Poultry Show Exhibitor Updates 10/7/2021

From the Poultry Show Committee: It’s just about time….. So wanted to take time to point out a few things.
  • Birds can start arriving at 9AM Saturday. Cages will be marked. Most show categories are up in numbers again this year, so we will be very tight on cage space. Please double-up on as many breeding birds as you can. Most cages in the breeding barn will have 2 cards on them indicating you need to house 2 birds to a cage. Layers also need to be housed in the same cage. If you have problems with your cages, please seek out a committee member before using a cage not marked for you.
  • We will have an exhibitor meeting at 1:30 in the Ed Sands Building (on the other side of the track where we will be showing).
  • Check in for everything but market chickens and ducks will be from 2:30 – 4:30 in the #50 show arena (adjacent to the breeding barn). We do not need to see your birds at check-in, but you must bring hatchery paperwork showing your birds were purchased in the last 12 months from an NPIP approved hatchery. If you don’t have this paperwork, your birds must be blood-tested prior to check-in. We will have blood-testing available during check-in this year. You must check in during this time to verify your entries and provide paperwork in order to be able to show.
  • If you are bringing market chickens, turkeys, or ducks, you MUST fill out your DUNF form online BEFORE arriving for weigh-in (check-in for turkeys). We will have a list of those that have completed DUNF forms, but it is best to have a screenshot or printout with you in case there are questions. The form can be filled out now. See the rule book for details. https://u.osu.edu/fcfair/dunf-drug-use-notification-forms/
  • Weigh-in for market chickens and ducks will be from 4-5 in the #50 show arena. You will need to have your DUNF form completed and provide hatchery paperwork before weighing your birds.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!!!!!

Dairy Goat Identification Reminder

All dairy goats must be individually identified by either a tattoo that matches an original registration paper or by a microchip that is listed on the original registration paper.  If using a micro chip for identification you must provide the reader and have it available at all times.  Microchip animals must also have a tattoo “E” or “ET”. This is to be in compliance with USDA rules. The other alternative is to have a scrapie tag on your dairy goat.


Robin Saum, Dairy Goat Superintendent

Sign up now for the Livestock Judging Contest!

Livestock Judging Contest: Sunday, October 10,  9 a.m., East side of the Swine Barn
Contest to follow beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Swine Barn

Superintendent: James Maynard
Assistant Superintendent: Hayley Maynard

Please sign up for the contest using this link


The contest will be conducted in two divisions: Senior (ages 14-18), Junior (ages 8-13).

  1. All ages are as of January 1st of the current year.
  2. Rules and conditions apply to both divisions.
  3. When available, one class from each of the following will be used: Market Hogs, Breeding Gilts, Market Lambs, Breeding Ewes, Market Goats, Breeding Goats, and Market Beef Steers and Breeding Beef Heifers.
  4. Livestock entered in the Junior Fair and/or Open classes and housed at the fair are subject to be used for the Livestock Judging Contest.
  5. Committee members have the right to bring in outside livestock to fill classes, if not enough animals are made available from FFA and 4-H members on Sunday of the fair. Animals brought to the fairgrounds must be checked by a veterinarian before setting foot on the fairgrounds.
  6. For each species there will be at least one placing class and one questions class.
  7. The scores will be computed by the committee in charge and displayed.
  8. For Junior Fair Premier Exhibitor purposes, all participants will be grouped into one group per species (regardless of age) and ranked.
  9. Tiebreakers for Livestock Judging Contest Awards shall be (in order):
    a) The highest total score for all questions and answers.
    b) Most consistency of class scores – narrowest spread from high to low score.
    c) Highest score on one set of oral reasons given on a class of the participant’s choice, given to Contest Superintendent(s).

Sponsors Needed for Junior Fair Awards (as of 10/1/2021)

Award sponsors should have received their invoices to make payment toward sponsoring 2021 Junior Fair Awards. Please send payment in as soon as possible. If questions, contact Ashleigh Traster at 740-503-4980 or by email at ashleigh.trasterffw3@gmail.com. Please note, Ashleigh was the new Junior Fair Awards Coordinator starting in 2020!

The following awards are currently not sponsored for 2021 as of October 1, 2021. Many of these awards are NEW for 2021 as we have made updates to our Premier Exhibitor Program.

Please contact Aubry Fowler (fowler.443@osu.edu) to be sure the Premier Exhibitor award is still available. Thank you in advance!

