Facebook Lives for Junior Fair Updates: Recordings for the week of October 4th

Daily 4-H and Junior Fair updates from 4-H Educators, Leslie Cooksey and Aubry Fowler as we approach the fair for the week of October 4th. The videos from last week can be reviewed by clicking on this link.

October 4th update includes:

  • MQP Lambs
  • Poultry Barn Setup
  • Swine Showmanship Time Change

October 5th update includes:

  • Poultry and Other Livestock Sale Clarifications

October 6th (first video) update includes:

  • Hog Pet Setup in the L barn

October 6th (second video) update includes:

  • School Letters
  • Outstanding 4-Her Recognition

October 7th (first video) update includes:

  • Super Showmanship Contest
  • Livestock Judging Contest
  • No Premier Exhibitor for Meat/Market Goats

October 7th (second video) update includes:

  • Round Cattle Barn Setup for the Alpaca and Dairy Cattle Show Committees

October 8th (first video) update includes:

  • 4-H crops and gardening drop off on Saturday
  • FFA still project judging
  • Cakes/Pies/Candies Judging

October 8th (second video) update includes:

  • Health and Safety Guidelines

October 10th update includes:

  • Agenda for Sunday – note that the correct location for the dairy feeder weigh-in is the Round Cattle Barn (not the AAA Building as Leslie accidentally stated in the video)!

2020 4-H//FFA Project Book Review – PLEASE READ!

4-H members are required to complete a project or record book each year for each of the projects in which they are enrolled. In past years, advisors reviewed project books for livestock, horse, gardening/crop projects at the club level – unless members pursued the Premier Exhibitor Contest, where they turned in their project book at the fair to compete in the Project Book Contest.

Likewise, FFA members are required to complete project records for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects through AET. If FFA members chose to participate in Premier Exhibitor in the past, they also turned in a printed version of their project records from AET to be reviewed in the Project Book Contest.

In 2020, Skillathons returned to the Fairfield County Junior Fair and the Project Book Contest and Premier Exhibitor Test have been discontinued for the Premier Exhibitor Contests. Originally, our plan was to have project books reviewed as a station of in-person Skillathons. The books would have been quickly reviewed in person by a judge who also would have interviewed the exhibitors on what they have learned from their 4-H/FFA project(s). Due to COVID-19 and moving Skillathons virtually, this in-person book review could not take place and an alternative plan was established.

Our alternative plan to review project books this year will be a county level review. 4-H Project/Record Books will be reviewed by 4-H Staff at the Extension Office while FFA Record Books will be reviewed by each FFA Advisor in their respective chapters.

What do exhibitors need to do?

  • Each member will need to turn in a project book for each project you plan to bring to the fair. This includes: All Beef (breeding, market, feeders, dairy beef feeders), Hogs, Sheep (breeding, market), Goats (meat does, market wethers, dairy, pygmy), Poultry, Rabbits (breeding, market – NOT Pet Rabbits), Horses, Dairy (breeding), and Llamas/Alpacas.
  • Records should be completed through September 18th. We understand there are portions of your book(s) that cannot be finished until after fair (i.e. profit/loss statements). We also know that you could not do everything you normally could have done this year with regard to citizenship, leadership, and project activities – but please update these sections of your book(s) the best you can for what you were able to do this year. Complete as much of your book as possible through September 18th.
  • For project completion requirements for each species, please review the 4-H Project Guidelines for Fair Projects.
  • If more work does need to be completed in project books (i.e. a book is turned in with numerous pages not filled out), you should expect to get a phone call asking you to pick-up your book and work on it more in order for it to be complete and be eligible to show at the fair.
  • Remember: Exhibition at the fair is an option beyond completion of 4-H and FFA projects. It is a privilege, not a right. You must be a member in good standing with your 4-H Club/FFA Chapter in order to show at the fair. One of the requirements for both organizations is completed project/record books.
  • Families can choose to drop off books on their own but should communicate that with their club advisor(s).

What do 4-H advisors need to do?

