Entries for the 2021 Hartford Independent Fair are due on Saturday, June 26, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. We encourage you to not wait until the last minute to turn them in. Clubs are encouraged to turn their entries in together, but check with your advisor to see how they plan to handle entries this year. All entry information can be found at www.hartfordfair.com.
A few things to check before you turn in your entries:
Make sure ALL signatures are on each form.
Only one department can be listed on each form. If you are making entries for both market hogs and market beef, they need to be on separate Junior Fair Market Entry Forms.
Make sure entries are on the correct form. There are separate forms for Non-Market Livestock, Market Livestock, Individual Still Projects, and Club Booths.
Do not exceed the number of entries you are allowed per species.
Entries can be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as long as payment is made over the phone the same day the entries are emailed.
If you mail or drop off entries, please call the fair office to confirm that they have been received.
Please organize entries alphabetically when possible.
Photo Sessions for Exhibitor IDs
Who needs to have their photo taken this year?
All exhibitors with last names beginning with A thru M. Also any NEW exhibitors regardless of last name.
Any NEW advisors
Everyone will receive a new ID Badge for 2021. Advisor badges will be issued from the Sr. Fair office and Exhibitor badges will be issued from either the Jr. Fair Board Office or Ramsey 4‐H Center starting at noon Thursday, August 5th.
As of this posting, the following dates are still available to have your photo taken at the fairgrounds:
Instructions for completing your 2021 Hartford Fair Junior Fair entries are now available along with information on who needs to have their photo taken for photo IDs and how to do so. Please review the document from the Hartford Fair found here for instructions.
ID Badge Pictures:
All ID Pictures will be taken at the Hartford Fair Office or Babcock Building between May 1st and June 18th.
Check the Hartford Fair website www.hartfordfair.com for dates and times available.
Exhibitor Picture ID’s:
Who needs to have a picture taken this year? All exhibitors with a last name beginning with A thru M. Those with last name beginning with N thru Z and did not have an exhibit last year will also need a picture ID.
Who does not need a new picture taken this year? If your last name begins with N thru Z and you received a 2020 ID Photo Badge. A new badge will be issued with the last photo on file.
Advisor Picture ID’s:
All new advisors will need to have a picture taken.
In order to stay on our 3‐year cycle anyone that did not have a picture take at the 2019 Advisor’s training or in the office last year will need to have one this year. Note: All advisor pictures will be taken again in 2022.
NOTE: If you are unsure please email email@example.com and we will tell you if you need a new picture.
2021 Enrollments are due April 1st! We are excited to share that 4-HOnline has received a major facelift for 2021. The function of the database is the same, but it has a new look and there are many improvements that I think you will appreciate.
Your login credentials are the same as last year. If you have forgotten your password, please use the I Forgot My Password option to reset your password. If you no longer have access to the email account you used last year, please email me so I can update your family profile.
Once you have reviewed the instructions, visit oh.4honline.com to login and enroll. The new site is mobile friendly. It works best in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Please note that the system is new and we are finding some bugs and glitches as we use it. We ask for your patience as we work through some of these issues.
If you have trouble logging in or enrolling a member, please reach out to Adrienne Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few things to note:
If anyone in your family has been enrolled in 4-H anywhere in Ohio since 2014, you will have a family profile. If you have trouble accessing your family profile, please DO NOT create a new one. Contact me and I will help you get access to your existing profile.
If you have a family member who has “skipped” a year or two of 4-H, their profile may have been archived. You can reinstate a member within your family profile by selecting the “archived members” option. If you have trouble doing this contact me. Please DO NOT create a new profile. We want to utilize the existing profile for each member.
Most of your contact information should have transferred over to the new system. Please take the time to review each member’s profile as you enroll them to ensure ALL the information is there and correct.
Please be sure that all projects are included and correct BEFORE you submit an enrollment. You will NOT be able to make changes to club/project enrollment once you click the Submit button. If you are not able to complete the enrollment in one sitting or are trying to decide on projects, the system will save each page of progress. You can leave that enrollment and come back to it later. Once you have submitted your enrollment, any changes regarding club and project enrollment will need to be made through me.
Once you submit an enrollment, it will be listed as “awaiting review” until it is reviewed at the county level. It will either be approved or will be sent back to you if there is something that needs fixed.
If you select a horse, dog, or shooting sports project the system will ask you to electronically sign the consent for those projects. This will replace the paper consent forms that were required for those project areas in the past.
If you have a member who is 18 years old, the system will ask whether to enroll them as a youth or adult. Be sure to select YOUTH for their enrollment. Selecting adult will make the system think they are applying to be an advisor, not completing their final year in 4-H.
Cloverbud members should select either project #710GPM Cloverbud Activities or #715 My 4-H Cloverbud year for their enrollment. It doesn’t matter which one is selected.
