Over the past few weeks, we have had multiple instances where the family member of a 4-Her has been diagnosed with COVID, resulting in the 4-H member missing participation in judging, meetings, or Ohio State Fair competition. As the Hartford Fair draws near, we want to encourage all families to do their very best to limit exposure in any way that they can. Our goal is always to have all members enjoy a successful experience at the Hartford Fair. However, if the member or a family member is diagnosed or experiencing symptoms, they will need to follow appropriate quarantine guidelines, and the member may very well miss out on their fair experience this year. It may seem as though everything is back to normal, but we are still seeing members of our community diagnosed with COVID. Please remember to protect yourself, wash hands regularly, get tested when you experience symptoms, and be mindful of the health of others around you. We are stronger when we look out for one another – and the fair is a perfect example of that! We look forward to seeing all of you at the 2021 Hartford Fair!
Individuals and/or family members are not permitted to attend if they or anyone living in their household is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell, or has been directly exposed (confirmed or suspected) to COVID-19 if they are not fully vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccinations are our best current protection against infection and a fatal outcome. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face mask; however we strongly recommend eligible, but unvaccinated individuals to continue to properly wear a face mask when social distancing cannot be maintained.
If you are bringing livestock, horses, or dogs to the fairgrounds during livestock move-in on Saturday, August 7th, please review the traffic pattern to ensure that you know where to enter and exit to help keep things organized. You can find the traffic pattern on the last page of the general Hartford Fair information here or below.
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
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.
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.
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).
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know many of you are working on sending buyer letters out in preparation for the livestock sales. We know you often like to include the sales brochure in the buyer letter. If you are having trouble finding it, you can access it here.
Family Camp at 4-H Camp Ohio is a laid back weekend to enjoy with your family and meet new people. There will be plenty of activities that the whole family can enjoy doing together, or enjoy watching each other do. If you feel like relaxing for the weekend too, that is fine!
Hartford Fair Entry Verification Letters went out in the mail last week. PLEASETAKE 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 email@example.com. 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.
Hartford Fair Entry Verification Letters went out in the mail this week. Please be sure to watch for them to arrive in the mail and then 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 do not receive your verification letter in the mail by Tuesday, July 13th, please contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.