2024 Junior Fair Suggestion Form

Have an idea for improvement to the Shelby County Fair ? Have an event that you think would be a hit? Please fill out the survey at the attached link or mail a paper copy by January 2nd, 2024! These suggestions will be reviewed by the Junior Fair Board at their Annual Rule Change Meeting that will be held in January. We greatly appreciate your efforts to help improve the Shelby County Junior Fair!

Link to Survey:

Paper Copy version: 2024 Junior Fair Suggestion Form

*All suggestions that are submitted that pertain to Senior Fair Board will be passed along to the Shelby County Senior Fair Board to review!

2023 Consignors Meeting Update!

The annual Consignor’s Meeting will consist of an annual financial review for the Junior Fair Livestock Sale Committee, Junior Fair Livestock Sale check pick up, and selection of new Junior Fair Livestock Sale Committee members.

When: Sunday, October 8th, 2023 at 5 PM

Location: Beige Building at the Fairgrounds

Questions can be directed to the Junior Fair Sale Committee at or 937-638-9163

Ohio 4-H Achievement Form Workshop

The Ohio 4-H Achievement Record is a comprehensive record of a 4-H member’s career, accomplishments, and achievements. It is a great way to capture all the experiences they have had in 4-H, practice for filling out future job or college applications, and get a head start on applying for scholarships. The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council is hosting a FREE, virtual zoom for interested 4-H members to learn about opportunities that can arise from successful achievement form completion, improve record keeping skills, and enhance forms to make them even stronger. More details below!!

When: Sunday, October 1st from 6:00-7:30 PM

RSVP: September 29th at

Questions: Contact Frances Foos,, 614-247-9945


2023 Outstanding 4-Her Awards

With fair over, we would like to recognize our 2023 Outstanding 4-Hers. The Shelby County Outstanding 4-Her award is given out annually to 5 deserving youth who deserve to be celebrated for the positive impact they are making in their communities. This year we felt that our nominees were that noteworthy that we chose to give out 6 awards!
Austin Pleiman- Nominated by Kim Ruhenkamp (4-H Advisor) 

Austin Pleiman is a 10 year 4-H member in the Fort Loramie Livestock 4-H Club and is actively involved in the Fort Loramie FFA Chapter. During his 4-H career, Austin has exhibited Rabbit and Beef projects. In addition, Austin has been involved on the Shelby County Junior Fair Board and has served as a 4-H Camp counselor. Kim shared that “Austin has shown that with hard work and dedication, you can achieve your goals. He always has a positive attitude and loves to joke around. He is always willing to help out or jumps in to help without being asked. Austin is a great role model to future 4-Hers and will continue to contribute to the agricultural industry as he continues his education at Ohio State University.”

Leah Meyer- Nominated by Anonymous 

Leah Meyer is a 10 year 4-Her in the Anna Livestock 4-H Club and is actively involved in the Anna FFA Chapter. During her 4-H career, Leah has exhibited Beef and Swine projects. In addition, Leah has been involved on the Shelby County Junior Fair Board and has served as a 4-H and Cloverbud Camp Counselor. Leah’s nominator shared that “Leah is a great leader which she has demonstrated through her leadership on the Shelby County Junior Fair Board. She is someone that goes the extra mile and is always willing to step up to help her peers. I have no doubt that Leah will take this same energy and work ethic as she continues her education at the Ohio State University to study Agricultural Communications.” 


Karli Hiler- Nominated by Bill Clark (4-H Advisor) 

Karli Hiler is a 10-year 4-Her in the Scissors to Sheep 4-H Club. During her 4-H career, Karli has exhibited rabbit projects and various pre-fair projects. In addition, Karli has been involved on the Shelby County Junior Fair Board and served as a Cloverbud Camp Counselor. Bill shared that Karli has grown both as a person and as a leader throughout 4-H career. She is someone that is not afraid to step up when an opportunity presents itself. Karli remains active in her church, community, and organizations she is involved with. We wish Karli luck as she attends The Ohio State University this fall! 


Porter Depinet: Nominated by Anonymous Group 

Porter Depinet is a member of the Perry Livestock 4-H Club. During his 4-H career, Porter has taken various poultry projects. In addition, Porter has been involved with the Shelby County Junior Fair Board and has served as a 4-H and Cloverbud camp counselor. Porter’s nominator shared that “Of all of the teens that have come through the JFB, there are few that have had the growth as Porter. It is amazing to see how far he has come during his time on the board. Porter is always willing to lend a helping hand whenever there are tasks that need done.” We want to wish Porter luck as he enters this next chapter.” 

