Road Closures and Traffic Delays During the Hartford Fair

If you typically travel Lock Road to come to the fairgrounds, please be aware that Lock Road is closed for a bridge replacement through September. The closure runs from the Fairgrounds/Johnstown Road intersection to Dutch Cross Road. If you are coming from the west you can still get to Fairground Road. However, if you typically travel from the east you will need to find an alternate route to get to the fairgrounds.

Lock Road Closure Map

Lock Road Closure Map

Please also note that the annual Pelotonia Ride for the Cure will take place on Saturday, August 7th and Sunday, August 8th. Croton will be a water/restroom stop and they riders will be on several routes throughout Licking and Knox County. Please allow extra time to travel to the fair on those days. We want all livestock and exhibitors to make it on the grounds on time and we want all of those riding to raise awareness and funds to find the cure for cancer to have a safe and successful ride. If you would like to view the Pelotonia routes to help you better plan your route, you can check them out here.

2021 Hartford Fair Princess for a Day Program

Purpose: The idea behind this program is to allow 4-H Cloverbuds at the Hartford Fair the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a royalty member and step in to the footsteps of their role models. We hope that this opportunity also gives them a way to flourish as future leaders and 4-H members, much like the Pee Wee showmanship classes!

Who: Girls ages 5 – 8 who are enrolled as 4-H Cloverbuds during the 2021 program year (Kindergarten through 2nd grade) and are eligible for participation in the Hartford Fair.

How are they selected? A Google survey form has been created to obtain key information such as name, age, parents contact information, and days that they are available during the fair. Parents are asked to submit their entry through the online form, with the link being shared through the Hartford Fair Facebook page. Participants will be selected at random after all entries are in which are due August 4th. We plan to select two princesses for each day (Sunday through Friday), in order to keep it manageable this first year. Deadline for applying for this opportunity will be August 4th.

What will they do? Selected youth will be contacted just after the deadline in order to make arrangements to dates and times. Upon arriving to the grounds on their special day, the girls will be given both a sash and tiara to wear on throughout the day. Each Princess will be encouraged to make her way throughout the grounds (with parent supervision), but also have time during the day to shadow the 2021 Hartford Fair King and Queen, and learn more about what they do during a typical day at the fair.

How we will spread the news: In an effort to promote this program, royalty coordinator Morgan McCutcheon will hold a Facebook live segment on the Hartford Fair Facebook page to explain the new program. At that time, the link to the registration survey will also be shared.  Additionally, we plan to distribute details through the weekly 4-H Blog family email.

Potential: With this year being the first year, we will accept only the first twelve registrations. This will allow us to offer the program on a smaller scale in it’s initial year, and determine what changes are needed for future years. There is certainly potential to grow the program to allow more girls to participate – and also to obtain sponsors who would be interested in supporting the program.

For additional information, contact:

Morgan McCutcheon, Royalty Coordinator

mccutcheon.88@buckeyemail.osu | 740.616.0311

Forms Needed from Junior Fair Livestock and Equine Exhibitors

Junior Fair Livestock and Equine exhibitors will 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 6, 2021. 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 7th and before 10:00am on August 8th. Instructions will be displayed throughout the Swine Complex.

DUNF Form:

United Producer’s Feeding Form:

Ractopamine Affidavit:

If you would like a printable version of this information, please click here.

Junior Fair Market Animal Sale Photos

Please note that sale photos for ALL market animals will take place during each species scheduled weigh-in procedures. Please review the time for your scheduled weigh-in and ensure that your animal is clean and the exhibitor is dressed appropriately. Exhibitors should only have their photo taken with the animal(s) that they have designated for sale (one per department).

Help Needed in the Arts & Crafts Building at the Hartford Fair

The Senior Fair Board is in need of some volunteers willing to help with intake of entries for the Open Arts & Crafts categories. The arts and crafts entries have been moved and will now reside in the New Arts & Crafts building (the old Boys Dorm). Volunteers would help take in and organize entries as they are dropped of in the days leading up to fair. If you are interested in helping, you can reach out to Darl Evans at

Help is needed:

Thursday, August 5th: 5:00-9:00pm

Friday, August 6th: 9:00am-Noon

Saturday, August 7th: 8:00am-11:30am


Also, general help is needed a the fairgrounds the week before the fair and week after the fair. If you are able to help, please reach out to Holly at

Hartford Fair Small Animal Complex Buyer Signs Update

Small Animal Complex Buyer Signs:

Exhibitors are welcome to create buyer thank you signs to be hung in the Rabbit and Poultry Barn. Please turn in posters to the Senior Fair Board during your designated weigh-in (Poultry-Sunday and Rabbits-Monday). Due to safety; Senior Fair Board will be hanging all Buyer Thank You Signs.

Please review the rules below as you are creating your signs for the 2021 fair.

Buyer Thank You Signage Rules:

    • Signs should be constructed on a half poster board sheet (14”X 22”) signs.
    • Please laminate or cover with clear contact paper.
    • NO full poster board size or larger signs permitted to allow for enough space and proper airflow. Signs NOT meeting the size requirement will NOT be hung.
    • We encourage exhibitors to create flat and disposable signage. Signs will be hung flat against walls and taken down after the sale on the final Saturday.

Help Needed in the 4-H Center During the Fair

The 4-H Center needs volunteers to sit in the gazebo during the building’s open hours the week of the Hartford Fair. Volunteers are needed to answer questions (usually fair-goers may ask where a specific building is located or when an event is happening) and keep an eye on things. Youth are welcome to help but must have an adult with them. Each shift is one hour and shifts run from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day of the fair. If each 4-H club would cover at least two shifts, we will have the full week covered. Volunteering in the 4-H Center is a very easy way to support our still project members and you can spend an hour or more cooling off in the air conditioning! If you are able to volunteer for a shift (or more), please sign up here.

REMINDER: Hartford Fair Late Entries and Corrections Due

Hartford Fair Entry Verification Letters went out in the mail last week. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO CHECK THEM TO ENSURE YOUR ENTRIES ARE ACCURATE! Any changes or corrections MUST be made to the fair office by Saturday, July 24th. NO CHANGES OR CORRECTIONS WILL BE MADE AFTER THE JULY 24TH DEADLINE. If you have not received your verification letter, please contact Beth at We want to do our best to help everyone have a positive fair experience and much of that starts with making sure there are not mistakes or missing entries. PLEASE take the time to review your verification letter. If you have any late entries, those are also due by July 24th with the $10 late fee.

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Hartford Fair Lamb Cook-Off and Shepherd’s Lead Contests

Information is now available for the 2021 Hartford Fair Lamb Cook-Off and Shepherd’s Lead Contests. Participants do NOT need to be sheep exhibitors in order to participate in these contests. Please review all guidelines and requirements for each contest and then complete and return your entry form by the date and to the person listed on the entry form. There are two versions of each entry form. The regular PDF version should be used if you plan to complete a hand-written entry. If you would prefer to type your entry, please use the Fillable PDF version of the entry form.

2021 Lamb Cook-Off: PDF Version (use this version if writing out your entry) | Fillable PDF Version (use this version to type and print your entry)

2021 Shepherd’s Lead: PDF Version (use this version if writing out your entry) | Fillable PDF Version (use this version to type and print your entry)