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Warren County 4-H Newsletter: April 20 2022

Upcoming Dates:

April 21: Final New Advisor Orientation, 7 pm, Extension Office

April 23: Goat Clinic, 9 am, Building A

April 25: First-Year Dog Training, 7 pm, Event Center

April 27: Poultry Clinic, 6 pm, Event Center

May 2: Food & Fashion Clinic, 6:30 pm, Event Center

May 2: Hog, Market Goat, Market Lamb 4-H Online Upload Due, 4:30 pm

May 2: Market Goat & Market Lamb County Born Forms Due, 4:30 pm, Extension Office

May 5: Final Quality Assurance, 7 pm, Event Center

May 6: G & K Speed Show, 6 pm, Fairgrounds,

May 9: Small Animal Clinic, 6:30 pm, Event Center

4-H Online Animal Uploads

If you are showing a Market Goat, Market Hog, or a Market Lamb, you must register it using 4-H Online, v2.4honline.com, by May 2nd. There are less than 10 animals registered with only 12 days until the deadline, please upload these!

A hard copy of county-born paperwork for goats and lambs is due to the Extension office by May 2nd. Copies of these forms can be found on our website at warren.osu.edu

If you are showing a Horse or a Dog you must register it on 4-H Online by June 1st.

Please use the following help sheets to help you complete this process:






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2022 Department Royalty

Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 19 as of January 1, 2022, not married, not have been married, nor have borne or fathered a child. Applicants must be enrolled in Warren County 4-H for 2022 and must be taking a project in the department they are applying for this year, along with 2 previous years' experience taking projects in said department.

After your application has been submitted and the application is closed, you will receive a text message from Sr. Superintendent Dana Bullock to schedule your mandatory in-person interview on Tuesday, May 10th.
This application will close on Friday, April 29th at 5:00 PM. No late applications will be accepted.

Applications can be found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-ipV9wTCCpDbNxeGlHp6PxQzOZ3BlbInPNkAIOJO8di2eMg/viewform?usp=sf_link

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Warren County Junior Fair

All fair book rules and dates for the 2022 Warren County Junior Fair can be found on our website at warren.osu.edu and on the 4-H Now App.

Warren County Livestock Judging Team

Practice for the Warren County 4-H Livestock Judging Team is scheduled to start on May 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension office (320 E. Silver Street, Lebanon) The team meets almost every Thursday in May, June, and early July. The Ohio State Fair Judging Contest is on July 28, 2022. Anyone, with an interest in joining the team, needs to send an email to Greg Meyer at meyer.213@osu.edu so that you can be added to the email list.

About the Program

The Warren County 4-H Livestock Judging Program is respected throughout the state. Our teams have won state competitions and have competed well at national contests. We expect to place highly when we go to contests. The Ohio State Fair contest is our priority. Top placing senior teams at the Ohio State Fair are selected to represent Ohio 4-H at National livestock judging contests. Past Warren County 4-H teams have represented Ohio 4-H at contests in Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. In 2011, a team of Warren County 4-Hers finished tenth at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville. In the past four years, five Warren County 4-H members were selected for the Ohio 4-H All-Star team which represented Ohio 4-H at the National Contest in Louisville, KY.


Open to any Warren County 4-H member. The teams are divided into divisions by 4-H age. Seniors are 14 years and older and juniors are 13 years and younger. Experience with livestock and livestock judging is not required to participate in this program. We will teach you what you need to know to compete in livestock judging contests.

Contact Greg, Meyer.213@osu.edu, if you would like more information about the judging program.

Urban Immersion Project

Who: Teens ages 15-18 (by the date of the trip)
Where: Washington, DC
When: Friday(6am), September 2nd – Monday, September 5th, 2022
Cost: $170

The Urban Immersion Project is a 4-H initiative that combines cross-cultural learning, teamwork, and service-learning in the urban environment of Washington, DC.
Teens ages 15-18 are eligible for this 4-day service-learning experience that will build skills and abilities to prepare youth for success in a diverse workplace as well as build a cultural understanding of those who are different. This experience will not be about shopping or sightseeing, although we will visit some monuments and historic sites.

Application Deadline: Friday, July 15th, 2022. The application can be found at https://warren.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/urban-immersion-projec

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Look for more details soon about Cloverbud Camp at Camp Graham on June 27th and 28th.

The state is also hosting Ohio 4-H Special Needs Camp on June 17-19 at Canter's Cave 4-H Camp. Camp applications and more details can be found at https://4hcanterscave.osu.edu/home/experience-it/special-needs-camp

Franklin Aggies

The Franklin Aggies have been busy! The club has been helping the community in various different ways this year.

  • In the last 2 meetings, the club members signed cards with inspirational messages for residents of Enclave Senior Living Community in Springboro.
  • After the last meeting, the club helped the New Vine Community Church hide Easter eggs for their egg hunt later that day.
  • The Saturday before Easter, Kevin Lawson and a willing crew picked up trash on State Route 48.
  • Some bunnies stuck around after Easter to hop over to BeeHive Homes of Springboro. The club members and their parents enjoyed the smiles on the residents' faces as they petted and held the furry critters.
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Three speed shows will be held this season. The first is on May 6th at the Warren County Fairgrounds.

4-H Clover Crusaders

The 4H Clover Crusaders had a meeting on Sunday, April 10th. They had K-9 officer Michael Sechrist and his German Shephard, Banshee, from the City of Mason Police Department visit to talk about their adventures together. Banshee gets his name from the popular ride at Kings Island because Kings Island donated the money to purchase and train the dog for the program. K-9 officers are officers that are trained to work with dogs. Dogs can help to sniff out missing persons and track down explosive devices. Banshee is a bomb-sniffing dog. Drug-sniffing dogs are taught to recognize the scents of two or three chemicals while bomb-sniffing dogs, like Banshee, are taught the scents of over twenty materials used to make bombs! This can create havoc in their owner’s house since many of the chemicals they are taught to sniff out can be found in common household cleaners. Banshee was trained in Germany so some of his commands are given in German. Banshee is Sechrist’s first police dog and Mason City Police is the only place Banshee has ever worked. So they both started this journey together. The 4H Clover Crusaders were offered the chance to ask several questions. They got to pet Banshee and also got to see inside Officer Secrist’s cruiser.

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Please see the flyer below concerning the upcoming clinic on May 14! All are welcome! Also, the following weekend, May 21, we will be conducting a milking demonstration at the Annual Rod’s Project fundraiser at the Clinton County fairgrounds. We hope to have some dairy kids explain to the public how to milk a cow even if they don’t do any of the milkings. More to come. Please try to get on the Zoom meeting Monday at 7. Natasha Neal has put together a good presentation on what to know concerning project books and other items. Hopefully, by the time you read this, we will have all the cattle in place for everyone to start working with them. Van Beek Natural Sciences-Livestock will be donating T-shirts for all the dairy kids to wear for showmanship! Please forward size requirements to Natasha so they can get them ordered. This is very generous of them and I hope to send them many pictures!!