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Franklin County 4-H News - March 5, 2021

4-H Enrollment Now Open

You can now re-enroll in 4-H for 2021. This year, the online enrollment system has gotten an upgrade to 4-HOnline 2.0. It will look different as it is now mobile friendly but log in information from last year will continue to be used this year. Remember to log in with your family's email and password to find your family profile. Watch the videos below for a guide to the new enrollment system.

Download the Re-Enrollment Step by Step Guide

Re-Enrollment Instructional Video:
2021 RE-Enrolling in 4-H

Download the NEW Member Enrollment Step by Step Guide

NEW Member Enrollment Instructional Video:
2021 Enrolling in 4 HOnline

Note Fair Schedule Changes

In order to accommodate for several project conflicts, Food and Nutrition Evaluations and Creative Expression Evaluations have switched since the last published newsletter. Also, Shooting Sports Evaluations have been added to Tuesday's schedule.
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2021 4-H Project Book Options

It's never to early to think about your projects for next summer! Here are some great ways to get your books.

  • Download one for free. Select from a dozen popular titles in the Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects collection. Click on the book you want, and when the file opens on your screen, save or print it from there. This year, a selection of 4‑H Cloverbud activities is available too. (For accessible formats of these publications, visit

  • Order and pick up project books at the Extension Office. Ohio residents get the best price on printed books when they order and pick up their purchases through local Extension offices. To make an appointment to purchase a book at the office, call (614)866-6900, option 6.

  • Buy one online. Like last year, you also can order directly from Ohio residents receive free shipping on orders of $20 or more with the coupon FREE2021. Books cost slightly more this way, but orders can be shipped directly to any Ohio address. There is no restriction on the number of times a coupon can be used. See our printable Ordering Is Easy instructions. Please review your order carefully. Extension Publishing is not able to accept returns.

  • Make your own. Self-determined projects are an excellent choice for self-motivated members eager to get started by creating their own projects. Although self-determined projects may be better suited for older 4-H members, they are available for any member and are often based on idea starters already available online. Many of the idea starters are great stay-at-home projects too, for example, Music, Bats, String Art, Climate Change, American Sign Language, etc. Learn about the best of current circumstances with My Own Stay-at-Home Project.

Franklin County 4-H Camp VIP Club

Franklin County 4-H Camp is just around the corner, currently scheduled for June 13-17, 2021, at 4-H Camp Ohio! While we wait for the final word on the health & safety requirements and what camp will actually look like, we are inviting you to join the Camp VIP Club. When you become a member of the Camp VIP Club, you are placed on a priority list to register for camp before it opens to the general public.

The Camp VIP Club is free and only takes a minute to register. There is no obligation to register to attend camp once you become a member of the VIP Club, but it does give you the option to register earlier than the general public.

Requirements to Join the Camp VIP Club:

  • Enrolled as a Franklin County 4-H Member by April 1, 2021
  • Age 8-13 as of 1/1/21

Join Today!

Cookie Decorating Class

Franklin County Junior Fair Board is partnering with the Columbus Cookie Academy to host a cookie decorating class. Participants will learn how to make awesome sugar cookies from start to finish in this zoom class, including baking tips, icing techniques, and the all too important ICING CONSISTENCY! We’ll decorate a dozen spring and Easter-themed cookies. You will pick up a cookie kit prior to class that will have all your cookies and icings ready to use.

Class Date: Sunday, March 28th, 2021 3-5pm

Location: The comfort of your own home!

Kit pickup: Saturday, March 27th – EITHER 12-2 at Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard OR 3-5 at Columbus Cookie Academy in Galena.

Sign-Up Here

Horse Committee Rail Sponsorship Opportunity

The arena at the Franklin County Fairgrounds is getting a makeover! Don’t miss your opportunity to advertise your business, honor a loved one, and support the 4-H Horse Advisory Committee. For more information about rail sponsorships visit:

Next Gen Agriculture Feed Scholarship Essay Contest

Applications are now being accepted for the Next Gen Agriculture Livestock Feed Scholarship. This year, Next Gen Agriculture is proud to be offering a $300 livestock feed scholarship open to youth in six central Ohio counties, including Franklin. Youth interested in applying must submit an essay that answers the questions below.

