The office will try provide weekly updates, usually on Friday's, during these uncertain times. You should receive these updates in a weekly email sent to you via the 4H Online database. The updates will also be posted here. Things are evolving and changing all the time, so please stay informed. thank you.

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Quality Assurance Registration

July 16, 2020 7-8pm - LAST CHANCE QA - Those who still need QA may contact the Extension office with questions. This will be in person at the fairgrounds.

 

ZOOM TIPS - tips and guidance on how to access Zoom and how to host a Zoom meeting for your club! (it really is easy!)

 

Book Ordering Info with Discount Codes

 

September 11, 2020

Honor Club & Officer Books

There is still time to turn them in to the Extension Office. The deadline has been extended to September 18th. The scale for honor club has been adjusted down to compensate for the events and happening of this year. Officers get those books into the office.

Trophy & Buyer Thank You Notes

Don’t forget to write thank you notes. If you received a cash award or trophy it has a label with the sponsor and address. Please send a thank you note. If you sold in the auction you should have received an email from the sale committee with your buyers. Please get your thank you notes written to buyers and turned into the office or a picture of them emailed to mailto:Kromer.53@!osu.edu Your check won’t be sent to you until all your thank you notes are submitted.

Update from the State 4-H Office

Meetings and Events effective September 1, 2020 includes:

  • Virtual meetings and events

  • Only critical/essential business with an education focus can be done in-person.

  • Not larger than 50 people, including adults, youth, presenters, etc.

  • dependent on local health department guidelines; may need to be reduced to 10 based on the directives

  • Face masks are required.

  • This includes inside AND outside at all times.

  • Program participants and parent/guardians ages five and older must wear a mask.

  • Medical conditions or disability exceptions are permitted.

  • Potlucks and buffets are NOT permitted

Visit the 4-H STEM Tent During this Year’s Virtual Farm Science Review

We’re excited to offer virtual STEM-focused programming during this year’s online Farm Science Review. Plan to join us on September 22, 23, and 24 to take virtual tours and field trips, learn about watershed and stream health, explore careers in agriculture, and more. The schedule for our virtual 4-H STEM Tent is below. More information, including how to register to participate in these free sessions, will be coming soon. You can visit the website at https://fsr.osu.edu/

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

9 AM-10 AM – Virtual Video Tour of Myers Hatchery and Dialog

10:15 AM – Explore Agriculture in Hawaii Using Google Expedition

11 AM-Noon – Egg Catcher STEM Challenge

12:15 PM – Virtual Video Tours of Young’s Jersey Dairy and/or Guiggsberg Cheese

1:15 PM-2:15 PM – From Moo to You Dairy Science Lab at GISA

2:30 PM – Career Explorer

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

9 AM-10 AM – Soil Health Challenge

10:15 AM – Soil Broken Down

11:00 AM – Clean Water STEM Pathways Challenge

Noon – 1 PM – Water Quality Challenge

1:15 PM-2:15 PM – Watershed and Stream Health

2:30 PM – Finding the Right Career Path, Assessing Your Employable Skills

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

9 AM-10 AM – Virtual Video Tour of Robotics Dairy Systems

10:15 AM – Cookie Prospecting STEM Pathways Challenge

11:00 AM – A Boost Against Arthritis STEM Pathways Challenge

Noon to 1 PM – Agriculture Mechanization STEM Challenge

1:15 PM-2:15 PM – From Pasture to Plate Virtual Video Tour and Meat Science Lab

2:30 PM – Virtual Video Tour of John Deere Tractor Simulator and Ag STEM Career Discussion

Join the 4-H STEM Challenge and Blast Off to Mars!!

The 2020 4-H STEM Challenge explores sending a mission to Mars and what it takes to sustain life in space. The Mars Base Camp kit includes activities that use STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture.

We want Ohio 4-H families to join in and thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation and Google, you can receive an $8 discount on the Mars Base Camp family kit. The family kit is available at shop 4-h.org for $15.95, plus shipping, but with the Ohio 4-H discount and the $5 discount available on their website, your final cost is just $7.80 + tax.

Want to learn more?

Find 4-H STEM Challenge details at https://4-h.org/parents/4-h-stem-challenge/#!2020-challenge

Get your discount code at go.osu.edu/2020ohiostemchallenge

We are looking forward to this awesome opportunity, so get your kit and stay tuned for fun videos and additional activities to be offered during the month of October. Plus, Jessica George would love to help your family or small group of participants as you complete the challenge. If you would like any help with the kit or planning activities, please reach out to Jessica at mailto:george.979@osu.edu or 419-515-5820 and keep an eye on our Facebook page during the month of October!

 

August 7, 2020

General COVID Guidelines for Fair

MASKS - you are required to wear a mask while on the fairgrounds, specifically if you are in a barn, show barn, or bathroom. Due to safety concerns livestock exhibitors currently in the show ring (excluding rabbits and poultry), showing an animal do not need to wear a mask.

HANDS need to be washed or sanitized regularly. Hand sanitizer is available at the entries to barns and show arena. Visit the bathrooms for routine hand washing.

EXHIBITORS – you need to practice social distancing when preparing to enter the ring and while in the show ring. We encourage you to give a nod or friendly wave to the judge and fellow exhibitors and you must refrain from handshakes and high-fives.

SHOW BARN – Only the family members of the exhibitors in the show ring are to be inside the show barn. Once your exhibitor has exited the ring, we ask that you exit as well to make room for others.

SOCIAL DISTANCE - Practice 6 feet of social distancing at all times and even in the show ring. Groups cannot be more than 10 people.

BARNS - Exhibitors and families should not ‘hang out’ in the barns this year. Therefore, individuals should only be in the barns to do chores or if you are 1-2 classes before or after your show.

ILLNESS: if you are not feeling well or are having any flu-like symptoms including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, headache you need to leave the fairgrounds. If you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or share a household with someone who has COVID-19 you should not be on the fairgrounds.

Seating at Fair/Shows at Fair

Bleacher seating will NOT be available at fair due to social distancing guidelines. Spectators are asked to bring their own seating (lawn chairs, bag chairs, etc.).

Only family members of exhibitors who are in the show ring are permitted in the show barn. After your exhibitor has shown, you are asked to leave the barn.

The Senior Fair Board has arranged for there to be a large jumbotron on the fairgrounds that will be streaming the shows live. Again, you are to provide your own seating to view the jumbotron.

The Senior Fair Board also plans to attempt to livestream the livestock shows on their Erie County Fair Facebook page, barring any technical difficulties.

Show bills will not be printed for spectators this year, but will be available for download from the Erie County Fair website.

Bear with us this year, as we attempt to utilize some new technology to make this a safe experience for everyone!

Daily Health Checks for Exhibitors & Volunteers

The Erie County Health Department has asked that the Senior Fair Board provide documentation of daily health checks by each exhibitor and volunteer coming on the fairgrounds.

These daily checks will be done utilizing a system where exhibitors and volunteers will need to initial a chart/paper DAILY, as soon as they arrive at the fairgrounds. The chart will be located on a board in the multipurpose building. Youth will be listed by club.

By initializing the chart each day, individuals are attesting to the following:

You will wear a face mask/covering prior to building entry and while in a building.

You will wear a face mask/covering outside when you are not able to social distance.

You are knowledgeable about and are practicing proper hand washing as necessary.

You are self-monitoring for any signs or symptoms of Flu-like illness and will not enter the fairgrounds will any illness.

You acknowledge, understand and will practice social distancing of 6 feet between individuals.

You have not received a confirmed diagnosis for COVID-19 by a test or from a diagnosis by health care professional in the past 14 days.

You have not traveled by airplane internationally or domestically in the past 14 days

You have not had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

You have not experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (including: fever, difficulty breathing, sore throat, pressure in the chest, extreme fatigue, earache, persistent headache, diarrhea, and persistent loss of smell or taste).

Questions? Contact Senior Fair Board at 419/625-1000.

Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, August 11th at 7 pm.

Location - TBD

Asking 4-Hers to sit with their 4-H club by families.

Asking for one advisor from each club to attend with their members. If an advisor cannot attend, perhaps a club parent can be the club designee.

All awards will be boxed by club. Club advisor will be given box for their club. When awards are announced, club advisors can distribute the awards to their club members during the ceremony.

Advisors are asked to bring a bottle of hand sanitizer to sanitize their hands between distribution of awards to each club member.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, advisors will then have all awards for club members NOT in attendance to take with them to distribute at a later time.

Grade ribbons for all youth in a club will be included in that club’s box.

The following will be recognized:

Clothing, Family Living, Food & Nutrition, and Still Project Award Placings

Money Management Project Awards

All Speaking Contest participants and winners

Cloverbud Flipgrid Participants

Cloverbud Graduates

Scholarship Recipients

Tenure 4-H members (years 9-13)

Outstanding 4-H Boy and Girl Announced

Sale Questions

If you have sale questions, please reach out to the Sale Committee by emailing ECJFLivestockSale@gmail.com

Curfew (as stated in the County & Independent Fairs orders)

Fairgrounds have a 10 pm curfew.

Non-camping participants are expected to leave the fairgrounds by the crewfew.

If camping on site, participants must be in their campers no later than 10 pm

 

July 31, 2020

 

Barn Set-Up Assistance Needed for Certain Specie 

Key leaders in some species are looking for assistance with barn/pen set-up.  We would encourage those attending to offer assistance be adults or older youth (ages 14+).   

  • Rabbit Pen Set-up – Saturday, August 1st at 9 a.m. **Reminder that rabbits will be housed in the multi-purpose building this year.  Therefore, set-up will take place in the multi-purpose building. 

  • Sheep/Goat Barn Set-up – Sunday, August 2nd at 9 a.m. - CORRECTED TIME 

  • Swine Barn Set-up – Monday, August 3rd at 6 p.m. 

