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Franklin County 4-H News - May 2018


Whether this is your first year or last year in 4-H, we want to take this opportunity to share how glad we are that you've decided to be a part of the Franklin County 4-H Program!


  1. Pay close attention to communications from your club advisor. You don't want to miss important events, deadlines, or instructions that could impact your eligibility to participate.

  2. Pay close attention to these newsletters and updates that you'll receive from Beth Boomershine. There is always important information that is intended to keep you informed about Franklin County 4-H, Franklin County OSU Extension, and Ohio 4-H events and opportunities. We promise we won't send you spam.

  3. Know the requirements for completing your project. You can find that information HERE.

  4. Keep track of important dates. Have you checked out these sources?
    Franklin County 4-H Calendar
    Franklin County 4-H Horse Information
    Franklin County Fair Information

  5. If you are taking a livestock project, make sure you get your I.D. forms in by the correct date. Check out the Livestock Requirement Summary for details.

  6. Don't forget to make your fair entries online by June 9. In order to take part in your project evaluation, you must make a fair entry! Ask your club advisor how to do this.

    - Please note that the 4-H program does not oversee the Franklin County Fair. We are very fortunate that the Fair Board works closely with 4-H to allow our members to be a part of such a wonderful event. They require our members to make fair entries to take part in project evaluations and contests for ribbons and awards. For the fair to run smoothly, they require fair entries! Questions about fair entries should be directed to

  7. Present a project demonstration for your club. Ask your advisor how to do this. Enhance your public speaking skills!

  8. Take part in a club community service project! Use your hands to larger service.

  9. Celebrate your accomplishments! This fall, you'll have the opportunity to apply for awards that recognize you for your 4-H participation. The award forms will be coming soon.

  10. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

    Take advantage of the many opportunities at this summer’s events to get to know 4-H members from other clubs, demonstrate good sportsmanship, and enjoy the experience as we Make the Best Better.

In the Spirit of 4-H,
Beth Boomershine & Sue Hogan

Franklin County 4-H Educators

Franklin County 4-H Camp Almost Sold Out

There aren't many bunks left at this summer's Franklin County 4-H Camp, June 18-22. Register now to reserve your spot. At this time, all girl bunks are sold out but there are still a few bunks for boys left. The deadline is Monday, May 15, if bunks aren't sold out by then. Click HERE for more information.

Computer Coding Day Camp

Would you like to create imaginary worlds while learning valuable computer coding skills? In this SPIN (SPecial INterest) Camp, you will discover and learn computer programming concepts and apply them to create your own interactive story or game. We will use Scratch, a visual programming language that not only releases your creativity but also encourages you to think logically, test and evaluate outcomes, and collaborate with others.

Who: Open to any youth entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Space is limited.

Date: July 23-26, 2018

Time: 10am - 2:30pm

Where: OSU Extension, Franklin County Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH

Cost: $50.00 - includes all materials and lunch each day


Franklin County 4-H Rabbit Clinic

All 4-H rabbit project members are encouraged to attend. Topics to be covered include:

  • basics of taking care of your rabbit
  • rabbit diseases
  • medicine and nutrition

The clinic will be taught by Franklin County Agricultural Extension Educator, Tim McDermott, DVM.

Date: May 14, 2018

Time: 6:30pm

Where: Franklin County Extension Office, 530 W Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215

Cost: FREE



All 4-H members taking a horse project 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.

Members may choose which session they want to attend but only one session is left.

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 6:30pm, Extension Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH


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. The Franklin County 4-H session dates have passed. If you missed those opportunities, it is your responsibility to find another option. A list of approved sessions in other counties can be found in our previous newsletters.

Shop for "Fair Gear"

The Junior Fair Board is selling Franklin County Fair Apparel to raise funds on the fairgrounds. Orders can be placed until June 10. Items can be picked up at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on June 25, during Creative Baking or at any junior fair event. Check out the online store here.

Farm Bureau Breakfast on The Farm - Help Needed

The 7th Annual Breakfast on the Farm is coming soon! This event will be held June 9, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Beck's in London. The Farm Bureau is seeking volunteers to help make this a success. It's a great opportunity for a club to do community service!

