Chicken & Noodle Dinner Fundraiser

The Adams County 4-H Small Animal Committee and Horse Program invite you to attend a Chicken & Noodle Dinner drive-thru on Thursday, November 16, 4-6 p.m. at the Ohio Valley Career & Technical Center. The menu will include chicken & noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, and dessert. Cost of the meal is $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Adams County Junior Fair Small Animal and Horse Programs.

The Small Animal Committee also has whole, frozen, fair chickens available for $4/lb. Most birds weigh approximately 7 pounds. Please contact Ryan at 937-798-3733 to reserve your chicken.

Multi County Horse Camp Deadline is Here!

Don’t miss out! Reqister for the South Central Ohio Horse Clinic June 8-11 at
Registration is due this Friday, April 21! 
COST: $55 for youth
(Make checks payable to SCO 4-H Horse Camp)
There will be a $5 discount for each additional 4-H or FFA member in the same family.
The registration fee includes

Clinic sessions, group picture, t-shirt, and lunch on Friday and Saturday

Camping options: Payment will be collected during camp
Camping is $30 per night with water and electric or $10 per night for primitive camping.

SCO Horse Clinic
Attn: Dave Baker
410 Meadow Lane
Peebles, OH 45660

Please make checks payable SCO 4-H Horse Camp
Pay via PayPal at

Payment must be postmarked no later than May 7, 2023.

Equine Ambassadors Application Due Soon

The Equine Ambassador Application Deadline is approaching quickly, on June 1st. The Equine Ambassador Program is open to male and females that are completing 7th grade to 4-H age 17 who are currently enrolled in Adams County 4-H or FFA doing a live equine project. For more rules and the application go to Horse Program | Adams ( Completed applications and essays are due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 1st.

There will be up to three ambassadors selected. Ambassadors are selected based on applicants’ essays, applications, a modified obstacle course with rail work, and interview scores.

Some duties of the Equine Ambassadors are representing the Adams County Horse Program for one year from the selection date, participate in the Adams County Fair parade on opening day, help at horse shows, represent the Equine Program at horse camp, horse safety and ethics, and other programs.

So be sure to apply before June 1st to have the chance to become a Equine Ambassador

2022 Multi County Horse Clinic Registration Open

Horse camp registration is here! Equine members, register now for the multi-county horse clinic to be held Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Horses and members will check in the evening of June 9 and participate in a full day of education and fun on Friday and Saturday. Saturday evening and Sunday members will have an opportunity to show off what they’ve learned in the annual multi-county fun show.

Equine Registration and Fun Show, Saturday, May 14

All equine members that plan to show at the 2022 Adams County Fair must bring their horse(s) to the fairgrounds on Saturday, May 14 between 9 a.m. and 12 noon to be registered. Members will complete an Equine Registration form and Equine Health Requirements form. Please be sure your horse is up to date on the vaccinations listed on the health requirements form. Horses will be photographed and measured during registration.

Following Equine Registration at 1:30 p.m. there will be a Fun Show open to all equine 4-H members. Fee will be $5/horse/rider combo/class or $25 rides all day.

Skillathon Update

Update on our skillathon process for 2021.  Now that our in-person limit has been raised to 300 people we will NOT need to pre-register for skillathon.

Skillathon will be held on Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27 at the Adams County Fairgrounds from 2 – 7 p.m.  We will be set up in the Administration Building and only members will be allowed to enter the building.  Masks and social distancing are required.

All 4-H members must participate in the applicable Skillathon(s) to show at the fair and earn points for the Outstanding Exhibitor scoring. Skillathons are required for 4-H and optional for FFA. Exceptions: Participation in the Skillathon is optional for youth enrolled in horseless horse, pet goat, and pet rabbit projects.

Your livestock resource book and record book are an excellent place to begin studying for skillathon.  Looking for some additional study tools?  Check out our friends at Wayne County’s practice skillathons at

Makeup skillathon will be scheduled on an individual basis.  If you cannot attend the scheduled dates on May 26 or 27, please contact the office or myself.  Anyone not completing the skillathon on May 26 or 27 will not be eligible for related awards.  The makeup skillathon will however meet the requirement to show at the 2021 Adams County Junior Fair.

Equine Registration is Online

Members planning to exhibit their equine project(s) at the 2021 Adams County Fair should register them online at no later than Saturday, May 1.  This online registration will take the place of Registration Day which has previously been held at the fairgrounds in late April or early May.

The online registration form includes the equine health form, required to verify that each animal has received the required vaccinations.  Receipts and/or paperwork from your vet should be uploaded at the appropriate place in the online registration.