  • Poultry Barn Set-up – Tuesday, August 4th at 6 p.m. 

  • Beef Barn Set-up – Wednesday, August 5th at 6 p.m. 

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Move-In for Tack/Bedding 

Exhibitors may move tack/bedding to the fairgrounds beginning Saturday, August 8th at 8 a.m.    

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Attention non-livestock projects and Cloverbuds: 

If you would like to display your food, clothing, family living, still project or Cloverbud project at the fair, we’d love to see it.  Please bring it to the multi-purpose building Monday night during project check-in. Note the NEW LOCATION.   

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4-H Awards Ceremony at Fair 

We will be holding the 4-H awards ceremony at the Fair on Tuesday, August 11th at 7 pm.  A location will be announced and may be weather dependent.  We will be asking 4-Hers to sit with their 4-H club by families.  We will also be asking for one advisor from each club to attend with their members.  Details will be communicated to club OA.    

The following will be recognized: 

Clothing, Family Living, Food & Nutrition, and Still Project Award Placings 

Money Management Project Awards 

All Speaking Contest participants and winners 

Cloverbud Flipgrid Participants  

Cloverbud Graduates  

Scholarship Recipients  

Tenure 4-H members (years 9-13) 

Outstanding 4-H Boy and Girl Announced 

 

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Facial Coverings at Fair - ADDITION 

In accordance with the Governor’s Order issued on July 23, 2020, all individuals in attendance and participating in 4-J and FFA Junior Fair activities shall wear a facial covering at all times when: 

  1. In any indoor location that is not a residence (camper); or 

  1. Outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their family/household; 

The requirement to wear a facial covering does not apply when: 

  1. The individual is under ten years of age; 

  1. A medical condition including those with respiratory conditions that restrict breathing, mental health conditions, or disability contraindicates the wearing of a facial covering; 

  1. The individual is communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired or has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication; 

  1. The individual is seated and actively engaged in consuming food or beverage. 

According to the Erie County Health Department, face shields can be used in place of face masks if they cover the chin.  Exhibitors with horses, beef, sheep, goats, llamas, and swine will not be required to wear face coverings when showing, as this could be a potential safety hazard, although exhibitors may choose to wear a face coverings when showing, if they wish.  Because of the nature of poultry and rabbit shows, we are asking those exhibitors to wear face coverings during the show, since the judging process consists of one-one-one interviews with the judge.  Judges will be asked to wear masks. 

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Livestock Video Feedback and Scores 

We hand-selected individuals across the state to evaluate the livestock flipgrid videos that were submitted.  The vast majority of those asked to assist with the task are educators with a livestock background in the particular specie they were asked to evaluate.  Our evaluators were provided the judging rubric that was shared with our exhibitors and tasked with scoring according to the rubric, providing some written feedback to our youth, assigning a grade, and providing a ranking to be used for premier exhibitor awards.  This is a much more subjective judging method than our skillathons have been in the past.   We are getting some questions about why a judge gave a particular score in a particular area.  These are questions that our staff cannot answer.   A judge is hired to give their opinion based off a set of criteria.  While some judges are ‘harder’ than others, be assured that one judge is evaluating an entire specie-age grouping; therefore, other youth in a given category are being judged by the same standard.  We hope you will encourage youth to focus on the positive comments offered by evaluators.   

We know the experience of submitting a video and receiving feedback on that product is a much different than anything we have done in the past.  It’s different for us too!  We have thoroughly enjoyed watching the videos produced by our youth, and we hope our exhibitors learned some skills that they will be able utilize in our ever-changing world. 

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Fair Wristbands 

The Senior Fair Board will be distributing wristbands for exhibitors, volunteers, and parents. While admission is not being charged for fair entry this year, the board would still like a means of identifying exhibitors, volunteers, and parents. Each exhibitor will receive two parent wristbands. Additional parent wristbands can be requested through the Senior Fair Board office. The fairgrounds will close at approximately 8 pm each night. Wristbands will help the board know who has a reason for being on the grounds after 8 pm or early in the morning, before the fair officially opens. The board was provided a list of exhibitors and volunteers in each club. Volunteers can pick up wristbands for their entire club at the SFB office during their scheduled hours. See below for Senior Fair Board office hours. Questions? Call the fair office at 419-625-1000. 

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Drug Use Notification Forms (DUNF) 

DUNF forms will be available for pick-up at the Senior Fair Board office.  We encourage volunteers to pick up forms for their entire club when they pick-up wristbands.  One DUNF for each animal or each pen of animals.  As in the past, DUNF will also be available during fair check-in. Senior Fair Board Office Hours-Tuesday & Thursday from 5 pm to 7 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm and August 11-16 from 8 am to 8 pm. 

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Erie County Junior Fair Sale 2020  

The Junior Fair Sale Committee has posted the 2020 letter sent to recent sale buyers and the Erie County Fair website.  4-H and FFA families can print this letter to use in their sale marketing efforts. The letter can be found at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-vcG2PA1ww-wzYIuh5L2hg1vgGhGleTg/view 

A virtual sale is a huge change for all of us this year.  The Junior Fair Sale Committee is willing to answer any questions you have.  You can reach out to the sale committee by emailing ECJFLivestockSale@gmail.com 

July 24, 2020

Online Entry/Upload Sale Pictures by July 27th – Exhibitors with livestock projects eligible for sale are asked to go to the following link https://form.jotform.com/201903673734052 to indicate what they plan to exhibit at the fair and upload pictures that will be used on the sale site. We encourage this to be a nice picture of you, wearing show clothes, and your project animal(s). Youth with multiple species/lots can upload multiple pictures. Entries and pictures for livestock projects must be submitted by Monday, July 27th (same day flip grid videos are due for livestock projects). Still projects, etc. will have a separate link provided. Entries and pictures for still projects will be due by Monday, August 10th.

Flipgrid submissions – All flipgrid submissions are due by midnight Monday, July 27th. ALL PROJECTS have some form of flipgrid submission due on Monday. Livestock exhibitors will submit one per species and all non-livestock exhibitors must submit their projects by Monday, even those previously scheduled to be judged during fair week. If you have questions about flipgrid or need assistance getting your video submitted, Jessica will be available to help throughout the weekend and until 6pm on Monday, July 27th. You can reach her at 419-515-5820 or george.979@osu.edu. You can also information and help guides at https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-flipgrid-virtual-judging.

Fair Wristbands – The Senior Fair Board will be distributing wristbands for exhibitors, volunteers, and parents. While admission is not being charged for fair entry this year, the board would still like a means of identifying exhibitors, volunteers, and parents. Each exhibitor will receive two parent wristbands. Additional parent wristbands can be requested through the Senior Fair Board office. The fairgrounds will close at approximately 8 pm each night. Wristbands will help the board know who has a reason for being on the grounds after 8 pm or early in the morning, before the fair officially opens.

The board was provided a list of exhibitors and volunteers in each club. Volunteers can pick up wristbands for their entire club at the SFB office during their scheduled hours. See below for Senior Fair Board office hours. Questions? Call the fair office at 419-625-1000.

Drug Use Notification Forms (DUNF) – DUNF forms will be available for pick-up at the Senior Fair Board office. We encourage volunteers to pick up forms for their entire club when they pick-up wristbands. One DUNF for each animal or each pen of animals. As in the past, DUNF will also be available during fair check-in.

Senior Fair Board Office Hours - Tuesday & Thursday from 5 pm to 7 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm and August 11-16 from 8 am to 8 pm.

Erie County Junior Fair Sale 2020 – The Junior Fair Sale Committee has posted the 2020 letter sent to recent sale buyers and the Erie County Fair website. 4-H and FFA families can print this letter to use in their sale marketing efforts. The letter can be found at: http://www.eriefair.com/uploads/1/3/0/0/130029877/2020_buyer_letter.pdf

A virtual sale is a huge change for all of us this year. We know you have questions. The Junior Fair Sale Committee is willing to answer any questions you have. You can reach out to the sale committee by emailing ECJFLivestockSale@gmail.com

July 17, 2020

Just a few reminders of upcoming deadlines and events:

July:

18 - Market Rabbit Tattooing/Check in and clinic for 1st year exhibitors

20 - Outstanding 4-Her Applications due – for more details visit: https://erie.osu.edu/sites/erie/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/Forms_etc/2020%20Outstanding%20Application.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1upAQFNE0UNTPdlF78PiMLWupa_QDWqpJKSkIDcrJZyCCyrNtBMNbpWOE

27 - Flipgrid Submissions are Due

If you are unable to complete a Flipgrid Video, you must contact the extension office by July 20 to schedule an alternative time to present to a key leader by August 1.

If you still need a project book, we do have them in stock in our office. The office is open Mon, Wed and Thurs 8a-4:30p. Please call ahead to let us know your coming.

 

July 10, 2020

July 10, 2020

This week's update contains news from the Erie County Fair Board, as well as the Erie County Junior Fair Sale Committee.

News from the Erie County Fair Board

The Erie County Ag. Society Board of Directors met Wednesday, July 8 and made a number of decisions related to the 2020 Erie County Fair.

Fair Schedule

All livestock will come to the fair on Monday, August 10th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Our fair veterinarian, Dr. Mull, and his staff, will not be checking animals on trailers as they come onto the grounds, as they have in the past. Exhibitors need to check-in with livestock key leaders at their various barns, submit any required paperwork, have their animals weighed (depending on specie) and get the OK from key leaders before moving animals into the barn. Dr. Mull will check animals in pens on Monday evening or Tuesday and can still dismiss animals for health concerns.

All shows will remain the same date/time with the exception of the open class hog class, which has been moved to Wednesday at 9 a.m. The Junior Fair Swine Show will immediately follow the open class show on Wednesday.

