Ohio State Fair In-Person Rabbit Skillathon: Friday, July 30th, 2021

All 4-H/FFA members are invited to participate in the Ohio State Fair In-Person Rabbit Skillathon on Friday, July 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please note the Location Change: Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor). Youth do not have to exhibit rabbit projects at the Ohio State Fair to participate in this event.

Note: Topics to be covered include Identification, Genetics, Care & Digestion, Products. For more information about the OSF Rabbit Skillathon, click here.

Fairfield County Youth who participate in any Ohio State Fair Virtual or In-Person Skillathon will meet the Fairfield County Junior Fair Skillathon Requirement. Please note that if members only compete in OSF Skillathons, they will be required to submit their 4-H/FFA Project Books for all “fair projects” to the Fairfield County Extension Office by October 1st to be reviewed. Also, if members with to participate in the Fairfield County Premier Exhibitor Program, they must complete that respective specie’s Skillathon at the Fairfield County Skillathon Day (September 11th or 12th).

Ohio State Fair In-Person Swine Skillathon: Thursday, August 5th, 2021

All 4-H/FFA members are invited to participate in the Ohio State Fair In-Person Swine Skillathon on Thursday, August 5th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd Floor). Youth do not have to exhibit swine projects at the Ohio State Fair to participate in this event.

Note: To be eligible for the Ohio State Fair Outstanding Market Exhibitor, youth MUST compete at the in-person Swine Skillathon. Topics to be covered include Equipment & Identification, Meat Science, Reproduction & Pedigrees, Zoonotic Disease. For more information about the OSF Swine Skillathon, click here.

Fairfield County Youth who participate in any Ohio State Fair Virtual or In-Person Skillathon will meet the Fairfield County Junior Fair Skillathon Requirement. Please note that if members only compete in OSF Skillathons, they will be required to submit their 4-H/FFA Project Books for all “fair projects” to the Fairfield County Extension Office by October 1st to be reviewed. Also, if members with to participate in the Fairfield County Premier Exhibitor Program, they must complete that respective specie’s Skillathon at the Fairfield County Skillathon Day (September 11th or 12th).

Ohio State Fair In-Person Sheep Skillathon: Thursday, August 5th, 2021

All 4-H/FFA members are invited to participate in the Ohio State Fair In-Person Sheep Skillathon on Thursday, August 5th from 2:00-7:00 p.m. in the Brown Arena Wool Room. Youth do not have to exhibit sheep projects at the Ohio State Fair to participate in this event.

Note: To be eligible for the Ohio State Fair Outstanding Market Exhibitor, youth MUST compete at the in-person Sheep Skillathon. Topics to be covered include Breeds, Meat Science, Nutrition & Environment, Health & Handling. For more information about the OSF Sheep Skillathon, click here.

Fairfield County Youth who participate in any Ohio State Fair Virtual or In-Person Skillathon will meet the Fairfield County Junior Fair Skillathon Requirement. Please note that if members only compete in OSF Skillathons, they will be required to submit their 4-H/FFA Project Books for all “fair projects” to the Fairfield County Extension Office by October 1st to be reviewed. Also, if members with to participate in the Fairfield County Premier Exhibitor Program, they must complete that respective specie’s Skillathon at the Fairfield County Skillathon Day (September 11th or 12th).

Ohio State Fair In-Person Poultry Skillathon: Wednesday, August 4th, 2021

All 4-H/FFA members are invited to participate in the Ohio State Fair In-Person Poultry Skillathon on Wednesday, August 4th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. in the Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion. Youth do not have to exhibit poultry projects at the Ohio State Fair to participate in this event.

Note: To be eligible for the Ohio State Fair Outstanding Market Exhibitor, youth MUST compete at the in-person Poultry Skillathon. Topics to be covered include Anatomy, Nutrition & Digestion, Products, Biosecurity & Disease, Medication & Treatment. For more information about the OSF Poultry Skillathon, click here.

Fairfield County Youth who participate in any Ohio State Fair Virtual or In-Person Skillathon will meet the Fairfield County Junior Fair Skillathon Requirement. Please note that if members only compete in OSF Skillathons, they will be required to submit their 4-H/FFA Project Books for all “fair projects” to the Fairfield County Extension Office by October 1st to be reviewed. Also, if members with to participate in the Fairfield County Premier Exhibitor Program, they must complete that respective specie’s Skillathon at the Fairfield County Skillathon Day (September 11th or 12th).

Ohio State Fair In-Person Goat Skillathon: Friday, August 6th, 2021

All 4-H/FFA members are invited to participate in the Ohio State Fair In-Person Goat Skillathon on Friday, August 6th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd Floor). Youth do not have to exhibit goat projects at the Ohio State Fair to participate in this event.

Note: To be eligible for the Ohio State Fair Outstanding Market Exhibitor, youth MUST compete at the in-person Goat Skillathon. Topics to be covered include Products, Medication & Handling, Nutrition & Digestion, Anatomy. For more information about the OSF Goat Skillathon, click here.

Fairfield County Youth who participate in any Ohio State Fair Virtual or In-Person Skillathon will meet the Fairfield County Junior Fair Skillathon Requirement. Please note that if members only compete in OSF Skillathons, they will be required to submit their 4-H/FFA Project Books for all “fair projects” to the Fairfield County Extension Office by October 1st to be reviewed. Also, if members with to participate in the Fairfield County Premier Exhibitor Program, they must complete that respective specie’s Skillathon at the Fairfield County Skillathon Day (September 11th or 12th).

