Join Battle of the Groups during the Stock the Trailer Campaign

 Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer Campaign comes to the Fairfield County Fair

All Fairgoers are invited to participate in our Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer campaign by bringing non-perishable food items to the Fairfield County Fair. There will be collection boxes at all fair entrance gates for individuals to leave donations.  All food collected during fair week will go to local food pantries to support local families and individuals who may be in need. The Fairfield County Junior Fair has set a goal of 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to be collected that can help our community. This campaign is in partnership with the Farm Credit Mid-America.  Our Junior Fair is competing against other fairs in the region; the Junior Fair that collects the most food, wins a prize.

The Fairfield County Junior Leaders are challenging All 4-H Clubs, FFA Chapters & Scout Troops to participate and bring non-perishable food items to the fair. The Top 5 groups who donate the most food by weight will receive cash prizes for their end of year celebrations. Items for group donations can be brought directly to the livestock trailer housed in the north wing of the round cattle barn, or the grain cart in the Ed Sands Building during the fair. There will be daily weigh ins for groups to get credit. All groups are welcome to start collecting now, and turn in items once the fair opens!!

 

 

Save the Date: Cloverbud Day at the Fair (October 10th)

Cloverbud Members – Save the Date for Cloverbud Day at the Fair!

Fair is just around the corner so be sure to put these Cloverbud Fair Events on your calendar. As a reminder, all of these activities are optional but members will receive a ribbon or gift for participation.

Cloverbud Day at the Fair: Sunday, Oct 10th

  • Show-N-Tell, 12 p.m., Round Dairy Barn
    • This is an opportunity for club members to tell about their year in 4-H. Members are encouraged to bring a project or item from the 4-H year to show and talk about.
    • All participants will receive a ribbon.
    • If you’re interested in attending Show-N-Tell, please email me with number of members participating. We will all meet at noon in the ROUND CATTLE barn and each club will get a turn to present their show-n-tell.
  • Stuffed Animal Show, Round Dairy Barn
    • Encourage your members to bring their favorite stuffed animal. Each child will get to enter the ring, share a fun fact about their animal, and have a mini experience of what it’s like to show at the fair.
    • This show will take place immediately following Show-N-Tell
    • All participants will receive a ribbon.
  • Cloverbud Graduation
    • We will be recognizing Cloverbud members who are ‘graduating’ from the Cloverbud program and will be traditional 4-H members in 2022.
    • Members should have received an invitation email and survey to fill out if this applies to them.
    • Graduation will follow immediately after the Stuffed Animal Show in the round dairy barn arena!

If you have any questions, please contact Aubry at Fowler.443@osu.edu or 740-277-4626. We look forward to seeing you at the Fairfield County Fair!

Pygmy Goat Clinic: Sunday, September 19th at 4:30 p.m.

All Fairfield County 4-H and FFA youth planning to exhibit Pygmy Goats at the 2021 Fairfield County Junior Fair are invited to attend the Pygmy Goat Clinic on Saturday, September 19th, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. at the Round Cattle Barn at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. This event is hosted by the Pygmy Goat Show Committee.

Livestock Judging Opportunity: Wayne County Fair, Sept. 12th

Please share with any of your 4-H youth or volunteers involved with Livestock Judging….Individuals or teams can now register for our 2021 Wayne County Junior Fair General Livestock Judging Contest to be held at noon in the Event Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds on Sunday September 12th.  Click the link below to pre-register online.  Onsite registration / check-in will also open at 11 am the day of the event.

https://go.osu.edu/2021wclivestockjudgingcontest

Skillathons are Mandatory for Livestock/Horses/Dogs for the 2021 Fairfield County Junior Fair – Read more here!

Continuing from what was begun in 2020, the Fairfield County Junior Fair will require the completion of at least one Skillathon per 4-H/FFA exhibitor in order to show at 2021 Fairfield County Junior Fair for all beef, dairy, goat, poultry, rabbit (except Pet Rabbits), sheep, swine, dog, horse, and alpaca/llama projects. This requirement is included on page 14 of the 2021 4-H Member Handbook.

Fairfield County 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 record keeping including your project book.

Project Books should be complete and up to date for the current year. Project Books for each project an exhibitor plans to bring to the fair should be brought to Skillathon.

  • If competing for Premier Exhibitor, exhibitors must complete a Skillathon for each species they plan to compete in this year.
  • If exhibitors completed the Ohio State Fair Virtual or In-Person Skillathons, or opt to take the written test, they must submit project books to the Extension Office by October 1st.

Here are options to meet this county requirement:

  1. Participate in the Fairfield County Skillathon event to be held September 11th and 12th at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in the Ed Sands/Fairfield County Farm Bureau Building.  Sign up by noon, Wednesday, September 8th using this link: go.osu.edu/21fcskillathon
  • Fairfield County youth interested in competing for any Fairfield County Premier Exhibitor Award must complete the Skillathon in each respective specie they play to compete in.
  • Example: Exhibitor wishes to compete for Swine Premier Exhibitor Award and Poultry Premier Exhibitor Award must complete both the swine and poultry Fairfield County Skillathons on either September 11th or 12th.
  1. Participate in the Ohio State Fair Virtual Skillathon.
  • Youth do not have to be exhibitors in the OSF to participate.
  • Registration is due June 14th by visiting: www.go.osu.edu/skillathonregistration
  • Youth do not have to be exhibitors at the OSF to participate.
  • OSF Youth participating in the Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor must register and complete the OSF Virtual Skillathon to be eligible for this award.
  • Exhibitors must have their own unique email address to create a log-in to access the online skillathon.
  1. Participate in the Ohio State Fair In-Person Skillathon.
  1. None of these options work? Exhibitors can take a written test in the Ed Sands Building on the Fairfield County Fairgrounds on either Sunday, September 26 at 1 p.m. or Monday, September 27 at 6 p.m. To participate in this testing option, youth must first register with the Fairfield County Senior Fair Office by contacting them at 740-653-3041.

