Junior Fair Board and Senior Fair Board Members learn more about Fairfield County’s Weights & Measures!

In May, the Fairfield County Junior and Senior Fair Boards participated in a demonstration/presentation by Fairfield County’s Division of Weights and Measures with the Auditor’s Office. Great questions were asked to the weights and measures inspectors as it relates to certifying scales and weighing animals at the fair. A huge thank you to Fairfield County Auditor, Dr. Carri Brown, and her team: Patrick Brighton, Carter Corcoran, and Bev Hoskinson for providing this educational program to our members!

Youth Opportunity: Livestock Judging EPD/Scenario Webinar is June 17th

The Ohio 4-H Animal Science Design Team Livestock Evaluation webinar series are continuing, and our sixth session is on EPDs & Scenarios! These series are being recorded so that if someone is not able to attend, they can review it later.

Please share with parents, coaches, and any youth who might have an interest in livestock evaluation. The series flyer now has all the scheduled dates added!

DATE: Monthly TBD

TIME: 7:00–8:00 p.m.


Remaining Sessions:

  • June 17 – EPDs & Scenarios
  • July 8 – Reasons, Part 1
  • July 10 – Reasons, Part 2

All Recordings can be found along with other additional resources:

Have you attended the Ohio State Year 50 years or more? If so – read on!


Rhodes Center at THE OHIO STATE FAIR

Monday, July 29, 2024

9:30 a.m. – Registration & Refreshments

10:00 a.m. – Program

  • “New Footprint of the Ohio State Fair” and it’s time frame for completion.
  • 2024 Giant Step Recipient: Governor Mike DeWine. . .and remarks from the Governor
  • Entertainment: All-Ohio State Fair Youth Band and All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir


The Fifty-Year Club of the Ohio State Fair is an organization that holds an annual celebration during the Ohio State Fair. The objective of the group is to support, improve, and promote the Ohio State Fair and develop fellowship among the members.

Attendance at the annual celebration is open to any person who has attended an Ohio State Fair 50 or more years ago. Family and friends are welcome.

Who is Eligible: If you have attended an Ohio State Fair 50 or more years ago (1974 or earlier) . . . plan to attend!

Membership is Free: There is no membership fee.

How: Contact Barb Prince, 614-644-4052, or e-mail and request that you be added to the Fifty-Year Club mailing list. A notice of the annual celebration will be sent in June providing you the opportunity to order discounted entry tickets for the fair. Discounted Ohio State Fair entry ticket orders must be requested by Friday, July 12th to allow time for mailing. A parking permit (available for an optional $10 fee will be mailed with your tickets), OR park for FREE in general parking. If you miss the mailed information, you are still welcome to attend the Fifty-Year Club Celebration. Just show up!

When: The 83rd annual celebration will be held Monday, July 29, in the Rhodes Center Auditorium. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and program commences at 10:00 a.m.

Why: Come enjoy the social time to renew friendships, meet others who enjoy the fair, and view some of the historical displays of past fairs. Enjoy short concerts by the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir and Band, an informative and brief business meeting, presentation of the Giant Step Award, refreshments, and door prizes.

Donations: The Fifty-Year Club of the Ohio State Fair does not have membership dues, but voluntary donations offered at the annual celebration helps the 50-Year Club provide monetary support to special fair projects, including the All-Ohio State Fair Band and Choir and other philanthropic efforts important to the membership.

Fairfield County’s Makenna Lybarger participates in National 4-H Roth Scholars Program

In May, National 4-H Council announced a partnership with Atlanta-based businessman and philanthropist, Joel Roth, who provided a $1.1M gift to launch the 4-H Leadership Academy (The Academy). This two-year pilot will provide 25 high school students with employability skills that business leaders seek, including communication, leadership, ethics, conflict resolution and social responsibility.

Known as Roth Scholars, The Academy’s first cohort are participants from five 4-H Cooperative Extension Land Grant Universities, Auburn University, Rutgers University, The Ohio State University, University of Idaho, and University of Minnesota.

The teens selected from Ohio include: Dane Cresswell, Makenna Lybarger, Campbell Pohlman, Logan Pridemore, and Campbell Reese.

“The 4-H Leadership Academy advances a commitment shared by 4-H and Mr. Roth – to help young people develop the skills they need to prepare for work and life,” said Jill Bramble, President and CEO of National 4-H Council. “We thank Mr. Roth for his gratitude and this avenue to share leadership skills where our young people can learn, grow, and be work ready.”

Academy participants will receive stipends to support research projects that address community challenges. In addition, mentors support their learning in areas such as ethical decision-making, logic and reasoning, conflict resolution, and written and verbal communication. The culmination of the program will see the Roth Scholars implement the lessons learned in the cohort to drive research-based community impact.

“The problems facing our society are getting bigger and bigger, and more and more lasting. It’s increasingly important that we prepare young people to be thoughtful, effective leaders who are well positioned to take on these challenges,” Roth said. “4-H’s national reach, university-backed expertise, network of highly trained educators, in-person and virtual programming options, and longstanding reputation make them the perfect positive youth development partner for this new academy.”

For more information on the 4-H Leadership Academy, or to request interviews with Mr. Roth, National 4-H Council leadership, or the Roth Scholars, contact



4-H Summer Judging – Scheduling will open the week of June 24th

Hello 4-H Members! We hope that you are busy working on your 4-H projects this summer. Here are a few important updates to be aware of:

  • All Summer Judged Projects will be judged on the following days: Monday July 15th and July 16th. Scheduling for these dates will open the week of June 24th (watch email/blog posts for scheduling to link). Please be aware that certain projects will be judged on certain days – please review the 2024 4-H Member Handbook to determine your project judging day(s).

