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 watters.92@osu.edu.

Adams County Junior Fair A Go

The Adams County Junior Fair is on for 2020.  Due to COVID-19 the Junior Fair will be shortened to run from Wednesday, July 15 through Saturday, July 18 and the modified schedule will focus on showcasing livestock, crop and shop projects. Plans to recognize special interest projects such as food and nutrition, sewing, fishing, rocketry, etc. as well as horse members are in the works for later this summer.

While the schedule will look different, Junior Fair rules and guidelines, including weight limits, quality assurance requirements and code of ethics will still apply.  Market rabbit exhibitors will see a slight change as they exhibit single fryers in place of a pen of two.  Check-in and release times have also been modified.  Please check the updated schedule for show dates and times.

The Junior and Senior Fair Boards are working with the Adams County Health Department to follow recommended health protocol to protect our members and families.  Social distancing, additional hand washing stations, increased sanitation and limiting crowds inside buildings will be part of the fair this year.  Fair participation is not required for completion of a project and families should make the best choices for themselves.

Continue to watch your email and follow the Adams County Junior Fair Facebook page for details as they are confirmed.

 

Breeding Livestock and Market Rabbit Registrations Re-Opened

Due to the change of plans for the 2020 Adams County Junior Fair the following registrations have re-opened and are due by the dates listed:

2020 ACJF Beef Breeding-due June 22

2020 ACJF Breeding/Dairy/Other Goat Registration-due June 22

2020 ACJF Dairy Registration-due June 22

2020 ACJF Breeding Sheep Registration-due June 22

2020 ACJF Breeding Swine Registration-due June 22

2020 ACJF Breeding Rabbit Registration-due June 22

2020 ACJF Poultry Registration-due June 22

2020 ACJF Market Rabbit Registration – due June 26

 

Please submit your information in a timely manner so we can accurately plan for fair week.  If you have questions, please email watters.92@osu.edu.

Livestock Registration Links

In place of on site tag-in or mail in registration for 2020 we will be using an online submission form to register animals for the Adams County Junior Fair.  Livestock tags will not be distributed prior to fair check-in.  If your animal has an existing tag, tattoo, or ear notch, please enter that information in the appropriate box of the form.  If your animal does not have a tag or other identification and you are able to tag it using a farm tag you are free to do so.

All market animals will be required to upload photos as an additional identification method.  Breeding animals will not require photos.

Below are the links for each species.  These links and other important livestock information can also be found on our Livestock Projects Page or Horse Program Page.

2020 ACJF Market Goat Registration  Due May 13

2020 ACJF Market Lamb Registration  Due May 13

2020 ACJF Feeder Calf Registration  Due May 13

2020 ACJF Market Hog Registration  Due May 13

2020 ACJF Equine Registration  Due May 13

2020 ACJF Beef Breeding  Due June 1

2020 ACJF Breeding/Dairy/Other Goat Registration  Due June 1

2020 ACJF Dairy Registration  Due June 1

2020 ACJF Breeding Sheep Registration  Due June 1

2020 ACJF Breeding Swine Registration  Due June 1

2020 ACJF Breeding Rabbit Registration  Due June 1

2020 ACJF Poultry Registration  Due June 1

2020 ACJF Market Rabbit Registration is coming soon!  Due June 18

For Market Livestock Exhibitors:
You will be required to upload 3 photos for each market animal you are registering, 1 of each side and one front/tag view.  Make sure to include all the required information listed on the registration submission.  If you are tagging in a “family animal” be sure to include it on one of the registration forms.  If the “family animal” box is checked, you can switch exhibitors at fair check in.  Each exhibitor MUST have at least one animal that is not a family animal.

For Horse Exhibitors:
If the horse is leased, you should upload the completed Lease Agreement.  If you are participating in the Shared Horse Program, please be sure to complete the Shared Horse Agreement and upload it as well.  These forms can be found at https://adams.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/horse-projects.

If you have questions, please contact the office at 937-544-2339 or e-mail Kristy at watters.92@osu.edu or Barbie at rowe.316@osu.edu.

Adams County Junior Fair Quality Assurance

Youth Quality Assurance is an important part of the educational experience for 4-H and FFA members.  Members who plan to exhibit livestock at the 2020 Adams County Fair will be required to complete Quality Assurance prior to exhibition.  The Ohio Department of Agriculture has waived the 45 day before exhibition rule for 2020 only.  ODA has also authorized OSU Extension to deliver Quality Assurance virtually with specific guidelines.

This gives us greater flexibility in planning and delivering the required material to our members.  In Adams County the following options will be available to meet the Quality Assurance requirement for 2020.

