July 7, 2020 - 10:55am -- lute.25@osu.edu

Dear 4-H members, families, volunteers and supporters,

We’re happy to share we’ve received approval from Ohio State University leadership to resume in-person 4-H club meetings and activities starting immediately. This is welcome news for our 3,039 Ohio 4-H clubs across the state. Ohio 4-H clubs that choose to begin meeting in-person must follow the guidelines listed below to promote the health and safety of our 4-H community, as we face the challenge of COVID-19.

Clubs choosing to meet in-person should provide virtual connection options for members who have that preference. Please note that in-person 4-H club meetings, activities and other events may be suspended at any time if local, state, federal, and/or university authorities issue new restrictions. 4-H meetings and activities can only be held in person if Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidelines can be followed.

The Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidelines provide expectations for all members, volunteers, and their families while participating in 4-H club meetings and activities. County and Independent Fairs work closely with Ohio 4-H / The Ohio State University, but are separate entities and follow different guidance. When 4-H members and volunteers participate in Junior Fair animal activities, they follow guidance from these local partners, as Ag Societies have the responsibility for the Junior Fair. 4-H non-livestock project judging that takes place during the fair is conducted by OSU Extension and must follow Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidance.

The Scioto OSU Extension office is open to the public by appointment between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. We will continue to send information to you via e-mail and on Facebook. You will also find the guidelines, a tip sheet and resources at ohio4h.org/families/stay-connected. Ohio 4-H teen leaders are developing video tutorials to assist educating club members on the in-person meeting expectations and will share those as they are available. When possible, we encourage OSU Extension programs, meetings, and events to meet virtually.

Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-person Meetings & Events

Please enjoy this short video our Teen Leaders created to help explain the new in-person meeting guidelines.



We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please be safe, stay home, wash your hands and enjoy some extra time with your loved ones. If you are one of the health care, food service, or other essential workers who are not getting that extra time at home, please accept our sincerest gratitude for helping keep the rest of us safe. We are thankful for all you are doing!


Jo and Josi

740.354.7879 Office / 740.355.8338 Fax

williams.2213@osu.edu scioto.osu.edu


Project Books


The OSU Extension Office is now open every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am - 3pm, by appointment only.  If you would like to pickup project books, please call our office, (740) 354-7879, at least 1 day in advance to give us your order and schedule a time for pick up. Additional options for getting projects books are outlined below.

Download one for free.

A special collection of project books is available for free on the Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects web page. Click on the book you want, and when the file opens on your screen, save or print it from there. Horseless Horse and Science Fun with Physics were added recently. (For accessible formats of these publications, visit cfaes.osu.edu/accessibility.)

Buy one online.

If you would like to buy a print copy of a Perfect Stay-at-Home project or any other project book, you can order directly from extensionpubs.osu.edu with one of these special discounts for Ohio residents: FREE2020 (for free shipping) OR 20IN2020 (20% off the entire order). Use the coupon that works best for you. Orders can be shipped directly to a person’s home as long as it is an Ohio address.

Please review your order carefully. Extension Publishing is unable to take returns. There is no restriction on the number of times a coupon can be used. See printable ordering instructions HERE.

Make your own.

If you would rather not purchase a book in this way, self-determined projects are an excellent choice for self-motivated members eager to get started by creating their own projects. Although self-determined projects may be better suited for older 4-H members, they are available for any member and are often based on idea starters already available online. Many of the idea starters are great stay-at-home projects too, for example, Music, Bats, String Art, Climate Change, American Sign Language, etc. Our extraordinary educators are even preparing one called My Stay-at-Home Summer! (For project judging, self-determined projects are judged in self-determined categories.)


Additional Resources

Spring 2020 Newsletter

2020 Updated Pre-Fair Calendar

Communicating Online With Your Club

Tips and Tricks for Meeting With Your Club


Online QA

QA Online Certificate

QA Policy Changes for 2020

Online QA Instructions (YQCA)


2020 Livestock Tagging Information



2020 Horse Show Registration 


2020 Junior Fair Information

2020 Buyers Letter

For information on how to access the 2020 Junior Fair online sale or to register as a buyer, you can watch this short video.


2020 Junior Fair Schedule

Modified Scioto County Junior Fair 2020


  • Masks or face covering must be worn at all times while on grounds.
  • No wrist band, No Entry. Gates will open at 6 a.m.
  • This is a closed event to the public. Therefore, strict enforcement of exhibitors and immediate family only will be in effect with visible specie-specific wristbands being worn at all times.
    • Free wristbands will be given to all exhibitors, plus an additional 4 free wristbands per family.
    • These policies are set intentionally to keep the number of individuals on the fairgrounds to a minimum and are not up for debate.
    • Clubs will receive 2 weeklong wristbands to share among advisors, unless all advisors are also parents and have wristbands through their children enrolled as exhibitors. Club advisors can share/trade off wristbands to other advisors throughout the week as they deem necessary.
    • Essential personnel as determined by the Senior Fair Board will be granted weeklong wristbands (ie. Market & Breeding Animal Committee, Horse Committee, 4-H Committee, Jr. Fair Board & Advisors, Senior Fair Board, Extension Office).
    • Wristbands must always be visible. Anyone who is not properly wearing a wristband can and will be asked to leave the premises immediately. Please plan to comply.


Entering/Exiting the Fairgrounds

  • Only the South gates will be open.
  • Please follow signage
  • If showing off trailer, you may park on the midway, otherwise park in south lot and enter by foot
  • Fair Board will have golf carts to transport people from parking lot
  • North gates will be open for Horse Show traffic Thursday and Friday


Livestock Pens

  • First-come, first-served
  • No Tack stalls
  • Encouraged to show off trailers
  • Bring own shavings
  • Must clean pen before leaving


Wrist Band Distribution

  • One person per club must pick up the wristband packet
  • Packets will be available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Junior Fair Office.
  • Each 4-H member will have envelopes with their color-coded wrist bands for their show day.
  • 5 bands per exhibitor (1 for the 4-H’er and 4 for guests)
  • Clubs will distribute to members


Online Sale


To view the recording of the Informational Pre-Fair Meeting from Jo & Josi, click on the link below


2020 Junior Fair Show bills