Dairy Breeding Premier Exhibitor Awards

  • 2nd Place Dairy Breeding Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $75
  • 2nd Place Dairy Breeding Premier Exhibitor – Banner $25
  • 3rd Place Dairy Breeding Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $50

Dairy Feeder Premier Exhibitor Awards

  • 1st Place Dairy Feeder Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $100
  • 1st Place Dairy Feeder Premier Exhibitor – Banner $25
  • 3rd Place Dairy Feeder Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $50
  • 3rd Place Dairy Feeder Premier Exhibitor – Banner $25

Sheep Premier Exhibitor Awards

  • 3rd Place Sheep Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $50

Dairy Goat Premier Exhibitor Awards

  • 1st Place Dairy Goat Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $100
  • 1st Place Dairy Goat Premier Exhibitor – Banner $25
  • 2nd Place Dairy Goat Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $75
  • 2nd Place Dairy Goat Premier Exhibitor – Banner $25

Meat/Market Goat Premier Exhibitor Awards

  • 2nd Place Meat/Market Goat Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $75
  • 2nd Place Meat/Market Goat Premier Exhibitor – Banner $25
  • 3rd Place Meat/Market Goat Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $50
  • 3rd Place Meat/Market Goat Premier Exhibitor – Banner $25

Pygmy Goat Premier Exhibitor Awards

  • 1st Place Pygmy Goat Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $100
  • 1st Place Pygmy Goat Premier Exhibitor – Banner $25
  • 2nd Place Pygmy Goat Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $75
  • 2nd Place Pygmy Goat Premier Exhibitor – Banner $25
  • 3rd Place Pygmy Goat Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $50
  • 3rd Place Pygmy Goat Premier Exhibitor – Banner $25

Poultry Premier Exhibitor Awards

  • 3rd Place Poultry Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $50
  • 3rd Place Poultry Premier Exhibitor – Banner $25
  • 1st Place Premier Exhibitor Age Division Winners (10 Awards at $10 each) – $100 Total Sponsorship

Rabbit Premier Exhibitor Awards

  • 1st Place Rabbit Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $100
  • 2rd Place Rabbit Premier Exhibitor – Cash Award $50
  • 1st Place Premier Exhibitor Age Division Winners (5 Awards at $10 each) – $50 Total Sponsorship

Junior Fair Office Hours during Fair Week

The Junior Fair Office is located on the north side of the fairgrounds in the Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena. This is where exhibitors will pickup backtags for livestock/horse shows.

Office Hours will be as follows:

  • Sunday, October 10th: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 11th: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 12th: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 13th: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 14th: 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. **Sale Office takes over the Junior Fair Office Area from 12:00 p.m. Thursday through Friday’s sale. Buyers can check-in one hour before the start of each sale.
  • Friday, October 15th: Closed (only open for Livestock Sale purposes)
  • Saturday, October 16th: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

OSU Extension Office Hours During the Fair

The Extension Office (831 College Ave, Suite D) will be closed Monday, October 11, 2021.  Our hours the remainder of fair week will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 12th through Friday, October 15th, 2021.  Please call first to make sure someone is in the office before stopping by – most of us will be at the fairgrounds all week.  Call 740-653-5419.

Fight the Hunger – Fill the Trailer at the 2021 Fairfield County Fair!

Dear 4-H Friends,

The Fairfield County Senior Fairboard is very excited to participate in the Farm Credit Mid-America “Fight the Hunger-Fill the Trailer”  canned food drive campaign beginning on Monday, October 11 after the Grand Opening of the 2021 Fairfield County Fair.  We are encouraging all Junior Fair Participants to join in this challenge to help those in our community who need assistance especially as we look to colder weather ahead.  We are partnering with the Fairfield County Junior Leaders in this effort and do appreciate their support in this HUGE undertaking during County Fair Week.

Each of the clubs, chapters or groups participating will be asked to bring your canned food donations to either the Ed Sands or the North Wing of the Dairy Barn by the Alpacas to our drop off sites.  Donations will be weighed daily and winning clubs will be kept an announced daily via the Fairfield County Fair Facebook page.  Our goal is 10,000 lbs of canned food!! We CAN DO THIS!!!

