Dean’s Charity Steer Show

On July 30, 2019, Cathann A. Kress, Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, along with Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Telhio Credit Union, will host the inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC). This event brings together our community to celebrate agriculture and support children and their families that rely on RMHC during difficult times. The show and sale will feature local celebrity exhibitors partnered with a 4-H member and their steer. All funds raised will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Ohio. Make a donation today at

Join us at the Ohio State Fair in the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center on July 30. The event starts at 2:00, but be sure to arrive by 1:30 to get a good seat!

Awards will include best steer, showmanship, and people’s choice. During the event, there will be a “sale” following the same procedures as a typical livestock sale, but without the actual transfer of livestock. Instead, all bids and sale proceeds will be donated to the RMHC.

The mission of RMHC is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Located across the street from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, the Ronald McDonald House serves as a home-away-from-home for families while a child is hospitalized. More than 4,500 families use the facility each year with 82,000 nights of lodging provided. It is also the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world with 137 guest rooms and 120,000 square feet of kitchens, dining areas, play rooms, laundry facilities, a meditation room, exercise room, and informal gathering areas.

Can you imagine what it’s like for a family traveling for childhood medical care? Or if you had to travel for care for your child for two or nine years? RMHC helps miracles thrive. To find out more click on the previous links or visit

Dean's Charity Steer Show

Community Service Opportunities at the Ohio State Fair

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association is looking for enthusiastic volunteers interested in a community service or team building project during the 2019 Ohio State Fair! Volunteer opportunities are available at the Steak Barn or Taste of Ohio Café, from Monday, July 22 through Sunday, August 4. Each volunteer group will receive a complimentary meal, Ohio State Fair admission and a Gate 10 parking pass.

Make a day at the fair with your 4-H Club, FFA Chapter or company team, while also working with producers and industry leaders to promote the beef industry and enjoying all that the state fair has to offer!

Interested? Contact our office at 614-873-6736 or email Stephanie to learn more or sign your group up today! You can view available shifts here. Please note the 2 tabs, one for the Steak Barn which requires 4 volunteers per shift and the Taste of Ohio Cafe tab, which requires 6 volunteers per shift.

Ohio State Fair – Additional Beef Division

The Beef Department has added an Crossbred Breeding Heifer Division, and will show in the 2nd session.

Arrival – Friday, July 26

Show – Sunday, July 28

Released – Sunday, July 28

These animals will be eligible for the Overall Top 5 Heifers during the Final Drive on Saturday, August 3 at the state fair.

Crossbred breeding heifers must be owned by May 1 and will be verified by their 15 digit 840 RFID tag number and DNA submission to the Ohio State Fair by May 1, 2019.   Must be born after January 1, 2018, and make entries into the state fair by June 1.

DNA kits may be requested by email only from Stacey French,  and must be submitted to Stacey French, Agriculture Department –  Crossbred Heifer DNA, 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus OH  43211, by May 1.

If anyone wants to pick up and/or drop off DNA kit, contact Stacey French by email first, stating request, and when they want to come and pick up and/or drop off.

2019 Ohio 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA) Applications Available

  • What: 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA)
  • Who: Individuals age 13-18 (as of January 1 of the year of application) and have at least 1 year prior 4-H experience.
  • Timeframe: Apply by May 15, selection, training, service to OSF, and evaluation.  Complete responsibilities by August 31, 2019.
  • Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):
    • Training-Must attend one of the options for training (July 9 or July 17)
    • 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
  • Teens Receive:
    • 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, 2019-August 31, 2020.  Current TLC members are not eligible to apply for 4HEYA, as they are already fulfilling obligations at the Ohio State Fair.

Questions? Contact Hannah (, Kayla (, or Frances (

Livestock Requirements for Showing in Junior Classes at the Ohio State Fair

If you plan to show livestock in Junior classes at the Ohio State Fair, please be sure to read through the requirements brochure found here.

AN IMPORTANT REMINDER: You must be enrolled in the 4-H project for that species in order to be eligible to show it at the Ohio State Fair, regardless of whether you can show that project at the Hartford Fair. Example: There are no breeding swine classes at the Hartford Fair, but if you wish to show in Junior Breeding Swine at the Ohio State Fair, you MUST be enrolled 140 Swine Breeding Project. If you do not enroll in this project, you would only be eligible to show in Open Swine Breeding classes. Please keep this in mind when choosing your projects for enrollment. You must also meet all the county requirements as well (enrolled by April 1st, attend a Quality Assurance Training by June 1st, be a member in good standing, etc).

If you have questions, please check with us prior to the April 1st enrollment deadline.

Ohio 4-H State Skillathon Team

Do you have youth who are interested in being on the Ohio 4-H State Skillathon Team?

There will be an information session on January 20th, 2019 (2:00 – 4:00 PM) located at the Animal Sciences Building (2029 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210) for those interested in an opportunity to be chosen to represent Ohio during the National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest in Louisville in November.

We encourage everyone who is interested to attend the January session to ask any questions, etc. If you could please RSVP to Elizabeth Share (contact information below) with your intentions to be at the first session on Sunday, January 20th it would be appreciated. Please respond by January 16th, 2019.

Starting in January, practice sessions will be conducted to work on individual and team activities on Sunday afternoons (2:00 – 4:00 PM) located at the Animal Sciences Building (2029 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210).
• Sunday, January 20th (informational, parents are welcome to attend)
• Sunday, February 17th
• Sunday, March 17th
• Sunday, April 14th
• Sunday, May 19th
• July – OSF skillathons
• Sunday, August 18th
• Sunday, September 8th
• Sunday, September 22nd (Mock Contest and selection of team)
• Additional practices in Oct/Nov for team members

The practices in Sept/Oct/Nov are mandatory and you must be able to attend the mock contest to be eligible for the team.

Elizabeth Share, MS
Extension Specialist, 4-H/Youth Development
614-292-0589 Office

Ohio State Fair Livestock Possession Dates

The following applies to those showing livestock at the Ohio State Fair for 2019…

In order to be more consistent with statewide livestock exhibition ownership rules from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio State Fair has modified ownership rules beginning with animals exhibited at the 2019 Ohio State Fair. Specifically, some market animals (swine, lambs, goats and poultry) will have ownership date changes.

To help prepare exhibitors for this change, a list of these modified rules are below. Additional information can be found here.


  • Market beef – January 1
  • Market swine – May 26 (changed for 2019)
  • Market lambs – May 26 (changed for 2019)
  • Market goats – May 26 (changed for 2019)
  • Market rabbits – June 1
  • Market poultry – within 5 days of hatch (changed for 2019)

Breeding animals – dates have not changed for 2019:

  • Breeding Beef – May 1
  • Breeding Swine – June 1
  • Breeding Sheep – June 1
  • Breeding Goats – June 1
  • Breeding Poultry – June 1
  • Breeding rabbits – June 1
  • Dairy Cattle – June 1

2018 Ohio State Fair Results

We are so proud of all of our members who represented Licking County at the Ohio State Fair this year! If you would like to find out the results from the various project judging and competitions, you can find the results on the Ohio State Fair and Ohio 4-H websites.

Non-Livestock Projects (Foods, Clothing & Special Interest Projects):

Livestock and Other Results (Including Open and Junior Divisions):

If you were selected as a winner but were not able to stay for the awards ceremony to pick up your ribbon or trophy, those items should be sent to the Licking County Extension Office some time in the next few weeks. Please call our office at 740.670.5315 to see if we have the awards before you make the trip in.