Wayne County 4-H

News and Notes

50th Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions

Skillathon Suggestions Meeting

We understand there were many concerns about how Skillathon went this year and are very sorry for any confusion, misunderstanding, or other challenges that youth and/or parents and volunteers experienced. Despite these issues, there were also many positive experiences with Skillathon and we are proud of the efforts of our youth and facilitators that worked through the challenges.

While things are fresh in everyone's minds we would like to invite anyone that has ideas or suggestions to improve Skillathon for next year to please join us for a Skillathon Suggestions Meeting on Monday August 14th from 6-7 pm at the Extension Office.

Preserving the Harvest

Home Canning Classes and Canner Checks

Join Wayne County OSU Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Educator Melinda Hill to learn more about home canning and ensure food safety by making sure your pressure canner is working properly.

Have a gauge style pressure canner? Have Melinda check it:

  • August 16th at Lehman's Hardware in Mt. Hope from 9 am - 1 pm
  • August 17th at Lehaman's Hardware in Kidron from 9 am - 1 pm

Home Canning Basics Class:

  • August 8th at Heartland Point - 200 N. Main St. in Orrville from 6-7:30 pm
  • Learn how to preserve food at home this summer season! This class is geared to teach those who are new to home canning the basics and provide a refresher to experienced home canners.

Important Reminders About Livestock and Still Project Interview Judgings

Youth participating in Livestock Interview Judging and/or Still Project Judging should be aware that it is very important to complete or fill out as much of the project record book as possible. This is something the judges look closely at and like to see several pages completed or at least partially completed.

In addition to the record books, Judges will be evaluating the member's knowledge of their project, quality of their display / exhibit (still projects), member's overall attitude and how the member presents him / herself.

The evaluation scale used for both livestock interview judging and still project judging is listed below. It is important that youth are prepared for their interview and to understand that if they get an incomplete at the August Judging, their project will not be eligible for exhibition at the Wayne County Junior Fair.

Livestock and Still Project Interview Judging Evaluation Scale:

  • Outstanding
  • Excellent
  • Well Done
  • Good
  • Incomplete

If you have any questions regarding these expectations - please contact the Extension Office.

Junior Fair Entries Due August 1st

All Jr. Fair Entry Forms are due to the Jr. Fair Office on August 1st. The Jr. Fair Office will be open Monday July 31st and Tuesday August 1st from 3-7 pm both days to receive entry forms. No entries will be accepted late.

Horse Youth of the Year Award Applications Due August 1st

Attention Horse Youth - now is the time to start filling out your 2017 Horse Youth of the Year Award application. Criteria for the award will include: written application (65%), Fun Show Points (15%), and 4-H or FFA Advisor Recommendation Letter (20%). Applications are due to the Extension Office by 4:30 pm on August 1st.

Dog Forms Due August 1st

Dog exhibitors - don't forget to turn in your Permission to Participate, Health forms and copy of your Dog License to the Extension Office by 4:30 pm on Tuesday August 1st in order to be eligible for the Wayne County Jr. Fair Dog Show.

Last Chance Quality Assurance Session August 1st

If you have not yet completed Quality Assurance this year and are planning to exhibit an animal at the 2017 Wayne County Fair - this is your last chance. This QA session will begin at 6 pm at the Wayne County Extension Office. Cost is $25 for this special last chance session.

Ohio State Fair Discounted Tickets

Discounted Ohio State Fair Tickets are available through the local Wooster office of AAA. Please call 330-345-5550 for more information.

Steps to Home Ownership Classes Begin August 15th

Thinking about buying a home for the first time? Join Wayne County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Melinda Hill for a series of four Steps to Home Ownership classes. The Steps to Home Ownership program addresses topics such as:
  • Are you ready for home ownership?
  • How much payment can you afford?
  • Shopping for a house - how to save on home maintenance and what a lender is looking for.

