REMINDER: 2024 Livestock Quality Assurance Trainings

UPDATE: The April 2nd Training at Licking Valley is CANCELLED!

Hartford Fair Livestock Quality Assurance (QA) Trainings for 2024 are in full swing! Any junior fair exhibitor that plans to show livestock at either the Hartford Fair or Ohio State Fair MUST complete an approved QA training by June 1, 2024 in order to be eligible to show in 2024. We are excited to return to holding QA trainings IN PERSON this year. Please review the Junior Fair Livestock Quality Assurance Guidelines for all requirements and a list of approved trainings. Please ensure you have a plan to either attend an in-person training or complete the online YQCA module BEFORE June 1, 2024.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Photos for fair IDs will NOT be taken at QA programs in 2024. We will have a process similar to last year where members will be able to upload a photo themselves instead of having photos taken by fair staff. More details on that to come at a later date!
  • There will NOT be a Horse Safety and Ethics training option during the QA trainings. ALL horse members will be required to complete the online EquiSTEP training module. More details can be found HERE.
  • Only Licking County 4-H/FFA Quality Assurance Programs will address program changes and updated for the Hartford Fair. If you choose to attend another QA program or complete the YQCA online module, please ensure that you are watching for updates through the Licking County Extension and Hartford Fair websites and that you check in with your advisor(s) for updates and changes as well.

Ohio 4-H Seeking Teens to Serve as 4-H Event Youth Assistants

  • 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, 2024.
  • Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):
    • Training – Must attend one of the options for training (July 10 or July 18)
      • Please note: individuals MUST attend one of the training options. This is not negotiable. If you know you are unable to attend a training option before applying, it is best to wait another year before applying to serve in this capacity.
    • Events – Must work a minimum of 3 events at the Ohio State Fair; may work more if desired
  • Program Fee: $25/person (paid at go.osu.edu/4HEYA25);
  • 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, 2024-August 31, 2025. Current TLC members are not eligible to apply for 4HEYA, as they are already fulfilling obligations at the Ohio State Fair.
  • Questions? Contact Frances (foos.61@osu.edu) or Sara (Deakin.5@osu.edu)

2024 Quality Assurance Trainings

The first Hartford Fair Livestock Quality Assurance (QA) Training for 2024 will take place soon! Any junior fair exhibitor that plans to show livestock at either the Hartford Fair or Ohio State Fair MUST complete an approved QA training by June 1, 2024 in order to be eligible to show in 2024. We are excited to return to holding QA trainings IN PERSON this year. Please review the Junior Fair Livestock Quality Assurance Guidelines for all requirements and a list of approved trainings. Please ensure you have a plan to either attend an in-person training or complete the online YQCA module BEFORE June 1, 2024.

Our first county-wide program will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 6:30pm at Watkins Memorial High School.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Photos for fair IDs will NOT be taken at QA programs in 2024. We will have a process similar to last year where members will be able to upload a photo themselves instead of having photos taken by fair staff. More details on that to come at a later date!
  • There will NOT be a Horse Safety and Ethics training option during the QA trainings. ALL horse members will be required to complete the online EquiSTEP training module. More details can be found HERE.
  • Only Licking County 4-H/FFA Quality Assurance Programs will address program changes and updated for the Hartford Fair. If you choose to attend another QA program or complete the YQCA online module, please ensure that you are watching for updates through the Licking County Extension and Hartford Fair websites and that you check in with your advisor(s) for updates and changes as well.

Ohio State Fair Dog Show Update

The Ohio State Fair Dog Show will take place JUNE 17-19, 2024 in the Voinovich Center. The deadline for DOG PROJECTS ONLY for the Ohio State Fair will be May 21, 2024 at 1:00pm and can be made through the Ohio State Fair entry at http://ohiostatefair.com/livestock.

The Ohio State Fair Agility Trial will take place on JULY 24, 2024 in Taft Coliseum. Entries for AGILITY TRIAL ONLY will be due on June 21, 2024 at 1:00pm and can be made by visiting: https://go.osu.edu/OSFAgilityEntries when available.

All information about the schedule of classes and entry information can be found at https://go.osu.edu/OSFDogs.

2024 Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board

The Ohio State Fair is seeking members to join the 2024 Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board. The deadline to submit applications is fast approaching!

Are you between the ages of 16-20 and a member of:
  • Ohio 4-H
  • Ohio FFA
  • Ohio Farm Bureau
  • Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Or any other Career Technical Organization

Then check out our page to see if you would be a good fit for our team!

Ohio State Fair Updates

If you are planning to exhibit livestock or participate in the dog shows at the Ohio State Fair, please review the information below to ensure you are aware of changes and updates for the 2024 Ohio State Fair.

