Junior Fair Booth Setup Dates and Times

Correction to the misprint on the booth request form:

Junior Fair Booths can be set up and projects dropped off for the 4-H Miscellaneous Booth on Thursday, August 9 from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 11 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Booths and projects must be in place by 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11. Projects turned in after that time will not receive a premium.

These are the same dates and times as in the past.

 

Final Notes about Livestock Skillathon

Livestock Skillathon will take place on Tuesday, July 17 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Veteran’s Building on the Fairgrounds. Important details, including assigned club times and study topics can be found in the Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook starting on page 16. For more information on Skillathon and links to downloadable study kits, check out this post. Junior Fair Board members will be selling light snacks and bottled water throughout the day as a fundraiser – please consider supporting them!

Youth who completed a Winning 4-H Plan Request this year should have received a Winning 4-H Plan Accommodations form in the mail. Please be sure to attach the form inside the front cover of the youth’s project book(s) to aid the judge.

Final scores will not be announced to youth that day. Clubs will receive a score report for all youth who participate in the Livestock Skillathon in their pre-fair packets. 

Award Opportunities

Youth earning a score of 90 or above at Skillathon will receive Superior recognition at the fair. Those earning Superior ratings will be eligible to compete for age division winner and overall species winner.

Participation in Skillathon is required to compete for Outstanding Exhibitor Awards. These awards are given in two categories, market and non-market, for all eligible species. To place more emphasis on the educational value of livestock shows and to reward youth for their knowledge and skills associated with the project, youth receive points based on their Skillathon score, showmanship placing and live animal placing. Four age division winners and an overall species winner will receive awards during the fair.

 

2018 Junior Fair Swine Schedule: Details

As previously announced, the Muskingum County Junior Fair swine schedule has changed for 2018.

The 2018 Muskingum County Junior Fair Swine schedule is:

Arrival Monday, August 13 9:00PM – Tuesday 8:00AM
Weigh-In Tuesday, August 14 8:00AM
Break Tuesday, August 14 Evening
Show Wednesday, August 15 8:00AM
Showmanship Thursday, August 16 8:00AM
Sale Friday, August 17 1:00PM
Dismissal Friday, August 17 Following Sale

Please pay close attention to the following details to make your arrival and participation in the swine activities during the Muskingum County Junior Fair a smooth and rewarding experience for your 4-H member.

  • All tack must be in place by Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 8:00AM
  • Swine Barn Meeting will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 7:00PM (NOTE: new time)
  • Arrival time: Monday, August 13, 2018, 9:00PM through Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 8:00AM (NOTE: only 11 hours)
    • Enter Fairgrounds at Gate 4 – Pershing Road.
    • Exit Fairgrounds at Gate 5 – Eppley Ave.
    • Refer to map below for traffic flow directions.
  • Wash rack will be closed beginning at 8:00am on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 and will reopen after weigh-in.

Please refer to the map below for entrance and exit locations. As a reminder, there will be NO charge for parking when trucks with trailers bring in livestock, but trailers must LEAVE after livestock is unloaded.

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Downloadable Skillathon Study Kits Now Available!

I’m excited to announce that I just finished posting downloadable study kits for Livestock Skillathon to our website under 4-H Youth Development>Member Resources>Livestock Project Resources. There is a kit available for each species. The activities included in the kit are based upon the station topics for each age division – refer to the Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook, starting on page 16, to be sure which topics to study. Age division is determined by 4-H age (the youth’s age as of January 1 of the current year). Be sure to check out this video and page 16 of the handbook for more information on this year’s updates to Livestock Skillathon!

Here are the links:

Beef
Dairy
Goat
Horse
Poultry
Rabbit
Sheep
Swine

The study kits are designed to be downloaded and printed – once assembled, they can easily be used by individuals at home or by 4-H clubs during meetings.

For station topics that include a diagram to be labeled (Example: Parts of a Beef Animal), I have suggestions for how these materials can be used:

  1. Print and laminate the blank diagram (or place the page in a plastic sheet protector). Use a dry erase marker to practice labeling the diagram while using the list of parts as a word bank.
  2. Print the blank diagram and parts. Cut the parts out and use these to label the blank diagram. Use small zip bags to keep the parts together when they are not in use. (This method will be most similar to the Skillathon experience!)

