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State Fair 4-H Non-Livestock Guidebook

Health Guidelines for Participants at Non-Livestock Project Judging

Considering the latest surge in COVID-19 infections in Franklin County, and in the interest of promoting informed decision-making, we share the following information with you. We are following CDC and Nationwide Children’s Hospital recommendations. These are especially important for the upcoming non-livestock project judging because it takes place indoors.

All 4-H members who have been selected to go to state fair non-livestock project judging need to self-monitor before departing for the state fair. If a 4-H member, volunteer, or anyone in their immediate household, has any of the symptoms listed in the chart below, you may not participate in state fair non-livestock project judging, unless the criteria outlined in the chart is met. Individuals who have any of the symptoms listed should get tested for COVID-19 and follow the instructions on the chart about staying at home. The stay-at-home criteria applies to the 4-H’er, volunteer, and everyone else in their household.

Covid Health screening guidelines chart

Cases and hospitalizations in Franklin County are spiking because of the highly contagious Omicron BA.5 variant. People should properly wear a mask while participating in 4-H activities and programs. If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness due to complications from COVID-19, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take additional precautions. Additional precautions include frequent hand washing, physically distancing, and staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. 

Thank you for your continued understanding and support as we work together to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all 4-H participants and families.

Information provided by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Franklin County Public Health, and Columbus Public Health.

2022 Summary of Changes




Clothing Days

(updated 3/8/22)

Clothing Score Sheet

Narration Card

Tuesday, August 2 - Thursday August 4

State Fair Clothing Award Application

State 4-H Fashion Board Application 

Information about clothing days:

Creative Arts Day I


Thursday, July 28


Creative Arts Day II

(cake decorating)

Tuesday, August 2


Communication Days 

Wednesday, Aug 3- Thursday, Aug 4

Companion Animal Day

Friday, July 29


Additional Companion Animal Information

Updated 4/12/22

Dog Activities    
Engineering - Tractor Day 

Cancelled for 2022


Parts ID and courses for state fair event

Engineering - Welding Day


Friday, July 29

Takes place in the Ag Engineering Building on the OSU Campus
Engineering Excitement Day

Saturday, July 30

Family Life Day - Child Development

Thursday, July 28

updated 6/29/22
Family Life Day - Genealogy

Thursday, July 28


Food & Nutrition Days

updated 6/27/22

Tuesday, Aug 2 - Thursday, August 4

Food and Nutrition Portfolio Interest Areas

updated 4/7/22

Health & Safety Skit Contest

Wednesday, July 27

Must be selected at a qualifying event to participate in the state fair contest:

  • Wooster - Buckeye Agricultural Museum - July 8
  • Columbus - 4-H Center - June 28
Health & Safety Speaking Contest


Wednesday, July 27


Must be selected at a qualifying event to participate in the state fair contest:

  • Wooster - Buckeye Agricultural Museum - July 8
  • Columbus - 4-H Center - June 28
Health Day Wednesday, July 27  

Home Decorating and Design Day(updated 6/16/22)

Thursday, July 28

Junior Fair Ag/Hort Show    
Junior Fair Horse Show    
Leadership Day

Sunday, July 31

Shooting Sports Public Speaking & Demonstration Contest updated 7/14/22

Cancelled 2022


Shooting Sports Public Speaking Contests Registration Form (updated 7/14/22)
Natural Resources Shooting Sports Day

Friday, August 5



Natural Resources Day

(updated 4/8/22)

Saturday, August 6

Photography Day

Saturday, July 30

Quilt Day

Wednesday, July 27

STEM Day Saturday, July 30  
Self-Determined Project Day

Sunday, August 7

Woodworking Day

Monday, August 1

Woodworking Guidelines

Workforce Preparation Day Virtual Workforce Preparation Day Registration Form virtual