Have you attended the Ohio State Year 50 years or more? If so – read on!

THE FIFTY-YEAR CLUB CELEBRATION

Rhodes Center at THE OHIO STATE FAIR

Monday, July 29, 2024

9:30 a.m. – Registration & Refreshments

10:00 a.m. – Program

  • “New Footprint of the Ohio State Fair” and it’s time frame for completion.
  • 2024 Giant Step Recipient: Governor Mike DeWine. . .and remarks from the Governor
  • Entertainment: All-Ohio State Fair Youth Band and All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir

COME JOIN US!

The Fifty-Year Club of the Ohio State Fair is an organization that holds an annual celebration during the Ohio State Fair. The objective of the group is to support, improve, and promote the Ohio State Fair and develop fellowship among the members.

Attendance at the annual celebration is open to any person who has attended an Ohio State Fair 50 or more years ago. Family and friends are welcome.

Who is Eligible: If you have attended an Ohio State Fair 50 or more years ago (1974 or earlier) . . . plan to attend!

Membership is Free: There is no membership fee.

How: Contact Barb Prince, 614-644-4052, or e-mail B.Prince@expo.ohio.gov and request that you be added to the Fifty-Year Club mailing list. A notice of the annual celebration will be sent in June providing you the opportunity to order discounted entry tickets for the fair. Discounted Ohio State Fair entry ticket orders must be requested by Friday, July 12th to allow time for mailing. A parking permit (available for an optional $10 fee will be mailed with your tickets), OR park for FREE in general parking. If you miss the mailed information, you are still welcome to attend the Fifty-Year Club Celebration. Just show up!

When: The 83rd annual celebration will be held Monday, July 29, in the Rhodes Center Auditorium. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and program commences at 10:00 a.m.

Why: Come enjoy the social time to renew friendships, meet others who enjoy the fair, and view some of the historical displays of past fairs. Enjoy short concerts by the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir and Band, an informative and brief business meeting, presentation of the Giant Step Award, refreshments, and door prizes.

Donations: The Fifty-Year Club of the Ohio State Fair does not have membership dues, but voluntary donations offered at the annual celebration helps the 50-Year Club provide monetary support to special fair projects, including the All-Ohio State Fair Band and Choir and other philanthropic efforts important to the membership.

Ohio State Fair Entries Now Open for Livestock Competitions – Deadline to enter: June 21st at 1 p.m.

Ohio State Fair Entries open now for the below species:

  • Beef
  • Boer Goats
  • Cheese
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Dairy Goats
  • Dogs (opened April 15. Deadline: May 21 at 1 p.m.)
  • Draft Horses
  • Junior Horses (Deadline: July 1 at 1 p.m.)
  • Llamas
  • Poultry
  • Rabbits
  • Sheep Swine

Unless otherwise noted, the deadline to enter livestock competitions is June 21 at 1 p.m. For rules and additional information for Ohio State Fair Livestock Competitions, please click here.

Youth Opportunity: Ohio State Fair Livestock Judging Contest

The rules and entry forms are officially posted for the 2024 Livestock Judging contest. Please visit our website for all of the up-to-date information. Please forward this information to anyone who may be interested. Currently, we do not have a livestock judging coach/team in Fairfield County. If you are interested in coaching a team, please contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu. If you are interested in competing in this state 4-H event, they can still do so (even without an organized team at the county level). Youth must be 4-H members in good standing and have a county 4-H educator sign off on your registration. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out!

Ohio State Fair Dog Show and Agility Trial – Entries are Open

The 2024 Ohio State Fair Dog Show JUNE 17-19 is open for entries.

Entries close May 21 at 1:00 pm. There are no late entries.

Please go to the Ohio State Fair website for detailed information at:

https://www.ohiostatefair.com/p/get-involved/livestock/livestock-competitions

Scroll down to DOG SHOW. Read Competition Information and Information for entering dogs online.

Then click on the red – ENTER THE 2024 DOG SHOW (ENTRY LINK)

 

The 2024 Ohio State Fair Agility Trial July 24 is open for entries.

Entries close June 21 at 1:00 pm. There are no late entries.

Please go to this link to enter; https://go.osu.edu/osfagilityentries

 

The OSF Agility Trial is the first day of the fair. It has a different entry process and deadlines.

 

All the information is available on the Ohio State – 4-H Dog Program Facebook page. Information is also available on the Ohio 4-H Youth Development Dog page at:  https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/dog/dog-ohio-state-fair

Beef Exhibitors: Ohio State Fair Crossbred Heifer DNA Requirements (DNA envelopes now available at OSUE)

For those beef exhibitors planning to show at the Ohio State Fair, please know that there is a new DNA hair sample requirement for crossbred heifers. Please review all Ohio State Fair rules here.