Facilities

All animals will be housed in the same barns with the exception of rabbits which will be housed (and shown) in the multi-purpose building this year.

Admission

There will be no admission charged for the fair this year. The fair board simply felt they might spend more money paying individuals to work the gates than they would bring in from gate receipts since it is not a 'full-fair' this year. There will no rides at the fair, limited displays, and limited food vendors. As such, clubs do not need to purchase passes for their members. However, wristbands will be provided for Junior Fair exhibitors, simply as a way to identify youth who may be on the grounds late at night.

Premiums

The fair board will not award premiums in 2020.

Awards

Trophies, ribbons, and other awards will still be given to 4-H and FFA members. The fair board would like to thank Frances Kremer and Liana Wensink for their assistance coordinating awards this year.

2020 Erie County Sale Information

From the Junior Fair Sale Committee

All sales will be virtual through Breeder’s World Final Drive Youth Auctions: https://www.bwfinaldrive.com/

Sale to Determine Possession

ONLY for the following projects: Feeder calves, poultry, rabbits, stills, clothing, foods, family living, and FFA. – There will be an online sale to determine ownership/possession of project. This sale will be open Friday, August 14 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. NOTE: All exhibitors in project areas in the Friday sale will have an opportunity to earn additional funds through the premium/add-on sale, which will run Friday, August 14th through Tuesday, August 18th. See information below.

Some Examples and Additional Information

Poultry - If Chris Clover is the winning bidder for a meat pen of chickens, the 4-H or FFA member will then be responsible for having the meat pen butchered and delivered to Chris Clover, post fair. All poultry exhibitors are responsible for taking birds from the fair on Saturday, August 15th from 9 to Noon and for making arrangements to have poultry butchered and delivered to Friday sale buyer.

Rabbits - If Chris Clover is the winning bidder for a meat pen of rabbits, the 4-H or FFA member will then be responsible for having the meat pen of rabbits butchered and delivered to the buyer. If no one bids on the meat pen of rabbits during the Friday sale, the rabbits will simply be sent with rabbit buyer coming to pick up rabbits on Saturday morning and the exhibitors will be paid market price (plus whatever they receive from the premium/add-on sale).

Feeder Calves – If Fred Smith buys a feeder calf through the Friday sale, Fred Smith is responsible for picking that calf up at the fairgrounds on Saturday from 9 a.m. to Noon. If no one bids on a feeder calf during the Friday auction, the exhibitor would retain possession of the calf.

Stills, Etc. – Exhibitors selling stills, clothing, foods, family living, and FFA projects through the auction must drop off their projects for buyer pick-up at the fairgrounds between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, August 14th. Buyers may pick up Saturday between 9 and noon. The buyer and exhibitor may make other arrangements for delivery, but the sale committee will require proof of buyer receipt.

Premium/Add-On Sale

Youth with any project going through the Erie County Junior Fair Sale will be featured through the premium/add-on, on-line auction from Friday, August 14th at 8 a.m. through Tuesday, August 18th at 6 p.m. This is simply an opportunity for businesses and individuals to monetarily support our 4-H/FFA youth. An exhibitor’s projects will be grouped into ONE LOT for simplicity for our bidders. So, if 4-H member, Suzie Smith, had two lambs, a first-place foods project, and a fryer rabbit, she would have ONE lot representing all of these projects in the premium/add-on sale.

Market beef (steers); market lamb; market goat; and market hog exhibitors -- If you have already marketed your animal (you have someone who intends to buy the animal for meat), you or the buyer need to contact the sale office by Tuesday, August 11th at 6 p.m. to make arrangements. The Erie County Junior Fair Sale Committee has secured re-sale options for lambs, goats, hogs, and rabbits.

MARKET BEEF ONLY: The Erie County Junior Fair Sale Committee is unable to offer a re-sale option for market beef in 2020. However, we still want you to bring those animals to the Erie County Fair and therefore, have the opportunity to be included in the premium/add-on auction. For 2020, we encourage you to work to find your own buyer or develop a plan to market your animal through available public auctions. Please contact the sale committee at ECJFLivestockSale@gmail.com if you need advice or assistance marketing your animal. The sale committee hopes to match exhibitors who need buyers with buyers looking for market beef who may already have an appointment at a local butcher.

What Do YOU as an Exhibitor Need to Do

  1. Online Entry/Upload Pictures by July 27th – Exhibitors with livestock projects eligible for sale are asked to go to the following link https://form.jotform.com/201903673734052 to indicate what they plan to exhibit at the fair and upload pictures that will be used on the sale site. We encourage this to be a nice picture of you, wearing show clothes, and your project animal(s). Youth with multiple species/lots can upload multiple pictures. Entries and pictures for livestock projects must be submitted by Monday, July 27th (same day flip grid videos are due for livestock projects). Still projects, etc. will have a separate link provided. Entries and pictures for still projects will be due by Monday, August 10th.

  2. Make sure to complete your flip grid video or interview with a key leader so you are eligible for the Erie County Fair. More information can be found at https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-flipgrid-virtual-judging

  3. Help market the online sale to potential buyers! A letter will be available soon from the sale committee with details about the auction. You will be able to include this letter with any correspondence you send to potential buyers.

  4. Following the sale, send a thank you note to your buyer(s) and anyone who made an add-on donation for your project. The sale committee will provide buyer information to exhibitors following the sale. There will be a process for submitting thank you notes that will be announced at a later date.

Questions?

Please email your questions to ECJFLivestockSale@gmail.com or call 419-625-1000.

REMINDER:

A last chance Quality Assurance program is scheduled for July 16, 7-8 pm. This session is to be person. Let us know if you need to attend this session by emailing mailto:Kromer.53@osu.edu or calling 419-627-7631.

July 3, 2020

Market Rabbit Tattooing/Check-In

Market Rabbits will be tattooed at the Erie County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 18th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. outside at one of the shelter houses at the fairgrounds via a drive thru method. Individuals should remain in their vehicle until their vehicle reaches the front of the line. Exhibitors/parents will then be asked to unload their rabbits.

New this year, exhibitors who have market rabbits that are already tattooed can simply register their rabbit(s) at this link: go.osu.edu/erierabbit You will be asked general information and will be required to upload a photo of your rabbit's ear, clearly showing the tattoo. If you have seven rabbits, you will do this seven times. Exhibitors who have rabbits that are already tattooed and register through this link do not need to come to tattooing/check-in on July 18th. TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ATTENDING ON THE 18TH AND TO ALLEVIATE STRESS ON YOUR ANIMALS, WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO ASK YOUR BREEDER TO TATTOO YOUR RABBITS BEFORE TAKING POSSESSION AND REGISTER RABBITS THROUGH THE LINK PROVIDED.

Rabbit key leaders will also be offering a clinic geared toward first year rabbit exhibitors on Saturday, July 18th at 2:00 p.m. immediately following tattooing. Please register by Friday, July 10th by calling the Extension Office at 419-627-7631. It is imperative that we know the number of individuals planning to attend, so appropriate social distancing measures can be taken.

Attention 4-Hers taking Creative Writing, Grow Your Own Vegetables and Growing with the Seasons!

Remember that if you are taking one of these projects, you will need to submit your flipgrid by July 27th. This is earlier than the original project due/judging date.

Open Zoom Hours

Do you have a question for our staff? We will be holding open Zoom hours Wednesday, July 8th 10a-11a and Thursday, July 9th 7p-8p. Drop into our ‘Zoom Room’ by visiting: https://osu.zoom.us/j/2693300153

Have Questions About Flipgrid? Detailed instructions can be found at: https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-flipgrid-virtual-judging

A brief YouTube tutorial about how to use Flipgrid: go.osu.edu/flipgridtutorial - We recommend you watch this tutorial before getting started.

Ohio Youth Skillathons

Ohio State University Extension and the Department of Animal Sciences are pleased to offer virtual Skillathons this year. The 4-H Animal Sciences team will conduct online Ohio Youth Skillathons this year with the opportunity to compete for the highest score; no cash awards will be involved. These Skillathons will include the same educational materials, by species, that are typically evaluated at the Ohio State Fair.

Dates/times, rules, registration and other information for Ohio Youth Skillathons can be found at: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons

Registration is due by JULY 15th, 2020.

Register by visiting: www.go.osu.edu/skillathonregistration

All exhibitors with need an email address specific to that exhibitor that can be used as your log-in credential (this is also where the first-time registration will be).

REMINDERS:

Still Need QA? A last chance Quality Assurance program is scheduled for July 16, 7-8 pm. This session is to be person. Let us know if you need to attend this session by emailing Kromer.53@osu.edu or calling 419-627-7631.

New Office Hours: The Erie County office of OSU Extension is open with limited hours. Hours of operation are: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8am – 4:30pm. Call ahead to let us know what you need so we can get it ready and/or for curbside delivery. 419-627-7631.

Remember: Per OSU guidelines, guests will be required to wear a mask if entering the OSU Extension office area. If you have any symptoms of illness or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please refrain from coming to the office.

June 26, 2020 

REMINDERS:

New Office Hours: The Erie County office of OSU Extension will be reopening on Wednesday, July 1 with limited hours. Hours of operation will be as follows: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8am – 4:30pm. Call ahead to let us know what you need so we can get it ready and set it out or for curbside delivery.  419-627-7631.

Per OSU guidelines, guests will be required to wear a mask if entering the OSU Extension office area. If you have any symptoms of illness or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please refrain from coming to the office. 

