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Clark County 4-H Families and Volunteers:

School will soon be out for the summer.  4-H families will be spending more time working on 4-H projects and juggling summertime schedules.  We know that everyone is anxious to plan summertime favorites – 4-H camp, Fair, vacation, 4th of July celebrations and more.  It is also important for you to plan your 4-H project experiences and make sure that you meet project requirements.


If you have not already downloaded the 4-H App on your smartphone, we encourage you to do so NOW!  Use the QR Code or search in your App Store for Clark County 4-H and download the 4-H App for FREE!    

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Clark County 4-H App Your 24-7 Access to…4-H App

  • 4-H Calendar with up-to-date changes
  •  4-H and Fair Applications and Forms and Links to On-Line Surveys
  • List of All 4-H Clubs and the Ability to E-mail Advisor Contacts
  • Weekly 4-H Updates
  • 4-H Projects – With Links to Specific Project Requirements and Fair Book Rules
  • 4-H Judging and Fair Results
  • Up-to-date Fair Schedule
  • Fair Show Bills


4-H Activity Fees Due No Later than May 26, 7 PM

4-H families may pay the 4-H activity fee for their children anytime by mail.  Make checks payable for your 4-H Activity Fees to Clark County 4-H Committee, mail to P.O. Box 444, Springfield, OH  45501.

4-H Families may pay in person ONLY on May 25 or 26, 11 AM to 7 PM at the Extension Office, 3130 E. Main St. Springfield, OH. 

  • 4-H Member Activity Fee:  $25/member paid by 7 PM, May 26 or $30/member after
  • 4-H Cloverbud Activity Fee:  $5/cloverbud paid by 7 PM, May 26 or $10/cloverbud after


4-H Camp Registration Starts Friday, May 14

The Clark County 4-H Camp Registration Packet will be posted on Friday, May 14 at and on the 4-H App.  Camp Registration Deadline is June 10.  Due to the additional COVID-19 protocols, it is imperative that 4-H families register their child(ren) by the deadline. 

Scholarships Available:  Youth who may need financial assistance to go to 4-H camp may apply for scholarship dollars offered by the Clark County 4-H Advisory Committee.  Deadline to apply May 20, 2021.  Go to

Applicants will be notified by May 25 of scholarship dollars received. 


4-H Sew Fun Camp

Registration deadline is May 25, 2021:  To register go to  

When:  June 1, 2, & 3

Where:  OSU Extension, Clark County, 3130 E. Main St., Springfield, Ohio

Time:  5 PM to 8 PM, Daily

Who:  Sew Fun 4-H Project Members (limit to 10 members)

What:  Complete your first year sew fun clothing project with 4-H clothing volunteers. 

Supplies Needed:  Fabric, Your Pattern, Thread, Project Book and Elastic based on pattern selected

Suggested Patterns:  Simplicity skirts: 9156 view D. 8106 view A, 8027 view C, 1786 view C; pants or shorts: 1722 view E, F, 8621 view D, 8936 view D, E. Butterick 4176 view EF- shorts/pants.


Update to In-Person 4-H Meeting and Event Guidelines

  • Club meetings and events can meet in larger groups, as long as they can maintain physical distance, wear masks and practice good hand hygiene.
  • Fundraisers and community service activities may now take place. These events need to follow physical distancing, masking, and sanitizing guidance.
  • Food booths are permitted with local health department approval.
  • For other fundraisers involving food, food must be pre-packaged and dine-in events are not permitted.
  • Face masks are required.
  • This includes inside AND outside at all times.
  • Program participants ages five and older, and parent/guardians must wear a mask.
  • Two exceptions to the face mask requirement relate to shooting sports and equine activities.
  • Equine Activities:  4-H participants with equine may be exempted from wearing facemasks while they are actively showing, whether or not they are mounted. This exemption encompasses all 4-H educational and competitive events, including clinics, training sessions, ride nights, etc.
  • Shooting Sports Activities:  All individuals participating in Shooting Sports programs are expected to wear a mask when they are not on the firing line.  When a member is on the firing line, they may remove their mask as long as a minimum of six feet of physical distancing can be maintained. All members in Archery must fully remove their mask when on the firing line due to safety.
  • Medical conditions or disability exceptions are also permitted.
  • Potlucks and buffets are not permitted. Only pre-packaged food (e.g., boxed lunches) may be served

For complete updated Ohio 4-H In-Person Meeting Guidelines go to


New 4-H Volunteer Orientation - This is the last New 4-H Volunteer Orientation until Fall. 

When:  May 11

Time:  7 PM

Where:  BY ZOOM

Who:  Any adult who has started the 4-H Volunteer process or who would like to start the 4-H volunteer process.

Link to Join:  


Clark County 4-H Goat Clinic & QA

When:  Tues. May 18

Time:  6 PM – Quality Assurance in Youth Building

             7:15 PM – Goat Clinic in Sheep Arena

Please register at to attend by Monday, May 17.


Clark County Jr. Fair Market Hog Exhibitor Registration – Deadline Midnight May 15, 2021

4-H and FFA members must register the market hogs they want to be eligible to bring the 2021 Clark County Jr. Fair to show.  You must complete the Market Hog Exhibitor Registration On-Line Survey by Midnight on May 15.