  • Sign the front covers of the 4-H Project Books!
  • Help with book collection and drop off at the Extension Office.
  • Books can be dropped in a box/tote provided by the club at the front door of the Extension Office. Or, you may place books in tote that we will place outside the Extension Office. No appointments are needed for book drop-off only.
  • Families can choose to drop off books on their own but should communicate that with you.

Drop-off schedule:

  • Monday, September 21st from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 22nd from 9:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 23rd from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 24th from 9:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.
  • Friday, September 25th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

How will 4-H Staff/FFA Advisors review books?

  • We will not be using a rubric.
  • We will be looking for current, up to date records for this year.
  • We expect the book to be completed for the projects that are taken.
  • We expect the front cover of the book to be completed and legible.
  • We expect members to complete their own project/record books.
  • A quick project/record book review will take place prior to fair. If more work needs to be done in a 4-H project/record book prior to fair (i.e. a book is turned in with numerous pages not filled out), we will contact the exhibitor to pickup their book(s) and to work on it more in order for it to be complete and be eligible to show at the fair.
  • We will keep books until after fair to allow for a more thorough review books and so we can provide feedback on how 4-H members can learn and make their books better. This is meant to be a learning process this year, much like learning how the Skillathons were going to be for the first time this year. Books will be returned in December when 4-H Advisors pick-up Livestock Sale Checks on behalf of the club.

Details on 4-H Project Books:

The newer 4-H livestock record books are designed to include records for all projects taken in that specie. Add additional pages if needed if you are keeping separate records (i.e. pygmy vs. dairy goats). If you are taking more than one project in a specie, you should fill out all information applicable for those projects in your 4-H record book (market, breeding, feeders, etc). Those projects that share ONE 4-H record book are as follows:

  • ONE (135) Project/Record Book should be turned in for all 4-H Goat Projects:
    • (135BD) Dairy Goats
    • (135BM) Breeding Meat Goats
    • (135M) Market Goats
    • (135PY) Pygmy Goats
  • ONE (117) Beef Project/ Record Book should be turned in for all 4-H Beef Projects:
    • (117B) Beef Breeding
    • (117DF) Dairy Beef Feeder
    • (117M) Market Beef
    • (117BF) Beef Feeder
  • ONE (150) Poultry Project and Record Book should be turned in for all 4-H Poultry Projects:
    • (150CE) Chicken, Exhibition
    • (150CM) Chicken, Market
    • (150CEP) Chicken, Egg Production: Hens and Pullets
    • (150DE) Duck, Exhibition
    • (150DM Duck, Market
    • (150GE) Goose, Exhibition
    • (150TE) Turkey, Exhibition
    • (150TM) Turkey, Market
    • (150H) Helmeted Guinea Fowl
  • ONE (190R) Equine Record Book for the following Horse Projects:
    • (174) Beginning Horse Management*
      • *First year members taking (174) Beginning Horse Management can turn in this book with completed records for their first year and do not need to turn in the (190R) Equine Record Book. For second year and up, members taking (174) Beginning Horse Management should turn in the (190R) Equine Record Book.
    • (175) Light Horse Selection
    • (177) Horse Training: How to Talk to Your Horse
    • (180) Learning to Jump
    • (181) Draft Horse
    • (182) Small Equine
    • (184) Standardbred Horses
    • (185) Equine Reproduction and Genetics
    • (188) Trail Riding
    • (189) Dressage
    • (762) Horse Nutrition

The 4-H livestock record books that have not been updated by Ohio 4-H in recent years have separate books for breeding and market. 4-H members taking both market and breeding should be completing a book for each project.

  • SEPARATE Record/Project Books should be turned in for (199) Sheep Breeding and (198) Market Lambs.
  • SEPARATE Record/Project Books should be turned in for (225) Breeding Rabbits and (226) Market Rabbits.
  • SEPARATE Record Books should be turned in for (122 ) Dairy Heifers and (126) Dairy Cows.

