Fair Registration Day is June 1

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


Quality Assurance Test Out Dates

12-14 year-old and 15-18 year-old 4-H and FFA members may test out of their annual quality assurance (QA) program. Youth ages 12-14 who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program for up to 3 years. Youth ages 15-18 years who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program permanently. These ages are as of January 1, 2023 – a youth’s 4-H age.

Pre-registration is not required. If you wish to test, please be sure to be on time, take a pencil, and plan to spend 30-45 minutes on the test.

Please note the March 21 Quality Assurance session has been canceled.

Those who attended either the Beef Clinic or Small Animal Clinic in the fall of 2022 have completed their Quality Assurance requirement for the year. If you have questions, please call the Extension Office at 937-544-2339.

2023 Quality Assurance Dates

All youth planning to exhibit livestock at the 2023 Adams County Junior Fair must attend Quality Assurance or have tested out a minimum of 45 days prior to the start of the fair.

2023 Quality Assurance dates:

Wednesday, March 1, 5:30 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds

Tuesday, March 21, 6 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds

Saturday, March 25, 10:30 a.m., Adams County Fairgrounds held in conjunction with Hog Clinic (9 a.m.) and Goat Clinic (noon)

Thursday, April 13, 6 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds held as part of Rabbit Clinic

Monday, April 17, 4:30 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds

Wednesday, May 3, 5:30 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds

Members may also use the online Youth Quality Care of Animals program for a cost of $12. Visit yqcaprogram.org to complete the online course and test. Please be sure to send a copy of your certificate to watters.92@osu.edu to ensure you receive credit for this option.

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 http://www.ohiostatefair.com/.

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.

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.


Last Scheduled Quality Assurance Tuesday

The last scheduled Quality Assurance training in Adams County is Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

Quality Assurance training is mandatory for livestock exhibitors planning to show at the 2022 Adams County Junior Fair or Ohio State Fair. QA must be completed at least 45 days prior to the start of exhibition (May 26, 2022).

We still have lots of members that need to complete QA to show.  If you have not completed, plan to attend tomorrow evening!

Spring Tag-in Saturday May 7

Mark your calendars! It’s Spring Tag-in time. Saturday, May 7. Feeder calves 8 a.m.-12 noon, goats 8-10 a.m., sheep 10-11 a.m.
Feeder calves will enter the Boyd Ave gate as usual. Dr. Stanfield will be on site to provide vaccination and/or castration if needed. If you are vaccinating your own cattle please be sure to complete and bring a copy of the vaccination record. All feeder calves must be vaccinated and should be boostered prior to the Adams County Fair.
Sheep and goats will be directed to the Larry Ave gate and weigh/tag in the rabbit barn. All sheep and goats MUST have a scrapie tag in order to weigh in. If your animal was not tagged when you purchased it, contact the breeder now to secure a scrapie identification tag.
There is a vendor fair scheduled on the grounds so please be cautious of foot traffic.

Market Hog Registration Due May 1

Market hog tags are available for pickup in the Extension office. Please only request the number of tags you actually plan to use as we are trying our best to conserve tags that are in short supply. Registration is due May 1 in order to show at the 2022 Adams County Junior Fair. Log on to https://go.osu.edu/markethog22 and upload photos and information about your animal.
Tag should go in the hog’s left ear with the button on the inside of the ear and the tag on the back. Detailed identification instructions as well as Adams County Junior Fair requirements can be found at adams.osu.edu on the livestock page under swine.
There will be an OPTIONAL market hog weigh-in on Friday, May 6, 6-7 p.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds Swine barn. Exhibitors that wish to compete for market hog production champion must weigh-in at this time.
Market hog exhibitors that plan to show at the Ohio State Fair must have a premise ID and 840 tags. Those exhibitors may submit their 840 identification number in place of an Adams County Junior Fair tag on their market hog registration.
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Kristy at watters.92@osu.edu or call the office at 937-544-2339.

Hog and Goat Clinic March 26

Join us on Saturday, March 26 at the Adams County Fairgrounds for Hog and Goat Clinic.

Hog clinic will begin at 9:30 a.m. Our guest speaker will be recent 4-H alum from Brown County Jaden Utter. Jaden had a successful show career in 4-H and FFA and will share what he learned with our members.

Quality Assurance will be offered at 11 a.m. All livestock members are required to either complete Quality Assurance or test out in order to exhibit at the fair.

At noon we will begin Goat Clinic. Bryan Hazelbaker will be our guest speaker. Bryan is an Adams County 4-H and FFA alum that continues to have success in the show ring and with his goat operation.

Come prepared for hands on learning. We may be outdoors for parts of the clinic so dress appropriately for the weather. Clinics are open to members of all ages interested in learning more about the project area.