On Friday, June 8, they are asking volunteers to help set-up the animal exhibit, omelet stations, and other areas from 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Volunteers helping with the event on Saturday, June 9, will be asked to arrive at 7 a.m. and stay after the conclusion to assist with any tear-down.

There are a number of opportunities to volunteer during the event. From serving omelets, directing parking, and working the registration table. Breakfast on the Farm wouldn't be the staple in our community that it is today without folks donating their time and talents.

If you are interested in helping at this year's Breakfast on the Farm, please fill out this FORM. If you have any questions, please email or call the Farm Bureau office at 614-876-1274.

Cloverbuds Visit the Planetarium

Attention, Cloverbud families! This is a great opportunity for members participating in the space themed Cloverbot Challenge this year but all Cloverbuds are invited.

We will have a private planetarium show at OSU on Wednesday May 30, 2018 at 6pm, just for our Franklin County Cloverbuds (and their adult chaperone) to gear up for the Cloverbot Astro Challenge..

Here is a link to the OSU Planetarium website:

The program will last about one hour, please arrive early so you have plenty of time to be seated before the show begins. This opportunity is sponsored by Franklin County 4-H Council, you will not need to pay an admission fee. If you choose to park in the near-by garage there will be a parking fee.

Reserve your seat: Space is limited so please only reserve a spot if you are able to attend, if something comes up please cancel your RSVP so someone else might go in your place. The event will open up to older 4-H members on 5/25/18 if there are still openings. Any questions can be directed to Kerry Riggs or (614) 321-9555.

Date: 05/30/2018 (Wed.)
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: 174 W 19th Ave Columbus, OH 43210

Bird Talk at Blacklick Metro Park

Calling all Natural Resources enthusiasts: On Saturday May 19, 2018, 10am, the naturalist at Blacklick Woods Metro Park is presenting a Birding Program for 4-H youth. This program is open to all Franklin County 4-H and Cloverbud members plus their families and friends. We will meet at the nature center to start the program and after the presentation we will take a short hike. There will will a limited supply of binoculars available to borrow.

The park address is 6975 E. Livingston Ave. Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

4-H Chicken Projects

If you weren't able to make it to the Franklin County 4-H poultry clinic in February but are taking a chicken project, make sure you check out the resource packet that Ohio 4-H has made available to you. The entire packet is 162 pages so we are making a printed spiral bound version available for purchase at the Extension Office for $6.00.

4-H Woodworking Projects

Are you taking a 4-H woodworking project? Please pay close attention to the Ohio 4-H Woodworking Requirements. These requirements put limitations on the kinds of projects you can make and the tools that can be used. You don't want to invest a lot of time into your project only to have it disqualified! Please read the requirements before starting your project.

4-H Pork Dinner at the Fair

It's time once again to start planning for the 4-H Council Pork Dinner at the fair. This year we would like to encourage our teen leaders to be involved with the planning and organization, please contact Kerry Riggs if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity. Volunteer and donation requests are posted for the day of the event:

State 4-H Event Youth Assistants

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 Sea Camp

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp, July 7-11, invites teens age 13- 18 (as of January 1) from across Ohio to “get your feet wet” as you learn about one of Ohio’s most important resources: Lake Erie! You’ll be in, on, and around the water as you explore the science of the lake, learn marine-related skills, and discover the history and recreational uses of our great lake.

For more information visit:

Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camps

Ohio 4-H Junior Shooting Education Camp

  • Ages 9 - 12

  • Hosted by: Canter's Cave 4-H Camp Inc.
  • Camp dates are June 29 - July 1, 2018
  • Cost for Ohio 4-H Junior Shooting Education Camp is $225.00

Ohio 4-H Senior Shooting Education Camp

  • Ages 12 - 18

  • Hosted by: Canter's Cave 4-H Camp Inc.
  • Camp dates are: July 8 - 13, 2018
  • Cost of Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp is $325.00

For more information visit



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Help support Junior Fair Activities by linking your Kroger Plus card to #84945 "Franklin County Junior Fair Board" You must re-enroll each year and then each time you shop at Kroger, 5% of your purchase amount will be donated to the Junior Fair! Junior Fair fundraising efforts support ribbons, awards, and activities that 4-H members take part in at the fair. You must re-enroll in the program every April!

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