Hartford Junior Fair Livestock and Equine exhibitors have online forms that will be due before they bring their animals to the fair. Please note below which forms are required for each species and the deadline for each form. Most species must have their forms completed by 11:59p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022. The only exception to this is Market Hogs. Market Hogs will complete their forms after the Hartford Fair tag is placed in their hog’s ear on August 6th and before 10:00am on August 7th. Instructions will be displayed throughout the Swine Complex. All MARKET ANIMALS must have forms completed in order to be allowed to weigh-in on the fairgrounds – no exceptions.
Farm Credit Mid-America and Rural 1st have put out the challenge for local communities to help feed those in need while supporting junior fairs. The “Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer” campaign encourages community members to bring non-perishable food items to the fair where they will be collected and then donated to the Food Pantry Network of Licking County.
Bring your items to the Hartford Fair August 7th-13th and place them in the stock trailer located at the front of Grubb Arena or drop them off to the Junior Fair Board Office. All participating fairs will receive $500 to support their Junior Fair Board and Junior Fair Programming. The fairs that collect the most pounds of food will be awards $5,000 for 1st place, $3,500 for 2nd place and $1,500 for 3rd place.
We have our eyes set on 1st place and need your help to get there! We know the Hartford Fair community is strong, and this campaign is a winning situation for all involved!
Please review the traffic pattern for the Hartford Fair prior to moving in your animals on Saturday, August 6, 2022. The traffic pattern can be found in the Hartford Fair Premium Book in the general information or can be viewed below.
All members are encouraged to participate in the Livestock Project Skillathons at the Hartford Fair. Members do NOT have to be entered in a species to participate in the skillathon for that species; all are welcome! Be sure to check the schedule HERE to ensure you know when and where each skillathon will take place as there have been some changes from previous years.
Several Hartford Fair departments have upcoming workdays to help get the barns ready for fair week. Please review the departments and days below and see if you can come lend a hand!
A Sheep Barn work night has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 27th at 6:00 p.m. We will meet in the Sheep Barn to work on preparations for the Hartford Fair. Projects include painting the wash rack, installing new pens, and general clean-up of the barn areas. This is quite a bit of work, and much help will be needed!
Items to bring: shovels, rakes – and be sure to wear old clothes! There are jobs for all ages and abilities!
We hope that you will mark your calendar and plan to join us! This is a great way to meet others within the Sheep Department, visit with Sheep Improvement Association members, Senior Fair Board members, and get information about happenings at the fair.
A Hog Barn work day has been schedule for Sunday, July 31st at 9:00 a.m. We will meet in the Hog Barn to work on preparations for the Hartford Fair. Bring your brooms, rakes, shovels, leaf blowers, drills, etc. and be sure to wear old clothes!
We hope that you will mark your calendar and plan to join us! This is a great way to meet others within the Swine Department, visit with Senior Fair Board members, and get information about happenings at the fair.
If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to review your Hartford Fair verification letter and contact the fair office if there is a mistake with your fair entries. If you find a mistake or still need to make an entry, late entries and corrections will be accepted until Friday, July 22, 2022. NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE AFTER JULY 22ND. Please take the time to review and make corrections now.
The 2022 Hartford Fair schedule of events is now available on the Hartford Fair website on the Premium Book page. Use this schedule to help ensure that you know what events are happening when and where. Please make sure you know when all of your weigh-ins, skillathons, shows, and other events take place during fair week.
Verification Letters for Hartford Fair entries went in the mail on July 7, 2022. Please watch for your letter to arrive in the mail. Once you receive it, please open it immediately and check that all is correct. If you find a mistake or missing entry, reach out to the Hartford Fair Office IMMEDIATELY to have it corrected or to add missing/additional entries. There is a $10 late fee to add on entries at this point. All corrections/additional entries must be made before July 22, 2022. No changes will be made after this date.
If you do not receive your verification letter (within a reasonable time frame for it to be delivered), please check in with the Hartford Fair Office to ensure that they did receive your entries and that your mailing address is correct. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO REVIEW YOUR VERIFICATION LETTERS!
The Ohio Poultry Association has a tip sheet for caring for poultry. This helpful tip sheet can be found on their website HERE. Another great resource for backyard poultry flocks, is the recording of the Backyard Poultry Seminar led by Dr. Tim McDermott from Franklin County Extension that was held via Zoom in April. You can view it below:
Hopefully you were able to submit your fair entries by the June 18th deadline. The next step will be to check your verification letters when they arrive. All entries (open and junior classes) will be mailed verification letters. Those letters will be going out in the mail late next week so please be sure to watch for them. Once they arrive, please take the time to review them to ensure that they are correct. If you find an error, you must contact the Hartford Fair Office before Friday, July 22nd to have the correction made. NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE AFTER JULY 22, 2022.
A few thing to keep in mind…
For Junior Fair Entries (4-H specifically), the address listed in 4-HOnline is the address that will be used to mail your entries. If you have moved since you completed your 4-H enrollment, if you forgot to update your address when completing your enrollment, OR if your mailing address is a PO Box but you have your physical address listed in 4-HOnline, you will need to correct that immediately. Please reach out to Adrienne Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your address updated. She will then reach out to the fair office with your corrected address.
If you do not receive your verification letter or you will be out of town or unable to check your mail, please know that you can reach out to Beth at the fair office. She would be happy to provide you with the information so that you are able to confirm that your entries are correct.
We encourage members to have their advisors look over their verification letters to help catch any mistakes or issues.
PLEASE take the time to check and confirm that your entries are correct. Checking for and correcting mistakes now will set members up to have a good experience come fair time.