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Franklin County 4-H News - March 31, 2021

You are receiving this newsletter because you were either enrolled in 4-H last year or have recently enrolled in 4-H for 2021. 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.


The deadline to re-enroll for Franklin County 4-H is April 1. 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.

If you still need to re-enroll:

  1. Select your projects for this year by visiting the virtual Winter Project Fair.
  2. Log into your family's profile and enroll at
  3. Watch this video if you're not sure how to complete the enrollment.
  4. Contact Rachel if you still need help at

Extension Office Drop-Off Hours for April 1

On Thursday, April 1, club leaders can drop off enrollment paperwork from 8:00am until 8:00pm.

Enrollment forms that need to be turned into the Extension office by April 1.

Forms can be found here.

  • Activity Fee Checklist & Fees
  • Charter Checklist
  • Horse Paperwork
  • Outstanding Cross-County Line Forms

There are two options for dropping off paperwork and activity fees at the Extension Office:

  1. During office hours - (8:00am-4:00pm)
    Bring the paperwork in to the office to drop it off.

  2. Drive-Thru Drop Off - (4:00 - 8:00 pm)
    Pull into the parking lot and hand it to a staff member through your car window.

    Kunz Brundige Franklin County Extension Building
    2548 Carmack Road
    Columbus, OH 43210
    (614) 866-6900; option 6

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.

4-H Project Requirement Guide

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

4-H Club Leaders/Advisors

Club Rosters: If you are an organizational club leader that is having a hard time downloading your club roster from the 4-HOnline system, you should have received instructions with a club leader code in the envelope that was mailed to you with your Club Leader Handbook. If you still need help logging into your club on 4-HOnline, contact Rachel at

Annual Enrollment: All club volunteers/advisors must re-enroll in the 4-HOnline enrollment system each year by April 1. Anyone who does not re-enroll will not be permitted to continue in a volunteer capacity.

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE! The annual 4-H Club leader's update about the fair and the fair entry system has been moved to a new date. Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 27 for the Virtual Junior Fair Update. There will be a brief 4-H Council meeting at 7:00pm followed by the Franklin County Junior Fair Update. All club leaders are highly encouraged to attend. It is a virtual event and a Zoom link will be sent out closer to the event.

April Countywide Meeting

You're invited! With many clubs not meeting in-person, Franklin County has been offering optional countywide 4-H virtual meetings on the second Sunday of each month. April will be the last month for the countywide meeting. It's a supplemental opportunity for members as clubs are still expected to meet (either virtually or in-person depending on the changing health advisories). ANYONE IS WELCOME - individuals, families, or clubs!

These meetings include:

  • Educational speakers/virtual tours
  • Fun games
  • Time for questions/dialogue

April Meeting Topic: Virtual Tour of a Robotics Managed Dairy Farm

Register Now!

Option for Club Advisors: Clubs that have had difficulty meeting virtually (or any club) can request a breakout room for their club to meet directly following the county meeting activities. Clubs interested in this opportunity should contact Rachel at to reserve a breakout room. (It is the responsibility of the club advisor to notify members that the club will be meeting at that time.)

Meeting Details

Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021

Meeting Time: 4:00-5:00pm

Club Breakout Meeting: 5:00-6:00pm

Click Here To Register for the April Meeting

Franklin County Fair Tentative Schedules

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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. Note that the fair book is being updated and not everything is in the final stage yet.

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!

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:

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.


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.

All of the shows are run 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. Visit the Events tabs at top of a list of shows with volunteer opportunities.

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

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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