Junior Fair Award Invoices – Reminders to send in your sponsorship!

For those Junior Fair Award Sponsors who have not paid their invoice, please pay promptly so that we can move forward with ordering respective awards and publish the Junior Fair Award Sponsors in our Junior Fair Book. Questions can be directed toward Carrie Stoneburner, Junior Fair Awards Coordinator, at fairfieldcountyjrfairawards@gmail.com or 740-503-7141. Thanks!

2024 Fairfield County Junior Fair Premier Exhibitor Contest Information

The objective of the Premier Exhibitor Contest is to encourage youth exhibitors to explore multiple aspects of the livestock specie project they are enrolled in, and to reward those youth that participate at the highest level. While some exhibitors may choose to only participate in a single aspect of an animal project, the reality is that all the various opportunities available for any given project are interrelated and participation can enhance the knowledge, skills, and enjoyment gained from the project.

  • Exhibitors will learn that market animals originate from breeding stock.
  • Performance is vital to the profitability of livestock production.
  • Efficient record keeping allows the owner to determine if the project was profitable.
  • Livestock evaluation is the foundation for selecting both breeding and market livestock.
  • Knowing breeds, body parts and muscle names and locations complements one’s ability to evaluate livestock.

It’s all interrelated and encouraging youth to expand the knowledge of their project by participating in a variety of opportunities while also in a competitive environment will enhance the learning experience.

Requirements

  • Exhibitors must be enrolled in a 4-H/FFA project in that species in their respective 4-H Club/FFA Chapter.
  • FairEntry is made in the respective species by August FairEntry deadline.
  • The exhibitor must complete the Fairfield County Skillathon for the specie they plan to compete in Premier Exhibitor. Those exhibitors who participate in the alternative Skillathon options will not be eligible for Premier Exhibitor (i.e., Ohio State Fair VIRTUAL Skillathon, Ohio State Fair IN-PERSON Skillathon, and/or Fairfield County Make-Up Skillathon). Project books will be reviewed as part of the county Skillathon event.
  • An exhibitor must complete a Skillathon for each specie they plan to compete for Premier Exhibitor. If an exhibitor does not participate in the Fairfield County Skillathon for that specie, they will be ineligible for Premier Exhibitor in that specie.
  • Exhibitors must show their own animal(s).

Eligible Species

  • Dairy Cattle
  • Beef
  • Swine
  • Sheep
  • Dairy Goats
  • Meat/Market Goats
  • Pygmy Goats
  • Poultry
  • Rabbits
  • Dogs
  • Alpacas/Llamas
  • Horses

Scoring

The Premier Exhibitor for each species will be the exhibitor with the highest point total from the activities listed for each specie (dropping the scores as mentioned below).

The goal is to encourage exhibitors to explore various opportunities available to them within their species and allow for lowest scores to be dropped when sufficient experiences are able to be offered (for example, Beef Exhibitors have far more project opportunities available to them than Pygmy Goats). The objective would be to encourage exhibitors to earn points for exhibiting animals in at least two ways at the Fairfield County Fair in addition to participating in Skillathon, showmanship, rate of gain (if applicable), and judging contests (if applicable). If exhibiting more than one animal in an activity, the highest placing animal will be used for the Premier Exhibitor scoring.

  • Dairy Cattle: The Dairy Cattle Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from up to 6 of the 7 following Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Dairy Skillathon*, Showmanship, Fairfield County Dairy Judging Contest, and Breeding Class, Market Class, Feeder Class, and Rate of Gain.
  • Beef: The Beef Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from up to 5 of the 8 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Beef Skillathon*, Showmanship, Fairfield County Beef Judging Contest, Breeding Class, Feeder Class, Market Class, Carcass Class, and Rate of Gain.
  • Swine: The Swine Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from up to 4 of the 5 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Swine Skillathon*, Showmanship, Fairfield County Swine Judging Contest, Market/MQP Class 1, and Market/MQP Class 2.
  • Sheep: The Sheep Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from 5 of the 6 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Sheep Skillathon*, Showmanship, Fairfield County Sheep Judging Contest, Breeding Class, Market/MQP Class 1, and Market/MQP Class 2.
  • Dairy Goats: The Dairy Goat Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from all 4 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Dairy Goat Skillathon*, Showmanship, Breeding (Kid/Yearling Class), and Breeding (Doe Class).
  • Meat/Market Goats: The Meat/Market Goat Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from 5 of the 6Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Meat/Market Goat Skillathon*, Showmanship, Fairfield County Meat Goat Judging Contest, Breeding (Meat Doe) Class, Market/MQP Class 1, and Market/MQP Class 2.
  • Pygmy Goats: The Pygmy Goat Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from all 4 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Pygmy Goat Skillathon*, Showmanship, Wether Class, and Doe Class.
  • Poultry: The Poultry Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from 4 of the 5 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Poultry Skillathon*, Showmanship, Breeding Class, Layers Class, and Market Class.
  • Rabbits: The Rabbit Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from all 4 of the 6 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Rabbit Skillathon*, Showmanship, Breeding Class 1, Breeding Class 2, Market Class 1, Market Class 2.
  • Dogs: The Dog Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from up to 4 of the 5 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Dog Skillathon*, You & Your Dog Interview, Showmanship, Obedience Class, and Agility.
  • Alpacas/Llamas: The Alpaca & Llama Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from up to 4 of the 5 following Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Alpaca/Llama Skillathon*, Showmanship, Public Relations Class, Costume Class, and Obstacle/Agility Class
  • Horses: The Horse Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from up to 4 of the 5 following Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Horse Skillathon*, Showmanship, Pleasure Class, Pattern Class, and Contesting Class.

