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Franklin County 4-H News - March 2019 v. 2

You are receiving this newsletter because you were either enrolled in Franklin County 4-H last year or have recently enrolled in 4-H for 2019. Please pay close attention to the information in this newsletter as it contains a lot of information that is important to Franklin County 4-H members. If you are no longer in Franklin County 4-H, feel free to unsubscribe at the bottom of the page.

Time to hit the road for the third annual Franklin County Clover 5K in Hilliard on April 6th! The Clover 5K is a fundraiser to support the Walk & Serve community service event.

After the run, enjoy a made to order omelet, muffin, fruit, and more! The Chick-fil-a cow will high five you as you cross the finish line AND you will have a photo op with a Tea Cup Pig!

Sign up today for only $30. Register before March 24 in order to receive a Clover 5K soft t-shirt with your registration fee. Registration includes post race snacks and the satisfaction that you made a difference in the community. For more info, visit

Franklin County 4-H Camp

All youth, ages 8 and in 3rd grade through 13, are invited to join the adventure at Franklin County 4-H Camp. Campers will have fun meeting other youth while participating in a variety of camp activities like canoeing, disc golf, bottle rockets, creeking, nature exploration, swimming, hiking, team challenges, high ropes, a climbing wall, campfires, crafts, and so much more!

Financial aid is available in the form of partial camperships for 4-H families with financial need. Campership applications are due April 5.

Date: June 17-21, 2019
More Information:
Priority Registration for 4-H Members: March 15-April15
Open Registration: April 15-May 15 (or until camp is full)


Again this year, each family will do their own online 4-H enrollment. It's a fairly easy process especially since you can just use the email and password that you used last year (for both 4-H enrollment and fair entries)! Enroll at

After you have attended a club meeting this year, you may enroll online. There is a very helpful Family Online Enrollment Help Guide on the Franklin County 4-H website. Before enrolling make sure the youth in your family know which projects they are planning on taking this year. You must enter your projects for 2019 before submitting enrollment. Please remove last year's projects if you aren't taking them again!

Changes can be made to your project selections until the 4-H enrollment deadline on April 1, 2019. Email Kathy Bohanan by April 1 if you need to make changes to your enrollment after you've submitted it.

NOTE: Simply enrolling online does not complete the requirements for club enrollment. You must attend 4-H meetings (make sure your club advisor knows who you are), complete your project(s), and participate as an active member of your club!

Also note that all members will pay a $20 county activity fee. This is in addition to any fees that your club may possibly have. Turn your county activity fee into your club advisor or club treasurer.

4-H Sewing Workshop

Want to learn more about how to properly finish your sewing project? The Franklin County Fashion Board is here to help! This workshop will focus on seam finishes, reading patterns, taking measurements, hand stitching, and proper fabric selection. We look forward to seeing you there! Contact Samantha Brill at with any questions.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Franklin County Extension Office, 530 W Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215

Cloverbud Day: May the Fourth Be with You!

4-H Cloverbuds, mark your calendar for a fun-filled day of activities and crafts for our kindergarten through second grade members. Participants will turn into Padawans, construct their very own light saber, create galactic slime, make and eat an out-of-this-world snack, engage in super fun activities, and make some new Cloverbud friends.

Trained and screened Franklin County 4-H staff, camp counselors, and volunteers will be on site to supervise and facilitate the event.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019

Time: 9:30am-noon

Address: 530 W Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Registration: Required but FREE


4-H Project Requirement Guide - Now Available!

Do you know what you need to do in order to complete your project? Make sure you check out the Franklin County 4-H Project Requirement Guide HERE.

2019 Franklin County Fair Book Online Now!

The 2019 Franklin County Fair Book can be found on the fair's new website!

Fair Newsletter - Read the News!

Catch up on the current events at the Franklin County Fair. Read their most recent newsletter here.

Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports State Championship - Shotgun

This competition is open to all Ohio 4-H members enrolled in any 4-H Shooting Sports discipline and age 13 as of 1/1/2019. Youth must meet all Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports requirements, including but not limited to, being knowledgeable and proficient in the safe use of the equipment and knowledgeable of the general rules of the event. The event is April 13, 2019 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio and only includes a shotgun competition this year (additional disciplines will be added annually). The cost to register is $40 by April 5th and $50 late registration/day of event. All targets are provided but members will be responsible to supply their own firearm and ammunition.

To register on-line: All appropriate forms will be emailed to each youth registered. Those registering day of the event must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to complete the appropriate forms.

Rules can be found at:

The competition serves as part of the selection process for the 2020 Ohio 4-H Shotgun Team that will compete at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition held in Grand Island, Nebraska. Youth ages 13-17 as of 1/1/19 are eligible for the team. Those youth age eighteen as of 1/1/2019 can compete for awards but not for selection to the 2020 State Team.

Coding SPIN Club Week

Two great opportunities to learn valuable computer coding skills. Pick one of the weeks and register at one of the links below.

June 24-28, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Register online at:

July 22-26, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Register online at:

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New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation

Volunteers help make 4-H possible and are an essential part of the overall program. More than 300,000 youth and adult volunteers participate in the Ohio 4-H program each year. 4-H volunteers have the opportunity to contribute their time, energies, talents, and knowledge to help develop youth in a positive, educational way. The Franklin County 4-H program is dependent on its incredible adult volunteers to reach the youth of our county. Each time a new volunteer gets involved with the 4-H program, the number of children that benefit from 4-H programs increases!

Is someone you know interested in becoming a 4-H volunteer advisor? All 4-H volunteers must complete the Ohio 4-H volunteer screening process, which includes an application, a completed background check, and a volunteer orientation. One last new volunteer orientation session for for the upcoming 2019 4-H season will be held April 10, 2019, at 6:30p.m. If you know someone planning to attend, please have them register by emailing Christina Byrd at

State Achievment Awards

Congratulations to the the 2019 Franklin County 4-H members who have received state achievement honors:

Rachel Berk

Sheep State Achievement Winner

Vet Science State Achievement First Alternate

Brooke Fleshman

Clothing & Textiles State Achievement Winner

Citizenship & Community Service State Achievement First Alternate

Madelyn Smith

Health & Safety State Achievement Winner

State Junior Fair Board Representative

Elijah Voorhees

Companion Animals State Achievement First Alternate

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Clover Confidence: Building Fearless Females

This program is open to ALL young ladies currently in grades 5-8. The Clover Confidence: Building Fearless Females program began in Darke County, Ohio and the Franklin County Junior Fair Royalty Committee is excited to bring this opportunity to girls in Central Ohio. The program utilizes hands-on activities focused on building confidence, female empowerment, positive body image, and self-esteem.

When: April 29, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Franklin County Fairgrounds, Ganyard Building

How to Register: Email youth name, grade, and t-shirt size to

Deadline to Register: April 20, 2019

Cost: $10 due at time of event

4-H Event Youth Assistant Applications Now Open

What: 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA)

Who: Individuals age 13-18 (as of January 1 of the year of application) and have at least 1 year prior 4-H experience.

Timeframe: Apply by May 15, selection, training, service to OSF, and evaluation. Complete responsibilities by August 31, 2019.

Applications available at:

Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):

- Must attend one of the options for training (July 9 or July 17)

- Must work a minimum of 3 events at the Ohio State Fair; may work more if desired

- Program Fee: $25/person for first year members; $10 for 2nd or more year members

Teens Receive:

    • 4HEYA Polo & Nametag
    • State Fair admission, parking ticket, and meal ticket(s)
    • Optional State Fair housing in the Rhodes Center (if desired)
    • Experience of working events at the Ohio State Fair
    • Opportunity to enhance leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program

Franklin County 4-H Unites for Community Service & Healthy Living

Walk and Serve - WEBSITE:

Everyone is welcome to participate in Walk and Serve! If your club is not hosting a non-profit organization that day, don't worry! You can still participate! The 4-H Walk & Serve will showcase 15 non-profit organizations that serve Central Ohio. There will be a station for each organization where you can learn about their cause. Then you can complete a hands-on community service project that will benefit them!


