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Franklin County 4-H Newsletter - February 2019

Winter Project Fair

Saturday, Feb. 9th, 10am-12pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

Learn about the various projects offered in 4-H as 4-H members display their projects and lead hands-on activities.

Officer Training

Saturday, Feb. 9th, 12:30-2:30pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

4-H members who are currently club officers should attend. This is an informative workshop with activities that will strengthen skills and knowledge in parliamentary procedure, officer duties, and club leadership.

It's time to re-enroll!

Again this year, each family will do their own online 4-H enrollment. It's a fairly easy process especially since you can just use the email and password that you used to enroll last year and make your fair entries last summer! Enroll at

After you have attended a club meeting this year, you may enroll online. There is a very helpful Family Online Enrollment Help Guide on the Franklin County 4-H website. Before enrolling make sure the youth in your family know which projects they are planning on taking this year. You must enter your projects for 2019 before submitting enrollment. Please remove last year's projects if you aren't taking them again!

NOTE: Simply enrolling online does not complete the requirements for club enrollment. You must attend 4-H meetings (make sure your club advisor knows who you are), complete your project(s), and participate as an active member of your club! Check with your club advisor to find out when their club enrollment deadline is.

Franklin County 4-H Goat Clinic

Franklin County 4-H is pleased to announce a new clinic for 4-H families interested in taking 4-H goat projects. This informative session will cover topics such as care, nutrition, health, as well as other subjects. The clinic is taught by OSU Extension, Franklin County's Agricultural and Natural Resources Educator, Tim McDermott, DVM.

The clinic is free and open to the first 60 registrants.

Clinic Details:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 6:30pm
Where: OSU Extension, Franklin County Office
530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215
Registration Link:

NEW! 2019 Horse Vaccination Requirements

In 2019, the Franklin County Fair is requiring all horses exhibiting at the fair to have documentation that their horse has received the following core horse vaccines. All of the vaccinations must be done in 2019.

  • Eastern/Western Equine Encephalomyelitis
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus
  • West Nile Virus

All horses must also have documentation of a negative Coggins test within a year of the Franklin County Fair dates.

Franklin County 4-H Fashion Board Sewing Basket Scavenger Hunt

Join the Franklin County Fashion Board, for our first annual 4-H JOANN Fabrics and Crafts Sewing Box Scavenger Hunt. It will be at the brand new Polaris JOANN Fabrics and Crafts on February 24, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Fashion board members will guide members through the scavenger hunt and will be available to answer questions, help select patterns or fabrics for your project! This is a part of JOANN’s partnership with 4-H and we are excited to see you all there!


Teen drivers interested in leadership / community service opportunities should join CARTEENS! Use your skills to teach court mandated teens with driving offenses once a month and get great perks like gift cards and college scholarships. The next couple CARTEENS will be held February 12 and March 12. They take place in the evening at the Extension Office at 530 W Spring Street.

Contact Sue for more info:

Livestock Possession Dates

The Livestock Requirement Summary is available as a guide that 4-H members should utilize when planning their purchase and selection of livestock animals.

The market turkey possession deadline is coming up soon!

New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation

Volunteers help make 4-H possible and are an essential part of the overall program. More than 500,000 youth and adult volunteers participate in the Ohio 4-H program each year. 4-H volunteers have the opportunity to contribute their time, energies, talents, and knowledge to help develop youth in a positive, educational way. The Franklin County 4-H program is dependent on its incredible adult volunteers to reach the youth of our county. Each time a new volunteer gets involved with the 4-H program, the number of children that benefit from 4-H programs increases!

Is someone you know interested in becoming a 4-H volunteer advisor? All 4-H volunteers must complete the Ohio 4-H volunteer screening process, which includes an application, a completed background check, and a volunteer orientation. The orientation session for new 4-H volunteers for the upcoming 2019-2020 4-H season will be held April 10, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. If you know someone planning to attend, please have them register by emailing Christina Byrd at

4-H Walk & Serve and Clover 5K - April 6

Please save the date of Saturday, April 6, 2019 for these 2 county wide events held at the Franklin County Fair Grounds in Hilliard.

  • Clubs who coordinated a non-profit station in 2018 have been contacted directly about their 2019 involvement.

  • Do you know a non-profit organization who has their 501(3)(c) status that would like to apply for adoption by a 4-H Club? They need to provide information about their organization and what type of hands-on project would benefit them on the Contact Us link on the 4-H Council website,

For those who aren't familiar with these events:

4-H Walk & Serve

We have at least 15 4-H Clubs who have each "adopted" a non-profit organization. The club learns about the organization's purpose and how we can help support them with a hands-on service project. The 4-H Council has received grant money that can help clubs purchase supplies. The club members prepare the supplies and work together on a plan of how to create a station at the event where the public is invited to attend to complete the service projects.

  • Example: The K-9 Wonderdogs 4-H Club discusses an organization to adopt. They agree to reach out to CHA Animal Shelter. The shelter shares with them what they do and what needs they may have. The club decides they would like to help with the need of dog blankets for the dog's comfort while they are at the shelter. The club has a fleece drive within the club membership and then supplements what is needed with the grant money and some from the club treasury to purchase additional fleece. They then prepare the fleece at an afternoon "Fleece Cutting Party" for the club members and their families. A couple of the members set up their station the night before the event. On the day of the event, they have enough members that they have created 2 shifts for their members to facilitate their club station. Someone from CHA Animal Shelter attends the event along with 2 dogs that are up for adoption. At the end of the event, the CHA representative takes the blankets for the shelter.

Clover 5K

This is the 4th run/walk that we have held the same day as the 4-H Walk & Serve. Pre-registration is available now. It is open to the public and 4-H clubs will be asked to help promote the event.

Cloverbud Resources

Are you looking for new ways to engage your cloverbuds? Stay up to date about new and exciting things are happening by subscribing to the Cloverbud Connections Blog.

Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge

Remember when you were six years old? Grown-ups were giants, the world was big and in your imagination, you could be whatever you wanted to be! This year's 4-H Cloverbot Challenge will focus on those childhood career goals with the theme "When I Grow Up…"

The 4-H Cloverbot Challenge is a statewide event designed just for our youngest 4-H'ers. Teams work together to research a topic, build a model out of interlocking bricks and create a poster highlighting their experience. On June 29, the teams will come together at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center to share their work, visit with one another, participate in kid-friendly activities and celebrate their efforts with a closing celebration and award ceremony.

What's the best way to learn about careers? Invite a firefighter, veterinarian, mechanic, or author (or whatever job might interest your 'Buds) to a team meeting, so they can learn firsthand what a day in the life looks like. Take a field trip for an on-the-job view of the career. Or of course, help them search the internet to get all the details about what it takes to excel in the selected profession.

Teams may have a minimum of two members, but no more than eight and are coached by an adult team leader. Clubs that are interested in participating can find the details and registration information here.

OSU Extension, Franklin County

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