Washington County 4-H Exchange Club Update

The Washington County 4-H Exchange Club is looking for new members. Are you at least 12 and looking to expand your 4-H experience? Though the club won’t be able to exchange this year, your membership now will help prepare you for next summer. Past exchanges have included Wyoming, Kansas, Wisconsin and Montana. Please contact the club advisor, Ellie Tullius at 740-434-3064 or contact the Extension Office with questions.

The club will be taking orders for their annual Chocolate Easter Eggs too. Contact a club member or Ellie if you want to place an order. Orders due March 20.

4-H Endowment Committee Planning for April 3 Dinner To-Go

The Washington County 4-H Endowment Committee is busy planning for a Drive-Thru Curbside Dinner To-Go on April 3. There will also be an Online Auction March 15-31. If you, your club or business would like to donate an item for the auction, please complete this donation form or contact at committee member – Donation Form for 2021 ALL ITEMS ARE DUE MARCH 1 THE EXTENSION OFFICE

If you would like to place your order for meals, complete this order form – 2021 Endowment Dinner one pager for meal orders   MEAL ORDERS DUE MARCH 24

Meal choice of Grilled NY Strip Steak or Grilled Chicken Breast, and all meals include Baked Potato, Green Beans, Coleslaw, Applesauce, Roll, and Dessert.

Follow the most recent news and announcements on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/4HEndowment

Ohio 4-H Celebration of Youth – Nov 5

Celebration of Youth is the largest fundraising event held annually benefiting Ohio 4-H Youth Development.

Celebration of Youth: Pathways to the Future will be held Virtually on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 7 p.m. EST.

  • This year’s Celebration of Youth will be held virtually and will be a showcase of the perseverance and resilience of Ohio 4-H members.
  • This event will be free of charge but you must register to join us.  We will send you an event reminder with the link prior to the night of the event.
  • The evening will include an online auction and the items will be available to review approximately one week prior to the event.  Minimum age to participate in the online bidding is 18.


County Fair Pen Tear-down

With the concerns of COVID-19 and social distancing, pen setup and pen tear down has been cancelled for 2020. The Washington County Fair Board will be working with a small group of volunteers to setup and tear down the pens. If you are interested in helping the fair board members with this task, please contact the appropriate fair board barn superintendents listed in the Jr Fair Guide.

Washington Co Fair & Barlow Independent Fair Plans

Since Governor DeWine announced on July 28 that all remaining fairs will be Junior Fairs only, please be patient and supportive of both of these Fair Boards as they work together to weigh their options. Once these Fair Boards have met and determined the best plan for their fairs we will share the news with 4-H families.


Jr Fair Royalty Applications Due – June 1

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 MAILED to extension office by June 1, 2020

Interviews: August 10, 2020 evening (Time TBA)

 Judging & Crowning: August 13, 2020 – 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, 2020. Princess, Prince, Dairy Princess, and Horse Princess candidates: 12-15 years of age as of January 1, 2020.
  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.

Application available at: https://washington.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/washington-county-4-h-forms

4-H Project Books – How to Get Yours

  • Download for Free
  • Buy Books Online (Free shipping or 20% off)
  • Make your Own Self-Determined Project
  • Print a Washington Co 4-H Livestock Record Book

Download for free

A special collection of project books is available for free on the Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects web page. Click on the book you want, and when the file opens on your screen, save or print it from there.

  • Discovering 4-H (91)
  • Sew Fun (409)
  • My Favorite Things (496)
  • The Writer in You (588)
  • Get Started in Art (592)
  • Family History Treasure Hunt (442)
  • Let’s Start Cooking (459)
  • Yeast Breads on the Rise (462)
  • Racing the Clock to Awesome Meals (485)
  • Your Thoughts Matter (359)
  • The Laundry Project (405)
  • It’s My Home (491)
  • Leadership Road Trip (375)
  • Pantry Panic (376)
  • Explore the Outdoors (611)
  • Ohio Birds (621)
  • Science Fun with Kitchen Chemistry (493)
  • Not Just Knots (540)
  • Horseless Horse (173)
  • Science Fun with Physics (500)

 Buy online

If you would like to buy a print copy of a Perfect Stay-at-Home project or any other project book, you can order directly from extensionpubs.osu.edu with one of these special discounts for Ohio residents: FREE2020 (for free shipping) OR 20IN2020 (20% off the entire order). Use the coupon that works best for you. Orders can be shipped directly to a person’s home as long as it is an Ohio address.

Please review your order carefully. Extension Publishing is unable to take returns. There is no restriction on the number of times a coupon can be used. See printable ordering instructions HERE.

Make your Own Self-Determined Project

If you would rather not purchase a book in this way, self-determined projects are an excellent choice for self-motivated members eager to get started by creating their own projects. Although self-determined projects may be better suited for older 4-H members, they are available for any member and are often based on idea starters already available online. Many of the idea starters are great stay-at-home projects too, for example, Music, Bats, String Art, Climate Change, American Sign Language, etc. Our extraordinary educators are even preparing one called My Stay-at-Home Summer! (For project judging, self-determined projects are judged in self-determined categories.)

Print a Washington County 4-H Livestock Record Book

Please keep in mind this book is ONLY for 2nd Year Projects and Beyond. If this is your second year or beyond taking a market project or breeding project, then you can use this county record book. You will need one Livestock Record Book for each project (not animal) you are raising. If this is your first year taking a market project or breeding project, then you will need to buy the appropriate record book from extensionpubs.osu.edu 

You can download and print the Washington County 4-H Livestock Record Book as a printable pdf or fillable pdf at https://go.osu.edu/washjudging

4-H Shooting Sports Kicks Off October 6

4-H Shooting Sports Program starts its fall session at 1:00 pm, Sunday, October 6 at Hervida 4-H Camp. Youth ages 9-19 are welcome to join in the fun while learning the basic skills of a shooting sports discipline. Choose from archery, pistol, rifle, shotgun, and/or living history. All shooting equipment and supplies are provided. For the rest of the meeting dates, discipline descriptions, discipline times, and enrollment forms go to http://go.osu.edu/ssports and take a look at the “When & Where” section.