Ohio State Fair Clock Trophy Winners

Since Ohio 4-H was not able to recognize those who were awarded a clock trophy at the 4-H state project judging, they invited those winners to submit a picture of them with their project. They used those pictures to create a video that recognized all clock trophy winners. You can watch the video here or below. Be sure to congratulate our Licking County winners if you see them!

4-H Marketing Division at the Ohio State Fair

Know a creative 4-H’er? Get out your markers, crayons, colored pencils, computer graphic skills, and video expertise, then design an entry for the Marketing Division of state project judging! We’re looking for thank you cards, holiday cards and infomercials and anyone can enter. Find the details under “Marketing Division” at https://bit.ly/3v8DW90

2021 Skillathon Opportunities

Youth exhibitors of both the Ohio State Fair and the Hartford Independent Fair have many opportunities to test their knowledge during the Livestock Skillathon Contests this year. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to compete in both virtual and in-person skillathons at the Ohio State Fair. The skillathon contests for the Hartford Fair will return to the normal, in-person format as it has been in the past.

Information for the Ohio State Fair Youth Livestock Skillathons can be found at: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons. Please pay special attention to the deadlines and schedules of both the virtual and in-person contests. These skillathons are open to all 4-H project age members and FFA members.

A few important notes:

  • Those exhibiting at Ohio State Fair who want to be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) awards MUST participate at the IN-PERSON skillathons at the state fair
  • Those exhibiting at Ohio State Fair who want to be eligible for Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor (OBE) awards MUST participate in the VIRTUAL skillathons online

Information for the Hartford Fair 4-H and FFA Project Skillathons can be found here. Project skillathons will be held in-person during the times listed in the document. All exhibitors are encouraged to participate.

REMINDER: Quality Assurance Deadline

Licking County Livestock Project Members (beef | dairy | dairy feeder | goat | poultry | rabbit | sheep | swine)… If you have not already done so, please be sure to complete your Quality Assurance requirement by June 1st! Members who have not completed either the virtual quality assurance training offered through Licking County 4-H, a state or other county training, or the YQCA online module have received multiple emails with instructions to complete the training. The deadline is JUNE 1ST and if not completed, those members will not be eligible to exhibit their livestock project(s) at the Hartford Independent Fair or the Ohio State Fair. Please be sure to complete the training by visiting: http://yqca.org.

Instructions on how to complete the YQCA training can be online HERE.

2021 Ohio State Fair Swine Dept Rules and Information

The 2021 Ohio State Fair Livestock department rules have been posted at: https://ohiostatefair.com/agriculture-livestock/livestock/


  • Ohio State Fair will be a ractopamine free fair.
  • Exhibitor Affidavit for the Market Barrow Show will be required
  • Market Barrows will be required to have an 840 Tag. It is preferred that they be the EID (Electronic Identification) 840 Tags but non-EID tags will be accepted this in 2021.
    • These should be placed in the pig from the breeder they originate from, and if possible, please have them placed in the RIGHT EAR.
    • If you do not have one, you will want to work with your local vet to obtain one.
  • All swine must be tagged with an 840 tag.
  • All exhibitors must have a premise ID (this is based on the location the pigs were raised, so the same premise ID will cover all siblings).
  • All Market Exhibitors will be required to enter parent/guardian PQA Certification ID# at the time of entry.
    • Remember, if the parent/guardian completed this last year, they are good for 3 years and can use the certification ID# they received last year (or within 3 years)
    • If they need to be certified, please reach out to Lisa McCutcheon (mccutcheon.46@osu.edu) so that she can enroll you in the FREE online course.
    • All other barrows are the responsibility of the exhibitor and must be removed from the fairgrounds after the show.
    • A market is not available in 2021

For a full list of rules, schedule, and information, visit: OSF Jr Swine Info

For questions on these rule updates, please contact the OSF swine department at: osfswine@gmail.com

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.

It’s time to get signed up for Skillathon!

While Skillathon stations will not be offered in person during the Hartford Fair this year, we ask that you register for the State Skillathons – as we will use those contest scores to recognize Hartford Fair exhibitors during the fair! All youth who intend to complete a skillathon must register online by July 15th, with species skillathons being held on the designated dates / times listed below (all will be completed prior to the Hartford Fair)…

Skillathon Dates (pre-registration required by July 15th):

  • Horse Skillathon:               Thursday, 7/23/2020                      10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Goat Skillathon:                 Friday, 7/24/2020                            10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Dairy Skillathon:                Saturday, 7/25/2020                       10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sheep Skillathon:              Wednesday, 7/29/2020                 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Dog Skillathon:                  Monday, 8/3/2020                          10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Poultry Skillathon:            Tuesday, 8/4/2020                          10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Swine Skillathon:               Wednesday, 8/5/2020                   10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Beef Skillathon:                 Thursday, 8/6/2020                        10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Rabbit Skillathon:              Friday, 8/7/2020                               10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

How to Register:

  • Registration is due by JULY 15, 2020.
  • Please register by visiting: www.go.osu.edu/skillathonregistration
  • Please answer all of the survey prompts.
  • All exhibitors with need an email address specific to that exhibitor that can be used as your log-in credential (this is also where the first-time registration will be).
    • For example, a family with 3 children participating must have a unique email address for each child.
    • School email addresses are discouraged, as we have found that some school email systems block external emails generated by the Scarlet site.
    • If the child completed the 2020 QA Test-Out on Scarlet in May, please feel free to use their same email address, as they will already have an account…
  • If you have any questions, please contact 4hanimalscience@osu.edu.

Skillathon Rules:

  • All Skillathons are open to any Ohio 4-H member, age 8 and in the 3rd grade, or 9 years old and older regardless of grade level, to age 18 as of January 1, 2020, and FFA members.
  • You do not have to exhibit a particular species to participate in that species Skillathon.
  • Any specific rules for an individual species will be outlined on the testing site.
  • Skillathons will be delivered through Scarlet, a university-approved distance learning site. You must have access to a mobile device or computer with ability to access the internet.
  • Even though the Skillathons are online this year, each Skillathon must be taken by the youth only without assistance from family or friends.
  • There will be 4 stations in each Skillathon that will make up 4 separate, timed modules. Each station will have a time limit (typically 5 minutes per station).
  • If your child requires any testing accommodations, please contact us in advance at 4hanimalscience@osu.edu and we will work with you to make accommodation arrangements.
  • Results will be posted for each age category, age division, and overall after the Skillathon is completed. Participants will receive an email with a link to view the results.

Plans are incomplete at this time regarding whether or not livestock project books will be collected and graded, or project interviews held, during the Hartford Fair – and it may indeed vary by species. Additional details will be shared once more information is known.