Classes will be held August 15th, 22nd, 29th, and September 5th. Contact the Extension Office for more information and to register.

Earn Fabulous Prizes for Your 4-H Club

Has your club been actively keeping track of points and filling in the new Wayne County 4-H STAR Club award form. This is a great activity for club officers to do. Clubs should earn at least 1,350 points out of more than 2,700 available points to earn this standard of excellence.

Download the form at go.osu.edu/starclub and start keeping track of your club’s activities and points today. Star Club Award applications will be due September 30th and fabulous prizes will be awarded at the 4-H Recognition Banquet in November.

4-H Families Interested in Camping at the 2017 Wayne County Fair?

You must apply for a camping permit. Camping fees are $125 per unit for all 6 days of the fair. Forms and payment should be submitted to the Senior Fair Board office. Registration forms are due August 19, 2017.

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

We know school just let out for most of you, but the 4-H Advisory Committee is once again sponsoring the 4-H Back to School drive to help support our communities. Wayne County 4-H clubs are encouraged to participate in this by collecting school supplies (markers, compasses, colored pencils, wide rule loose leaf paper, crayons, glue, etc.) at their summer club meetings.

School supplies can be dropped off July 27th, 31st or August 1st from 3:00 pm - 7:00pm at the Jr. Fair Office. (Same time and place as Jr. Fair entries are due) All county 4-H clubs will have their items tallied and scored based on a percentage of club enrollments. This ensures all clubs have a fair chance of winning the 4-H Back to School Drive!. The winning club will get to have a pizza or ice cream party sponsored by the 4-H Committee.

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council Applications Due August 11th

Apply to be a member!

Applications and all related materials are due (received, not postmarked) by Friday, August 11, 2017.

Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 of the year of application to apply for white, green, silver, and gold levels. Platinum level applicants must be 18-20 years old (as of January 1) when they apply.

Learn More about the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council.

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Click Here to View / Download the Jr. Fair Book

Contains Jr. Fair Rules and Departments, Sections, and Class Numbers for completing entry forms.

Teens Apply Now to be an Ohio 4-H Health Hero

The 4-H Healthy Living program provides youth with the opportunity to represent 4-H and promote healthy living in their communities. 4-H Health Heroes promote healthy eating, encourage people to engage in physical activities, and promote positive community change. Additionally, Ohio 4-H Health Heroes help Ohio 4-H accomplish the goals of the National 4-H Healthy Living Mission Mandate, which encourages youth and families to gain optimal physical, social, and emotional well-being.

Learn More about the 4-H Health Heroes Program and complete the Online Application. Applications are Due October 1, 2017.

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


26 - August 6. Ohio State Fair, Columbus

27, 31, and August 1st - Organizational Advisors Turn in Jr. Fair Entry Forms at the Jr. Fair Office, 3-7 pm. (Note: Club Advisors may have earlier deadlines to turn in forms at club meetings).

31 CARTEENS Class, 6-8 pm, Extension Office


01 JUNIOR FAIR ENTRIES DUE 3- 7 pm, Junior Fair Office

01 Dog Health / Vaccination Forms, Permission to Participate Form, and Copy of Dog License Due to Extension Office by 4:30 pm

01 Horse Youth of the Year Award Applications Due to the Extension Office by 4:30 pm

01 Last Chance Quality Assurance Session (Cost: $25) 6 pm, Extension Office

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

07 Junior Fair Board Meeting and Work Night 7 pm, Fairgounds

08 CARTEENS Advisory Committee Meeting, 2 pm, Extension Office

08 FCS, Still Project, Small Animal, and Gardening Project Juding, 6-9 pm, Fairgrounds

09 Coronation Interviews

10-11 Junior Fair Board Bus Trip

10 Turkey Blood Testing 6-8 pm, Jr. Fair Office

12 Dog Fun Show, 9 am Registration, Show Starts at 10 am, Buss Hall Wayne County Fairgrounds

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