Wayne County 4-H

News and Notes

May 2017 4-H/FFA Livestock Video Update

May 2017 4-H / FFA Livestock Exhibitors Video Update

Learn about changes to how Quality Assurance and Skillathon will be conducted this year in Wayne County as well as a new alternative option to Skillathon called Livestock Interview Judging.

For more information and details, be sure to read the letters that were mailed to youth enrollled in livestock projects this year.

Cloverbud Day Camp Registration Deadline Extended to Friday May 26th

Cloverbuds and their friends ages 5-8 are invited to join us for this year's Cloverbud Day Camp to be held June 6-8th at the OSU Wooster Campus - Fisher Auditorium. We have a few spots remaining so the registration deadline has been extended to this Friday May 26th. Cost is $10 per youth to attend. Click here to download the Registration Form.

New Volunteer Orientation and Make Up Session for Volunteers that Missed February Required Training - May 30th

Our final New Volunteer Orientation session and the last opportunity for volunteers who were not able to attend one of the annual Required Advisor Trainings in February will be held on Tuesday May 30th at the Extension Office.

  • Part 1: 6:00 - 7:00 pm will cover 4-H and Jr. Fair program updates and annual training on Recognizing and Reporting the Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect. This session is open to both new and returning volunteers.

  • Part 2 7:00 - 8:00 pm is the New Volunteer Orientation and Interview session. Open to new 2017 volunteers only.

Please note: after 4:30 pm the doors to the Extension Office / County Administration Building are locked. We will have someone at the door to let people in 10-15 minutes prior to the start-time of an event. However, if you arrive late - you must use the call box to ring up to the meeting room and we will send someone down to let you in. The call box is located on a pillar outside of the entrance to the Auditor's Office, which is the front entrance to the building located closest to the corner of Liberty Street and Columbus Ave.

Junior Camp Registrations Due June 1st

Come be a Superhero at Camp!!

Youth that are in the 3rd grade or higher and ages 8-13 as of January 1st of this year, can attend Junior Camp at 4-H Camp Ohio from June 29th through July 3rd. There are lots of fun activities to do at Junior Camp including but not limited to rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, zip lining, climbing the adventure tower, 9-square in the air, gaga pit, stream studies, nature exploration, swimming, water games, scuba diving, archery, riflery, high ropes courses, campfires, line dancing, and much more!

Junior Camp Counselors are hard at work planning a fun filled camp and may be contacting organizational advisors soon to schedule a time to visit club meetings to talk about camp! Download the Junior Camp brochure and registration form today! Registrations are due June 1st.

Beginner Sewing Camp Registration Due June 1st

This fun 3-day camp enables beginning 4-H sewers enrolled in the Sew Fun project to get special instruction and hands-on assistance in working on their sewing project. There will again be two weeks to choose from for Beginner Sewing Camp. Those dates are June 12-14th and June 19-21st. By participating in the camp, youth will complete or make significant progress on completing their Sew Fun project. Click here to view / download the Beginner Sewing Camp Letter and Registration Form.

Don't Forget: June 1st Care and Possession Rule

All animals exhibited must have been in the complete possession and continual care of the exhibitor on and after June 1st of the current year. The exception is steers and market poultry; the effective date of ownership is January 1st of the current year for steers and poultry deadlines are listed in the Jr. Fair Book and the project guidelines. Ownership of an animal will be considered lost if after June 1st of the current year the animal has been consigned or sold through an auction of any other type of transaction, even if the exhibitor "buys back" their animal.

Junior Leaders Year End Party @ Barry's Barn

Monday, June 5th, 6pm

760 East Hutton Road

Wooster, OH

Believe it or not, Junior Leaders is wrapping up for the year as we get busy with other summer 4-H activities. To celebrate, we will be having a potluck at Barry’s Barn on June 5th at 6:00 PM. Bring a dish to share and come enjoy a fun evening to wrap up the awesome year we’ve had as Junior Leaders!

Upcoming Dog Clinics

Mark your calendars for the following dog clinics. These are great opportunities to bring your dog and learn tips, tricks, and strategies to help you be successful in the show ring:

June 6 @ 7 p.m. - Dog Rally and Showmanship Clinic

June 20 @ 7 p.m. - Dog Obedience Clinic

All Wayne County 4-H Dog Clinics are held in the Sheep/Swine Show Arena at the fairgrounds.

