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Franklin County 4-H News

COVID-19 Update

We received approval from university leadership today to modify the COVID-19 guidance. The following is for 4-H club meetings and events.

Effective June 1, 2021

  • Face masks are not required to be worn outside at any 4-H programs and activities

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for those who are not yet fully vaccinated

  • Individuals and/or family members may not attend if they or anyone living in their household is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell, or has been directly exposed (confirmed or suspected) to COVID-19 if they are not fully vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccinations are our best current protection against infection and a fatal outcome. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face mask, however, we strongly recommend eligible, but unvaccinated, individuals to continue to properly wear a face mask when social distancing cannot be maintained.

At the current time, no change has been made to the university guidelines regarding the wearing of face masks inside by all individuals at 4-H events. The university’s general requirement for wearing a face mask while inside continues to be discussed in light of evolving pandemic conditions (e.g., new variants).

Thank you for your patience with our county 4-H staff, the state 4-H office, and OSU Extension as we navigate these changes. Please feel free to contact Beth at or Rachel at for any questions. Thank you for your cooperation.


All 4-H projects must have a fair entry by June 5 in order to take the project to the fair.

  • A fair entry is different than the 4-H project enrollment that was made by April 1.

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

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

  • When you log in, use the green button to 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 your show class. Another option that you may want to make an entry for is showmanship.

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


4-H Member Fair Entry Video

Franklin County Fair Entry Video

Club Advisor Fair Entry Video

Advisor Fair Entry Guide Video

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 Book.

  • Sign-ups for specific interview times will be available after the fair entry process is complete in June.


The Franklin County Fairgrounds has asked for 4-H clubs to consider painting barrels to be used as trash cans at the fair as a community service project this coming year. The fairgrounds will provide up to five barrels per club to paint.

In an effort to add a little fun to this project, the 4-H program has decided to make it a contest with prizes for the winning clubs. Prizes will be awarded to the club for the following awards:

  • Most Creative
  • Best 4-H Spirit
  • Best Fair Spirit
  • Most Community-Minded
  • People's Choice

Guidelines: Barrels can only be decorated with paint. (Please don't glue/attach anything to it. They will be used as trash cans and need to be sturdy and not lose pieces.)

Winners will be announced at the 2021 Franklin County Fair!

For information on how to receive your club's barrels, please contact the fair office at

For questions about the contest, contact Beth Boomershine at

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