Green & Growing

Franklin County 4-H News - May 2019

You are receiving this newsletter because you were either enrolled in 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 your family is no longer involved in 4-H, feel free to unsubscribe at the bottom of this email.

Extension Office Traffic Alert

While we are super proud of the Columbus Blue Jackets and their success in the quest for the Stanley Cup, we do need you to be aware of the heightened traffic that will be around the office on Tuesday for Livestock Quality Assurance and on Thursday for the camp counselor training due to the games. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY THE EVENT PARKING ATTENDANT. JUST TELL THEM THAT YOU ARE HERE FOR A CLASS IN THE BUILDING AND THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO THE GAME.

There is also considerable construction around the Extension Office. Please be aware of these two issues:

  1. Hocking Street has a road block sign that says local traffic only. You can enter Hocking Street to get to the rear parking lot.
  2. If you prefer to enter at the west entrance on Spring Street, there might construction barrels in front of the entrance due to a paving project but you can go through the barrels to get to the entrance.

We are sorry for these inconveniences. There was no way to know about the construction or the games when these events were scheduled. Thanks for your patience and Go Jackets!

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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.

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

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Now that you are enrolled in your 4-H projects, you must enter them into the fair entry system if you plan to take them to the fair this summer. Entry Deadline for the Franklin County Junior Fair is June 8 at midnight. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit entries. Instructions for making fair entries can be found here:

Notes to remember when making entries:


Be sure to hit the submit button after completing entries to finalize your entry. If you have not received an email back, you have not completed your entry.

Payment Option: You are only required to pay the $3.00 service fees if your registration is greater than zero. If you are only registering your child for 4-H projects and not special events or contests with no fee(s) and are not purchasing any admission tickets, you will not be required to pay the service fee. Your credit card will not be charged until the fair advisors approve your entry. **If you do not have a credit card for payment, please contact one of the junior fair advisors to make arrangements for payment at

The enrollment process will be open from May 1, 2019 thru midnight June 8, 2019. For your convenience the fair will have computers available on June 8, 2019, from 10am – 2:30 pm at the secretaries office on the Franklin County Fairgrounds for you to enter your projects / events if you need help. June 8, 2019 is the final day you will be able to turn in all required paper forms and posters. You may also mail forms to Franklin County Jr. Fair, PO Box 288, Hilliard, OH 43026. Mailed paperwork must be postmarked by June 8, 2019.

All information about the Franklin County Junior Fair can be found on their website.


Register Now for 4-H Camp!

Guarantee your spot at 4-H camp by April 14. Registration opens to non-4-H members on April 15. We have had camp fill up in the past and some 4-H members have missed out - so don't delay - sign up today!

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, zip line, campfires, crafts, and so much more!

Date: June 17-21, 2019
More Information:
Priority Registration for 4-H Members: March 15 - April 14
Open Registration: April 15-May 15 (or until camp is full)

4-H Meets the Metro Parks

Franklin County 4-H is partnering with the Metro Parks! On Saturday, June 8, 4-H members and friends are invited to 4-H Meets the Metro Parks. This fun interactive two hour workshop will highlight several of the 4-H natural resources projects taught by Metro Park naturalists and 4-H professionals. If you are taking a natural resources project this year, this event would be an excellent opportunity for you to add some entries to your project book's learning experience log! Topics covered will include birds, trees, and creeking (bring some shoes that can get wet). This event is open to the public so bring your friends and the whole family.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019, 10am-noon

Where: Blendon Woods Metro Park (Check in at the Natural Play Area Shelter)

4265 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43081

Cost: FREE

Click Here to Register

4-H Woodworking Projects

Are you taking a 4-H woodworking project? Please pay close attention to the Ohio 4-H Woodworking Requirements. These requirements put limitations on the kinds of projects you can make and the tools that can be used. You don't want to invest a lot of time into your project only to have it disqualified! Please read the requirements before starting your project.

Horse Project Information

Spring Equine Youth Clinic - May 5, 2018

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 6, 7:00pm
    - June 3, 7:00pm
    - July 1, 7:00pm

Franklin County 4-H Horse Website -

NEW! 2019 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 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.

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.

Only one session is left.

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

* This is not a requirement for Horseless Horse projects.

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.

We run all shows 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. Click here for more information and to volunteer.

4-H Computer Coding Week

Would you like to create imaginary worlds while learning valuable computer coding skills? In this 4-H Special Interest week-long activity, you will learn computer programming concepts using Scratch and apply them to create your own interactive story or game. Two great opportunities to learn valuable computer coding skills are available. Pick one of the weeks and register at one of the links below.

Location: 530 W Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Cost: $50.00 (All materials and snack provided each day.)

Questions: Contact Sue Hogan at

Registration: Choose one of the weeks 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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Our office is pleased to announce that our 4-H student assistant, Rachel Stoneburner, is graduating from The Ohio State University this weekend! In addition to that wonderful achievement, we are also happy to welcome her as a full-time employee as our new 4-H Program Coordinator. In addition to being able to contact Beth Boomershine and Sue Hogan with questions, feel free to also contact Rachel at Welcome back to the team, Rachel!



Play ball! Bring your family and join your 4-H friends as the OSU Buckeye baseball team takes on Penn State. Just $5 includes a general admission game ticket and a 4-H button that lets everyone know you support Ohio 4-H! Come early for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bucks' locker room at 12:45 p.m. and youth can be "Anthem Buddies" and stand on the field by their favorite player during the National Anthem. First pitch is at 3:05 p.m. and parking is free!

Event Registration Form

Questions? Contact Sally McClaskey at or 614-247-8141

State 4-H Event Youth Assistants

The 4-H Event Youth Assistants are a brand-new group of teens aged 13-18 that assist with Ohio State Fair events. It’s a great way to get involved with Ohio 4-H, meet other teens from around the state, and learn more about the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council. Here’s a link where you can view the application Applications are due May 15.

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

Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camps

Piedmont Shooting Sports Camp

  • Ages 9-13
  • Hosted By: 4-H Camp Piedmont
  • Camp dates are June 8-10, 2019
  • Cost: $150

Junior Shooting Education Camp

  • Ages 9 - 12

  • Hosted by: Canter's Cave 4-H Camp Inc.
  • Camp dates are June 28-30, 2019
  • Cost: $225.00

Senior Shooting Education Camp

  • Ages 12 - 18

  • Hosted by: Canter's Cave 4-H Camp Inc.
  • Camp dates are: July 14-19, 2019
  • Cost: $325.00

For more information visit

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