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Franklin County 4-H News - April 2018

You are receiving this newsletter because you were either enrolled in 4-H last year or have recently enrolled in 4-H for 2018. Please pay close attention to the information in this newsletter as it contains a lot of information that is important to Franklin County 4-H members.


Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser

When: Sunday, April 15th, 12-10pm
Where: 1540 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220

One of the Franklin County 4-H Council's biggest supporters, Texas Roadhouse, is offering a fundraiser to benefit 4-H on April 15. Just stop in at the Bethel Road location for lunch or dinner and present the below flyer and Texas Roadhouse will give 10% of your purchase to Franklin County 4-H! If you are in a hurry, you can even use the flyer for carry out purchases!

But wait, there's more! Roadhouse spirit night is also good towards the purchase of gift cards. What a great gift for Mother's Day or Father's Day! Purchase a gift card and 10% of the purchase is donated to 4-H!

Stop by, have a tasty meal, and support 4-H! Feel free to share the flyer with your family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and through social media. Everyone is welcome!

Don't worry if you forget your flyer, just tell your server you are there to support 4-H and they will take care of the rest.

The restaurant would like to know how many to expect, so if you think you can make it please RSVP with the link below. Please include your family name in the comments and add the number in your party in the quantity field. THIS IS ONLY A COURTESY AND NOT REQUIRED. Feel free to just show up!

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Register Now for 4-H Camp!

Guarantee your spot at 4-H camp by April 14. Registration opens to non-4-H members on April 15. We have had camp fill up in the past and some 4-H members have missed out - so don't delay - sign up today!

Boys and girls won't want to miss their chance to attend camp this year. The theme is ADVENTURE CAMP. Our daily themes will include: space, medieval times (expect a giant trebuchet), and western!

All youth, ages 8 and in 3rd grade through 13, are invited to join the adventure at Franklin County 4-H Camp. Campers will have fun meeting other youth while participating in a variety of camp activities like canoeing, disc golf, bottle rockets, creeking, nature exploration, swimming, hiking, team challenges, high ropes, a climbing wall, campfires, crafts, and so much more!

Date: June 18-22, 2018
More Information:
Priority Registration for 4-H Members: March 15 - April 14
Open Registration: April 15-May 15 (or until camp is full)

Cloverbud Day Camp

4-H Cloverbud Camp is Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cloverbud Camp is an annual day-camp event open to all youth who will be entering 1st through 3rd grades in the fall, including those who are non-4-H members. Kids will enjoy crafts, games, and other activities. This year's camp theme is Clovers in the City. The camp will be held at OSU Extension, Franklin County Office at 530 West Spring Street, Suite 275. Parents are not required to attend. Space is limited!

The registration deadline is May 1st! Click here to register online.

Questions? Contact Sue Hogan at


The following individuals are winners from the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form contest. These Franklin County 4-H members have risen to the top of all 4-H members in Ohio and we are extremely proud of their hard work!

Noor Alshafie - State Junior Fair Board Award Winner

Lindsey Bair - Environmental Science State Achievement Award Winner

Lauren Hitt - Companion Animals State Achievement Award Winner

Sarah Coon - Companion Animals State Achievement First Alternate


All 4-H Clubs are required to send at least one representative to the annual 4-H Club Advisor Fair Update, April 18, 7:00pm.

Why is attendance required for this event? All clubs need to send at least one representative so that they are informed about the fair entry process. The representative is then responsible for sharing the information with their club. All advisors are encouraged to attend so they can hear the info first hand.

Date: April 18, 2018

Time: 7:00pm
(The update will start after a short 4-H Council meeting.)

Where: Extension Office

530 W. Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215

Parking: Free Parking in Rear Lot

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.

Two sessions are held. Members may choose which one they want to attend.

April 24, 2018, 6:30pm, Extension Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH

May 10, 2018, 6:30pm, Extension Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH

Horse Project Information

Spring Equine Youth Clinic - May 5, 2018

4-H Clubs with Horse Projects
  • At least one advisor should be representing your club at 4-H Horse Advisory Committee meetings held at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.
    - May 7, 7:00pm
    - June 4, 7:00pm
    - July 2, 7:00pm

Franklin County 4-H Horse Website -

Show Volunteers Needed

This is a great community service opportunity!

The Franklin County Horse Advisory Committee holds five horse shows each year. Three shows are fundraisers for the Franklin County 4-H Horse program. Two shows are Performance Against Standards (PAS) Shows where 4-H members attempt to qualify to attend the Ohio State Jr Fair Horse Show.

We run all shows with volunteers. There are volunteer opportunities for people with little or no horse show experience. Training assistance will be available at the show. Volunteers should be 16 or older. Click here for more information and to volunteer.


Are you taking any of the following 4-H projects to the Franklin County Fair this year?

  • Lactating Dairy Cows
  • 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 MUST ATTEND a livestock quality assurance session by June 1. NO EXCEPTIONS. There are numerous opportunities across the state to attend a session.

  • Franklin County 4-H will be holding a session on April 25, 6:30pm at the Extension Office. 530 W Spring St. Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215
    No registration required.

Other approved LQA’s are shared below.
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Franklin County 4-H Computer Coding Day Camp

Would you like to create imaginary worlds while learning valuable computer coding skills? In this SPIN (SPecial INterest) Camp, you will discover and learn computer programming concepts and apply them to create your own interactive story or game. We will use Scratch, a visual programming language that not only releases your creativity but also encourages you to think logically, test and evaluate outcomes, and collaborate with others.

Who: Open to 4-H members entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Space is limited.

