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Franklin County 4-H News - August 2020


We hope you enjoyed your 4-H experiences this year! The 2020 Franklin County Fair has come to an end. This year’s modified junior fair will certainly be memorable for many. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people that made this year’s fair possible.

First and foremost, THANK YOU to the Franklin County Senior Fair Board for never wavering in their commitment to provide our 4-H youth with the opportunity to showcase their projects this year. When it would have been so easy to cancel it all, they doubled down in their efforts to provide a safe environment for the kids to complete their projects and have a fair experience, even if it was modified for safety’s sake.

We would also like to share a heartfelt THANK YOU to the following for their efforts, hard work, and dedication to making things happen this week:

- Livestock Sale Committee
- 4-H Horse Advisory Committee
- Junior Fair Board Members
- Rod, Theresa, Ross, & Spencer
- 4-H Club Advisors
- Matt Shade

And finally, THANK YOU to our Franklin County 4-H members, parents, and families for their patience and perseverance in following through when changes were often and many! We’re proud of each of you. While we hope we never have another year like this one, we are honored to have shared this one with you.

Post Fair Evaluation Survey

Franklin County 4-H strives to offer the best experiences possible for its members and families. In order to do that, it's important to gather information about what worked well and what needs improvement after programs take place. Please consider taking a few moments to share your opinion about your experience during the 2020 Franklin County 4-H project judging evaluations. Please follow this link to share your opinion with us.

2020 4-H Project Results

Congrats to all of our 4-H members who completed their 4-H projects and exhibited them at the Franklin County Fair!

Results for non-livestock projects are posted on our website, in the Franklin County 4-H app, and on the Franklin County Junior Fair Facebook page.

End of Year County 4-H Awards

Due September 4, 2020

Make sure you take the opportunity to fill out the appropriate award forms so that you can receive the credit you deserve for all of your accomplishments in 4-H! Here are the awards that are available...

Clover Award Forms (project members only)
These simple award forms are easy to fill out. Just mark off the activities that you've participated in this year, add up your points, and find out if you've qualified for a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Clover Pin Award. New online form this year!

Community Service, Leadership, & Public Speaking Awards (project members only)
Community Service, Leadership, & Public Speaking award details are located on the Clover Award Form. Check off the activities that you've completed on each of these forms to see if you've qualified for one or all of these award pins.

Outstanding 4-H Member of the Year Award (project members only)
This competitive award is only given to a select few in each age category to honor those that have gone above and beyond in their 4-H experiences. Award reviewers compile scores from clover and pin awards, review project and 4-H experiences, and read the short response essays on the online application to select the winners of this award.

Cloverbud Pin Award (Cloverbud members only)
Our youngest members in Kindergarten through second grade can complete this form to receive their Cloverbud Pin Award at the recognition program. New online form this year!

We are working diligently to finalize details for the recognition program. Please keep an eye out for more information to be shared soon!

Your club may be eligible for the Helping Hands Community Service Award or the Honor Club Award. The applications are coming soon- watch your email!

Please contact Rachel at with any questions.

2021 Jr Fair Board Applications Due August 10

Franklin County Junior Fair Board is now accepting applications for the 2021 Junior Fair Board. EVERYONE, new and returning, must fill out an application this year. Applications are due August 10, 2020. Junior Fair Board meets the first Tuesday of most months and the first meeting will be September 1. Meetings may be held in-person or via Zoom.


  • attend meetings (1st Tuesday, monthly)
  • raise financial support to help with awards
  • make cookies for the December fundraiser
  • sell Jr. Fair cookbooks
  • purchase a fair board shirt
  • be on committees that will ultimately work/run the junior fair judgings/shows/activities at the 2020 fair

Franklin County Junior Fair Board Eligibility Requirements
Board Members: At least 14 years of age as of September 30, or at least a freshman in high school to 18 years old as of the application deadline, and a current member of 4-H, Boy Scouts, and/or Girl Scouts
Interns: In 7th to 8th grade as of the application deadline and current member of 4-H, Boy Scouts, and/or Girl Scouts

Application Deadline: August 10, 2020

Online Application:

State 4-H Teen Leaders Council Applications Due 8/14

Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member are now available online at: Please note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 14, 2020. Applications require reference and signature from a county 4-H professional. At this point, you'll need to act fast.

· Age: Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 the year of application to apply for council member, committee member, committee chair, and officer.

· Number of Meetings/Events: See the program structure outline on the application for specific numbers of meetings and events. Members are required to attend at least 75% of meetings and events.

o Working Events: Members are required to work a number of statewide events at the Ohio State Fair, and elsewhere throughout the state (Farm Science Review, Legislative Luncheon, etc.). Each level of membership differs in the number of events that are required. See the program structure for more information.

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