Green & Growing

Franklin County 4-H News - August 2018


We hope your enjoyed your 4-H experiences this year! It was most definitely a wonderful summer filled with fun and learning. The Franklin County Fair was a tremendous success and we would like to thank the many volunteers that made it all happen:

  • The Franklin County Junior Fair Board
  • The Franklin County Senior Fair Board
  • The Franklin County 4-H Council Volunteers
  • The Livestock Sale Committee
  • and the many 4-H club advisors who spend countless hours making 4-H great!

2018 4-H Project Results

Congrats to all of our 4-H members who completed their 4-H projects and exhibited them at the Franklin County Fair!

Results for non-livestock and livestock projects are posted on our website.

2019 Jr Fair Board Applications Due August 10

Teens wanting to serve on the Franklin County Junior Fair Board next year need to get their applications in by August 10. They get started planning for the next fair really soon! Meetings are typically the first Tuesday of every month (7:00pm) beginning in September.

Franklin County Junior Fair Board Eligibility Requirements
Board Members: At least 14 years of age as of September 30, or at least a freshman in high school to 18 years old as of the application deadline, and a current member of 4-H, Boy Scouts, and/or Girl Scouts
Interns: In 7th to 8th grade as of the application deadline and current member of 4-H, Boy Scouts, and/or Girl Scouts

Access the online application here:

If you were an Intern or Intern in Training in 2018 or are applying for the first time, you need to complete this application by the August 10 deadline. Interviews will be held the end of August. (2018 board members are not required to reapply but were supposed respond to an email from the Franklin County Junior Fair advisors.)

Ohio State Fair Results

We're so proud of all of the Franklin County 4-H members who have been representing Franklin County at the Ohio State Fair! Results from the state fair can be found in several locations.

State 4-H Teen Leaders Council Applications Due 8/10

Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member are now available online at: Please note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 10, 2018. Applications require reference and signature from county 4-H educator, Beth Boomershine. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!

· Age: Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 the year of application to apply for council member, committee member, committee chair, and officer.

· Number of Meetings/Events: See the program structure outline on the application for specific numbers of meetings and events. Members are required to attend at least 75% of meetings and events.

o Working Events: Members are required to work a number of statewide events at the Ohio State Fair, and elsewhere throughout the state (Farm Science Review, Legislative Luncheon, etc.). Each level of membership differs in the number of events that are required. See the program structure for more information.

End of Year County 4-H Awards

IT'S NOT OVER YET! - Due September 10, 2018

Make sure you take the opportunity to fill out the appropriate award forms so that you can receive the credit you deserve for all of your accomplishments in 4-H! Here are the awards that are available...

Clover Award Forms (project members only)
These simple award forms are easy to fill out. Just mark off the activities that you've participated in this year, add up your points, and find out if you've qualified for a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Clover Pin Award.

Community Service, Leadership, & Public Speaking Awards (project members only)
Check off the activities that you've completed on each of these forms to see if you've qualified for one or all of these award pins.

Outstanding 4-H Member of the Year Award (project members only)
This competitive award is only given to a select few in each age category to honor those that have gone above and beyond in their 4-H experiences. Award reviewers compile scores from clover and pin awards, review project and 4-H experiences, and read the short response essays on the all new online application to select the winners of this award.

Cloverbud Pin Award (Cloverbud members only)
Our youngest members in Kindergarten through second grade can complete this form to receive their Cloverbud Pin Award at the recognition program.

Mark your calendars for the annual 4-H recognition program to be held October 29, 6:00pm, at the Ohio 4-H Center. These awards will be presented that night. Look for the RSVP link in your inbox in October!

Your club may be eligible for the Helping Hands Community Service Award or the Honor Club Award. The applications are available HERE.

OSU Extension Gardening Resources

Do you enjoy growing your own food? Growing Franklin is an OSU Extension Franklin County resource to assist the backyard grower, community gardener and urban farmer. Several recent informative website posts have been shared including: A Fall Vegetable Planning Timeline, How to Use Shade Fabric for Season Extension of Cool Weather Crops, and an Update on Weather Predictions for Fall and Winter including El Nino projections.

Check out the Events Listings for information on free classes on Cover Crops, Season Extension and Vegetable Production. If you want the latest updates on classes and planting information make sure to subscribe to Growing Franklin.

OSU Extension, Franklin

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