Ohio 4-H Highlights : June 2019

  1. 4-H Night with the Cincinnati Reds

    Play ball! June 17 was 4-H Night with the Cincinnati Reds. 4- H was represented on the field before the start of the game. Clermont County 4-H member Kaitlyn Taylor delivered the game ball and rosin bag to the mound for the first pitch. 4-H members Gracy Bronson from Brown County and Luke Uhlenbrock from Clermont County met Rosie and Mr. Redlegs and 381 4-H fans saw a Reds victory. 4-H in 27 Ohio counties are also winners with $4 of each ticket sold going to their county programs. Clermont County 4-H educator Kelly Royalty organized the evening and looks forward to hosting it next year. The Cincinnati Reds won 3-2 against the Houston Astros! 

    4-H Reds Night    4-H Reds Night

  2. Be a Sponsor!

    Summer is here, and that means the Ohio State Fair is just around the corner. Each year this is an opportunity for 4-H youth across the state to compete for the highest honors in their project area. Top winners in each non-livestock project area are presented with a clock trophy. These trophies represent hours of hard work, dedication,  and commitment on the part of 4-H’ers.

    You can be a part of this special program by sponsoring a clock trophy for just $35. Sponsors are recognized with an inscription on the award and at the Ohio State Fair during daily awards presentations. Contact ohio4hfoundation@osu.edu to sponsor one or more of the trophies below and help us recognize #TrueLeaders!


    Available sponsorships:

    • Health & Safety Public Speaking – Junior                                                                                                                                                                  
    • Health & Safety Public Speaking – Senior                                                                                             
    • Health & Safety Public Speaking Team Talk/Skit                                                                                                
    • Shooting Sports Contest Living History Topic-Junior                                                                    
    • Grill Master- Senior                                                                                                 
    • Beekeeping – Senior                                                                                                  
    • Get Started in Art -Junior                                                                                                 
    • Get Started in Art -Senior                                                                                                  
    • Shooting Sports, Rifle – Junior                                                                                              
    • Self-Determined Natural Resources                                                                                               
    • Shooting Sports Contest Shooting Sports Topic-Senior                                                                  
    • Laundry Project                                                                                                                        
    • Staying Healthy – Senior                                                                                                 
    • Seeing Through Graphic Design
    • Ohio Birds, 2nd year                                                                                                
    • Geology: Can You Dig It?                                                                                             
    • Self-Determined Western Heritage                                                                                  
    • Shooting Sports, Crossbow - Senior 
  3. Ashtabula AgDay 2019

    Where does your food come from? Last month first graders in Ashtabula County discovered the answer when they were invited to get up close and personal with farm animals, crops, fruits, and vegetables at the county’s youth agricultural education event.

    Coordinated by OSU Extension and assisted by local community members from 4-H, Master Gardeners, and the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau, the program showcased the different agricultural commodities produced in Ashtabula County.

    Ashtabula Ag Day


    At interactive stations, they learned the importance of healthy nutrition and exercise on the SNAP-Ed blender bike, discovered how seeds are planted to grow fruit and vegetables, and how crops are processed into foods.




    Ashtabula Ag Day

    Youth also made their own home-made butter with students from Pymatuning Valley FFA and tried their hand at milking a cow with the 2019 Dairy Princess, Kattiejo Hass. Students also learned about maple syrup, Christmas trees, bees, sheep, horses, beef, dairy cows, goats, pigs, alpacas, chickens, ducks, and turkeys.



    Ashtabula Ag Day


    More than 300 volunteers and donors helped make Ashtabula AgDay a reality for first-grade students. Thanks to these sponsors for their support of this important program.

  4. Paint the Plow

    An unusual canvas was the focus of Wood County 4-H members’ creative efforts when they used snow plows to increase awareness and encourage safe driving practices in their community during the winter season.

    In cooperation with the Wood County Garage and Engineer’s Office, 4-H clubs were invited to “Paint-the-Plow” and illustrate safety on the road. These included distracted driving, safety in construction zones, school bus safety and sharing the road with agricultural equipment. And of course, each design had to include the 4-H clover!

    Snow plow winner was the 4-Leaf Clover Kids 4-H Club from Portage, Ohio


    Snow plow winner was the Tontogany 4-Leaf Clovers from Tontogany, OhioThis project not only provided great publicity for Ohio 4-H but also provided 4-H clubs with teamwork opportunities and road safety information. Forty-four 4-H plows endorsed safety on the road to thousands of county residents and visitors.



    Along with being on the road during the winter, the plows were displayed at the Wood County Fair and on the front lawn of the OSU Extension office, with an appearance in the Wood County Junior Fair parade. It is expected that this project will be continued for years to come.



    Check out all the plows here! 


  5. Faces of Ohio 4-H

    Each month we will highlight an alum from Ohio 4-H.  They have amazing stories to share, from their personal experience in 4-H to how they have given back to the program.  Check out this story from Jamie Egler.



    Jamie demonstrating the proper use of a fire extinguisher. Jamie does many trainings for 4-Hers.


    My story is like so many other people's story. I was extremely shy and insecure about myself as child. 4-H taught me how to have confidence in myself and my abilities. The leadership skills that I had learned as a youth in 4-H have carried though into my adult life. I use those skills every single day as part of a family owned fire protection and service agency. In the photo, I am demonstrating how to put out a fire using a fire extinguisher.



    Jamie helps young 4-Hers with their first woodworking project.


    I learned how to speak in front of groups as a youth in 4-H and now I train groups of people that equal 3000-4000 people a year in industrial/commercial/institutional/health care fire protection safety. 4-H has helped me to strengthen my ability to overcome what life has had to throw at me. As a 4-H advisor of 25 years, I am still learning from the youth in our 4-H program. In this photo I am helping a first year woodworking member.


  6. Calendar of Events

    July 13 Insect Night (Wooster)- Bring a flashlight, good walking shoes, and a clear jar to collect insects. 8–10:30 p.m., Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. For children of all ages and their families. Free. Details: go.osu.edu/Cv5G.

    July 13 Pioneering Urban Farm Tour (Columbus)  Tour featuring plantings and programs at the oldest operating urban farm in Columbus. 10–11:30 a.m., Four Seasons City Farm, 931 E. Mound St., Columbus, Ohio. Presented by Ohio State’s Sustainable Agriculture Team. Free admission. Part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Details: oeffa.org/news/farm-tours-2019

    July 21 Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens Open House Celebration (Columbus)- Includes tours of research lake, energy-efficient enCORE solar house, pollinator garden, monarch butterfly planting, and native Ohio trees. 1–4 p.m., Chadwick Arboretum North Site, northwest of the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/CyWv

    July 27 4-H’s Got Talent! Show (Columbus)Come to the Lausche Youth Center at the Ohio State Fair to watch 4-H members compete and share their talents.  Contest begins at 6:00 p.m. on the main stage.  Check out this website for more details.

    July 30 Dean's Charity Steer Show (Columbus)- Come join Dean Kress at the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center for the inaugural Dean's Charity Steer Show. Awards will include best steer, showmanship, and people's choice with a "sale" that will  benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. The event will start at 2:00, but be sure to arrive by 1:30 to get a good seat! Check out this website for more information.