Lamb and Goat Projects

Market Lamb and Market Goat Tag-in will be Saturday, June 3rd from 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Wayne County Fair Coleseum. These projects MUST BE TAGGED to participate at fair. More details have been sent to exhibitors and Ag-Ed teachers, but please make sure members know this information.

CAUTION about USDA tags in ALL sheep and goat projects - While purchasing your project animals make sure they do not have a blue slaughter only tag. This tag can consist of a metal clip tag or a plastic hanging tag that has a USDA seal or initials and reads “Meat” or “Slaughter Only”. These animals cannot be shown at the fair and will not be permitted to tag in!

Clinics - Sheep Clinic will be May 20 @ 9 am at the fairgrounds - QA will be offered

Goat Clinic will be June 17 @ 10 am at the fairgrounds - QA will be offered

Feeder Calf Projects

ID Forms - To show and exhibit a feeder calf at the fair, a jr fair member MUST turn in a feeder calf ID Form to the Extension Office by June 1. No late forms will be accepted! The Calf ID Form is available at the Extension Office or online at wayne.osu.edu/projectinfo.

Leases - Wayne County supports the leasing of feeder calves for the purpose of teaching youth responsibility, care, and giving them the tools to feed, fit, and show an animal! For youth unable to have an actual calf for their project, an option to lease a feeder calf from another producer exists. HOWEVER, visiting a calf a few times in August, does not consist of a true project and this will not be supported by the beef committee. Leasing guidelines are available online at wayne.osu.edu/projectinfo.

Horse Projects

Don't forget to turn in your Horse Forms Packet June 1st. Also, please remember that all youth taking horse projects must purchase the Equine Record Book as well as the appropriate project book. Every member must complete the 190R Equine Record Book and bring it with them to Skillathon or Interview Judging.


Youth are expected to support their county's own PAS Show. Going out of county to another county's PAS show is a privilege, not a right. To go out of county youth must obtain the signature of their county 4-H Educator prior to going to the out of county show. No after the fact approvals will be granted this year. Going out of county is to be reserved for those with major conflicts such as a previously scheduled family vacation, unavoidable work conflict, etc. Arrangements to go to an out of county PAS Show should be made well in advance of the show. Support our Wayne County PAS Show on June 17th and then if you do not qualify and would like to try again in another county Mr. Foxx will gladly sign your form to go to another county to try again.

Poultry and Rabbit Projects

Clinics - This year, we have planned two dates for clinics. During both dates we will have poultry and rabbit sessions going concurrently. Clinics will be from 9-11 am and Quality Assurance will be from 11– noon at both clinics.

May 13 @ 9 am at the fairgrounds

June 10 @ 9 am at the fairgrounds

Rabbit Tattooing - All breeding and pet rabbits must be tattooed prior to entering the fair. To help members get their rabbits tattooed, the committee members will have their tattooing supplies at both summer clinics and by appointment. Many rabbit breeders also have the equipment and you can ask them to tattoo your animals. This should be done in the animal’s LEFT ear. Market Rabbits will be tattooed during check-in at the fair.

Turkey, Duck, and Chick Orders

This year, 4-H and FFA members may order turkeys and ducks from Centerra Co-op (formerly Town and Country in Wooster) at a reduced Junior Fair Exhibitor rate! Turkey orders were due May 1 for May 18th pick up. If you missed this turkey order, you will have to check with other co-ops or hatcheries for turkey orders.

Duck orders - will be due June 15 for pick up on July 13th. Exhibitors are responsible for making their own orders with Centerra Co-op at the Wooster location; they will not turn in orders to the Extension Office. Forms can be found at: go.osu.edu/DuckOrder17

Chick peeps - will be ordered by the Extension Office in June. To place the order, fill out the online survey at go.osu.edu/2017peeps by June 12th. We ask each club or chapter make ONE order, but understand individual orders may be necessary. Pick-up date and cost for a set of 12 birds will be determined once all orders are placed and bulk discount is determined.

Poultry Resources - can be found at wayne.osu.edu/projectinfo since there is not a resource book to supplement the record book. The “old” poultry project books on the website offer great resources and study materials for skillathon.

