2020 Guys & Gals Lead goes VIRTUAL! Entry deadline: October 7th, 2020.

The Guys and Gals Sheep Lead show will be a VIRTUAL SHOW, shared on Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. via YouTube. Please submit entries no later than October 7th, 2020. Late entries will not be accepted due to the nature of the show format this year.

To submit your entry, please fill out this form.

Next, please record a video of your entry that includes:
1) Passing by the camera for a right side view with your lamb
2) Turn and pass by the camera for a left side view
3) Have someone hold your lamb and then model your outfit in front of the camera, like you would on stage and have someone close to the camera / microphone share your outfit commentary as it is written for this form.

Please try to keep your video submission to around 2 minutes each, no more than 5 minutes if possible.

Once your text entry is received via this form, you will be emailed a link for a private dropbox folder to upload your video. You will need to utilize the app for dropbox.com.

We hope that with some donor support, we will be sending out favor boxes for each contestant who participates.

2020 has certainly posed its challenges and we appreciate your grace and patience as we adjust.

Direct questions to Trish Preston at 614-330-5955 or via email to theprestonfamilyfarm@gmail.com

 

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.

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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.

 

 

Fairfield County Quality Assurance Options as of 8/6/2020

Quality Assurance Training is required for all 4-H and FFA members who will be exhibiting a livestock project at the Fairfield County Junior Fair. This includes the following projects:

  • Beef (Breeding & Market)
  • Dairy Breeding & Dairy Feeders
  • Goats (Angora, Dairy, Meat, Market & Pygmy)
  • Poultry (Breeding & Market)
  • Sheep (Breeding & Market)
  • Swine
  • Rabbits (Breeding & Market)
  • Llamas & Alpacas (New for 2020)

4-H and FFA members must complete Quality Assurance this year by Friday, September 4th to meet this requirement. This deadline is for 2020 only.

Here are your options to complete the Quality Assurance requirement for 2020:

  1. Option 1: Complete Quality Assurance online through YQCA. This is the only approved online option. It does cost $12 per member annually. If you plan to show in other livestock shows this year outside of Ohio – I actually recommend completing QA in this way as some of the national stock shows actually will require YQCA to meet their Quality Assurance Requirement.
    • Visit http://yqca.org/ to complete QA if you choose this option.
    • Fairfield County 4-H Members should select “sign in with 4-HOnline”. It will prompt you to select a state and then enter your 4-HOnline account information. After successfully logging in, you will be given a list of active family members. Select the family member and start the account creation process.
    • Fairfield County FFA Members (who are not in 4-H) should select FFA & Independent Sign-In.
    • Make sure you work through the entire program until you see a certificate number.
    • For a complete list of directions visit: Getting Your YQCA Online Certification
    • Please email your certificate number to cooksey.25@osu.edu.
  2. Option 2: In-Person Club Quality Assurance Training. Talk to your club/chapter advisor. Some are trained to teach Quality Assurance. I know that they are still figuring out how their meetings will look now that in-person events can resume. If your advisor is planning to teach QA by September 4th, they are able to do this in-person with you.
  3. If the above options do not work for you, Option 3 is to complete QA through Zoom with the Extension Office.
    • Zoom QA Session Options:
      • Session 3: 8/18/2020 at 3:00 PM
      • Session 4: 8/20/2020 at 7:00 PM
      • Session 5: 8/24/2020 at 7:00 PM
    • All family members must plan to attend the entire QA session. Plan for 90 minutes.
    • You must have a good internet connection with video capabilities to participate.
    • Registration is required at least 48 hours prior to the QA session you plan to attend by clicking this link: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5Bmi9FlbfUOajat
    • Each session is limited to 40 families. Families only need to register once if all family members plan to participate at the same time.
    • Approximately 24 hours prior to your scheduled QA session, you will receive your Zoom connection information from Leslie Cooksey.

Please reach out to Leslie Cooksey if you have any questions (email cooksey.25@osu.edu or phone 740-277-4625).

2020 Fairfield County Quality Assurance Deadline: September 4th

The Fairfield County Senior Fair Board will require that 4-H and FFA complete Quality Assurance by Friday, September 4th to meet the annual Quality Assurance requirement to exhibit at the Fairfield County Junior Fair. This September 4th deadline is for 2020 only.

Quality Assurance Training is required for all members who will be exhibiting a livestock project at the Fairfield County Junior Fair. This includes the following projects:

  • Beef (Breeding & Market)
  • Dairy Breeding & Dairy Feeders
  • Goats (Angora, Dairy, Meat, Market & Pygmy)
  • Poultry (Breeding & Market)
  • Sheep (Breeding & Market)
  • Swine
  • Rabbits (Breeding & Market)
  • Llamas & Alpacas (New for 2020)

Advisors must turn in completion paperwork for member’s QA training to the Extension Office by Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. Due to the Extension Office being open only by appointment currently, please call 740-653-5419 to schedule a drop off time. Additionally, QA paperwork can be dropped off in our drop box which is attached to the building located on the east side doors of the building. Please look for a black box that says OSU with 4-H stickers on it. If you leave something in out drop box, please let us know!

For a complete list of Quality Assurance options for 2020, please click here.

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

Tagging Info due Friday, July 31st at 6pm for Market/MQP Hogs, Market/MQP Lambs, Market Goats, Dairy Feeders

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.

ALL POSSESSION DATES REMAIN THE SAME AS 2019-

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

Beef Feeder Reminders: Possession and Noseprints

As a reminder, all Fairfield County Beef Feeders must be in possession of the member by Saturday, August 15th.  Nose-prints are due to the Senior Fair Office (157 E Fair Ave, Lancaster OH) by August 20th.  The mailing address is PO Box 945, Lancaster OH 43130. If you are planning to drop off to the Senior Fair Office, please call ahead to confirm office hours: 740-653-3041.

Youth are to complete a 4″ x 6″ index card with their name, contact phone number, email, address, 4-H Club or FFA Chapter and breed on the back of the card.  The front of the card should include the calf nose print.

Please see page 26, rule 17 of the 2019 Junior Fair Rule Book  for additional information. There will not be a 2020 Junior Fair Book. All rules printed in the 2019 Junior Fair Rule Book will be followed. Additional updates to events, dates, and changes regarding the 2020 Junior Fair will be shared on this weekly 4-H Blog and posted on the Senior Fair website.

Fairfield County Fair Update as of 6/16/2020: Full Fair!

The Fairfield County Agricultural Society Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on June 16, 2020. The decision was made to have a full fair that includes exhibits, entertainment, amusement rides, games, and food concessions with necessary modifications to adhere to the current Health Department guidelines. We will have an alternative plan prepared in case health restrictions tighten. The Board has and will continue to work closely with the Fairfield County Health Department and local law enforcement to ensure the safety and well-being of all our guests, exhibitors, and staff attending the 2020 Fairfield County Fair.

We appreciate your patience and continued support during this time of uncertainty as we make the required changes needed to align with the mandated guidelines. Any updates will be posted on our website (http://fairfieldcountyfair.org) and on our Facebook Page. We look forward to seeing everyone at the fair: October 11th – 17th! Fairfield County is truly “The Last and the Best of the Season.”