Sponsors needed for Junior Fair Awards (as of 9/27/2022)

Thank you to all Junior Fair Award sponsors for 2022. The following awards are currently not sponsored for 2022 as of September 27th 2022. Please contact Carrie Stoneburner, Junior Fair Awards Coordinator at 740-503-7141 or by email at fairfieldcountyjrfairawards@gmail.com. Thank you in advance!

  • 5 Year Member Pins (4-H) – 57 Pins at $1.75 each

Sponsor can cover the cost of all  pins ($99.75) or partial.

10 Finalists Named for 2022 Fairfield County Fair Queen

LANCASTER, Ohio – Ten Fairfield County teens are competing for the title of 2022 Fairfield County Junior Fair Queen. The young ladies, all of whom participate in Fairfield County FFA Chapters and/or 4-H Clubs, were interviewed on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, by a panel of three community leaders who evaluated the candidates on a variety of factors including: 4‑H/FFA activities, school and community activities and poise.

The 2022 Queen will be crowned along with two attendants by the 2021 Fairfield County Jr. Fair Queen, Hannah Saum, on Saturday, October 8 at 7 p.m. during the Fairfield County Junior Fair Panorama.

This year’s finalists included:

  • Grace Ahrens, 17, daughter of Stephen and Erin Ahrens. She attends Hilliard Bradley High School and is a member of  Cloverleaf Livestock 4-H Club.
  • Lacie Bachman, 16, daughter of Gregg and Christi Bachman. She attends Bloom-Carroll High School and is a member of Unleashed 4-H Club and Bloom-Carroll FFA.
  • Isabella Byrd, 19, daughter of Neilston and Christina Byrd. She attends Columbus State Community College and is a member of Fairfield Fowl Friends 4-H Club.
  • Annie Deyo, 17, daughter of  Heidi and Mark Deyo. She attends Fairfield Union High School and is a member of Rough Riders 4-H Club and Fairfield Union FFA.
  • Evelyn Hill, 15, daughter of  Jessica and Jason Hill. She attends Lancaster High School and is a member of Shooting Stars 4-H Club.
  • Samantha Hurst, 18, daughter of Darren and Amy Hurst. She attends OSU Newark and is a member of Blazin’ Buckeyes 4-H Club.
  • Kate Markwood, 18, daughter of Jodi and Travis Markwood. She attends Fairfield Union High School and is a member of Kountry Kidz 4-H Club and Fairfield Union FFA.
  • Adriana Rodriguez-Denner, 17, daughter of Jody Denner and Sindy Rodriguez. She attends Lancaster High School and is a member of Shooting Stars 4-H Club.
  • Alison Sponseller, 17, daughter of Andy and Melissa Sponseller. She attends Liberty Union High School and is a member of  Wild About Animals 4-H Club.
  • Jadin Triplett, 18, daughter of Jamie Miller and James Triplett. She attends Hockng College is a member of Rough Riders 4-H Club and Fairfield Union FFA.

Contact: Angela Krile, Volunteer Coordinator, Fairfield County Junior Fair Queen Contest, 740-974-3948, angela@krilecommunications.com

Remember to Turn in your School Excuse Note!!

Dear Junior Fair Families,

Just a reminder that the Extension Office sends school excuse letters to the School District you listed on your Fair Entry Form. The school letters to superintendents and principles ask for their cooperation in excusing those members exhibiting livestock projects at the Fairfield County Fair. It is your responsibility, to turn in a note from a parent/guardian to your school office. Youth should also notify the school prior to the dates of fair e to get permission and any missed assignments.

If your school has changed since fair entry time or you need an additional letter for other reasons (college classes, virtual classes, etc), please contact Aubry at Fowler.443@osu.edu or 740-653-5419. See you at the Fairfield County Fair!

Daily Drawing for Junior Fair Exhibitors – Thanks to Foltz Ag Enterprises and Granville Milling!

Attention Junior Fair Exhibitors: Foltz Ag Enterprises & Granville Milling Company are having a daily drawing for a $50 Gift Certificate at the 2022 Fairfield County Fair. Sign up at the Foltz Ag Enterprises fair booth. Drawing will be held each day. Winner chooses a $50 Gift Certificate from Foltz Ag OR from Granville Milling. Gift Certificates can be redeemed at the company’s fair booth, or at their business location. This opportunity is open to all 4-H and FFA exhibitors (not just livestock exhibitors!).

Swine Ambassador Application – Deadline extended thru 9/27/2022

Due to no applications being submitted, the Swine Committee has reopened the application for the Swine Ambassador and will accept applications thru September 27th. Click here for a direct link to the 2022 Swine Ambassador Application: 2022 Swine Ambassador Application. Applications can be dropped off to the Extension Office or emailed to cooksey.25@osu.edu. Thanks!

Junior Fair Poultry – Virtual Clinic (Fair Etiquette) 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18th

Our final virtual poultry clinic of the year in Sunday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m. will focus on “Fair Etiquette”. We’ll discuss things you need to do while showing at the fair.
  • Keeping your birds watered and fed
  • Cleaning cages and barns
  • Other important things to do while your birds are at the fair

This is a VERY important session for all poultry exhibitors to attend. Please share this will all club members and exhibitors.

