2020 Junior Fair Updates (by specie) as of 9/23/2020 are posted!

2020 Junior Fair Updates by specie have been organized and posted by specie on the OSU Extension/4-H website. Please note that this information is current as of 9/23/2020 and is subject to change. Updated documents will be reposted to this site with the updated date noted next to the specie should that need to happen. http://go.osu.edu/2020fairinfo

Please take the time to read all updates as it pertains to your family and Junior Fair participation this year. Please review the 2020 General Rules and Modified Junior Fair Schedule listed at the top of this page. Additionally, since no updated rule book was printed for 2020, it is important to read the 2019 Junior Fair Book rules as well for your respective specie. All of this information is listed on this page of the website.

Please reach out if you have any questions at all!

Here is a screenshot of our OSU Extension/4-H website where the updates are posted. Below the 2020 updates, you will find links to the 2019 Junior Fair Rule Book.

Junior Fair Update: Dairy Cattle 2020.09.22

Plans for the 2020 Junior Fair are well underway. We realize that there are still changes or updates that could take place, so please make sure you review the most up to date version of each specie update. All specie updates will also be posted on the Fairfield County 4-H Webpage at this link. Please check there for the most up to date version of these documents.

General Rules

Modified Junior Fair Schedule

1-Dairy Cattle

Additionally, all dairy exhibitors should review General Rules and Dairy Rules from the 2019 Junior Fair Book.

Buyer Poster Contest – Goes Digital, presented by the Fairfield County Jr. Fair Board

Due to Covid-19, the Junior Fair Board has decided to host a Virtual Buyer Thank You Contest online. Digital posters should include: Name, Age, Club, Parental Contact information. All posters must be submitted as a pdf or a jpeg file. The deadline to submit digital posters is September 30th. Please submit entries to lexielouhyme@yahoo.com. All submissions will be shared on social media and during the Livestock Sales. Let’s show our Livestock Sale buyers how much we appreciate them! Contact: Lexie Hyme with questions by email.

Junior Fair Shirt Sale – Support the Junior Fair Board!

Support the Fairfield County Junior Fair Board by purchasing any of these garments! 20% of sales will go back to support Junior Fair Board events, activities, and more! Orders must be received by Monday, September 21st to guarantee delivery for fair. Items will be available for pick-up in the Junior Fair Office starting Sunday, October 11th. Contact Junior Fair Board Advisor, Leslie Cooksey (cooksey.25@osu.edu) if questions! For downloadable documents click here: Fairfield Co. Order Form 2020 and Fairfield Co Fair Shirt Order Options 2020

Fair Update for Cloverbud Members

In order to keep all Cloverbuds and their families safe, we have decided to make all activities virtual. The Fairfield County Senior Fair Board is trying to limit the number of people who attend the Junior Fair and are on the grounds, so we are creating virtual opportunities to celebrate our Cloverbud members.

Please provide the following updates to your members:

  • We are inviting Cloverbud Members to participate in the Fairfield County Skillathons. These are virtual this year and are just for completion for our traditional members. This is a great opportunity for Cloverbud members to test their knowledge about different animal species that show in Fairfield County. Cloverbud Members who participate will receive a certificate of completion. Links to all skillathons can be found here. The Skillathons are online September 1-21 and must be completed by 8 pm on September 21st.
  • Stuffed Animal Show & Show-N-Tell will be virtual this year. Details will be coming out soon on how members can participate in this activity. Members who participate in either of these events will receive a ribbon and their videos will be shared during Fair Week.
  • Cloverbud Graduation will be virtual this year as well. Eligible members will receive an email invitation to participate in the graduation. Keep an eye on your family email in the next few weeks for more details. Members who participate in graduation will receive a graduation ‘gift’ bag and certificate.
  • Take & Make It Bags and Thank You Notes:
    • If you have Cloverbud members who will be at the fair with siblings or families there will be Take & Make It Activity bags available for them to pick up thanks to the Junior Fair Board. These bags will have simple crafts for Cloverbud members to work on during shows to keep them busy. There will be activities from commodity groups for them to enjoy as well. Keep an eye out for registration details so that the JFB can plan for enough supplies
    • The Thank You Note Station will be available during the fair again this year and there will be Cloverbud Specific bags with postcards for members who want to write thank you notes to their advisors, award sponsors, etc.
  • There will be no peewee shows taking place at the 2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair.

