Volunteers needed for September 7th and September 22nd Skillathons

As many of you know, the Skillathon is a requirement for Fairfield County livestock/horse/dog exhibitors. For this event to be successful, we are going to need many volunteers. Complete this survey to sign up and volunteer: http://go.osu.edu/skillathonvolunteer.

The date for the first Skillathon is Saturday, September 7th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  This Skillathon is for exhibitors that will be showing beef, dairy beef, swine, sheep, meat goats and dairy cattle.  The second Skillathon will be held on Sunday, September 22nd from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  This Skillathon is for the exhibitors showing rabbits, poultry, alpacas/llamas, horses, dairy goats and pygmy goats.

The volunteer time commitment is important for this event to be successful.  During your volunteer time, you will be asked to supervise various activity stations. The volunteer needs to select their top 3 areas for which you would like to participate and select a time period during which to volunteer.

Lunch will be provided for volunteers and staff both days.

Thanks for helping with this event and making it successful. Questions about volunteering for Skillathon events can be directed to Sarah Martin, Skillathon Superintendent, at semartin216@hotmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunity: Ohio State Fair Skillathon Facilitator

We are still in need of Ohio State Fair Skillathon Facilitators!

You will work with youth to facilitate a Skillathon station. Entry passes, snacks and meal tickets will be provided for anyone who volunteers.

Please visit the link to register: https://go.osu.edu/facilitatorsignup

For 2024, we are asking that you please fully commit if you are going to sign up for the Skillathon. Of course, we understand that things happen that are out of your control, and we appreciate those of you who have given us a heads-up. We are trying to avoid individuals who “no call, no show” on the day of the event. We work hard to put on these events and strive to make them as successful as possible. Coming up shorthanded on the day of the Skillathon reduces the effectiveness of our events.

With that being said, we greatly appreciate all of our volunteers and truly could not put on these successful events without you. Skillathons are a fun way to interact with 4-H youth from across the state and help them to have the best experience possible at the Ohio State Fair.

Best Wishes,

MacKenzie Dore

Program Assistant – Animal Sciences
The Ohio State University
Animal Science Building, Room 222B
2029 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210

dore.12@osu​.edu​

Final County Skillathon Date: Sunday, September 24th

The Fairfield County Junior Fair will require the completion of at least one Skillathon per 4-H/FFA exhibitor in order to show at 2023 Fairfield County Junior Fair for all beef, dairy, goat, poultry, rabbit (except Pet Rabbits), sheep, swine, dog, horse, alpaca/llama projects. The final county Skillathon date will be Sunday, September 24th for dairy/pygmy goats, horses, alpacas/llamas, poultry, and rabbits.

For a complete list of 2023 Skillathon details, please read the Required Activities for Species sections of the 2023 Junior Fair Book (see page 20-22):

Missed Skillathon? LAST CHANCE: Makeup Event on Monday, Sept. 25

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 9th or 24th), you MUST complete the makeup Skillathon in order to show at the 2023 Fairfield County Junior Fair.

Exhibitors can schedule to take the makeup Skillathon by calling the OSU Extension Office at 740-653-5419.

The makeup Skillathon will take place on Monday, September 25th (by appointment) from 4-8 p.m. at the OSU Extension Office.

If you need to complete the makeup Skillathon 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 22nd so that project book judges can review them on the second Skillathon day (September 24th).

INCOMPLETE BOOKS WILL HAVE FAIR ENTRIES DENIED.

No books will be reviewed after September 24th.

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. 22nd

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 22nd so that they can be reviewed by our Project Book judges on the second Skillathon date of Sunday, September 24th.

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 22nd.
    • 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 24th.

Poultry Exhibitors – Read this to prepare for Skillathon!

2023 Skillathons will include 4 stations – Project Interview, Breeds, Parts, and Feed Identification.

Unfortunately, there is no resource book available for Poultry. Poultry Resources are available here online: https://ohio4h.org/poultry#Resources

FFA Exhibitors are encouraged to check with their FFA Chapter to see if Skillathon Kits or 4-H Resource Books are available to study as many chapters do have these items as classroom resources.

