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Feb. 1–April 30, #JOANNhearts4H (JOANN stores)—Visit a local JOANN store and invest in a young person by donating to 4-H.

March 26, 4-H Camp Piedmont Benefit (New Philadelphia)—4 p.m. Mark your calendars for an exciting event to help Camp Piedmont! Camp Piedmont was hit hard due to not hosting camps in 2020 and having only limited camp programs in 2021. The camp is also in desperate need of multiple repairs. We know how much Camp Piedmont means to you, and we need your help to keep the traditions going. Its time to give back to the place that gave you so many wonderful 4-H memories and experiences. Make plans now to attend the March benefit, and visit the online auction.

April 2, Williams County Pancake Breakfast (Edon)—7 a.m. Pancake breakfast at the Florence Township Fire Department to support the remodeling of the 4-H Building at the Williams County Fairgrounds.

April 2, Franklin County 4-H Clover 5K Race (Hilliard)—Join us to celebrate one of the pillars of 4-H, Health to better living. The Clover 5K is a run with a purpose. All funds help support the Walk & Serve, a Central Ohio community service event held the same day at the fairgrounds benefitting 15 local nonprofits and the populations they serve. Registration fee is $25. Register at

April 2, Mahoning County 4-H Endowment Dinner & Auction (Boardman)—5 p.m. Purchase your ticket for $35, or a table of eight for $350. All proceeds benefit the Mahoning County 4-H Program. If you have questions, contact the Mahoning County Extension Office at 330-533-5538.

April 2, Washington County 4-H Endowment Dinner & Auction (Marietta)—Join us for the 2022 Washington County 4-H Endowment Dinner and Auction. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth 19 and under. Reserve a table for $250. No tickets will be sold at the door, and ticket sales will end on March 28. To purchase a ticket, contact the Washington County Extension Office at 740-376-7431.

April 5, Grill Smart (Rayland)—5 p.m. During this class, participants learn to match the appropriate cooking methodology with a particular muscle or cut, gain an understanding of how or why different muscles are typically merchandised as steaks or roasts, and which cuts to select for various types of functions. Attendees will become more familiar with terminology associated with the meat industry, and will learn about potential food safety issues when preparing meat and other food products. Participants will gain experience with various cuts of beef, turkey, and pork chops. Seasoning and the use of spices and oils will be explored along with cooking temperatures and determining doneness. Lighting the grill and properly cleaning it, all in the name of food safety and eating experience, will also be covered. In order to acquire a general understanding of sensory evaluation, participants will sample the end product of each learning objective. Class is at the Meadowbrook Church of God, Rayland, Ohio. Cost is $20. Please register by calling the Jefferson County Extension Office at 740-264-2212.

April 5, Backyard Poultry Biosecurity Webinar (Zoom)—5:30 p.m. With concerns increasing about Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and poultry, especially as we approach fair season, good biosecurity practices are important! Learn about health risks and biosecurity practices specific to poultry projects with Franklin County Extension educator Tim McDermott, DVM. Youth and adults are welcome to join us on April 5 from 5:30–7 p.m. on Zoom.

April 9, 41st Annual 4-H Chicken BBQ & Benefit Auction (Sandusky)—Support Erie County programs at their annual event, including silent and live auctions.

April 25, Earth Day Plant Swap (Seville)—OSU Master Gardeners invite you to participate in a plant swap at the 2022 Earth Day Festival at Buffalo Creek Retreat. Please bring an established house plant of any kind to swap! For more information about the swap and how to divide house plants, visit us at

May 3, The Ohio State University Day of Giving—This year we have a special project to raise scholarship funds for Ohio 4-H members interested in postsecondary education. In honor of A.B. Graham’s 120th birthday, we are going to raise $120,000 to support the Ohio 4-H Legacy of Leadership scholarship. Save the date! More details coming soon on how you can support this initiative.

May 7, Ohio 4-H Night at the Dayton Dragons (Dayton)—The game is at the Day Air Ballpark in downtown Dayton at 7:05 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. You’ll want to line up behind the outfield lawn area (Lawn D) by 6:15 p.m. to participate in a pregame parade of all 4-H counties in attendance. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at

June 9, Whiz Bang Science Show (Wooster)—7 p.m. Dr. Dave Lohnes, CFAES Wooster’s popular Whiz-Bang Scientist, teaches children about science and the natural world in an enriching outdoor environment. Shows are fun for the entire family! Parking and admission are free. The show is cancelled in the event of severe weather. Contact Paul Snyder,, with questions.

June 12, Defiance County Craft & Vendor Show (Hicksville)—Annual craft and vendor show held at the Defiance County Fairgrounds. Proceeds benefit Junior and Senior Fair Boards and the Defiance County 4-H Youth Development Program.

August 28, Clover Classic Golf Scramble to benefit 4-H Camp Graham (Wilmington)—1 p.m. You’re invited to join the fun at the 9th annual Clover Classic Golf Scramble at Majestic Springs Golf Course. Proceeds raised will benefit 4-H Camp Graham. Everything from players, sponsors, and raffle items are needed to make this outing a success.