Since we know this upcoming week is a busy time for everyone, if you would like to drop off your donations at either the Ed Sands or Dairy Barn during Club Set Up on Friday, October 8 near the kitchen door/window  or Saturday, October 9 we will hold those donations for you until the official Contest beginning on Monday, October 11.   Please be sure you donations are clearly marked on the bag or box of donations, so your group can be credited for the donation.  Also, if you have friends or relatives coming to the fair to watch you exhibit your projects, please let them know they can participate too!!  We will have large drop box containers at every entrance gate to receive donations, just be sure your club name is attached to your families donation!!   The contest will end on Saturday, October 16 when we visit all the campers on the Fairgrounds with our Junior Leader helpers  to “clean the camper “  looking for canned food items!! Join the fun of this great community service project!!

The winning groups will receive a cash prize from the Fairfield County Senior Fairboard in the amount of $100.00 for your club, chapter or group.  There will be 5 winning prizes.  Please consider helping the Senior Fairboard with this worthwhile campaign.  Our goal is to win the $5,000 top prize in this contest and make the entry process easier for all of our Junior Fair groups!!    Also, please let us know if there is a particular food pantry or blessing box you wish for some of your donations to be directed to and let us know if you would like to be a part of the delivering your donation with the Fairfield County Junior Leaders after the Fair!

Attention Teens – Attend Carving New Ideas Workshop October 29-31

Carving New Ideas is an overnight camping opportunity for youth in grades 8-12 featuring educational workshops, recreation sessions, and leadership development. Hosted by the OSU Collegiate 4-H Club, CNI will take place October 29-31 at 4-H Camp Ohio (11461 Camp Ohio Road, St. Louisville OH). Check-In is Friday, October 29th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. and Check-Out is Sunday, October 31st at 10:00 a.m.

The total camp fee is $75. However, the Bertha Wilson Camp Scholarship will cover $50 of this fee and you will only be responsible for $25!

Although you will see the deadline to register is October 6th on the attached flyer, I will need to know who will be attending from Fairfield County utilizing this camp scholarship and assist you with the payment process. Please see attached letter and acceptance/decline form with additional information.

Steps to proceed if you’d like to attend:

  1. Contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu to let her know you want to attend! She will email an invitation letter with acceptance form for this trip opportunity.
  2. If accepting, your signed acceptance form, thank you note and $25 payment should be brought to the Extension Office at your earliest convenience. Preferably, by October 5th. If you can’t make it by that date, just let me know “it’s coming”… I know it’s a busy time with school and fair fast approaching.
  3. If accepting, you must complete the online registration form by October 6tH: http://go.osu.edu/cni (please forward me a copy of your email confirmation if you receive one).
    • Select “pay by check” during registration. I will take care of payment in one effort from Fairfield County.

We hope that many of you take advantage of this in-person teen opportunity. Please reach out if you have any questions!

Swine Exhibitors: Paperwork required at weigh-in

The following forms must be turned in at Swine Weigh-In:

DUNF Forms:

  • DUNF forms are required for market and MQP hogs (information to file these online before weigh-in can be found here).
  • DUNF forms should be completed as close to fair weigh-in as possible to ensure the information submitted is correct (between October 7th and before weigh-in on October 9th).
  • Exhibitors need to submit a DUNF for EACH animal.
  • DUNF forms must be completed online BEFORE weigh-in: http://go.osu.edu/fairfielddunf.
    • Exhibitors will receive an email receipt after submitting their online DUNF form.
    • Exhibitors will be asked to show a copy of this receipt (with exhibitor name and tag number) for each animal at weigh-in. This can be done by printing off the email receipt or showing the Show Committee the email receipt on a smartphone.
    • If an exhibitor submits an online DUNF in error (i.e. incorrect species, incorrect tag number), they must notify Leslie Cooksey (cooksey.25@osu.edu) and submit a new DUNF with the correct information.

Take Home Form: Must be turned in before the hog leaves the scale.

“No Ractopamine/Paylean” Affidavit: must be submitted ONLINE by fair weigh-in for ALL market hogs.

  • As a reminder, the Fairfield County Swine Show will be Ractopamine (i.e. Paylean) free. For more information, visit: u.osu.edu/nopaylean
  • All 4-H and FFA members and advisors need to take the time to review the information on the website listed above.
    • The OPEN class swine show is NOT a ractopamine-free show.
    • The JUNIOR show, IS ractopamine-free and Junior Fair Exhibitors will need to sign an affidavit indicating the pig was ractopamine-free at the time the Junior exhibitor acquired it. There will not be a form for breeders to sign.