If you cannot attend judging during this week, you can:

  1. Attend Late Judging on Monday, July 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling 740-653-5419 to schedule an appointment. Participation in Late Judging receives a grade only and is not eligible for county awards or state fair consideration.
  2. Advisor Completion – Talk to your club advisor as they can work with you to review your project for completion only. No grades or awards will be given with this option.

Please review the 2024 4-H Member Handbook as you complete your project(s) and prepare for judging.

Youth enrolled in the Tractor Maintenance Club or Shooting Sports Club do not need to complete summer judging if they met all completion requirements at the club level for Small Engine/Tractor Projects and or 700 level Shooting Sports disciplines (Shotgun, Rifle, Archery). However, if they wish to qualify for the Ohio State Fair for any of these projects, they must attend summer judging for each project.

Youth enrolled in Cake Decorating have the option for summer judging completion or county fair completion. If youth wish to qualify for the Ohio State Fair, they must complete summer judging.

Food and Nutrition Project Members should also review their project book inserts. These were tucked inside your project book if books were purchased at the Fairfield County Extension Office. If needed, you can download these here: Menu Planning Worksheet and Food Project Insert packetNEW FOR 2024 – members WILL NOT bring food to judging.

Clothing Project Members should also review their project book inserts. These were tucked inside your project book if books were purchased at the Fairfield County Extension Office. If needed, you can download these here: Style Revue Card and Clothing Project Insert packet.

  • Clothing Project Members plan to attend the Style Revue at Liberty Union High School, July 15, 7:00 p.m. This is a required part of judging to be eligible for county awards and State Fair participation.

Volunteers needed for September 7th and September 22nd Skillathons

As many of you know, the Skillathon is a requirement for Fairfield County livestock/horse/dog exhibitors. For this event to be successful, we are going to need many volunteers. Complete this survey to sign up and volunteer:

The date for the first Skillathon is Saturday, September 7th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  This Skillathon is for exhibitors that will be showing beef, dairy beef, swine, sheep, meat goats and dairy cattle.  The second Skillathon will be held on Sunday, September 22nd from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  This Skillathon is for the exhibitors showing rabbits, poultry, alpacas/llamas, horses, dairy goats and pygmy goats.

The volunteer time commitment is important for this event to be successful.  During your volunteer time, you will be asked to supervise various activity stations. The volunteer needs to select their top 3 areas for which you would like to participate and select a time period during which to volunteer.

Lunch will be provided for volunteers and staff both days.

Thanks for helping with this event and making it successful. Questions about volunteering for Skillathon events can be directed to Sarah Martin, Skillathon Superintendent, at

Ohio State Fair Entries Now Open for Livestock Competitions – Deadline to enter: June 21st at 1 p.m.

Ohio State Fair Entries open now for the below species:

  • Beef
  • Boer Goats
  • Cheese
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Dairy Goats
  • Dogs (opened April 15. Deadline: May 21 at 1 p.m.)
  • Draft Horses
  • Junior Horses (Deadline: July 1 at 1 p.m.)
  • Llamas
  • Poultry
  • Rabbits
  • Sheep Swine

Unless otherwise noted, the deadline to enter livestock competitions is June 21 at 1 p.m. For rules and additional information for Ohio State Fair Livestock Competitions, please click here.

Teen Opportunity: Summer Service and Social with Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council, June 28th

Calling all teen 4-H members! Join us for a day of service and socializing in Columbus with your fellow older 4-H members on June 28th! We’ll be helping out at Ronald McDonald House of Charities in the morning, then head to Zoombezi Bay in the afternoon. Register by June 20th at Cost is only $10 which covers all activities and lunch, thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation!

More information:

What: A day of service to the community and socializing with fellow Ohio 4-H teen members!

  • Service: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbus (cleaning and helping prepare rooms for new guests, making snack and toiletry packs for guests)
  • Social: Zoombezi Bay/Columbus Zoo

Who: Any 13–18-year-old 4-H members (as of January 1, 2024)

When: Friday, June 28th, 8:45am-4:30pm; RSVP by June 20th at

Where: Meet at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at 8:45am (2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210). We will caravan to the service and social locations and return to the 4-H Center by 4:30pm.

Cost: $10 (plus additional money for souvenirs/snacks at the Zoo). This price includes picnic lunch, entry to the waterpark and zoo, and service supplies. Sponsored by the Ohio 4-H Foundation. Payment must be made by June 20 at

Volunteer Opportunity: Ohio State Fair Skillathon Facilitator

We are still in need of Ohio State Fair Skillathon Facilitators!

You will work with youth to facilitate a Skillathon station. Entry passes, snacks and meal tickets will be provided for anyone who volunteers.

Please visit the link to register:

For 2024, we are asking that you please fully commit if you are going to sign up for the Skillathon. Of course, we understand that things happen that are out of your control, and we appreciate those of you who have given us a heads-up. We are trying to avoid individuals who “no call, no show” on the day of the event. We work hard to put on these events and strive to make them as successful as possible. Coming up shorthanded on the day of the Skillathon reduces the effectiveness of our events.

With that being said, we greatly appreciate all of our volunteers and truly could not put on these successful events without you. Skillathons are a fun way to interact with 4-H youth from across the state and help them to have the best experience possible at the Ohio State Fair.

Best Wishes,

MacKenzie Dore

Program Assistant – Animal Sciences
The Ohio State University
Animal Science Building, Room 222B
2029 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210