Attention STATE FAIR livestock exhibitors – PLEASE READ!

For those 4-H and FFA members who wish to enter into the Junior Shows at the Ohio State Fair, please read!

This message was pulled from the Ohio State Fair website on 4/22/2020:

As you may have heard, Ohio 4-H has cancelled all in-person 4-H activities through July 6. At this time, the Ohio State Fair is still making preparations for its junior livestock show to proceed as planned. All 4-H members may enter their livestock project at the Ohio State Fair as long as they are enrolled in the project at the county level, regardless of whether or not they actually showed the animal; this is the typical process for county fairs that occur after the Ohio State Fair. All county 4-H educators will still be able to verify whether or not a 4-H member has enrolled in that project while teleworking. Entry information for the Ohio State Fair’s livestock competitions will be updated online in mid-May. The deadline to enter is June 20.

4-H and FFA members must make entries online at

No late entries will be accepted. Additionally, you may review the link above to confirm rules and possession dates for the Ohio State Fair.

Attention Swine Exhibitors:

  • 4-H youth who wish to take a GILT in the Junior Swine Show MUST be enrolled in the Breeding Swine Project. There is no Market Gilt Show at the Ohio State Fair. This project must be submitted by your May 1st enrollment deadline via 4-HOnline.
  • New for 2020: Youth who are taking hogs to the Ohio State Fair must have a parent/guardian certified in Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) by June 20th. One parent can complete this certification for all children in the family (household). The certification is good for 3 years and is required by the packer at the state fair. The certification number is required when making swine entries on June 20th (you will be asked to enter that information). For more information on how to complete this requirement, please contact Leslie Cooksey at

Quality Assurance Options for Ohio State Fair Exhibitors: If your Fairfield County 4-H Club/FFA Chapter did not host Quality Assurance Training at the club level prior to March 12th – here are your Quality Assurance options you can do to meet the QA requirement for the Ohio State Fair. The 45 day rule in which QA must be completed before the start of the exhibition has been waived in 2020 by ODA. I highly suggested QA is completed by the Ohio State Fair deadline (June 20) and will certainly need to be completed when we verify Ohio State Fair livestock entries in early July. Additionally, the Ohio State Fair is Ractopamine (i.e. Paylean) free for market hogs. You will have to select that you understand this when making your Ohio State Fair entry and you will have to provide a signed affidavit at weigh-in at state fair.

  • Option 1: Complete online with YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals). This is the ONLY approved ONLINE Quality Assurance Program for youth in Ohio. For 2020 ONLY, this web-based course has been approved by ODA for 8-18 year olds.
    • Go to: https://yqca.learningrow.lo.
      • Fairfield County 4-H Members should select “sign in with 4-HOnline”. It will prompt you to select a state and then enter your 4-HOnline account information. After successfully logging in, you will be given a list of active family members. Select the family member and start the account creation process.
      • Fairfield County FFA Members (who are not in 4-H) should select FFA & Independent Sign-In.
    • You will need to select the web-based training ($12.00 per member, annually).
    • For a complete list of directions visit: Getting Your YQCA Online Certification
    • When you are finished, please send name(s) and certificate number(s) to Leslie Cooksey at
  • Option 2: For those FFA and 4-H Members who plan to enter livestock into the Ohio State Fair and do not want to complete YQCA, please email Leslie Cooksey at to indicate that you need to participate in Quality Assurance for the Ohio State Fair. She will be setting up another virtual option before June 20th. Advisors cannot teach QA through Zoom at this time.

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