2021 Hartford Fair Premium Book Now Available

The 2021 Hartford Fair Premium Book is now available, along with entry forms and other important information on the Hartford Fair website. The premium book will not be available in print this year, however, each department is available as its own link so you only need to download the departments that you need. All entry forms and other forms related to the fair can be found on the Forms page. Additional information can be found on the Livestock Information and Resources page. If you haven’t done so already, we would encourage you to take some time to look around the new, updated website so you can become familiar with where the resources you will need are housed.

Please be sure to check the Photo ID flyer to see if it is your year to have your photo taken! Dates and times on when/where photos will be taken are included in the instructions.

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REMINDER: Please Sign Up for a Quality Assurance Training


Licking County 4-H / FFA Livestock Project Members…

(beef | dairy | dairy feeder | goat | poultry | rabbit | sheep | swine)

BACKGROUND: All members in the above-listed projects are required to complete a Livestock Quality Assurance (QA) training on an annual basis in order to exhibit in Junior Fair programs such as the Hartford Fair and Ohio State Fair. You will find details below allowing you to complete the QA requirement for 2021. As a reminder, this requirement pertains to all livestock project members, as well as at least one Club Advisor from each club containing a member enrolled in livestock projects.

As you plan to complete your QA requirement in 2021, you’ve got TWO primary options!

  • Attend an online QA training offered by Licking County Extension Office
  • Participate in the YQCA national training program online
  • …or you may have tested out last year (ages 15-18, passed test), which covers your requirement for this year.
  • …or you may have obtained your training through an OCA BEST Show, Ohio Beef Expo, or other training external to Licking County, offered since October 2020, that meets your requirement for this year.


To sign-up for one of the online trainings offered in Licking County, simply go to https://go.osu.edu/QASignUp2021, and complete the registration form, at which time you’ll choose your preferred session. Please notice that all sessions are species-specific, and all but two sessions are offered in the evening. Make your selection carefully… Sessions will fill to a capacity of 50 families on a first-come, first-served basis. You’ll receive an email confirmation right away (within 1-2 minutes), then the zoom link and handouts will come approximately 24 hours in advance of your training. If you DON’T RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, reach out to Lisa (mccutcheon.46@osu.edu) right away – either your email address is blocking our emails OR you typed your email address incorrectly. You can view complete information pertaining to Quality Assurance requirements for 2021, as well as the complete list of dates, online at https://licking.osu.edu/sites/licking/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/QualityAssurance/2021%20Hartford%20Fair%20QA%20Guidelines.pdf.


Online training is available through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) web-based program. The program is typically offered at a cost of $12 per youth member. You can find additional details online at https://yqca.org. You must first purchase a Coupon Code (registration fee) to complete the training. You’ll find those instructions behind the “Buy Coupon” tab, at the bottom of the page, in a downloadable form. You can submit the order form by email or mail – but don’t wait until the last minute to choose this option, as the payment process takes a little time. Once you have the Coupon Code, you can log in to the YQCA system, and complete the appropriate training modules. All 4-H members will use their 4honline username and password to login, while those who are FFA members will login through s separate link on  the same login page.  Upon completion of certification, you need to email mccutcheon.46@osu.edu to notify Lisa that you have completed the training (We would also suggest notifying your 4-H / FFA Advisor). We will them remove you from the list of those who still need to complete QA training for the 2021 project / fair year. This online certification is a great option for many of you who wish to go ahead and get your training out of the way early. (Note: YQCA is not intended for use by adult 4-H / FFA advisors).


If you tested out in 2021 as a age 15-18 member, we have record of your test and you will automatically receive credit for this year.


If you attended a training outside of Licking County, we’d encourage you to pass along proof of attendance to mccutcheon.46@osu.edu, to ensure that you receive credit. Most training hosts will share attendance records, but there’s always a chance that they do not. By you sharing your proof of attendance, it ensures that you receive the appropriate credit.

2021 Hartford Fair Entry and Photo ID Information

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 browley@hartfordfair.com and we will tell you if you need a new picture.

2021 Market Chick and Duck Pool Orders Due April 30th

All exhibitors planning to enter the Market Chicken or Market Duck classes at the Hartford Fair must purchase their birds through the Hartford Fair Market Chicken Pool and Market Duck Pool. Orders for both pools are due to the Licking County Extension Office by 4:00pm on Friday, April 30th. Please mail in or drop off completed forms with payment before the deadline. Those purchasing birds through the pools will receive email communication with information on when/where to pick up their birds once that date has been finalized.

2021 Layers/Fancy Poultry/Turkey Banding & Sr Rabbit Registration – May 1st

2021 Banding for Breeding Poultry and Market Turkeys along with Senior Rabbit Registration will take place at the Hartford Fairgrounds on Saturday May 1, 2021. Banding and registration will run from 10:00am through 2:00pm and will be held at the Hondros Beef Barn on the north end of the fairgrounds by gate D1. The cost is $1 per animal. The rabbit registration form can be found here. We encourage you to print out and complete the registration form and bring it with you to save time during the process.