For station topics that include pictures to be matched with labels (Example: Breed Identification), here are some suggestions:

  1. Print the key or refer to your resource handbook. Utilize the key to check your answers after matching pictures with labels.
  2. Write the correct label on the back of each picture to make it easy to check your answers after matching.

What Happens Next in 4-H: July Monthly Highlights

Important Links:

2018 4-H Calendar

2018 Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook

2018 Junior Fair Rules

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Independence Day – Extension Office Closed – July 4

Our office will be closed Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day! Enjoy the holiday!

Dairy Clinic – July 8

The Muskingum County Dairy Committee will host a clinic for dairy exhibitors on Sunday, July 8 at 11 a.m. at the fairgrounds. Exhibitors can bring their own animal if they choose. Pizza and pop will be provided.

Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show Entry Deadline – July 9

Exhibitors who qualify for the OSF Junior Horse Show can submit their entries online at www.ohiostatefair.com/livestock beginning Sunday, July 1, 2018.  A non-refundable $40.00 stall fee is due with the entry and payable online.  This year’s entry deadlines will be as follows:

Entry Deadline: Monday, July 9, 2018 at 1:00pm

Late Entry Deadline: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 1:00pm. Total fee will be $140.00 ($40.00 stall fee + $100.00 late fee).

NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 1:00pm on Wednesday, July 11, 2018!  NO EXCEPTIONS!

For more information, visit the State 4-H website.

Still Project Judging – July 10

Still Project Judging will take place on Tuesday, July 10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Maysville Middle School. Important details, including assigned club times and project completion requirements can be found in the Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook starting on page 7. Reminder that 4-H projects must be judged at the county level to be completed. There are no advisor grade options this year.

Youth who completed a Winning 4-H Plan Request this year should have received a Winning 4-H Plan Accommodations form in the mail. Please be sure to attach the form inside the front cover of the youth’s project book(s) to aid the judge.

Junior Fair Booth Entry Deadline – July 15

The entry form for Junior Fair Booths is now available. Deadline: July 15 by 4:30 p.m.

Livestock Skillathon – July 17

Livestock Skillathon will take place on Tuesday, July 17 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Veteran’s Building on the Fairgrounds. Important details, including assigned club times and study topics can be found in the Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook starting on page 16. For more information on Skillathon and links to downloadable study kits, check out this post.

Youth who completed a Winning 4-H Plan Request this year should have received a Winning 4-H Plan Accommodations form in the mail. Please be sure to attach the form inside the front cover of the youth’s project book(s) to aid the judge.

Muskingum County 4-H Dog Show – July 19

The Dog Show will take place on Thursday, July 19 at the Coliseum on the Fairgrounds. Sign in for Registered Participants: 4:30 p.m., Show Starts: 5 p.m. Important details can be found in the Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook on page 15.

Market Rabbit Registration – July 19

Market Rabbit Registration is scheduled for July 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Rabbit Barn at the fairgrounds. Bring your Market Rabbit Registration Form/Hutch Sheet. Please be sure the stall sheet is signed by a club volunteer before weigh-in.

All market rabbits must attend to be tattooed and registered, no exceptions! Back-up rabbits must be tattooed and registered by the deadline.

 

Ohio State Fair Skillathons

4-H and FFA youth can show what they know about 9 different animal species through 10 skillathon events during the Ohio State Fair (see the schedule). Skillathons are free, registration is the day of the event (an adult must accompany the youth), youth can come anytime between the hours listed, and youth do not have to be a state fair exhibitor or be enrolled in an animal project in order to complete. Youth vying for the Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) award for goat, sheep, poultry, swine, and beef must participate in the Skillathon, showmanship, and live animal show in order to qualify. Rules, study resources (including the station topics for each species), and other information are available at: go.osu.edu/osfskillathons

2018 Junior Fair Forms Available

The following Junior Fair forms are now available on our website:

2018 Junior Fair Booth Entry Form – due July 15
2018 Junior Fair Parade Entry Form – due August 1
2018 Barn to Barn with Cloverbuds Registration Form – due August 1
2018 Farm Chore Olympics – NEW THIS YEAR – due August 1

All forms can be turned in to the Muskingum County Extension Office.