Ohio State Fair In-Person Dairy Skillathon: Monday, August 2nd, 2021

All 4-H/FFA members are invited to participate in the Ohio State Fair In-Person Dairy Skillathon on Monday, August 2nd from 12:00-4:00 p.m. in the Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd Floor). Youth do not have to exhibit dairy projects at the Ohio State Fair to participate in this event.

Topics to be covered include Nutrition & Digestion, Health & Treatment, Mammary Function & Dairy Products, Environmental Stewardship. For more information about the OSF Dairy Skillathon, click here.

Fairfield County Youth who participate in any Ohio State Fair Virtual or In-Person Skillathon will meet the Fairfield County Junior Fair Skillathon Requirement. Please note that if members only compete in OSF Skillathons, they will be required to submit their 4-H/FFA Project Books for all “fair projects” to the Fairfield County Extension Office by October 1st to be reviewed. Also, if members with to participate in the Fairfield County Premier Exhibitor Program, they must complete that respective specie’s Skillathon at the Fairfield County Skillathon Day (September 11th or 12th).

Ohio State Fair In-Person Beef Skillathon: Friday, August 6th, 2021

All 4-H/FFA members are invited to participate in the Ohio State Fair In-Person Beef Skillathon on Friday, August 6th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd Floor). Youth do not have to exhibit beef projects at the Ohio State Fair to participate in this event.

Note: To be eligible for the Ohio State Fair Outstanding Market Exhibitor, youth MUST compete at the in-person Beef Skillathon. Topics to be covered include meat, environmental stewardship, treatment, nutrition and digestion. For more information about the OSF Beef Skillathon, click here.

Fairfield County Youth who participate in any Ohio State Fair Virtual or In-Person Skillathon will meet the Fairfield County Junior Fair Skillathon Requirement. Please note that if members only compete in OSF Skillathons, they will be required to submit their 4-H/FFA Project Books for all “fair projects” to the Fairfield County Extension Office by October 1st to be reviewed. Also, if members with to participate in the Fairfield County Premier Exhibitor Program, they must complete that respective specie’s Skillathon at the Fairfield County Skillathon Day (September 11th or 12th).

Market and MQP Hog Tagging: July 19th – July 30th

Please be flexible and work with the scheduling of your club/chapter advisor as they make plans to visit your homes/farms to tag all market hogs for the 2021 Fairfield County Fair. All 4-H and FFA market hogs must be tagged between July 19th and July 30th, 2021. Fairfield County Market/MQP Hog possession date was July 15th. As a reminder, each exhibitor should complete a Fairfield County Junior Fair GOAT-SHEEP-HOG-DAIRY FEEDER Tag-in Form 2021 and have this form ready for your advisor(s) when they come to tag your animals.

Missed judging last week? Sign up for Late Judging!

We strongly encourage completion of 4-H projects. Although members may have not completed or had a chance to participate in judging last week, we would like to invite them to sign up for late judging. Late judging (for grade only) will be held on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at the Extension Office by appointment between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You must call the Extension Office at 740-653-5419 to schedule an interview time. 

Junior Fair Beef Reminders and CHANGES for Breeding Heifers and Beef Feeders

Attention 4-H and FFA Beef Exhibitors – we would like to remind you of a few upcoming deadlines 2021 Fairfield County Fair.

  • The possession deadline for Beef Feeders is August 15th. NEW FOR 2021: Nose prints will not be submitted as they have been in the past. Beginning this year, a DNA hair sample must be collected, placed in a sealed plastic baggie inside a provided DNA sample kit, and dropped off to the Senior Fair Office within 5 days of the required possession date. Exhibitors will need to submit DNA hair samples with exhibitor name, phone number, email address, 4-H Club/FFA Chapter, and breed. DNA Sample Kits will be available at the extension office from 7:30 AM to 4 PM or the Fairfield County senior fair board office from 8:30 AM to 12 PM, Monday through Friday. If you’ve not done this before, see this one minute YouTube for detail on how to collect the hair sample: https://youtu.be/Upl-09ZOLF0
  • The possession deadline for Beef Breeding projects is July 1, 2021.
  • For Beef Breeding exhibitors planning to exhibit commercial/crossbred/non-registered breeding heifers: NEW FOR 2021: Nose prints will not be submitted as they have been in the past. Beginning this year, a DNA hair sample must be collected, placed in a sealed plastic baggie, and dropped off at the Senior Fair Office by July 30th, 2021. If you’ve not done this before, see this one minute YouTube for detail on how to collect the hair sample: https://youtu.be/Upl-09ZOLF0
  • Also new this year for commercial/crossbred/non-registered breeding heifers, each animal must be tattooed, have a visual numbered ear tag, or have an EID tag and the number and method of identification must be reported at the time DNA is submitted.
  • For Beef Breeding entries, a reminder that Breed classes will need to have at least two entries to be considered a class. All other registered non-class entries will be placed in the AOB division of breeds. NEW FOR 2021: Registered animals must not only declare their breed at entry, but ALSO provide proper breed registration paperwork when submitting fair entries in August.