As a reminder, all of these activities are optional, but we would love for your members to participate. Cloverbud members will receive recognition for participating in some form whether that is a certificate, ribbon, video played during fair week, or a photo featured on Fairfield County’s 4-H social media channels.

If you have any questions, please contact Aubry Fowler (fowler.443@osu.edu). We appreciate all your hard work and dedication to the Fairfield County 4-H Cloverbud Program, we truly could not do all of this without you!

Junior Fair Schedule Update as of 8/28/2020 – PLEASE READ!

There have been many hours and planning put in to discuss Junior Fair options for the 2020 Fairfield County Fair. There is no doubt that the 2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair will be different – but we are doing everything to plan a fair for our 4-H and FFA members to showcase their projects they have been working hard on. These decisions are difficult and sometimes ever changing. We understand there is a lot to keep up with and we appreciate your patience and flexibility. Please note that multiple meetings have taken place by various groups of volunteers, FFA Advisors, 4-H Educators, Junior Fair Directors, Senior Fair Board members, and Superintendents. They have done so with the kids in mind every step of the way. More details will be forthcoming as it relates to health and safety expectations, how each specie will run their show with safety precautions, animal release details for each specie, camping, and admission. The 2020 Junior Fair will not be open to the public. Plans are in the works to provide a live broadcast for most shows/judgings during fair week.

The main ideas on the following schedule are as follows:

  • We wanted to keep the same days and times for judging as best we could.
  • Buyer feedback confirmed that an in-person sale will continue as planned on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. and Friday at 10:00 a.m.
  • There are changes to animal arrival/weigh-ins/dismissal and many of the details are still being confirmed.
  • We also need to limit the number people on the grounds – which is why some weigh-ins have been moved, some species have decided to trailer in/trailer out, and early release times.

All of these decisions are for 2020 only. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Junior Fair Director, Chuck Miller, (keywest100@att.net) or 4-H Educator, Leslie Cooksey, (cooksey.25@osu.edu).

As approved by the Fairfield County Senior Fair Board as of 8/25/2020:

Fairfield County Junior Fair Program 2020

Friday August 28th

4 p.m. All Junior Fair Entries are due in the Senior Fair Office

Tuesday September 1st

8 a.m. Junior Fair Virtual Skillathons open on-line for all Junior Fair Exhibitors (information will be sent by email and posted on the 4-H Blog). Click here for more information.

Friday September 4th

All Junior Fair Livestock Exhibitors must have completed Quality Assurance.

Friday September 11th

4 p.m. Junior Fair Queen, Commodity Representatives, and Friend of the Junior Fair Award Applications are due at the OSU Extension Office.

Sunday September 20th

In-person Skillathon (by appointment) for those needing internet access. Click here for more information.

Monday September 21st

8 a.m. Project books completed through September 18th may start to be turned into the OSU Extension Office by way of the 4-H/FFA Advisor. (Last day to turn in is Friday, September 25th 4 p.m.).

6 p.m. Lamb & Wool Queen Applications due to Trish Preston: e-mail Trish at raridanpreston1@gmail.com

8 p.m. Must have completed the Virtual Skillathon.

Tuesday September 22nd

6 p.m. Queen Finalist Interviews, Location TBA

Friday September 25th

4 p.m. Project Books completed through September 18th must be turned into the OSU Extension Office – Advisors must have all members books turned in by 4 p.m.

6 p.m. All beef exhibitors must contact Chris Turner, Beef Superintendent, to inform him if you are stalling in the barn or tying out your beef project at the fair. Email Chris at turnerc@libertyunion.org

Sunday September 27th

1 p.m. Barrow MQP Show – Feeder Creek Vet Arena.

