Take Home Forms – Market Livestock

Take Home Forms: Market Hogs, Market Beef, Market Lambs, Market Goats, Dairy Feeders, and Market Rabbits will have the option to take home animals. Forms must be completed and 2 copies per specie turned in at that specie’s weigh-in (see form for details). There is no reversal on the decision to take home once the forms are turned in.

Please read the info below (also available at u.osu.edu/livestocksale) regarding Take Homes and the 2021 Livestock Sale:

During their regular monthly meeting on March 16, 2021, the Fairfield County Sr. Fair Board passed a motion declaring the 2021 Jr. Fair Livestock Sale will be “partial terminal.” Specifically, that motion reads:

The 2021 Fairfield County Fair Junior Fair will have a partial terminal sale/show for all species. The only exception to this is the 8 champions that must be slaughtered and inspected at a designated packer according to ODA (grand/reserve market beef, grand/reserve market hog, grand/reserve market lamb, grand/reserve market goat). Take homes will be allowed for all species with the exception of those 8 declared grand/reserve champions. Take homes must be declared before the animal leaves the scale during check-in (no exceptions). Take home animals will lose their sale slot and will not be eligible for a premium and packer bid. Exhibitors who do not take home must qualify for their sale slot (as individual or group) at the discretion of the species show committee.

As a result, points for exhibitors of market animals to consider include:

  1. Since there is no packer bid available, all market turkeys, market chickens and market ducks will go back home at the conclusion of the Fair as in past years. No Exhibitor Intent to Take Market Animal Home affidavit is required for those poultry animals. Buyers of the Grand and Reserve Champion turkeys, chickens and ducks have the privilege of ‘keeping’ their purchases. Similar to 2016 and prior, beyond the champions it will be the responsibility of the exhibitor to decide whether to process their birds and give them to their sale buyer or market them privately.
  2. Exhibitors of all other market animals that have an opportunity to earn a sale slot must declare before they leave the scales during weigh-in at the beginning of the Fair if they will choose to take home a market animal by submitting the Exhibitor Intent to Take Market Animal Home affidavit.
  3. Per Ohio Department of Agriculture rules, the ‘live’ Champion and Reserve Champion market beef, market hogs, market lambs and market goats must go to slaughter and may not go home with the exhibitor regardless their choice during weigh-in prior to fair.
  4. Unless named Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion market beef, market hog, market lamb, market goat, market duck, market turkey, market chicken or dairy feeder calf during their respective Junior market show, animals designated by their exhibitor to go home after the fair will forfeit the opportunity to accept buyer add-on dollars or earn a livestock sale slot with that animal.
  5. Animals not designated by the exhibitor during weigh-in to go home will compete for an individual or group livestock sale slot as they have in the past.
  6. Buyers will once again have the opportunity to ‘keep’ animals they purchase in 2021.

To further clarify the details of implementing a partial-terminal livestock sale in 2021, review the answers to the FAQs linked here.

The Exhibitor Intent to Take Market Animal Home affidavit linked here is to be used to designate a youth is choosing to take home a market animal.

Lancaster Greenhouse Fundraiser – This Saturday & Sunday

Come support the Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee by shopping at the Lancaster Greenhouse and Nursery, September 18th & 19th!

Read on for More Details….

  • In-Store Sales
    • Distribute the coupon below to all family and friends. A whole page of coupons can be found here: Lancaster Greenhouse Fundraiser
    • Group supporters will shop as a “normal customer” on the above dates listed.  If we happen to have any current in-store sales and promotions taking place, they will be able to take advantage of those just like a typical customer.
    • At time of checkout, customers will give a copy of the attached coupon to our cashier so we know they are associated with your group and 15% of their transaction will be donated back to your group (not the customer).
    • Absolutely no coupons can be distributed at the store location

This is a fundraising event for the 4-H Advisory Committee. The 4-H Advisory Committee supports county 4-H programming for all youth members and adult volunteers including, but not limited to: Awards and banquets, trips and scholarships, printing costs, special programming costs, and more!

Please share this post with family members and friends!

Save the Date: 4-H Camp 2022

In Summer 2022, Fairfield County 4-H will have FOUR summer camp options for youth. Youth will sign up for camp based on the grade of school they have just completed. This will be the same grade you enter when you sign up for 4-H next spring. We hope you are as excited as we are, so save the date and join us at Alley Park or Tar Hollow next summer!