Project Record Books for 4-H and FFA should be for the CURRENT project year and as up to date as possible on Skillathon day. Project Books will be reviewed on Skillathon days. They will be returned to you at the fair during your specie’s show.

Additionally, regarding feed identification, we have prepared this document to help you study: Poultry Feed One Sheet. These are all ingredients commonly found in poultry feed.

Rabbit Exhibitors – Read this to prepare for Skillathon!

2023 Skillathons will include 4 stations – Project Interview, Breeds, Parts, and Feed Identification. All information on breeds, parts, and feeds is available in your 4-H Rabbit Resource Book.

FFA Exhibitors are encouraged to check with their FFA Chapter to see if Skillathon or 4-H Resource Books are available to study as many chapters do have these items as classroom resources. If not, 4-H Resource Books are available for purchase from the OSU Extension Office year round and can be used multiple years by all family members.

Project Record Books for 4-H and FFA should be for the CURRENT project year and as up to date as possible on Skillathon day. Project Books will be reviewed on Skillathon days. They will be returned to you at the fair during your specie’s show.

4-H Rabbit Exhibitors: With the revision of the 4-H Rabbit Project and Record book, there is now a required online component.  This component, or focus questions, is accessible at go.osu.edu/4hrabbitresources.  Each year will have its own unique topics of interest, medication label, and treatment record scenario.  Attached please find 2023 Rabbit Focus Questions.  Please use these when completing your Rabbit Project and Record Book.

Additionally, with limited resources in the 4-H Rabbit Resource Book regarding feed identification, we have prepared this document to help you study: Rabbit Feed Identification One Sheet These are all ingredients commonly found in rabbit feed even though may often feed a form of pellet to your rabbits.

Sheep Exhibitors – Read this to prepare for Skillathon!

2023 Skillathons will include 4 stations – Project Interview, Breeds, Parts, and Feed Identification. All information on breeds, parts, and feeds is available in your 4-H Sheep Resource Book.

FFA Exhibitors are encouraged to check with their FFA Chapter to see if Skillathon or 4-H Resource Books are available to study as many chapters do have these items as classroom resources. If not, 4-H Resource Books are available for purchase from the OSU Extension Office year round and can be used multiple years by all family members.

Project Record Books for 4-H and FFA should be for the CURRENT project year and as up to date as possible on Skillathon day. Project Books will be reviewed on Skillathon days. They will be returned to you at the fair during your specie’s show.

We look forward to seeing your completed book at Skillathon.

Meat Doe/Market Goat Exhibitors – Read this to prepare for Skillathon!

2023 Skillathons will include 4 stations – Project Interview, Breeds, Parts, and Feed Identification. All information on breeds, parts, and feeds is available in your 4-H Goat Resource Book.

FFA Exhibitors are encouraged to check with their FFA Chapter to see if Skillathon or 4-H Resource Books are available to study as many chapters do have these items as classroom resources. If not, 4-H Resource Books are available for purchase from the OSU Extension Office year round and can be used multiple years by all family members.

Project Record Books for 4-H and FFA should be for the CURRENT project year and as up to date as possible on Skillathon day. Project Books will be reviewed on Skillathon days. They will be returned to you at the fair during your specie’s show.

We look forward to seeing your completed book at Skillathon.

Swine Exhibitors – Read this to prepare for Skillathon!

2023 Skillathons will include 4 stations – Project Interview, Breeds, Parts, and Feed Identification. All information on breeds, parts, and feeds is available in your 4-H Swine Resource Book.

FFA Exhibitors are encouraged to check with their FFA Chapter to see if Skillathon or 4-H Resource Books are available to study as many chapters do have these items as classroom resources. If not, 4-H Resource Books are available for purchase from the OSU Extension Office year round and can be used multiple years by all family members.

Project Record Books for 4-H and FFA should be for the CURRENT project year and as up to date as possible on Skillathon day. Project Books will be reviewed on Skillathon days. They will be returned to you at the fair during your specie’s show.

We look forward to seeing your completed book at Skillathon.