Wednesday September 30th

7 p.m. Show Committee Meeting – Zoom or Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building, Location TBD

Sunday October 4th

12:30 p.m. Sheep MQP – Feeder Creek Vet Arena

Saturday October 10th

8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Swine Weigh-In & Check-In – Swine Barn

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breeding Rabbit Check-In – # 50 Building – DO NOT BRING YOUR BREEDING ANIMAL, but you must check in with Rabbit Committee to verify your classes for Thursday’s Show.

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Market Rabbit Weigh In & Tagging – # 50 Building – You may bring up to two pairs (1 fryer pair, 1 roaster pair). Market rabbits will be placed in cages after weigh-in and stay at the fair.

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Market Beef & Feeder Weigh-In – Beef Barn

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Beef Heifer & Feeder Weigh-In & Check-In.

4 p.m. All 4-H/FFA Shop and Crop Exhibits must be in place in the 4-H Display Barn.

Sunday October 11th

8 a.m. Dog Show Registration and Show – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena

TBD – Junior Fair Livestock Judging Contest

10 a.m. Companion Animal Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

10 a.m. Market Sheep arrival and to be penned in the AAA Building

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Market Sheep Weigh-In & tag checking – AAA Building

12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Market Chicken & Market Duck Weigh-In # 19 Poultry Building – Market Animals will be housed at Poultry Barn until show on Monday.

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Breeding Poultry Projects & Turkey Projects – Check-In and verify your classes with the Poultry Committee – # 19 Poultry Building. (DO NOT BRING YOUR BREEDING ANIMALS UNTIL POULTRY SHOW ON MONDAY).

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Pygmy Goat Check-In – Round Cattle

3 p.m. Swine Showmanship – Feeder Creek Vet Arena

4 to 5 p.m. Dairy Feeder Weigh-In – Round Cattle Barn

6 p.m. Junior Fair Queen Contest (By Invitation only)

Monday October 12th

8 a.m. Opening Ceremony & Queen Announcement and attendants – Ricketts Hall (by Invitation Only)

8 a.m. Poultry Turkey and Breeding Animals should arrive for Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

8:30 a.m. Market Swine Show – Feeder Creek Vet Arena

9 a.m. Poultry Show (Turkey & Showmanship) – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

11 a.m. Pygmy Goat Show – Round Cattle Barn

12:30 p.m. Poultry Show (Market & Breeding) Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

3 p.m. Cakes, Pies, and Candies Judging – 4-H Display (1:30 to 3 p.m. for Zoom, if requested)

4 p.m. Market Goat Weigh – In AAA Building

Tuesday October 13th

7:30 a.m. Dairy Goat Check-In – AAA- Building (animals will be trucked in and trucked out)

8:30 a.m. Dairy Feeder Show – Round Cattle Barn

9 a.m. Dairy Goat Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

10 a.m. Beef Show, Breeding, Feeders, Steers – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena

12 p.m. Meat Doe and Market Wether Goat Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

Wednesday October 14th

8:30 a.m. Horse Show Competition (Classes 1 through 33) – Horse Show Outdoor Arena

8:30 a.m. Sheep Show (Showmanship – starting with Seniors, Breeding, Under/Over Market Class, Lunch Break, Market) – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena

8:30 a.m. Market Rabbit Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

10 a.m. Dairy Cattle Breeding Show and Showmanship – Round Cattle Barn

12:30 p.m. Rabbit Showmanship – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building (No animals required)

Thursday October 15th

9 a.m. Horse Show (Classes 34 through 64) – Outdoor Horse Arena

TBD Super Showmanship

10 a.m. Alpaca Show – Round Cattle Barn (Truck in day of show)

10 a.m. Breeding Rabbits should arrive at the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building (Must be checked in on Saturday October 10th with Rabbit Committee to show.

