Lamb Cookoff and Shepherds Lead Contest

There are two great contests in the sheep department that you can participate in during the week of the fair. Both contests are open to both youth and adults!

The Lamb Cook-off will be held on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 4:00pm in Baird Arena. Rules and entry information can be found here.

The Shepherds Lead Contest will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in Grubb Arena at 4:00pm. Rules and entry information can be found here.

Local Food Cook-Offs at the Hartford Fair in the Natural Resources Area

Wednesday, August 7th at 3 pm

Win bragging rights and cool prizes!
Awards are given in each category per competition:

  • Best Tasting
  • Best Use of Local Ingredients


  • Pre-registration starts 30 minutes prior to competition.
  • Prepare recipe at home or in the campground.  Bring a copy with you to include with Registration Form.
  • Wild Game:  Recipe must include wild game or fish.
  • Sweets & Greens:  Sweets recipe must  include a sweet (such as fruit, honey); Greens recipe must include a green (such as lettuces, collards)
  • All items must be legally harvested, gathered, or purchased.
  • The HFNRA reserves the right to use the recipes for publication and recognition.
  • All ages welcome.
  •  One recipe/person/category; 3 categories are ‘Wild Game,’ ‘Sweets,’ and ‘Greens’
  •  HFNRA is not responsible for lost or broken cookware and recipes.
  • After judging, all entries must be made available for tasting by the audience.

Questions? Contact Licking Soil & Water at 740-670-5330 or

2019 Hartford Fair Livestock Sales Brochure

Now is the perfect time for members who are planning to sell their livestock projects during the sales at the 2019 Hartford Fair to send out letters to potential buyers. A helpful item to include with your letters is the 2019 Hartford Fair Livestock Sales Brochure. The Sale Brochure gives the dates, times, and locations of the three sales that will occur throughout the week. It also gives information on how the sales work and what to expect as a buyer. This information can be helpful to potential buyers, especially if it is their first time participating in the sales.

2019 Hartford Fair 4-H & FFA Project Skillathon & Interview Judging Schedule

The 2019 Hartford Fair 4-H and FFA project skillathon and interview judging schedule can be found here. Please check this schedule for correct dates, times and locations as not all of the information on skillathons in the Hartford Fair Premium book are correct. Please make sure that you know the correct skillathon schedule so that you don’t miss out on an opportunity to participate.

2019 Project Judging Results

Results for the 2019 Special Interest and Food Project Judging have been posted here.  Clothing Project results will be posted after the results are announced at the Style Revue and Awards Night. Members who received a Superior, Honorable Mention, or State Fair Representative will be recognized at the 2019 Style Revue and Awards Night on Thursday, July 18th at the Reese Center at the OSU Newark/COTC Campus. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the modeling portion of the clothing judging. The awards recognition portion of the program will follow the style revue.

Members who were selected as a state fair representative will receive a packet of information by mail. Packets went in the mail Friday. If you do not receive your packet, please contact the Extension Office to have a new packet made. If you cannot participate in your project’s judging at the Ohio State Fair, please contact the Extension Office at 740.670.5315 immediately to let us know that you cannot attend. This will allow us to contact the project member who was selected as the alternate and offer that member the opportunity to participate in the project judging at the Ohio State Fair.

We are so proud of all of the hard work that our project members have exhibited throughout the judging process. Congratulations to all of our members!

Soil & Water Offers Conservation Mini-Grants

Licking Soil & Water announces a new Mini-Grant program for up to $1,000 for conservation projects within Licking County. Mini-Grant program is made possible through the Licking Soil & Water 75th Anniversary Fund.

The program is open to non-profit organizations such as schools, watershed groups, local government entities, municipalities, community groups (including governing bodies and associations such as HOA’s and condo associations) and civic associations.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until December 1, 2019 and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Project can include habitat improvement, equipment for environmental education, green infrastructure, pollinator or native plant installation and soil improvement initiatives.

Program details and application are available at

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Denise Natoli Brooks, Program Administrator with Licking Soil & Water, 740.670.5330.