4-H Winning Plan: If your child is in need of an adjustment for judging or another 4-H event due to an impairment or disability, please take the time to complete the 4-H winning plan and submit it to Angie at?holmes.468@osu.edu? The plan will allow us to work with your child and offer him or her a positive experience for his or her ability.? Even if you have submitted one in previous years, we need a new one.? Here is a link to the form that needs completed.??https://ohio4h.org/sites/ohio4h/files/imce/Families/winning_plan/Winning4HPlanRequest-FillablePDF-Form5-16.pdf 

No Longer Taking a Project?  Please email Tami @ Kromer.53@osu.edu and let her know what project you are dropping.   

Non-market Goats Exhibitors:  If you are signed up for a breeding, dairy, pygmy, pack, harness or fiber goat and have not yet done so, please email Tami at kromer.53@osu.edu with the number of goats you are planning to bring to the fair.? This is no way an official count that you are held to, we are simply trying to get an idea to plan for fair pens and spacing.

4-H Flipgrid Virtual Judging: For 2020, Erie County 4-H project judging will take place virtually on a platform called Flipgrid. 

This will replace the in-person elements in the following areas: Clothing and Textiles Judging, Food and Nutrition Judging, Stills/Family Living Judging, Dog Interviews and Show, Creative Writing Judging, Vegetable Judging, Livestock/Horse Skillathon and Interview, Cloverbud Sharing, and the Public Speaking Contest. For each project they are enrolled in, members will submit a 3-10-minute video about their project and what they learned. Video submissions must be completed by July 27, with the exception of Health and Safety Speaking which is due July 3. 

Detailed instructions can be found at https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-flipgrid-virtual-judging 

Virtual Public Speaking Contest: Many of you have done it in the past and you will this year too, but we want to see some new faces.  This is the year to try it.  You can do it from the comfort of your own home and earn $$ while doing it!!! 

It will be done in Flipgrid just like all the other projects.  You will follow the same instructions as submitting a project.  Which will you try? 

Health & Safety submissions due July 3 because of Area level Competition being held July 15th virtually via zoom. 

Illustrated Talk or Demonstrations submissions due July 27. 

Still Need QA?  A last chance Quality Assurance program is scheduled for July 16, 7-8 pm. This session will be in person if the programming ban is lifted on July 6th.  Let us know if you need to attend this session by emailing Kromer.53@osu.edu or calling 419-627-7631. 

And Lastly: All Ohio State University Extension in-person programming has been cancelled thru July 6. This includes all 4-H programs, activities, and events.  If you have questions regarding if this applies to a meeting or possible event/activity, please ask a 4-H Educator by emailing Mary Beth at Albright.75@osu.edu or Angie at Holmes.468@osu.edu

June 19, 2020  

We are re-opening!  The Erie County office of OSU Extension will be reopening on Wednesday, July 1 with limited hours. Hours of operation will be as follows: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8am – 4:30pm.  

We encourage clientele to call the office at 419-627-7631 prior to arriving to reduce face to face contact as much as possible.  For example, if you are coming to pick up project books, we encourage you to contact us ahead of time so we can have books pulled and ready. We are more than happy to meet you in the parking lot, if desired.   

Staff members will rotate days in the office, so it is best to call ahead if you would like to meet with a specific person. Per OSU guidelines, guests will be required to wear a mask if entering the OSU Extension office area. If you have any symptoms of illness or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please refrain from coming to the office.   

4-H Flipgrid Virtual Judging  

For 2020, Erie County 4-H project judging will take place virtually on a platform called Flipgrid. 

This will replace the in-person elements in the following areas: Clothing and Textiles Judging, Food and Nutrition Judging, Stills/Family Living Judging, Dog Interviews and Show, Creative Writing Judging, Vegetable Judging, Livestock/Horse Skillathon and Interview, Cloverbud Sharing, and the Public Speaking Contest. For each project they are enrolled in, members will submit a 3-10-minute video about their project and what they learned. Video submissions must be completed by July 27, with the exception of Health and Safety Speaking which is due July 3. 

Detailed instructions can be found at https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-flipgrid-virtual-judging 

4-H Camp Fundraising Goal Met!!!! 

Today marks the day that Erie County 4-H counselors and campers would be travelling to Kelleys Island 4-H Camp for their 4 days of fun and adventure. The Extension Office and Camp Board are incredibly grateful to those who donated to help camp reach their fundraising goal. We are thankful to have a community that continues to support camp each year. 

Let’s Do it!!  Public Speaking Contest Goes Virtual!! 

Many of you have done it in the past and you will this year too, but we want to see some new faces.  This is the year to try it.  You can do it from the comfort of your own home and earn $$ while doing it!!! 

It will be done in Flipgrid just like all the other projects.  You will follow the same instructions as submitting a project.  Which will you try? 

Health & Safety submissions due July 3 because of Area level Competition being held July 15th virtually via zoom. 

Illustrated Talk or Demonstrations submissions due July 27. 

 

June 12, 2020 
 

Fair, Fair, Fair 

Here is the press release from the Erie County Senior Fair Board.

Press Release

Sandusky, Ohio Erie County 

Youth and their projects will be the showcase of the 2020 Erie County Fair.  The ag society board of directors voted in their meeting on June 10, 2020 to hold a Jr. Fair for the youth exhibitors. Doug Galloway, fair board president said, “This year we are excited be focusing on the basics of our youth, learning, and agriculture which were the foundation of county fairs.”

The board is still working to figure out all the details but there will be animal shows, a super showmanship competition, project auctions, food vendors and camping.  4-H and FFA members, their families, and volunteers will be able to camp at the fairgrounds as they always have. The fair board is working with local partners including the Erie County Health Department, OSU Extension, volunteer leaders, and to provide a safe, fun experience for our youth and their families.   

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We will continue to work with the senior fair board on planning. As of now the sale committee is still working on sale details. They do plan to have auctions.  It also appears that most animals will be on the fairgrounds 72 hours and there will be staggered haul-in and release times occurring from Monday – Saturday. All species will show on their typical show day.  There will be food vendors and the opportunity for families to camp at the fair like they always have.  

We appreciate the efforts of the board, as we know this has not been easy with things  continually changing, figuring out budgets, and keeping the health and safety of everyone in mind.  We appreciate your continued patience.  

Virtual Judgings and Skillathons

We announced last week that judgings and skill-a-thons will take place virtually via a platform called FlipGrid.  We know you have lots of questions. Please hang-in there a little longer. KEEP doing your project work and books.  We will be rolling out all kinds of directions, guides and helpful videos next week. We are working hard to get all these things done and ready for you.  You will have plenty of time to do what you need to. Submissions will not be due until July 27th.  We will offer alternatives for those who decide they cannot do FlipGrid.  

4-H Winning Plan

If your child is in need of an adjustment for judging or another 4-H event due to an impairment or disability, please take the time to complete the 4-H winning plan and submit it to Angie at holmes.468@osu.edu  The plan will allow us to work with your child and offer him or her a positive experience for his or her ability.  Even if you have submitted one in previous years, we need a new one.  Here is a link to the form that needs completed.  https://ohio4h.org/sites/ohio4h/files/imce/Families/winning_plan/Winning4HPlanRequest-FillablePDF-Form5-16.pdf

Calling All Non-market Goats!!!

If you are signed up for a breeding, dairy, pygmy, pack, harness or fiber goat, please email Tami at kromer.53@osu.edu with the number of goats you are planning to bring to the fair.  This is no way an official count that you are held to, we are simply trying to get an idea to plan for fair pens and spacing. 

Calling All Llamas & Alpacas!!!

If you are signed up for a llama or alpaca please email Tami at kromer.53@osu.edu with the number of animals you are planning to bring to the fair.  This is no way an official count that you are held to, we are simply trying to get an idea to plan for fair pens and spacing. 

Extra Help Navigating This New World

We will be announcing dates for training for advisors and members for FlipGrid if you want to learn more.  We will also set up virtual office hours that you can pop in and chat with us about questions or concerns you have.  Look for those to come as soon as we get FlipGrid all set. In the mean time call or email us if you have questions or concerns.  Angie holmes.468@osu.edu; Jessica ; george.979@osu.edu 

Reminders:

  • Please let the office staff know if you are dropping a project by emailing Kromer.53@osu.edu
  • Upcoming Virtual QA sessions:
    • June 17, 7-8 pm
    • *July 16, 7-8 pm *this session will be in person if the programming ban is lifted on July 6

            To register click HERE     

 

Weekly Update

June 5, 2020 

Update on Fair and what we know: 

We have had many questions on if we are going to have fair and what it will look like.  While we don’t know any specific details, what we can tell you is that we are currently working on providing an opportunity for 4-H and FFA members to exhibit their livestock projects through livestock exhibitions.  It will not be like those of past years as we must follow the guidelines set forth by the state and local offices.  We are working closely with Senior Fair Board and have met with a representative from our local Health Department to implement a plan that will be safe for all. Please be patient with us.  We will continue to update you as we know more.  In the meantime, please email us with any questions or concerns.   

Drum Roll Please!!  Erie County 4-H is excited to announce virtual 4-H judging and skill-a-thons. 

For 2020, Erie County 4-H judging will take place virtually on a platform called Flipgrid.  This will replace the in-person interview judging for stills, food & nutrition, and clothing, as well as the in-person livestock and horse skill-a-thon and book check.  Members will submit a 3-10 minute video about their project and what they learned for each project they are enrolled.  

We know this isn’t the 4-H project judging everyone is used to, but we are excited for this unique opportunity for our members to be creative in how they present their projects and showcase what they have learned.  The extension staff is here to help you navigate this process.  Our jr fair board members are excited to help and share samples.  After all Flipgrids are submitted and scored by our judges, you may be invited to participate in a zoom interview with the judge to help determine placings.  

If it is not possible for some member to utilize Flipgrid, we will work to organize an advisor interview for a project completion and a grade.   Those individuals would not be eligible to place or for premiere exhibitor.  If you have a disability and have questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations, please contact Angie Holmes, holmes.468@osu.edu

We encourage you to try Flipgrid, have fun, and be creative.  We cannot wait to see what you come up with. 

