Franklin County 4-H News - December 2019

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Franklin County 4-H Fashion Board Sewing Box Scavenger Hunt

Join the Franklin County Fashion Board, for our second annual 4-H JOANN Fabrics and Crafts Sewing Box Scavenger Hunt. It will be at the JOANN Fabrics and Crafts on Sawmill Road on January 5, 2020 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!

Ohio 4-H Science Saturdays

4-H Science Saturdays are held during the academic year at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. They are designed to connect children in grades three to six with the science and research that occurs everyday at The Ohio State U​niversity. Faculty, staff, and researchers present hands-on activities that introduce youth to a wide variety of science-based topics. The next Science Saturday will be January 11, and focus on geology. Find more information HERE.

Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2020 Ohio 4-H Conference is designed to bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across the State of Ohio. The objective of this event is to learn together and from each other in order to improve our abilities to deliver the Ohio 4-H Program to its members. The educational selections offer something for everyone, and have the ability to satisfy every taste and need.

When: March 14, 2020
Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center

Registration Deadline: February 1

  • The Franklin County 4-H Council graciously pays the registration fee for current Franklin County 4-H Advisors and teen members who register by the deadline.
  • Registration materials can be found HERE.

Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge

The Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge gives 4-H Cloverbuds the opportunity to work cooperatively in teams to problem-solve using STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) skills. A new theme is selected each year and teams research a topic, build a working model of their solution to the Challenge issue and create a poster to illustrate their findings. Cloverbuds, team advisors and families come to the Nationwide Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in the spring, for the Challenge event. Teams present their models and findings to a team of reviewers, learn about other Cloverbuds’ projects, participate in age-appropriate STEM activities and are recognized at a closing celebration.

This year's theme is "Transportation" and is scheduled for June 13, at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus.

In preparation for the exploration of the transportation topic, 4-H Council members Kerry Riggs & Michlle Toothman would like to invite Franklin county 4-H Cloverbuds (and their families) to attend the "Great Train Show" at the Ohio Expo Center on Sunday January 5, 2020, at 1pm (or earlier if you want to see all that the show has to offer). Children 15 and younger are free to attend and adult admission is $12.95 purchased online in advance:

Showcasing the hobby of model railroading, the show is intended to introduce the general public to model railroading in an entertaining, lively and family-friendly atmosphere. Please meet at 1:00pm "Building a Lift Bridge" - Miami Valley Modular Railway - Area L01, a fantastic opportunity to explore engineering as it relates to transportation. Joe's Brick Depot's has an amazing 16' x 28' operating LEGO layout for our Cloverbuds to examine.

Each club that attends will receive 1 Lego Creator Train set with bricks and instructions to create your own train, please RSVP by 12/20/19 with your club name to ensure a Lego kit will be available. Be sure to look out for future opportunities for our youngest members to attend for education, fellowship, and fun.


Each year, the Franklin County 4-H Council raises money to support our local 4-H program. Part of the money they raise goes to providing 4-H teens with amazing opportunities to take part in trips and camps throughout Ohio and nationally. More detailed information about these opportunities can be found on our website.The opportunities that teens can apply and compete to receive full scholarships for include...

Citizenship Washington Focus: June 21-27, 2020 (Ages 15-19)
Leadership Washington Focus: July 27-31, 2020 (Entering grades 7-9 in Aug. 2020)

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: June 1-5, 2020 (Ages 15 and older)

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp: July 11-15, 2020 (Ages 15-17)

Camp Canopy: Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp: June 7-13, 2020 (Entering Grades 9-12)

Senior Shooting Education Camp: July 19-24, 2020 (Ages12-18)

Buckeye Leadership Workshop: March 25-29, 2020 (Ages 15 and older)


  • To apply for a Franklin County 4-H Trip Scholarship, complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 22, 2020.
    (2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210)

  • Some dates for these trips overlap with Franklin County dates which is beyond our control.
    Franklin County 4-H Camp: June 17-21, 2020 (Wednesday-Sunday)
    Franklin County Fair: July 18-25, 2020


These 27 awards recognize a 4-H member's achievement in a specific area. Areas include: Beef, CARTEENS, Citizenship & Community Service, Clothing & Textiles, Communication, Companion Animals, Creative Arts, Dairy, Environmental Sciences, Family Life & Child Development, Foods & Nutrition, Gardening & Horticulture, Goats, Health & Safety, Horse, Llama, Leadership, Mechanical & Engineering Sciences, Personal Development, Photography, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Shooting Sports, Swine, Veterinary Science, and Woodworking. Each achievement award winner will receive a trip to the National 4-H Congress and which is scheduled to be held in Atlanta, Georgia in late November 2020.