Date: July 23-26, 2018

Time: 10am - 2:30pm

Where: OSU Extension, Franklin County Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH

Cost: $50.00 - includes all materials and lunch each day


Franklin Co. 4-H Sewing Clinic

Want to learn more about how to properly finish your sewing project? The Franklin County Fashion Board is here to help! This workshop will focus on seam finishes, hand sewing a hem, and attaching a button. We look forward to seeing you there! Contact Samantha Brill at with any questions.

When: Friday, April 27, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Where: Franklin County Extension Office, 530 W Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215
Cost: FREE

Franklin County 4-H Rabbit Clinic

All 4-H rabbit project members are encouraged to attend. Topics to be covered include:

  • basics of taking care of your rabbit
  • rabbit diseases
  • medicine and nutrition

The clinic will be taught by Franklin County Agricultural Extension Educator, Tim McDermott, DVM.

Date: May 14, 2018

Time: 6:30pm

Where: Franklin County Extension Office, 530 W Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215

Cost: FREE


4-H Chicken Projects

If you weren't able to make it to the Franklin County 4-H poultry clinic in February but are taking a chicken project, make sure you check out the resource packet that Ohio 4-H has made available to you. The entire packet is 162 pages so we are making a printed spiral bound version available for purchase at the Extension Office for $6.00.

4-H Woodworking Projects

Are you taking a 4-H woodworking project? Please pay close attention to the Ohio 4-H Woodworking Requirements. These requirements put limitations on the kinds of projects you can make and the tools that can be used. You don't want to invest a lot of time into your project only to have it disqualified! Please read the requirements before starting your project.

Project Requirement Guide

Do you know what you need to do in order to complete your project? BEFORE you start your project, make sure you check out the Franklin County 4-H Project Requirement Guide HERE.

Franklin County Fair Book

All 4-H projects that you are planning to complete at a Franklin County Fair event require a fair entry. Your 4-H advisor will be telling you how to complete your fair entries during your club's May meeting. In the meantime, you can check out the fair book and the details of all the fair contests on their new website.

Jr. Fair Donations Needed

As of right now, Franklin County Junior Fair sponoships are not at the level to maintain the amount of ribbons and awards that they provide for all of the contests at the fair. One responsibility of each Junior Fair Board member is to bring in sponsors and many of them are having a hard time finding sponsors this year. Please consider donating! If you, your 4-H club, or a business you know of would like to support positive youth development through a donation to the Franklin County Junior Fair, please contact Rachel at

4-H Walk & Serve: Thank you!

Thank you to all the clubs and sponsors who volunteered their time and resources to the Clover 5K and Walk & Serve last Saturday. Although the day was a bit chilly, it turned out to be a great event! We hope to have a final report and many pictures posted soon!

Help Franklin County 4-H with Amazon Smile

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 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!
Select Franklin County 4-H Council as your charity now by clicking this link:


Ohio 4-H Project Day

Jump-start your 4-H project with some expert help! At 4-H Project Day on May 5, at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center we'll focus on "Not Just Knots" and "Family History Treasure Hunt." If you're taking these projects, join us for a morning with the project book authors and work your way through some of the activities. Supplies and snacks provided; enrollment is limited. No cost to participate, but registration is required. Find the details at

National Livestock Skillathon Contest in Louisville, KY

Youth interested in competing at the National Livestock Skillathon Contest in Louisville, KY during the North American International Livestock Expo (NAILE) should consider attending one of two information sessions Sundays, April 15 or April 22 from 2-4pm to learn about the Ohio 4-H team and to practice.

The sessions will be at the Ohio 4-H Center (2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, 43210).

More information is available at:

Contact Andrea Rees, Margo Long, or Dustin Homan with questions.

State 4-H Event Youth Assistants

The 4-H Event Youth Assistants are a brand-new group of teens aged 13-18 that assist with Ohio State Fair events. It’s a great way to get involved with Ohio 4-H, meet other teens from around the state, and learn more about the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council. Here’s a link where you can view the application Applications are due May 15.

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp, July 7-11, invites teens age 13- 18 (as of January 1) from across Ohio to “get your feet wet” as you learn about one of Ohio’s most important resources: Lake Erie! You’ll be in, on, and around the water as you explore the science of the lake, learn marine-related skills, and discover the history and recreational uses of our great lake.

For more information visit:

4-H Camp Tech

4-H Camp Tech is a three-day, two-night camp, located on the campus of The Ohio State University, that introduces youth in grades six-eight to a variety of activities that include: coding, robotics, engineering design, electricity and more. Camp Tech is based at the Ohio 4-H Center with overnight accommodations in an OSU dorm.

4-H Camp Tech is set for June 13-14-15, 2018.

Click here for more information.

Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camps

Ohio 4-H Junior Shooting Education Camp

  • Ages 9 - 12

  • Hosted by: Canter's Cave 4-H Camp Inc.
  • Camp dates are June 29 - July 1, 2018
  • Cost for Ohio 4-H Junior Shooting Education Camp is $225.00

Ohio 4-H Senior Shooting Education Camp

  • Ages 12 - 18

  • Hosted by: Canter's Cave 4-H Camp Inc.
  • Camp dates are: July 8 - 13, 2018
  • Cost of Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp is $325.00

For more information visit

4-H Camp Ohio Community Service Opportunity

Is your club looking for a new community service opportunity? 4-H Camp Ohio is always looking for groups to spend a work day "sprucing" up the camp. If your club is interested, contact 4-H Camp Ohio's executive director, Anthony Imbody at

4-H Camp Ohio has also posted their annual wish list. Your club can also collect items from the following list and donate them.
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