12 p.m. Rabbit Breeding Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

5 p.m. Junior Fair Livestock Auction Session 1 – (Market Beef, Dairy Products, Dairy Feeder, Swine) Feeder Creek Vet Arena

Friday October 16th

9 a.m. Junior Fair Livestock Champions on Display #50 Building

9 a.m. Rain Date for Horse Show – Outdoor Horse Arena

10:00 a.m. Junior Fair Livestock Auction Session 2 – (Market Lambs, Market Rabbits, Market Poultry, Dairy Goat Products, Market Goats) – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena


*** Animals will be released following your show (both market & breeding) except for Champion and Reserve Champion Market Beef/Market Goats/Market Sheep/Market Swine. The exact time you can remove your animals will be determined by Junior Fair Director and Superintendents of your show and will be announced.

The Fairfield County Fair Board has set a 10 p.m. curfew for the grounds each day as requested by the Governor at 10 p.m. No exhibitors or parents should be in the buildings so cleaning can be taking place.












Friend of the Junior Fair Award – due Friday, September 11th, 2020

The Junior Fair Board is again sponsoring the Friend of the Junior Fair Award. Agricultural students, 4-H members and community members in Fairfield County are encouraged to nominate a person or business in the community that has a strong influence in agriculture and has contributed to the lives of Junior Fair members and the Fairfield County Junior Fair. Details on the presentation of this award will be shared at a later time.

Applications are due Friday, September 11th and can be obtained online or at the OSU Extension Office or from a Junior Fair Board member. Nominate a deserving person or business you know today!

Support the Fairfield Co. Jr. Fair Board while Shopping with Kroger!

Help the Fairfield County Junior Fair Board raise money while shopping at no additional cost to you!
1. Start at Kroger.com
2. Sign in with your current Kroger account or create a new one. Note: You must have a registered Kroger Rewards card in order to participate in the Community Rewards program
3. Click the Community Rewards tab and search for “Fairfield Co 4H Advisory Committee”, then click Enroll
4. Once you select your charity, it will be saved and you will support 4-H each time you shop!
5. The 4-H Advisory Committee will allocate these funds to the JFB upon receipt.

Fairfield County Junior Fair Update as of 7/30/2020

Contact: Jim Marcinko, Fair Manager, 740-653-3041

JUNIOR FAIR UP-DATE as of 7/30/2020

Lancaster- Governor Mike DeWine has ordered that all Fairs scheduled after July 31st, 2020 can only have the Junior Fair Programs. This involves no grandstand shows, rides, or large gatherings of people. In keeping with the Governor recent order, the Fairfield County Fair will conduct only Junior Fair activities this coming October. The Board of Directors have been working on alternative plans since March should this situation occur. Our alternative plan outlines social (physical) distancing, sanitation procedures, scheduled activities that will limit large groups and limits the number of participants to assure each youth exhibitor and their family safety during the shows. The Board of directors along with Governor DeWine understand the value and learning opportunities the Junior Fair offer the youth in our community and want to complete as many of these learning experiences as possible for our community. Junior Fair activities allow the youth to present their learning experiences to experts in the Agriculture Industry and to be evaluated on their efforts. Youth exhibitors learn more about the industry standards and practices as a result. Our youth also can develop leadership and public speaking abilities through their fair experience.

The Board of directors are working diligently sharing our plans with the Fairfield County and Lancaster Health Departments. Our collaborative effort will allow their expertise in how best to conduct the learning experiences for our youth in a safe and healthy manner.

Many questions have been asked about how all these experiences will take place this year and we hope to release soon the details so parents. youth exhibitors and Junior Fair volunteer participants can plan for a safe and rewarding experience. As we work with local and state officials and get closer to our fair date, we will provide more detailed information. The current situation in Fairfield County and Ohio is very liquid and changes each day. We want to provide the best and safest experience and your patience is requested as we prepare and work out all details. We assure you we are working for the best interest of all involved in this unusual year in Fairfield County.

