Green & Growing

Franklin County 4-H News - June 2017


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

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

  • When you log in, 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 in your show class as well as your evaluation. Other options that you may want to make an entry for include showmanship and Outstanding Market Exhibitor.

  • VERY IMPORTANT! DO NOT CHECK OUT UNTIL ALL MEMBERS IN 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) and animals brought to the fair, not 4-H Evaluations. You only pay $3 if you are paying with credit card. Also please note the difference between Open and Junior Fair Fair Special Events. Your are welcome to participate in Open Class events, just know the difference especially when signing up for Photo and Baking.


Reminders from the Jr. Fair Board

  • The Group Cuisine Class in Creative Baking is Berry Pie this year. 1st-5th Place entries will sell in the Auction, with half the proceeds going to the FCAS Building Fund. This is a great opportunity for clubs to work together and also give back to the fair board. It is $5 to enter, and any member can add this their entry.

  • Team Building Challenges will take place on Friday at 10:00 AM this year in the grassy area of the track across from the Ganyard Building. Last year, clubs had a wonderful time working together, completing a vairey of relay races. Enter your team of members and cloverbuds and pay the $10 fee under Junior Fair Events. All registered participants receive a bandana. A waiver will need to turned in the day of the event.

  • We encourage all clubs to participate in the Parade of Youth, on the first Saturday of the fair. Consider wearing your Club shirts and making banners that identify who you are, as you march from the Activities Tent to the park for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies of the 100th Fair at the Hilliard location. Information is found in the Communications section both online and in Fair Entry.

  • Don’t Forget all first year members can participate as a group in the 4-H Pledge Recitation on Monday, July 10 during the Public Speaking Contest. A time to show off your 4-H spirit, speak in front of a group and receive a cool rosette. Sign up under Communications in Fair Entry.

  • Franklin County Junior Fair Board is selling Fair Apparel as a fundraiser. Get your 100th year and general Franklin County Fair hats, tanks, shirts, bags, blankets and more at: Every one needs a "Fair Hair Don’t Care “ hat for week! Orders need to be placed by June 10 and will be delivered beginning June 26, and at other pre-fair events.

  • Senior and Junior Fair Boards have been working very hard to refurbish our newly acquired mobile classrooms into office spaces. We would love to have the outside painted to match the existing buildings, in honor of our 100th Fair at the Hilliard location. If anyone has contacts with commercial painters who would be willing to donate services, we would provide the paint and advertisement during the fair. Contact Rod Garnett, Fair Manager, at 614-876-7235 if you can help.

4-H Health & Safety Speaking Contest

Do you have an interest in presenting a health & safety speech or skit?

Health & Safety Speaking (2 Opportunities Available)

Health & Safety Speech

  • Individual presentation
  • Memorized speech on a health & safety topic relating to humans (topic ideas include: fire safety, tornado safety, sun safety, asthma, allergies, etc.)
  • Junior category (9-13 years old) – speech is 2 ½ to 3 ½ minutes long
  • Senior category (14 years and up) – speech is 4 to 5 ½ minutes long

Health & Safety Skit

  • Team of 2-5 4-Hers (ages 8-18)
  • Each member must have at least 1 minute of total speaking time (does not mean 1 minute of continued speaking)
  • Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes
  • Choose a health or safety topic that affects family living
  • Skit should be prepared by the 4-H members participating in the contest
  • Local example and supporting statistics (with sources cited) are required

*If you are interested in participating in Health & Safety speaking, please contact Ashlea DeChant at 614-530-0908 or These opportunities are part of a multi-county contest are not part of the County Evaluation and take place at a different time. Please contact Ashlea ASAP to obtain details and complete registration.

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 Premium Book.

  • Specific check in times for each project will be released very soon in the Pre-Fair Packet. Watch for another email like this that will have a link to the Pre-Fair Packet.

Welcome, Rachel!

We are happy to welcome Rachel Stoneburner to the Franklin County Extension Office. Rachel is a 4-H Summer Program Assistant and will be helping with all things 4-H this summer. If you have a question, she may be able to help or at least track down the answer for you. You can contact Rachel at

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