Ohio 4-H Dog Expo

Ohio 4-H Dog Expo, April 27, Clark County Fairgrounds

Registration postmark deadline: April 15


What is Ohio 4-H Dog Expo? Dog Expo is an opportunity for 4-H members (AND their dogs) to learn skills to help them be more successful with their 4-H dog projects. Teamwork between the 4-H member and their dog is emphasized throughout the sessions. Dog Expo is open to all 4-H dog project members and their dogs, whether this is their first year or they have been taking dogs for several years. Experienced 4-H dog volunteers and resource people will be present to help 4-H members. Dog project members are welcome to attend at no cost if they are not bringing a dog. Dog advisors are welcome to attend without dogs at no cost.

When is Ohio 4-H Dog Expo? Dog Expo will be on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00am-2:30pm.

Where will Ohio 4-H Dog Expo be held? Dog Expo will be held at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, OH 45505. There will be several buildings devoted to the different sessions. Registration will be in the Youth Building.

What is the cost? 4-H’ers can come for half a day or all day. It will cost each 4-H’er $10.00 to participate for half a day, and $20.00 to participate for a full day’s worth of sessions with their dogs. You MUST pre-register. There are NO same-day registrations. We will NOT accept walk-ins. ONLY the 4-H member may bring their dog. Puppies under 6 months old are not allowed. Other dogs are not permitted on the grounds. Advisors can attend for free, as well as parents and siblings. Advisors and 4-H members attending without dogs need not pre-register.

When is Registration due? Registrations must be postmarked by Monday, April 15. You must send your money along with the registration form to the address at the bottom of the form. You can download the information and registration form at www.go.osu.edu/calendardogs by clicking on the link corresponding to the April 15 and April 27 dates.

Who should I contact? For general questions, please contact either Lucinda Miller, Extension Specialist, 4-H, at miller.78@osu.edu, 614.292.7453, or Jennifer Newell, State 4-H Dog Advisory Committee at NewellFarmJenn@gmail.com. Registrations must be sent to Jennifer Newell (address on registration form) by the postmark deadline.

Ohio State Fair Skillathon Opportunities

4-H and FFA youth can show what they know about 9 different animal species through 10 skillathon events during the Ohio State Fair (see the schedule below). Skillathons are free, registration is the day of the event (an adult must accompany the youth), youth can come anytime between the hours listed, and youth do not have to be a state fair exhibitor or be enrolled in an animal project in order to complete. Youth vying for the Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) award for goat, sheep, poultry, swine, and beef must participate in the Skillathon, showmanship, and live animal show in order to qualify. Rules, study resources (including the station topics for each species), and other information are available at: go.osu.edu/osfskillathons

Friday, 7/20 from Noon-5:00pm GOAT SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Tuesday, 7/24 from 9:00am-2:00pm SHEEP SKILLATHON Brown Arena Wool Room
Wednesday, 7/25 from 9:00am-2:00pm HORSE SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Thursday, 7/26 from 3:00-6:30pm DAIRY SKILLATHON 1 Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Tuesday, 7/31 from 9:00am-3:00pm DOG SKILLATHON Buckeye Sports Center (north end)
Wednesday, 8/1 from 1:30-5:00pm DAIRY SKILLATHON 2 Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Wednesday, 8/1 from 4:00-7:30pm POULTRY SKILLATHON Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion
Thursday, 8/2 from 8:00am-1:00pm SWINE SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Thursday, 8/2 from 4:00-7:00pm BEEF SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Friday, 8/3 from 8am-Noon RABBIT SKILLATHON Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion

Ohio State Fair Junior Livestock and Canine Entry Deadlines

Please be aware of the following deadlines for 4-H members interested in showing livestock or dogs at the Ohio State Fair. You must be enrolled in the project you are entering at the Ohio State Fair within the Licking County 4-H program in order to be eligible to show at the state level.

Wednesday, June 20 – Rules can be found at and entries can be made at https://ohiostatefair.com/livestock/ .

  • Ohio State Fair Rabbit & Poultry Entry Deadline (online entries encouraged)
  • Ohio State Fair Livestock Entry Deadline (online entries encouraged)
  • Ohio State Fair Dog Show Entry Deadline (all entries made directly to Ohio State Fair, either mailed or made online; online entries encouraged)
  • Ohio State Fair Dog Show Drill Teams Entry Deadline (made directly to Ohio State Fair, but no online entry availability)
  • Ohio State Fair Dog Agility Entry Deadline (entries sent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center)

Sunday, July 1 (will accept a July 2 postmark since July 1 falls on Sunday) – Ohio State Fair Dog Show poster entry deadline (posters and entry forms sent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center)

Friday, July 6

  • Ohio State Fair Poultry Judging Contest Team and Individual Entries (without paying late fee)
  • Ohio State Fair Avian Bowl Contest Team Entry deadline

Ohio State Fair Skillathon Facilitators Needed

Facilitators Needed for Ohio State Fair Skillathons: More than 1,300 FFA and 4-H youth participated in nine animal species skillathons last year. We need your help to facilitate the Ohio State Fair skillathons, which include: beef, sheep, swine, dairy, horse, goat, poultry, dog, and rabbit. Please click on the following link and complete the survey to indicate your availability and interest: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDq6ouGJTxT4qQR

Volunteers (18 years old and not in 4-H or FFA) for the skillathons are responsible for facilitating a station. A station requires youth to perform a series of tasks to test their knowledge about a subject related to the species. Facilitators are not required to have broad experience or knowledge about the species. If you agree to volunteer, we will send a follow-up letter in July with parking and admission passes, as well as additional facilitator information.

Ohio State Fair Junior Dog Show Changes

CHANGES IN 2018 OHIO STATE FAIR JUNIOR FAIR DOG SHOW FOR AKC TRICK DOG AND AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN RULEBOOK! As of June 1, 2018 AKC has changed the requirements to receive an ADVANCED TRICK DOG TITLE from a total of 5 tricks to performing a total of 10 tricks. Therefore, since we follow the AKC Trick Dog rules as 4-H members can earn Trick Dog titles when entered in the Advanced Trick Dog class, we have updated our rules and Tricks Checklist: Advanced, to reflect the changes AKC has made. Also, an updated Trick Dog Evaluator Guide will be posted once AKC has theirs updated and posted. Advanced Trick Dog is the only change in this rule book. Please be aware of this change if entering the Advanced Trick Dog class. Dogs must have their Novice and Intermediate Trick Dog titles before entering the Advanced Trick Dog class.

The rule book and Tricks Checklist has been updated and reposted at www.go.osu.edu/dog on the Resources page and the State Fair page.

My Quest Adventure – Laura Neese Presentation

Ever wonder what it is like to race sled dogs or to spend weeks out in negative temperatures in the Alaska wilderness? Come see Licking County’s own Laura Neese speak about her experiences racing dogs in the Yukon Quest and Iditarod races. There are two opportunities for you to see her speak before she heads back up north to prepare for next year’s races.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. – Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center

Friday, May 4, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. – Founders Hall, OSUN/COTC Campus

Licking County 4-H Canine King/Queen and Puppy Prince/Princess Contest

The Licking County 4-H Canine King/Queen and Puppy Prince/Princess Contest is open to Licking County 4-H members who are currently enrolled in a dog project. Applications are due Friday, June 8th.

The contest will be held on Tuesday, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Licking County OSU Extension Office.

The Application for the Canine King/Queen and Puppy Prince/Princess can be found at: https://licking.osu.edu/sites/licking/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/Royalty-Scholarships/LickingCountyCanineRoyaltyContestApplication2018.pdf