Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board Applications Open – due 3/1/2023

Encourage your organization members to attend the virtual information session to learn more about JFB!

The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is made up of our great state’s best and brightest young leaders, hand-picked to contribute to the success of the Ohio State Fair each year. These students come together for two weeks of hard work, building enduring friendships, and professional relationships along the way.

JFB virtual information session

Details: Join us for a virtual information session where past Junior Fair Board members will share the ins and outs of the position and answer questions from participants!
A recording of the session will be available at ohiostatefair.com/jfb the following day.

What are the requirements for my organization members?

In addition to being an outstanding leader, prospective members should meet the following general criteria:

  • 16 – 20 years old
  • Currently a member of 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Farm Bureau
  • Highly involved members in their organization
  • Significant accomplishments within the organization (i.e. competition at the state and/or national level, leadership experiences, community service/volunteer experiences, etc.)
  • Leadership experience with the potential and desire to continue to grow as a leader
  • Very responsible, respectful and professional
  • Members are only eligible to serve one two year term on the JFB representing one organization

What is the time commitment?

Junior Fair Board members commit approximately two weeks of time to the Ohio State Fair, arriving the Monday prior to the Fair’s Wednesday opening. First year Junior Fair Board members are paid a flat-rate stipend for their service; returning members will receive a higher stipend for their second year of service.

How do my organization members apply?

Member of 4-H, Boy Scouts, Farm Bureau, FFA, and Girl Scouts are eligible to apply. Interested students can also apply to serve as an at-large member if they represent one or more of these organizations. All interested applicants should submit the official Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board application through the online application portal between January 1 and March 1.

Volunteer Position Open: Junior Fair Meat/Market Goat Superintendent (Apply by February 3rd)

POSITION OPEN: FAIRFIELD COUNTY JUNIOR FAIR MEAT/MARKET GOAT SUPERINTENDENT(s)

This is a VOLUNTEER POSITION.

If you are interested in an opportunity to develop leadership and organizational skills and be an active participant in planning the Fairfield County Junior Fair, we would encourage you to apply for the position of Junior Fair Meat/Market Goat Superintendent. We are looking for individual interested in working with the Senior & Junior Fair Board and staff to provide the following duties:

  • Operate the Junior Fair Meat/Market Goat Show during the Fairfield County Fair
  • In December, review the rules for the Junior Fair Meat/Market Goat Show and assist in updating rules to meet current industry standards.
  • In January, work with Junior Fair Director to develop tagging plan.
  • Work with schedule and operation of the July Tag in for goats.
  • Provide input to the Skillathon event as needed.
  • Develop a communication instrument with exhibitors through email through out the year on upcoming events related to the meat/market goat show. Database will be provided.
  • Assign and schedule pen assignments for goat exhibitors.
  • Plan and conduct with your committee the meat/market goat show at the fair.
  • Coordinate meat/market goat showmanship.
  • Complete all required documents regarding meat/market goat show results and champions.
  • Work with sponsors and their commitment to award sponsorship.
  • Seek with assistance new award sponsors for new award areas.
  • Work closely with Junior Fair Director, Fair Manager, and 4-H & FFA leadership.
  • Follow up in early September non-sponsored awards and assist in finding sponsors.

Skills required:

  • Excellent communication and organization skills.
  • Timely follow up on calls, emails, or problems.
  • Ability to work alongside volunteers, Junior Fair Board Members, parents, and exhibitors of all ages.
  • Computer skills utilizing spreadsheets and word processing skills.
  • An outgoing personality that will be the spokesperson for the Junior Fair Meat/Market Goat Program.
  • Work in a cooperatively with the Senior Fair Board, Junior Fair Superintendents, OSU Extension Staff, and 4-H & FFA leadership.

Applicants should send a resume with cover letter to Doug Shell, Junior Fair Director at lshell171@gmail.com by Friday, February 3rd 2023.

All applications will be reviewed by a committee and selected applicants will be interviewed.

Save the Dates: 2023 Summer Judging will be July 11-13

Continuing for 2023, we will be having summer project judging on 3 days. The judging schedule will be as follows and project judging will take place at the Ed Sands Building at the Fairgrounds. Additionally, one change for 2023 is that ALL Self-Determined Projects will be judged on the same day

Tuesday, July, 11, 2023

  • Food and Nutrition Projects
  • Creative Arts Projects
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Miscellaneous Projects
  • ALL Self-Determined Projects

Wednesday, July, 12, 2023

  • Leadership
  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences

Thursday, July 13, 2023

  • Clothing/Sewing Projects
  • Style Revue to take place that evening at 7:00 p.m. (location TBD)

Teen Opportunity: Ohio State Junior Fair Board (ages 16-20) – Apps due 3/1/2022

Apply to represent 4-H Youth Development on the Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board by March 1, 2023

The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is made up of our great state’s best and brightest young leaders, hand-picked to contribute to the success of the Ohio State Fair each year. If the passion for 4-H Youth Development and the state fair is in your blood, consider applying to represent our organization by March 1!

What is the Junior Fair Board?

