Ohio State Fair Skillathon Schedule

skillathonDates/times, rules, and registration for Ohio Youth Skillathons are now online at: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons

Registration is due by JULY 15th, 2020.

  • Register by visiting: www.go.osu.edu/skillathonregistration
  • All exhibitors with need an email address specific to that exhibitor that can be used as your log-in credential (this is also where the first-time registration will be)



Test Your Knowledge at Ohio State Fair Skillathons

4-H and FFA youth can show what they know about 9 different animal species through 10 skillathon events during the Ohio State Fair (see the schedule below). Skillathons are free, registration is the day of the event (an adult must accompany the youth), youth can come anytime between the hours listed, and youth do not have to be a state fair exhibitor or be enrolled in an animal project in order to complete. Youth vying for the Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) award for goat, sheep, poultry, swine, and beef must participate in the Skillathon, showmanship, and live animal show in order to qualify. Rules, study resources (including the station topics for each species), and other information are available at: go.osu.edu/osfskillathons


WE, 7/17 from 10am-3pm HORSE SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
FR, 7/19 from 12-5pm GOAT SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
TU, 7/23 from 9am-2pm SHEEP SKILLATHON Brown Arena Wool Room
TH, 7/25 from 3-6:30pm DAIRY SKILLATHON 1 Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
TU, 7/30 from 9am-3pm DOG SKILLATHON Buckeye Sports Center (north end)
WE, 7/31 from 1:30-5pm DAIRY SKILLATHON 2 Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
WE, 7/31 from 4-7:30pm POULTRY SKILLATHON Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion
TH, 8/1 from 8am-1pm SWINE SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
TH, 8/2 from 4-7pm BEEF SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
FR, 8/2 from 8am-12pm RABBIT SKILLATHON Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion


WANTED: Members for the Ohio 4-H State Skillathon Team

Attention Youth Interested in the Ohio 4-H State Skillathon Team:

There will be an information session on January 20th, 2019, (2:00 – 4:00 PM) at the Animal Sciences Building (2029 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210) for those interested in an opportunity to be chosen to represent Ohio during the National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest in Louisville in November.

Anyone interested is encouraged to attend the January session to ask any questions, etc.  Please respond with your intentions to be at the first session to Lizz Share at share.8@osu.eduPlease respond by January 16th, 2019.

Starting in January, practice sessions will be conducted to work on individual and team activities on Sunday afternoons (2:00 – 4:00 PM) located at the Animal Sciences Building (2029 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210).

  • Sunday, January 20th (informational, parents are welcome to attend)
  • Sunday, February 17th
  • Sunday, March 17th
  • Sunday, April 14th
  • Sunday, May 19th
  • July – Ohio State Fair Skillathons
  • Sunday, August 18th
  • Sunday, September 8th
  • Sunday, September 22nd (Mock Contest and selection of team)
  • Additional practices in Oct/Nov for team members

The practices in Sept/Oct/Nov are mandatory and you must be able to attend the mock contest to be eligible for the team.

Skillathon Volunteers Needed!

Sign up to volunteer for Skillathon:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4fabaa2aa75-skillathon

  • You don’t have to be an industry expert; answer keys will be provided.
  • Do not sign up for a livestock species or clothing/nutrition project in which your child is participating.
  • Light lunch/snacks will be provided.

As you can tell, we need many volunteers to help make light work of this enormous task.  Please only select one area to volunteer.

Multi-Purpose (beef and dairy cattle, hog, rabbit, poultry, equine, sheep), Blue Ribbon (all goats) and 4-H Hall (food and clothing).


Livestock Skillathon Practice is Underway!

Livestock Skillathon Practice is off to a great start! Join us Thursday, July 5, from 10am to 3pm in the 4-H Hall for another opportunity to practice.

LIVESTOCK SKILLATHON PRACTICE will be held on the following dates. Members can review information and become familiar with how the skillathon stations will be set-up. Individuals will be available to assist and answer questions. We ask that any member under the age of 16 be accompanied by a parent/guardian or club advisor. Below are the dates and times of the Skill-a-thon practice sessions.

July 3,  10am-3pm – 4-H Hall
July 5,  10am-3pm – 4-H Hall
July 10, 10am-3pm – Felicity H.S.
July 11, 10am-3pm – Felicity H.S.