Details including dates for both virtual/in-person options on the two options from the Ohio State Fair can be found here: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons

The 2021 In-Person County skillathons will consist of 4 stations:

  1. Parts of the animal
  2. Breeds of the species
  3. Quality Assurance
  4. Project Book Review and Interview

Dogs will complete their skillathon during Dog Check-in on Saturday, August 28th.

The following species will have skillathons on Saturday, September 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Appointments must be made noon, Wednesday, September 8th through this link: go.osu.edu/21fcskillathon.

  • Dairy
  • Beef (Including Dairy Beef Feeders)
  • Swine
  • Rabbits
  • Poultry

The following species will have skillathons on Sunday, September 12th, from noon to 6:00 pm.  Appointments must be made by noon, Wednesday, September 8th through this link: go.osu.edu/21fcskillathon.

  • Sheep
  • Horses
  • Dairy Goat
  • Market Goat
  • Pygmy Goat
  • Alpacas and Llamas

Study materials would include your project books, resource books, skillathon kits, and online resources (for poultry).

Return to the Junior Fair Rule Book index page

Sunday, Aug 15 – Fairfield County Horse Advisor’s Open Horse Show

All Horse Exhibitors ages 8-18 and 4-H eligible are invited to attend the Fairfield County Horse Advisor’s Open Horse Show this Sunday, August 15th at 9am. This show will take place rain or shine on the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. Registration takes place on the day of show and starts at 8:00am. The show bill is shown below for the day.

Shop the 4-H Vendor Sale this Saturday, July 31st!

Come out and support our vendors and the Fairfield County 4-H Craft Show/Vendor Sale this Saturday, July 31st, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. We’ll be in the Ed Sands Building. Get some early Christmas shopping taken care of or just shop for yourself, birthdays, and other special occasions coming up!

The Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee will host their 4th Annual Craft and Vendor Show on Saturday, July 31st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to raise money for the county program. The event, which will be held at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in the Ed Sands Building 157 E Fair Ave, Lancaster, OH, will help raise funds for county activities like summer camp, state trips, awards, and so much more in the county.

Saturday’s vendors include:

  • Debra Waited – This and That
  • Barb and Amber – Lula Roe (women and children’s clothing)
  • Theresa Faulkner – Origami Owl Jewelry
  • Keith Mauger – Blank Slate Arts and Engraving
  • Margaret Meyers – Around the World Treasurers
  • Carol Crawford – fabric crafts, table runners
  • Lisa McCall – Color Street and Scentsy
  • Tonya Schaffer and Jamie Mast – Wreaths
  • Lauren Kidd – Ashes and Roses Body Care
  • Elizabeth Cavanaugh – Animal Rescues pet people kids items
  • Charlene Polling  (all natural soaps and bath products)
  • Aimee Marshall  (Pampered Chef)
  • Tara Agriculture (alpaca fiber and crafts)
  • Karen Williams (crochet items including 4 H animals)

Save the Date for 4-H Summerfest: Summer Project Awards Ceremony is August 21st

Our annual Summerfest Awards Program will be held Saturday August 21, 2021 at the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. Members who completed their summer projects and received a 1st-3rd place, Honorable Mention or Outstanding will be mailed postcard invitations to the event soon. The event will begin at 7 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you help us celebrate the great work done with summer projects. This event is open to the public.

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. 

Summer Judging Award Results and Photos are POSTED!

We are so proud of all of the hard work each of our 4-H members (and their families…and their advisors!) have put into the last few months as you have worked through your 4-H project work and completed summer project judging last week!

Please know that we hope that each 4-H member is able to learn and grow from their 4-H project judging experiences – an opportunity to be asked questions and respond, an opportunity to open up and talk to an adult that they do not know, an opportunity to be brave! As 4-H staff, we truly have the best seat in the house on judging days watching the kids and their projects come through the door and we are so proud!

Did you miss summer judging? No problem…call our office (740-653-5419) to schedule an appointment for late judging which will take place on Tuesday, July 27th at the Ag Center/Extension Office. Members participating in late judging are no eligible for awards for state fair consideration.

The results from 2021 Summer Judging have been posted on our website. Click here to check them out! On the webpage, please select each day to view Summer Judging results. Eligible youth will be contacted when State Fair packets are available. Please note: State Fair Delegates are selected at the discretion of the judge(s). Not everyone will qualify for State Fair Selection.

Save the date for our Summer Judging Awards Program: Summerfest! Scheduled for Saturday, August 21st from 7-9 pm, Ed Sands Building, Fairgrounds. Invitations will be sent to the Award Winners soon!

Additionally, we tried to get photos of most youth while participating in judging this week. All photos have been posted in our Facebook Photo Album: Click here to access.