Green & Growing

Franklin County 4-H News - May 2, 2022

You are receiving this newsletter because you were either enrolled in Franklin County 4-H last year or have recently enrolled in 4-H for 2022. 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 you are no longer in Franklin County 4-H, feel free to unsubscribe at the bottom of the page.


All 4-H projects must have a fair entry by June 4 in order to take the project to the fair.

  • A fair entry is different than the 4-H project enrollment that was made by April 1.

Fair entry instructions are available on the Franklin County Fair website.

  • There are two different sets of instructions on the website on the "forms" page. One set is for the members to follow and the other is for the club advisor.

  • When you log in, use the green button to enter the email address used when you enrolled as a 4-H member earlier this year. The password is the same that you used then too.

  • LIVESTOCK PROJECTS - Make sure to enter your show class. Another option that you may want to make an entry for is showmanship.

  • VERY IMPORTANT! DO NOT CHECK OUT UNTIL ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY HAVE MADE THEIR FAIR ENTRIES. The system will not allow you to check out and then start another person's entries. Before you begin, make sure you have your whole family's entry information completed. If a change needs to be made, you must contact

  • If you are only registering your 4-H project evaluations, your balance will be $0. Please check that option on the payment screen. Entry fees are charged for Junior Fair Special Events (example: Arrangement Challenge, Veggie Car Derby) and animals brought to the fair, not 4-H Interview Evaluations. You only pay the $3 surcharge if you are paying with a credit card. Also, please note the difference between Open and Junior Fair Fair Special Events. You are welcome to participate in Open Class events, just know the difference, especially when signing up for Photo and Baking events.


4-H Member Fair Entry Video

Franklin County Fair Entry Video

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do to complete my project?

When is my 4-H project going to be judged?

  • You can find the day and rough time of when judging for groups of projects begin in the Junior Fair Book.

  • Sign-ups for specific interview times will be available after the fair entry process is complete in June.
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Required Horse Safety & Ethics Class

All 4-H members taking a horse project (this does not include horseless horse) 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.

There is one session left. No registration is required.

May 16, 2022, 6:30pm

Kunz-Brundige Franklin Co. Extension Bldg

2548 Carmack Rd., Columbus, OH 43210


Are you taking any of these 4-H projects to the Fair?

  • 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 ARE REQUIRED BY LAW to attend a livestock quality assurance session in order to exhibit your animal at the fair. Franklin County has one session left this year.

Franklin County 4-H Session:

Date: May 11, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Franklin County Fairgrounds

*NOTE: There will be bike racing around the Burke Building on Wednesdays in May and June. This will overlap with Quality Assurance. Gate 3 will be closed. You can come in Gate 1 or in Gate 5 and turn left by the horse barn to go south and then make your way to the Ganyard building.

Franklin County 4-H Camp

All youth, ages 8 and in 3rd grade through 13, are invited to join a wild west 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, a brand new high ropes course, a climbing wall, campfires, crafts, and so much more!

Financial aid is available in the form of partial camperships for 4-H families with financial need.

Date: June 13-17, 2022
More Information:
Priority Registration for 4-H Members: March 15-April15
Open Registration: April 15-May 15 (or until camp is full)

Be An Award Sponsor!

Did you know that individuals, families, and companies can sponsor awards that are given out at the Franklin County Junior Fair? Download the sponsorship form here!

Important Calendar Dates

Unless otherwise noted, all events are held at the

Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building

2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210

Horse Advisory Committee - May 2, 7:00pm (fairgrounds - Ganyard Bldg)

Livestock Quality Assurance - May 11, 6:30pm (fairgrounds)

4-H Camp Registration Deadline - May 15

Horse Safety & Ethics - May 16, 6:30pm

Fair Entry Deadline - June 4

4-H Camp - June 14-17 (4-H Camp Ohio)

Livestock Evaluation Interviews - July 13 (fairgrounds)

Franklin County Fair - July 18 - 24 (fairgrounds)

County Pin Award Form Deadline - September 5

4-H Recognition Program - October 2 (fairgrounds)


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.

Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camps

Junior Shooting Education Camp

  • Ages 9 - 12

  • Hosted by: Canter's Cave 4-H Camp Inc.
  • Camp dates are July 15-17, 2022
  • Cost: $250.00

Senior Shooting Education Camp

  • Ages 12 - 18

  • Hosted by: Canter's Cave 4-H Camp Inc.
  • Camp dates are: July 24-29, 2022
  • Cost: $375.00

For more information visit

There is a scholarship available for Franklin County 4-H Members through the Justin Marteney Memorial Shooting Education Camp Scholarship. The scholarship application can be found here:

Franklin County Fair Family Fun Day

Franklin County Fair Family Fun Day will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, from Noon-4:00 pm. The event is presented by the Franklin County Agricultural Society, and we would love to have you participate.

A little bit about us---Family Fun Day is sponsored by the Franklin County Agricultural Society’s Entertainment Committee. We are a 501© 3 non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving our region’s rich agricultural heritage and offering central Ohio Residents high-quality entertainment in a convenient, clean, and safe environment. In 2021, more than 52,00 people visited the fair. We are planning for an even bigger crowd this summer.

Our goal is to create a day of family fun events, ranging from demonstrations, literary events, hands on experiences, contests, scavenger hunts, make it and take it activities, and much more. We can’t have an amazing day without the support of our Ohio 4-H Clubs.

How can you help? There are four main ways you can support the Franklin County Fair Family Fun Day:

  • Set up a display table in the Entertainment Tent from Noon-4:00 pm.
  • Offer a Make it and Take it Craft, share some information about your organization and/or learning activity for youth fairgoers and their families. We estimate up to 500 Materials could be shared during this time.
  • Your organization/club members(s) could facilitate an educational demonstration, answer questions about your organization or share a hands-on activity with participants, during a scheduled time frame. This may include topics on agricultural awareness, nutrition, woodworking, rocketry, science/STEM, and much more! The sky is the limit.
  • Volunteer to help with setup/teardown of the event.
  • Volunteer to help during the day with activities to make sure participants are having a great time.

For your participation, your name/organization’s name will appear in signage for the Family Fun Day. This includes advertisements, social media outlets, and the FCAS website.

The participation form can be found below. Questions should be directed to Barb Mulford @

OSU Extension, Franklin

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