Ohio State Fair Market Swine Exhibitors – New Requirements for 2020

New for 2020, members planning to enter a market swine project at the Ohio State Fair will be required to have a parent/guardian Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) certified in order to meet packer requirements.  PQA must be completed prior to the June 20th entry deadline and the PQA certification number will be required on the entry form.  Certification numbers will be verified and falsified numbers will result in penalty.

There are several options for parents/guardians to be PQA certified.  Adults can attend an in-person PQA session or sign up for an online certification.  To request an online certification please contact  The adult PQA certification is good for 3 years. If a parent/guardian has more than one youth in the family, the same PQA number can be used for all of the youth.

PQA is different than the Ohio Youth QA that is normally required for exhibition.  Youth are still required to complete YQA at least 45 days prior to their first exhibition in order to be eligible to show.

2020 Adams County 4-H Calendar is here!

A tentative version of the 2020 Adams County 4-H Calendar is now available.  The 2020 calendar is available on our website at or you can find a Google Calendar version at  Use this Google version to save important dates for you and your family to your own electronic calendar.

I say tentative because sometimes things change!  As always, we will do our best to update the calendar in a timely manner so be sure to check back often.

Together we can make 2020 a year to remember.  Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

Camp Counselor Application Deadline January 24

Camp counselor applications are now available!  Teens ages 14-18 are invited to apply to counsel at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in 2020.  Counseling is a terrific way to build life skills, boost confidence and become a part of a strong network of leaders. Counselors plan & implement portions of the camp program, provide round-the-clock care for campers, and serve as role models for the campers and each other. Counselors are required to attend training sessions, including Counselor College held April 4 – 5, 2020.  Application deadline for Adams County 4-H Camp Counselors is Friday, January 24, 2020.

For more details, including Canter’s Cave 2020 camp dates, visit our website at

Camp Fee Fundraiser Opportunity for Adams County 4-H Members

Adams County 4-H members can choose to participate in an additional fundraiser with the proceeds to be used for camp, Kids College, or other leadership opportunities through 4-H.  Order forms for the Alabama Candle Company are now available for members or advisers to pick up at the Extension Office.  The 4-H Advisory Committee will collect order forms and money on Monday, February 17. Candles are $12 each for a 9 oz jar and come in a wide array of scents.

This is a voluntary fundraiser and only members that choose to participate will have funds available to them.  Our goal is to give 4-H members an opportunity to earn money they can use for 4-H camps and other 4-H educational trips/experiences.  In previous years members have used this fundraiser to offset the fees for 4-H camp, Horse camp, Kids College, Leadership Washington Focus and more.

Adams County 4-H Horse and Small Animal Committees Host Fundraiser

Dine with us at West Union Frisch’s on Thursday, January 23 from 4-9 p.m. and support the 4-H Horse and Small Animal programs.  Present this flyer and ask for the party room when you are seated and the 4-H programs will receive 20% of the check.  4-H members will be serving guests in the party room from 5:30 – 8 p.m. this evening.  Take the evening off from kitchen duty and support our youth!


2020 Adams County 4-H Week January 5-11

Celebrate Adams County 4-H  Week with us January 5-11, 2020.  This week is an opportunity for members and volunteers to share the positive experiences they have had in the 4-H program with others who may not be familiar with what 4-H has to offer.  There are several ways to participate in spreading the word.  Decorate a local business window or an area at your school, wear your favorite 4-H gear, post a memory or picture to social media and thank a volunteer are all ways to show your 4-H Pride! A suggested activity for each day of Adams County 4-H Week can be found on our Adams County 4-H Grows Here! flyer.

Enrollment is now open for the 2020 4-H year.  Enrollment deadline is February 15th each year.  Returning members and volunteers can re-enroll by visiting

New members can find more information on becoming a member at under the 4-H program Become a Member tab.  A list of active clubs with volunteer contact information is provided.  Reach out to a club in your area to find meeting times and locations.

