Market Steer Tag-In Cancelled!


Due to COVID-related reasons, the Senior Fair Board has decided to cancel Steer Tag-In for this Saturday, November 21st.  We have come up with the following plan instead:


All steer registrations will now need to be submitted to the Extension office via email or postal mail.

  • One registration per steer.
  • You can register up to 4 steers.
  • Each registered steer needs to have at least one photo sent in with the registration.  Picture(s) need to  include distinctive markings.  Extension will keep the photos.


For Email Submissions:

  • Send one registration and accompanying photo(s) together per email.    (Ex:  3 steers = 3 emails)
  • Send email to


For Postal Mail:

  • Attach photo(s) to coordinating registration.
  • All registrations/photos can be sent together in one envelope to:  Belmont County Extension, 101 North Market St., Suite A, St. Clairsville, OH  43950




Tag Pick Up:

  • Tags will be available for pick up at the Extension office December 1st through December 4th
  • Pick up will be provided curb-side as we are limiting traffic in the office
  • Pick up between 9:00-3:00 or by appointment
  • Call the office at (740) 695-1455 upon arrival and we will bring tags out to you


Please call Crystal or Tracey at the Extension office if you  have any questions or concerns.  Thanks for your cooperation in these crazy times!

What Now???

This time of year you may find yourself asking, “So now that fair is over, what should I be doing?”

Well that all depends on who you are and what your plan is for next year!

Are you a 4-H member thinking about taking a steer next year? Now is the time to be getting your feeder calves ready for steer weigh-in on November 21st at the Belmont County Fairgrounds from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. If you don’t have a feeder calve lined up, now is the time to be looking into your buying option and refreshing yourself of what to look for in a quality beef project animal. Don’t forget to get your paperwork for steer tag-in. You can get a copy at the link below!


What if you are interested in just figuring out which projects you want to take next year. Do I want to take a livestock project and purchase and animal to raise for breeding or market purpose? Then show at the 2021 Belmont County Fair?


Do I want to complete a still project and focus my project work on something in the area of Food & Nutrition, Sewing & Textiles, Natural Resources, Science, Recreation, or maybe shooting sports? You are in luck as you can explore the wide range of projects 4-H has to offer in the new 2021 Family Guide online at the link below, or head over to the project central website to not only view project books and the first several pages, but also rate your previous projects to help other members in their endeavor to find another project this year!

2021 Family Guide –

Project Central –


Maybe you’re an older youth member who is interested in scholarships and attending state wide camps! Maybe you want to be a part of the State Junior Fair Board!


You worked all year long on your projects and think you have what it takes to win county, state or maybe even national achievement awards in your project area! Then head on over the link below and start your Ohio Achievement Record for a chance at these opportunities. Not sure where to start on your record or how to fill it out? No problem! Belmont County OSU Extension will be providing a training on how to fill out this document on December 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Extension Office.

Access a blank copy of the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record at

Speaking of project completion; want a chance at winning some money for completing your livestock project books? Complete all remaining records, sale records, profits and loss statements, and all leadership activities you had planned in your project book by January 31, 2021. Then turn it in to the Extension Office. This will put you in for an opportunity to win a completed project book award!

Were you an outstanding officer in your 4-H club this year? All youth holding the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, and News Reporter in their 4-H club for 2020 are eligible for a Blue Ribbon Officer Award. Turn in your completed officer books (scrapbook for news reporter) to the Extension Office by January 31, 2021 to be in the running!


Interested in Shooting Sports? The Belmont County Shooting Sports program is gearing up to kick off their year with a Mandatory Safety and enrollment meeting on November 18th starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Carnes Center. Shooting Sports offers hands on learning with trained instructors for disciplines such as: Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, Crossbow, Archery, Pistol, and Living History. Reminder, youth must be 9 years old by January 1st of the year they plan to enroll to enroll in the shooting sports program.


Maybe 4-H is a completely foreign concept to you and you just want to know how to get involved! Click on the link below to see a a brochure that lists all clubs in the county and contact information for their advisors to get started!

You can also call us at the OSU Extension Office in St. Clairsville and we will be happy to help get you connected to a club. There are 19 clubs that stretch across the county to choose from!



Maybe you are not a youth, but a caring adult who would love to get involved and volunteer for the Belmont County 4-H Program! You can access a volunteer application at the link below. Applications for volunteers for 2021 year are due on January 31, 2021 to the OSU Extension Office.


Returning volunteers, be on the lookout for information on annual trainings, as well as trainings to help you get your club members to enroll themselves in 4-H through 4HOnline! That’s right! This year, 4-H families will be able to enroll themselves in the 4HOnline database. Don’t worry, we at the Extension Office are prepared to help you and your families through this process.
Also, club re-organization packets will be available December 1st for Organizational Advisors to pick up at the Extension Office!

