Farmer Youth Initiative

Each year, the Washington Soil & Water Conservation District holds a youth program called Farmer Youth Initiative (FYI). This program is designed to get youth interested in hunting during Ohio’s two day youth gun season. The FYI program allows youth, coming primarily from urban are-as, single parent or limited in-come homes, to hunt private property, assisting landowners by controlling deer population through the harvesting of does.

Youth enrolled in the pro-gram attend a mandatory and busy orientation day, where they meet their guides and receive their assigned hunting property. Participants will also review hunter ethics, gun safety, proper game care, and what it means to be a good marksman. At the end of orientation, the enrolled will be allowed to gain shooting experience to achieve good marksmanship for an ethical harvest.
Each child receives their apprentice hunting license & permit, ammunition for orientation day and the youth season, field dressing gloves, a knife to dress game out with, basic survival kit, and a free deer processing certificate to use, if they harvest a deer. We also provide anything else they may need to have a positive day in the woods such as firearms, clothing, and foot wear.

After a day of hunting, on the Saturday evening of youth season, we give the young hunters a chance to get a warm meal made from venison and share their hunting stories at our hunter dinner.

Not only does this program give youth an opportunity to experience the outdoors and hunting, but it also will give them a hands on learning experience and an appreciation of the work and patience it takes to be a successful hunter.

fyi brochure

Application for Participation in FYI program

Assumption of Risk Form

Interested in learning more about this opportunity as a participant or as an adult wanting to assist, contact Hannah Swope at:

Washington SWCD
21330 SR 676 Suite E
Phone: 740-885-3318

A Night to Shine in the Show Ring

This year, the Washington County Junior Fair has added a special event, “A Night to Shine in the Show Ring.” This show will showcase the talents of special needs youth from across the county, as they pair up with a 4-H show mentor and show their animal. We are extremely excited to offer this show, and can’t wait to see all of the youth!

Washington County 4-H members will utilize animal projects to mentor youth. By providing ALL participants the opportunity to experience a 4-H animal project this will allow special needs youth to achieve success in the show ring.

A night to shine in the show ring is to give our special needs youth in the county the experience of showing a livestock animal in the ring at the fair.  Mentors will meet with their special needs partner on August 13 from 6 – 7:30 at the OSU Extension Office for ice breaker games, meet your partner, what to wear and to schedule a farm visit.

Farm visits are to be scheduled between August 8-August 29th for your special needs partner to meet your animal and learn how to show.  Mentors and their partners will show the animal during our Night to Shine in the Show Ring on Monday, September 6th at 5pm in the Multi-Purpose Barn.

Participant Application (Special Needs Youth) – A night to shine Participant Application

Mentor Application (4-H & FFA Members wanting to share their project animals) – A night to Shine Mentor Application

Jr Fair Royalty Applications Due – June 14

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 June 14, 2021

Interviews: August 16, 2021 evening (Time TBA)

 Judging & Crowning: August 19, 2021 – 5:00 pm


  1. A member of a Junior Fair youth organization in Washington County.
  2. Candidates must be a Junior Fair Exhibitor at a Washington County Fair.
  3. 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.
  4. Contestants may not be married, nor have been married, nor borne or fathered a child, or be with child.
  5. Has not previously served as Junior Fair King or Junior Fair Queen of Washington County.
  6. 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.

Cake Decorating Project Clinic

Date: Monday, June 21

Time: 10 am to 12 noon

Location: OSU Extension Office

Who: All members taking the 4-H Cake Decorating Project or interested in cake decorating are invited.

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

What to Bring: 4-H Cake Project Book, Cake Decorating Supplies, bags and tips. Also bring a cake – one layer, either round or sheet cake.

Instructors: Sloane & Melina Matics

4-H Public Speaking Clinic – June 7

Date: Monday, June 7

Time: 10:00 am

Location: OSU Extension Office


  • Why learn good public speaking skills
  • Set personal goals
  • Practice activity
  • Presentation Building – intro, body, closing
  • Skills to practice
  • Learn about County & State Speaking Opportunities

Who Should Attend:

  • Club Officers
  • Members Interested in County Speaking Contest (July 13)
  • Anyone interested in practicing public speaking

No Pre-registration Required

Babysitting Safety Training – May 1

This class provides training for those 11+ years old that provide babysitting and child care services. Training focuses on:

  • Business of babysitting
  • Proper supervision
  • Basic caregiving skills
  • Responding properly to ill or injured children and infants

Class Details:

  • 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Offered by Washington County Care Center

Learn more by: Calling – Erica at 740.373.6283 Ext. 2018 or
Email –

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. 3ʳᵈ 2021 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.
  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. 2 ⁿᵈ or 3ʳᵈ 2021 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.



Club Officer Training Resources

Washington County will not be host an in-person 4-H Club Officer Training for 2021. We are sharing state and local resources that officers can view for training purposes. Also, club officers should have access to an officer book provided by the club advisor.

Club Officer Resources

Link to Ohio 4-H Officer Books & State Training Videos

2020 Wash Co Presidents & Vice Presidents Training Video

2020 Wash Co Treasurers Training Video

2020 Wash Co Secretaries, News Reporters, Historians, & Scrapbook Officer Training Video

2020 Wash Co Health & Safety, Recreation, & Community Service Officer Training Video

Learn to Code – Offered for Grades 5 – 12 at OSU Extension Office

From cartoons to movies to video games, animations are everywhere! Join us for weekly virtual sessions beginning April 8 to unlock your inner animator!

Registration is now open:

Washington County Extension will provide meeting space, iPad and internet for these trainings. The online training will be offered in-person at the Extension Office located at 202 Davis Ave from 7 – 8 pm on April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6 13. Youth interested in registering to attend this in-person session should click on this ling to register (space is limited).

Open to all youth Grades 5 – 12

To register it is two step process:

  1. Click on the Survey Monkey registration above.
  2. Register on this Signup Genius so Washington County has your information too.