ChickQuest Reservations Being Accepted

The Washington County OSU Extension Office is now taking reservations for their chickquest program and incubators.  Teachers and educators can call the office or email Kathryn at to reserve an incubator and supplies.  Chick Quest, a Classroom Journey through the Life Cycle of Chickens, is a 4-H SET School Enrichment program that challenges students to use Science, Engineering, and Technology to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg.  From monitoring living eggs to observing fluffy chicks, these lively activities pique curiosity, encourage collaboration, and provide young scientists with unforgettable experiences.

Family Career Awareness Day 2020 is Virtual

Building Bridges to careers recently hosted a virtual Family Career Awareness event.  We invite all 4-Her’s and parents to visit their site and learn about the opportunities locally including careers in extension.  You may explore different videos from local businesses and organizations to understand the career opportunities offered.  Please reach out if you have questions about extension.  We would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about the career we enjoy.  The site is:   

Jr Fairboard Applications Due – Nov 30

Applications for the Washington County Junior Fairboard and Barlow Junior Fairboard are now open to youth ages 13 and up. Membership is open to youth that are currently a member of 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts. Applications are available from the Ohio State University Extension office located at 202 Davis Avenue, Marietta or the website:

The Junior Fairboard provides youth an opportunity to plan and conduct local fairs with other youth from the county. Junior Fairboard members are responsible for a wide variety of events, activities, and shows as well as to work closely with local Senior Fairboard members.

All applications must be received in the OSU Extension Office by Monday, November 30. Interviews for 1st & 2nd Year Applicants will be held Monday, December 7 between 6:00 – 8 pm. Interviews can be scheduled at

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

Timeline for County 4-H Awards & Trips – Due Oct 12

Trip Award Clarification for 2020 winners: since the winners of these trips were not able to attend due to Covid and the cancellation of all state & national camps, 2020 trip winners will have first choice to attend the camp in 2021 as long as they still meet the age requirements for the camp. 2020 winners DO NOT NEED to complete another awards application unless you want to be eligible for a different trip or apply for Pin Awards.

2021 CWF & LWF Announcement: Both of these events will be virtual for 2021

Award Applications for Members to Complete:

2020 Washington County 4-H Awards Application – pdf
2020 Washington County 4-H Awards Application – fillable pdf
2020 Washington County 4-H Awards Application – Google Docs
2020 Washington County 4-H Awards Application – in Word

Club Award Forms & Year End Recognition:

Charlotte Wagner 4-H Club Community Service Award – due October 12, 2020

2020 Honor Club Application (completed by club)

2020 Scrapbook Application/Score Sheet (completed by club)

4-H Member Completion Report for member pins & certificates (completed by club advisors)


October 12                   Member’s application due to Extension Office.  Extension Office removes names and adds numbers to applications to provide an anonymous packet for the Awards Selection Committee to review.

October 26                      Awards Selection Committee reviews applications and selects Project Pin and Special Pin Award Winners.

October 26                      Trip Committee interviews applicants and selects winners for 4-H Trips and Margaret Meredith award.

Early November          Award winners invited to attend the 4-H Year Celebration.

November 19                 4-H Year Celebration – Plans are still underway for this event and how it will be conducted. It will not be an in-person event for 2020

County 4-H Awards – Due Oct 12

It's time to complete the county 4-H awards application. All members must use the current application (do not use an old application). Project Pin Awards, Special Pins Awards, Margaret Meredith Award, & Trip Awards.

Posted by Ohio State – Washington County 4-H on Thursday, October 1, 2020

It’s Not Too Late to Invite Buyers!

Jr Fair Livestock Sale participants should be inviting buyers to attend the sale. We need to make sure our potential buyers know we are still having a sale and we would like them to be part of our sale. If you didn’t see the flier posted last week – here it is again. Print it and share it!!

Sale Flyer

Junior Fair Royalty Contest Winners Announced

2020 Washington County Junior Fair Royalty Court: (L to R)Gwendolyn Lang, Megan Becker, Julia Hartline, Lindsey Hartline, Caleb Smith, Kenzie Smith

The 2020 Washington County Junior Fair royalty competition was held on Monday, August 10, 2020 at the Ohio State University Extension Office.  Royalty candidates participated in an individual interview with two panel judges and a public speaking event.  There were two candidates for 2020 Washington County Junior Fair Queen, one candidate for King, two candidates for Washington County Junior Princess, one Dairy Princess and one Horse Princess Candidate.

Due to the change of the Waterford Community Fair schedule the coronation ceremony was held immediately following the interview event.  The 2019 reigning Queen, Sierra Sinclair and 2019 King, Collin Bauerbach served as emcees for the evening.  The ceremony began with introduction of each of the candidates followed by the coronation.

Lindsey Hartline was crowned as the 2020 Washington County Junior Fair Queen.  Lindsey is the daughter of Gale and Christina Hartline of Marietta and a 2020 graduate of Marietta High School.  She is an 11 year member of the Lynch Combined 4-H group, CARTEENS 4-H group and the Washington County Junior Fairboard.  Lindsey’s future plan is to attend Washington State Community College and study occupational therapy.

Megan Becker was crowned as the 2020 Washington County Junior Fair Princess.  She is the daughter of Fred & Tricia Becker of Stanleyville is a senior at Fort Frye High School.  Megan is a member of the Salem Liberty Homemakers and Lower Salem Boys 4-H Club.  She is also a member of the Fort Frye FFA Chapter.  Megan enjoys participating in the Washington County Fairs and has represented Washington County at the Ohio State Fair.

Caleb Smith was honored as the 2020 Washington County Junior Fair King. He is the son of Brain and Yolanda Smith of Marietta.  He is a 2020 graduate from Marietta high School and the Washington County Career Center.  He is a 13 year member of 4-H with the Woodsfield Roadsters.  He is also a member of the Marietta FFA.  His future plans include continuing his education and working in the carpentry field.

Gwendolyn Lang was crowned as the 2020 Washington County Junior Fair Junior Princess. Gwen is the daughter of Scott and Carrie Lang.  She is a 5 year member of the Churchtown Shining Stars 4-H Club.  Gwendolyn attends Waterford Elementary School and is in the 8th grade.  Gwen loves all the opportunities that 4-H offers especially fairs and 4-H camps.

Isabella Lang was honored as the 2020 Washington County Junior Fair Princess-First Runner-up. She is the daughter of Keith and Megan Lang.  She is an 8 year member of the Churchtown Shining Stars 4-h Club and attends St John Central Grade School.  Isabella is in the 8th grade.  Isabella loves working with animals and one day may pursue a career with animals.

Julia Hartline was crowned as the 2020 Washington County Junior Fair Dairy Princess and is the daughter of Jeff and Kathryn Hartline of Marietta. She is an 11 year member of the Backyard Gang 4-H Club, CARTEENS 4-H Club, Marietta FFA, and the Washington County Junior Fairboard.  Julia is a junior at Marietta High School and plans to attend the Washington County Career Center and focus in Medical College Prep program.  She would like to be a radiologist in the future.

Kenzie Smith was crowned as the 2020 Washington County Junior Fair Horse Princess and is the daughter of Bradford and Leeandra Smith.  She is a 5 year member of the Oak Grove Explorers, trailblazers, and Bulls Eye Shooting Sports 4-H Club.  Kenzie is a sophomore at Marietta High School.  Kenzie loves spending time at the barn with her horse Tim Tom, and is looking forward to this year’s fair and all the activities.