Those joining the Licking County 4-H Band should select “COP-Arts 1900 Performing Arts – 4-H Band” for their project. It will be listed towards the end of the project list.
There’s still time to register for the 2021 Ohio 4-H Conference – it’s virtual and it’s free! Great sessions for adults and teens with all the details at go.osu.edu/O4HC. Registrations due February 12, 2021!
Ohio 4-H will be recognizing special award winners and tenure volunteers during a virtual presentation on March 11, 2021 at 7:00pm. Licking County 4-H will have two volunteers recognized during the event. Terry Bland of the Commancheros 4-H Club will be recognized for 40 years of service and Cora Lee Powelson of the Licking County Jersey Club will be recognized for 45 years of service. All are welcomed to register for the link to view the event which will be streamed live on YouTube. To register for the event and to see a list of those being recognized, please visit go.osu.edu/Ohio4-HAwards.
The 2021 Licking County 4-H Advisor application is now available. The application is due February 1, 2021 to the Licking County OSU Extension Office. The application is available in both printable PDF and fillable PDF formats. Please reach out to Lisa McCutcheon at email@example.com with questions.
On December 1st Ohio 4-H recognized the volunteers and special award winners that would have been recognized at the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Conference in March. If you were unable to watch the program live, or would like to watch it again, you can do so here:
We want to share special recognition and congratulations to the following individuals:
Congratulations to Jane Copenhefer, who was inducted in to the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame. We are so very thankful for your leadership and dedication to the Licking County 4-H Band!
Congratulations to Sis Bland on being recognized for 40 years of service. Sis is the organizational advisor for the Commancheros 4-H Club.
Congratulations to Forrest Smythe, who was recognized for 40 years of service. Forrest serves as an advisor for the Licking County 4-H Band! Congratulations, Forrest! Pictured are Forrest and his wife Thelma Smythe.
Attention Advisors! Please remember that your club’s financial summary for 2020 is due to the Extension Office by Tuesday, December 1st. If you have already turned in your club’s form, THANK YOU! If you have yet to do so, please make sure that you make some time in your schedule to complete it and turn it in on time. It can be mailed, dropped off to the office, or emailed back to either Lisa (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Adrienne (email@example.com).
The following information was sent to all families on August 3, 2020…
Let me begin with THANK YOU! Thank you for your patience, thank you for your grace, as we have moved through the planning process for the 2020 Hartford Fair! The Hartford Fair is blessed with families who value kindness and understanding, and we have really cashed in on those traits in 2020! Although this year has brought us much uncertainty, we continue to move forward, work within the guidelines, and provide the best opportunities possible to our Junior Fair youth (and their families)! Let’s not forget how very fortunate we are to call the Hartford Fair “our” fair!
Although I certainly can’t promise that there will be no additional changes after this update reaches your email inbox, I still want to share with you what I do know at this moment – in hopes that it will be of assistance to many of you! I ask that you read through the details carefully, and maybe review a second time, before you begin to reach out with additional questions. There is still much to be done, and we are working as quickly as we can to ensure that all is ready as your family arrives to the fairgrounds over the next week or so.
As we model for our children, let us stay positive and know that everyone is doing their best, always assume the best intentions, and give everyone an extra amount of grace as we move throughout the next two weeks. This spring and summer have not been easy for most of us, but the Hartford Fair has a great amount of normalcy to offer – if we look for it! Regardless of the facial coverings and social distancing, we’ll still be together with our fair friends, enjoying the opportunity to watch our youth exhibit, eating some fabulous fair foods, and making wonderful memories…. We have much for which to be grateful!
What I’m asking of you…
Wear your mask / facial covering (if you are medically able to do so).
No, it’s not always comfortable, but it surely beats the alternative of not being able to see our youth show at the fair…
If you aren’t wearing a facial covering, please step away from the barns, show arena and concessions, where larger numbers of people may gather.
Facial coverings are not expected within the show ring, but they continue to be welcome – especially in situations where social distancing is not possible.
4-H members are reminded that while state guidelines do not require facial coverings for those under the age of 10, while 4-H guidelines require facial coverings for all 4-H members during 4-H-related events…
Daily symptom assessments: check your temperature, monitor for fevers, watch for a dry cough or trouble breathing, sore throat, headache, body aches, chills, and loss of taste or smell…
If you’re not feeling well, or experience the above-listed symptoms, please don’t come to the fairgrounds.
Don’t forget to social distance when near others from outside of your family. It’s for everyone’s safety and well-being.
Wash or sanitize hands frequently…
Remember that the exhibitor (and their family) should have no physical contact with their judge during shows, nor their buyer during sales.
Buyer thank you notes and any gifts of appreciation should be sent to the buyer following the fair.