Essay Questions

  1. What or who got you interested in 4-H and how did you pick the livestock project you will be showing?
  2. What are some qualities/traits you look for when selecting your livestock project?
  3. How do you think 4-H will help you throughout your everyday life?

Essays must be mailed to Next Gen Agriculture c/o Andy Rice, 5036 Scioto Darby Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026. Deadline to submit essays is March 31, 2021. Applicants are also encouraged to share pictures or things that they feel would help the judges learn more about your 4-H project.

*Applicants under the age of 18 must list a phone number of a parent/guardian on their submission for contact purposes*

National 4-H Photography Challenge

Minnesota 4-H Photography is excited to offer a photo challenge open to Midwest youth in grades K-13!

Explore the world in TONES with a black and white photography challenge! We encourage you to play with shadows, look at texture, and layer dark and light tones to create stunning black and white photographs. More information and rules for the challenge can be found here.

Submit up to three (3) jpg or jpeg images to by 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2021.

Register at:

Questions? Email

Horse Safety & Ethics

All 4-H members taking a horse project for the first time this year are REQUIRED to participate in a Horse Safety & Ethics session prior to participating in any 4-H activities with a horse. A parent or legal guardian must attend with the member. The member must also purchase and read the book Horse Safety & You prior to attending.

Virtual Horse Safety & Ethics

Date: April 13, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM

* This is not a requirement for Horseless Horse projects.

Save the Date: Required Livestock Quality Assurance

Are you taking any of these 4-H projects to the Fair?

  • Market Rabbits
  • Market Poultry
  • Market Lambs
  • Market Goats
  • Lactating Dairy Goats
  • Market Beef (including beef & dairy feeders)
  • Market Swine

If you answered yes to the question above, YOU ARE REQUIRED BY LAW to attend a livestock quality assurance session in order to exhibit your animal at the fair. Franklin County is offering two sessions this year.

Virtual Quality Assurance Information

There is still one session left to complete the Livestock Quality Assurance requirement. Members must attend the entire quality assurance presentation in order to receive completion credit. Attendance will be taken and monitored throughout the session. This will be an interactive presentation and members will be asked to answer poll questions.

VIRTUAL - Session 1:

Date: April 12, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM


Session 2:

Date: May 19, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM
More information coming soon.

Club Fundraising & Community Service

Ohio 4-H has developed 4-H Club Fundraising and Community Service Guidance to assist clubs with these activities. The guidance is in addition to the already developed Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings and Events, which provides detailed information on sanitizing, physical distancing, mask wearing, etc. This information can be found

Friends of 4-H Camp Ohio

Become an official Friend of 4-H Camp Ohio. Sign up today to receive newsletters and invitations to 4-H Camp Ohio events.

Amazon Smile Donations

Do you shop on Amazon? Did you know that Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases directly to Franklin County 4-H! All you have to do is select Franklin County 4-H Council (Columbus, OH) as your charity of choice on your Amazon account. Then just shop by logging in at It's still your same Amazon account - just more charitable and doesn't cost you anything extra! You still get the convenience of shopping on Amazon while they donate to 4-H.
Select Franklin County 4-H Council as your charity now by clicking this link:

Kroger Community Rewards

Do you shop at Kroger? Why not let your shopping benefit the Franklin County Junior Fair Board. The Junior Fair Board raises money to pay for all of those pretty ribbons, banners, and trophies that our members receive at the fair each year! Please help them out by registering your Kroger Plus Card with the community rewards program so that 5% of your shopping bill goes directly to the Junior Fair Board. It's super easy. You just sign up and do your regular shopping - nothing extra gets charged to you! Kroger donates the money!

Register here:
  • Organization Name: FRANKLIN CO. JR. FAIRBOARD
  • Organization Number: FK546
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