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

Premier Exhibitor Contests – Program Updates Coming Soon!

A committee has been working the past few months to update the Premier Exhibitor Contests across all species. A few details are being finalized and the updates to the program will be shared BEFORE September 1st. Stay tuned!

Livestock Project and Record Book Examples

Hey Livestock Exhibitors! We know many of you are working on your 4-H project books in preparation for club advisors to review these soon prior to fair!

I have found a great resource for you if you would like to see examples on how to complete your books! 4-H members from across the state have volunteered their books to serve as examples. Copies are available to review online by clicking here. Scroll to the bottom of the page under “General Resources.” Sample books are posted for Lambs, Poultry, and Beef.

Please only use as a resource and DO NOT COPY!

Important Junior Fair Dog Project Information

Attention Dog Project Members:  Know this date! August 28, 2021, 10am–12 pm

Mandatory Dog Check-In Day: Saturday August 28, at the Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena – Starting at 10:00 a.m.  Mandatory Dog Check-In Day is where members will complete their skillathon and interview judging in:

  • You and Your Dog*
  • 4-H PetPALS (for dogs)*

*Only these dog projects will be judged for grade and placement.

To be eligible to show at the Fairfield County Junior Fair, all exhibitors are required to bring to Mandatory Dog Check-In Day:

  • 4-H and FFA Members MUST bring their dog to interview judging at Mandatory Dog Check-in Day.
  • 2021 Fairfield County Dog Project Identification Form & Vaccination Certificate, signed by a licensed veterinarian (this is the ONLY certificate accepted)
  • New for 2021 –  the Fairfield County Junior Fair Dog Show Entry Form must be turned into the Senior Fair Office with your Junior Fair Entries!

For those who cannot attend Mandatory Dog Check-In Day:

  • Youth must submit the Dog Check-In Day Waiver Form to the OSU Extension Office by Friday, August 27, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Waiver Form can be found on the Fairfield County 4-H website: http://go.osu.edu/fairfield4h1

NOTE: By turning in the Dog Check-In Day Waiver Form, you will be considered for grade only (no placement award) for the You & Your Dog (201D) and/or PetPALS (230) project(s) and you will complete interview judging at the Dog Show at the Fairfield County Fair. If Dog Check-In Day Waiver is received by August 27, you will be eligible to show in all the other Obedience, Showmanship, Working, and Agility Classes at the Fairfield County Fair.

4-H /FFA Dogs; Department 118, Book 1

ENTRIESMust enter dog exhibitors in Class 1 (You and Your Dog) and/or Class 2 (PetPALS) when making Junior Fair entries:

Dog Classes                Premiums:          A            B            C

  1. You & Your Dog**                       $2.50    $1.75    $1.00
  2. PetPALS**                                   $4.50    $3.50    $2.50

 **Premiums are awarded for You & Your Dog and PetPALS grades ONLY

Exhibitors: Exhibitors must complete and turn in the 2021 Dog Show Entry Form for their individual classes by the Fair Entry Deadline to the Senior Fair Office. The Fairfield County Junior Fair Dog Show Entry Form can be obtained at the OSU Extension Office or found on the Fairfield County 4-H website: http://go.osu.edu/fairfield4h1.

HOUSING: Dogs are not housed at the Fair. Project dogs must be brought to Mandatory Dog Check-In Day, on Saturday, August 28, and to the Fairfield County Fair Dog Show, on Sunday, October 10, of the Fair.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS AND RULES: Will follow the Ohio State Fair Junior Dog Show Rules & Regulations, which can be found at: http://go.osu.edu/OSFdogrules

Mandatory Dog Check-In Day includes: (Saturday, August 28, 10:00 a.m.)

  • Health Check
  • You & Your Dog Interview Judging
  • PetPALS Interview Judging
  • Canine Ambassador Interview
  • Skillathon – required for 2021!
  • Rally Show n’ Go – $5/run optional
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing

Fairfield County Fair Show includes: (Sunday, October 10, 8:00 a.m.)

  • Showmanship Classes
  • Obedience Classes
  • Agility, ON or OFF Leash
  • You & Your Dog Late Judging (for grade and premium ONLY, no placings).

To access the 2021 Junior Fair Book, visit go.osu.edu/jrfairbook


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.