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Franklin County 4-H News - April 22, 2021

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We are excited to share that we have received permission to hold our annual overnight 4-H camp this summer at 4-H Camp Ohio. We are still working out the details to prepare for registration to open next week but we couldn't wait to share the good news! In the meantime, we need to say a HUGE thank you to our counselors and camp staff who have been patiently waiting and flexibly planning for all situations. A LOT of thought went into this decision at all levels of leadership from county 4-H staff and volunteers to the OSU Provost's office. We're especially grateful for Ohio 4-H and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Leadership who advocated fiercely that we can pull this off safely!

Keep an eye out for registration information coming to your email inbox next week!

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Franklin County Fair Book

All 4-H projects that you are planning to complete at a Franklin County Fair event require a fair entry. Your 4-H advisor will be telling you how to complete your fair entries during your club's May meeting. In the meantime, you can check out the fair book and the details of all the fair contests on their new website. Note that the fair book is being updated and not everything is in the final stage yet.

Franklin County Junior Fair Tentative Schedules

Horse Project Information

Spring Equine Youth Clinic - May 1, 2021

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.
    - May 3, 7:00pm
    - June 7, 7:00pm
    - July 5, 7:00pm

Franklin County 4-H Horse Website -

2021 Horse Vaccination Requirements

This year, 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 2021.

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

All horses must also have documentation of a negative Coggins test done on or after January 1, 2021.

Final Horse Safety & Ethics

All 4-H members taking a horse project 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.

Virtual Horse Safety & Ethics

Date: May 10, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM

* This is not a requirement for Horseless Horse projects.

Save the Date: Required Livestock Quality Assurance

Are you taking any of these 4-H projects to the Fair?

  • 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 ARE REQUIRED BY LAW to attend a livestock quality assurance session in order to exhibit your animal at the fair. Franklin County is offering two sessions this year.

Virtual Quality Assurance Information

There is still one session left to complete the Livestock Quality Assurance requirement. Members must attend the entire quality assurance presentation in order to receive completion credit. Attendance will be taken and monitored throughout the session. This will be an interactive presentation and members will be asked to answer poll questions.

Session Information:

Date: May 19, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM

Cloverbot Challenge

This year we're going to space and the challenge happens on Mars! Cloverbuds will design a place to live on the Red Planet and create a model featuring their method of transportation. The 4-H Clvoerbot Challenge will be virtual via Zoom on Monday, July 12, or Thursday, July 22 from 6:30-8 p.m. All teams must register by June 30 and new teams can order a kit to help them get started at a reduced rate thanks to support from the Ohio 4-H Foundation.

Cloverbot Challenge Information

2021 4-H Project Book Options

It's never to early to think about your projects for next summer! Here are some great ways to get your books.

  • Download one for free. Select from a dozen popular titles in the Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects collection. Click on the book you want, and when the file opens on your screen, save or print it from there. This year, a selection of 4‑H Cloverbud activities is available too. (For accessible formats of these publications, visit

  • Order and pick up project books at the Extension Office. Ohio residents get the best price on printed books when they order and pick up their purchases through local Extension offices. To make an appointment to purchase a book at the office, call (614)866-6900, option 6.

  • Buy one online. Like last year, you also can order directly from Ohio residents receive free shipping on orders of $20 or more with the coupon FREE2021. Books cost slightly more this way, but orders can be shipped directly to any Ohio address. There is no restriction on the number of times a coupon can be used. See our printable Ordering Is Easy instructions. Please review your order carefully. Extension Publishing is not able to accept returns.

  • Make your own. 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. Learn about the best of current circumstances with My Own Stay-at-Home Project.

4-H Project Requirement Guide

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.

Horse Committee Rail Sponsorship Opportunity

The arena at the Franklin County Fairgrounds is getting a makeover! Don’t miss your opportunity to advertise your business, honor a loved one, and support the 4-H Horse Advisory Committee. For more information about rail sponsorships visit:

Horse Show Volunteers Needed

This is a great community service opportunity!

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 Jr Fair Horse Show.

All of the shows are run with volunteers. 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. Visit the Events tabs at top of a list of shows with volunteer opportunities.

Franklin County Fashion Board Project Help Clinic

The Franklin County 4-H Fashion Board will be holding office hours Friday, June 4, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to provide help to any member enrolled in a clothing project. Registration is coming soon to reserve a time to bring your project and questions. A fashion board member will reach out to get preliminary Information prior to office hours. ALL Ohio 4-H In-Person COVID-19 event guidelines will be followed.

*** Sewing machines will be provided. Members should come with their project and a well-stocked sewing box.

Any member who is interested in project help via zoom should email

Franklin County Fair in a Bag

Looking for a fun activity to do with your kiddos this summer?!

We bring to you "Fair-In-A-Bag!" You can enjoy activities that you might be able to find at a County Fair from the comfort of your OWN home! BONUS - if you want to venture out to the Franklin County Fair this year, a fair admission ticket is included so your kiddo can get in FREE!

At just $7, you can support your local fair and keep your kid happily entertained for hours!

Purchase now and pick up at your convenience at the Franklin County Fairgrounds during one of these time slots:

7/10/21: 10am - 12pm

7/14/21: 6:30pm - 8pm

**make sure to keep an eye out on your email to confirm the t-shirt size for your order!**

Purchase your Fair in a Bag here!

Club Fundraising & Community Service

Ohio 4-H has developed 4-H Club Fundraising and Community Service Guidance to assist clubs with these activities. The guidance is in addition to the already developed Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings and Events, which provides detailed information on sanitizing, physical distancing, mask wearing, etc. This information can be found

Amazon Smile Donations

Do you shop on Amazon? Did you know that Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases directly to Franklin County 4-H! All you have to do is select Franklin County 4-H Council (Columbus, OH) as your charity of choice on your Amazon account. Then just shop by logging in at It's still your same Amazon account - just more charitable and doesn't cost you anything extra! You still get the convenience of shopping on Amazon while they donate to 4-H.
Select Franklin County 4-H Council as your charity now by clicking this link:

Kroger Community Rewards

Do you shop at Kroger? Why not let your shopping benefit the Franklin County Junior Fair Board. The Junior Fair Board raises money to pay for all of those pretty ribbons, banners, and trophies that our members receive at the fair each year! Please help them out by registering your Kroger Plus Card with the community rewards program so that 5% of your shopping bill goes directly to the Junior Fair Board. It's super easy. You just sign up and do your regular shopping - nothing extra gets charged to you! Kroger donates the money!

Register here:
  • Organization Name: FRANKLIN CO. JR. FAIRBOARD
  • Organization Number: FK546
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