Other important equine project information including 2021 program rules, PAS show information and Multi County Clinic (Camp) registration can be found at the Horsse Program page on the Extension website

If you have questions, please reach out to Kim Baker, Equine Program Key Leader, at, or Kristy at

Skillathon Links Are Live

The 2020 Adams County 4-H Skillathons are optional but strongly encouraged for livestock exhibitors.  Links to each skillathon are listed below.  There is a junior, intermediate and senior level for each skillathon.  Please remember that ages are as of January 1.  These links will remain live through Saturday, July 4.  Each skillathon gives you a final score at the end and a spreadsheet will be emailed to your club advisor.

Please be sure to choose the correct skillathon for your age:

Junior – 8 – 10 years of age as of January 1

Intermediate – 11- 13 years of age as of January 1

Senior – 14 – 18 years of age as of January 1


Beef Skillathon – Junior


Beef Skillathon – Intermediate


Beef Skillathon – Senior


Dairy Skillathon – Junior


Dairy Skillathon – Intermediate


Dairy Skillathon – Senior


Goat Skillathon – Junior


Goat Skillathon – Intermediate


Goat Skillathon – Senior


Horse Skillathon – Junior


Horse Skillathon – Intermediate


Horse Skillathon – Senior


Poultry Skillathon – Junior


Poultry Skillathon – Intermediate


Poultry Skillathon – Senior


Rabbit Skillathon – Junior


Rabbit Skillathon – Intermediate


Rabbit Skillathon – Senior


Sheep Skillathon – Junior


Sheep Skillathon – Intermediate


Sheep Skillathon – Senior


Swine Skillathon – Junior


Swine Skillathon – Intermediate


Swine Skillathon – Senior

Important 2020 Junior Fair Information

This year the fair, like everything else, will look a little different.  Fair will run Wednesday, July 15 – Saturday July 18.  We will be following social distancing guidelines, recommending masks and encouraging extra sanitation.  We are able to hold a Junior Fair because we have agreed to work within these guidelines and know that our members, exhibitors and their families will help us put forth our best effort to run a safe and successful Junior Fair.  Here is some information that will help us all have a smoother week:

In Order to Show

  • Complete Quality Assurance if needed.
  • Complete your livestock record book or the livestock record supplement.  Turn this in to your advisor. They will provide the Junior Fair office with a list of members who have completed before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15.
  • For 2020 ONLY skillathons are optional but encouraged.  They will be posted online on Monday, June 29 through Saturday, July 4.  Watch for more details.
  • Follow all other Junior Fair Rules.

Fair Week

  • Large animals can begin moving in Tuesday, July 14.  Please do not move tack in on Monday as Junior Fair will still be working to ready the grounds.
  • All large animals must be in place by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15.
  • Small animal check-in begins Wednesday morning.  Please check the schedule.
  • Crop and shop check-in will be Wednesday evening, 4 – 5:30 p.m. at the Floral Hall.  Interviews will be Thursday morning.
  • All livestock will be released at 9 p.m. on the day of their show.
  • Junior Fair Board will not have bedding available for purchase.  Please plan accordingly.
  • Weight limits have not changed for livestock.  Over or under weight projects will not be eligible for awards but will show.
  • While there will not be a sale, there will be a market for your project.  At weigh-in you will be asked if you wish to send your livestock to the packer or take it home.  If you choose packer, you will receive payment directly from the packer/stockyards.
  • Champions in market beef, market hog, market goat, and market lamb must go to the packer.
  • 2020 will be a premium show.  Exhibitors that come to the fair and show their project will receive a premium.  One premium per market livestock exhibitor, not one per project.  The details for this will be released as soon as they are finalized.
  • 4-H Booths are not required for 2020 but space will be provided for clubs that wish to display projects.  Clubs that would like to have a display should contact the Extension office no later than Thursday, July 2.

Health Precautions

  • If you or your family member have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please stay home from the fair.
  • High risk individuals are also encouraged to stay home.
  • We are working with community supporters to provide a live stream of the livestock shows for those not able to or comfortable with attending.
  • Please observe social distancing in barns, show arena and throughout the grounds.  Maintain 6 feet between your family group and others.
  • Please give families of exhibitors in the ring priority in the show arena.
  • Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations will be placed throughout the grounds.  Frequent hand washing is encouraged.
  • Barns will be closed to the public during their show.
  • Masks are recommended, especially when indoors or social distancing is not possible.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

I encourage all of our members and families to exhibit an extra dose of patience, kindness and respect as we navigate these changes.  Although we may have different opinions and views, I believe we all want the best for our youth.  If we continue to work together we can provide an opportunity for them to safely and successfully showcase their hard work.  If you have specific questions, please email