Market Beef Tag-In for 2023 Adams County Fair Scheduled for December 31, 2022

4-H and FFA market beef projects being raised for the 2023 Adams County Fair must be ear tagged and weighed at the fairgrounds on Saturday morning, December 31, beginning at 8:30 a.m. All animals must be on the fairgrounds and in line no later than 10:00 a.m. Animals identified for the Adams County Fair will be tagged, weighed, and tattooed. Animals tagged as Adams County Born and Raised show entries will receive a special ear tag. No Born and Raised entries will be accepted after tag-in.

Youth may identify and exhibit as many as three market beef animals – steers or market heifers – for the 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 stepsiblings.

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 2023 State Fair, set for July 26 through August 6. 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 2023 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, 2023, 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 by the Adams County Junior Fair Board. DNA packets with EID tags will be available at tag-in, 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 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 31, contact OSU Extension Adams County at 937-544-2339. For more information about the Ohio State Fair market beef registration process visit the State Fair website at

4-H Small Animal Project Clinic

Interested in taking a poultry or rabbit project but not sure where to begin? Already taking those projects but interested in getting to the next level? Just need some extra support, have questions, or looking to learn more? Join the Adams County 4-H Small Animal Committee on Tuesday, October 25, 6 p.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds administration building to get a jump start on your small animal project for next year.

Learn about project requirements, physical needs such as cages, hutches, feeders, waterers, etc., and opportunities available in the Small Animal program. The clinic will also include Quality Assurance and meet the requirement for the 2023 Adams County Fair.

Save the Date – Fall Beef Clinic & Quality Assurance

Mark your calendars! Adams County 4-H and Adams County Cattlemen’s will host a fall beef clinic and Quality Assurance session on Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds. We will discuss livestock selection and evaluation, beef nutrition, and cover the Good Production Practices required for Quality Assurance in 2023. Take this opportunity to get a jump start on your beef project! Watch your email for additional details.

Pre-fair Judging Reminders!

Pre-fair judging is Tuesday! Please be sure to check out your project interview time on the schedule and review the Non-livestock project requirements to be sure you are bringing all of the required components for your project. Judging will be held at West Union Elementary. You should plan to enter the  school on the “playground” side door closest to the cafeteria. Members will check in there and wait in the cafeteria until their turn to interview. Adults will be asked to remain in the cafeteria to wait for 4-Her’s to complete their interview.

Food & Nutrition project members will also complete their skillathon during the morning judging session. Study materials for this should include their project book, the My Plate guidelines, and basic kitchen tools and procedures. We have had a few questions about the food portfolio/project presentation folder. This should include one page (front only) for each activity or interest area outlined in the front of the project book. The page should demonstrate learning taking place by the member during that activity. It may include journaling, a timeline, photos, or any other format that demonstrates the work of the 4-Her. Each page/activity can be a different format and should be presented in a 3 prong folder.

Clothing project members will compete in the style review at 3:30 p.m. in the cafeteria on Tuesday. This is open to the public. Family and friends are welcome to come support the 4-Her’s show off their skills.

Shooting Sports members should bring their completed project book and poster or display but should NOT bring their firearms, ammunition, bows, or arrows.

Crop and Shop (woodworking, welding, etc.) projects will be judged during the fair. Projects must be registered in at the 4-H Booth Building on Sunday, July 10 between 3-5:30 p.m. Judging time for Wednesday, July 13 will be scheduled at registration on Sunday.

Please remember that all non-livestock projects must be displayed in the 4-H Booth Building for the duration of the fair in order to be eligible for awards and premiums. If your club is not having a booth, your project should be displayed in the County 4-H Booth. These projects must be dropped off in the booth building and a project card completed on Saturday, July 9 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Pre-Fair Judging Schedule Announced

Adams County 4-H pre-fair judging will be held on Tuesday, June 28 at the West Union Elementary School. Please find the allotted time for your project on the attached schedule and be at the elementary school about 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time to check in.

2022 project completion, a printable copy of the schedule, and fair requirements can be found here.  Pay special attention to the County Requirements column in order to know what is required during pre-fair judging. Please be sure to bring all required items, including your completed project record book, to judging with you.  Members should dress appropriately and put forth their best effort.

Members enrolled in a cooking project will take the Food & Nutrition skillathon during project judging.  The skillathon will cover basic measurements, cooking tools, methods, and nutrition information.  Project books are an excellent study resource for this skillathon.

Clothing members will compete in the Style Review at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 at West Union Elementary.  Members will be asked to complete a review card describing their outfit to be read while they model their project.

Non-livestock projects must also be displayed in the 4-H Booth Building during the fair in order to receive premiums or awards.  If your club does not have a booth, you are responsible to drop off the required items (poster, display, or other listed items) at the county booth area in the 4-H Booth Building on Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Sunday, July 10 before 9 a.m. and pick them up between 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

If you are unable to attend project judging on Tuesday, June 28 you have options to complete your non-livestock project.  We will offer an early judging on Wednesday, June 22 that will allow members to maintain eligibility for awards and State Fair attendance.  You must call the Extension Office at 937-544-2339 to schedule an appointment no later than Friday, June 17.

We will also offer makeup project judging on Wednesday, July 6 at the Extension Office.  Makeup judging allows members to complete their project but they will not be eligible for awards or State Fair competition.  Please call to schedule an appointment by Thursday, June 30 if you need to attend makeup project judging.

If you have questions about pre-fair judging, project requirements, or makeup judging, feel free to reach out to the Extension Office at 937-544-2339 or email Kristy at

Fair Entry Day is June 1


June 1st is “Junior Fair Entry Day”, here is a list of forms and project registrations due by June 1.