Coming Soon: 

  • Flipgrid Overview for Members 

  • Flipgrid FAQ’s 

  • Flipgrid Walk through 

  • List of Flipgrid Codes & Password 

  • Scoring Guidelines for Projects 

The POWER of CAMP 

Kelleys Island 4-H Camp is 45% of the way to reaching their goal of raising $15,000!  As of June 4th almost $7,000 has been raised.  The campaign only runs for 2 more weeks.  Donations will be accepted through June 18, 2020.   

This year was to be the 75th year of Kelleys Island 4-H camping experiences. While we are saddened that 4-H summer camps were cancelled as a result of COVID-19, we fully support the decision to keep our youth safe.  However, this decision has impacted our camp facilities financially.  If you believe in the benefits and the POWER of CAMP, please consider supporting Kelleys Island 4-H Camp by making a donation TODAY! 

https://buckeyefunder.osu.edu/project/20981 

Reminders: 

  • Please let the office staff know if you are dropping a project by emailing Kromer.53@osu.edu 

  • Upcoming Virtual QA sessions:   

  • June 17, 7-8 pm     |     

  • *July 16, 7-8 pm *this session will be in person if the programming ban is lifted on July 6 

To register for one of these sessions, click HERE       

Weekly Update

May 29, 2020

From the Erie County Senior Fair Board:

The Erie County Fair Board has been meeting regularly and has been in communication with many groups and partners that are critical to fair planning. We want our 4-H and FFA families to know that we are committed to doing what we can to provide a junior fair show and sale experience for our exhibitors. However, these experiences may look different than in previous years due to COVID-19 related restrictions. We will continue to work with our partners as things develop and will update you as decisions are made. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Reminders:

Upcoming Virtual QA sessions:

· June 2, 6-7 pm

· June 17, 7-8 pm |

· *July 16, 7-8 pm *this session will be in person if the programming ban is lifted on July 6

To register for one of these sessions, go to: https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/quality-assurance-qa

Tagging/Identification forms are due June 1, 2020. Information/pictures can be submitted one of two ways:

1) online at go.osu.edu/erietag

2) print and mail form with pictures- forms can be found at: https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/project-information-fact-sheets.

Below is a list of youth who have signed up for a project that we need a form for, but as of 10 am Friday, May 29th- we have not yet seen. If you’re name is on this list and you have mailed in forms OR if you’ve decided not to take the project, please email Kromer.53@osu.edu.

FEEDER CALVES

Emma Beal Mia Kane J.T. Patrick Emerson Thayer

Kirsten Beal Owen Kromer Ellie Pooch Madalyn Thayer

Gracie Bodi Jill Kromer Troy Pooch Austin Watson

Haiden Bollini Karl Kromer Cole Ruggles Clayton Watson

Marianna Bollini Emma LaFollette Wade Ruggles

Colt Watson Ella Dauch Grace LaFollette

Logan Sayler Cole Weilnau Adam Ensley Caleb Lane Tyler Sayler Maylie Weilnau Jacob Fields

Lincoln Meredith Kenadie Saylor Delilah Wilken

Mariah Fields Braxton Miller Mikayla Schippel

Ashley Huntley Elizabeth Patrick Cassidy Smith-Fields

MARKET GOATS

Charlee Kromer Trey Kromer Khloe West Logan West

Ronnie Kromer Katie Otto Kyle West

* Market goats, including dairy market goats and boer market goats, are the only goats required to complete the tagging/identification information

MARKET HOG

Zack Bouy Ella Limberios Cole Ruggles Bailey Sutorius

Ella Dauch Caleb Lane Abbygail Miller Logan Sessler

Brianna Sutorius

MARKET LAMB

Elizabeth Belak Owen Kromer Lincoln Meredith

Gracie Rang Thomas Faber Grace Lafollette

Nathan Miller Madalyn Thayer Mason Kromer

Luke Leimeister

BREEDING RABBIT

AnnaBella Akers Tavilynn Dillender Hayden Holmes Delaynie Nejedly Austin Bilger Gianna Flewelling Meredith James Katie Otto Emma Canino Evelyn Gall Madison Johnson Mackenzie Thomsen

Landon Clapp Arianna Heyl Memphis McKenzie Kelsey Wentz

*If your rabbit received a tattoo from a member of the rabbit committee in 2009-2019 while in your possession you do NOT need to complete this form or send in photos. Simply inform the rabbit key leaders that you will be bringing this rabbit to the fair during interview judging in July. However, you can still complete the online breeding rabbit check in form and select Scenario #2. At that point it will not ask you any further questions.

Club Advisors:

If you have not yet turned in your club enrollment paperwork, please do so. This would be your Club Charter Checklist, Constitution and By-Laws, previous year’s Yearly Financial Summary Form and signed Sales & Use Tax Blanket Exemption Certificate. These forms were in the folder given to you at the Advisor Update earlier this year. However, if you do not have them handy- you can go to: https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/forms-and-such-advisors-and-volunteers to find them. Once filled out please send them to Kromer.53@osu.edu.

Any club that has not yet turned in their List of Officers, those can also be sent to Kromer.53@osu.edu. Once we have the lists we can send your Officers emails pertaining to their specific positions.

Reminder: Items are due JUNE 1st. They include:

· Yearly Club Program and Club Calendar (can email to Kromer.53@osu.edu)

· Donation of $1/member (mail to OSU Ext Office- ATTN: 4-Committee) 

Attention Volunteers!

The June 1st deadline for the mandatory Youth Protection Policy 1.50 Training is quickly approaching. Below is a current list of those who are enrolled but have not yet taken the training. Directions on how to complete training is below the list for your convenience. Contact Kromer.53@osu.edu if you have completed the training and are on this list.

Deb Brandish

Leo Kaufman

Charles Smith

Amber Chaput

Wendy Kaufman

James Stewart

Jessica David

Kelsey Meyer

Nancy Stewart

Joleen Dillender

Charles Ohlemacher

Tara Tommas

Austin Francis

Michelle Rimmel

Amy Walden

Michael Gast

Chuck Ruggles

Dawn Whipple

Karen Howard

Shelby Schaeffer

Mandi Yetter

Jillian Jaunzemis

Heather Schneider

Dana Ziemke

Ohio 4-H Policy 1.50 Training

This annual training covers Child Abuse and Neglect and how to recognize and report suspected abuse. The Ohio State University has adopted this policy and it applies to all activities and programs involving minor participants that the University offers, including 4-H activities. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, appointees, students/student employees, and volunteers.

Instructions for Acceessing OSU / Ohio 4-H Policy 1.50 Online Canvas Course

This course has enabled open enrollment. Students can self-enroll in this course by clicking on the following link: https://osucfaes.instructure.com/enroll/G64XJG. Alternatively, if that does not work, sign up at https://osucfaes.instructure.com/register and use the following join code: G64XJG.

2. Complete each module / video of the course and any corresponding quizzes.

3. At the end of the course – complete the Certificate of Completion / Course Evaluation Survey.

The next list of volunteers are those who we have not heard from yet this year. If you are on this list and want to continue to be a 4-H Volunteer, I will need an enrollment form filled out and submitted. Forms can be found at: https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/forms-and-such-advisors-and-volunteers They can be mailed to the office, OSU Extension 2900 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, OH 44870 or emailed to Kromer.53@osu.edu. Volunteers submitting forms will also have to complete the Mandatory Youth Protection Policy 1.50 Training, instructions to do that are in detail above.

Emilie Anderson

Pam Brugnone

Don Schaeffer

Bruce Thayer

Bev Baum

Patricia Frisch

Lisa Schenk

Jillian Beal

Elizabeth Keller

Christopher Schnell

Norm Bilger

Becky Keller

Cindy Thayer

 

May 22, 2020

Erie County 4-H Families:

As a 4-H alumnus, some of my fondest 4-H memories include time spent at 4-H camp. I would guess many of you and/or your children have similar feelings about your 4-H camp experience. From camp songs, to campfire skits, line dancing, and vespers, those summer days and nights helped become who we are today. We want to be sure those opportunities exist for youth for many years to come.

We all have acknowledged our own sadness as a result of camps being cancelled this summer, and we know this was the right decision to keep everyone safe during these challenging times. However, the loss of income as a result of these camp closures is hitting camps hard. To keep camp fees low, most camps run on a very tight budget with little room to withstand substantial losses, such as those they are experiencing this year. Collectively across the state, Ohio 4-H camps will lose roughly $1.1 million dollars in revenue in 2020.

Please stand with us in support of Ohio 4-H camps. Please give today and invest in camp to help grow true leaders for tomorrow https://buckeyefunder.osu.edu/kelleysisland4hcamp

#4HCampNeedsYouNow #KI4HCamp

Sincerely,

Mary Beth

Kelleys Island 4-H Camp

BUCKEYEFUNDER.OSU.EDU

Kelleys Island 4-H Camp

Help The Ohio State University raise $15,000 for the project: Kelleys Island 4-H Camp. Your gift will make a difference!

Attention Club Officers, Resources and Helps

Even in the virtual 4-H meeting world you still need to perform the duties of your office. We realize we weren’t able to have a training this year, so here are some links to important information. This link is to the officer requirements for our county and to your officer books. https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/officer-books. On this site you will find videos and resources for each office. The videos are good resources for you to watch.

Other great resources are Virtual Recreation, 8 pages of great virtual ideas that can be found HEREand the Virtual Meeting Agenda found HERE.

Cynt

Reminders:

Tagging/Identification forms are due June 1, 2020. Information/pictures can be submitted one of two ways:

1) online at go.osu.edu/erietag

2) print and mail form with pictures- forms can be found HERE.

