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:

United Producer’s Feeding Form:

Ractopamine Affidavit:

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: 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:

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

2021 Rabbit and Poultry Fun Show

Calling all Rabbit and Poultry Exhibitors! The Youth Rabbit and Poultry Clinic and Fun Show will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at the Hartford Fairgrounds in the Hondros Family Beef Barn. This is great opportunity to practice showing your animals to be better prepared for fair. All the details including entry fee and schedule can be found here.

REMINDER: 2021 Rabbit and Poultry Royalty Applications Due

Licking County Rabbit Royalty Contest Application – Entry Deadline: Wednesday, May 19, 2021.  Mail applications to: Sonia Tilley, 10630 Baker Road, St. Louisville, OH  43071.

Licking County Poultry Royalty Contest Application – Entry Deadline: Friday, May 21, 2021.  Mail application to: Sarah Henry 11413 Blue Jay Road, Newark, OH 43056

Virtual Poultry Clinic for Backyard Poultry Production

Learn the basics of raising backyard chickens, ducks and more! This virtual clinic would make a great learning opportunity for those taking 4-H poultry projects or anyone who would like to learn more about raising poultry. The clinic will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 6:30pm on Zoom. You can find connection info and contact information for the presenters here: 2021 Backyard Poultry Clinic.