Please note: Saddle Horse Committee will be hosting an opening ceremonies for Saddle Horse Clubs in the horse arena directly following the Horse Barn Meeting on Sunday, August 12, 2018. No horses will be ridden in the 2018 Junior Fair Parade

Organizational advisors should continue to fill out the Junior Fair Parade Entry Form as normal. There is no entry form for the Saddle Horse Opening Ceremonies. The Saddle Horse Committee will communicate directly with clubs who have members enrolled in horse projects with more information about horse opening ceremonies.

 

Apply for the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) applications for the 2018-2019 year are now available!  Please let any interested individual know, so they may apply!  Please note, because it is only a one year term, current TLC members who wish to continue their service must re-apply. Muskingum County had three representatives to the Council this year: Rachel Hampp, Treva Hampp and Samantha Mozena.

Applications and more information for this group are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLCPlease note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 10, 2018.  Please note that this deadline is right before the start of the Muskingum County Fair! Youth are required to have a reference from a county 4-H professional, so be sure you don’t want until that week to ask us!

Here are some highlights about the responsibilities of the council:

  • Age: Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 the year of application to apply for council member, committee member, committee chair, and officer.
  • Number of Meetings/Events: See the program structure outline on the application for specific numbers of meetings and events. Members are required to attend at least 75% of meetings and events.
    • Working Events: Members are required to work a number of statewide events at the Ohio State Fair, and elsewhere throughout the state (Farm Science Review, Legislative Luncheon, etc.).  Each level of membership differs in the number of events that are required.  See the program structure for more information.
  • Location of meetings: Meetings are typically held at the Ohio 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio, but there are occasionally instances when they are held elsewhere due to events on Ohio State’s Campus.  In these instances, meetings may be held at locations close to campus.  Refer to the application for the locations for the 2018-2019 year.  Members will be notified prior to the location change.
  • Additional Opportunities: Depending on the level of involvement, council members have the option to apply for additional opportunities including the National 4-H Conference, Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, and other opportunities that may arise.

The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2018-August 31, 2019.

 

 

4-H’s Got Talent Show

Got talent? Check out this new event at the Ohio State Fair Youth Center. The event will be held Saturday, July 28 at 6:00 p.m. and is open to 4-H members only.  Members have a chance to win a clock trophy! Spots are limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so register soon! Please go to ohio4h.org/ohiostatefair for the application to apply.

Congratulations to Speaking Contest State Qualifiers

On Tuesday, June 19th, 15 youth participated in our county Demonstration and Illustrated Talk competition and two youth competed in the Health and Safety speaking contest. During the evening, we learned about funeral procession laws and etiquette, human trafficking, hedgehogs, cupcakes and more! All participants received a certificate and $10.00 Wal-Mart gift for their hard work and and achievements. Gift cards were graciously provided by the Muskingum County 4-H Committee.

The following youth were selected to represent Muskingum County at the Ohio State Fair in Demonstration and Illustrated Talks:

Junior Division – Individual
Braylie Burkey Horse Training
Dalton Cooper Roadrunners
Addison Derry The Best Companion
Intermediate Division – Individual
Alyssa Derry The Fascinating World of Science
Senior Division – Individual
Rachel Hampp Hazel the Hedgehog
Senior Division – Team
Logan and Samantha Mozena The Flag

The following youth were selected to represent Muskingum County at the Area III Health and Safety Public Speaking Competition on July 6, 2018 at the Nationwide and Farm Bureau Ohio 4-H Center:

Junior Division – Individual
Spencer Shook Kayak Safety

Congratulations to all our contest participants and state representations! A special thank you goes out to our judges for taking time out of their evening to evaluate our speakers and help us make the best speeches, better! We look forward to another great competition next year!