Franklin County 4-H News - December 2017

Craft Show & Bake Sale

Support the Franklin County Junior Fair Board and get your holiday shopping done all at once! It's a great opportunity for those last minute gifts. Large selection of homemade crafts and independent consultants. Concessions provided by Great Expectations 4-H Club.

When: December 16, 2017

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Franklin County Fairgrounds (Ganyard Building)

4851 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard, OH 43026


New! Franklin County 4-H Teen Leaders Council Opportunities

You’re Invited to apply to be on the Franklin County Teen Leaders Council for 2018. We are looking for Franklin County 4-H members who are at least 13 years old or in the 7th grade. Our meetings will mostly be held the 4th or 5th Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30. The location will usually be at the Franklin County Extension Office located at, 530 W. Spring St. Columbus, Ohio 43215.

The Teen Leaders Council is a Franklin County 4-H club that focuses on preparing teens to be caring and contributing leaders through educational and leadership opportunities. In 2018, TLC members will explore many different forms of government and meet local, county and state government officials. Other opportunities will include fun outings and service learning projects.

Teen Leaders Council Calendar

(All Dates and Times are subject to change)

January 30, 2018 6:30-8:30 Planning for officer training and Winter Fair.

February 24, 2018 6:30-8:30 Fun Outing

March 27, 2018 TBD Explore a City Council Meeting

April 24, 2018 6:30-8:30 Explore County Government

Assist with Walk and Serve

May 22, 2018 6:30-8:30 Visit the State House

June 26, 2018 6:00-9:00 Project Help Night

July 24, 2018 6:30-8:30 Post Fair Party

August 11, 2018 6:30-8:30 Adventure Outing

September 25, 2018 6:30-8:30 Meeting

October 23, 2018 6:30-8:30 Real Money, Real World

Assist with National 4-H Educators Conference

November 27, 2018 6:30-8:30 Service at the Ronald McDonald House

December 19, 2018 6:00-8:00 Holiday Celebration - Canvas and Cocoa

Interested in applying to serve on the Franklin County Teen Leaders Council?

Franklin County 4-H Fashion Board Accepting Applications Now

Calling all 4-H clothing members (with at least one year of construction experience)! We are looking for bright, motivated 4-H'ers hoping to help organize at least one event for Franklin County clothing participants and to assist with various activities surrounding judging and the fashion review.

All 2018 clothing project members who are at least 12 years of age by 1/1/18, and have at least one year of 4-H clothing construction experience are welcome to apply. Please complete the following application no later than January 17, 2018. Fashion Board advisors, Samantha Brill and Kim Cross, will notify individuals about selections soon after that. Fill out the application HERE.


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 a trips and camps throughout Ohio and nationally. The opportunities that teens can apply and compete to receive full scholarships for include...

Citizenship Washington Focus: July 1-7, 2018

4-H leadership program for high school youth, ages 15-19, from across the country. The program uses our nation’s capital as a classroom to foster youth appreciation, understanding and involvement in civic responsibility, government operations and current issues.

Leadership Washington Focus: July 16-20, 2018 (Entering grades 7-9 in Aug. 2018)

LWF is a 4-H leadership program for middle school youth. The program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just one mile from the Washington, D.C. border. Participants build confidence in their ability to motivate and direct others in meaningful action; practice effective communication with others through group discussion and public speaking; work with others to create and accomplish goals; develop an understanding of their own personal leadership style, exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4-H'ers from across the nation; and experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, D.C.

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: June 2-6, 2018 (Ages 15 and older)

The State 4-H Leadership Camp is a once-in-a-lifetime, exciting, fun, challenging, in-depth, learn-by-doing leadership development experience. It is one of the best programs of its kind in the nation. Leadership campers plan, conduct, and evaluate the program themselves!

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp: July 7-11, 2018 (Ages 13 and older)

Experience marine biology first-hand at Kelley’s Island 4-H Camp on Lake Erie. Fishing ecology, marine navigation, snorkeling, sailing and much more.

Ohio Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp: June 10-15, 2018 (Entering Grades 9-12)

Ever wonder what types of trees are in Ohio’s forests? Or what kinds of relationships organisms have with the forest? This camp is for the nature lover and is held at Camp Muskingum in eastern Ohio.

Shooting Education Camp: July 8-13, 2018 (Ages13-18)

This camp will foster life skills in 4-H youth through the shooting sports curriculum and activities that will enable boys and girls to reach their fullest potential as capable, caring and contributing citizens. This camp is held at Canter's Cave 4-H Camp in southern Ohio.

