“New” Chick Pick Up Date

The Chick pick up date for all chicks ordered for the market chicken project this year has been changed.  Chicks will arrive on June 29th or 30th.  This is due to the holiday during our regular pick up schedule.  The pick up time will remain from 3:00-4:30pm at Heritage Country Store.  Please watch for additional announcements that week and be prepared for either day. Please also call our office at 740-376-7431 to check on the status Thursday before traveling to be sure the birds have arrived. 

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.

June 1st Deadline for Horse Project Members

ATTENTION ALL HORSE MEMBERS!!  Our horse paperwork deadline is quickly approaching on June 1, 2023.  Members will need to turn in their horse declaration form, Immunization form, stall reservation for County Fair, Lease agreements, and PAS forms for those participating.  The Saddle Horse Committee is hosting a PAS show on Saturday June 3, 2023 and we will conclude with a Fun show following the PAS events/classes.  The PAS show is the state qualifying event for horse members to be eligible to compete at the Ohio State Fair.  This event will be held at the Washington County Fair located at 922 Front Street Marietta Ohio.  Horse members in Washington County will not be charged a fee for PAS classes, however all other out of county participants must pre-register with a $10 fee per class by May 27th.  The Fun show will immediately follow the PAS event and all participants must be 4-H / FFA members of 4-H project age and follow all 4-H Uniform Horse Rules.  Fun Show classes are $2 per class with a fee of $10 max for the day. PAS Fun Show 2023 Participants will register at the event approximately 1 hour before the show.

The last Educational Equine Session is scheduled for June 24th from 9am to noon at the Washington County Fair, any horse member planning to exhibit at fair must attend one Equine Session to be eligible to show.  For questions please call OSU Extension 740-376-7431.

Horse Equine Riding Session Scheduled

The second educational equine session is scheduled for May 20th from 10am to 12noon. The event will be held at the Washington County Fair horse arena.  This is an open workout with a focus on understanding PAS patterns and riding.  Members may bring their horses to this event.  All 4H riding rules will be enforced according to the uniform horse rules book.  Any member who missed the mandatory parent meeting must arrive at 9am to complete the required  training.  Any member who has not completed the Equistep training must watch the modules and complete the quiz prior to the session.  Members who complete the Equistep training must email their results to hartline.24@osu.edu by May 17th.  For more details please call the office at 740-376-7431.

Mandatory Parent / Member Horse Meeting

The mandatory Parent / member horse meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 17th from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Extension Office.  All 4-H members enrolled in a horse project must attend.  Members will be learning about the new Equistep Requirement which is mandatory for 2023.  Horse committee members will also be present to  answer questions for parents and youth.  The agenda will also include instruction on 2 hand vs 1 hand riding, goal setting, and more.  Please plan to attend, our meeting will be in the conference room on the second floor at 1115 Gilman Ave, Marietta.  For additional information please call our office at 740-376-7431.

Trailblazers 4-H Club Tack Auction

Trailblazers 4-H club along with Broken Wheel Tack will be hosting a tack auction on April 22, 2023 and 6pm.  The event will take place at the Barlow Fairgrounds with doors opening at 4pm.  New and used tack and other items will be auctioned.  Trailblazers will have a food booth on the grounds.  For more information contact Pam Moore 740-516-4157.

Horse Immunization Clinic

The Washington County 4-H Saddle Horse Committee is hosting a Horse immunization Clinic.  The clinic will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds at 922 Front Street Marietta, Ohio.  4-H horse members may trailer their horses in for the clinic and receive the required immunizations for fairs.  The clinic will be held Saturday April 29, 2023 from 9am to 11am.  We would like to thank Dr John Groah from Morgan Veterinary Services for his time and helping us host the clinic.  Please sign up at the sign up at the link on the flyer.  Payment (cash or check only) for services must be paid for at the clinic regardless if horse owner has an account with Morgan Veterinary Services.  For additional questions please contact the Extension Office at 740-376-7431.

Ohio CARTEENS 4-H Safety Education Virtual SPIN Club

The Ohio 4-H CARTEENS program is hosting a virtual SPIN club for all those interested in learning about CARTEENS clubs and safety education for drivers and passengers in the state of Ohio.  The virtual sessions will be held once a month at 5:30PM.  There is no cost to members, just join the zoom link and be ready to learn about hands on activities to implement in your county.  Please see the attached flyer for dates and topics.  Members attending at least 6 sessions will be awarded a goody bag of supplies.  For more information please call our office 740.376.7431.

4-H Endowment Committee Searching for Committee Members

The Washington County 4-H Endowment Committee is searching for new members to join the team!  The committee would like to extend an invitation to teens and adults who are energetic, dedicated, and share a passion for planning events.  The Endowment Dinner and Auction is scheduled for April 1, 2023.  The committee meets monthly from November to April to organize and plan this event each year.  The dinner and auction is one of the biggest fundraisers the 4-H committee hosts and funds raised help to send local youth to camps, trips and provides scholarships for Washington County 4-H Youth.  Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 2, 2023 at the Washington County Extension Office located at 1115 Gilman Ave Marietta.  Please call our office at 740-376-7431 for more details or reach out to an Endowment Committee Member.

Holiday Crafting Day A Success

The Washington County 4-H program hosted a crafting event for local youth at the Extension Office.  Youth made bracelets, ornaments, handmade cards, decorated ornaments, designed Ugly Christmas Sweaters on the ipads and baked cookies.  They also tied fleece blankets and shopped the Santa shop for friends and family.  Youth enjoyed these crafts donated by Joann Fabric & Crafts of Marietta.