The Power of Thank You

Show boxes have been emptied, ribbons have been hung, project work has been put away for another year.  You spend days, weeks, and months preparing, practicing, checking and double checking that your books are complete, you’ve done your best work, and you’re ready to compete.  Fair week is the culmination of a year of hard work and dedication and whether your project is on display in the booth building or the show ring, it’s your chance to show off your accomplishments for the year.  Fair comes and goes in the blink of an eye and when the dust settles you’re left with a sense of pride in your achievements, lasting friendships, great memories, and recognition of a job well done.

The Adams County community once again showed up in force to support our youth during the 2021 Adams County Fair.  Sponsorships of awards, banners, giveaways, and the Junior Fair Sale are just a few ways businesses and individuals recognize and reward the hard work of our junior fair members.  In order to maintain this outstanding level of support, we need to show our appreciation to those sponsors.  Saying thank you is a small but meaningful way we can express to our community how much their support means.

If you received an award during fair, there was a label on the back with the name and address of the award sponsor.  If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes and write out a thank you note to those individuals.  If you sold a project in the Adams County Junior Fair Sale, please visit this link to find your buyers’ name(s) and address(es) and send them a thank you card as soon as possible.  Now is also a great time to thank your advisors, friends, neighbors, mentors, or others that helped you achieve your goals in 2021.

Not sure where to start with your thank you note?  Check out these simple steps and suggestions shared from Teresa Johnson, 4-H Educator in Defiance County.

Saying thank you seems simple but it is a big deal.  Please be sure to reach out to all of your sponsors and let them know how much you appreciate their support!

June 1st Deadlines

June 1st is “Junior Fair Entry Day”, here is a list of all forms and project registrations due to the extension office 4 p.m.

Make sure if these projects apply to you or your club members that they get these items turned in. Again the deadline is June 1st, by 4 p.m.

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.

Spring Tag-In Saturday, May 1

Spring tag-in will take place on Saturday, May 1 at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Feeder calves will tag from 8 a.m. – 12 noon.  Feeder calf exhibitors should bring a completed feeder calf vaccination record which was emailed and can be found here or have the fair vet administer the required vaccinations at tag-in.  The fair vet will be on site to provide vaccinations/castrations for feeder calves. Exhibitors are responsible for vet fees.

Market Goats will tag from 8 – 10 a.m. and Market Lambs from 10 – 11 a.m. Goat and lamb exhibitors will enter the Larry Ave gate and be weighed and tagged at the Small Animal barns.  This will cut down on congestion on the upper end of the fairgrounds and allow goat and sheep exhibitors to park closer to their weigh/tagging area.  All goats and lambs must have official USDA scrapie identification at the time of tag-in, and animals with blue, slaughter-only or meat scrapie tags will not be tagged and may not be exhibited at the fair.

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 at fair, including “family” animals.  Family is defined as junior fair eligible youth who are legally siblings, half-siblings or step-siblings.

For more information please refer to the Exhibitor Letter and Fair Requirements that were emailed to you and can be found at

If you have questions, please reach out to the Extension Office or email me at

OPTIONAL Market Hog Weigh-in

Market hog exhibitors wishing to compete for Production Champion at the 2021 Adams County Junior Fair should bring their market hog(s) to the fairgrounds on Saturday, April 24 between 8:30 – 10 a.m. to weigh.  This is an optional weigh in and not required to exhibit your market hog(s) at the fair.  This weight will only be used to calculate rate of gain for the production class.  It will not be used to calculate Outstanding Market Exhibitor.

All market hogs must be registered by April 15 at in order to be eligible to weigh, show, and sell at the fair.

If you have questions, please contact Kristy at


Quality Assurance Test Out Opportunity

Adams County Junior Fair is once again offering Test Out options in 2021.  This is an opportunity for youth ages 12 and up to take and pass an exam in place of attending the required annual Quality Assurance training.