Ohio State Fair Junior Beef Rules:

  • Crossbred breeding heifers MUST be owned by June 1, and be born on or after January 1, 2023.
  • To be eligible to exhibit a crossbred heifer at the Ohio State Fair, a DNA sample must be filed. Envelopes MUST be complete and returned by June 1, 2024 and returned to the Livestock Department.
  • All crossbred heifers must have a USDA RFID tag (all tags must begin with the numbers 840).
  • DNA Envelopes can be requested via email at cooksey.25@osu.edu and picked up at the OSU Extension Office in Fairfield County. This is a different envelope than the Market Beef. A Market Beef envelope will not be accepted for a crossbred heifer.
  • Any animal arriving at the Ohio State Fair with DNA not submitted will not be eligible to show. This does not constitute as an official entry, you still must enter online at ohiostatefair.com by June 21 at 1 p.m.

Attention STATE FAIR livestock exhibitors – PLEASE READ!

Those who plan to exhibit at the 2024 Ohio State Fair will need to complete their Quality Assurance by June 1st, 2024 (this is a recommended deadline set by the Fairfield County Senior and Junior Fair Boards to meet ODA requirements). Members must also be enrolled at the county level by April 15th in the project(s) they intend to exhibit at the Ohio State Fair. Our office will be asked to verify both QA  completion and that members are enrolled in the correct projects (breeding projects, for example) on all Ohio State Fair junior livestock entries.

Ohio State Fair dates are July 24 – August 4, 2024. Entries will be due by 12:59 p.m. June 21st (online).

4-H and FFA members must make OSF entries online at https://www.ohiostatefair.com/p/get-involved/livestock/livestock-competitions

No late OSF entries will be accepted. Additionally, please review the link above to confirm rules and possession dates for the Ohio State Fair.

Attention Livestock Exhibitors: Quality Assurance Requirements

Quality Assurance is an annual requirement of the Ohio Department of Agriculture for youth taking livestock projects to county and state fair. In Fairfield County, Quality Assurance Training is required for all members who will be exhibiting a livestock project at the Fairfield County Fair or Junior Exhibitor at the Ohio State Fair. Beef (Breeding & Market); Dairy Breeding, Dairy Steers, & Dairy Feeders; Goats (Dairy, Meat, Market & Pygmy); Poultry (Breeding & Market); Sheep (Breeding & Market); Swine; Rabbits (Breeding & Market), and Alpacas/Llamas.

Deadlines for 2024:

  • Youth planning to exhibit at the Ohio State Fair must have their Quality Assurance completed by June 1st, 2024.
  • Youth planning to exhibit at the Fairfield County Fair must have their Quality Assurance completed by June 30, 2024.

At this time, Quality Assurance CANNOT be taught by club/chapter advisors to Fairfield County 4-H/FFA youth virtually (i.e. Zoom, Google Hangouts, Google Classrooms, Facebook Live, etc.).

Here are the acceptable options to complete Quality Assurance in 2024:

  • In-Person 4-H Club/FFA Chapter Clinic taught by a 4-H/FFA Advisor who has completed the Quality Assurance Assistant Instructor Training this year. Advisors who attended this training will notify their members of their club/chapter QA Clinic date and will be responsible for getting all QA paperwork submitted to the Extension Office by the appropriate deadlines.
  • In-Person Countywide Make-Up Clinics: To be held on Thursday, May 2nd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. or Saturday, May 18th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Fairfield County Ag Center/Extension Office (831 College Ave. Lancaster). An RSVP is required. Please click here to register for a countywide QA makeup clinic.
  • In-Person Beef Quality Assurance: Members who complete an in-person BQA taught by a certified BQA instructor must submit documentation to Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.
  • In-Person Pork Quality Assurance: Members who complete an in-person PQA taught by a certified PQA advisor must submit documentation to Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.eduYouth MUST be age 14 or older (current age) to complete in-person PQA. Youth will receive a PQA certification number from the National Pork Board upon completion.
  • Online: Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). This is the ONLY approved ONLINE Quality Assurance Program for youth in Ohio. For 2024, this web-based course has been approved by ODA for 8-18 year olds.
    • Go to  https://yqcaprogram.org/ for the training and quiz.
    • Instructions for using the new website can be found at: 2022 YQCA Website Instructions
    • Exhibitors must complete by June 30, 2024 or they will not be able to show at the Fairfield County Fair.
    • You will need to select the web-based training ($12.00 per member, annually). The age of the course should be age as of January 1st of the current year.
    • When you are finished, please send a pdf/picture of your certificate which includes exhibitor name(s) and certificate number(s) to Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

Quality Assurance should be completed for Ohio State Fair exhibitors by June 1st

Fairfield County 4-H and FFA youth planning to exhibit at the Ohio State Fair must have their Quality Assurance completed by June 1st, 2024 to meet the 45 days prior to the Ohio State Fair exhibition (as required by the Ohio Department of Agriculture). Youth who do not meet this requirement, will have any entries denied.

