September 4, 2020 - 10:15am --

Thank you for helping to make the 2020 4-H experience for our 4-H members, clubs, families, volunteers and community the BEST possible under the circumstances we have faced. Your cooperation and assistance during the 4-H club year, skilathons, project judging, and the Fair was amazing. Clark County is the birthplace of 4-H and I do believe we were a great example in 2020 of the BEST Way to program during COVID-19. I hope as each of you go back to school, work and other extracurricular and community activities that you take with you that same amazing commitment to keeping yourself, your family and our communities safe by preventing the transmission of COVID-19.

Please take time to read this Important 4-H Update completely. There is critical information in 4-H club meeting and programming requirements through the upcoming months. In addition, please find opportunities for upcoming virtual programming as well event dates for 2021. In addition, there is a message from Kirk Bloir, Ohio 4-H State Leader.

Message from Ohio 4-H State Leader, Kirk Bloir

As we head into fall, we want to take a moment to thank you for remaining flexible as we work together to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. By following recommended guidance, we’re helping to keep our families and friends safer, our kids learning, and our economy going. We also want to take a moment to share updated in-person 4-H meeting requirements and a reminder to continue to follow our 4-H guidelines.

Updated information, effective, September 1, 2020 includes:

  • Hosting virtual meetings and events is preferred.
  • If activities are critical/essential and are in-person, they must be education-focused. Meant for counties whose 2020 Fairs have not happened yet.
  • Group cannot be larger than 50 people, including adults, youth, presenters, etc.
    • This directive is dependent on local health department guidelines.
    • The group size may need to be reduced to 10 (or other amount), based on the directives of your local health department.
  • 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.
    • The exception is shooting sports where safety is a concern when on the line. Refer to the full guidance document online for additional shooting sports guidance (link below).
    • Medical conditions or disability exceptions are also permitted.
  • Potlucks and buffets are not permitted.

Any time your county is designated a Level 4 Public Health Emergency (color-coded purple) by the Ohio Department of Health, all in-person 4-H club meetings and events must be held virtually or postponed until the designation changes to Level 3 or below.

Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System updates are at

All other guidance we provided July 22 is still in effect. That information, along with these new updates, is at

Statement on 4-H Membership Eligibility

Ohio 4-H membership begins with Cloverbuds when a child is five and ends on December 31 of the year they turn 19. Due to cancellation of activities in 2020, there have been requests to extend a year of eligibility for 4-H members. This was given strong consideration at the national and regional levels. The decision was made that national 4-H programs will follow existing age requirements and another year of eligibility will not be granted. Following conversation with our 4-H professionals, Ohio will follow that policy.

Changing the policy would set an unsustainable precedent for youth participation for years to come. It would create increased unfairness when considering competitive events with the cascading impact on those who would have aged out taking spots of current youth down the line. COVID-19 has created a loss of experiences for everyone however, I am confident in the resiliency of our youth. Over the past few months, their ability to adapt and willingness to persevere has been evidenced by their participation in virtual camps, meetings, and other 4-H activities.

Ohio 4-H is proud of how our volunteers and young people have adapted in this unprecedented time.


Update on Clark County 4-H Events and Programming From Patty House

Clark County 4-H Awards Banquet Cancelled

Due to continued COVID-19 programming restrictions, the 2020 4-H Award Banquet is cancelled. Based on how COVID-19 evolves we will determine whether it is possible to do something after the first of the year or if it is best to just plan a combined 2020 and 2021 Awards Banquet. There will be no Star 4-H Member or Star 4-H Club awards given this year due to COVID-19 programming restrictions as well as the inability for the Clark County 4-H Committee to carry out their fundraising for support of these awards. We will be bringing those award opportunities back in 2021. If you have a 4-H volunteer or supporter that you would like to recommend to receive one of these Special 4-H Awards for 2020, please e-mail their name and why you believe they should receive that award.

  • Friends of 4-H Award: Recognize a community leader, business, organization that has supported Clark County 4-H in a special way for the year or over time.
  • Community Service Award: Recognize a 4-H volunteer(s), teen(s), committee, club or group for their commitment to community service empowerment through action.
  • Innovator Award: Recognize a 4-H volunteer(s), teen(s), committee, club for bringing a new idea to life in the 4-H Program.
  • Leadership Development Award: Recognize a 4-H volunteer(s) or teen(s) for helping to shape the leadership skills of youth and or adults.
  • Meritorious Service: Recognize a 4-H volunteer who has dedicated many years to Making the Best Better for members and families as a club advisor, service on committees and or both.
  • Recruitment Award: Recognize a 4-H volunteer(s), teens(s), club or group for promoting the 4-H program, getting more youth to join and/or adults to become volunteers, etc.

Clark County Extension Public Office Hours Update

OSU Extension, Clark County has limited public hours in accordance with Ohio State University COVID-19 protocols. Visit us on Monday and Fridays, 11 AM to 4:30 PM and Wednesdays, 9 AM to 4:30 PM or by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call or-email. When not in the office, we are teleworking and programming to meet the needs of clientele.

If you have been contacted to pick up an award from fair, please pick it up during our office hours or schedule an appointment.

Important 2021 Clark County 4-H Dates for Your Calendar

  • 4-H Skillathons - June 14 & 15, 2021
  • 4-H Camp - June 20-24, 2021
  • 4-H Project Judging- July 13, 2021
  • Clark County Fair - July 23-30, 2021

Clark County 4-H Camp Counselor Application Process - Deadline to Apply December 1, 2020

Any teen in at least the 8th grade and 14 years of age and older may apply to be a 2021 4-H Camp Counselor/CIT. Typically camp counselor applications are due the end of October. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions for meeting, we are moving the application deadline to December 1, 2020. Whether you are a returning counselor/CIT applicant or a new one, please complete the application on-line at and return by December 1, 2020 to the OSU Extension, Clark County Office. We are all looking forward to being able to go to 4-H Camp in 2021.