Additional books that should be completed for the following projects:

  • Market Hogs: (139) Market Hog Project and Record Book
  • Llama/Alpaca: (132) Llama and Alpaca Project and Record Book
  • Pigeons: (365.22) Self Determined Idea Starter: Pigeons

Book Drop-Off Exceptions:

  • You and Your Dog exhibitors will keep books and bring with them to Dog Judging at the fair on Sunday, October 11th.
  • Companion Animal (including 227 Pet Rabbit) exhibitors will keep books and bring with them to Companion Animal Judging at the fair on Sunday, October 11th.
  • 4-H Gardening/Crop Project exhibitors will keep books and bring with them when they drop off their fair display on Saturday, October 10th between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the 4-H Display Barn.
  • Cakes/Pies/Candies exhibitors will keep books and bring with them to Cakes/Pies/Candies Judging at the fair on Monday, October 12th.

Additional questions can be addressed to Leslie Cooksey, 4-H Extension Educator, by email at cooksey.25@osu.edu. Additionally, feel free to listen to this recording of an interview with Connie Smith featured on 88.9 The Farm Page on Saturday, September 12th where 4-H and FFA project/record books are discussed: https://u.osu.edu/thenews/files/2020/09/LeslieBooks.2020.mp3

 For a printable version of this information, click here: 2020 Project Book Information

Virtual Skillathons are LIVE – now through September 21st at 8:00 p.m.

The 2020 Fairfield County Virtual Skillathons are online September 1-21 and must be completed by 8 p.m. on Monday, September 21st. Click here for additional helpful information about Fairfield County Skillathons.

Alpaca/Llama: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6WpFd8gWt4RuLtj
Beef and Dairy Beef Feeders: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bwj2uuuHMRIzYmF
Dairy: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3yOkqLpXiRJIID3
Dog: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6tA3WIwztTCxFgV
Goat: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eR0RgjwvFhDTnSJ
Horse: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bCRyKueSEGhpqTP
Poultry: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9sNwzV294OEJWE5
Rabbit: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_erKGtoglUEiuc8B
Sheep: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37zW9oAeYCkUvrL
Swine: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dgSYnOblG2WUGvH

 

 

Sponsors Needed for Junior Fair Awards (Updated list as of 8/28/2020)

Award sponsors should have received their invoices to make payment toward sponsoring 2020 Junior Fair Awards. Please send payment in as soon as possible. If questions, contact Ashleigh Traster at 740-503-4980 or by email at ashleigh.trasterffw3@gmail.com. Please note, Ashleigh is the new Junior Fair Awards Coordinator!

The following awards are currently not sponsored for 2020 as of August 28, 2020. Please contact Ashleigh (contact information listed above) to be sure the award is still available. Thank you in advance!

Book 1 – Dairy

  • 2nd-6th Place Jr. Dairy Market Feeder Showman – 5 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 2nd-6th Place Beginner Dairy Feeder Showman – 5 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 4th-5th Place Dairy Showman of Showmen Contest – 2 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • Junior Champion Guernsey Heifer – 1 Trophy at $18.50
  • Reserve Junior Champion Guernsey Heifer – 1 Rosette at $4.50
  • Dairy Breeding 1st Place, each class – 9 Rosettes at $4.50 each

Book 4 – Sheep

  • 1st Place Sheep Premier Exhibitor – 1 Award at $100.00

Book 6 – Dairy Goats

  • 1st -5th Place Senior Yearling – 5 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • Reserve Champion Milker – 1 Trophy at $17.50
  • Division II 2nd Place Dairy Goat Showman (ages 12-14) – 1 Trophy at $17.50
  • 1st-5th Place 5 Year Old and Over Dairy Goat – 3 Rosettes at $4.50 each

Book 11 – Rabbits

  • 3rd-10th Place Pen of 2 Home Grown Fryers – 6 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 1st-3rd Place Each Breed Class, Does & Bucks – 14 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 1st-5th Place Premier Rabbit Exhibitor – 1 ARBA Book at $22.00