Here’s the link to the virtual Google Meet session. https://meet.google.com/gcr-eyjb-oho
Remember exhibitors that attend the event live will receive a prize and be entered into a drawing for a grand prize to be awarded during the fair.

Poultry Exhibitors: Turn in Hatchery Paperwork for MARKET POULTRY at Skillathon on Sept. 25th

Attention Poultry Exhibitors – here is a reminder about the Pullorum Testing Requirements for Junior Fair Poultry exhibitors. This is an update to the information printed in the Poultry Rules of the Junior Fair Book with regard to HOW to submit hatchery paperwork this year.

PULLORUM TESTING REQUIREMENTS: Per ODA rule 901:1-18-05. All chickens and turkeys exhibited at the fair must present proof of origination from a Pullorum-free hatchery or be blood tested upon arrival. Pullorum testing will be available for chickens only from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday before the fair in the breeding barn. The rapid test provided at the fair does not work for turkeys therefore turkeys must provide hatchery paperwork or be tested by a vet prior to arrival.

Photos or scans of hatchery paperwork for market poultry only can be dropped off at the Poultry Skillathon on Sunday, September 25th. Please leave a copy of this paperwork at the registration table. Be sure that the exhibitor’s name is listed on the hatchery paperwork. If family/club members share hatchery paperwork, please include all exhibitor names on the copy submitted. If hatchery paperwork is not dropped off at Skillathon, exhibitors can drop off at the Extension Office or submit by email to cooksey.25@osu.edu. Preference is to have hatchery paperwork submitted by October 1st.

Hatchery paperwork must show purchase and/or hatch date and the Pullorum-free hatchery insignia. Hatchery paperwork for non-market poultry will continue to be checked during check in.

For those purchasing from a reseller such as tractor Supply or Rural King, receipts from the reseller do not meet the ODA requirements. The reseller should be able to provide you with the name and contact information for the hatchery where the birds originated, and you must contact, and you must contact that original hatchery to obtain the proper paperwork.

Missed Skillathon? LAST CHANCE: Makeup Test on Monday, Sept. 26

Skillathons are required to exhibit at the Fairfield County Fair for exhibitors showing dogs, horses, dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry, rabbits (no Pet Rabbit), and llamas/alpacas.

If you did not complete an Ohio State Fair Skillathon (in-person or virtual) or County Fair Skillathon (September 10th or 25th), you MUST complete the makeup test in order to show at the 2022 Fairfield County Junior Fair.

Exhibitors can schedule to take a written test by calling the OSU Extension Office at 740-653-5419.

The makeup test will take place on Monday, September 26th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rickett’s Hall/Ed Sands Building at the Fairgrounds.

IF you need to complete the makeup test option, you will need to have all 4-H/FFA record books turned into the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23rd so that project book judges can review them on the second Skillathon day (September 25th). INCOMPLETE BOOKS WILL HAVE FAIR ENTRIES DENIED. We will not collect books or give more time for books to be finished between the last Skillathon date and fair like last year. No books will be reviewed after September 25th.

Did you complete an Ohio State Fair Virtual or In-Person Skillathon, be sure to turn in your 4-H/FFA Project Record Book by Sept. 23rd.

Skillathons are required to exhibit at the Fairfield County Fair for exhibitors showing dogs, horses, dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry, rabbits (no Pet Rabbit), and llamas/alpacas.

  • All 4-H/FFA Record Books will be checked during Skillathon dates for ALL projects (even if you completed the Ohio State Fair Virtual or In-Person Skillathons to meet the county Skillathon requirement).
  • If a participated in OSF Skillathon – books still need to completed and turned into the Extension Office by Friday, September 23rd so that they can be reviewed by our Project Book judges on the second Skillathon date of Sunday, September 25th.

Project Books

  • 4-H and FFA Record Books are required to be COMPLETED for each project.
  • 4-H Members should have a NEW 4-H Record Book each year they take the project.
  • 4-H and FFA Records Books will be reviewed at Skillathon.
    • For those who forget or don’t bring book – will need be completed and turned into the Extension Office by Friday, September 23rd.
    • Exhibitors will who do not properly complete a record book for each of their fair projects WILL NOT be allowed to exhibit at the fair. NO EXCEPTIONS.
    • No books will be reviewed after September 25th.

Effective for 2022, the use of Ractopamine (i.e. Paylean) is no longer banned in Fairfield County

Effective for 2022, the use of Ractopamine is no longer banned for the Fairfield County Fair.

During their regular meeting on February 15, 2022 the Senior Fair Board is expected to vote to NO LONGER make the Fairfield County Junior Fair swine show ractopamine-free. This will supersede any other announcements regarding the use of ractopamine found on this page.

Previous Junior Fair rules that banned the use of ractopamine were removed from the Junior Fair Rule Book (under Swine Rules). Additionally, this update was shared with advisors in late February/early March at our mandatory advisor club update.