If youth still need to complete Quality Assurance to meet this requirement and your club/chapter is not planning to host their own QA Clinic by June 1st, we recommend you complete QA through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals online modules or attend the countywide makeup QA Trainings on May 2nd or May 18th.

  • In-Person Countywide Make-Up Clinics: To be held on Thursday, May 2nd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. or Saturday, May 18th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Fairfield County Ag Center/Extension Office (831 College Ave. Lancaster). An RSVP is required. Please click here to register for a countywide QA makeup clinic.
  • Online: Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). This is the ONLY approved ONLINE Quality Assurance Program for youth in Ohio. For 2024, this web-based course has been approved by ODA for 8-18 year olds.
    • Go to  https://yqcaprogram.org/ for the training and quiz.
    • Instructions for using the new website can be found at: 2022 YQCA Website Instructions
    • Exhibitors must complete by June 30, 2024 or they will not be able to show at the Fairfield County Fair.
    • You will need to select the web-based training ($12.00 per member, annually). The age of the course should be age as of January 1st of the current year.
    • When you are finished, please send name(s) and certificate number(s) to Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

Youth Opportunities at Ohio State Fair – Breaking Boundaries Pig Show

The Ohio Pork Council (OPC) is pleased to announce that we will again be hosting the “Breaking Boundaries Pig Show” at the 2024 Ohio State Fair. This event will be hosted on Friday, July 26 at 5 P.M. in the O’Neill Swine Barn at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

The goal of this special event is to give participants who have intellectual and/ or developmental disabilities the opportunity to care for and show pigs, which is an opportunity not typically offered at the Ohio State Fair. The show will welcome participants between 9 and 22 years old and are Ohio residents. These participants will be paired with a youth pig exhibitor who will serve as a mentor for them, as well as provide the animal for use in the show.

To give you some more insight on our event, I encourage you to look into some of the highlights of the 2023 show, found here:

OPC would love for you to share our event information with the families that have participated in your local show to help us provide these unique opportunities to a wider range of youth here in Ohio. We would be happy to provide additional resources for you to share including flyers, short write-ups, or attendance at any meetings held to share our opportunity.

For sign up links and further information please see below:

The link to sign up as a participant is: https://forms.gle/WRCVpozCGUhU89ML6

The link to find more information: https://www.ohiopork.org/events/breaking-boundaries/

 

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please let me know!

Thank you,

Kayli Mitchell, Education Director – Ohio Pork Producers Council

T: (614) 882-5887 ext. 4 | M: (740) 396-9377

E: kmitchell@ohiopork.orgwww.ohiopork.org

Teen Opportunity: Ohio 4-H Event Youth Assistant (volunteer at the Ohio State Fair!)

4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA) applications are now available! This is an opportunity for teens 13-18 as of January 1 to get a short-term experience at the state level. Applications are available at go.osu.edu/4HEYAapp and are due by May 15, 2024. They also require 2 reference forms (one from a 4-H / Extension professional).

Here is a basic overview of the opportunity:

  • What: 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA)
  • Who: Individuals age 13-18 (as of January 1 of the year of application) and have at least 1 year prior 4-H experience.
  • Timeframe: Apply by May 15, selection, training, service to OSF, and evaluation. Complete responsibilities by August 31, 2024.
  • Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):
    • Training – Must attend one of the options for training (July 10 or July 18)
      • Please note: individuals MUST attend one of the training options. This is not negotiable. If you know you are unable to attend a training option before applying, it is best to wait another year before applying to serve in this capacity.
    • Events – Must work a minimum of 3 events at the Ohio State Fair; may work more if desired
  • Program Fee: $25/person (paid at go.osu.edu/4HEYA25);
  • Teens Receive:
    • 4HEYA Polo & Nametag
    • State Fair admission, parking ticket, and meal ticket(s)
    • Optional State Fair housing in the Rhodes Center (if desired)
    • Experience of working events at the Ohio State Fair
    • Opportunity to enhance leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program
  • What about the Teen Leadership Council? YES, these members may apply for 4HEYA AND TLC this year, if desired. TLC applications will be available in June and will be due the Friday following the Ohio State fair. Their term is September 1, 2024-August 31, 2025. Current TLC members are not eligible to apply for 4HEYA, as they are already fulfilling obligations at the Ohio State Fair.
  • Questions? Contact Frances (foos.61@osu.edu) or Sara (Deakin.5@osu.edu)