  • To apply to be selected as the county nominee for a State Achievement Award and compete for the statewide award, complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 22, 2020.
    (2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210)



State Junior Fair Board: SJFB is comprised of representatives from several different youth organizations in Ohio including 4-H Youth Development. State Junior Fair Board members help strengthen and coordinate State Fair activities in a fast-paced, action-packed month at the Ohio State Fair. Junior Fair Board members are expected to attend meetings and stay at the fair for the entire 12 days.

  • To apply for this opportunity, members need to complete a State 4-H Achievement Record and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 22, 2020.
    (2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210)

OTA Local Government Award: Two $1,500 awards are available to any 4-H high school senior who has completed a local government-type activity that has had significant impact on the applicant's community, township or county.

  • To apply for this opportunity, members need to complete a State 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 22, 2020.
    (2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210)


There are over 36 state 4-H scholarships available and each has its own description and its own list of eligibility requirements. Completion of an Ohio 4-H Achievement Record is not necessary to be eligible for these awards/opportunities. Instead, a separate, specialized online application form is required. Please follow the instructions on the Ohio 4-H website.


Monday, Jan. 13th 2020 at 6pm

2548 Carmack Road

Columbus, OH

All advisors should attend including: seasoned advisors (those with more than 5, 10, 20, even 30 years or more), advisors who’ve served several years, and all of those individuals “in the process” or planning to become advisors in 2020.

The evening will include:

  • Dinner served at 6:00pm.
  • Need to Know Club Management Info
  • A Splash of Fun
  • Enrollment Packets for 2020
  • Some inspiration for the coming year

All advisors who register and attend will receive a useful token of appreciation for your service as an advisor along with enjoying a tasty dinner and a time of fellowship following the planned activities. Mark your calendar now!

Beef Steer & Heifer Project Possession Deadline

Wednesday, Jan. 1st 2020 at 11:30pm

Send ID Forms to: Franklin County Junior Fair, PO BOX 288, HILLIARD, OHIO 43026

ID forms due to the Junior Fair Office by January 11, 2020


Winter Project Fair

Saturday, Feb. 1st 2020 at 10am-12pm

2548 Carmack Road

Columbus, OH

Come and learn about the various projects offered in 4-H as members display their projects and lead hands-on activities during this open house.

Officer Training

Saturday, Feb. 1st 2020 at 12:30-2:30pm

2548 Carmack Road

Columbus, OH

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

2020 Youth Poultry Clinic

The 2020 Youth Poultry Clinic will be held Saturday, April 18, at OSU ATI, Wooster. The postmark deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 1. The cost for the clinic is $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for youth. Registration material will be available after the first of the year at

Tentative topics are: Necropsy, Processing/Meats, Exhibition Poultry, Digestion/Nutrition, OPA/Careers, Youth Quality Assurance, Broilers A-Z, Laying Hens/Eggs, and a Question/Answer Corner.

Refreshments and lunch are included in the registration fee. Vendors will be present.

ExploreAG Camps

Ohio State Extension, Franklin County and the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation are excited to announce the 2020 ExploreAg camps! ExploreAg is a unique FREE camp experience for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors to explore various careers in agriculture.

Students will interact with and learn directly from teachers, scientists and researchers.

Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology, and agricultural business. In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research and meet industry partners to provide a glimpse of various careers in related fields. There will also be sessions focused on soft skills such as interviewing, resume building and public speaking to prepare participants for the workforce.

ExploreAg will be offering four camp sessions in 2020!

Session 1 : June 14-19 - Ohio State University Main Campus

Session 2 : June 21-26 - Ohio State University Main Campus

Session 3 : July 5-10 - Central State University

Session 4 : July 12-17 - Ohio State University - ATI campus

The ExploreAg camps are FREE to attend. Program costs covered include on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, course supplies, program materials, and transportation. Supervision is provided at all times by faculty, staff, and program counselors who are current college students in related majors.

The deadline to apply is March 6, 2020 and applicants will be notified of admittance by March 20, 2020. Applicants will be asked to submit an application with one reference and a 1-3 minute video with the prompt: “please tell us about one agricultural career and why that interests you.” The application can be found at

If you have any questions, contact Marissa Mulligan at

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