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.

Ohio State Fair Poultry Judging and Avian Bowl Results

Congrats to the following Fairfield County youth who excelled at this year’s Ohio State Fair Poultry Judging and Avian Bowl events.

Sophia Preston

  • 2nd Place Overall Junior
  • 4th Place in Reasons (Junior)
  • 4th Place in Live Birds (Junior)
  • 4th Place in Market Eggs (Junior)
  • 1st Place in Market Poultry (Junior)
  • Member of 1st Place Junior Team (members from Carroll, Warren, and Fairfield counties)

Ashley Love

  • 4th Place Overall Senior
  • 2nd Place Reasons (Senior)
  • 5th Place Live Birds (Senior)
  • 5th Place Market Eggs (Senior)
  • 4th Place Market Poultry (Senior)
  • Member of the 3rd Place Senior Team

Trinitiy Craiglow

  • 9th Place Overall Senior
  • 8th Place Reasons (Senior)
  • 6th Place Live Birds (Senior)
  • 9th Place Market Eggs (Senior)
  • 13th Place Market Poultry (Senior)
  • Member of the 3rd Place Senior Team

Jadin Triplett

  • 10th Place Overall Senior
  • 10th Place Reasons (Senior)
  • 10th Place Live Birds (Senior)
  • 10th Place Market Eggs (Senior)
  • 6th Place Market Poultry (Senior)
  • Member of the 3rd Place Senior Team

Cora Cain

  • 13th Place Overall Senior
  • 9th Place Reasons (Senior)
  • 13th Place Live Birds (Senior)
  • 12th Place Market Eggs (Senior)
  • 12th Place Market Poultry (Senior)
  • Member of the 3rd Place Senior Team

Trinity Craiglow, Ashley Love, Jadin Triplett, Cora Cain also participated in the Avian Bowl (Senior Division) and received 3rd Place.

2022 Ohio State Fair Virtual and In-Person Skillathon Results: Poultry

Congrats to the following Fairfield County youth who placed in their respective species for the 2022 Ohio State Fair Virtual and In-Person Poultry Skillathon!

OSF Virtual Poultry Skillathon Results:

  • Age 8/9: Connor Bergados, 10th Place
  • Age 10: Gracie Weber: 7th Place
  • Age 12: Parker Reese: 3rd Place
  • Age 13: Troy Bullock, 6th Place
  • Age 14: Campbell Reese, 2nd Place; Carter Bergados, 7th Place, Summer Barrett, 9th Place
  • Age 15: Alexandra Schmelzer, 7th Place
  • Age 16: Hannah Brown, 5th Place
  • Age 17: Trinitiy Craiglow, 6th Place
  • Age 18: Ashley Love, 5th Place
  • Top 25 Overall Awards: Parker Reese, 13th Place; Campbell Reese, 22nd Place
  • OSF Virtual Poultry Skillathon Participant: Nolan Shaffer, Cameron Brown

OSF In-Person Poultry Skillathon Results:

  • Age 8/9: Garrett Basnett, 4th Place
  • Age 11: Hunter Basnett, 5th Place
  • Age 12: Parker Reese, 9th Place
  • Age 13: Sophia Preston, 4th Place; Troy Bullock, 6th Place

These Fairfield County 4-H Poultry Exhibitors have met their Fairfield County Junior Fair Skillathon Requirement by participating in at least one Skillathon. For a full list of results from Ohio State Fair Skillathons and for upcoming Skillathon events, visit: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-4-h-skillathons

Poultry Workday is Saturday, August 13th – all are welcome!

Don’t forget the Junior Fair Poultry workday is this Saturday, August 13th  at the fairgrounds. We’ll start at 9AM in the area of the red show arena/50 barn and our breeding barn. Thanks to the hard work of asst. superintendents Wes Brendsel and Scott Anderson, we already have a good start on building the new stanchions. All that remains is to install legs and paint. We also need to paint a few of the old stanchions that need it, as well as the add’t sheeting we purchased for under and over the cages (it is OSB so will need paint). If we have enough help, we also want to power wash some of the other stanchions and sheeting that is extremely dirty. I suggest everyone wear older clothes. The committee will be providing lunch for everyone, but please remember to let me know if you are coming, so we can have an accurate count.
Thanks,
John Hablitzel

2022 Fairfield County Junior Fair Premier Exhibitor Contest Information

Objective: The objective of the Premier Exhibitor Contest is to encourage youth exhibitors to explore multiple aspects of the livestock specie project they are enrolled in, and to reward those youth that participate at the highest level.

While some exhibitors may choose to only participate in a single aspect of an animal project, the reality is that all the various opportunities available for any given project are interrelated and participation can enhance the knowledge, skills, and enjoyment gained from the project.

