Join the Wayne County 4-H Equine Education Team

The Equine Education Teams are getting organized and starting practice.  The first meeting will be Tuesday, February 17, 2014, at 630pm at Horizon Equine Veterinary Services, 11001 Ashland Road, Wooster 44691.  Subsequent meetings will be held at the Fairgrounds, but the building was not available on this date.

This is a great way for any 4H member to meet new friends and learn more about horses.   Anyone considering a career in an equine related field should consider this a good addition to your resume’.   The teams are open to any 4H member and they do not have to have an equine 4H project, but some knowledge of horses would be helpful.  There is a Jr. and Sr. Team.  Junior members are strongly encouraged to get started!   Our first competition is Horse Bowl on April 11.  This is a statewide competition held in Columbus. 

Anyone needing more information please contact Janelle Geiger at 330.234.3386 or  

2015 Outstanding Dairy Youth Award Application Now Available

Each year the Wayne County Dairy Service Unit (DSU) presents an Outstanding Dairy Youth Award ($250) at its annual meeting.  The recipient of this award must be nominated by a FFA or 4-H advisor who has some knowledge of the individual and their work with a dairy project and/or contribution to the dairy industry.

The award nomination form should be returned to the Wayne County Extension office by February 17, 2015.   Award forms are available on the Wayne County Extension web site at: and at the Wayne County Extension office.  Forms can be mailed in or filled out on line and submitted electronically.

2015 Dairy Service Unit Scholarship Available

The Wayne County Dairy Service Unit offers a scholarship to provide financial assistance to students in Wayne County that intend to go on to post-high school education in the field of agriculture, with a special interest in the dairy industry.  At least one scholarship of $1000 will be awarded to qualified applicants.

Applicants for the scholarship must be a resident of Wayne County at the time of application, have graduated from an accredited high school program or be in their senior year, and have an agricultural background with interest towards continuing in agriculture.  Special consideration is given to those applicants with a dairy background, involvement in a 4-H or FFA dairy project or having employment in a dairy based business.  Applications for the scholarship are due to the Wayne County Extension office by February 17, 2015.

Scholarship applications are available on the Wayne County Extension web site at:

Scholarship applications can also be obtained from FFA advisors and the Wayne County Extension office located in the upper level of the county administration building at 428 West Liberty Street in Wooster, phone:  330-264-8722.

2015 Market Beef Tagging & Weigh-In Procedure

All Dairy Steers, Beef Steers/Heifers and Carcass Steers/Heifers must be TAGGED and WEIGHED at county check-in on SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2015 at Wayne County Fairgrounds, Wooster 10:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M.

In case of inclement weather, listen to WQKT 104.5 FM for cancellation. The back-up check-in date will be January 24th.

Calves must be tagged and weighed on January 17th.  Members need not be present, however calves not tagged and weighed at the county check-in will not be eligible for Wayne County Junior Fair participation.

Rate of gain will be figured accordingly. NO BULL calves will be tagged. ALL calves must be castrated prior to weigh-in or will be ineligible for participation. If steers are clamped, this should be done prior to early November. Calves should be dehorned and haltered for check-in.

Each member may tag and weigh-in (2) beef steers, (2) market beef heifers, (2) dairy steers, and (2) carcass evaluation steers or heifers for a total of eight (8) animals. DAIRY STEERS MUST BE PURE DAIRY BREEDS. Beef steers may be purebred or crossbred beef breeds. Beef steers/heifers that were born at a Wayne County residence and raised by a 4-H/FFA member in Wayne County are also eligible to be entered in the “Wayne County Born & Raised” class at the fair (must complete form at January weigh – in).

Recommended weight is 400-600 pounds in the fall.

Please get new member addresses to the extension office and we will mail them a weigh-in information letter directly.

Each member must identify one market animal in his/her name.  Extra (backup) animals may be signed up / weighed in under one family for all siblings in that family.  All backup animals must be added onto each child’s weigh-in form.

****A beef or dairy steer may be tagged and weighed as both a fair show steer and as a carcass steer. If during the year the animal loses it’s ear tag, the member must contact the Extension Office immediately.****

2015 Beef Pre-Fair Show Options

All market beef and dairy market beef exhibitors will be required to once again show/exhibit during one of the following options prior to the Wayne County Fair.

  • OPTION 1:  During the January check-in, the member can show his/her animal. If the animal is not calmly lead several times around the ‘show area’ then the committee will expect that the member return to one of the following options prior to the Wayne County Fair.
  • OPTION 2:  Showing at any winter/spring preview or jackpot show (including OCA BEST show).  Member must get a paid entry receipt to the extension office by August 1st.
  • OPTION 3:  Showing at the spring show held in April at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Member can show during the regular show OR at the end of the show there will be a beef showmanship class and a dairy beef showmanship class. There is no entry fee and no pre-registration.
  • OPTION 4:  Exhibit a steer at the OSF.  Member must get proof of exhibition to the extension office by August 10.

Members who want to exhibit a dairy beef AND a market beef animal will need to show BOTH prior to the Wayne County Fair. Show means to lead the animal(s) several times around the arena and set up as would be expected in an actual show. Back up animals do not need to be shown.

If you do not show your animal(s) during any of the above opportunities, YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO EXHIBIT YOUR ANIMAL(S) AT THE WAYNE COUNTY JUNIOR FAIR.

This is an effort to get youth more involved with their projects and create more interest and time spent with the projects to help ensure a quality experience at the fair and to improve the quality of our show.

2014 Action Committee Election Results

The following individuals listed below were elected to serve three-year terms on the Wayne County 4-H Action Teams listed below.  Congratulations to everyone that was elected and a special thank you to everyone who volunteered to run or nominated someone to run for the action committees this year!

Dairy Committee
Anita Hershey

Goat Committee
Jeb Beeman
Cameron Cline
Adam Gasser

Poultry and Rabbit Committee
Jared Bardall
Melissa Stoudmire
Alicia Swires

Horse Committee
Jennifer Frank
Beth Harp Shisler
Nicole Hoff
Sharon Landis

Beef Committee
Josh Harley
Bob Wirth
Ken Wood

Sheep Committee
Angela Shoemaker
Ron Strock
Laura Wood

Swine Committee
David Devore
Molly Rhees

Please note:  The Building 10, Dog, Dairy, and Swine Committees will review the names of write-in candidates submitted and vote to fill any remaining committee vacancies.


2014 Poultry & Rabbit Meat Pick Up

Poultry & Rabbit purchased from the 2014 Wayne County Junior Fair Livestock Sale can be picked up at the Wayne County Fairgrounds – Jr. Fair Office on Saturday September 20, 2014 from 1-3 pm.  For more information contact 4-H program assistant Stephen Heppe.  ALL MEAT NOT PICKED UP BY 3 PM WILL BE DONATED TO A LOCAL CHARITY.