Ohio State Fair 4-H Food Drive

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council’s Community Service Committee (chaired by Melina Matics) has developed a plan for a non-perishable food drive that will support multiple counties in Ohio! Please help the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council reach their community service goals by contributing to the canned food drive at Ohio State Fair! All 4-H families are welcome to contribute by bringing in non-perishable foods to the Lausche Building (where 4-H projects are judged) each day of the State Fair. Ongoing counts of the top-contributing counties will be tallied throughout the Ohio State Fair from July 27-August 7! Thank you for supporting our communities!

Food items collected will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Collective. The Mid-Ohio Food Collective is Ohio’s largest food bank and it serves 20 counties covering nearly 10,000 square miles! Will your 4-H families help us contribute to the 170,000 meals provided each day in central and eastern Ohio?  – Kayla Oberstadt, 4-H Program Specialist

4-H Public Speaking Contest – July 12

County 4-H Public Speaking Contest – July 12 –  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 5: County 4-H Speaking Contest Entry Form 22

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 5)

Chicken and Duck Pick Up Dates

The Washington County bird pick up dates are quickly approaching, and we are reminding exhibitors to have their pens ready.  Please be sure to have a clean pen with your new bedding ready for when the chicks and ducks are delivered.  We also ask exhibitors to bring your own crate, box, tote, etc to take your birds home in and be sure these items are clean as well.  Our pick up dates are schedule for July 7th from 3 to 4:30pm at Heritage Country Store located at 219 S Third Street Marietta.  The ducks will be arriving on July 21st from 3 to 4:30pm.  Please contact Heritage Country Store before arriving if you need feed or supplies for your birds at 740-374-7741. Also watch for updates on our facebook page for when the birds arrive.  If you need information the day of pick up then please call our office at 740-376-7431.  We cannot hold birds, exhibitor does not have to be present at pick up.  Please arrive during the scheduled pick up time and be sure to give your birds fresh food and water when you get them home.

Trash Can Painting Contest

Trash cans should include your group’s name and the year 2021. Trash cans will be judged on creativity, neatness, and overall appearance. This contest is open to all 4-H Clubs, FFA and Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops.

Washington County Fair:  Go to Washington County Fair Grounds and pick up a trash can to paint. When the can is completed, please make sure you bring it, along with a completed entry form, to the Junior Fair Office by 9:00pm, Thursday, September 2

Barlow Independent Fair:  Go to the Barlow Fairgrounds and pick up a trash can.  Painted cans should be dropped off at the Jr. Fair Building on September 22 by 8:00 pm with the completed entry form.

Forms can be printed here: County & Barlow Trash Can Contest form

Barlow Tag-in July 16

Reminder of Barlow Tag-in on Saturday, July 16 from 8-10 AM at the Barlow Fairgrounds. This is for Feeder Calves & Market Dairy Goats. Market Dairy Goat exhibitors must bring their Breed Verification Card signed by the Breeder and Exhibitor.  Cards are still available at the Extension Office if needed or printed at https://washington.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/washington-county-fairs.

Feeder calves must have a halter on so calves can be tagged on the trailer. NO CHUTE WILL BE SET UP THIS YEAR!

Entries Needed for 4-H Got Talent at Ohio State Fair

Don’t know what this is? That’s ok, here is quick explanation. In 2018 we had our first state-level talent show and competition at the Ohio State Fair. It was well received and continued in 2019. It was put on pause during 2020 and 2021 but has returned for 2022. Ohio 4-H will take 12 acts (individual or group) from across the state and have them compete in four categories (vocal, instrumental, dance, and miscellaneous). They place 1st thru 3rd in each category and choose a winner overall.

When: Saturday, August 6th, 2022 at 6:00pm

Where: Lausche Youth Center, at the Ohio State Fair

Who: Current Approved 4-H’ers in Good Standing

Categories: Vocal, Instrumental, Dance, & Miscellaneous

Registration Link: https://go.osu.edu/OH4HTalent

Registration Deadline: Sunday, July 17, 2022 by 11:59 pm

*The first 12 acts that apply and are confirmed with their county will participate

The rules and more detailed information are located at  https://go.osu.edu/OH4HTalent.

Jr Fair Royalty Applications Due – July 11

Waterford Community, Washington County, and Barlow Independent Fairs are seeking youth to apply for: Jr Princess, Prince, Queen, King, Dairy Princess, Horse Princess

  • Applications must be RECEIVED at the Extension Office by July 11, 2022
  • Interviews: August 15, 2022 evening (Time TBA)
  • Judging & Crowning: August 18, 2022 – 5:00 pm


  • A member of a Junior Fair youth organization in Washington County.
  • Candidates must be a Junior Fair Exhibitor at a Washington County Fair.
  • Queen 16  – 19 as of January 1, King candidates: 16-19 years of age as of January 1, 2021. Princess, Prince, Dairy Princess, and Horse Princess candidates: 12-15 years of age as of January 1, 2021.
  • Contestants may not be married, nor have been married, nor borne or fathered a child, or be with child.
  • Has not previously served as Junior Fair King or Junior Fair Queen of Washington County.
  • Prince, Junior Princess and Dairy Princess, Horse Princess may not run consecutive years for the same title.

Entry fee is $30.00.   Make checks payable to Washington County 4-H Committee/Royalty.

All schools, youth organizations and civic organizations are invited to encourage candidates to enter the contest. Eligible Junior Fair organizations include 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, FCCLA, and FFA.

Application: Royalty Contest Application 2022

Poultry Pullorium Testing

Per Ohio Poultry Association and Ohio Department of Agriculture, for 2022 exhibitions, Pullorum testing is required for chickens, turkeys, as well as non-waterfowl like guinea fowl, pheasants, and quail unless they have paperwork that they come from an NPIP flock/hatchery. Washington County Note: All of the market chicken and market turkeys ordered have come from an NPIP hatchery. They do not have to be Pullorium tested unless they have been co-mingled with a backyard flock. Market ducks are waterfowl and are exempt from Pullorium testing.

  • The rapid whole blood plate test is only intended for use in chickens and other species listed above; NOT for turkeys. A different test must be used for turkeys.
  • Doves, pigeons and waterfowl are and have been exempt from testing in Ohio.