Book 12 – 4-H/FFA Crops

  • 1st Place Vegetable or Fruit – 1 Rosette at $4.50

Book 13 – FFA Agriculture Engineering/Production

  • 1st Place Woodworking Small (FFA Engineering) – 1 Rosette at $4.50

Book 14 – Dogs

  • 2nd-5th Place Junior, You & Your Dog – 4 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 2nd-5th Place Intermediate, You & Your Dog – 4 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 2nd-5th Place Beginner Novice (B) – 4 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 2nd-5th Place Pre-Novice – 4 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 2nd-3rd Place Dog Obedience Graduate (Novice B) – 2 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • 1st Place Dog Obedience (Open B) – 1 Trophy at $17.50
  • Junior Showmanship (A) (ages 8-11) – 1 Trophy at $17.50
  • 2nd-3rd Place Senior Showmanship (B) (ages 15-18) – 2 Rosettes at $4.50 each
  • Senior Showmanship (B) (ages 15-18) – 1 Trophy at $17.50

Book 19 – Nutrition

  • 1st Place Everyday Food & Fitness – 1 Rosette at $4.50
  • 3rd Place Everyday Food & Fitness – 1 Rosette at $4.50
  • Overall Best Intermediate Cake – $15.00 Award

Book 20 – Clothing

  • 2nd Place Creative Costumes – 1 Rosette at $4.50
  • 1st Place Look Great for Less – 1 Rosette at $4.50

Special 4-H Club Awards

  • 5 Year Member Pins – 10 pins at $2.00 each
  • 11 Year Member Pins – 5 pins at $2.00 each

Skillathon Update as of 8/21/2020 – What you need to know!

Please Note: Skillathons provide an opportunity for you show us what you know about your species. Although the Skillathon will be scored, it will not be a competitive event this year. Skillathons will be for completion only in 2020.

You must complete at least ONE Skillathon in order to show at the 2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair. For those that completed the online Ohio Youth Skillathons in July and August, that will count as your Skillathon for the 2020 Fairfield County Fair – UNLESS you would like to participate in Premier Exhibitor for your specie. If you plan to compete for Premier Exhibitor, you must complete the Fairfield County Virtual Skillathon in that respective specie.

For 2020, Skillathons will be held virtually. Skillathon links will be emailed to you on September 1st. You can complete the Skillathon once you receive the link. Each Skillathon can only be completed once. We ask that you complete the Skillathon on your own. If you need assistance with reading, a parent/guardian is permitted to assist for this reason. Skillathons must be completed by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 21st. The Virtual Skillathons will take 20-30 minutes on a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access. If you do not have a device and/or internet access, appointments may be made to take the Virtual Skillathon at the Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 20th. Click here to schedule an in-person appointment for Sunday. September 20th. Appointments will be available in the afternoon and must be scheduled by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18th.

Once completed, you will receive a conformation email your Skillathon was submitted. Please check your spam folder for this email. If you do not get a confirmation email within 2 hours, please email koenig.398@osu.edu to check for your completion. Do not call.

Study Materials: The listing by specie below outlines the subject areas that will be included on your specie’s Skillathon. Suggested study resources are:

Skillathons are set up in 5-6 sections:

  • Two-three sections will be topics from the species-specific lists.
  • One section will be related to Quality Assurance (or EquiSTEP for horses).
  • One section will be about reading feed tags.
  • The final section will be sharing information about your project. This may include information about your animal (breed, weight, what you are feeding, etc.).

 Dairy Beef Feeders & Beef

  • Breeds
  • Feed ID
  • Meat Cuts
  • Nutrition

Dairy Cattle

  • Mammary System
  • Breeds
  • Anatomy
  • Pedigree

Horses

  • Equipment
  • Body Scoring
  • Bit Education
  • Breeds

Goats

  • Disease
  • Breed ID
  • Herd Management

Sheep

  • Meat Cuts
  • Breeds
  • Feet & Leg Structure
  • Equipment

Swine

  • Breeds
  • Parasites/Ear Notching
  • Equipment Selection
  • Anatomy

Poultry

  • Feed ID
  • Parts/Meat Cuts
  • Breeds
  • Diseases

Rabbits

  • Faults and DQs
  • Diseases
  • Breeds
  • Anatomy

Dogs

  • Anatomy
  • Postures
  • Diseases
  • Breeds

Alpacas/Llamas

  • General Information
  • Anatomy
  • Leg Structure
  • Feed Tag

Please continue to work on your 4-H and FFA Project Books. Project Books will be collected and reviewed at the county level prior to fair. Stay tuned for updates on this process.