Buckeye Leadership Workshop: April 4-8, 2018 (Ages 15 and older)

Designed as a balanced program of social, physical, mental, and spiritual activities. Participants are encouraged and empowered to experiment with new activities, develop new abilities, expand their creativity, practice and master new leadership skills, share ideas and personal skills, establish new friendships, and develop networks of human resources.


  • 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, 2018.
    (530 W Spring Street, Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)

  • Some dates for these trips overlap with Franklin County dates which is beyond our control.
    Franklin County 4-H Camp: June 18-22, 2018 (Monday-Friday)
    Franklin County Fair: July 14-21, 2018


These 25 awards recognize a 4-H member's achievement in a specific area. Areas include: Beef, CARTEENS, Citizenship & Community Service, Clothing & Textiles, Companion Animals, Dairy, Dairy Goat, Environmental Sciences, Family Life & Child Development, Foods & Nutrition, Gardening & Horticulture, Health & Safety, Horse, Leadership, Meat Goat, Mechanical & Engineering Sciences, Personal Development, Photography, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Shooting Sports, Swine, Woodworking and Veterinary Science. 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, 2018.

  • 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, 2018.
    (530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)



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, 2018.
    (530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)

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 and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 22, 2018.
    (530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)


There are over 20 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 this award/opportunity. Instead, a separate, specialized online application form is required. Please follow the instructions on the Ohio 4-H website.


Teen drivers interested in leadership / community service opportunities should join CARTEENS! Use your skills to teach court mandated teens with driving offenses once a month and get great perks like gift cards and college scholarships. The next couple CARTEENS will be held December 12, and January 9. They take place in the evening at the Extension Office at 530 W Spring Street.

Contact Sue for more info:

Franklin County Fair Beef Steer & Heifer Project Possession Deadline

Sunday, Jan. 1st 2017 at 11:45pm

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, 2018


Monday, Jan. 22nd 2018 at 6pm

530 West Spring Street

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 2018.

The evening will include:

  • Dinner served at 6:00pm.
  • Need to Know Club Management Info
  • A Splash of Fun
  • Enrollment Packets for 2018
  • Some inspiration for the coming year

All advisors who register and attend will receive several useful tokens 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 and register below!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

4-H Farm Animal Special Interest Club Presenters Needed

A 4-H SPIN Club is a special interest, short term club where five or more young people learn about a topic of interest in an already existing program such as an afterschool program, a recreation center, etc. SPIN Clubs are designed to be educational, but in a fun way. A SPIN Club provides an opportunity for youth to experience some of the things that the 4-H program has to offer, but in a short time frame. The SPIN Club is held one time a week for one hour a day, generally in the summer, and is scheduled the same time each week.

The Farm Animal SPIN Club will be five weeks in duration, from June to August. There will be about 15-25 children attending the SPIN Club. Five 4-H older youth and/or adult 4-H volunteers are needed to teach individual sessions. You must enjoy working with children and be able to express yourself clearly in front of a group. The location has not yet been designated, but the program will be during the day. You must also be willing to transport at least one of the following animals, and discuss general information about the animal, their care, general use, etc. These are the presentations and the animals needed:

  • General Introductory Session
  • Piglet
  • Small goat
  • Chicken
  • Rabbit

If this is of interest to you, please contact Sue Hogan at for additional information.


Winter Project Fair

Saturday, Feb. 10th 2018 at 10am-12pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

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

Officer Training

Saturday, Feb. 10th 2018 at 12:30-2:30pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

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.

Support the Fair Rabbit & Poultry Program

The rabbit and poultry projects are getting really popular in Franklin County! The Franklin County Fair is looking for sponsors for new rabbit and poultry cages so there is room for all of our animals! Please consider sponsoring the purchase of a new rabbit or poultry cage. Download the sponsorship form below or visit our website.

4-H Partnership with JOANN Fabrics

JOANN Fabrics has partnered with the National 4-H Council to bring more hands-on 4-H programs to youth. Current members, parents and volunteers can sign-up for the JOANN 4-H Rewards Card and receive 15% off total in-store and online purchases. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to support 4-H programs. Find the details at

In Remembrance...

Our hearts go out to the family of Tom McNutt who passed away on Wednesday, December 13. Many central Ohioans knew him as the Saturday morning “garden guru” at NBC4, but before that he was a 4-H Agent right here in Franklin County and he has been a champion for our 4-H program ever since then. Tom's daughter, Kathy McNutt, is a 40 year club advisor here as well as an advisor for the Franklin County Junior Fair Board.

Family will receive friends Sunday 12-5 pm, at TIDD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME WITH CREMATORY, 5265 Norwich St., Hilliard, OH 43026. Funeral service will be held 5 pm Monday at Hilliard United Methodist Church, 5445 Scioto Darby Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026; with additional visitation 1 hour prior to the time of service at the church. The obituary can be found here:

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