Upcoming Virtual QA sessions:

· June 2, 6-7 pm

· June 17, 7-8 pm |

· *July 16, 7-8 pm *this session will be in person if the programming ban is lifted on July 6

To register for one of these sessions, click HERE

Club Advisors:

If you have not yet turned in your club enrollment paperwork, please do so. This would be your Club Charter Checklist, Constitution and By-Laws, previous year’s Yearly Financial Summary Form and signed Sales & Use Tax Blanket Exemption Certificate. These forms were in the folder given to you at the Advisor Update earlier this year. However, if you do not have them handy- you can go HEREto find them. Once filled out please send them to Kromer.53@osu.edu.

Any club that has not yet turned in their List of Officers, those can also be sent to Kromer.53@osu.edu. Once we have the lists we can send your Officers emails pertaining to their specific positions.

Reminder: Items are due JUNE 1st. They include:

· Yearly Club Program and Club Calendar (can email to Kromer.53@osu.edu)

· Donation of $1/member (mail to OSU Ext Office- ATTN: 4-Committee) 1st.

Attention Volunteers!

The June 1st deadline for the mandatory Youth Protection Policy 1.50 Training is quickly approaching. Below is a current list of those who are enrolled but have not yet taken the training. Directions on how to complete training is below the list for your convenience. Contact Kromer.53@osu.edu if you have completed the training and are on this list.

Deb Brandish

Diana Kreglow

Heather Schneider

Amber Chaput

Dawn Linder

Charles Smith

Jessica David

Danielle Malott

James Stewart

Joleen Dillender

Kelsey Meyer

Nancy Stewart

Austin Francis

Becky Miller

Tara Tommas

Michael Gast

Lisa Miller

Amy Walden

Cindy Gede

Charles Ohlemacher

Dawn Whipple

Karen Howard

Stephanie Popke-Miller

Mandi Yetter

Jillian Jaunzemis

Michelle Rimmel

Dana Ziemke

Leo Kaufman

Chuck Ruggles

Wendy Kaufman

Shelby Schaeffer

Ohio 4-H Policy 1.50 Training

This annual training covers Child Abuse and Neglect and how to recognize and report suspected abuse. The Ohio State University has adopted this policy and it applies to all activities and programs involving minor participants that the University offers, including 4-H activities. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, appointees, students/student employees, and volunteers.

Instructions for Acceessing OSU / Ohio 4-H Policy 1.50 Online Canvas Course

This course has enabled open enrollment. Students can self-enroll in this course by clicking on the following link: https://osucfaes.instructure.com/enroll/G64XJG. Alternatively, if that does not work, sign up at https://osucfaes.instructure.com/register and use the following join code: G64XJG.

2. Complete each module / video of the course and any corresponding quizzes.

3. At the end of the course – complete the Certificate of Completion / Course Evaluation Survey.

The next list of volunteers are those who we have not heard from yet this year. If you are on this list and want to continue to be a 4-H Volunteer, I will need an enrollment form filled out and submitted. Forms can be found HERE. They can be mailed to the office, OSU Extension 2900 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, OH 44870 or emailed to Kromer.53@osu.edu. Volunteers submitting forms will also have to complete the Mandatory Youth Protection Policy 1.50 Training, instructions to do that are in detail above.

Emilie Anderson

Pam Brugnone

Jodi Munk

Eric Schippel

Bev Baum

Patricia Frisch

Paula Orzech

Christopher Schnell

Jillian Beal

Elizabeth Keller

Don Schaeffer

Cindy Thayer

Norm Bilger

Becky Keller

Lisa Schenk

Bruce Thayer

 

May 15, 2020

Ohio 4-H Presents Statewide “Camp…ish” Opportunity!

Calling all stay-at-home campers! Ohio 4-H staff miss summer camp as much as you do, and we want to do what we can to bring elements of camp to your home! On June 9-11, you are invited to join us for Ohio 4-H Camp…ish! It is open to any youth ages 8-18 across the state of Ohio. Friends who are not in 4-H are welcome to register, too! There is no cost for attending, although some activities will require the use of basic art supplies, household items, or things found outdoors. Please visit go.osu.edu/campish to register by June 7! Activities will be hosted at the following times each day: 9-11 AM, 1-3 PM, 4-5 PM. Campers are not required to attend all sessions, so sign up and come for the times you can enjoy Camp…ish activities brought to you by Ohio 4-H Camp…ish Directors!

Junior Fair Board 

Junior Fair Board letters were emailed last week. If you applied for Junior Fair Board but DID NOT receive an email, please email george.979@osu.edu or text 419-515-5820 ASAP. The Junior Fair Board will  have its first meeting Saturday, May 16th from 10:00-11:00am via zoom. Please check the email you provided on your application for the zoom link.

 Erie County Goat Exhibitors:

Just a couple reminders/clarifications.  Market goats, including dairy market goats and boer market goats, are the only goats required to complete the tagging/identification information.  Information must be submitted by June 1, 2020.

Market goat exhibitors must submit information/pictures one of two ways: 

1) online at go.osu.edu/erietag 

2) print and mail form with pictures

 https://erie.osu.edu/sites/erie/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/Forms_etc/2020%20Livestock%20Identification%20Form%20%281%29.pdf

Erie County Market Lamb Exhibitors:

Just a reminder.  Market lamb exhibitors must submit tagging/identification information for each of the lambs they would have tagged on May 9th.  This information is due June 1, 2020.  

Market lamb exhibitors must submit information/pictures one of two ways: 

1) online at go.osu.edu/erietag 

2) print and mail form with pictures. 

 https://erie.osu.edu/sites/erie/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/Forms_etc/2020%20Livestock%20Identification%20Form%20%281%29.pdf

Erie County Feeder Calf Exhibitors:

Just a couple reminders.  Feeder calf exhibitors must submit tagging/identification information for each of the calves they would have tagged on May 9th.  This information is due June 1, 2020.  

Feeder calf exhibitors must submit information/pictures one of two ways: 

1) online at go.osu.edu/erietag

2) print and mail form with pictures

 https://erie.osu.edu/sites/erie/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/Forms_etc/2020%20Livestock%20Identification%20Form%20%281%29.pdf

Feeder calf exhibitors also need to print the feeder calf vaccination form.  Exhibitors must take care of vaccinations this year.  This vaccination form must be submitted when calves are brought to the fair.

https://erie.osu.edu/sites/erie/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/Forms_etc/Erie%20co.%20fair%20vaccination%20form%202020%20.pdf

Erie County Breeding Rabbit Exhibitors:

Just a couple reminders/clarifications.  Breeding rabbit exhibitors must submit identification information for each of the rabbits they would normally have brought to the fairgrounds for tattooing/identification on May 9th.  This information is due June 1, 2020.  

Breeding rabbit exhibitors must submit information/pictures one of two ways:

1) online at go.osu.edu/erietag

2) print and mail form with pictures.

https://erie.osu.edu/sites/erie/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/Forms_etc/2020%20Breeding%20Rabbit%20Check%20In%20Form%20%283%29.pdf

Erie County Swine Exhibitors:

Just a couple reminders/clarifications. Swine exhibitors must submit identification information by June 1, 2020.  

Swine exhibitors must submit information/pictures one of two ways:

1) online at go.osu.edu/erietag

2) print and mail form with pictures

https://erie.osu.edu/sites/erie/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/Forms_etc/2020%20Branded%20Swine%20ID%20form%20%282%29.pdf

QUALITY ASSURANCE UPDATES 
Every exhibitor of a market, dairy, or breeding animal MUST attend a Quality Assurance program with his/her parent or legal guardian to be eligible to bring the animal(s) to fair to exhibit, show, or sell. There are no exceptions. A Quality Assurance program must be completed after October 1, 2019. 

We have heard from many of you who are wondering how you will complete your Quality Assurance requirement for this year. Yes, this year’s QA will look a little different but thanks to the flexibility of the Ohio Department of Agriculture there are several options for completing Quality Assurance this year. PLEASE REMEMBER THESE CHANGES ARE FOR THIS YEAR ONLY AND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE FOR THE 2021 FAIR SEASON. For this year only, the requirement to complete QA 45 days before the start of fair has been waived, so you will notice we have a couple later options in light of that. If you have Quality Assurance questions or concerns please feel free to contact Jessica George at: george.979@osu.edu or 419-515-5820. 

QUALITY ASSURANCE IN 2020 

Erie County Virtual QA
For this year only, you may complete QA virtually through a live ZOOM training. We will be offering the previously scheduled County Wide QA sessions as well as several additional sessions via ZOOM. These sessions will be limited to 40 youth per session and you will need to register for the session you would like to attend at least 24 hours in advance. Registration will be available on our website and posted to our Facebook page 1 week in advance of each session. Youth and a parent will need to be present with their video feed on for the entire session. Clubs may choose to host their own virtual QA session if it is taught by a certified instructor. To become certified please contact Jessica George. 

Available Sessions: May 19, 6-7pm    |     June 2, 6-7 pm     |     June 17, 7-8 pm     |     *July 16, 7-8 pm 

*this session will be in person if the programming ban is lifted on July 6

 

April 24, 2020

Market Lamb, Market Goat, Feeder Calf Identification Forms

For 2020, exhibitors will need to submit the Livestock Identification Form in lieu of in person tagging for market lambs, market goats, and feeders. The forms can be printed from our website HERE and mailed in with the required photos or can be completed digitally at  go.osu.edu/erietag. EACH ANIMAL will need its own form completed. All Identification Forms must be postmarked or submitted by June 1, 2020.

Feeder Calf Vaccinations

All feeder calves shown at the Erie County Fair will need to be vaccinated. You are responsible for getting your calf vaccinated and completing the 2020 Erie County Fair Vaccination Form. This form can be found on our website HERE. Please refer to the form for more information.