For any information on the Belmont County 4-H Program, we encourage you to contact us at the OSU Extension Office at (740) 695-1455.


As we enter the week before fair, Belmont County 4-H is going to bringing you some IMPORTANT Reminders daily on our social media platforms and here on the blog. Be on the look out for these reminders, as they will help us all to navigate a smooth and safe fair.


IMPORTANT: Any exhibitors who are taking their animals home following their show, instead of going through the sale, MUST let Leroy Carpenter, Mark Stephens or Ed Campbell know they are taking them home! This must be done before removal of any animals going home before the designated times they are released as stated in the fair tab. Animals may leave the grounds following the end of their SPECIES show & showmanship and once one of the three Senior Fair Board Members mentioned above have been informed.
Reminder: ALL MARKET Exhibitors (with Exception of Hogs) must let the Jr Fair Board Office know which animals the exhibitor plans to sell by 5 p.m. Wednesday night! Any exhibitors taking hogs may wait till after the hog show to decide which animals you want to sell. YOUR ANIMALS WILL NOT BE LISTED IN THE SALE ORDER IF YOU DO NOT REPORT WHAT YOU WANT TO SELL! Even if you only have 1 market animal on the grounds, you must let the Jr Fair Office know you are selling that animal.

Livestock Weigh-In Tuesday at Fair

This year, market sheep and goats will be weighed in before market beef in the Open Class
Beef Barn. Weigh-in will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8th.
Order of weigh-in will be as follows; sheep, goats, steers, feeder calves. Market Hogs will
weigh-in promptly at 8:00 a.m. in the Perkins Hog Show Arena.

Also, please be sure to remove all tags from your market animal’s ears with the exception
of FEDERAL EID TAGS, SCRAPIE TAGS, and the FAIR TAGS given to you by the Fair Board.




Wondering what to wear for your livestock show? Take a look at our suggested dress code for Junior Fair Shows below!
Please see the page from the newsletter posted below for a comprehensive schedule of the Belmont County Junior Fair. Make note of schedule changes for shows.

Good Luck & Thank You!

Good luck to two of our Belmont County 4-H Teen Ambassadors who are running for spots on the State Teen Leadership Council!

Kaylin Burress of Ridge Riders 4-H Club

Megan Garrison of Country Sunshiners 4-H Club

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction.

#4hteenambassadors #4hyouthdevelopment #4hteenleaders #growingtrueleaders #belmontco4h #TrueLeaders


That’s a wrap!

2020 Livestock Skillathon is in the books! Thank you to everyone who volunteered everyday and helped make it run smoothly. Thank you to all the teen leaders who helped out and the kids who did all the sanitizing! Thanks to the Senior Fair Board for letting us utilize the Wise Building and putting up with us during paving and pre-fair prep work! Finally, thank you to the amazing kids who came and took part in the skillathon! We are proud of each and every one of you for sticking with your projects this year and making the best of a crazy year! Next stop, Belmont County Junior Fair!

4-H Opportunities Available!

Junior Fair Board Fundraiser Shirts Available!

Time to order your 2020 Belmont County Fair Shirt. This fundraiser helps support our Jr Fair Board KIDS who put all the hard work in all year long to plan and implement the county junior fair. We appreciate your support! Deadline to order shirts is August 21st! Order soon!

Calling all fashionistas!

 Sign-up for the newest 4-H SPIN club all about the fashion industry. You’ll hear from designers and experts from Abercrombie, L Brands and more, and you can join from home via Zoom. It runs every Mon., Wed., and Thurs from Aug. 17-31. Find the details and registration at


The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction.

Apply to be a member! Applications for 2020-2021 are available now and are due August 14, 2020. 

Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 of the year of application to apply for council member, committee member, committee chair, and officer positions.  Junior Advisor applicants must be 18-20 years old (as of January 1) when they apply.

All materials must be submitted on August 14, 2020 (application, two references, signatures, and program fee)

Livestock Skill-A-Thon & Tag Pick-Up

Livestock Market Animal Tags will be available for pick up this week in the Extension office.
Tuesday, July 21st from 9 to 3 p.m.
Thursday, July 23rd from 9 to 3 p.m.
When you arrive, please call (740-695-1455) and let us know you are there and wait in your car or outside the building. We will meet you outside.

Also, we will have market animal tags available for pick up on Wednesday, July 22nd at the Belmont County Fairgrounds down around the Jr Fair Board Office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please, make sure to bring original copies of registrations if you have not sent them in to the office yet.


