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!


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 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!

New Project Handbook!

Just a few updates for you all this Friday.

Project Handbook is Available!!!

This is the handbook with all project requirements and livestock charts with requirements, what to expect with judging, etc. For those of you who do not know, this is taking place of the white handbooks families have got in the past. Please, check it out at the link below!

This handbook can be found online at the following link:


LQA Training

We have another Livestock Quality Assurance Training coming up next week!

When: Jun 23, 2020 10:00 AM

Where: ZOOM!

Reminder, any 4-H & FFA members taking a market or lactating dairy animal, must attend one training session yearly, unless they have tested out!

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, members will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Return to Office

Starting this week, 4-H Program Assistant, Crystal Antill will returned to working in the Extension office on THURSDAYS ONLY. Please, be advised that we are NOT open to walk-ins. If you need to pick up or drop off something, this must be made by appointment with me on Thursdays only. We are offering curbside pick up and drop off of forms, project books, etc. This does not include livestock tags at this time either.

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Due to COVID-19 and all the craziness, we are planning on having a small awards presentation before our next 4-H Council meeting. We will be recognizing various year end award winners for last year’s Blue Ribbon Officers, Achievement Award winners and scholarship winners. This will take place on Tuesday, July 28th at the Wise Building at 5:30 PM. Cake and punch will be provided.


Thank you all for your continued efforts to make the best better! Have a wonderful weekend!



Seems we have had yet another eventful week this week! Many of you are aware that the Ohio State Fair has been cancelled due to COVID-19. At this time, I do not have any information on if the state will try to do a separate judging for State Delegates for still projects. They told us on the Zoom today that they will let us know some more information regarding this beginning of next week. Even with no state fair competition, I am still moving forward with county level judging for July 14th.


Senior Fair Board held a meeting last night and no further decisions have been made regarding county fair, at this time. With new restrictions being released from the Governor’s office yesterday afternoon, Senior Fair Board wanted some time to review and process what fair might look like with these new restrictions and how the COVID-19 pandemic progresses over the next month with entities re-opening. This is a very tough decision for them to make and we appreciate the 4-H and the community’s patience and understanding of the difficult decision they have to make. Just remember that you are in the eye of youth that look up to you and even if you disagree with the happenings going on around us, you need to show respect and understanding that not everybody feels the same. The document is public knowledge, so I am providing a link to it for anybody who is interested in seeing what is being mandated.



So in moving forward, we have some deadlines quickly approaching at the start of next week.

These can be postmarked by the deadline date and mailed to the Extension office. I have received several emailed pictures of forms, which will suffice for meeting the deadline, but am asking original copies be either mailed or brought to the Extension office when exhibitors pick up animal fair ID tags in July. These forms are kept with us at the Jr Fair office and often referenced and hard copies are much easier to read than pictures of forms.


  • Market Hogs – Due June 1st
  • All Rabbit Projects – Due June 1st
  • All Horse Projects – Due June 1st
  • Market Goat- Due June 6th
  • Market Lamb – Due June 6th
  • Dairy & Beef Feeder Projects – Due June 15th


Please, find registrations and informational letters at the link below:


Please don’t forget that any members taking market hogs to the fair need to have their Producer/Breeder sign an affidavit stating the their market hogs are Ractopamine Free from birth to purchase. This affidavit and the one signed by the exhibitor are both due by fair weigh-in with your DUNF form. If we do not have them both on file, you will not show! If you need a copy, please go to the link below.

Livestock Registration Information

Hello 4-H Community!

We are at the end of another week of quarantine and still busy as ever!

I would like to keep the updates coming, so I am including some information below for our 4-H families.

Just some FYI’s:

Senior Fair Board met Thursday night via Zoom and wanted to let everyone know that they are still moving forward with planning fair. Fair might look different but it is really still too early to tell what is going to happen. Much of the decision in in the hands of the governor’s office. The Senior Fair Board is making a point to be proactive and start thinking about Plan B options, if we cannot have our fair as normal. They are trying to do whatever they can and keeping our youth and community’s safety in mind. They will be organizing more meetings via Zoom and I will try to keep the lines of communication between us all open as best as I can.

As for livestock registrations, please keep an eye out on email, Facebook, Instagram and this blog for the link to be posted next week. Registrations will be posted early next week for market hogs, rabbits, market lambs, market goats, horses and beef  & dairy feeders. At this point in time, I can tell you there will be no lamb and goat tag-in and that all market ID tags will have to be picked up at the office after July 13th when we HOPEFULLY return to the Extension office. To which all market lambs, goats, hogs, and feeders will be self-tagged at home. There will also be required picture identification for animals. We will be asking for a head shot and side view of your animals you are registering. For lambs and goats, we also need an up close picture of the scrapie ID in the animal’s ear! 


The poultry letter is posted on the link below and has the information we typically send youth to order from hatcheries.

*Note- this will be the same link you will go to for registrations when they are posted next week!


Registrations will be collected via mail to the Extension office or scanned and emailed to Original copies can be supplied once the Extension office staff returns to working in the office.

If there are families that absolutely cannot access the forms due to internet or printing issues, please let us know. We can work with those who need accommodations.


Registration Due Dates are as follows:

Hogs, Horses, & Rabbits – June 1st

Lambs & Goats – June 6th (the previously scheduled tag-in day)

Beef & Dairy Feeders – June 15th



Committees that will be meeting via Zoom in the coming weeks:

4-H Council Scholarship Interviews – 5/5/2020

4-H Council Meeting – 5/7/2020

Jr Fair Board – 5/28/2020

Senior Fair Board – 5/28/2020

4-H Teen Ambassadors – TBD

4-H Horse Committee – TBD


I just wanted to let you know how appreciative I am of all the support and understanding you have shown during this difficult time. It has been a learning experience for us all and navigating a virtual 4-H program is not easy for all of us. We are in this together and I hope that if you have questions, please reach out. Just remember, when reaching out, keep mindful of how you come across when presenting concerns to those around you. Other’s are very much in the same boat and are trying to come up with solutions to the problems. Please, know that if you call in on an angry rant, it will not get you anymore help than what we can provide. We are doing what we can to accommodate the needs of our youth and community with the means that we have available.


To our new families that are joining us in this adventure of a year! This is not a typical 4-H year for any of us and if you feel the need to reach out; my office door may not be open right now, but I am still just a phone call away!


Stay safe & stay healthy!

Sincerely, 😊

Crystal Antill

4-H Program Assistant