New for 2020 – Family Animal Rule

The Adams County Junior and Senior Fair Boards have approved a rule change for the 2020 fair that will benefit families with multiple children exhibiting livestock.  The rule reads:

“Each large animal exhibitor will be required to designate at least one animal in his/her name.  A family can tag an additional two animals of that species per Junior Fair member as “family” animals.  Each exhibitor will have access to no more than three total animals in that species, including “family” animals. State Fair steers and heifers cannot be registered as a family animal.  Market rabbit exhibitors must tattoo in 1 pen (2 rabbits) in his/her name.  A family can tattoo one additional pen of rabbits as a “family” pen.  Each exhibitor will have access to no more than two pens of market rabbits, including “family” pens.  This rule does not apply to market poultry.  Family is defined as junior fair eligible youth who are legally siblings, half-siblings or step-siblings.”

This rule will allow families with multiple children showing to potentially purchase fewer animals and still have a safety net if an animal does not make weight, becomes injured or cannot show at the county fair.  For example, if a family has 3 children in a market hog project, each child must tag at least one hog in their name and the family can tag up to an additional two hogs in the family name.  The exhibitors will then designate whose name the hogs will be shown in when they weigh in at the fair.  All other rules pertaining to exhibition at the Adams County Fair still apply including enrollment deadlines, Quality Assurance and skillathon participation and other related Junior Fair rules.

If you have questions about this rule change, please contact the Extension Office by phone at 937-544-2339 or via email at

Market Beef Tag In – December 14

4-H and FFA market beef projects being raised for the 2020 Adams County Fair must be ear tagged and weighed at the fairgrounds on Saturday morning, December 14, beginning at 8:30 a.m. All animals must be on the fairgrounds and in line no later than 10:00 a.m. Animals being identified for the Adams County Fair will be tagged, weighed, and tattooed. Animals being tagged as potential Adams County Born and Raised show entries will receive a special ear tag. No Born and Raised entries will be accepted after December 14.

Youth may identify and exhibit as many as three market beef animals – steers or market heifers – for the Adams County Fair.  New for the 2020 Adams County Fair, each market beef exhibitor will be required to designate at least one animal in his/her name and a family can tag an additional two animals of that species per Junior Fair member as “family” animals.  Each exhibitor will have access to no more than three total animals in that species, including “family” animals. State Fair steers and heifers cannot be registered as a family animal.  Family is defined as junior fair eligible youth who are legally siblings, half-siblings or step-siblings.

Ohio State Fair: The Ohio State Fair (OSF) Beef Department is once again using EID ear tag and DNA sample protocols for identifying market beef animals for the 2020 State Fair, set for July 29 through August 9. These protocols include the use of an electronic identification (EID) ear tag that has a unique 15-digit number and a DNA sample that will be submitted for all market beef animals that exhibitors plan to enter in the 2020 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef show.

The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair follicle sample that will be submitted to the OSF by January 15, 2020 to meet the state fair ownership deadlines for market beef animals. Along with the DNA hair submission, each market animal’s 15-digit EID tag must also be included on the DNA packet.

No DNA samples will be collected on December 14. DNA packets with EID tags will be available, and anyone wanting to identify an animal for OSF may request a packet. The OSF animal will be tagged with the EID tag, which will be also be used as its Adams County Fair tag. The owner will be responsible for collecting the DNA sample (instructions provided), completing the requested registration information on the packet, having the entry signed by an FFA advisor (for FFA entries) or the Extension Educator (for 4-H entries), and submitting their completed packet to the OSF by the January 15 deadline.

For more information regarding the Adams County Fair market beef tag in on December 14, contact OSU Extension Adams County at 937-544-2339. For more information about the Ohio State Fair market beef nomination process, contact Stacey French via email at or visit the State Fair website at


Fall Volunteer/Teen Training and Recognition

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Fall Volunteer/Teen Training and Recognition on Tuesday, November 12 at the Ohio Valley Career & Technical Center .  Program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and run through 8:30 p.m. This event will include the mandatory 4-H advisor training Policy 1.50 required each program year, as well as offer some very informative sessions for advisors and teens.   Club recognition and County 4-H Achievement awards will be presented that evening as well. Honor Club forms, Officer Books, Scrapbooks, and Achievement Award forms are available on the Adams County 4-H page of the Adams County Extension website and they are due October 31 — note new date!