Breeding Rabbit Check In Forms

Breeding Rabbit exhibitors will need to complete the Breeding Rabbit Check In Form in lieu of in person check-in. This forms can be printed from our website HERE and mailed in with the required photos or can be completed digitally at go.osu.edu/erietag. EACH ANIMAL will need its own form completed. All Identification Forms must be postmarked or submitted by June 1, 2020.

Swine ID Forms

All Swine ID forms must be postmarked or submitted digitally by June 1, 2020. This forms can be printed from our website HERE and mailed in with the required photos or can be completed digitally at go.osu.edu/erietag. EACH ANIMAL will need its own form completed.

Erie County Virtual Quality Assurance

For this year only, you may complete QA virtually through a live ZOOM training. These sessions will be limited to 40 youth per session and you will need to register for the session you would like to attend at least 24 hours in advance. To register for an upcoming session go HERE. Youth and a parent will need to be present with their video feed on for the entire session.
Available Sessions:
                 April 30, 3-4pm   |    May 19, 6-7pm    |    June 2, 6-7 pm    |    June 17, 7-8 pm

|    *July 16, 7-8 pm    |

*this session will be in person if the programming ban is lifted on July 6

Horse Form Collection  

Forms Due May 15 without advisor signatures.  As stated in the factsheet, there is a late fee for forms that are received after May 15th.  If you need an extension due to the circumstances with Covid – 19, please contact Angie for arrangements.  holmes.468@osu.edu

All forms are due May 15th and include:

Horse/Mini Project Information Form with Photos

Member Health Form

Permission to Participate

Horse Id

Lease Agreement (if you don’t own the horse)

Vaccination Certification from Veterinarian

All these forms can be found at our website erie.osu.edu or use the go link go.osu.edu/echorseforms

Member may submit all forms in one of two ways:

  1. Mail all forms to the Extension Office (post marked on or before May 15)

OSU Extension Attn: Horse Forms

2900 Columbus Ave

Sandusky OH 44870

  1. Submit all forms via e-mail

Holmes.468@osu.edu  Subject: Member First and Last Name Horse Forms (John Doe Horse Forms)

EMAIL version, please submit PDF version rather than pictures of forms snapped on a phone or tablet  when possible.  This can be done on a smart phone or tablet by downloading the free app Genius Scan.  It will allow you to take a picture of your documents and it converts them into a pdf.  You can then email them directly from the app.  You don’t have to use genius app, there are others that de the same thing.  Many schools are having students use them to submit work.

There Is Still Time to Change 4-H Projects

Don’t forget you can still add or drop a 4-H project until May 1.  If you have decided a project you signed up for isn’t for you or you want to try something else, you can still do that.  Please email your project change to Kromer.53@osu.edu or Dendinger.18@osu.edu with the subject: Project Change.  Here is a link to some free projects you may want to try: Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects  or check out our free downloadable county projects at  https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/printable-4-h-project-books

Advisors- May 1st is the Deadline

Don’t forget to turn in your financial summary, club charter and constitution.  They are due May 1st.  They can be emailed to Kromer.53@osu.edu or mailed to OSU Extension Office- Club Forms 2900 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, OH 44870. 

We Challenge You to Share Your Success Stories!

We would like to hear from advisors and members who have tried a new way of doing things related to 4-H and how it worked out.  Share your ideas, maybe it’s something another club and/or member could do!  Share your stories on our Facebook page, Ohio State - Erie County 4-H, or email them to Kromer.53@osu.edu

April 17, 2020

We want to say thank you for all being patient and working with us as we learn to navigate things in a different way than we normally do. Please keep in mind we will share things with you as best we can in a timely manner. Often times things are hitting social media fast and our office hasn’t had time to digest the new information. We will review things and figure out how best they fit our program and officially send out to you via e-mail, weekly updates, social media posts on our official pages and on our website. If you have questions or concerns, please feel reach to reach out to us!!

Angie, Jessica, Mary Beth, Tami & Tina

HOW YOU CAN GET 4-H PROJECT & RESOURCE BOOKS

Since our county office is closed and distribution of project books cannot be done by way of advisors, the only options to get project and resource books is by one of the methods listed below. Please keep in mind that books selected as ‘materials needed’ when enrolling in 4HOnline, are NOT automatically ordered.

• Download one for free.

A special collection of project books is available for free on the Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects web page. Click on the book you want, and when the file opens on your screen, save or print it from there. Horseless Horse and Science Fun with Physics were added recently. (For accessible formats of these publications, visit cfaes.osu.edu/accessibility.)

If you are taking one of the County Projects; Needlecrafts, Refashion, Dough Delicacies, Let’s Fill the Cookie Jar- Level 1 or 2, Furniture and Woodworking Recycling- you can find them available at https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/printable-4-h-project-books

• Buy one online.

If you would like to buy a print copy of a Perfect Stay-at-Home project or any other project book, you can order directly from extensionpubs.osu.edu with one of these special discounts for Ohio residents: FREE2020 (for free shipping) OR 20IN2020 (20% off the entire order). Use the coupon that works best for you. Orders can be shipped directly to a person’s home as long as it is an Ohio address.

Please review your order carefully. Extension Publishing is unable to take returns. There is no restriction on the number of times a coupon can be used.

• Make your own.

For those of you who are doing self-determined projects, there are idea starters already available online. Many of the idea starters are great stay-at-home projects, for example, Music, Bats, String Art, Climate Change, American Sign Language, etc. Our extraordinary educators are even preparing one called My Stay-at-Home Summer! (For project judging, self-determined projects are judged in self-determined categories.)

Attn 4-H Volunteers:

Here it is folks….stay at home and get your 1.50 mandatory training for child abuse & neglect done. Below are directions to complete your training. It MUST be done by June 1!! No expects, the class is set to go away then or at least switch platforms. If you have questions, contact Angie.

Ohio 4-H Policy 1.50 Training

This annual training covers Child Abuse and Neglect and how to recognize and report suspected abuse. The Ohio State University has adopted this policy and it applies to all activities and programs involving minor participants that the University offers, including 4-H activities. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, appointees, students/student employees, and volunteers.

Instructions for Accessing OSU / Ohio 4-H Policy 1.50 Online Canvas Course

1. This course has enabled open enrollment. You as a volunteer can self-enroll in this course by clicking on the following link: https://osucfaes.instructure.com/enroll/G64XJG. Alternatively, if that does not work, sign up at https://osucfaes.instructure.com/register and use the following join code: G64XJG.

2. Complete each module / video of the course and any corresponding quizzes.

3. At the end of the course – complete the Certificate of Completion / Course Evaluation Survey.

Thanks to all the volunteers that have already done this training for 2020!

Jim Brugnone

Debra Canino

Carolyn Cull

Ron Cull

Todd Downing

Rachael Duling

Deanna Faber

Jennifer Gast

Jodee Gennari

Betsy Gordon

Tamara Kramb

Kathi Kromer

Lisa Ohlemacher

Paige Ortner

Alyssa Puckrin

Steve Puckrin

Grant Puckrin

Jean Puckrin

Tammy Pusateri Puckrin

Heather Ruggles

Carolyn Sayler

Suzanne Schaeffer

Holly Shelly

James D. Stewart

Gwendolyn Stoll

Dawn Thayer

Liana Wensink

April 23rd Quality Assurance Registration

For this year only, you may complete QA virtually through a live ZOOM training. These sessions will be limited to 40 youth per session and you will need to register for the session you would like to attend at least 24 hours in advance. You can register for the April 23rd session or a different upcoming session by going to: https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/quality-assurance-qa . Youth and a parent will need to be present with their video feed on for the entire session.

Breeding Rabbit Check In / Hog ID Forms / Livestock Tagging Updates

In cooperation with livestock key leaders and the Senior Fair Board, we are still finalizing forms that will be used in lieu of tagging for market lambs, market goats, and feeders. A form is also being developed for breeding rabbits. These forms will be due June 1, 2020. The deadline for hog identification forms has also been moved to June 1, 2020.

Zooming Away

Have you done it yet? Have you had a zoom meeting with your 4-H club or another group? Some 4-H members in Preble County 4-H and their educator recorded a mock 4-H club zoom meeting. Whether you use zoom or anther platform it has good information to conducting your meeting. We encourage you to watch this and see how you can get your virtual meetings going! https://osu.box.com/s/c22e16kecxmrbra6qpfxfakkbx46mfy1

We Challenge You to Share Your Success Stories!

We would like to hear from advisors and members who have tried a new way of doing things related to 4-H and how it worked out. Share your ideas, maybe it’s something another club and/or member could do! Share your stories on our Facebook page, Ohio State - Erie County 4-H, or email them to Kromer.53@osu.edu.

 

April 10, 2020 - a long but informative update!

QUALITY ASSURANCE UPDATES
Every exhibitor of a market, dairy, or breeding animal MUST attend a Quality Assurance program with his/her parent or legal guardian to be eligible to bring the animal(s) to fair to exhibit, show, or sell.  There are no exceptions. A Quality Assurance program must be completed after October 1, 2019.

 We have heard from many of you who are wondering how you will complete your Quality Assurance requirement for this year. Yes, this year’s QA will look a little different but thanks to the flexibility of the Ohio Department of Agriculture there are several options for completing Quality Assurance this year. PLEASE REMEMBER THESE CHANGES ARE FOR THIS YEAR ONLY AND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE FOR THE 2021 FAIR SEASON. For this year only, the requirement to complete QA 45 days before the start of fair has been waived, so you will notice we have a couple later options in light of that. If you have Quality Assurance questions or concerns please feel free to contact Jessica George at george.979@osu.edu or 419-515-5820.

