4-H Photography Project Clinic

Date: Thursday, June 8

Time: 10:30 – 12:00 noon

Clinic Topics: Lighting, composition, shutter speed, depth of field, photography types, and preparing for county project judging. We will be taking photos too!!

Location: Washington County Junior Fair Building, Marietta

Who: All members taking the 4-H Photography Projects or interested in food projects are invited.

Registration: Use this Link!

Questions: Call the Extension Office at 740-376-7431

What to Bring: Your camera/phone you are using for your project and your 4-H project book

Instructor: Local photographer Lori Hanson with Hansons Enhancements

Register here: https://go.osu.edu/photoclinic

4-H Cultural Immersion Project – Puerto Rico

2023 4-H Cultural Immersion Project – Puerto Rico ( for Youth)

November 21-29, 2023

The 2023 4-H Cultural Immersion Project – Puerto Rico applications for youth ages 15-18 are open.  The  experience is from November 21 – November 29, 2023.

After receiving the application, follow-up interviews will be scheduled to select participants.  Final selections will be posted in mid-August.  4-H youth ages 15-18 (as of date of trip) are encouraged to apply. Teens must still be in high school as of the date of the trip to participate.

The cost is $1,400.  (This includes airfare, ground transportation, most meals, lodging, and program fees)

Deadline to Apply:  July 14, 2023  

Teens will experience both the vibrant  Old San Juan urban area as well as life in the remote mountain town of Castañer.  The group be working with Puerto Rican 4-H members in joint service projects as well as leading a team building workshop for students at University Gardens High School in San Juan.  Outdoor recreation as well as daily cultural activities will challenge them to expand their worldview and examine their bias and stereotypes.

Call or email for questions.   brady.111@osu.edu or 513.695.1311

CIP Application Link:


Ohio State Fair Skillathons

In-Person & Virtual Ohio Youth Skillathons

Open to any Ohio youth, age 8 and in the 3rd grade, or 9 years old and older regardless of grade level, to age 18, this is a separate virtual event to allow broader participation in 2023. You do not have to exhibit a particular species to participate in that species Skillathon. Virtual Skillathon participation does not qualify a youth participant for outstanding market exhibitor awards. Proctored Virtual Skillathon at the Ohio Expo Center will qualify for the Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor awards.

Ohio State Fair Livestock Information

Ohio State Fair 2023 Livestock Schedule: July 116 – August 6, 2023

  • The deadline to enter livestock exhibitions is 1 p.m. on June 21, 2023, with the exception of the Horse Show, which closes at 1 p.m. on July 1, 2023
  • Livestock Competitions: https://www.ohiostatefair.com/p/get-involved/livestock/livestock-competitions
  • In order to be more consistent with statewide livestock exhibition ownership rules, the Ohio State Fair has listed animal ownership dates below:

Market animals –

  • Market beef – January 1
  • Market swine – May 26
  • Market lambs – May 26
  • Market goats – May 1
  • Dairy feeders – May 26
  • Market rabbits – June 1
  • Market poultry – within 5 days of hatch

Breeding animals –

  • Breeding Beef – June 1
  • Breeding Swine – June 1
  • Breeding Sheep – June 1
  • Breeding Goats – June 1
  • Breeding Poultry – June 1
  • Breeding rabbits – June 1
  • Dairy Cattle – June 1

Exhibitor Information and Supplemental Forms


The 4th H Club Challenge

We pledge our “health to better living” but do we actually practice it? The 4th H Club Challenge encourages Ohio 4-H Clubs to learn, practice, and advocate for healthy choices and behaviors at 4-H club meetings. Practicing healthy habits and choices now has lifelong effects on the health of youth.

Each club that completes the challenge before the deadline will enter into the $100 voucher drawing for their region to use for their club (project books, educational tools, etc.)! Each region will have a winner. The first 25 clubs that complete the registration and pre-survey will get an extra entry. How does it work? Apply healthy practices per meeting at 6 or more 4-H clubs/meetings from April – December 2023.

  1. Register and complete pre-survey.
  2. Record the dates and activities in the 4th H tracker link. (the tracker link will be provided after registering)
  3. Share a picture of your club doing a healthy practice on social media. Be sure to include the official hashtag #Ohio4thHClubChallenge.
  4. Submit all activities to the tracker link by December 31st, 2023.

More information can be found at https://go.osu.edu/4thHClubChallenge. Attached is a graphic both in PNG and PDF file for your newsletters, social media, etc.

