Green & Growing

Franklin County 4-H News - June 2018


Fair entry instructions for members are available on the Franklin County Fair website.

  • There are two different sets of instructions on the website. One set is for the members to follow and the other is for the club advisor. Club advisors should click HERE for their instructions.

  • When you log in, enter the email address used when you enrolled as a 4-H member earlier this year. The password is the same that you used then.

  • LIVESTOCK PROJECTS - Make sure to enter in your show class as well as your evaluation. Other options that you may want to make an entry for include showmanship and Outstanding Market Exhibitor.

  • VERY IMPORTANT! DO NOT CHECK OUT UNTIL ALL MEMBERS IN THE FAMILY HAVE MADE THEIR FAIR ENTRIES. The system will not allow you to check out and then start another person's entries. Before you begin, make sure you have your whole family's entry information completed. If a change needs to be made, you must contact

  • If you are only registering your 4-H project evaluations, your balance will be $0. Please check that option on the payment screen. Entry fees are charged for Junior Fair Special Events (example: Arrangement Challenge) and animals brought to the fair, not 4-H Evaluations. You only pay $3 if you are paying with credit card. Also please note the difference between Open and Junior Fair Fair Special Events. You are welcome to participate in Open Class events, just know the difference especially when signing up for Photo and Baking.


  • Every exhibitor that makes an entry for a 4-H project will automatically receive a free fair pass if they select "1" in the Junior Fair Ticket option. The other questions on the first page are asking if anyone else in the family would like to purchase a day pass, season (week long) pass or a membership ticket (a week long pass with voting rights for senior fair board elections).

Reminders from the Jr. Fair Board

  • Public Speaking and Clothing evaluations take place during the fair this year.

  • Team Building Challenges will take place on Sunday, July 15, at 7:00pm, this year in the grassy area of the track across from the Ganyard Building. In the past, clubs had a wonderful time working together, completing a variety of relay races. Enter your team of members and cloverbuds and pay the $10 club (not per person) fee under Junior Fair Events. All registered participants receive a bandana. A waiver will need to turned in the day of the event.

  • We encourage all clubs to participate in the Parade of Youth, on the first Saturday of the fair. Consider wearing your Club shirts and making banners that identify who you are, as you march from the Activities Tent to the park for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies. Information is found in the Communications section both online and in Fair Entry.

  • Franklin County Junior Fair Board is selling Fair Apparel as a fundraiser. Get your Franklin County Fair and 4-H apparel and more at: Orders need to be placed by June 9 and can be picked up as early as the creative baking contest.

4-H Health & Safety Speaking Contest

Do you have an interest in presenting a health & safety speech or skit?

Health & Safety Speaking (2 Opportunities Available)

Health & Safety Speech

  • Individual presentation
  • Memorized speech on a health & safety topic relating to humans (topic ideas include: fire safety, tornado safety, farm safety, sun safety, asthma, allergies, etc.)
  • Junior category (9-13 years old) – speech is 2 ½ to 3 ½ minutes long
  • Senior category (14 years and up) – speech is 4 to 5 ½ minutes long

Health & Safety Skit

  • Team of 2-5 4-Hers (ages 8-18)
  • Each member must have at least 1 minute of total speaking time (does not mean 1 minute of continued speaking)
  • Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes
  • Choose a health or safety topic that affects family living (in the home, on the farm, on the highway, or in a public place).
  • Skit should be prepared by the 4-H members participating in the contest
  • Local example and supporting statistics (with sources cited) are required

A reception for all participants will be held after each preliminary contest. Individual participants may bring guests (two suggested) and teams may bring guests (total of five adult guests suggested) to the reception. Youth guests are NOT encouraged since they are less likely to remain quiet during the contest sessions. Adults with small children may be asked to step out of speaking contest rooms to respect all speakers' confidence and focus.


If you are interested in participating in Health & Safety speaking, please contact Christina Byrd at 614-866-6900 x221 or Rachel Stoneburner at These opportunities are part of a multi-county contest - not part of the County Evaluation and take place at a different time. Please contact us no later than June 27, 2018, to obtain details and complete registration. To complete registration, please have the title of the talk/skit, names, age, address, and parent names and email addresses, so we can forward information and sample score sheets ready.

Frequently Asked Questions...

What do I need to do to complete my project?

When is my 4-H project going to be judged?

  • You can find a list of projects and the day of when judging for groups of projects are held HERE.

  • Specific check in times for each project will be released very soon in the Pre-Fair Packet. Watch for another email like this that will have a link to the Pre-Fair Packet.

Horse Grading Help Needed

It takes a lot of volunteers to make horse grading happen each year. There are several opportunities for advisors and parents to volunteer to help with fair grading.

If you'd be willing to help, all instructions will be provided. Just click the link to sign up:

Thank you for all your help!

4-H Pork Dinner at the Fair

It's time once again to start planning for the 4-H Council Pork Dinner at the fair. We are in need of help with donations and volunteering during the event. Volunteer and donation requests are posted for the day of the event:

Reminders of State Fair Deadlines

Wednesday, June 20 – Rules can be found at and entries can be made at .

· Ohio State Fair Rabbit & Poultry Entry Deadline (online entries encouraged)

· Ohio State Fair Livestock Entry Deadline (online entries encouraged)

· Ohio State Fair Dog Show Entry Deadline (all entries made directly to Ohio State Fair, either mailed or made online; online entries encouraged)

· Ohio State Fair Dog Show Drill Teams Entry Deadline (made directly to Ohio State Fair, but no online entry availability)

· Ohio State Fair Dog Agility Entry Deadline (entries sent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center)

Sunday, July 1 (will accept a July 2 postmark since July 1 falls on Sunday) – Ohio State Fair Dog Show poster entry deadline (posters and entry forms sent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center)

Friday, July 6

· Ohio State Fair Poultry Judging Contest Team and Individual Entries (without paying late fee)

· Ohio State Fair Avian Bowl Contest Team Entry deadline

New OSU Extension Resource for Backyard Growers

4-H Youth Development is a part of OSU Extension. In addition to our 4-H program, we also have other staff that provide research based information to Franklin County residents. Here's an example of some of the resources...

A new resource for the backyard grower, community gardener and urban farmer is available from OSU Extension, Franklin County. The Growing Franklin website has information on events, planting times, pests, weeds and diseases with content added new each week. Upcoming are free vegetable production classes on Container Gardening, Integrated Pest Management and Summer Cover Crops plus and in depth article on what insect pests are present right now in your vegetable garden. Click the Growing Franklin link to subscribe.

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