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
Facilitators Needed for Ohio State Fair Skillathons: More than 1,300 FFA and 4-H youth participated in nine animal species skillathons last year. We need your help to facilitate the Ohio State Fair skillathons, which include: beef, sheep, swine, dairy, horse, goat, poultry, dog, and rabbit. Please click on the following link and complete the survey to indicate your availability and interest: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDq6ouGJTxT4qQR
Volunteers (18 years old and not in 4-H or FFA) for the skillathons are responsible for facilitating a station. A station requires youth to perform a series of tasks to test their knowledge about a subject related to the species. Facilitators are not required to have broad experience or knowledge about the species. If you agree to volunteer, we will send a follow-up letter in July with parking and admission passes, as well as additional facilitator information.
Check out the Licking County Rabbit and Poultry Committee Newsletter! The newsletter contains upcoming events, information you will need to know, and tips for members taking rabbit and/or poultry projects.
April Newsletter: https://licking.osu.edu/sites/licking/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/LivestockResources/April2018Rabbit%26PoultryNewsletter.pdf
Please remember that members who take livestock projects must attend a Livestock Quality Assurance Training each year in order to be eligible to show at the Hartford Fair. All 4-H Horse Project members must take a Horse Safety & Ethics training their first year of enrolling in a horse project. The following dates are still available for members to attend in Licking County. There are also several state and out-of-county opportunities for members to attend. Licking County members must have completed this training by June 1st.
March 14th ~ 6:30 p.m. ~ OSU-N/COTC – Founder’s Hall
April 10th ~ 6:30 p.m. ~ Northridge High School
April 26th ~ 6:30 p.m. ~ Utica High School
May 7th ~ 6:30 p.m. ~ OSU-N/COTC – Founder’s Hall
May 12th ~ 6:30 p.m. ~ OSU-N/COTC – Founder’s Hall