Virtual Quality Assurance via Zoom – Kristy will be offering 5 sessions of Quality Assurance through May and early June.  Members must register for the session at least 48 hours prior to the start time and will be emailed a link 24 hours in advance of the session.  Members will need to log in using a computer or the Zoom app available for free to download to your device.  Members will be required to view material, respond to questions and type into the chat box.  If you do not have a microphone on your computer, you can communicate through the chat option.  Register at https://go.osu.edu/adamsqa.  All 5 sessions will cover large and small animal QA and are open to all Adams County 4-H and FFA members.  Attendance will be limited to 40 families per Zoom session.

Online YQCA – For 2020, online YQCA is an approved option to complete Quality Assurance training.  The online course costs $12 per member and each child will be required to have a unique email address.  A help sheet providing step by step instructions for families interested in utilizing this online option is available on the Livestock tab of the Adams County Extension page.  The $12 fee associated with this option is not refundable, cannot be waived by nor is it paid to OSU Extension Adams County.

There will be no test out option for 2020.  Clubs and chapters will receive a list of members who need to be certified from the Extension office.  If you have questions regarding Quality Assurance please contact Kristy at watters.92@osu.edu or Barbie at rowe.316@osu.edu.

 

Adams County 4-H Horse and Small Animal Committees Host Fundraiser

Dine with us at West Union Frisch’s on Thursday, January 23 from 4-9 p.m. and support the 4-H Horse and Small Animal programs.  Present this flyer and ask for the party room when you are seated and the 4-H programs will receive 20% of the check.  4-H members will be serving guests in the party room from 5:30 – 8 p.m. this evening.  Take the evening off from kitchen duty and support our youth!

 

New for 2020 – Family Animal Rule

The Adams County Junior and Senior Fair Boards have approved a rule change for the 2020 fair that will benefit families with multiple children exhibiting livestock.  The rule reads:

“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, including “family” animals. State Fair steers and heifers cannot be registered as a family animal.  Market rabbit exhibitors must tattoo in 1 pen (2 rabbits) in his/her name.  A family can tattoo one additional pen of rabbits as a “family” pen.  Each exhibitor will have access to no more than two pens of market rabbits, including “family” pens.  This rule does not apply to market poultry.  Family is defined as junior fair eligible youth who are legally siblings, half-siblings or step-siblings.”

This rule will allow families with multiple children showing to potentially purchase fewer animals and still have a safety net if an animal does not make weight, becomes injured or cannot show at the county fair.  For example, if a family has 3 children in a market hog project, each child must tag at least one hog in their name and the family can tag up to an additional two hogs in the family name.  The exhibitors will then designate whose name the hogs will be shown in when they weigh in at the fair.  All other rules pertaining to exhibition at the Adams County Fair still apply including enrollment deadlines, Quality Assurance and skillathon participation and other related Junior Fair rules.

If you have questions about this rule change, please contact the Extension Office by phone at 937-544-2339 or via email at watters.92@osu.edu.

Junior Fair Sale Check Pick Up

Adams County Junior Fair Sale checks can be picked up on Tuesday, August 27 from 5- 7 p.m. at the Administration Building on the fairgrounds.  Please make every effort to have your check picked up that evening.  If you are unable to be there yourself, please make arrangements with an advisor or friend to pick up the check for you.

All members that participated in the Adams County Junior Fair Sale should send a thank you card to each buyer listed for your project.  The complete list of buyers can be found here.  Members should also send thank you notes to the sponsors of any awards received.  Those sponsors along with their addresses are listed on the back or bottom of each award.

The note should include a greeting, the specific reason you are thanking them, how you plan to use the funds or why you appreciated the award, a detail or comment about yourself, a closing and signature.  A thank you card may seem like a small gesture but it goes a long way to ensuring the success of our junior fair in the future.

Breeding Entry Deadline is June 1st

If you plan to show breeding livestock at the 2019 Adams County Fair you must turn in your Breeding Entry form.  Forms for breeding beef, dairy, meat and dairy goats, sheep, swine, and rabbits as well as all poultry other than market chickens, market ducks and market turkeys are due to the Extension Office on June 1st by 4 p.m.  In 2019, June 1st falls on a Saturday so we will accept forms on Monday, June 3rd before 4 p.m.  Forms can be found online at Adams County 4-H Livestock or at the Extension Office.  You must be enrolled in a breeding project, have completed both Quality Assurance and Skillathon for your species and submit the correct entry form in order to exhibit your breeding livestock.  See your livestock exhibitor project and fair guidelines for additional information.