WAYS TO COMPLETE QUALITY ASSURANCE IN 2020

Erie County Virtual QA          
For this year only, you may complete QA virtually through a live ZOOM training. We will be offering the previously scheduled County Wide QA sessions as well as several additional sessions via ZOOM. These sessions will be limited to 40 youth per session and you will need to register for the session you would like to attend at least 24 hours in advance. Registration will be available on our website and posted to our Facebook page 1 week in advance of each session. Youth and a parent will need to be present with their video feed on for the entire session. Clubs may choose to host their own virtual QA session if it is taught by a certified instructor. To become certified please contact Jessica George.


Available Sessions:
April 23, 7-8pm     |     April 30, 3-4pm     |     May 19, 6-7pm     |     June 2, 6-7 pm     |     June 17, 7-8 pm     |     *July 16, 7-8 pm

*this session will be in person if the programming ban is lifted on July 6


Online YQCA
THIS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTED ONLINE CERTIFICATION. For a tutorial about completing the YQCA training please click HERE. If you have questions about the YQCA certification or plan to complete your QA via this method please contact Jessica George at george.979@osu.edu or 419-515-5820 so we can obtain the required documentation of training.

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the YQCA Board is announcing a 25% flash sale on the web based certification, making the training $9/youth. Those wishing to take part in the flash sale will need to purchase $9 web-based training coupons from YQCA. You can access the coupon HERE or by emailing sales@yqca.org. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO RECEIVE THE DISCOUNTED PRICE. Once the order form and proof of payment is received, coupons will be issued and returned to the purchaser within 3-5 business days. Coupons MUST be put towards a web-based training in the month of April. 


Quality Assurance Test Out Option
Junior Fair exhibitors ages 15 to 18 (4-H age) may attempt to test-out of the annual quality assurance program. Youth have only one chance to take the 50 multiple choice question exam each year. Youth must receive a 70% or higher to pass the test and are then exempt from annual QA recertification for the remainder of their Junior fair career. If they do not pass, they must attend a QA session for the current year with a parent or guardian.  

For 2020, youth may take the Quality Assurance Test Out Exam via a proctored ZOOM session between April 15th and May 15th. If you are interested in taking the Test Out Exam, contact Jessica George by May 1st to schedule a time for the exam.

Activity Fees Suspended for 2020

For the 2020 4-H year we will be waiving the county activity fee per member.  We hope this will help make things a little easier in this time of uncertainty and economic stress.  We are all in this together.  We will continue to offer the best 4-H experience we can for all our members.  Things may look and feel a little different, but we are still providing a positive youth development experience.  We look forward to seeing what great things our youth do as they “learn by doing.”  Late fees will remain in place for enrollment April 16-May 1.  For those clubs that have already collected he county member activity fee, we recommend you simply hold them until next year and apply to the 2021 year for your members.  If your family has a hardship or will be aging out of 4-H, you may issue a refund.  Please keep a paper trail for club records.

Tagging for Market Lambs, Market Goats, and Feeder Calves

The Erie County Agricultural Society has cancelled livestock tagging/check-in scheduled for Saturday, May 9th.  Instead of in-person tagging, exhibitors will be responsible for submitting livestock identification forms with pictures for each animal they would normally have brought to tagging. Forms will be due June 1, 2020. This will give families some additional time to obtain animals.  Details regarding the process of submitting forms and pictures coming soon. 

Hog Identification Forms

Hog exhibitors are still responsible for submitting hog identification forms with pictures.  These forms are currently posted at   However, these forms will not be due until June 1, 2020 (postmark deadline). This will give families some additional time to obtain animals. 

Breeding Rabbit Check-In

The Erie County Agricultural Society has cancelled breeding rabbit check-in/tattooing scheduled for Saturday, May 9th.  Instead, exhibitors will be responsible for submitting rabbit identification forms with pictures of each rabbit they normally would have brought to check-in.  NOTE:  If your rabbit was exhibited by YOU at the Erie County Fair from 2009-2019 you would not have been required to bring this animal to check-in, therefore you do not need to submit a rabbit identification form for that rabbit.  Forms will be due June 1, 2020.  This will give families some additional time to obtain animals.  Details regarding the process of submitting forms and pictures coming soon. 

Volunteer Trainings

New volunteer training and mandatory 1.50 training will be offered online for 2020.  Details will be sent in the near future to all volunteers.  New volunteer interviews will be conducted via telephone or zoom. 

ZOOM - see the top of this page for a tips sheet that helps you access or host zoom meetings with either a mobile or home device

Reminder

Scholarship and Junior Fair Board applications are due April 15th.  Scholarship applications can be emailed to Holmes.468@osu.edu, JFB applications to George.979@osu.edu.  Or either can be mailed to OSU Extension 2900 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, Oh 44870.  Junior Fair Board applications can also be filled out and submitted online.  For Scholarship Application information go to: https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/scholarship-information

For Junior Fair Board information go to: https://erie.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/jr-fair-board

Updated Calendar of Important Dates

April 

15           4-H Online Enrollment deadline 

15           Erie County 4-H Scholarship Applications @ Extension Office 

15           Jr. Fair Board Applications Due  

15           Deadline to submit new volunteer application

23           QA via Zoom 7pm-8pm    

26           4-H Scholarship Interviews begin at 1pm -via Zoom

30           QA via Zoom 3pm-4pm

 

May  

1             Final date to Enroll with LATE FEE/Project Change Deadline  

1             NEW Deadline for Advisors enrollment paperwork (charter, constitution, yearly treasury etc.)

15           Self Determined Project Proposal Form Due 

15           Horse/Small Equine Forms Due – $10 LATE fee PER HORSE after May 15 

16           Jr. Fair Board Meeting 10am-11:30am

19           QA via Zoom 6pm-7pm

 

June  

1              Deadline for Hog, Feeder Calf, Market Lamb, Market Goat Tagging and Breeding Rabbit Identification forms to be submitted to Extension office (or postmarked by June 1st if mailing) 

1              Club donation of $1 per member deadline 

1              Club Program, Club Calendar (can be part of program) and Honor Club forms due

1              Deadline for late horse/small equine forms with late fee, forfeit of bringing project to fair after June 1 

1              Deadline to ‘attend’ online Mandatory Youth Protection Policy 1.50

2              QA via Zoom 6pm-7pm

4              Jr. Fair Board Meeting 6:30pm-8pm

17           QA via Zoom 7pm-8pm

27           Jr. Fair Board Meeting 10am-11:30am

               

Speaking Contest TBD

 

April 3, 2020 

HOW TO GET YOUR PROJECT BOOKS

1. Ohio 4-H members and their families can order directly from extensionpubs.osu.edu and select one of two coupons, one for free shipping OR one for 20% off the entire order. For small orders of one or two project books, the free shipping coupon works best because shipping is often close to the cost of a typically priced project book. For larger or more expensive orders, the 20% off coupon works better. We are offering both so each person placing an order can decide. Orders can be shipped directly to the member’s home, as long as it is an Ohio address. The coupon codes do not work for any zip codes outside of Ohio. Another important point to keep in mind—we are not able to accept returns for any reason. Details and the actual coupon codes will be shared on ohio4h.org homepage.

 2. A select group of project books will be posted as freely available PDFs in the near future. Although we are unable to provide every book in this manner, we want to support families and members with learning resources that may be particularly relevant during this time. Members will be able to choose one or more of these project books PDFs listed below. The “Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects” page on ohio4h.org is currently under construction but look for these titles to be available for viewing and printing very soon.

About 4-H

  • Discovering 4-H (91)

Clothing and Textile Science

  • Sew Fun (409)

Creative and Leisure Arts

  • My Favorite Things (496)
  • The Writer in You (588)
  • Get Started in Art (592)
  • Family History Treasure Hunt (442)

Food and Nutrition

  • Let's Start Cooking (459)
  • Yeast Breads on the Rise (462)
  • Racing the Clock to Awesome Meals (485)

Healthy Living

  • Your Thoughts Matter (359)

Home Living

  • The Laundry Project (405)
  • It's My Home (491)

Leadership and Citizenship

  • Leadership Road Trip (375)
  • Pantry Panic (376)

Natural Resources

  • Explore the Outdoors (611)
  • Ohio Birds (621)

STEM

  • Science Fun with Kitchen Chemistry (493)
  • Not Just Knots (540)

 3. Self-determined projects are an excellent choice for self-motivated members eager to get started and create their own project. Although self-determined project may be better suited for older 4-Hers, these projects are available for any member and are often driven by idea starters already available online. (For project judging, self-determined projects are judged in self-determined categories.)

YQCA Online Quality Assurance Option – APRIL SALE PRICE

As mentioned last week, we will not be hosting Quality Assurance trainings until at least May 15th. While we will have several options to complete your Quality Assurance trainings once we are able to begin meeting again, if any of you are interested in getting your requirement completed now you can do so through the YQCA program. THIS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTED ONLINE CERTIFICATION. In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the YQCA Board is announcing a 25% flash sale on the web based certification, making the training $9/youth.

Those wishing to take part in the flash sale will need to purchase $9 web-based training coupons from YQCA. You can access the coupon HERE or by emailing sales@yqca.orgTHIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO RECEIVE THE DISCOUNTED PRICE. Once the order form and proof of payment is received, coupons will be issued and returned to the purchaser within 3-5 business days. Coupons MUST be put towards a web-based training in the month of April. For a tutorial about completing the YQCA training please click HERE.

If you have questions about the YQCA certification or plan to complete your QA via this method please contact Jessica George at george.979@osu.edu or 419-515-5820 so we can obtain the required documentation of trainin

Tagging/Animal Check-In

Senior Fair Board and OSU Extension will be discussing how tagging/check-in (market lambs, market goats, feeders, breeding rabbits) will be handled this year.  Stayed tuned for more information.

Please spread the word to other 4-H members and families to check their emails and here to this site often.