Don’t Forget! Achievement Award Forms Due October 15th

Are you at least 14 years of age, or will be 14 years of age by January 1, 2022? Then we have just what you need!

You are now eligible for county, state and national project award recognition, selection to attend 2022 state and national trips, and possibly even the opportunity to apply for scholarships as a high school senior! All of these opportunities are available to YOU – but you have to apply for them! The deadline to apply is Friday, October 15th, and all of the 2021-2022 application materials can be found on our Teen Opportunities page.

2021 Ohio National Poultry Show

The Ohio National Poultry Show will be held on November 13-14, 2021 at the Voinovich Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. This is a great opportunity for youth to get some extra experience showing their birds and to meet other participants from across the state. Entries are due by Tuesday, October 12, 2021 so don’t delay if you are interested in participating. More information can be found on the Ohio National website.

REMINDER: Forms Due for Hartford Fair Livestock

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: go.osu.edu/2021HartfordDUNF

United Producer’s Feeding Form: go.osu.edu/HartfordProducerForm

Ractopamine Affidavit: go.osu.edu/HartfordHogForm

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.

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: go.osu.edu/2021HartfordDUNF

United Producer’s Feeding Form: go.osu.edu/HartfordProducerForm

Ractopamine Affidavit: go.osu.edu/HartfordHogForm

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).

Hartford Fair Small Animal Complex Buyer Signs Update

Small Animal Complex Buyer Signs:

Exhibitors are welcome to create buyer thank you signs to be hung in the Rabbit and Poultry Barn. Please turn in posters to the Senior Fair Board during your designated weigh-in (Poultry-Sunday and Rabbits-Monday). Due to safety; Senior Fair Board will be hanging all Buyer Thank You Signs.

Please review the rules below as you are creating your signs for the 2021 fair.

Buyer Thank You Signage Rules:

    • Signs should be constructed on a half poster board sheet (14”X 22”) signs.
    • Please laminate or cover with clear contact paper.
    • NO full poster board size or larger signs permitted to allow for enough space and proper airflow. Signs NOT meeting the size requirement will NOT be hung.
    • We encourage exhibitors to create flat and disposable signage. Signs will be hung flat against walls and taken down after the sale on the final Saturday.

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.