Sable Ruhenkamp- Nominated by Anonymous 

Sable Ruhenkamp is a 10 year member of the Fort Loramie Livestock 4-H Club and actively involved in the Fort Loramie FFA Chapter. In addition, Sable has been involved on the Shelby County Junior Fair Board. Throughout her 4-H career, she has exhibited market swine projects. Sable’s nominator shared that “Sable is one of those people that is a silent worker. You often don’t hear much out of her, but she is always willing to step up and help her team out. I expect that Sable will take this same work ethic to Bowling Green where she will be continuing her education.”  

Samantha Jacobs- Nominated by Sally Behr (4-H Advisor) 

Samantha Jacobs is a 10 year 4-Her in the Merry Mod Makers 4-H Club. Throughout her 4-H career, she has held various club officer positions. Sally shared that Samantha’s knowledge and leadership has guided members in various Creative Arts projects. She is very involved with her church, community, and school. When she isn’t busy with above listed items, Samantha babysits for many families, cleans houses, and works at Al’s Bar & Grill. Samantha’s positive goals in life are sure to take her places. We wish her luck in her next chapter of life! 

Last Call for Stock the Trailer Donations!!

We will be accepting donations for the Stock the Trailer competition until Wednesday, August 16th at the Extension Office. The Shelby County Junior Fair Board is excited to partner with Farm Credit Mid-America and Rural 1st for the Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer challenge.  If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, you may Venmo @shelbycojfb with “Stock the Trailer” as the memo. We are competing against other junior fair boards across the state for awards based on the total pounds of food donated. The awarded money will be intended for junior fair activities.

Shelby County Junior Fair Livestock Sale Information

Cloverbud Information

Thursday, July 27
Cloverbuds Share Day Cloverbud Club Suggested Times

Sharing: Thursday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Display of Projects: Thursday, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Participation in the Cloverbud Sharing is open to any youth who is enrolled as a member of the Shelby County Cloverbud 4-H program by April 1.
All enrolled Cloverbuds are encouraged to participate.
Participants should bring at least one completed Cloverbud activity (activity sheets, crafts, etc.) to the Youth Building at their club’s scheduled time (between 10:00 a.m. and noon) on Thursday of Fair.
Participants will share their activities and experience face-to-face with a member of the Junior Fair Board.
Participants are encouraged to leave their activities on display in their club exhibit for the duration of the Fair, or in the Youth Building until 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening.
All participants will receive a participation ribbon.

Foods Information

Monday, July 17
Foods – Schedule | Guidelines | Scoresheet | Letter

Foods: Members will bring an actual food sample, and also bring a photo story (photographs, album, scrapbook, collage, binder, portfolio, display board, any other type of visual display, etc.). Exhibitors will still bring a table setting display, recipe card, and balanced menu per the guidelines.

Not Seeing Your Name on the Schedule?: If you don’t see your exhibitor’s name on the schedules posted, please email me at so I can identify why they are not on the schedule and figure out which time group to assign them to. If you did not do a Fair Entry via to indicate your intent to participate in pre-fair judging by June 1st, you have not been assigned a time slot.

Scratches: We hate to see you go! But, if you do decide it is necessary to scratch a project, please submit all scratches by the second Friday in July so that we can make necessary changes to the judging schedules well in advance. Scratch form due by July 14th.

Please be familiar with information in the Shelby County White Pages:

Foods is on Page 16.

Each exhibit shall include a correct table setting displayed on a card table.
Each exhibitor must bring a completed project book; a cost analysis of one food dish exhibited, written on an index card or paper; a complete day’s menu (for all projects, even Beginners) including snacks; and the food item(s).
Specific instructions for exhibits in each class and subclass can be viewed at
Members will do their own set-up inside the display area. Others will remain outside until the display area is opened to the public. In judging, less weight will be given to the table setting, and more emphasis will be placed on the nutrition interview, the food items, and the member’s knowledge and interest.
Each exhibitor will have a maximum of 10 minutes to set up.
From the “Outstanding of the Day” winners, the judges will select one exhibitor from each subclass in class #32 and one junior and one senior exhibitor from each subclass in classes #30 and #31 as the State Fair qualifiers to compete in the OSF Food and Nutrition Day. Judges will then select one “Best of Class” rosette winner from the State Fair qualifiers in each class.
Additional Nutrition awards will be presented to the exhibitors with the best overall knowledge of nutrition. Three Dorothy Duncan awards will be presented, one each in the Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced classes. Winners will not necessarily be class winners. “Johnson Chef” awards will also be presented in each of the three classes.
For Ohio State Fair guidelines for Food and Nutrition Day, visit Exhibitors should note that OSF guidelines for Food and Nutrition projects are significantly different than county guidelines.

Members in their second or more year with the same project record book will fill in an Annual Project Update Sheet: