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
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 email@example.com 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.
Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):
Training-Must attend one of the options for training (July 8 or July 14)
Events-Must work a minimum of 3 events at the Ohio State Fair; may work more if desired
Program Fee: $25/person for first year members; $10 for 2nd or more year members
4HEYA Polo & Nametag
State Fair admission, parking ticket, and meal ticket(s)
Optional State Fair housing in the Rhodes Center (if desired)
Experience of working events at the Ohio State Fair
Opportunity to enhance leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program
What about the Teen Leadership Council? YES, these members may apply for 4HEYA AND TLC this year, if desired. TLC applications will be available in June and will be due the Friday following the Ohio State fair. Their term is September 1, 2020-August 31, 2021. Current TLC members are not eligible to apply for 4HEYA, as they are already fulfilling obligations at the Ohio State Fair.
The first of six Licking County Quality Assurance Trainings and Horse Safety & Ethics Programs will be on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Ohio State Newark Campus in Founders Hall starting at 6:30pm.
All youth planning to exhibit livestock at the Hartford Independent Fair or the Ohio State Fair in 2020 must complete a Quality Assurance training by June 1, 2020. Any youth not meeting this requirement will be ineligible to exhibit livestock this year. For a full list of dates and requirements, please review the 2020 Hartford Fair Quality Assurance Guidelines.
Any youth who is enrolled in a horse project for the first time is required to attend a Horse Safety & Ethics Program in order to show at the Hartford Independent Fair or the Ohio State Fair in 2020. They must complete a Horse Safety & Ethics Program by June 1, 2020. At least one parent or guardian is required to attend with the member. For a full list of dates and requirements, please review the 2020 Horse Safety & Ethics Program Guidelines.
Any youth or advisors needing their photo taken for the Hartford Fair photo IDs may do so between 5:30-6:30pm.
Members who need to have their photo taken:
All new exhibitors and ALL advisors (Advisor photos will now be good for three (3) years. All advisors should have their photo taken in 2020)
All 2020 exhibitors with last names beginning with N thru Z (even years).
The Hartford Fair is requiring all Market Hogs be Ractopamine-free, in order to meet the requirements of packers who purchase our hogs. Additional details to become available soon, but this informational piece is a great start! Breeders, exhibitors, feed suppliers – awareness and education are key!
All steers and heifers (including Delaware, Knox & Licking Counties) that may be exhibited during the 2020 Hartford Junior Fair Market Steer & Heifer show must be marked by ear tag and tattoo on SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020, at the Hartford fairgrounds (Grubb Arena – West End) between 8 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (NOTE: We are no longer there until noon). Up to four (4) steers or heifers can be tagged for the Hartford Fair per exhibitor.
Tagging fee is $1.00 per tagged animal. Exhibitors must complete a registration card for each animal, which requires the exhibitor’s signature. If the exhibitor will be unable to attend weigh-in procedures, please stop by the Licking County Extension Office and pick up the registration card(s) to be signed by exhibitor in advance.
OSF Junior Fair Market Steer / Heifer DNA samples will NOT be collected during Hartford Fair Steer / Heifer Weigh-In. OSF DNA samples must be submitted by the exhibitor directly to the OSF by no later than January 15th. For additional information, contact Lisa McCutcheon at firstname.lastname@example.org. DNA sample packets are available by contacting the Ohio State Fair directly, or your local Extension office may have some available. See attachment for additional details.
Questions? Give us a call at 740-670-5315. In case of inclement weather conditions, listen to WCLT-AM, WHTH-AM, or visit www.licking.osu.edu for an announcement. Announcement will also be made on the Hartford Fair and Licking County 4-H Facebook pages. Make-up date, if necessary, will be Saturday, January 25, 2020.
There are several awards, project books, and other items that were not claimed at camp, the Hartford Fair or the Ohio State Fair. Please check through this list to see if you have something to pick up at the Extension Office. Advisors, please also look through the list to see if you have a club packet to pick up. Also, if you see one of your members has an item to pick up, please follow up with that member to make sure they know it is here.
Member Materials to be Picked Up…
Montgomery Adkins (Modern 4-H Club) – 4-H Camp Bank Envelop with Money
The Ohio State Fair begins on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. If you would like to see how our Licking County 4-H members do with their non-livestock project judging, you can check daily for the results posted here. Best of luck to all of our members competing at the Ohio State Fair!
You and your animals have been judged…now BE the judge! Develop and practice your livestock judging skills by placing both breeding and market classes of beef, goat, sheep, and swine at the 4-H Livestock Judging Contest Friday, July 26 during the Ohio State Fair. For more information and study materials, visit: http://www.ohio4h.org/events/ohio-state-fair-4-h-livestock-judging-contest
4-H and FFA youth can show what they know about 9 different animal species through 10 skillathon events during the Ohio State Fair (see the schedule below). Skillathons are free, registration is the day of the event (an adult must accompany the youth), youth can come anytime between the hours listed, and youth do not have to be a state fair exhibitor or be enrolled in an animal project in order to complete. Youth vying for the Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) award for goat, sheep, poultry, swine, and beef must participate in the Skillathon, showmanship, and live animal show in order to qualify. Rules, study resources (including the station topics for each species), and other information are available at: go.osu.edu/osfskillathons