Ohio State Fair Poultry Judging Contest and Avian Bowl Contest Rules

A link to the 2021 Ohio State Fair 4-H Poultry Judging Contest Rules and Ohio State Fair 4-H Avian Contest Rules are posted on the Poultry Calendar of Events page at https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/poultry/poultry-calendar-events  or www.poultry.osu.edu. The postmark deadline for entries for both the Poultry Judging Contest and Avian Bowl is Friday, June 25, 2021. Both contests will be held at the Department of Animal Sciences on The Ohio State University Camps on Saturday, July 17.

Feel free to share with youth/volunteers interested in either event. 😊  However, we also want to share the flowing information.

Please be aware that although the state of Ohio is currently scheduled to lift several COVID-19 restrictions at the beginning of June, The Ohio State University, and therefore Ohio 4-H, may still mandate restrictions.

  • For the 2021 Avian Bowl and Poultry Judging Contests, unless announced otherwise, everyone (contestants, volunteers, advisors, family members, officials, etc.) will be required to wear a mask when in the contest rooms or walking around the building (to/from contest rooms, to/from the restroom, etc.).  All teams will have assigned areas to maintain social distancing where they may take their masks off when seated in their assigned area.
  • Failure to abide by these guidelines will result in the disqualification of the entire team.

We may also restrict the number of individuals allowed into the building per team (i.e. only 6 individuals per team (including the contestants, coach, and any family members).  This will depend on the number of teams per age division that register for the contest.  This information will be updated and emailed to coaches after registration is closed.

Ohio State Fair Scholarship Application: Due June 15th, 2021 (and it’s not just for livestock exhibitors!)

This year’s Ohio State Fair scholarship application is now live on https://ohiostatefair.com/competitions/scholarships/. Scholarships will be awarded to junior exhibitors during the Ohio State Fair. Applicants will be judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, county fair participation, and financial need. Apply by June 15, 2021!

Ohio State Fair – Junior and Open Divisions for Swine (info posted)

Competition information has been posted on the Ohio State Fair website for the Junior and Open Divisions for Swine. Find it here: https://ohiostatefair.com/agriculture-livestock/livestock/

Exhibitors: Join the Ohio State Fair Livestock and Animal Exhibitors Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/osflivestock for ongoing updates about competitions, move-in dates, weigh-ins, and more.

Ohio State Fair – Junior and Open Divisions for Sheep (info posted)

Competition information has been posted on the Ohio State Fair website for the Junior and Open Divisions for Sheep. Find it here: https://ohiostatefair.com/agriculture-livestock/livestock/

Exhibitors: Join the Ohio State Fair Livestock and Animal Exhibitors Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/osflivestock for ongoing updates about competitions, move-in dates, weigh-ins, and more.

Ohio State Fair – Junior and Open Divisions for Poultry (info posted)

Competition information has been posted on the Ohio State Fair website for the Junior and Open Divisions for Poultry. Find it here: https://ohiostatefair.com/agriculture-livestock/livestock/

Exhibitors: Join the Ohio State Fair Livestock and Animal Exhibitors Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/osflivestock for ongoing updates about competitions, move-in dates, weigh-ins, and more.

Ohio State Fair – Junior Division Horses (info posted)

Competition information has been posted on the Ohio State Fair website for the Junior Division of Horses. There will be no Open Division for 2021. Find it here: https://ohiostatefair.com/agriculture-livestock/livestock/

Exhibitors: Join the Ohio State Fair Livestock and Animal Exhibitors Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/osflivestock for ongoing updates about competitions, move-in dates, weigh-ins, and more.

Ohio State Fair – Junior and Open Division Dairy Cattle (info posted)

Competition information has been posted on the Ohio State Fair website for the Junior and Open Divisions for Dairy Cattle. Find it here: https://ohiostatefair.com/agriculture-livestock/livestock/

Exhibitors: Join the Ohio State Fair Livestock and Animal Exhibitors Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/osflivestock for ongoing updates about competitions, move-in dates, weigh-ins, and more.

Ohio State Fair – Junior and Open Division Beef (info posted)

Competition information has been posted on the Ohio State Fair website for the Junior and Open Divisions for Beef. Find it here: https://ohiostatefair.com/agriculture-livestock/livestock/

Exhibitors: Join the Ohio State Fair Livestock and Animal Exhibitors Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/osflivestock for ongoing updates about competitions, move-in dates, weigh-ins, and more.

Quality Assurance Options for 2021

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 Feeders; Goats (Dairy, Meat, Market & Pygmy); Poultry (Breeding & Market); Sheep (Breeding & Market); Swine; Rabbits (Breeding & Market), and Alpacas/Llamas.

Deadlines for 2021:

  • Youth planning to exhibit at the Ohio State Fair must have their Quality Assurance completed by June 1st, 2021.
  • Youth planning to exhibit at the Fairfield County Fair must have their Quality Assurance completed by August 15th, 2021.

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 2021:

  • 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 (which took place on April 7th and April 26th). 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 Saturday, May 8th at 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, May 23rd at 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. at the Ed Sands Building at the Fairgrounds. A third date has been added: Thursday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m. Attendance is limited and an RSVP is required. Please register online at this link for either countywide in-person QA Clinic: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0P19iWcND165rpQ
  • 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 2021, this web-based course has been approved by ODA for 8-18 year olds.
    • Go to: https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login
      • 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.
    • You will need to select the web-based training ($12.00 per member, annually).
    • For a complete list of directions visit: Getting Your YQCA Online Certification
    • When you are finished, please send name(s) and certificate number(s) to Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

Ohio State Fair – Junior Division Rabbits (info posted)

Competition information has been posted on the Ohio State Fair website for the Junior Division of Rabbits. There will be no Open Division for 2021. Find it here: https://ohiostatefair.com/agriculture-livestock/livestock/

Exhibitors: Join the Ohio State Fair Livestock and Animal Exhibitors Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/osflivestock for ongoing updates about competitions, move-in dates, weigh-ins, and more.