Wayne County 4-H

News and Notes

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Livestock Interview Judging is an Alternative to Skillathon

We’ve been looking at new ways to encourage exhibitors to learn about their projects while developing essential skills for success down the road. This year livestock exhibitors will have the option to participate in a pilot project interview judging in place of Skillathon. Judging will take place during Still Project judging on July 17th and August 8th and will consist of a one-on-one interview with a knowledgeable judge and grading of the Project Record Book.

Those who wish to participate must pre-register ahead of time. We will only be taking a limited number of exhibitors, on a first-come first-serve basis. The registration window is open and there is still room available. Sign up is online only by completing the form at: go.osu.edu/2017livestockinterviews

Please note that although you may do an interview in lieu of skillathon, your interview score will not be considered as part of the “Outstanding Market Exhibitor” score for Swine or Beef, or “Outstanding Dairy Exhibitor” in the Dairy Department. You must do skillathon in Wayne County if you’re looking to compete in these programs. Exhibitors may choose to complete skillathon for one species and an interview for another.

Last chance to Register for 4-H Camp

Registration Deadline Extended through Friday June 16th at 4:30 pm!

Come be a Superhero at Camp!!

Youth that are in the 3rd grade or higher and ages 8-13 as of January 1st of this year, can attend Junior Camp at 4-H Camp Ohio from June 29th through July 3rd. There are lots of fun activities to do at Junior Camp including but not limited to rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, zip lining, climbing the adventure tower, 9-square in the air, gaga pit, stream studies, nature exploration, swimming, water games, scuba diving, archery, riflery, high ropes courses, campfires, line dancing, and much more!

Download the Junior Camp brochure and registration form today!

Raise Your Hand for 4-H - Shelley Meyer

Raise Your Hand to Support 4-H

National 4-H Council has started a campaign for others to show their support to 4-H. This campaign is to help identify 4-H alumni and encourage their support for initiatives across the country. Check out the video above from Shelley Meyer, a 4-H alum and wife of Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyer.

The campaign ends on June 30th and the states with the most hands raised wins a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 reward for their local programs. That money will be used by the state 4-H office to support local 4-H programs. The state announced it is awarding the top counties with $500 each for the most hands raised in June.

To support this campaign, go to http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ and fill out a simple form. It is FREE and takes less then a minute to do. Then share the link on Facebook and Twitter to get the word out to everyone!

Not a 4-H alum? Just click the “no, I am not a 4-H Alum” option and contribute anyway!

Fairgrounds Community Service Opportunities

Chances are if you're in 4-H in Wayne County - you probably love our fairgrounds and take pride in seeing it looking nice and clean. There are many shows and events throughout the summer and the whole year that go on at the fairgrounds. We are very fortunate to have such a strong partnership with our Senior Fair Board. 4-H gets access to buildings all around the fairgrounds all year - free of charge for 4-H events.

If your club is looking for a community service project - please consider doing something that would help your club show it's pride in and around the fairgrounds. Listed below are a few possible opportunities.

  • Clean up a flower bed or planter - plant, weed, water, and generally maintain a particular spot on the grounds. Think of it as adopt a flower bed.
  • Pick up trash and litter around the fairgrounds.
  • Clean up after yourself and/or your animals anytime you are on the grounds and leave your stall or barn areas in better shape than you found them!
  • Volunteer to help clean up after a show or event.
  • Some limited opportunities for clubs are available to clean out barns after certain events that can serve as a fundraiser for your club.
  • Participate in the TEAM FAIR Clean Up Night on September 19th from 6-8 pm. Pizza and refreshments will be served at 8 pm.

If any of these ideas sound appealing to you and/or your club or if you have other ideas about ways you might be able to show your pride in caring for our beautiful Wayne County Fairgrounds - please contact 4-H Educator Doug Foxx.

2017 Wayne County 4-H Fun Fair

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Quality Assurance is a Separate Event from Skillathon This Year!

Members Must attend both Skillathon (or Livestock Interview Judging) and QA to show at the fair.

For more information and details, be sure to read the letters that were mailed to youth enrollled in livestock projects this year.

Skillathon Volunteers Needed

Your help is greatly needed to make the Skillathons successful learning experiences for the youth. If you are able to help on July 20, 24 or 25, you can complete a survey online (go.osu.edu/wayneskillathon17) or stop into the office and fill out a form to indicate your availability and preferences. If you feel you don’t have enough expertise about animals, no worries - we have simple instructions and leaders to help you!

Possible Skillathon Stations to Study for 2017

The listing of possible Skillathon Stations to Study for 2017 was included in the Skillathon letter that was mailed to all livestock exhibitors in May.

Skillathon Club Schedule

Checkout the Skillathon Club Schedule for the date and time that your club is scheduled to participate. This information was also included in the May mailing to all livestock exhibitors. If you cannot attend during your club's scheduled time - please come anytime during the 3 evenings of Skillathon July 20, 24, or 25 or contact the Extension Office in advance to schedule a time to complete your Skillathon.

Upcoming Clinics

Don't forget the Goat Clinic will be June 17 @ 10 am at the fairgrounds - Quality Assurance will be offered.

The final 2017 4-H Dog Clinic will be June 20th at 7 p.m. All Wayne County 4-H Dog Clinics are held in the Sheep/Swine Show Arena at the fairgrounds.

Dairy Clinic - The dairy committee will be hosting a dairy clinic on July 9 @ 6 p.m. on the fairgrounds. Quality Assurance, showmanship, grooming and general care will be some of the topics covered. Please encourage all of your members, especially first year members, to come!

Attention Horse Youth, Parents, and Advisors!

Horse Youth of the Year Award

Applications are Due to the Extension Office by 4:30 pm August 1st –

scoring criteria and the application are available on our website.

Tuesday Night Fun Shows - View / Download the Showbill Online


Youth are expected to support their county's own PAS Show. Going out of county to another county's PAS show is a privilege, not a right. To go out of county youth must complete the out of county form and obtain the signature of their county 4-H Educator prior to going to the out of county show. No after the fact approvals will be granted this year.

Going out of county is to be reserved for those with major conflicts such as a previously scheduled family vacation, unavoidable work conflict, etc. Arrangements to go to an out of county PAS Show should be made well in advance of the show. Support our Wayne County PAS Show on June 17th and then if you do not qualify and would like to try again in another county Mr. Foxx will gladly sign your form to go to another county to try again.

Ohio State Fair Information

Jr Livestock Exhibitors

To enter the 2017 Ohio State Fair Jr. Livestock Competitions, go to the website and download the Division Rules and Competition Information. You must also download, fill out, and have the entry forms signed and postmarked by JUNE 20th. You will then send this entry form to the Ohio State Fair Entry Department. The Livestock Rules and Information is available online at http://ohiostatefair.com/livestock

There is also an online entry system available at http://ohlive.fairmanager.com/, this MUST also be entered by June 20th

Signatures for State Fair Entries

Member must get a signature of the Extension Staff or Vo-Ag Educator. 4-H entries must have a 4-H Staff member’s signature and FFA entries must have their Vo-Ag Educators signature.

4-H Handbook – Still and FCS Projects

The 4-H Handbook with non-livestock information is posted online. The handbook has 4-H exhibit information and State Fair Requirements that will be given to the 4-H member that is selected to go to State Fair in each class. This information is available at http://go.osu.edu/OSFhandbook

Dog Exhibitors

Dog agility and dog show entries sent to the state fair must be postmarked JUNE 20.

Dog show poster contest sent to the Nationwide 4-H Center must be postmarked JULY 1st.

Poultry Exhibitors

Avian Bowl Contest entries should be sent to the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center and must be postmarked JULY 7th. The contest will take place on August 5th.

Poultry Judging Contest entries should be sent to the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center and must be postmarked JULY 7th . Individuals and teams may enter.

Earn Fabulous Prizes for Your 4-H Club

Has your club been actively keeping track of points and filling in the new Wayne County 4-H STAR Club award form. This is a great activity for club officers to do. Clubs should earn at least 1,350 points out of more than 2,700 available points to earn this standard of excellence.

Download the form at go.osu.edu/starclub and start keeping track of your club’s activities and points today. Star Club Award applications will be due September 30th and fabulous prizes will be awarded at the 4-H Recognition Banquet in November.

FCS and Still Project Requirements

In just over a month project judging will start! Please make sure you check out the requirements for judging and the fair before you get there! The guidelines are all available online at http://wayne.osu.edu/projectinfo .

FCS Judging Dates:

  • July 13, 2017 “Early Bird” FCS Project Judging - 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Fisher Auditorium, OARDC Campus. To be eligible for State Fair selection, members must participate in this event.
  • July 14, 2017 Construction Judging - 9 am – Noon at the Fisher Auditorium, OARDC Campus. Members must leave their garment the night of July 13 in the conference room to be judged the next day. (Room will be locked. No members or parents are permitted at judging) Garment Pickup will be 1 -3 pm. Member can come pick up their garments that afternoon or during Still Project Judging July 17, 2017 from 7-8:30 pm.
  • July 18, 2017 Style Revue & 4-H Awards Program - 7:00 p.m. at Fisher Auditorium, OARDC. Family & friends are invited to see 4-H members model their clothing projects. Construction Award winners and State Fair representatives in all FCS & Still project areas will be announced at this event. Participating members must be registered by 6:50 PM.
  • August 8, 2017 "Last Chance" FCS Project Judging - 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Wayne County Fairgrounds. For members not interested in or unable to participate in the July judging events.

Still Project Judging Dates:

  • July 17, 2017 "Early Bird" Still Project Judging - 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Fisher Auditorium, OARDC Campus. Must participate in this event to be eligible receive the ability to represent Wayne County at the State Fair.

  • August 8, 2017 "Last Chance" Still Project Judging - 6:00-9:00 pm at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. This event is for members not interested or unavailable to participate in the July Judging events.

E-Poster Requirements:

If you plan to create an e-poster (computer based presentation) you must supply your own laptop or tablet. The presentation can be no longer than 15 slide advancements. And for the fair display you will then take a representation of your slides and make a 22”x28” poster to be displayed.

Food and Nutrition Projects:

A common oversight for project judging is creating a meal plan for the entire day. As always you should prepare a dish/meal out of your book, additionally bring a presentation folder or E-poster, your project book, a table setting (for the meal at which your dish is served) and a menu plan. The portion that is often overlooked is the creation of a complete menu plan for 1 day.

For example if you are taking the Star Spangled Foods project and bring the Wild West Burger to judging, you must then create a list of food you will eat for an entire day. And make sure to follow the My Plate criteria for serving sizes and categories to make a nutritious daily meal pan. To see an example of the menu or a proper table setting visit http://wayne.osu.edu/projectinfo .

Bikes for Kids

Now is a great time for your club to talk about what community service projects they would like to participate in for this year. Approximate cost for one bike is $65.00 and they are given to local children around Christmas time. If your club would like to donate to bikes for kids, please make your donation to the Extension Office by September 30.

Annual 4-H Back to School Drive

We know school just let out for most of you, but the 4-H Advisory Committee is once again sponsoring the 4-H Back to School drive to help support our communities. Wayne County 4-H clubs are encouraged to participate in this by collecting school supplies (markers, compasses, colored pencils, wide rule loose leaf paper, crayons, glue, etc.) at their summer club meetings.

School supplies can be dropped off July 27th, 31st or August 1st from 3:00 pm - 7:00pm at the Jr. Fair Office. (Same time and place as Jr. Fair entries are due) All county 4-H clubs will have their items tallied and scored based on a percentage of club enrollments. This ensures all clubs have a fair chance of winning the 4-H Back to School Drive!. The winning club will get to have a pizza or ice cream party sponsored by the 4-H Committee.

4-H Families Interested in Camping at the 2017 Wayne County Fair?

You must apply for a camping permit. Camping fees are $125 per unit for all 6 days of the fair. Forms and payment should be submitted to the Senior Fair Board office. Registration forms are due August 19, 2017.

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Click Here to View / Download the Jr. Fair Book

Contains Jr. Fair Rules and Departments, Sections, and Class Numbers for completing entry forms.

Upcoming Wayne County 4-H Events, Meetings, & Deadlines


12-14 Beginner Sewing Camp

13 Contest Horse Fun Show

15 Junior Camp Counselor Training

17 Goat Clinic

17 4-H PAS State Fair Qualifying Horse Show

19 Senior Fair Board

19-21 Beginner Sewing Camp

20 State Fair Livestock Entries Due

20 Food and Fashion Board

20 Pleasure Horse Fun Show

20 Dog Obedience Clinic

24 Rain Make-up Date for PAS Horse Show (If needed)

24 Wayne County 4-H Fun Fair


27 Junior Camp Counselor Training

27 Contest Horse Fun Show

29 - July 3 Wayne County 4-H Junior Camp at Camp Ohio

View the full 2017 Wayne County 4-H Calendar of Events