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Franklin County 4-H News - August 2019


We hope you enjoyed your 4-H experiences this year! It was most definitely a wonderful summer filled with fun and learning. The Franklin County Fair was a tremendous success and we would like to thank the many volunteers that made it all happen:

  • The Franklin County Junior Fair Board
  • The Franklin County Senior Fair Board
  • The Franklin County 4-H Council Volunteers
  • The Livestock Sale Committee
  • and the many 4-H club advisors who spend countless hours making 4-H great!

2019 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.


We were hoping the new Franklin County 4-H app would have been available prior to this summer's events, but sadly is wasn't quite ready. But it is now!

Download it today so that you can have all of the 4-H info right at your fingertips! It's available for iOS and Android. Search your smart phone's app store for "Franklin County 4-H" now!

2020 Jr Fair Board Applications Due August 10

Are you interested in being a part of the Franklin County Junior Fair Board. Members and Interns help to evaluate the 2019 junior fair, make suggestions, and vote on changes for the 2020 fair. Then they facilitate events at the fair.

Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at the fairgrounds, in Hilliard.


  • 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

Applications are due August 10

If you were an Intern or Intern in Training in 2019 or are applying for the first time, you need to complete this application by the August 10 deadline. Interviews will be held the end of August. (2019 board members are not required to reapply but were supposed respond to an email from the Franklin County Junior Fair advisors. INTERNS ARE REQUIRED TO RE-APPLY.)


Ohio State Fair Results

We're so proud of all of the Franklin County 4-H members who have been representing Franklin County at the Ohio State Fair! Results from the state fair can be found in several locations.

State 4-H Teen Leaders Council Applications Due 8/9

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 9, 2019. 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.

End of Year County 4-H Awards

IT'S NOT OVER YET! - Due September 10, 2019

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.

Community Service, Leadership, & Public Speaking Awards (project members only)
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 all new 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.

Mark your calendars for the annual 4-H recognition program to be held October 20, 5:00pm, at the Ohio 4-H Center. These awards will be presented that night. Look for the RSVP link in your inbox in October!

Your club may be eligible for the Helping Hands Community Service Award or the Honor Club Award. The applications are available HERE.

Fairgrounds Trash Can Painting 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 2020 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

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