When many of us think of 4-H, our first thought is the Logan County Fair - between livestock shows and style revues, this is the week when young people from all over Logan County can showcase their projects, many of which take months to prepare for. Celebrating 100 years in our community this year, the Logan County 4-H Program has long been a way for youth to learn life skills. But Logan County Ohio State Extension, which facilitates the 4-H program in our community, does so much more.
Logan County Ohio State Extension is a county office of The Ohio State University's Cooperative Extension Service. The passage of the Morrill Act in 1862 supplied each state a university to provide education to citizens in agricultural and mechanical fields. These colleges are known as land-grant universities, and The Ohio State University serves as Ohio's land-grant university. In 1914, Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act to establish the Cooperative Extension Service, which is a network of educators who "extend" university knowledge to people throughout the country. Cooperative Extension is an educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nation's land-grant universities.
The Logan County 4-H program got its start in 1921 with the hiring of its first 4-H Educator. Children ages 5-19 are eligible to enroll in 4-H, which provides a wide range of opportunities for education and development through hands-on activities. Since beginning 100 years ago, Logan County 4-H has come a long way, now offering projects in 200+ topics including mental health, robotics, welding, cooking, and more. The program also offers school activities that teach everything from financial literacy to chick embryology and computer coding.