The *Fairfield County Skillathon will be a mandatory activity for participation in the respective species’ Premier Exhibitor Contest. A Skillathon is an activity to test knowledge of specific subject matter in a hands-on experiential learning model. Skillathons will take place on the assigned day and times in September, and this will be the only opportunity for participants to complete the Skillathon for their respective species and be eligible to participate in the respective Premier Exhibitor Contest. Exhibitors will earn corresponding Premier Exhibitor points based off of their raw score (out of 100 points). Skillathons will be comprised of four stations. A completed project book is required at Skillathon.

The Fairfield County Livestock Judging Contest will take place on Sunday of the Fairfield County Fair for swine, beef, sheep, and goats. Exhibitors will earn corresponding Livestock Judging Contest points based off of their raw score. Total points possible will be determined on the day of the contest. The Fairfield County Dairy Judging Contest will take place on Monday of the Fairfield County Fair for dairy cattle.

Rate of Gain will be available to all market beef, dairy steer, and dairy feeder exhibitors.

Breeding/Market/Showmanship/Rate of Gain class/heat points will be assigned according to class rankings (placing 1st through 5th, followed by participation points).

Livestock Sale: If the Premier Exhibitor has a market animal in that respective species, they will sell third in the market sale for that species following the Overall Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Market Animals. If an exhibitor chooses to take home and earns Premier Exhibitor, they will lose their sale slot. (In that case second place Premier Exhibitor will not move into that sale slot).

Ties: Exhibitors will complete a tiebreaker station at Skillathon for their respective specie. Scoring from the tiebreaker station will only be used to help break ties for the overall rankings of each specie’s Premier Exhibitor.

Awards will be given for 1st place winner of each age group (Age 8/9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18), from which, overall 1st through 3rd place winners will be chosen for the Premier Exhibitor Program for each specie.

  • 1st Place Awards for each age group (Age 8/9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18) will receive a rosette and coupon to be used at the fair for a free sandwich at the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Food Booth.
  • 1st Place Award Overall for each specie will receive a vinyl banner and $100 cash award.
  • 2nd Place Award Overall for each specie will receive a vinyl banner and $75 cash award.
  • 3rd Place Award Overall for each specie will receive a vinyl banner and $50 cash award.

As printed in the 2024 Fairfield County Junior Fair Book.

LOCAL YOUTH RECEIVE STATE 4-H AWARD – Brianna Downey, Evelyn Hill, Brin-Leigh Hoisington, Silas Kohler, Julia Luallen, Kendall Wild

The 2024 Ohio 4-H Achievement Awards were presented earlier this month at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. Local 4-H members received the following awards.

Brianna Downey from Canal Winchester won the Horse Achievement Award. Downey, 18, has been a member of the Rough Riders 4-H Club alongside her horse, Harley, for nine years. She shows in multiple classes and has received awards at the Fairfield County Junior Fair and many state events. She was also a four-year member of the Junior Leaders. She is currently a senior at Groveport Madison High School and is the daughter of Elizabeth McGrady and Patrick Downey.

Evelyn Hill from Lancaster won the Health and Safety Achievement Award. Hill, 17, has been a 4-H member in Fairfield County for seven years. She has taken a multitude of health-related projects and is currently serving as an Ohio Health Hero and the State Outreach Committee Chair on the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council. She is a junior at Lancaster High School and hopes to study biochemistry as a pre-med track to pursue a career as an ER Physician. She is the daughter of Jessica Hill, James Martin, and Jason Hill.

Brin-Leigh Hoisington from Baltimore won the Leadership Achievement Award. Hoisington, 15, has been a 4-H member in Fairfield County for seven years. She is a camp counselor, a Junior Fair Board Member, and has had success at the Ohio State Fair, winning a clock trophy for her workforce preparation project. Hoisington is currently a freshman at Liberty Union High School and is the daughter of Ryan and Amber Hoisington.

