Last Call for Essay Lamb Applications

Win a Free Lamb for your 4-H Project by writing about why you want to take a lamb to the Defiance County Fair.

Essay Sponsor:       Fairview Young Farmers
Essay Due Date:     April 1, 2023
Email essay:            Teresa Johnson:
On-Line Application:

Essay Contest Guidelines:

  1. Open to 4-H members when child is age 8 AND in third grade, or when child who is age 9 or above regardless of grade level.  Also open to FFA members.       
  2. New Sheep Projects Only: Entrants who have shown sheep at the Defiance County Fair in previous years are not eligible.
  3. Entrants must be able to provide facilities to house and feed a lamb.
  4. Entrants must be enrolled in a Defiance County 4-H Club or FFA Chapter and enrolled in a Lamb Project.
  5. Must complete Quality Assurance and a Livestock Skill-a-thon.
  6. Must show the lamb at the County Fair the same year. Essay winners from previous years are ineligible
  7. Essay Length:  Minimum of 100 Words  “Why do you want to take a sheep project to the Fair?”
  8. Essay must include member name and age. Essays must also be signed at the bottom by the entrant and parent/guardian.

General Information

  1. The Lamb Essay is under the guidance of the Fairview Young Farmers. A limited number of lambs will be given out.  Selection will be based on essay content.
  2. Fairview Young Farmers transfers all liability associated with the animal to the winner at the time of pick up. In the event the animal dies, Fairview Young Farmers will not replace the animal or allow the winner to re-enter the competition the following year.
  3. Winners will be notified in writing and given a date/location to pick up lamb.
  4. Members will enter the Lamb Essay class at the Defiance County Junior Fair and are eligible for all premiums. Must meet the minimum weight 90 pounds to be eligible to show at the Fair.
  5. The grand champion market lamb class will be comprised of the division winners from the market lamb and essay lamb classes.

All Things Backyard Poultry Seminar

Milan Center Feed and Grain is hosting a Backyard Poultry Seminar on Friday, April 21st beginning at 6:30 pm. Dr. Nancy Jefferson will be speaking at the event and she is the Head of Backyard Poultry for Kalmbach Feeds. This seminar is open to anyone with backyard poultry or have an interest in getting into backyard poultry. As with all seminars Milan Center Feed and Grain hold, 4-H youth are always welcome to attend to gain additional knowledge about their project(s). They will also be providing dinner for those in attendance and ask for an RSVP if you are planning on going. To RSVP, you can stop by the store or call Milan Center at 260-657-5461.

Jr. Fair Royalty and Jr. Fairboard Applications

Junior Fair Royalty

  • Must be a current Defiance County high school freshman, sophomore, junior or senior
  • Must be a member in good standing within their youth organization
  • Must have an exhibit at this year’s Junior Fair
  • Must appear for an interview
  • Due: June 1, 2023
  • Interviews: June 6, 2023  beginning at 6:30 pm  (Interview dated has been moved up to June 6th)
  • Form:  2023 Junior Fair Royalty

Junior Fairboard & Auxiliary have been combined for 2023

Horse Resources Page

Horse Resources Page – Left hand column of page.  Check it out.

EquiSTEP – Equine Safety Course Requirement

  • Available online at EquiSTEP   
  • Each participant will need their own unique email address and most school email accounts will block messages from outside of the school district.  If a member has previously enrolled in EquiSTEP, they will not need to re-enroll
  • Defiance County 4-H horse projects must complete by June 1, 2023.

HORSE FORMS – Due June 1


Livestock Resources Page

Have you clicked on the Livestock Resources page on the left?  Lots of good info.

LIVESTOCK Q.A. DATES  (click here for dates)

  • Defiance Co exhibitors do not need to register for the Fairview or Tinora locations.
  • Must register for all others.
  • Registration Link:

BLUE RIBBON CLASSIC – Animal and Me Program


There is one record book for each species that includes information for both market and non market projects. Use one book per species (poultry, rabbit, dairy, beef, sheep, goat, hog).  List information for both breeding and market in the one record book. A reminder to those participating in the Ohio State Fair Skillathon to purchase an Ohio 4-H project specific record book.