You can help promote Walk & Serve with your school, co-workers, family, friends, and community.

  • If you are able to pass out Walk and Serve Flyers in your school or community, please contact the event chair, Amy Fleshman, at
  • If you are a business owner or know of one who would like to be a sponsor of this community focused event, click here.
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Rabbit Project Information

Changes for Pet Rabbits

Beginning in 2019, there will be a change to what rabbit projects stay in the barn and show in the breed show at the Franklin County Fair.

  • Pet Rabbit Projects will no longer stay in the barn and show in the breed show at the Franklin County Fair. A pet rabbit will participate in the new Companion Animal Show that is anticipated to take place on Wednesday morning (July 17) of the fair in the tent.
  • Pet Rabbits will be brought to the fair for the companion animal show and then taken home following the companion animal show.
  • The companion animal show, while still being finalized, should include some fun show components and possibly a bunny hop competition. The rabbit fun show that was previously held at the fair is expected to be discontinued.
  • Pet rabbit projects should complete their book, make an educational display/poster, and participate in the companion animal show.
  • Pet Rabbits will not participate in the livestock evaluations that take place the week before the fair. Pet Rabbit projects will go through interview evaluations at the Companion Animal Show during the fair.
  • Pet Rabbit projects are eligible to be chosen for State Fair Selection to represent the county at the Ohio State Fair Companion Animal Day.

Breeding Rabbits and Market Rabbits

No changes are expected to be made to Breeding or Market Rabbit projects.

  • Members who previously took a Pet Rabbit Project that would like to take their rabbit as a breeding rabbit in 2019 may do so if they would like to participate in the Rabbit Breed Show and have their rabbit stay in the barn. Breeding your rabbit is not a requirement for completing the Breeding Rabbit Project, although it is a good learning experience.
  • Spayed or neutered rabbits are not breeding rabbits. If your rabbit is spayed or neutered, you should take the Pet Rabbit Project.

These changes are meant to maintain the true educational purpose of a breed show and to mirror the breed show and companion animal day at The Ohio State Fair. We anticipate that not having pet rabbits in the barn will also reduce the heat stress put on some of the rabbits that might be house rabbits that are used to air conditioning.

All 4-H members taking a horse project (this does not include horseless horse) for the first time this year are REQUIRED to participate in a Horse Safety & Ethics session prior to participating in any 4-H activities with a horse. A parent or legal guardian must attend with the member. The member must also purchase and read the book Horse Safety & You prior to attending.

Two sessions are held. Members may choose which one they want to attend.

April 24, 2019, 6:30pm, Extension Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH

May 13, 2019, 6:30pm, Extension Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH

Horse Show Volunteers Needed

The Franklin County Horse Advisory Committee holds five horse shows each year. Three shows are fundraisers for the Franklin County 4-H Horse program. Two shows are Performance Against Standards (PAS) Shows where 4-H members attempt to qualify to attend the Ohio State Junior Fair Horse Show.

The shows are completely volunteer run. There are volunteer opportunities for people with little or no horse show experience. Training assistance will be available at the show. Volunteers should be 16 or older. Review the volunteer opportunities and sign up HERE.


REQUIRED Horse Forms Due April 1, 2019 (May be turned in at Extension Office or at the Horse Advisory Committee Meeting on April 1.)

