Final Fair Reminders

Franklin County 4-H News - July 14, 2021

Pre-Fair Packet

The Pre-Fair Packet for 4-H families is now available for download. Please take the time to read it all. It includes:
  1. Project judging/evaluation schedules
  2. Ganyard Building setup and watch schedule
  3. Website resources
  4. Livestock evaluation and skillathon information
  5. Pop Stand shift schedule
  6. Burke Building cleanup schedule
  7. and so much more...


Livestock Evaluation Information

Beef, Dairy Beef, Llamas, Swine, Sheep, Goats, Poultry, Market and Breeding Rabbits

NEW FOR 2021!

ALL 4-H members exhibiting animals at the Franklin County Fair are required to complete their 4-H project by participating in a Livestock Project Evaluation. This year the Livestock Project Evaluations will be completed via video submission.

Completion Requirements – MUST BE SUBMITTED BY: Wednesday, July 14 at 11:59pm

Create a video, up to 5 minutes long, demonstrating what you have learned while completing your project. 4-H members will need to provide responses to the following to help meet the fair evaluation requirements:

- Introduce themselves (name & club)

- Talk about their project by answering the following prompts:

1) I learned about…

2) My favorite part of the project was…

3) The hardest part of the project was…

4) Share a fun fact about your particular livestock animal - (Example: The gestation period of a rabbit is 28 - 35 days.)

5) I enjoyed (or didn’t) the project because…

**Your videos will be scored and added to your overall Livestock Evaluation Score.

Note: If you are taking multiple projects in the same species (example – market and fancy chickens), you can make 1 video for all projects.

How to Submit Your Video

  1. Visit or download the Flipgrid App and enter join code ad46d774.
  2. Select Join with Google or Microsoft. You will need to enter your login information for those respective websites.
  3. If you do not have an account with Google or Microsoft, you can click Join with Google and at the bottom left-hand corner select create an account.
  4. Once you have logged in/created an account, under the picture click View 6 Topics. Select the species for which you need to submit and evaluation video.
  5. Click Record a Response. You can create/record your video from the Flipgrid program, or you can upload a previously recorded video.

Project Books

  1. Project books will still be collected and evaluated to add to your overall Project Evaluation score. They will be collected during Livestock Weigh-in on Sunday, July 18.

Cloverbud Show-N-Tell

Sunday, July 25 – 12:30PM – Edwards Building (No Sign-Up Genius appointment necessary.)

Cloverbuds with Show-N-Tell Fair Entries

  • Bring one item made during a 4-H Cloverbud activity or experience this year. Do not bring food or animals as your Show-N-Tell item. Each Cloverbud has a “review” with a Junior Fair Board member. It’s great practice for project judging when they’re older! Lots of fun activities will have your Cloverbud keeping busy before and after their Show-N-Tell time!
  • CLOVERBOT CHALLENGE TEAMS: Clubs that participated in the 2021 Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge are encouraged to display their LEGO creation and Poster during Cloverbud Show-N-Tell. Space will be reserved for these during Show-N-Tell.

4-H Pork Dinner at the Fair

The 4-H Council is looking for volunteers to help and/or donate at the 4-H Pork Dinner. Please consider signing up to help. This sign up will include both shifts during the dinner as well as items requested for donation, so if you cannot commit to a volunteer shift you can still be involved. Clubs can sign up to donate items too! Please contact committee chair Kerry Riggs if you have any questions (614) 321-9555 or

Date: 07/23/2021 (Fri.)

Time: 1:00pm - 8:00pm EDT

Location: Franklin County Fair - Activity Tent

Sign Up Here:

4-H Pop Stand

The Franklin County 4-H Council is seeking donations for the the 4-H Pop Stand, which will offer cold drinks, frozen treats and snacks throughout the week of the fair.

Council is requesting donations coke, diet coke, pepsi, diet pepsi and sprite (12 oz cans) for the pop stand, these can be dropped off at the pop stand during pre-fair activities or during the fair. We can also accept cases of water (16 oz bottles).

The Greatest Showmen

We are excited to bring the Greatest Showmen back for the 2021 fair! On Thursday, July 22 at 3pm, the Junior Fair Board will be hosting youth with special needs, ages 8-18 years old. They will spend time learning about animal care and showmanship with some of our 4-H members and their respective livestock animals. Each participant will interact with the 4-H members and the animals and then have an opportunity to present their favorite animals to a Showmanship judge. See the links below for how you can get involved.

4-H Member mentor application:

Sign Up to be a Participant:

If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring a participant please contact Brooke Fleshman. Email Cell: 614-852-8021

Trashcan Contest

The Franklin County Fairgrounds has asked for 4-H clubs to consider painting barrels to be used as trash cans at the fair as a community service project this coming year. The fairgrounds will provide up to five barrels per club to paint.

In an effort to add a little fun to this project, the 4-H program has decided to make it a contest with prizes for the winning clubs. Prizes will be awarded to the club for the following awards:

  • Most Creative
  • Best 4-H Spirit
  • Best Fair Spirit
  • Most Community-Minded
  • People's Choice

Guidelines: Barrels can only be decorated with paint. (Please don't glue/attach anything to it. They will be used as trash cans and need to be sturdy and not lose pieces.)

Winners will be announced at the 2021 Franklin County Fair!


For information on how to receive your club's barrels, please contact the fair office at

For questions about the contest, contact Beth Boomershine at

Junior Fair Annoucements

Fair Tickets, Passes, and T-shirts

Club advisors can pick up Junior Fair t-shirts for members on Friday and Saturday during booth set-up. Fair tickets and passes can be picked up in Senior Fair Office on Wednesday, 9am-7pm, or Thursday through Saturday, 9am-9pm.

Healthy Living at the Fair

The Junior Fair Board members will be providing Healthy Living Activities in the Activities Tent at the following times:

7/19 Noon-4:00

7/20 10:00-4:00

7/21 9:00-noon

7/22 10:00-3:00

7/24 3:00-6:00

7/25 11:00 -2:00

Achievement Pin Lanyards

Members who win State Fair Selection will be awarded an achievement pin in addition to their ribbons. Lanyards for achievement pins will be on sale at the pop stand for $8 each or 2/$15. If members receive a pop stand voucher they can use that to purchase the lanyard.

Final Submission Deadline for Virtual Special Events

Wednesday, July 14 is the deadline for virtual submissions for the following Jr. Fair special events:

- Decorated Dessert Challenge

- Edible Arrangement

- Interlocking Block Contest

- Live Scarecrow Contest

- Nutrition Poster/Flyer (email)

This only applies to those who made junior fair entries for these contests.

Livestock Sale

The Franklin County Junior Fair Livestock Sale Committee greatly appreciates the support you can give to each 4-H member and the Franklin County Fair when you purchase a young persons’ animal at the Junior Fair Livestock Sale. Your support provides not only monetary value to these exhibitors but also increases their self-confidence and leadership skills which they will use throughout their lives.

To help the youth market their animals, we are looking for individuals or a group of individuals that are interested in purchasing the meat for their own consumption. The list will be created on a first-come-first-serve bases. Please note, some species have a limited number of animals we can sell for the meat.

You will be contacted by mid-July if we have an animal available for you to purchase. Actual market value will be provided during that call.

How do I add my name to the list?

If you are interested in purchasing the animal for your own consumption or to donate to the Mid Ohio Food Collective, please complete the registration form at the bottom of this page. The Food Collective is only accepting donations of Beef or Swine.

What is my responsibility if I want to purchase the meat?

By adding your name to the list and purchasing the meat, you are responsible to pay the Franklin County Livestock Sale Committee the market value of the animal. (Market value is the market price per pound multiplied by the weight of the animal.) You will also be responsible to pay the butcher for packaging and pick up of the meat. Example: Market value (220lb hog x .55 per lb) $110.00 PLUS you will pay the butcher separately for the packaging at time of the meat pickup.

What is my responsibility should I wish to donate the meat to the Mid Ohio Food Collective?

You can choose to donate the meat to the Mid Ohio Food Collective. As the buyer, you are responsible to pay the market value. (Market value is the market price per pound multiplied by the weight of the animal.) The Food Collective will mail the buyer a tax-deductible receipt for the market value of the animal. The Mid Ohio Food Collective will pay the butcher for packaging and pick up of the meat. Example: Market value (220lb hog x .55 per lb) $110.00 = You pay $110.00. The Mid Ohio Food Collective will pay the butcher for the packaging of the meat. You support your community by helping the local food bank.

The Sale committee will have birds processed. Pickup for bird(s) purchased will be Thursday July 22, 2021 between 7:30PM – 8:30PM at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. More details will be provided following purchase.

If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact the Committee members Lane Brobst 614-561-1196.

Livestock Sale Animal (Meat) Purchase Registration 2021

Interested in purchasing an animal for your own meat consumption. Complete the registration to be added to the waitlist. We will contact you in med July to confirm if you will receive an animal for purchase. By adding your name to this waitlist does not guarantee you an animal purchase. We have a limited number of animals for purchase. Those interested in purchasing meat should fill out this survey.

Project Evaluation Details

Why do we evaluate 4-H projects?

Children join 4-H to have fun and make new friends. One reason why 4-H is so successful is because children choose to do whatever interests them. As participation increases, 4-H’ers learn more, begin to assess progress for themselves, and look to others for evaluation of their work. The judging process in 4-H is like real life. 4-H’ers set goals, work to achieve them, and reap rewards for their efforts.