General:

  • Exhibitors MUST be enrolled in the project they want to exhibit at the state fair, even if the county doesn’t offer it at fair (i.e., swine breeding).
  • All Junior Exhibitors must enter their projects online, details available on the OSF website.
    • No late market or breeding (new 2024) entries

Ownership deadlines changed:

MARKET ANIMALS –

  • Market beef – January 1
  • Market swine – May 23
  • Market lambs – May 23
  • Market goats – May 1
  • Dairy feeders – June 1
  • Market rabbits – June 1
  • Market poultry – within 5 days of hatch

BREEDING ANIMALS –

  • Breeding Beef – May 22
  • Breeding Swine – May 22
  • Breeding Sheep – May 22
  • Breeding Goats – May 16
  • Breeding Poultry – May 31
  • Breeding rabbits – May 31
  • Dairy Cattle – May 22

BEEF Department

  • All cattle must arrive with 840 EID in place
    • 15-digit number starting with 840
    • Breeding can use tattoo as SECONDARY ID
  • BVD testing required for all cattle
    • exception of Commercial Cattle
    • One test good for lifetime
  • BEEF BREEDING
    • Crossbred breeding heifers will be required to submit a DNA packet with 840 EID tag information, reach out to Andi Hershey for packets (a.hershey@expo.ohio.gov )
    • Due Date: Postmarked by June 1st

DOG Department

  • Show starts, June 17th

SWINE Department:

  • The Jr Swine Show requires ALL hogs to have:
    • 840 tag
    • Premise ID
  • To exhibit breeding swine, must be enrolled in the project at the county level

Ohio State Fair Results for Non-Livestock Projects

Congratulations to all of our Licking County 4-H members who won with their project work at the 2023 Ohio State Fair!

Clock Trophy: Top individual in the project.

Rachel Crego – The Global Gourmet

Kinsey Duzan – Shooting Sports: Shotgun

Shelby Heist – Shooting Sports: Rifle

Natalie Jungers – Teens on the Road to Financial Success

Kathryn Keller – Sundresses & Jumpers *Rising Star Award Finalist*

Lucy MacLaren – Shopping Savvy

Georgia McDaniel – Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Emily Reimer – Why Trees Matter

 

Outstanding of the Day: Top 20% in the project.

Aubrey Barger – Leadership Road Trip

Aubrey Barger – Shooting Sports: Archery

Mary Busic – Science Fun with Dairy Foods

Luke Crego – Let’s Bake Quick Breads

Lauren Dusthimer – Let’s Start Cooking

Bryce Henry – Crank It Up

James Keller – First Aid In Action

Natalie Lane – Makeover My Space

Hannah Lucas – Keeping Fit

Isabelle MacLaren – Sew Fun

Georgia McDaniel – Yeast Breads on the Rise

Aubrey Mincks – Self Determined: Natural Resources

Sophie Meyer – Sew Fun

Link Osborn – Magic of Electricity

Rebekah Prokop – Family History Treasure Hunt

Samantha Rayer – Next Level Photography

Emily Reimer – Snack Attack!

Kennedy Reimer – Geology: Can You Dig It?

Lydia Reimer – Sports Nutrition: Ready, Set, Go!

Kelsey Slot – Look Great for Less

John Thompson – Explore the Outdoors

Ohio State Fair Results

We have many Licking County 4-H members who will be competing with their projects at the Ohio State Fair. Results from these competitions can be found on two different websites depending on the project area. Livestock and Horse competition results will be posted on the Ohio State Fair Website. Non-Livestock competition results will be posted on the Ohio 4-H Website. Results are typically posted the day after the competition takes place. Best of luck to all of our Licking County 4-H members!

Ohio State Fair Educational Assistant Needed

The 2023 Ohio State Fair is just a little over a month away! In the past years, hundreds of thousands of our closest friends gathered to make memories and enjoy their fair favorites – food, the butter cow, a visit with Smokey Bear, a performance by the All-Ohio State Fair Band or choir, or a run in the show ring. The 2023 Ohio State Fair will be back in full swing including state level 4-H project judging.

Applications are being accepted for Educational Assistants for the 2023 Ohio State Fair. This is a paid position. The first day of work would be around July 24 and ending on August 7.  Applicants must be available to work the entire run of the state fair. This is a great, short-term job opportunity for college students who are home for the summer.

Non-OSU students: https://osu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/OSUCareers/job/Columbus-Campus/XMLNAME-4-H-Educational-Student-Assistant_R44517-1

OSU students: https://www.myworkday.com/osu/d/inst/15$392530/9925$154254.htmld