4-H Public Speaking Contest – July 9

County 4-H Public Speaking Contest – July 9 –  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 3: Entry Form 2024 – County 4-H Public Speaking Contest

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 Marketing Contest – thank you card, holiday card, 4-H Infomercial Promoting 4-H (items due to Extension Office July 3)

Free Sunflower Seeds!

Want to grow some sunflowers just for fun?

Tim Glover has donated free sunflower seeds and they can be picked up from the OSU Extension located at 1115 Gilman Ave, Marietta. The Extension Office is located on the second floor. Office hours – 8 am – 4 pm

Red, White & Groom – Washington County Show

The Washington County Livestock Committee and County Fairboard will be hosting Red, White and Groom. This will be a Jackpot Heifer and Steer Show.

Show Order: Showmanship, Heifers, Steers, County Heifers, County Steers Senior, Intermediate, Junior, and Beginner Classes

Food Trucks, Heritage Cooperative, and Sutherland Valley will be present.

Interested in helping for the event? Contact Dan Mason at 740-336-4530

2024 Red White & Groom Flier

Home Garden Vegetable Seed Trials – Open to Youth & Adults

Athens County is hosting the 2024 Home Garden Vegetable Trials.  The trials are open to any home gardener in the state of Ohio. This means you and all of your friends. This is the sixth year of the trials and we have some exciting news. We have added a cut flower trial, a herb trial, and a youth trial (to get the kids excited about gardening). We’ve been listening to feedback and this year we’ve added lots of varieties that can be grown in containers.

The purpose of the trials is to have gardeners grow 2 varieties of a vegetable side-by-side and then give us their feedback through our online reporting site. To learn more details about the trials, you can visit the Vegetable Trials Homepage

There are a total of 13 trials this year. You can select to do from one to five vegetable trials plus the flower, herb, and youth trials. Community Gardens can choose to do all 13, if they would like. The cost of each trial is $3 plus shipping. If you pick up your order at the Athen’s County Extension Office, there are reduced  shipping charges. To see a description of this year’s trials, visit the 2024 Trials page. The deadline to order is Feb. 16 for guaranteed seeds or March 1 for remaining seeds, When you are ready to order, visit the order site at https://go.osu.edu/veggies2024

4-H Members Enjoy a Variety of Activities at Craft Event

The annual 4-H Holiday Crafting event was hosted on December 22nd at the OSU Extension Office in Washington County.  Attendees enjoyed making wreaths, ornaments, candles, coloring pages, no hook throws, and even Christmas cookies.  The participants also were surprised by a Santa Shop where they were able to choose a few items for gifts for friends and family.  Crafting supplies and Santa Shop items were provided by Joann Fabric and Crafts through the Kids in Need Program.  This event is always a favorite for those attending and the event is open to all youth in Washington County.  You can save the date for 2024 as the event will be held on December 23, 2024.

Real Money Program at WCCC

OSU Extension hosted a Real Money, Real World financial literacy program for students at the Washington County Career Center. Special thanks to our local volunteers and businesses that helped staff the financial tables. (and Peoples Bank for sponsoring lunch from Huck’s Farm Market!). Here is a list of everyone that helped out for the day. Sorry, I missed getting pictures of a couple of volunteers!

Is your high school interested in learning more about the Real Money, Real World program and teaching practical, hands-on financial literacy to your juniors or seniors? Contact OSU Extension about details!

  1. Chance – Evan Schaad
  2. Child Care – Melina Matics
  3. Clothing – Maggie Webster
  4. Communications – Sharon Dye & Ron Leisure
  5. Contributions – Bruce Zimmer
  6. Credit – Danielle Allphin
  7. Entertainment – Marcus McCartney
  8. Financial Advice – Sherri Nolan, Brenda Robinson, & Kathryn Hartline
  9. Food – Pam Montgomery
  10. Housing – Ken Schilling & Al Miller
  11. Insurance – Charlie Wentz & Erica Huddleston
  12. Student Loans – Gwen Morgenstern
  13. Transportation – Rhonda Knoch & Maricia Holschuh
  14. Health and Wellness – Sharon Gegner & Sandie Scott