A roundup of 4-H news for the week of August 4, 2011:


CANFIELD, Ohio — The Mahoning County Junior Fair board held its monthly meeting July 21 at the Mill Creek Metroparks Farm in Canfield.

Fair work schedules were distributed. Members need to fill in hours for pre-fair work days, duties during the Canfield Fair and post-fair work.

Committee chairs reported the following: the Special Features committee discussed plans for Battle of the Barns; the Youth Day committee finalized the decorations needed for the Youth Day Ceremony Sept. 1; and Public Relations committee will promote the Junior Fair on several radio stations and newspapers during August.

Our next meeting will be Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Mill Creek Metroparks Farm.

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HANOVERTON, Ohio — The Hicks & Hayseeds 4-H Club, based in Hanoverton, got together recently to finish up their silent auction basket for the Columbiana County Fair.

The theme of their basket this year is Winter Wonderland. The centerpiece of the basket is a queen sized quilt that the club made over the past year. Other items in the basket include jars of soup mix put together by the members, soup mugs, winter themed kitchen linens, Christmas baking items and misc. snowman items all packed onto a sled.

The basket and many others will be on display in the Jr. Fair Building on the fairgrounds. Bids will be taken until Aug. 6.

All proceeds from the auction go to help ensure that Columbiana County continues to have a 4-H program.

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NEWBURY, Ohio — Breeders and Feeders 4-H went canoeing July 20. The last meeting was July 23 at the Pirus home. Mike Fenstermaker gave a health report on ticks and Lyme disease. The club voted for the 2011 Geauga County Fair queen.

The group discussed buyer’s letters, the blue entry/liability form and the green form for open classes in the fair book. The forms are due no later than August 10. Fair set up is August 28. Members should bring pliers, screwdriver, wrenches, buckets and rags.

Members should bring a 4×6 photo of themselves. Market projects are due at set up and an 8×10 color paper with the member’s photo and project and information about the club and themselves.

Poultry tagging is the Tuesday night before fair from 6-9 p.m. Only one pen of chickens is allowed this year. The small animal livestock sale is Sept. 3 at 4 p.m. and the large animal livestock sale is 6 p.m.

The fair picnic will be Aug. 18 at Bass Lake Park at noon.


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