Washington County 4-H Endowment Dinner a Success

The Washington County 4-H Endowment Dinner was held on April 1, 2023 at the Washington County Fair Grounds.  This year’s dinner featured a steak or chicken dinner along with Live and Silent auctions and a Grab bag station.  The Endowment committee along with 4-H volunteers served over 390 meals and raised over $30,000 to support the 4-H program in the county.  The funds raised will be used to help with camp and trip scholarships, as well as other 4-H events held throughout the year that reaches the youth of Washington County.  The committee is excited with the event and reached their goals for the dinner this year.  A special thanks goes out to all the businesses, families, 4-H Clubs and individuals who supported the event this year.  The committee is already planning for 2024.  If you would like to help and join the committee to plan the event in 2024 please call the Extension Office at 740-376-7431.

Attention Hog Exhibitors

Here is a note from Chris Campbell with the Waterford Community Fair:

We have 232 hogs entered this year.

We are in the process of building more pens. If siblings are taking hogs, more than likely you will be in the same pen. Hopefully, I will have enough room for everyone. There will not be any open pens this year to put a spare hog in, they will have to stay on your trailer if you plan on bringing them. With the increase in the number of hogs, everything is going to take longer so please be patient. If you are willing to help out it would be greatly appreciated.

Chris Campbell (740-984-4646)

4-H Food & Nutrition Project Clinic

Date: Thursday, June 15

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am

Clinic Topics: My Plate Plan & Portions, Ingredient Measuring, Food Safety, Handwashing, Preparing for County 4-H Project Judging, Ohio State Fair Expectations, Prepare a Sample Recipe

Location: OSU Extension Office, 2nd Floor Training Room, 1115 Gilman Ave, Marietta

Who: All members taking the 4-H Food & Nutrition Projects or interested in food projects are invited.

Registration: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094EADA72CA1FD0-4hfood

Questions: Call the Extension Office at 740-376-7431

What to Bring: 4-H Food & Nutrition Project Book

Instructor: Alexus Masterson, OSU Extension Program Assistant, Family & Consumer Sciences

It’s Time for 4-H Camp!!!!!!!!

Washington County 4-H is excited to announce the summer camp lineup and host camps for youth Kindergarten thru ninth grade. OSU Extension will be offering four camps this year, including a day camp, one overnight day camp, and two multi-day overnight camps. The camps will all be held at Camp Hervida near Waterford. Here is the summer lineup for the dates and camp specific information.

  •  Junior Camp: grades 3-5, June 26-30 (Registration Due-May 26)
  • Cloverbud Camp: ages 5-8, July 5 (Registration Due-June 5)
  • Beginner Camp: 2nd grade- 10 years old, July 6-7 (Registration Due-June 5)
  • Senior Camp: Grades 6-9, July 17-21 (Registration Due-June 16)

Registration costs will cover lodging, meals, daily canteen, evening snack, class and program supplies for the campers. The camp staff and camp counselors are looking forward to a fun and exciting 4-H camping season! Camp t-shirts will be available at additional cost.

Here’s what Ohio 4-H Campers had to say after their camping experiences in 2022:

  • 97% said they made a new friend at camp
  • 94% said they will recommend camp to their friends
  • 97% want to return to camp next year

For more information about the 4-H camping program or enrollment, please contact the Washington County Ohio State University Extension office at (740) 376-7431, or download a registration form from https://go.osu.edu/hervida

June 3 – Market Goat, Market Lamb, Dairy Feeder Steer Tag-in

Required Tag-in for Market Lambs, Market Goats, Dairy Feeder Steers will be Saturday, June 3 from 7—9:00 am at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Watch for road signs to indicate lineup locations.

Note the new time: 7-9 am

All Market Goats & Market Lambs must have a Scrapie Tag in the ear by the June 3 tag-in. The Scrapie Tag should be put in by the breeder or where you purchased your animals.

Blue Breed Verification Cards Required for Dairy Feeder Steers – due June 3 – must be signed by dairy farmer where purchased in Ohio and include the ODA Producer number. Cards are available from the OSU Extension Office, your advisor or printed here: Dairy Feeder Breed Verification Blue Card 2023

Dehorning and castration must be done prior to tag-in. The Fair Vet – Dr Lowe will be checking animals during tag-in but WILL NOT be castrating or dehorning animals at tag-in.