Silas Kohler from Lancaster won the Dairy Achievement Award. Kohler, 15, began his 4-H career as a Cloverbud. He has shown dairy cattle, dairy feeders, and hogs, is a camp counselor, and recently attended the National 4-H Dairy Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a freshman at Liberty Union High School and is the son of Jeremy and Hannah Kohler.

Julia Luallen from Pataskala won the Clothing and Textiles Achievement Award. Luallen, 18, has been a part of Fairfield County 4-H for ten years. She has achieved many awards at the county and state level for various sewing projects. She is a camp counselor, a member of the Fashion and Nutrition Board, and attended Sea Camp last summer. She plans to attend college in the fall to pursue a degree in occupational therapy. She is the daughter of Scott and Misty Luallen.

Kendall Wild from Canal Winchester won the Environmental Science Achievement Award. Wild, 14, began her career as a Cloverbud eight years ago. She has taken numerous STEM projects, which includes the area of environmental science, shows alpacas, and was the recipient of the Julie Miller Memorial Award at the 2023 Ohio State Fair. Wild also participates in the state demonstration contest and is a member of her county’s Junior Leaders, as well as Fashion and Nutrition Board. She is an eighth grader at Bloom Carroll Middle School and is the daughter of Christopher and Tiffany Wild.

Ohio 4-H Achievement Awards are presented annually to individuals for outstanding work in their project area. The evening was hosted by the Ohio 4-H Foundation, with 29 youth receiving 2024 honors.

Ohio 4-H is the youth development program of Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. In 2023, over 156,000 Ohio youth participated in clubs, groups, and special interest programs.

Silas Kohler – 2024 Ohio 4-H Dairy Achievement Award Winner

Kendall Wild – 2024 Ohio 4-H Environmental Science Achievement Award Winner

Julia Luallen – 2024 Ohio 4-H Clothing and Textiles Achievement Award Winner

Evelyn Hill – 2024 Ohio 4-H Health and Safety Achievement Award Winner

Brin Leigh Hoisington – 2024 Ohio 4-H Leadership Achievement Award Winner

Brianna Downey – 2024 Ohio 4-H Horse Achievement Award Winner

 

Fairfield County 4-H Achievement Awards

4-H members who completed the Ohio 4-H Achievement or Junior Achievement Forms were recognized on April 11th at the Fairfield County 4-H Achievement Awards Program. Scholarship winners were also announced and recognized. A sincere thank you to Fairfield Federal for their continued sponsorship of this awards program. A big thank you to the Fairfield County Commissioners, Senator Tim Shaffer, and Representative Kevin Miller for providing certificates to our members. And a special thank you Commissioner Fix, Commissioner Levacy, Commissioner Fix, Senator Shaffer, and Representative Miller for attending this event!

Thank you to our scholarship donors: Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee, Basil Garden Club, Fenstermaker Family, Park National Bank, Kiwanis Club of Lancaster, and Feeder Creek Veterinary Services.

Additionally, we would like to thank our trip sponsors: Sewing Shefs 4-H Club, KKEZ 4-H Club, OK and Judy Schurtz, Justin Marteney Memorial Shooting Sports Education Camp Fund, OSU Endowment Interest Fund, 4-H Advisory Committee and the Bertha Wilson Trust.

For photos from the event, click here. Congrats to all and keep up the great work!

For a complete listing of 2024 awards: 2024 Achievement Banquet Program and 2024 Scholarship Awards

State Horse Bowl & Hippology Contest Results

Congratulations to the Fairfield County Junior & Senior Teams on placing in the State Horse Bowl & Hippology Contests held on April 6, 2024!

Senior Hippology Team

10th Place

Members: Alayna Byrd, Beau Cutright, Riley Cain and Brianna Downey

Junior Horse Bowl Team

9th Place

Members: Brenna Neff, Baylin Alt, Bella Champlin and Hallie Nicodemus

  • Hallie Nicodemus individually placed 9th (out of 91 kids competing in the state)
  • Brenna Neff individually placed 7th (out of 91 kids competing in the state)

Secretary’s Book Contest Results

The Fairfield County 4-H Secretary’s Book Annual Contest is proudly sponsored and funded each year by the family of Robert L. Hillman who was a 4-H advisor for many years in Pickaway County. Mr. Hillman believed strongly in teaching and practicing quality record keeping within the structure of the 4-H program. He continued to support his grandchildren, Adam, Milea, and Sarah Maxwell, in their 4-H endeavors in Fairfield County until his death in 2003. To continue his long-standing commitment to the tradition of record keeping and the 4-H program, his family is proud to sponsor this competition in his memory.

When the Secretary’s Book is complete, it should document the activities by its members for one year. It becomes a historical document to be enjoyed for years to come as individuals review it with fondness and memories.