  • Exhibitors will learn that market animals originate from breeding stock.
  • Performance is vital to the profitability of livestock production.
  • Efficient record keeping allows the owner to determine if the project was profitable.
  • Livestock evaluation is the foundation for selecting both breeding and market livestock.
  • Knowing breeds, body parts and muscle names and locations compliment one’s ability to evaluate livestock.

It’s all interrelated and encouraging youth to expand the knowledge of their project by participating in a variety of opportunities while also in a competitive environment will enhance the learning experience.

Updates to the 2022 Premier Exhibitor Program:

  • Addition of Dog, Alpaca/Llama, and Horse Premier Exhibitor Programs.
  • Removal of Rate of Gain for Meat/Market Goat Premier Exhibitor scoring.

Requirements:

  • Exhibitor must be enrolled in a 4-H/FFA project in that species in their respective 4-H Club/FFA Chapter.
  • FairEntry is made in the respective species by August FairEntry deadline.
  • The exhibitor must complete the Fairfield County Skillathon for the specie they plan to compete in Premier Exhibitor. Those exhibitors who participate in the alternative Skillathon options will not be eligible for Premier Exhibitor (i.e. Ohio State Fair VIRTUAL Skillathon, Ohio State Fair IN-PERSON Skillathon, and/or Fairfield County Make-Up Skillathon Test). Project books will be reviewed as part of the county Skillathon event.
  • An exhibitor must complete a Skillathon for each specie they plan to compete for Premier Exhibitor. If an exhibitor does not participate in the Fairfield County Skillathon for that specie, they will be ineligible for Premier Exhibitor in that specie.
  • Exhibitors must show their own animal(s).

Eligible Species: Dairy Cattle, Dairy Beef Feeders, Beef, Swine, Sheep, Dairy Goats, Meat/Market Goats, Pygmy Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Dogs, Alpacas/Llamas, and Horses.

Scoring: The Premier Exhibitor for each species will be the exhibitor with the highest point total from the activities listed for each specie (dropping the scores as mentioned below).

The goal is to encourage exhibitors to explore various opportunities available to them within their species and allow for lowest scores to be dropped when sufficient experiences are able to be offered (for example, Beef Exhibitors have far more project opportunities available to them than Pygmy Goats). The objective would be to encourage exhibitors to earn points for exhibiting animals in at least two ways at the Fairfield County Fair in addition to participating in Skillathon, showmanship, rate of gain (if applicable), and judging contests (if applicable). If exhibiting more than one animal in an activity, the highest placing animal will be used for the Premier Exhibitor scoring.

Dairy Cattle: The Dairy Cattle Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from up to 3 of the 4 following Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Dairy Skillathon*, Showmanship, Ohio 4-H Dairy Judging Contest, and Breeding Class.

Dairy Beef Feeder: The Dairy Beef Feeder Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from up to 4 of the 5 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Beef Skillathon*, Showmanship, Fairfield County Beef Judging Contest, Market Class, and Rate of Gain.

Beef: The Beef Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from up to 5 of the 8 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Beef Skillathon*, Showmanship, Fairfield County Beef Judging Contest, Breeding Class, Feeder Class, Market Class, Carcass Class, and Rate of Gain.

Swine: The Swine Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from up to 4 of the 5 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Swine Skillathon*, Showmanship, Fairfield County Swine Judging Contest, Market/MQP Class 1, and Market/MQP Class 2.

Sheep: The Sheep Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from 5 of the 6 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Sheep Skillathon*, Showmanship, Fairfield County Sheep Judging Contest, Breeding Class, Market/MQP Class 1, and Market/MQP Class 2.

Dairy Goats: The Dairy Goat Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from all 4 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Dairy Goat Skillathon*, Showmanship, Breeding (Kid/Yearling Class), and Breeding (Doe Class).

Meat/Market Goats: The Meat/Market Goat Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from 5 of the 6 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Meat/Market Goat Skillathon*, Showmanship, Fairfield County Meat Goat Judging Contest, Breeding (Meat Doe) Class, Market/MQP Class 1, and Market/MQP Class 2.

Pygmy Goats: The Pygmy Goat Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from all 4 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Pygmy Goat Skillathon*, Showmanship, Wether Class, and Doe Class.

Poultry: The Poultry Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from 4 of the 5 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Poultry Skillathon*, Showmanship, Breeding Class, Layers Class, and Market Class.

Rabbits: The Rabbit Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from all 4 of the 6 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Rabbit Skillathon*, Showmanship, Breeding Class 1, Breeding Class 2, Market Class 1, Market Class 2.

Dogs: The Dog Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from up to 4 of the 5 Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Dog Skillathon*, You & Your Dog Interview, Showmanship, Obedience Class, and Agility.

