4-H clubs and members looking for a community service opportunity, look no further!
The Fairfield County Meals on Wheels invites the community to contribute toward Food 4 Paws. Information about this opportunity is included in the flyer below.
The 2023 Canine Ambassador Application is now available: http://go.osu.edu/queenandreps
Applications are due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 18, 2023.
Congrats to Fairfield County 4-H members who participated in the 2023 Ohio State Fair Dog Show! For a complete list of 2023 Ohio State Fair Dog Show results, click here.
Hannah Jones received 1st place in You & Your Dog (Junior) with her dog, Dexter. She also received 7th place in Showmanship (Junior B) and 14th place on Rally (Novice A).
This information is also posted in the 2023 Junior Fair Book under Optional Activities for Species: http://go.osu.edu/fcjrbook
Premier Exhibitor Contests
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rate of Gain will be available to all market beef that are exhibited in the live show, 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
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.
Mandatory Dog Check-In Reminder: This is a reminder to those youth enrolled in 201D You and Your Dog for the upcoming Mandatory Dog Check-In Day. Please plan on joining us on Saturday, August 26th starting at 10 am in the Feeder Creek Veterinary Show Arena on the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.
What do I need to bring?
Please bring your completed (as complete as it can be on that date) project book, your dog, your 2023 Fairfield County Dog Project Identification Form and Vaccination Certificate, a water bowl for your dog, a crate for your dog and a chair for you.
Mandatory Dog Check-In Day includes: (Saturday, August 26, 10:00 a.m.)
New for 2023: Showmanship and You and Your Dog questions will consist of 3 questions from the Ohio State Fair question bank and the remainder from the You and Your Dog project book and in the Dog Resource Guide (2018).
We look forward to seeing you on the 26th!
For a complete list of Junior Fair Rules, check out the 2023 Junior Fair Book: http://go.osu.edu/fcjrbook
Congratulations to Fairfield County 4-H/FFA members completing the Ohio State Fair In-Person Skillathon for Dogs. For a complete list of Ohio State Fair Skillathon Results, visit: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-4-h-skillathons
8/9 Year Olds:
Did you know any 4-H/FFA youth can participate in the State Fair Skillathon? Skillathons are events for youth to show what they know about a species and to be recognized for their knowledge and skills. All Skillathons are open to any Ohio 4-H member, age 8 and in the 3rd grade, or 9 years old and older regardless of grade level, to age 18 as of January 1, 2023, and FFA members. Youth do not have to be an exhibitor at the Ohio State Fair to participate or be enrolled in an animal project. Want more information? Click here!
(OBE) Breeding Beef Skillathon: Monday, July 24 & Friday, July 28, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
In-Person: Thursday, August 3, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
In-Person: Tuesday, August 1st, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
In-Person: Tuesday, July 18th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
(OBE) Breeding Goat Skillathon: Tuesday, July 18, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, O’Neill Swine Barn
In-Person: Friday, July 21, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
In-Person: Monday, July 17, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
In-Person: Wednesday, August 2, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Rabbit & Poultry Pavilion
In-Person: Friday, August 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Rabbit & Poultry Pavilion
(OBE) Breeding Sheep Skillathon: Monday, July 31 & Wednesday, August 2nd, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Brown Sheep Building
In-Person: Tuesday, July 25, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Brown Sheep Building
(OBE) Breeding Swine Skillathon: Friday, July 28, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, O’Neill Swine Barn
In-Person: Thursday, August 3, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, O’Neill Swine Barn
By participating in an Ohio State Fair Skillathon, this will meet the Skillathon requirement for 4-H and FFA youth to exhibit at the 2023 Fairfield County Junior Fair. As a reminder, Skillathons will continue in 2023 as a required portion of project completion for livestock projects. Fairfield County Skillathons will be offered for all beef, dairy, goat, poultry, rabbit (except Pet Rabbits), sheep, swine, dog, horse, alpaca/llama projects. Skillathons may include (but are not limited to) animal anatomy/body parts, breeding and reproduction, feeds and nutrition, current events, diseases and animal health, equipment ID, feed ID, Quality Assurance, breeds, marketing, meats, and recordkeeping. Skillathons are required for those who wish to exhibit at the 2023 Fairfield County Junior Fair. Youth must complete at least one Skillathon. Youth can participate in more than one species if they intend to participate in the Premier Exhibitor for that respective species. For more information: Refer to Junior Fair Book. Fairfield County Skillathons will be held on September 9th and 24th at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.
Saturday Agility Results:
Sunday Agility Results:
Sunday Agility (Jumper) Results:
Sunday Agility MSD Results:
Exhibitor Versatility Award: Kate Crow
5 Total 2022 OSF Championships: Kate Crow
Kate Crow: Dog Poster – Senior, 6th Place
For a complete list of 2022 Ohio State Fair Dog Show Results, click here.
This is a reminder to those youth enrolled in 201D You and Your Dog for the upcoming Mandatory Dog Check-In Day. Please plan on joining us on Saturday, August 27th starting from 10 am to 12 pm in the Feeder Creek Veterinary Show Arena on the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.
What do you need to bring?
Mandatory Dog Check-In Day includes: (Saturday, August 27, 10:00 a.m.)
New for 2022: Dog Premier Exhibitor! Highest score from a combination of Skillathon/Interview Judging, Showmanship, Obedience, and Agility (lowest score to be dropped). For more information about Premier Exhibitor, click here.
We look forward to seeing you on the 27th! Please visit the Ohio 4-H Dog website for Ohio 4-H Dog Show Rules and additional information.