Beginning Tuesday, July 21st, the office will be available by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Please call 740-653-5419 to schedule. Curbside pick-up and drop-off available. We will continue to be available by phone and email on other days. Masks required in the building for all visitors.
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, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 4-H Educator, Leslie Cooksey, (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
Great resources compiled by the National 4-H Council for members and families interested in animal science:
4‑H Livestock Camp
Recommended age: Grades 3-5
Courtesy of Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma 4‑H
Become a livestock scientist with the activities in this virtual camp! Learn about livestock nutrition, water quality, dairy science, and more with fun, hands-on activities!
Recommended age: Grades Pre-K-5
Courtesy of University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska 4‑H
Explore the life cycle of an embryo and how life develops! Observe the process of incubating and hatching chicks, identify parental traits that influence the appearance of the chicks, and recognize where eggs and chicken meat come from.
Recommended age: Grades 3-12
Courtesy of Iowa State University, Iowa 4‑H
This innovative online learning tool to engage kids in learning about the science behind livestock production. Explore 85+ lessons in beef, swine, and careers that youth may access at any time!
Virtual Showmanship Clinics
Recommended age: Grades 6-12
Courtesy of North Dakota State University, North Dakota 4‑H
Watch these virtual showmanship clinics with videos to learn about topics covering sheep, meat goats, swine, poultry, cattle, and rabbits!
Congrats to the Fairfield County youth who participated in the Ohio Youth Skillathon for Rabbits!
- Molly Barber, 4th Place Age 13
- Sebastain Coulter, 5th Place Age 13
- Aubrey Duke-Ward, 9th Place Age 12
- Katelyn Lykins, 3rd Place Age 14, 6th Place Intermediate Overall, 17th Place Overall
- Anna Wolfe, 6th Place Age 12
- Tommy Wolfe, 10th Place Age 15
Additional youth participating:
- Rhoslyn Rose
- Mollie Smithberger
For more information and all results, visit: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons/rabbit-skillathon
Today’s Teen Tip video was created by Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Katie Schlagheck. It is called “How to Measure Ingredients” and it can be found here. Measuring liquid ingredients is much different than measuring dry ingredients, Katie will demonstrate the correct technique for both including the best way to measure flour and brown sugar. Please share this video via social media platforms, with community partners, and any other youth serving organizations.
Today’s Teen Tip video was created by Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Pat Brinkman. It is called “Making Guacamole” and it can be found here. The video demonstrates how to open an avocado and make a simple recipe of guacamole by using salsa. Thanks for your continued support with this project and sharing these videos with your clients, colleagues, community partners and via social media outlets.
Contribute your thoughts to a Central Ohio study on sports/play!
Young people ages 8-18 have your voice heard! Take this survey to share how you play and stay active. Our short survey will ask about different types of sports and activities and your responses are completely anonymous.
The State of Play Central Ohio Project, an effort facilitated by The Aspen Institute and focused on improving the quality and quantity of youth sport. The local work is supported by The Columbus Foundation in partnership with others including LiFEsports, the City of Columbus, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, etc. Learn more about the State of Play Central Ohio at https://www.aspenprojectplay.org/central-ohio.
All Fairfield County 4-H and FFA youth who plan to take market beef animals to the fair this fall must tag in their animals on Saturday, March 14th, 2020. Please make sure you take the time to review additional information posted here. 2020 Market Beef Tagging Information.
The Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association is presently finalizing plans with a Beef Barn Sponsor that will include mulch bedding being made available to all beef exhibitors free of charge at the 2019 Fairfield County Fair. More details, including announcement of the sponsor’s name, will be provided soon.
In addition, after the Jr Fair entry process is completed, a request will be made to all clubs/exhibitors asking that they confirm they would like to accept the free mulch, and how many beef animals each club expects will actually be housed and exhibited at the Fair.
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Please note that the time posted on our calendar for the second Quality Assurance on May 18th was incorrect and has now been corrected. The Saturday May 18, 2019 QA will be held 9:30-11:30 am at the Rickett’s Hall on the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. Please arrive on time, as doors will be locked at 9:30 am!
The place for our third Premier Exhibitor Testing has changed since we printed the member handbook. The July 27, 2019 and August 25, 2019 premier exhibitor testing will be in the Rickett’s Hall 1-3 pm. The Saturday September 14, 2019 Premier Exhibitor Testing will be held in the dining hall on the fairgrounds from 9-11 am. This building is up the hill from the rabbit barn and 4-H display barn. Signs will be posted to help you find the building. Remember, you can only test once/specie each year. You can take multiple species test on a single day.
Market Rabbit tattooing will be moving to the #50 barn on September 14th as well. Please be respectful of the area around the barn that day, as a wedding will be taking place in the round cattle barn (which is why tattooing has moved). The rabbit committee will be there to help direct you on parking and which door to enter/exit that day.