Alpacas/Llamas: The Alpaca & Llama Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from up to 4 of the 5 following Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Alpaca/Llama Skillathon*, Showmanship, Public Relations Class, Costume Class, and Obstacle/Agility Class

Horses: The Horse Premier Exhibitor will be the highest point total from up to 4 of the 5 following Fairfield County Junior Fair activities: Horse Skillathon*, Showmanship, Pleasure Class, Pattern Class, and Contesting Class.

The *Fairfield County Skillathon will be a mandatory activity for participation in the respective species’ Premier Exhibitor Contest. A Skillathon is an activity to test knowledge of specific subject matter in a hands-on experiential learning model. Skillathons will take place on the assigned day and times in September and this will be the only opportunity for participants to complete the Skillathon for their respective species and be eligible to participate in the respective Premier Exhibitor Contest. Exhibitors will earn corresponding Premier Exhibitor points based off of their raw score (out of 100 points). Skillathons will be comprised of four stations. A completed project book is required at Skillathon.

The Fairfield County Livestock Judging Contest will take place on Sunday of the Fairfield County Fair for swine, beef, sheep, and goats. Exhibitors will earn corresponding Livestock Judging Contest points based off of their raw score. Total points possible will be determined on the day of the contest.

Rate of Gain will be available to all market beef that are exhibited in the live show, and dairy feeder exhibitors.

Breeding/Market/Showmanship/Rate of Gain class/heat points will be assigned according to class rankings (placing 1st through 5th, followed by participation points).

Livestock Sale: If the Premier Exhibitor has a market animal in that respective species, they will sell third in the market sale for that species following the Overall Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Market Animals. If an exhibitor chooses to take home and earns Premier Exhibitor, they will lose their sale slot. (In that case second place Premier Exhibitor will not move into that sale slot).

Ties: Exhibitors will complete a tiebreaker station at Skillathon for their respective specie. Scoring from the tiebreaker station will only be used to help break ties for the overall rankings of each specie’s Premier Exhibitor.

Awards will be given for 1st place winner of each age group (Age 8/9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18), from which, overall 1st through 3rd place winners will be chosen for the Premier Exhibitor Program for each specie.

  • 1st Place Awards for each age group (Age 8/9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18) will receive a rosette and coupon to be used at the fair for a free sandwich (vendor TBD).
  • 1st Place Award Overall for each specie will receive a vinyl banner and $100 cash award.
  • 2nd Place Award Overall for each specie will receive a vinyl banner and $75 cash award.
  • 3rd Place Award Overall for each specie will receive a vinyl banner and $50 cash award.

Updated 8/2/2022 to reflect updates to Meat Goats and no longer having a Rate of Gain Contest.

Ohio State Fair In-Person Skillathons – Dates are fast approaching!

In-Person 2021 Ohio Youth Skillathon Rules (posted 5.3.2022)

  • All Skillathons are open to any Ohio 4-H member, age 8 and in the 3rd grade, or 9 years old and older regardless of grade level, to age 18 as of January 1, 2022, and FFA members.
  • You do not have to exhibit a particular species to participate in that species Skillathon.
  • Any specific rules for an individual species will be outlined on the testing site.
  • In-person Skillathons will be held during the youth livestock shows at the Ohio State Fair
  • There will be 4 stations in each Skillathon that will make up 4 separate, timed modules.
  • Each station will have a time limit (typically 5 minutes per station).
  • If your child requires any testing accommodations, please contact us in advance at 4hanimalscience@osu.edu and we will work with you to make accommodation arrangements.
  • Results will be posted for each age category, age division, and overall after the Skillathon is completed. Participants will receive an email with a link to view the results.

Information on Ohio State Fair In-Person Skillathons was copied from this source: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-4-h-skillathons

Ohio State Fair In-Person Skillathon Dates, Times and Locations:

  • Wed., July 27 – Dairy Skillathon 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center
  • Wed., August 3 – Sheep Skillathon 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Brown Sheep Building
  • Wed., August 3 – Poultry Skillathon 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Rabbit & Poultry Pavilion
  • Thurs., August 4 – Swine Skillathon 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center
  • Thurs., August 4 – Beef Skillathon 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center
  • Fri., August 5 – Rabbit Skillathon 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Rabbit & Poultry Pavilion
  • Fri., August 5 – Goat Skillathon 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center

Junior Fair Poultry Work Day RESCHEDULED for AUGUST 13th – Help is needed!

The Poultry Work Day previously scheduled for July 23rd has been RESCHEDULED due to the conflict with the Lancaster Fair Festival Day. The work day will now take place on Saturday, August 13th.
We will be having a workday at the fairgrounds to build and paint stanchions for the new cages, and need several exhibitors and/or parents to help. Hopefully we will have enough folks to do some power washing and painting on the old stanchions as well. We’ll start at 9 and run to about 3. If you can help for all or part, it will be greatly appreciated. Lunch will be provided. Please contact John Hablitzel or respond to the Facebook event if you are able to help so we have an accurate count for planning purposes.