Be mindful of what you share on social media – and how it represents our fair – and our 4-H and FFA programs!
Early fairs were not successful in using facial coverings and maintaining social distance, and many photos were shared as evidence of disregard for those guidelines. Now we find ourselves impacted by those decisions with additional limitations and guidelines. The fairs that are scheduled to take place after us in August, September and October are hoping to be as fortunate as us – to offer Junior Fair programming. If we don’t choose to do the right things during the Hartford Fair, they may pay the price. When we share photos or make posts online, we need to be sure to have a mask on, and show ourselves being responsible. Hartford is often held up as an example to other fairs across Ohio, let us again be a positive example of how to do what’s right!
If you have questions, or don’t understand, be sure to ask! We’re happy to help!
No open class events will be held – in any species.
Junior Fair llama / alpaca show has been cancelled, due to lack of entries.
Some changes have been made to department schedules. Those are listed by department further down in the email message…
4-H Center and FFA Building will be open… Check schedule for hours and plan to drop in to see our 4-H and FFA exhibitor displays.
Details regarding set-up of 4-H Club booths was distributed on August 3rd to the lead advisor for each club.
4-H Band will be performing at TARA throughout the week, with concerts on Sunday (3:00 p.m.), Monday (1:30 p.m.), Tuesday (6:00 p.m. in NRA near Pond), Wednesday 8:00 p.m. and Thursday (6:00 p.m.). Be sure to go listen…
Admission / Attendance…
There are currently no limits on who / how many may attend, but all publicity for the fair has been suspended so as to keep attendance to a manageable level.
No admission will be charged at the gate.
Junior Fair exhibitors and club/chapter advisors are asked to pick up their IDs on Thursday (1-7 p.m.), Friday (1-7 p.m.) or Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.) in B. Carr Family Arena.
IDs will still be used to pick up and cash premium vouchers.
By state guidelines, attendance in the sale arena during the sale will be limited to buyers and immediate family of exhibitor selling at that time.
The only area of the grounds open to attendees will be from the 4-H Center and Tara on the North, going East around the track to the Swine Barn. All areas to the South and West will be closed. (other than the SFB office)
Food vendors will be moved to the livestock barn area, with there being 10-15 vendors available. I’m sure that you’ll find some of your favorites!
Campgrounds will be limited to campers of exhibitors, advisors, SFB members, fair vet, etc.
If you need details about the campgrounds, be sure to reach our directly to the Fair Office.
Vouchers will be issued to exhibitors following completion of participation in each show.
The Bank will be open to cash vouchers, with hours posted on the Bank and in the Junior Fair Board office.
Curfew will be in place with everyone asked to vacate the barn / concession / office areas by 10:00 p.m. (or within 30 minutes of the conclusion of any event that ends after 10:00 p.m.).
(I apologize in advance if I missed a change or a change is made after this message is sent… Stay up to date with the Hartford Fair and Licking County 4-H websites and Facebook pages!)
Market Steer / Breeding Beef / Steer Pool
Steer Pool Vet Check will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday
Steer Pool Barn Meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday in the Kohman Wing.
Steer Pool will be released at 9:15 p.m. on Monday, following show. Packer truck arrives at 9:15 p.m. Monday for packer load out.
Feeder Calf show will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Breeding Beef show will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Dairy / Dairy Feeder…
Dairy heifer move in will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday, with all heifers being in place by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Dairy cattle will be released from the grounds after the show on Thursday. This will allow exhibitors who are bringing dairy feeders to the fair to make one trip if they would like, but will not force the dairy exhibitors to be at the fair any longer than necessary.
The Dairy Feeder Steer show on Wednesday starts at 8:30 a.m. with showmanship. The show itself will then follow immediately after the conclusion of showmanship.
Set up: Thursday 9 a.m. (Change!) | Project arrival : most on Thursday / maybe some on Saturday | Judging: Sunday 9 a.m. | Removal: Saturday 3 p.m.
Market Hogs must be in place by 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Market Hogs released following show on Tuesday.
Rabbit & Poultry Departments…
Poster Contest Rules
The purpose of the contest is to demonstrate the Junior Fair exhibitor’s project knowledge, to stimulate interest, and to demonstrate to others the diversity of Rabbit and Poultry projects.
Each posted must be made by the 4-H / FFA member.
Posters must be made using 22”x28” poster board, displayed horizontally, with stiff backing. It is suggested that your posted be covered in plastic.
Each poster must be clearly labeled in the lower right-hand corner, in a space no larger than 3”x5” with the exhibitor’s name, club or chapter, and age as of January 1st of the current year.
Posted will be judged based upon: Educational Content (50 points) / Neatness & Appearance (30 points), and Originality (20 points).
Posters will be displayed during Rabbit & Poultry Shows.