Health Reminders for Fair

…it can happen to anyone!

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.

Hartford Fair 2021 Traffic Pattern

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.

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.

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