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Upcoming Opportunities:

2023 4-H Project Judging | July 11, 2023 | C-TEC (150 Price Rd., Newark, OH 43055)

  • Members will be responsible for scheduling an appointment time for each project they will need judged. Each judge will be judging a specific set of projects. Members should review the lists below to see which judge(s) they need to schedule their appointments with.
  • If you are having more than one project judged, please do not schedule the same time slot for two different judges. We recommend you allow at least one time slot as a buffer between judges (i.e. if you selected the 10:00a.m. slot for your first judge, do not select the 10:00am or 10:10am slot for your second judge to help ensure you have completed your interview with your first judge and prepared your project(s) for you next judge before your second appointment).
  • The judges list is organized by Project Name and by Project Number. Use whichever list helps you find your project more easily.
  • Once you have reviewed the lists linked in the bullet above and confirmed which judge(s) you will need to schedule with, please schedule your appointments here:

Project Judging Results can be found on the Awards, Results, and Recognition page.

2023-24 4-H Tractor Clubs

  • Learn more about large equipment, engines, petroleum power, and ATVs.
  • Complete the Tractor Operator's Certification Program (youth ages 14 and older).
  • There are two 4-H Tractor Clubs in Licking County. Download the flyer by clicking the link above.
    • Flint Ridge Tractor Club will meet this fall/winter with the first meeting being Monday, October 2nd at 7:30pm.
    • Utica Tractor Club will meet this fall/winter with the first meeting being Sunday, October 15th at 6:00pm.

2023 Club Officer Training Workshop and New Family Orientation

  • Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Granville High School - 248 New Burg Street, Granville
  • Great opportunity for members to learn about the office they will be serving in or to learn more about an office that they are interested in running for. This is also a great opportunity for new families to learn more about Licking County 4-H and to have questions answered.

How to Purchase Project Books

  • Order and pick up project books in your county office. If you would rather purchase a printed copy of a Perfect Stay-at-Home Project or any other project book, you can purchase those at the extension office. Ohio residents get the best price on printed books when they order and pick up their purchases through local Extension offices. Please call the office (740.670.5315) before coming to make sure we have the book(s) you want in stock.
  • Buy one online. Like last year, you also can order directly from Ohio residents receive free shipping on orders of $20 or more with the coupon FREE2021. Books cost slightly more this way, but orders can be shipped directly to any Ohio address. There is no restriction on the number of times a coupon can be used.  See our printable Ordering Is Easy instructions. Please review your order carefully. Extension Publishing is not able to accept returns.
  • Make your own. 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. Learn about the best of current circumstances with My Own Stay-at-Home Project. (For project judging, self-determined projects are judged in self-determined categories.)

Still need help in trying to decide what project to take:  Project Central is an easy way for 4-H members and project helpers to preview Ohio 4-H project books and resources. Take a closer look at a book, find out what others have to say, and share your experiences.  Go to:

Club Officer Resources:

Club Officer Handbooks & Materials:

Additional Resources:

Food, Clothing & Special Interest Projects:

Project Requirements & Supplements:

2023 Licking County 4-H Project Requirements (this booklet covers all 4-H projects and contains the 2023 Clothing & Food Supplements, as well as judging dates and awards.

Companion Animal Projects/Resources:

Includes cavy, cat, and rabbit projects. Ohio 4-H Companion Animals state website -  click on the previous link for information on events, resources and acknowledgments for dogs, rabbits and companion animals.

Dog Projects:

Dog Resource Handbook (201R) – Updates to this book have been added to our Books/Resource page under Publication Updates. There are two versions: 2016 edition and 2018 edition. Members can download one pdf with all the changes depending on which edition they own. Changes were made in these chapters: Breeds, Grooming, Communication and Behavior, Obedience, Judging, Showmanship, and Working Dogs.

The following information can be found at on the State 4-H Dog Resource Page.

  • Summary of Highlights/Major Changes to 2021 Ohio 4-H/Ohio State Fair Dog Show Rules
  • 2021 Ohio State Fair Dog Show
  • 2021 Ohio State Fair Vaccination Certificate

Public Speaking & Demonstrations Contests:

Tools for Public Speaking Member Guide

Preparing Your 4-H Demonstration - Sample demonstrations outline.

Encouraging Members to Demonstrate - Various ways advisors can encourage their members to present demonstrations.

4-H for Youth:

4-H is the ultimate youth development experience and is what you make it. Through trips, activities, projects, leadership roles, working in teams and new levels of responsibility, youth learn the skills necessary to be successful in an ever changing world. "Join the revolution of responsibility" and prepare yourself for greatness in 4-H! Click on the following link to the Ohio 4-H Youth Development - 4-H for Youth webpage

  • Ohio State Fair - 4-H is the largest youth development program in Ohio!  Located in the Youth Center, a portion of the building is used as exhibit space for 4-H projects and judging activities during the State Fair. Fairgoers can learn about the 4-H program by talking with the 4-H members competing each day.
  • Just for Teens -  more information about 4-H Ambassadors, CWF, Collegiate 4-H, Awards & Scholarships, CARTEENS, State Fashion Board, Teen Conference, and Teen Council

Additional Resources:

  • Saying Thank You:  A lot of respect can be earned or lost by our ability to say thanks.  Thank you notes help our sponsors realize that the award sponsorship really means something to you.  It helps make them more interested in sponsoring next year. For help in writing that thank you note or letter click on the following link:  Thank you flyer