Having one’s accomplishments evaluated can be motivating and educational for 4-H’ers. When judges critique their work or performance, it serves as a guide to further improvement. The judging process is probably more valuable than the award or recognition. To plan, practice, and present a finished product is to “learn by doing.” To graciously accept constructive criticism of one’s work is a real life experience. 4-H’ers learn quickly that judging results reflect a personal opinion, and that evaluation will vary among judges.

Source: New Jersey 4-H Understanding 4-H Judging - Rutgers Cooperative Extension

How are 4-H projects evaluated?

The judge interviews the participant as he/she evaluates the product against a set of standards. The purpose of this judging is to determine what the 4-H’er learned in completing the project. Comments are provided verbally and also in writing on a scoresheet.

In 4-H, most judging involves the Danish system of judging. In this system, the judges do not judge one person’s work by comparing it to another. The evaluation is made against a standard. A judge looks to see whether requirements are met.

Project Evaluation Ribbons

  • Superior Ribbon - If the work meets high standards and receives an excellent rating in all criteria, the member receives a blue project ribbon as well as a another ribbon called the superior ribbon.
  • Outstanding Ribbon - If the work represents excellent ratings or very good ratings in all criteria, the member receives a blue project ribbon as well as another ribbon called the outstanding ribbon.
  • Blue Ribbon - If the project receives an excellent, very good, good, or satisfactory rating in all of the criteria, the member receives a blue project ribbon.
  • Red Ribbon - A red ribbon signifies a project that shows some good work that will benefit from further improvements
  • White Ribbon - A white ribbon signifies the project meets some standards but does not complete all of the project requirements.

One advantage of this system is that everyone whose work fulfills minimum qualification can receive a ribbon. If all entries are judged to be of great quality, all receive blue ribbons. The purpose of using the Danish judging system is to give every 4-H member the recognition deserved for the work that was done. It also helps young people recognize the need to improve their skills and to “make the best better.”

Peer Competition

Danish judging focuses on set standards, the other part of the Franklin County 4-H project judging process compares one 4-H member's work to another. This is peer competition. This type of judging may be used to select the “best” projects within a class. An example of this would be awarding a “Best of Show” rosette or a "State Fair Selection" rosette to the project that the judge deems most deserving of the award.

Source: New Jersey 4-H Understanding 4-H Judging - Rutgers Cooperative Extension


Judges have a special interest in young people, and may have knowledge in a particular subject matter area, as a hobby or career. They are selected by staff and volunteers for their knowledge and interest in youth. All of them are generously donating their time this year. Judges must know the rules and criteria agreed upon by the 4-H participants, the 4-H leaders, and the 4-H staff.

Each judge should is given information about the judging activity including scoring sheets. In addition, judges should be aware of and understand the philosophy behind the 4-H program and the purpose of evaluating 4-H member's projects and performance. A judges’ orientation helps to ensure a fair judging experience for everyone.


Members will schedule an appointment for each of their projects using the SignUpGenius website. An appointment MUST be made for all non-livestock 4-H project evaluations.

What if I have multiple projects to schedule? - No problem. Be sure to schedule at least 20 minutes between each appointment time so you aren't rushed. Don't schedule two project appointments at the same time! If the projects are judged on different days, just click the Back to Sign-Up button after scheduling for each event/day. That will take you back to the appointment page. ONLY MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR PROJECTS THAT YOU MADE A FAIR ENTRY FOR.

What if I'm showing an animal the same day as an interview for another 4-H project? - Just schedule an appointment for a time that is available, and we'll work with you that day to make sure you can do both. It may require a parent or sibling walking over to the interview check-in table to let us know you're showing your animal.

Make an appointment with SignUpGenius:

Accomodations for Project Evaluations

If you have a disability and have questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations you can complete a Winning 4-H Plan.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth at

This we believe...

  • 4-H youth are more important than 4-H projects.
  • Learning how to do a project is more important than the project itself.
  • “Learning by doing” through useful project work is fundamental in any sound educational program and characteristic of the 4-H program.
  • There is more than one good way to do most things.
  • Our job is to teach 4-H members how to think - not what to think.
  • A balanced program of work and play, geared to the individual’s needs, is more important than “grooming winners”.
  • Competition is a natural human trait and should be recognized as such in 4-H work. But it should be given no more emphasis than other 4-H fundamentals.
  • No 4-H award is worth sacrificing the reputation of a 4-H member or a 4-H leader.
  • Every 4-H member needs to be noticed, to feel important, to experience success and to be praised!
  • A blue ribbon 4-H member with a red ribbon project is more desirable than a red ribbon member with a blue ribbon project.

Source: New Jersey 4-H Understanding 4-H Judging - Rutgers Cooperative Extension

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