Skillathon Update as of 8/6/2020

Skillathons will return to the Fairfield County Junior Fair in 2020 in an effort to stimulate youth to learn more about their animal projects both individually and within their club/chapter. Although Skillathons will be scored, they will be for completion (not competition) in 2020.

Skillathons are required for those who wish to exhibit at the 2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair. Youth must complete at least one Skillathon. Youth can participate in more than one species if they intend to participate in the Premier Exhibitor for that respective species. For more information: Refer to Junior Fair Book.

Skillathons will be offered virtually for all beef, dairy, goat, poultry, rabbit (except Pet Rabbits), sheep, swine, dog, horse, alpaca/llama projects and will be available for completion from September 1-21, 2020.

For those members that do not have access to technology that would support virtual completion, limited appointments will be offered on September 20th for access to Chromebooks and internet at the fairgrounds. This will be the only in-person date offered. Registration for in-person will open on September 1st.

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, meat cuts, and record-keeping. For 2020, Skillathon questions will primarily be from specie resource books.

Youth who participated in the Ohio Youth Skillathons will be able to count this Skillathon for their county requirement if they do not plan to participate in Premier Exhibitor. Those who wish to pursue Premier Exhibitor will need complete the county Skillathon for each species they plan to compete in. Additional details will be forthcoming regarding Premier Exhibitor.

Please continue to work on your 4-H and FFA Project Books. Project Books will be collected and reviewed at the county level prior to fair. Stay tuned for updates on this process.

 

 

Skillathons Return for the 2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair (includes 4-H and FFA exhibitors!)

Please take a few minutes to check out this informational video about Skillathons which will be required of Junior Fair Exhibitors in order to exhibit at the 2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair. This applies to both 4-H and FFA exhibitors taking goat, sheep, rabbit, poultry, horses, alpacas/llamas, swine, beef, dairy and dogs. Click here for the video.

After a 14 year hiatus, Fairfield County’s Jr. Fair livestock exhibitors will once again be participating in Skillathons beginning in September of 2020. In this Fairfield Focus, Connie Smith visits with Jr. Fair Coordinators, Chuck Miller and Phil Miller, and also Fairfield County 4-H Educators, Leslie Cooksey and Aubry Fowler, about the rationale behind bringing Skillathons back, and how they will be implemented.

Livestock Project Book Competitions

Exhibitor project record books will be judged as part of the Premier Exhibitor Contests for each livestock species (this is required for consideration in any species’ Premier Exhibitor Contest).

However, you do not need to be participating in the Premier Exhibitor Contest to turn in a book and be considered for the Project Book Competition (separate awards will be awarded!).

There will also be a tiebreaker question that youth who are participating in the 4-H Project Book Competition need to answer when they drop off their book at each species’ weigh-in. Project books MUST be turned in at fair weigh-in/check-in and will be judged during fair week. Awards will be presented for each species’ competition at their respective shows.

Premier Exhibitor Testing – Sunday, August 25th

This is a reminder that the 2nd of 3 Premier Exhibitor testing dates will be Sunday, August 25th at 1:00 pm at the Rickett’s Hall on the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.  Youth may only test on a species one time per year, but may test on multiple species the same day. Questions?  Please see your member handbook, or the junior fair rule book for your particular species.

Our final test date is Saturday, September 14th, at 9:00 am in the Dining Hall on the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.  Signs will be posted to help you find your way that day!

There will be no other times available to take the Premier Exhibitor tests other than those 3 scheduled at the beginning of the year (July 27, August 25, and September 14, 2019). 

Premier Exhibitor Testing Reminder

This is a reminder that the 2nd of 3 Premier Exhibitor testing dates will be Sunday, August 25th, 1 pm at the Rickett’s Hall on the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.  Youth may only test on a species one time per year, but may test on multiple species the same day. Questions?  Please see your member handbook, or the junior fair rule book for your particular species.

Our final test date is Saturday, September 14th, at 9 am in the Dining Hall on the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.  Signs will be posted to help you find your way that day!