All secretaries are eligible and encouraged to submit a book each year. There is a monetary award that goes to the winners and they go directly to that individual. The 4-H Secretary Book Rubric was used to evaluate each secretary’s book that was submitted in the contest. Each book was evaluated and received a one-, two-, or three-star rating based on the rubric. Based on the star ratings, the top  individual will receive a monetary award.

The 2023 results are:

  • Catherine Buckley, 1st Place, 3 Star Book. Catherine is a member of the Amanda Work & Win 4-H Club
  • Scarlett Sims, 2nd Place, 3 Star Book. Scarlett is a member of the Sewing Shefs 4-H Club
  • Ellie Foster, 1 Star Book. Ellie is a member of the Pygmies Plus 4-H Club
  • Kendall Wild, 1 Star Book. Kendall is a member of the Lithopolis Livestock 4-H Club

Thank you to all of the members who participated in the Secretary’s Book contest this year. Keep up the good record keeping! If your club did not participate this year, we hope you will keep this contest in mind and participate next year.

Treasurer’s Book Contest Results

The Fairfield County 4-H Treasurer’s Book Annual Contest is proudly sponsored and funded each year by the Friendly Bremen Banking Center. Thank you, Jodi Motta and Vinton County Bank, for their support and organization of this contest.

The role of the club treasurer is to handle all money matters of the club and maintain accurate financial records.  When the Treasurer’s Book is complete, it should document the activities by its members for one year. It becomes a historical document to that accurately records the club’s income and expenses, and shows that the club is in good financial standing.

All treasurers are eligible and encouraged to submit a book each year. There is a monetary award that goes to the winners and they go directly to that individual. The 4-H Treasurer Book Rubric was used to evaluate each treasurer’s book that was submitted in the contest. Employees of the bank will review the books and choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner. Each member who places will receive a visa gift card.

The 2023 results are:

  •  Krosby Sims, 1st Place. Krosby is from the Sewing Shef’s 4-H Club.
  • Ariana Norris, 2nd Place. Ariana is from the Amanda Work & Win 4-H Club.

Thank you to all of the members who participated in the Treasurer’s Book contest this year. Keep up the good record keeping! If your club did not participate this year, we hope you will keep this contest in mind and participate next year.

State 4-H Achievement Awards Announcement – Fairfield County Results!

Congrats to the following teens who will be recognized for their State 4-H Achievement awards at our Fairfield County 4-H Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 11th, 2024!

The following individuals are STATE AWARD WINNERS in their respective project area and will be invited to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta Georgia this fall! Additionally, they will be recognized with other state winners from across Ohio at the State 4-H Achievement Banquet in June.

  • Brianna Downey – Horses
  • Evelyn Hill – Health & Safety
  • Brin Leigh Hoisington – Leadership
  • Silas Kohler – Dairy Cattle
  • Julia Luallen – Clothing & Textiles
  • Kendall Wild – Environmental Science

The following individuals are FIRST ALTERNATES to the State Achievement Award winners:

  • Brin Leigh Hoisington – Swine
  • Emma Huntwork – Family Life & Child Development
  • Lydia Jones – National Dairy Conference
  • Gus Swinehart – Woodworking

The following individuals are SECOND ALTERNATES to the State Achievement Award winners:

  • Kaitlyn Stonerock – Citizenship & Community Service
  • Dominic Woods – Mechanical & Engineering Science
  • Katelyn Wynkoop – Alpacas/Llamas

Congrats to all! Keep up the great working maintaining your 4-H records which open the doors to many county, state, and national 4-H opportunities.

Scholarship Opportunity: Basil Garden Club (NEW for 2024) – due 1/12/2024

Basil Garden Club – New in 2024 for Fairfield County 4-H Members (no gardening experience or project work is required!). Applications are due Friday, January 12, 2024 in paper copy to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. An additional copy of your Ohio 4-H Achievement Form must also be turned in with your scholarship application.

If you have questions or want more information, please contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu or 740-277-4625.  Please download the form for the interactive pdf to work.

Additional scholarship opportunities can be found on our Fairfield County Extension website under Older Youth Opportunities or visit previous Fairfield County 4-H blog posts.

Junior Achievement Award Applications (ages 9-13) due 1/12/2024

Fairfield County Jr. Achievement Form (pdf)  (Paper copy is due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2024).

For 4-H members ages 8-13 as of January 1, 2024 to complete.  This form provides a start towards completing the Ohio Achievement Record form.

There are three levels of awards:  White Clover for members in the first and second year, Green Clover for members in their third and fourth years, and Gold Clover for members in the fifth and sixth year of Traditional 4-H.

The cover letter may be found here.

Example Jr. Achievement Form