee: $25/person (paid at osu.edu/4HEYA25);
  • Teens Receive:
    • 4HEYA Polo & Nametag
    • State Fair admission, parking ticket, and meal ticket(s)
    • Optional State Fair housing in the Rhodes Center (if desired)
    • Experience of working events at the Ohio State Fair
    • Opportunity to enhance leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program
  • What about the Teen Leadership Council? YES, these members may apply for 4HEYA AND TLC this year, if desired. TLC applications will be available in June and will be due the Friday following the Ohio State fair. Their term is September 1, 2022-August 31, 2023. Current TLC members are not eligible to apply for 4HEYA, as they are already fulfilling obligations at the Ohio State Fair.
  • Questions? Contact Frances (61@osu.edu), Sarah (longo.79@osu.edu), or Kayla (oberstadt.1@osu.edu)

Washington County Fair Pumpkin Growing Contest – SEEDS AVAILABLE


  1.     Open to all youth who are residents of Washington County or are members of an FFA Chapter, 4–H Club or school program in Washington County.
  2.     Entry may be made in one or both classes by age division: Classes (different pumpkin must be used for each class)-Largest Pumpkin by weight-Best decorated by scar drawing.
  3.     Age Divisions:           2-5 yrs    6-10  yrs    11-19 yrs
  4.     Judging will be held at 5:00 pm on Friday Sept. 2nd 2022 in the Home Arts Building.
  5.     Seeds are furnished by Tim Glover. Only the variety of seed distributed can be used in the contest.  Contact the Extension Office at 740-376-7431 for the seed packets or stop at their office 1115 Gilman Ave
  6.     Name of the exhibitor and age must be scared into each pumpkin entered.
  7.     All entries must be brought to the fairgrounds between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Sept. 1 or 2, 2022 in the Home Arts Building.
  8.     Limit one pumpkin per class and a different pumpkin in each open class.
  9.     Open class entries are the responsibility of the exhibitor.


Hervida Chicken BBQ – Volunteers Needed – May 7

Please come support the Chicken BBQ Dinner at Hervida on Saturday, May 7. Meal served 5:00 to 7:00pm. Dinners will be available for eat-in or carry-out.

This is also a great opportunity to volunteer for camp by serving, clearing tables, or donating a dessert! Donations for the Country Store are always welcome!!

Here is a link to make a dessert, donate items for the country store, cut & keep desserts stocked, serve & stock beverages, clear tables & wipe trays, run dishwasher, or prepare carry-out meals.


Meal costs will be $10 for quarter a chicken and $15 for half a chicken.

Hog Tag Announcement for Advisors

4-H or FFA advisors can contact the OSU Extension Office or continue to contact Chris Campbell  with number of tags needed for their club members. Advisors can pick-up tags between April 15 and May 15

Hogs must be tagged by June 1

Please note: there will not be a tag-in held at the Waterford Fairgrounds in 2022.

Due by June 1: Pictures of ALL hogs with the tag in the hog’s ear and send it to: wcfhogs@gmail.com include name of exhibitor with hog tag number.