Nancy Myers, Board President

Jim Marcinko, Fair Manager

Chuck Miller, Junior Fair Director

Phil Miller, Assistant Junior Fair Director

Junior Fair Tagging Update for Dairy Feeders, Market & MQP Lambs, Market Goats, and Market & MQP Hogs

The Fairfield County Senior Fair Board has voted to proceed with Fairfield County Fair with modifications to project our youth, visitors, and volunteers. They have changed the process for our upcoming July weigh-ins/taggings to protect and limit our social contact at this time. The Junior Fair Directors feel that it is important to limit contact as much as possible. Please find below the attached plan for Fairfield County Modified Junior Fair Tagging:

Fairfield County Fair July Tag-Ins have been modified to better accommodate concerns for Covid 19. Changes include exhibitors/families/advisors will be responsible for securing tags for Dairy Feeders, and market hogs from the Senior Fair Board Office, placing tags in animals (MQP lambs will still be weighed), Market goat & market lambs will be tagged using the Scrapie tag issued to them. You will be required to submit photographs of each animal. Please note the Senior Fair Board Office is located at 157 East Fair Avenue and office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon each day.

Market Hogs- You can tag in up to four different animals for the Fairfield County Hog Show. Two are for the live show one for MQP and one as a back- up that a family can share. Tags need to be ordered from the Fair Office and can be picked up by a 4-H/FFA advisor, parent or exhibitor. Tags orders can be submitted on the tag order form. Prior order must be placed so they are prepared and sanitized prior to your arrival. This form below along with pictures of all four sides of the animal, ear notching and the tag in the ear must be submitted by July 31st 6 p.m. If an animal is a shared back up in the family you must list both names on the form. One form per hog required. Animals must later be listed on the Junior Fair entry form Due August 28th as well.

Market Goats- You can tag up to two market goats for the Fairfield County Fair Market Goat Show. You will not weigh in your goat this year as in the past. This form below along with pictures of all four sides of the animal and the Scrapie tag in the ear must be submitted by July 31st 6 p.m. If an animal is a shared back-up in the family you must list both names on the form. One form per market goat required. Animals must later be listed on the Junior Fair entry form Due August 28th as well. Your goat will receive a Fairfield County Tag at Fair Weigh in in October once your scrapies tags are verified.

Dairy Feeders- You can tag in up to two dairy feeders for the Fairfield County Dairy Feeder Show.  You will not weigh in your Dairy Feeder this year as in the past. Tags need to be ordered from the Fair Office and can be picked up by a 4-H/FFA advisor, parent or exhibitor. Prior order must be placed so they prepared and sanitized prior to your arrival. This form below along with pictures of all four sides of the animal and the Fair tag in the ear must be submitted by July 31st 6 p.m. If an animal is  a shared back-up in the family you must list both names on the form. One form per Dairy Feeder required. Animals must later be listed on the Junior Fair entry form Due August 28th as well.

Market Sheep- You can tag in up to four market lamb for the Fairfield County Market Sheep Show. Two for the live show one as a back up and one for the MQP Class. You will not weigh in your Market Lamb this year as in the past unless you are in the MQP class. The MQP Committee will contact you on how to weigh in your animal.  This form below along with pictures of all four sides of the animal and the scrapies tag in the ear must be submitted by July 31st 6 p.m. If an animal is a shared back-up in the family you must list both names on the form. One form per market lamb required. Animals must later be listed on the Junior Fair entry form Due August 28th as well. Your market lamb will receive a Fairfield County Tag at Fair Weigh in in October once your scrapies tags are verified.


If you click on this link or copy and paste in your browser it will take you to the forms. This is a google form document. Multiple pictures can be added through the picture submit button. Please take clear pictures that can be used to verify your animal(s).

All forms for tagging information should be submitted through the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMXvGiyIDH0UnfuOTa5ZPAg1HrhLJXfSsXBr-pyTFdP2AiOg/viewform?usp=sf_link

All tag request should be sent through the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4tpFgdwgzBAHZdEh9Y0v1IRjDaFga0aaWZmd5Uzblzwrhjg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Questions should be directed to Chuck Miller , Junior Fair Director at keywest100@att.net