Skillathons are required for 4-H members enrolled in the following projects: beef, dairy, goat, horse, poultry, market and breeding rabbits, sheep, and swine projects. Skillathon participation is optional for horseless horse project members and is not required for dog, cat, pet rabbit, pocket pet, or other small animal projects. 4-H members must participate in the skillathon in order to exhibit that species at the Fair. Participation in skillathons is optional for FFA members. However, those FFA members who wish to compete for Outstanding Market or Equine Exhibitor awards must complete the appropriate skillathon.
Skillathons for all livestock, except rabbits, will be offered from 3:30-7:30 p.m. on both May 6 and 7 at the OVCTC on a first-come, first served basis. Quality Assurance sessions will be conducted in two 90-minute sessions each night from 6-7:30 p.m. The make-up date for skillathon is June 12 from 4-7 p.m. at the Extension Office.
Rabbit skillathon will be held on June 13 from 4-8 p.m. at the fairgrounds. This is the same night as the market rabbit tattooing. For 2019 the rabbit skillathon will be a hands-on contest. Members not able to attend on June 13 should contact the Extension Office at 937-544-2339 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a make-up date.
The Adams County Junior Fair Baking Contest is open to current members of any Junior Fair organization or club that have completed a food and nutrition or related project. Each organization or club can have one representative in each category and may conduct a club bake off to select participants. Participants can only register in one category and may represent only one Junior Fair organization or club. Entries are due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on June 1st to the Extension office.
During the fair each participant will bring the baked item they have prepared themselves, according to the recipe provided by the Junior Fair Board in a sealed container. Participants are required to take a written food preparation and nutrition test when entering that will compose 40% of their score. If a participant earns less than 50% on the written food preparation and nutrition test, the baked good will not be eligible for placing or for the sale. Any participant who has difficulty reading should notify the contest chair(s) at time of registration so assistance can be provided.
Classes will be divided into Junior (8-12 years of age) and Senior (13 years of age and older). All ages as of January 1st of the current year. Junior categories are: Quick Bread, Cookies, and Basic Cake. Senior categories are: Yeast Bread, Pie, and Specialty Cake. The 2019 recipes can be found at https://adams.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/policies-and-forms.
Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. in the Senior Fair Administration Building and will include Grand Champion – Rosette, Reserve Champion – Rosette, 3rd through 5th places – Rosettes. Grand and Reserve Champion must sell in the Small Animal and Baked Goods Sale. The baker must be present to sell and follow the Junior Fair Dress Code. NOTE: Grand and Reserve Champion winners will not be eligible to sell any additional units in any Jr Fair Sale unless those units were also designated as qualifying champions in their respective shows. If, for some reason, the Grand or Reserve Champion is disqualified, no replacement will be selected from that division for the sale.
If you are interested in participating the Junior Fair Baking Contest, please notify your club advisor.
Livestock exhibitor letters, requirements and breeding registration forms were emailed to members registered in livestock projects on April 2nd. These documents contain important information for livestock exhibitors. They were sent to the email address associated with the member in 4-H Online. These documents can be found at https://adams.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/animal-projects. Please take a minute to review the information relevant to your species and note the important dates listed.
Pre-fair tag-in for market goats, lambs and feeder calves will be on Thursday, May 9th from 5 – 8:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Yes, you read that right, Thursday. Please note the new day and times as they are a departure from our usual Saturday morning tag-ins. Feeder Calves will be tagged from 5 – 8:30 p.m. Market Goats will begin at 5 and run until 7 p.m. immediately followed by Market Lambs from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Stanfield will offer vaccinations and castration for feeder calves as they move through the chute. You may vaccinate your feeder calves at prior to tag-in, but be sure to bring the completed Preconditioned Health Form with you. Forms can be found at https://adams.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/animal-projects.
All sheep and goats should have a scrapie identification tag before crossing the scale.
Join us for Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp 2019 Open House on May 5 from noon – 4 p.m. Free and open to the public, come join us for a fun afternoon at camp. We will be offering hikes, fishing, archery and both a silent and live auction to raise funds for camp. We will also be having a “Toast to Anita” to recognize our retiring camp manager Anita Harris for her 23 years of service to camp.
Campers, bring your family and friends to see what camp at Canter’s is all about! More information at https://4hcanterscave.osu.edu/.
Equine to be shown at the 2019 Adams County Fair must be registered at Equine Registration Day on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. Equine will be photographed, measured, and body condition scored. Members will turn in completed and signed equine registration and health forms, as well as their 4-H Horse Camp registration forms and fees. Forms were distributed in your horse packets. If you do not have a packet, please contact your club advisor.
A fun show will follow registration at 1:3o p.m., weather permitting. Classes are $5 each or $25 for 5 or more classes with the same horse and rider. The fun show is open to 4-H and FFA members. Proceeds benefit the Adams County 4-H Horse Program.