Dairy Projects

Clinic - The dairy committee will be hosting a dairy clinic on July 9 @ 6 p.m.on the fairgrounds. Quality Assurance, showmanship, grooming and general care will be some of the topics covered. Please encourage all of your members, especially first year members, to come!

Leasing animals - Similarly to feeder calf leasing, the dairy committee supports leasing of dairy heifers/cows for the purpose of teaching young people how to feed, fit, show and care for an animal, HOWEVER, visiting the animals once or twice in August so that a member can exhibit/complete at the county fair IS NOT something that can be supported. Remember Jr Fair Rules state animals must be owned or leased and in continual care of the exhibitor by June 1, 2017. Please refer to the sample leases at 4hansci.osu.edu to view the expectations for animals leased to members.

Bikes for Kids

Now is a great time for your club to talk about what community service projects they would like to participate in for this year. Approximate cost for one bike is $65.00 and they are given to local children around Christmas time. If your club would like to donate to bikes for kids, please make your donation to the Extension Office by September 30.

Annual 4-H Back to School Drive

School is about to end for this year, but many children in Wayne County are going to be in need of next year’s school supplies soon. The needs of Wayne County are beyond what any one person can do on their own, however, many “hands to larger service” can make a difference.

The 4-H Advisory Committee is again hosting the “Back to School Drive.” We are challenging you to donate school supplies such as markers, compasses, colored pencils, erasers, notebooks, crayons, glue, tissues, hand sanitizer, etc. Collections can be dropped off at the Jr. Fair Office during entry form drop off hours. (July 27, 31 and August 1 from 3:00 - 7:00 pm). A grand prize will be awarded to the club with the most items donated per member in that club so that way all clubs have a fair chance of winning the 4-H Back to School Drive.

Attention Organizational Advisors

Please be sure to note the following dates and times and/or designate someone from your club to take care of these important duties at the Jr. Fair Office if you're unable to do them yourself:

Pick Up Premium Books and Entry Forms

Monday, June 5 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 6 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 7 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Turn in Jr. Fair Entry Forms

Thursday, July 27 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Monday, July 31 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 1 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Wayne County 4-H Events, Meetings, & Deadlines


23 Building 10 Committee 7:00 pm, Extension Office
23 Cloverbud Counselor Training 6-8 pm, Extension Office

24 Jr. Fair Expansion Committee, 7 pm, Extension Office
25 Quality Assurance, 7:00 pm, Fisher Auditorium (Registration opens at 6:30 pm)

26 Cloverbud Day Camp Registration Due by 4:30 pm, Extension Office
29 Memorial Day - Extension Office Closed
30 New Volunteer Orientation - 6-8 pm, Extension Office
30 Required Advisors Training Make Up Session, 6-7 pm, Extension Office


01 Horse Forms Packet Due by 4:30 pm, Extension Office

01 Feeder Calf Forms Due by 4:30 pm, Extension Office

01 Swine Born and Raised Breeder Declaration Forms Due by 4:30 pm, Extension Office

01 Beginner Sewing Camp Registration Forms Due by 4:30 pm, Extension Office

01 Junior Camp Registration Forms Due by 4:30 pm, Extension Office

01 Junior Camp Counselor Meeting, 6-8 pm, Extension Office

03 Market Goat and Lamb Tag-In, 9-11 am, Coliseum, Wayne County Fairgrounds

03 Lamb Born and Raised Forms Due at Tag-In

05 Cloverbud Counselor Meeting, 9 am, Fisher Auditorium

05 - 07 Organizational Advisors Pick Up Jr. Fair Entry Forms and Premium Books, 3-7 pm

05 Junior Leaders Year-End Party, 6:00 pm, Barry Jolliff's Barn

05 Legacy Dinner Committee Meeting, 7 pm, Extension Office

06 - 08 Cloverbud Day Camp, 9 am - 12 noon, Fisher Auditorium

06 Pleasure Horse Fun Show, 6 pm, Horse Arena, Wayne County Fairgrounds

06 Dog Rally and Showmanship Clinic, 7 pm, Show Arena, Wayne County Fairgrounds

07 Junior Fair Board, 7 pm, Pavilion, Wayne County Fairgrounds

08 - 11 Food and Fashion Board New York City Trip

10 Poultry / Rabbit Clinic and Quality Assurance, 9 am, Wayne County Fairgrounds

View the full 2017 Wayne County 4-H Calendar of Events