4-H Event Youth Assistant Application Available (State Level Experience)

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 available at go.osu.edu/4HEYAapp and are due by May 15, 2024.

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, 2024.
  • Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):
    • Training – Must attend one of the options for training (July 10 or July 18)
      • 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 go.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, 2024-August 31, 2025. Current TLC members are not eligible to apply for 4HEYA, as they are already fulfilling obligations at the Ohio State Fair.
  • Questions? Contact Frances (foos.61@osu.edu) or Sara (Deakin.5@osu.edu)

Ohio 4-H Dairy Palooza – April 20

When: Saturday, April 20, 2024

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm; Registration begins at 8:00am

Where: Mahoning County at the Canfield Fairgrounds

7265 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield 44406

Enter in Gate 9 of the fairgrounds

Registration: https://go.osu.edu/2024dairypalooza

Pre-Registration due by April 5, 2024

Join us for a day filled with hands-on learning,

quality assurance sessions, and so much more!


What to Expect:

  • Hands-on learning with dairy cattle
  • Quality Assurance sessions
  • Special sessions for Cloverbuds, adults, and everyone in between
  • Dairy Cattle Showmanship and fitting demonstrations
  • And new this year, sessions on Dairy Beef Feeders (Nutrition & Fitting)

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge in dairy cow projects!

See you there for a day of fun, education, and lots of moo-vement!


Registration Information:

  • Registration is $10 per person through April 5th
  • Registrations after April 5th will be $15 per person including walk-in registrations the day of the event.
  • Pre-registration due by April 5, 2024 (must be postmarked by April 5, 2024)
  • To register, go to https://go.osu.edu/2024dairypalooza
  • Print, complete, and send in your registration form and registration fee to:
    • DairyPalooza
    • c/o Lisa Gress,
    • Critchfield Road
    • Shreve, OH 44676

Horse Committee is hosting a Horse Clinic

The Washington County 4-H Saddle Horse Committee is hosting a horse clinic on Saturday April 20, 2024.  4-H members may bring their horses and work with clinician Mike Schmidt.  The event will be held at Stonegate Equine Facility located at 26236 Smith Road, Coolville Ohio.  No preregistration is required, and a light lunch will be served by the Saddle Horse Committee.  The Clinic will begin at 9am and conclude at 12noon.  Out of County 4-H members are invited and will be asked to pay a $5 fee per horse upon arrival at the clinic.  No dogs are permitted and it is suggested you bring your own chair.  4-H members need to wear appropriate attire including helmets.  Please see the attached flyer for information, and contact us at hartline.24@osu.edu for more details.

Livestock Housing Agreements – Due April 1

Do you house your 4-H or FFA Livestock at another location that is different from your home address?

Here is the form: Livestock Housing Agreement

This form applies to all livestock projects (market or breeding) in which the animal(s) is housed away from the exhibitor’s home. Housing away from home is defined as “any amount of time where an animal(s) is taken care of away from the exhibitor’s home location with the exception of shows/exhibitions.”

If the animal is shown in another exhibition, the exhibitor must not show a breeding project as a market project
or visa versa.

Any exhibitor found to be housing their animal away from home without a completed form will loose the right to
show and sell any project at the Waterford, Washington County, and Barlow Fairs for the duration of the project

Form is due to the Extension Office, 1115 Gilman Ave., Marietta, no later than 4:00pm on April 1st of
the project year. One form each year per project.

Enrollment Deadline – April 1

It’s time to enroll for 2024 and select your projects!

DEADLINE: April 1, 2024

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 Merch – Second Order Deadline is May 1

The 4-H Merch items are available again! If you missed the first opportunity, you have a another chance. Orders are due May 1.

The 4-H Advisory Committee is working with local company – Hoyt Custom Designs to provide several options.

Orders can be placed online at: https://hoytcustomdesigns.company.site/

Or you can print the order form: 2024 shirt order – May 1 deadline

JoAnn Fundraising Campaign

March 3-May 4, JOANN Fundraising Campaign
Stop by your local JOANN store before May 4 and round up at the register to raise money for Ohio 4-H. Your donation will support 4-H’ers and create opportunities that will inspire their sense of curiosity. Learn more about 4-H’s partnership with JOANN at https://www.joann.com/4-h/.

April 8 – Solar Eclipse Resources

April 8, Total Solar Eclipse
It’s not too early to get excited about the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024! Even if you are not in the path of the total solar eclipse, you will see the moon’s shadow cover at least 90% of the sun!

Our 4-H professionals have worked together with Dr. Wayne Schlingman, Director of Arne Slettebak Planetarium at The Ohio State University main campus, to create teaching tools to help everyone in Ohio understand and enjoy the event. Check out our resources at ohio4h.org/solareclipse. There are several activities to do both before and during the solar eclipse!

Spark EXPO registration is fast approaching!

From June 12-15, teens at the Spark EXPO will learn about agriculture and related STEAM fields from industry experts, and faculty and staff of the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

Spark EXPO is open to all Ohio students who have completed the eighth grade or ninth grade at the conclusion of the 2023-2024 school year. Participants do not need to be enrolled in the 4-H program.

As part of Spark EXPO, students visit Ohio State’s Columbus and Wooster campuses and learn from Ohio State students, teachers, scientists, and researchers. Students explore careers, hear from Ohio 4-H alumni who share their career stories, and learn about the college and career-readiness program: Ohio 4-H Pathways to the Future.

The deadline to register is April 17, and details are at go.osu.edu/4hsparkexpo.

The event includes on-campus accommodations, meals, program materials, and transportation. Supervision is provided by adult program staff.