Livestock Skillathon registration is now open. Call the Belmont County OSU Extension office at 740-695-1455 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to schedule a time. Please, be prepared to pick a time for your skillathon and what projects you are taking. Reminder, all 4-H and FFA members taking livestock animal projects to the Belmont County Fair must go through Livestock Skillathon Judging! This is a requirement to show at fair. Times and information are in the July Newsletter at the website.


Caps 4 A Cause!

They have been collected but they still need cleaned!
CAP CLEANING: The teen ambassadors will be sorting/cleaning caps at the Robinson Stage building on the fairgrounds Friday, July 17th @ 9 a.m. and on Wednesday, July 22 @ 9 a.m. in the livestock show arena. They could use a lot of help. Any 4-H youth can help. We will add tickets to the pizza drawing for any 4-H member who shows up and helps.
This can also serve as community service hours, (which look great on applications, just saying)!
We will provide masks and gloves as needed and you are welcome to bring your own.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the people who made 4-H Still Project Judging Day happen. Pulling together such a big event is not an easy task especially under the circumstances we’ve been going through with COVID-19. We extend our greatest appreciation to all those involved; from the judges who judged our exhibitors, the volunteers that worked registration and other stations, the teen leaders who helped escort our exhibitors to judges, and to our younger future leaders working diligently to sanitize chairs in between exhibitors and keep us all safe. We also want to thank those awesome 4-H members who were willing to come out (or join us via ZOOM) and show our community judges what you learned and worked hard on the past few months. I got so many compliments on how excited some of the kids were when talking about their projects. These awesome kids and true leaders of tomorrow are the reason we do, what we do. So again, thank you all!

4-H Still Project results are coming soon!

4-H Update Friday!!!

We have had quite a busy week this week with prepping for Still Project Judging (which makes us feel somewhat like normal these days 😊).

Still Project Judging

We will be conducting Still Project Judging in the Robinson Stage Building (this is our waiting area) and the Wise Building (where exhibitors will escorted to judging area). Registration will begin at 5 p.m. Depending on weather, registration will be in the tent between the two buildings. Please, file a socially distant line in the correct line for your last name alphabetically. Signs will be posted. We are asking participants/parents to park across the road in the typical fair parking area. We will have some limited handicap parking up by the buildings. With various kids walking back and forth between buildings, we ask that you do not park between the buildings. Also, we are asking that if parents want to wait in their car, that is encouraged to limit on the amount of people in the buildings. We will also not be providing chairs for those in the waiting area of the Robinson Stage Building. This is due to not having the amount of helpers or supplies needed to sanitize chairs between individuals. Parents and families are welcome to bring their own chairs, or as previously mentioned, wait in the car. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Any persons attending judging are encouraged to wear a mask or some form of facial covering when inside or unable to keep 6 feet social distance. We will supply disposables if needed as well as gloves if preferred.

Any youth who requested a Zoom, they will get their information emailed on Monday when they are set up. This will go to the email that is provided on the request form.

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Caps 4 A Cause Drop Off

4-H Teen Ambassadors will have a cap drop off for plastic caps for a cause at Still Project Judging. Drop off will be located in the Robinson Stage Building. Any 4-H youth interested in helping to clean and weigh caps will get extra entries added to their club for the pizza party drawing. This is open for all of the county youth to help with this project.


Livestock Tag Pick Up 

Early Livestock Tag Pick Up Opportunity will be at Still Project Judging in the Robinson Stage Building. We will have market animal tags ready for Hogs, Lambs, Goats, beef and dairy feeders. Exhibitors may also register for Livestock Skill-a-thon at this time as well.


Extension Office Schedules

Also, please be advised that our office staff are not currently working full time from the office. Ohio State is still encouraging us to telework from home as much as possible and days we work in the office are limited and only for essential purposes (such as prepping for judging). We are not in the office every day and may be working on things from home still. This is why all Extension clientele are asked to make an appointment before coming to the Extension office.

4-H’s dedicated day in the office is currently Thursdays.

However,  we will also be in on Monday of next week (July 13th) to finish last minute prepping for judging. If you need to drop someone off or pick something up. Please, let us know in advance by calling 740-695-1455 or emailing


 Reminder from State Leaders 

As clubs begin to begin meeting in person again, the state office has asked us to remind you to ensure a safe environment for all and to follow OSU Policies on social distancing. Also, as a reminder, members are not to attend any club meeting, 4-H event or function, if they have a fever, show signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone confirmed to have contracted COVID-19. If you attend a 4-H event or function and then contract COVID-19, please report this immediately to Crystal Antill at the Extension office!


Junior Fair Work Days

Jr Fair work days are being held this Saturday and Sunday (July 11th & 12th). Many people have confirmed they will be out to help set up various barns and buildings. No set times, just come out and help. Good way to gain some community service hours and pull this fair together!