Go to

Each member may register a maximum of 10 market hogs, but may only show the following:

  • 4-H 1 (first year 4-H members with market hogs):  Show 1 crossbred and 1 purebred or Show 2 purebreds.
  • 4-H 2 and FFA:  Show any combination of 2 market hogs
  • Scramble:  Show 2 market hogs plus the scramble hog.


Siblings may change who is showing the market hog prior to crossing the scales at Fair Weigh-In on Saturday, July 24.

You must list the current Adult PQA+ Certification Number and name of family member (parent/guardian/self if at least 14) has obtained this certification. 

You must enter for each market hog the following information:

  • Ear Notch
  • Sex of market hog
  • Color/Markings
  • Breed (If eligible for the Breed Classes)
  • Class (4-H 1, 4-H 2, FFA, Scramble, Breed)
  • Breeder of Market Hog if County Farrowed Eligible, Name, Address, E-Mail, Phone Number, Purchase/Farrow Date

Market hog producers will be contacted to verify county farrowed market hog eligibility of the hogs listed by exhibitors.  A complete listing of market hogs per breeder will be mailed/e-mailed to them to sign off that they are the producer. 


Youth Quality Assurance Evaluation – Chance to Win Prizes in 2021 TOO!

Congratulations to the following for completing the QA Survey and being drawn for the April 2021 prizes.

  • Molly Henry and Beau Ryder – 4-H Project Books
  • Kylie Corbitt and Kaelyn Ervin – Fair Passes

We encourage youth who complete their quality assurance requirement in May to complete the QA Survey by May 25 for the May Prize drawings.  Any youth who have already completed quality assurance but have not completed the QA survey may also do so anytime.  You must complete Quality Assurance prior to completing the survey.  Go to to complete the evaluation. 


4-H Equi-STEP Required for All 4-H and FFA Horse Project Members

All Clark County 4-H and FFA Horse Project Members must complete the on-line Equi-STEP program prior to participating in the 2021 Clark County 4-H Mini-Circuit Shows, the Clark County Jr. Fair and/or the Ohio State Fair Horse Shows.  This requirement was to have been completed by May 1, 2021.  However, the majority of Clark County horse project members have not completed this new requirement.

Please go to to register for the on-line course and complete ASAP.  A certificate of completion is sent to you and the Clark County Extension Office also receives a copy to verify that you have completed the course.  Don’t delay any longer from completing this requirement!


Clark County 4-H Livestock Skill-a-thons

When:  Mon., June 14 and Tues., June 15

Time: 4 PM to 8 PM

Where:  Clark County Fairgrounds, Complex

  • June 14 Only:  Alpacas/Llamas, Cavy, Dairy Females, Dogs, Rabbits
  • June 15 Only:  Beef, Poultry, Sheep
  • Both Days:  Dairy Feeders and Dairy Market Steers, Goats, Horse, Swine

4-H members attend Livestock Skill-a-thons to have a completed project and be eligible to show at the Clark County Fair and/or the Ohio State Fair.

If a 4-H member has a conflict with the skill-a-thon dates such as a family vacation, camp, etc., they may apply to attend Make-Up Skill-a-thon on Friday, July 16.  To apply for make-up skill-a-thon, go to


Scramble Applications Now On-Line Due June 1

Any 4-H or FFA member that is eligible and interested in applying to participate in the 2021 Clark County Fair Calf and Pig Scrambles may now apply.

The on-line applications are available at:

Non-family reference letter must be sent to the Fair Office and received no later than June 1 and may also be e-mailed to Jamie Gothard -

Scramble Rules can be found at


Clark County Jr. Fair Animal Royalty – Apply by June 10, 2021

4-H and FFA members that are eligible to apply for any of the 2021 Clark County Jr. Fair Animal Royalty must complete the on-line survey application by midnight June 10.  Please go to

This application is for:  Alpaca/Llama Ambassador, Beef Queen, Canine Royalty, Cavy Ambassador, Dairy Royalty, Goat Ambassador, Lamb Princess, Miss Lamb & Wool Queen, Poultry Ambassador, Rabbit Royalty.

Interviews for the majority of the Animal Royalty Contests are held during Skill-a-thon. 

There are no makeup interviews.  Please check the requirements for each contest on the survey link. 


Winterhoff and Senior Beef Award Application – Apply by June 10, 2021

Any Clark County 4-H Beef Project member may apply for the Winterhoff or Senior Beef Award.  To apply for these awards go to

The Winterhoff Award is for beef project members with 1 to 4 years of beef experience.  The Senior Beef Award is for beef project members with 5 and more years of beef experience.  Winners are announced at the 2021 Clark County Jr. Fair. 


Upcoming 4-H Committee Meetings

  • 4-H Advisory Committee - May 10, 7 PM, Arts & Crafts Bldg.
  • 4-H Horse Committee – May 17, 7 PM, Outdoor Covered Horse Arena


In the 4-H Spirit,
Patty House
4-H Extension Educator