Clark County Jr. Fair Board Application Process - Deadline to Apply December 1, 2020

4-H and FFA members who are H.S. Sophomores through College Freshmen may apply to become a Jr. Fair Board Member. Application is available at .

Clark County Jr. Fair Market Beef and Market Dairy Steer Tag-In and Weigh-In

  • Date Changed to December 5, 8 AM to 11 AM, Cattle Barn 4, $20/steer
  • Back Up Date if we are still unable to conduct face-to-face programming – January 9, 8 AM to 11 AM, Cattle Barn 4, $20/steer

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

Experience STEM in agriculture first-hand through live hands-on learning experiences, virtual field trips and career exploration. Dialog with experts working, teaching and researching in agriculture STEM fields. Discover how science, technology and engineering is making a difference in how we feed the world. Check out what is being offered virtually September 22-24, 2020 at the 2020 Virtual Farm Science Review Ohio 4-H Ag in STEM Tent. Join the sessions you want to at and go throughout the day.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

9 AM-10 AM Egg to Chick Meyer Hatchery Virtual Field Trip - See the inside of a hatchery and learn how eggs turn into chicks! This business hatches and sends thousands of chicks of all breeds all over the country.

10:15 AM – Explore Agriculture in Hawaii Using Google Expedition – Discover the differences and similarities of food production in Hawaii compared to the Midwest. Explore the diversity of plant life throughout the islands through the work of the University of Hawaii Extension research centers.

11 AM-Noon – Engineer an Egg Catcher STEM Challenge – Engineer an Egg Catcher STEM Challenge. Invent and create as you use the engineering design process to build an egg catcher and test your design!

12:15 PM – From Moo to You Young’s Jersey Dairy Virtual Tour – Investigate the science and entrepreneurship used by the Young Family to make over 40 different flavors of ice cream and a variety of farmstead cheeses as part of this Clark County Agri-Tourism enterprise.

1:15 PM-2:15 PM –Dairy Food Science Lab – Gear up for dairy food science experiments. Explore milk properties and discover firsthand the science behind making your own ice cream, butter, cheese, and other dairy food favorites.

2:30 PM – Career Explorer – What does your future hold? Explore future lifestyles and opportunities using the Career Explorer, an interactive web-based platform created by Nebraska 4-H, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources for learning how decisions impact career outcomes.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

9 AM-10 AM – Soil Health STEM Challenges – Investigate soil health by participating in a series of soil science experiments. Use a soil sample to conduct a slake test and ribbon test. Discover the health of your soil by completing the "Soil Your Undies" experiment.

10:15 AM – Soil Broken Down – Collect a soil sample and learn how to create a visual profile of how soil is broken down in different types of particles. Learn why soil is key to everyday life from water purification to sustainable food production.

11:00 AM – Clean Water STEM Challenge – Engineer a water filtering system to explore design challenges faced by water quality specialists with removing pollutants from drinking water resources. Test your water filter to see first-hand the results of the Clean Water Challenge.

Noon – 1 PM – Water Quality STEM Challenges – Examine the importance of nutrients placement on water quality by participating in a series of hands-on activities that simulates fertilizer spread and placement and nutrient uptake of plants.

1:15 PM-2:15 PM – Watershed and Stream Health Lab – Explore natural and man-made impacts within a watershed and build tools to become citizen scientists for monitoring water quality in your community.

2:30 PM – Finding the Right Career Path – Discover first-hand your work life environment type and personality index and what careers match best for career satisfaction, performance, and stability. You might be surprised what you discover along the way to assessing your employable skills.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

9 AM-10 AM –Robotic Dairy Systems Virtual Tour – Explore the difference technology is making in today's agricultural world as two dairies share how robots are making their jobs more productive and efficient. Dialog with the Albright and Workman dairy families to learn first-hand the impact it has made for them.

10:15 AM – Cookie Prospecting STEM Challenge –Charging your phone, searching the web, or fueling your car, have you ever wondered what makes all this possible? Natural resources such as coal! Southern Ohio is home to many coal fired power plants that produce electricity and they need more. Grab your hats and tools geologists and let’s go cookie mining to explore the cost of mining natural resources.

11:00 AM – A Boost Against Arthritis STEM Challenge – Model the engineering design process to create and build a prototype for a more ergonomic farm machinery seat to accommodate the needs of arthritic users. Test your design and experience what engineers do every day to innovate new design features for even the most common parts of farm equipment.

11:45 AM-12:30 PM – Ag Mechanization/Bio-Tech STEM Challenge - Test your innovation skills as you join 4-H and FFA members at Global Impact STEM Academy for a unique agricultural mechanization and/or biotechnology STEM Challenge.

12:45 PM-1:15 PM - From Pasture to Plate Virtual Tour at Beaverdale Farm – Explore how genetics, nutrition, environment, health and handling impact meat quality on today’s beef farm. Investigate the science used to understand muscle type and the optimal way to prepare different meat cuts for the best dining experience.

1:15 PM-2:15 PM – Meat Science Lab –Conduct a meat science experiment investigating fat content of ground beef, product shrinkage and making the right meat selection for the entree being prepared.

2:30 PM –Ag STEM Career Forum – Experience virtual tours to John Deere and Weaver Leather. Dialog with those working in agriculture to learn about career opportunities.

In the 4-H Spirit,

Patty House
4-H Extension Educator