Correction to Junior Fair Book – Market Lamb Weigh-In

Thanks to those who have noted that the date is incorrect for market lamb weigh-in at the fair.  Page 31 of the Junior Fair book says Saturday October 8th…it should say Saturday October 7th, 4:30 – 6:00 pm.

Please share this with your parents, advisors and friends with market lambs. We sent emails to 4-H members, advisors and FFA instructors with this same information.

Let us know if you have questions.

Missy: 740-652-7264

Leslie: 740-652-7272

4-H Display Barn Guards/Volunteers NEEDED for Fair Week!

To help cut down on vandalism or theft in the 4-H Display Barn at the fair, we ask that all clubs with booths (and even if your club doesn’t have a booth), to have adults volunteer to serve as 4-H Display Barn Guards. Shifts available are for a 3-hour period each day of the fair. Ideally, we would like to have 2-3 people volunteer in teach time slot. Volunteers can be parents, advisors, or older 4-H members who are age 16 or older.

4-H Display Barn Guards watch the area and answer visitors’ questions. They provide information about 4-H to 4-H Display Barn visitors and ensure the safety of the exhibits. At the start of the shift, we ask volunteers to please sign-in at the Volunteer Station at the Broad Street (New Door) entrance area. This year, the Garage Door will be kept shut to help with the dust on the projects. 4-H Display Barn Guards will find badges to wear to identify themselves to the public. 4-H Display Barn Guards are welcome to sit at the station, but we ask that 4-H Display Barn Guards please be sure to make several trips around the building to make sure things are in place. Please be sure no one removes any exhibits AND there is absolutely NO SMOKING in the building (this is a big one) – please help remind visitors of this rule.

Thanks in advance! It’s important to protect the hard work of our young 4-H members while on display during the fair.

4-H Booths and 4-H Display Barn – Fair Information

The 4-H Display Barn will house ALL still projects. Clubs who submitted a booth request by September 8th should have received a letter from our office with the location of your booth and other fair details. If your club has a booth, all still projects will go in the club’s booth.

Gardening/Crop Projects will be brought to the 4-H Display Barn during set-up times and will be displayed together in a central location in the AgMazing AgriCenter (Ed Sands Building). Please check with the 4-H Display Barn staff present to complete an exhibit card.

There will be a special area in the 4-H Display Barn for all State Fair Clothing Participants – so these projects will not be displayed in the club’s booth.

If your club is not having a booth, there will be a special area in the 4-H Display Barn for your member’s projects to be displayed. A reminder that in order for a member to receive a premium for their project, it MUST BE DISPLAYED the entire week of the fair! 

The 2017 theme for the 4-H Display Barn is “Now this is a Story all about 4-H”. Clubs should decorate their booth using this them. Please note, no straw is permitted in the displays including bales! The use of feathers is also prohibited from 4-H Display Barn displays.

4-H Display Barn Setup will be Friday, October 6th from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 7th from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. 4-H Display Barn Tear Down is Sunday, October 15th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ONLY – no early removals!

Please Remember to THANK YOUR SPONSORS!

We need to make sure our sponsors receive thanks and appreciation for supporting Fairfield County’s youth. This would include applying for the Bertha Wilson Scholarship, receiving awards at Summerfest, as well as receiving awards at the Fairfield County Junior Fair.

Please make sure if you are receiving awards (or have received awards already this year), to write a thank you note to your sponsor for these awards. Several people took lots of time making sure there was an address label for your particular sponsor on the back of rosettes/ribbons and attached to trophies.

Please note that we often lose sponsors because they do not receive a note of appreciation and thanks from our youth members receiving the awards that they have sponsored. If a member is not sure of their sponsor for an award received at Summerfest or the Fair, please contact the Extension Office and we will help you get the information you need.

We also strongly encourage youth to share information about their project, award(s) received, and perhaps a picture! Sponsors really enjoy reading this information.

4-H Livestock Project Book Competitions

Exhibitor project record books will be judged as part of the Premier Exhibitor Contests for each livestock species (this is required for consideration in any species’ Premier Exhibitor Contest).

However, you do not need to be participating in the Premier Exhibitor Contest to turn in a book and be considered for the Project Book Competition (separate awards will be awarded!).

There will also be a tiebreaker question that youth who are participating in the 4-H Project Book Competition need to answer when they drop off their book at each species’ weigh-in. Project books MUST be turned in at fair weigh-in/check-in and will be judged during fair week. Awards will be presented for each species’ competition at their respective shows.

Cakes, Pies, and Candies Reminder

Cakes, pies, and candies will only be accepted in the 4-H Display Barn on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. or Monday, October 9th from 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. NO ITEMS ARE ACCEPTED ON SUNDAY! Judging will be held on Monday, October 9th in the 4-H Display Barn with registration starting at 2:30 p.m. and judging beginning at 3:00 p.m. Results will be announced once all judging has been completed at approximately 7:15 p.m. Please check your 4-H Member’s Handbook on page 27 and Junior Fair Rules Book for additional information.

DUNF Forms (Drug Use Notification Forms)

The Drug Use Notification Forms (DUNF) are now available for advisors to pickup from the Senior Fair Office or Extension Office. Forms will be due at weigh-in for each species. As a reminder, our county code is 94. NEW for 2017, per page 7 of the Junior Fair Rule Book, Rule 26 states: Market animals and any species that requires a DUNF must be free from any/all drugs in their system on fair weigh-in day.

Carving New Ideas Workshop

The Carving New Ideas Workshop is open to youth who are in 8th – 12th grades and will be held November 3rd-5th at 4-H Camp Ohio in St. Louisville, Ohio. Carving New Ideas is a camping opportunity for older youth, concentrating on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation. Campers will go for the gold during their time at Camp Ohio. The focus of the camp will be healthy living, striving to make winning strides in each of the health focuses of the camp. Sessions and speakers, along with other fun, will focus on making us all healthier, one gold medal at a time.

Those youth who were awarded this trip in the spring of 2017 will be contacted soon by Leslie Cooksey about how to register. All other interested youth can register directly online at: or share the attached poster. The online registration allows credit cards.


Paper Registration

State 4-H Horse Competitive Trail Ride Results

Congrats to the following Fairfield County 4-H Horse Members who placed at the State 4-H Competitive Trail Ride.

Junior/First Year Division – Gabby Gugliemotto: 8th Overall

Senior Division – Emma Farmer: 3rd Horsemanship, 9th Conditioning, 8th Overall

For a complete list of results, click here.

Pictured: Fairfield County 4-H Horse Members who participated in the 2017 Ohio State 4-H Competitive Trail Ride: Madelynn Sullivan, Elliott Tipple, Jordan Kagey, Gabby Gugliemotto, and Emma Farmer.