The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is made up of Ohio’s best and brightest young leaders, hand-picked to contribute to the success of the Ohio State Fair each year. Selected to represent their respective youth organizations, these students serve on behalf of thousands of students across Ohio. Goals of the Junior Fair Board include:

  • To serve the people of the Ohio State Fair
  • To interact with fairgoers and provide the best experience possible
  • To help other agencies and organizations with their tasks, booths, etc. at the fair
  • To gain networking experiences and special opportunities

Which skills should a Junior Fair Board member have?

Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board members are dedicated leaders with outstanding characteristics such as:

  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Flexibility
  • Responsibility
  • Adaptability

What are the requirements?

In addition to being an outstanding leader, prospective members should meet the following general criteria:

  • 16-20 years old
  • Currently a member of 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Farm Bureau
  • Highly involved members in their organization
  • Significant accomplishments within the organization (i.e. competition at the state and/or national level, leadership experiences, community service/volunteer experiences, etc.)
  • Leadership experience with the potential and desire to continue to grow as a leader
  • Very responsible, respectful, and professional
  • Members are only eligible to serve one two-year term on the JFB representing one organization

What is the time commitment?

Junior Fair Board members commit approximately 2 weeks of time to the Ohio State Fair, arriving the Monday prior to the Fair’s Wednesday opening (this year, they would arrive on Monday, July 24, prior to the Fair’s Wednesday, July 26 opening, and will return home on Sunday, Aug. 6).

First year Junior Fair Board members are paid a flat-rate stipend for their service; returning members will receive a higher stipend for their second year of service.

Where will I stay?

Housing, as well as complimentary meals, are provided by the Ohio State Fair. All Junior Fair Board members will stay in dormitories located at the Ohio State Fair in the Rhodes Center building.

How do I apply?

Visit ohiostatefair.com/jfb and submit applications through the portal.

Learn More at our Informational Webinar on Wednesday, February 1

This year, the Ohio State Fair will host an informational webinar with current Junior Fair Board leaders, past presidents, and advisors to share information on what we look for in members, what you can expect, and more. Can’t join on Feb. 1? No worries – a recorded version of the video will be available after the webinar at ohiostatefair.com/jfb.

 More Information

2023 Junior Fair Board Application NOW AVAILABLE – due 1/13/2023

2023 Junior Fair Board Application (online application) For 4-H and FFA youth interested in serving on the Fairfield County Junior Fair Board.  Membership is open to youth between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. New members must be 14 years old by October 1st of the current year to serve. Applications are due Friday, January 13th, 2023.

Junior Fair Buyer Poster Contest Results

Thank you to all individuals and clubs who participated in this year’s Buyer Poster Contest sponsored by the Junior Fair Board.

The results were shared during sale announcements during fair week and we also wanted to share with you now! Winners will be receiving their cash prizes thanks to the Junior Fair Board.

1st Place Club – Clearcreek Showmen,

Individuals – 1st: Karson Kistler, 2nd Scott Family, 3rd – Alexandria Schmelzer

Don’t forget your Thank You Notes!

Were you able to visit The Thank You Note Project during the Fairfield County Fair?!? We have already mailed out 110 thank you notes that were completed during fair week! Did you have a busy week and miss the Thank You Note Station?

Great News: Bring your completed note to the Extension Office (831 College Ave. Suite D, Lancaster) by Monday, Oct. 31st and the 4-H Endowment Committee will pay for your postage. The Extension Office is open Mon-Friday from 7:30am – 4:00pm. There is also a black drop off box on the East side of the building near our employee entrance where you can place thank you notes after hours. Now is a perfect time to say thank you!

 

Stock the Trailer Canned Food Drive – RESULTS!

Fairfield County Fair Junior Leaders completed the weight of their Food Donations on 10/17/2022 on the official Fairfield County Fair scales.   We collected 6,726 lbs of canned food and bottled water.  We had tremendous support from the community for this project including the Fairfield County Commissioners, the Fairfield County Antique Tractor Club, and the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association, just to name a few. Plus, numerous 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters donated in the Fairfield County Fair Challenge. The Fairfield County Senior Fairboard voted to give back the $500 participation fee in $100 increments to those clubs donating the most food, hoping to assist with end of the year recognitions. Items were donated to 7 different pantries across Fairfield County including: Foundation Dinners, Lancaster Vineyard Church Food Pantry, St. Vincent DePaul, Saint Mark Emerald Food Pantry, Maywood Community Outreach, Lancaster Fairfield Community Action, and the Salvation Army .

Congratulations to Our Trop 5 Winning Groups: 

  1. Champions 4-H Club
  2. Rough Riders 4-H Club
  3. Clearcreek Showman 4-H Club
  4. Lithopolis Livestock 4-H Club
  5. AC Extreme 4-Hers 4-H Club

Aubry will be in touch with each winning club to make sure you receive your prize of $100 each for your end of the year celebrations.

Thank you to all these groups and fairgoers who donated to the canned food drive.
The final results for each group can be found below:

Club Name TOTAL:
AC Extreme 21
Awesome Animals 13
Champions 340
Clearcreek Showman 143
Lithopolis Livestock 107
Rough Riders 227
Wild About Animals 14