Permission to Participate in Horse Projects
Equine Activities Disclosure
Horse ID Form
Horse Lease Guidelines

Horse Royalty Applications - Due April 1 (not postmarked)

Spring Equine Youth Clinic
- May 4, 2019

4-H Clubs with Horse Projects
At least one advisor should be representing your club at 4-H Horse Advisory Committee meetings held at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.
- April 1, 7:00pm
- May 6, 7:00pm
- June 3, 7:00pm

Franklin County 4-H Horse Website -


In 2019, the Franklin County Fair is requiring all horses exhibiting at the fair to have documentation that their horse has received the following core horse vaccines. All of the vaccinations must be done in 2019.

  • Eastern/Western Equine Encephalomyelitis
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus
  • West Nile Virus

All horses must also have documentation of a negative Coggins test within a year of the Franklin County Fair dates.

Advisors: Save the Date! Required Attendance

All 4-H Clubs are required to send at least one representative to the annual 4-H Club Advisor Fair Update, April 17, 7:00pm.

Why is attendance required for this event? All clubs need to send at least one representative so that they are informed about the fair entry process. The representative is then responsible for sharing the information with their club. All advisors are encouraged to attend so they can hear the info first hand.

Date: April 17, 2019

Time: 7:00pm
(The update will start after a short 4-H Council meeting.)

Where: New Extension Office

530 W. Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215

Parking: Free Parking in Rear Lot


Are you taking any of the following 4-H projects to the Franklin County Fair this year?

  • Lactating Dairy Cows
  • Market Rabbits
  • Market Poultry
  • Market Lambs
  • Market Goats
  • Lactating Dairy Goats
  • Market Beef (including beef & dairy feeders)
  • Market Swine

If you answered yes to the question above, YOU MUST ATTEND a livestock quality assurance session by May 29th. NO EXCEPTIONS. There are numerous opportunities across the state to attend a session.

  • Franklin County 4-H will be holding a session on April 30, 6:30pm at the Extension Office. 530 W Spring St. Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215
    No registration required.

  • ASE Feed & Supply holds a Free LQA program at Tolles Career & Technical Center on March 28, 6:30pm. Register at

  • A session for LQA will be offered on March 9, at the Ohio 4-H Conference. This option is only for members who registered for the conference already.

Other approved LQA’s are shared below. We will continue to update the list as we receive dates.
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Livestock Possession Dates & Requirements

All 4-H members taking livestock projects to the Franklin County Fair should download the LIVESTOCK REQUIRMENT SUMMARY which has information regarding deadlines for possession and other requirements.

Two State 4-H Camp Opportunities

4-H Camp Tech is from June 5-7 for youth entering grades 6, 7 and 8. You'll explore all things tech-y from programming with Google to virtual reality to robotics and more! Details at

And you can learn about life in another culture and learn about making a difference at 4-H Global AgriCULTURE Camp, from June 10-14. Youth entering grades 8, 9 and 10 will spend three days at OSU discovering how agriculture can impact global food issues, then travel to Howell, Michigan for an over experience at the Heifer Global Village. Find out more at

New Franklin County Extension Office to Open in 2019

Naming Opportunities Available

Located within the Waterman living-learning laboratory just northwest of the OSU campus, the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building will offer a myriad of educational opportunities benefiting Franklin County residents. There are still some naming opportunities available which would be a great end of year donation!

  • Patio (4,050 sq ft): $500,000
  • Green Roof and Rain Garden ($14,524 sq ft): $500,000
  • Open Office Space (2,180 sq ft): $400,000
  • Multi-Purpose Room (2) (1,215 sq ft): $300,000 each
  • Lobby (576 sq ft): $200,000
  • Demonstration Kitchen (552 sq ft): $100,000
  • Gardener's Lab (227 sq ft): $75,000
  • Conference Room (280 sq ft): $75,000
  • Program Fulfillment Room (528 sq ft): $50,000
  • Large Office (144 Sq Ft): $35,000
  • Office (8) (98 Sq Ft): $25,000 each

For more details about donating or naming opportunities, contact Emily Winnenberg at

OSU Extension, Franklin

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