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The 4-H Pledge

I pledge my Head to clearer thinking,
My Heart to greater loyalty,
My Hands to larger service,
and my Health to better living,
For my club, my community, my country, and my world.

4-H Motto

To Make the Best Better

What is 4-H?

4-H is a youth program conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Ohio State University and the Ross County Comissioners; the 4-H Program is supervised locally by the County Extension Educators. Local Clubs are helped by volunteer 4-H adult advisors. The program is available to all potential clientele without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or religious affiliation. 4-H is easily recognized by the four-leaf clover emblem.

Each person exhibiting or participating in the 4-H Club Departments must be enrolled as a member of an organized 4-H Club in the project or projects which he or she is exhibiting.

Project Exhibits: Refer to each Department area for Junior Fair Project fair exhibit requirements.

Project Judging: For all projects, refer to the requirements included within the 4-H Project Requirement Book or online at Questions should be directed to the Ross County Extension Office at (740) 702-3200.

Each 4-H member who expects to exhibit livestock at the fair must fill out and return appropriate entries to the County Extension Office by deadlines listed for each species.

PROJECT PREMIUMS: Projects MUST be exhibited at the fair to receive the Senior Fair Board's Fair Exhibitor Premium. Members will be paid for a maximum of 3 projects (including general and livestock projects).

MEMBERS MUST COLLECT PROJECT PREMIUMS DURING THE FAIR. For all projects, members will receive project voucher(s) at their judging. Refer to voucher for redemption location and times. NOTE: Each member must sign and personally present voucher(s) to receive payment.

4-H Activities

4-H activities are optional events designed to enrich the member's project learning experience. They provide member with the opportunity to go beyond the regular requirements of the project. While project judging or evaluation is usually required for a member's project to be complete, activities are completely optional. Because participation in activity classes can enhance learning, members and clubs are encouraged to enter activities classes whenever possible.

Some examples of 4-H activity classes are demonstrations, style revues, bake revue, booths, general livestock showmanship classes, light horse selection, etc. In most cases to be eligible to enter a particular activity class, the member must be enrolled in a project which corresponds to the activity.

The Extension Office will make the final determination regarding eligibility to enter activity class.

4-H Booths

Each club having ten or more members exhibiting general projects, home economics projects, or Cloverbud exhibits which constructs an exhibit booth, will receive twenty dollars ($20.00) per booth. A club advisor must pick up their booth voucher at the Junior Fair Office during the fair. These must be redeemed during the fair.