Youth ages 12-14 years old who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program for up to three (3) years. At the age of 15 as of January 1, current year, youth must then take the 15-18 year old test.  Youth ages 15-18 years old who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program permanently.  These ages are as of January 1, 2021 – a youth’s 4-H age.  In order to pass the test, members must score a 70% or higher.

Tests are scheduled to be administered in the high school ag room at the following:

North Adams High School – Wednesday, March 31 at 2:15 p.m.

Manchester High School – Friday, April 2 at 2:45 p.m.

West Union High School – Monday, April 19 at 2 p.m.

Peebles High School – Tuesday, April 20 at 2 p.m.

Students planning to take the test should be in the ag room before the scheduled time and ready to take the exam.  Youth who do not pass the exam will be required to attend a quality assurance training in order to exhibit their livestock at the 2021 Adams County Junior Fair.  If you have questions about Quality Assurance or Test Out please contact Kristy at

Beef Quality Assurance Opportunity

OSU Extension Gallia County is offering a virtual beef specific quality assurance opportunity.  The Dollars and Cents of Market Projects will take a look at hot topics in the meatpacking industry and ways you can affect the resale value of your market animal.
On April 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM Dr. Steve Boyles and Dr. Lyda Garcia will be conducting this special online QA training. The training will specifically address issues with beef care and handling. The workshop is open to any 4-H or FFA member ages 12 and up, however members under the age of 14 will be required to have an adult participate in the training with them. To register for the event click on the link
complete the registration form and a Zoom link will be sent to your email. You will need that link to connect and join the training on April 6, 2021. The Zoom room will open at 5:45 PM and the training will begin promptly at 6:00 PM. To receive QA credit you must participate the entire time and follow instructions given throughout the event. For questions contact Tracy at

Market Hog Tags Available

Official Adams County Fair market hog ear tags may be picked up at the Extension Office during regular business hours beginning Monday, March 8. The office is open by appointment on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  Please call the office at 937-544-2339 to schedule pick up of tags.  If you call ahead to make prior arrangements tags can be picked up on Wednesday or Friday during regular business hours.  An advisor, friend, or parent may pick up forms and tags. You do not have to pick them up yourself.

The possession deadline for market hogs is April 15. Again in 2021 exhibitors will submit their pictures and information using an electronic form.  The form located at asks for information regarding identification, possession, age and photographs of your animal and should be completed in its entirety by April 15.

When tagging your market hog, please be sure the button goes on the inside of the hog’s ear with the tag on the back side.  Please tag the animal’s left ear.

We will also be distributing the ractopamine free affidavit for producers and exhibitors.  If you purchase your market hogs, please be sure to have this form completed by the breeder.  You will submit the ractopamine free affidavit at fair check in on Monday morning of the fair.  These forms can be found at as well.


Adams County Jr Fair Quality Assurance Dates

Youth planning to show livestock at the 2021 Adams County Jr Fair or Ohio State Fair must complete Assuring Quality Care of Animals training or test out no later than 45 days before the start of exhibition.  This year we are offering virtual Quality Assurance training via Zoom on several dates and a limited number of in-person trainings.  Pre-registration is required for all Zoom and  In-Person Quality Assurance trainings.  To register visit and select the session you plan to attend. Please make your best effort to attend the training you register for as spaces are limited.  The following opportunities are available:


Tuesday, March 30 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 28 at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 12 at 5 p.m.

In-Person – Limited Attendance

Saturday, April 10 at 9 a.m. – Livestock Clinic

Thursday, April 15 at 5:30 or 7:15 p.m. – Rabbit Clinic

Wednesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. – Drive In

Test Out

Wednesday, March 31 at 2:15 p.m. – North Adams High School

Friday, April 2 at 2:45 p.m. – Manchester High School

Monday, April 19 at 2 p.m. – West Union High School

Online YQCA – $12 fee. – Online YQCA training is once again an option for Adams County youth.  There is a $12 fee associated with this online training.  YQCA must also be completed a minimum of 45 days prior to the fair to be accepted.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the office at 937-544-2339 or email Kristy at