Bake Off Entries Due June 1

Adams County Junior Fair members completing a food and nutrition or related project are eligible to enter the Junior Fair Bake Off. New for 2022, more than one member from a club may enter into a category as long as they meet the age and project requirements. Members must use the recipes provided. Grand and reserve champion baked goods in each category will be required to sell in the Junior Fair Sale on Friday evening of the fair.

Baked goods will be submitted on Thursday, July 14 at 3 p.m. in the Senior Fair Administration Building. Judging will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. Awards will be announced that evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Building.

Entries can be made at and are due June 1. Recipes available on the Extension website or at the Extension office.

1. The 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.
2. Participants may only be registered in one category and may represent only one Junior Fair
organization or club.
3. Each organization or club must submit entries by 4:00 p.m. on June 1st to the Extension office.
4. Each participant will: a) Bring the baked item they have prepared themselves according to the recipe
provided by the Junior Fair Board. b) Be required to take a written food preparation and nutrition test
when entering the baked item. c) Submit their baked item in a sealed container. NO EXCEPTIONS or
you will not be allowed to register.
5. All baked goods must be registered between 3:00-3:30 p.m. Judging will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Senior
Fair Administration Building.
6. Scoring will be as follows: a) Quality of baked item – 60%. b) Nutrition test – 40%.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Junior categories: Quick Bread, Cookies, and Basic Cake
10. Senior categories: Yeast Bread, Pie, and Specialty Cake
11. Awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m. in the Senior Fair Administration Building.
12. The awards given will be: Grand Champion – Rosette, Reserve Champion – Rosette, 3rd through 5th
places – Rosettes. Each participant will receive a participation ribbon.
13. 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.
14. If, for some reason, the Grand or Reserve Champion is disqualified, no replacement will be selected
from that division for the sale.
15. Entries not placing must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. on Thursday

NEW! Small Animal Poster Contest

Members enrolled in a poultry or rabbit project now have an additional opportunity to showcase their project knowledge. New for 2022, the Adams County Junior Fair will hold an educational Poster Contest for rabbit and poultry exhibitors. Posters will be submitted during fair check-in Sunday, July 10. Poster will be judged prior to the rabbit show on Monday and displayed for the duration of the fair. Winners will receive cash awards sponsored by the 4-H Small Animal Committee.

Entries are due by July 1 at


  1. To demonstrate Rabbit & Poultry project knowledge.
  2. To encourage interest in Rabbit and Poultry projects and their respective industries.


  1. Youth members must be registered in a Poultry or Rabbit project to participate
    1. Rabbits 4-H-225, 4H-226, 4H-227,
    2. Poultry 4H-150 CE, CM, CEP, DE, DM, GE, GM, TE, TM & H
  2. Entries due online by June 1, 4:00 p.m. 
  3. Posters must be checked-in during the rabbit & poultry check-in on Sunday July 10, 2022
  4. Posters must be made using size 22”x 28” poster board.  No foam or science fair display boards.
  5. Posters must represent the topic assigned for the current year’s contest:
    1. 2022 – any topic from the Rabbit or Poultry project books listed above
  6. The poster must be clearly labeled in the lower right-hand corner, in a space no larger than 3”x 5” with the exhibitor’s name, club name and 4-H age as of Jan. 1, 2022.
  7. RABBIT ONLY:  If you plan to submit the poster to the Ohio State Fair, it is recommended you cover the poster in plastic or laminate.  Be sure to review the rules for the Ohio State Junior Fair Poster Exhibit.
  8. Posters will be judged on Monday July 11 before the Rabbit show.  Scoring is based on the following:
    1. Educational Content:  50%
    2. Neatness/Appearance: 30%
    3. Originality: 10%
    4. Posters deemed inappropriate to display will be judged but held by the committee until dismissal.
  9. Poster score sheets will be used for judging only and not returned to the exhibitor
  10. Posters will be displayed in the Rabbit barn during the Adams County Junior Fair.
  11. Posters can be picked up Friday night after the Small Animal Sale.  Posters not picked up at that time will not be returned to the exhibitor.

4-H Camp Deadlines Are Near!

Camp registration deadlines are almost here. Don’t miss out on the best summer ever at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp!

Youth finishing grades 3-5 are invited to join us May 31 – June 3 for Adams, Brown, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike Beginner Camp. Campers should register at Registration deadline is May 16. Adams County 4-Her cost $145, non-4-H cost $175.

Youth finishing grades 6-8 are invited to Canter’s Cave from June 12-15 for ABLMP Junior High Camp! Registration is at Register before June 1 to secure your bunk! Adams County 4-Her cost $145, non-4-H cost $175.

Cloverbud Overnight – June 11-12. Register at before June 1. An adult must accompany the Cloverbud for the duration of camp. Adams County 4-Her cost is $40 for the Cloverbud and their adult.

Special Needs Camp – June 17-19. Details at

Teen Camp – June 24-27. Register for Teen Camp at Adams County 4-Her cost is $150, non 4-H cost is $180.

Jr. Shooting Sports – July 15-17. Details at

Senior Shooting Sports – July 24-29. Details at

Adams County 4-H members automatically receive a $20 camp scholarship courtesy of the Adams County Advisory Committee and funded by our annual candy sales. This year every camper that registers will receive a 2022 Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp t-shirt!

If you would like to bunk with another camper, please reach out to them ahead of registering to coordinate. You will be choosing cabins using the online registration. Payment is due to the Extension office by the registration deadline to secure your camper’s place at camp. Cloverbud Camp payments will be collected through the Jackson County Extension Office.

Be sure to check the email provided during registration for additional information about your specific camp.

Poultry Pickup New Date – May 25

Chick and duck pickup has moved up one day! We are using a different hatchery this year and they hatch one day earlier. Please plan to be at the Adams County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, May 25 from 4-5 p.m. to pick up your poultry. Birds will be boxed and ready for handout.