IMPORTANT: Required Livestock Forms for Hartford Fair

Hartford Junior Fair Livestock and Equine exhibitors 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 5, 2022. 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 6th and before 10:00am on August 7th. Instructions will be displayed throughout the Swine Complex. All MARKET ANIMALS must have forms completed in order to be allowed to weigh-in on the fairgrounds – no exceptions.

DUNF: (all market animals)

UPI Form:  (market steer / heifer, market goat, market lamb, dairy feeders)

Livestock Project Skillathons at the Hartford Fair

All members are encouraged to participate in the Livestock Project Skillathons at the Hartford Fair. Members do NOT have to be entered in a species to participate in the skillathon for that species; all are welcome! Be sure to check the schedule HERE to ensure you know when and where each skillathon will take place as there have been some changes from previous years.


Workdays at the Hartford Fair

Several Hartford Fair departments have upcoming workdays to help get the barns ready for fair week. Please review the departments and days below and see if you can come lend a hand!


A Sheep Barn work night has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 27th at 6:00 p.m. We will meet in the Sheep Barn to work on preparations for the Hartford Fair. Projects include painting the wash rack, installing new pens, and general clean-up of the barn areas. This is quite a bit of work, and much help will be needed!

Items to bring: shovels, rakes  –  and be sure to wear old clothes! There are jobs for all ages and abilities!

We hope that you will mark your calendar and plan to join us! This is a great way to meet others within the Sheep Department, visit with Sheep Improvement Association members, Senior Fair Board members, and get information about happenings at the fair.


A Hog Barn work day has been schedule for Sunday, July 31st at 9:00 a.m. We will meet in the Hog Barn to work on preparations for the Hartford Fair. Bring your brooms, rakes, shovels, leaf blowers, drills, etc. and be sure to wear old clothes!

We hope that you will mark your calendar and plan to join us! This is a great way to meet others within the Swine Department, visit with Senior Fair Board members, and get information about happenings at the fair.

Hartford Fair Verification Letters

Verification Letters for Hartford Fair entries went in the mail on July 7, 2022. Please watch for your letter to arrive in the mail. Once you receive it, please open it immediately and check that all is correct. If you find a mistake or missing entry, reach out to the Hartford Fair Office IMMEDIATELY to have it corrected or to add missing/additional entries. There is a $10 late fee to add on entries at this point. All corrections/additional entries must be made before July 22, 2022. No changes will be made after this date.

If you do not receive your verification letter (within a reasonable time frame for it to be delivered), please check in with the Hartford Fair Office to ensure that they did receive your entries and that your mailing address is correct. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO REVIEW YOUR VERIFICATION LETTERS!

Volunteers Needed for the Taste of Ohio Cafe at the Ohio State Fair

The Ohio Pork Council is in need of volunteers to work the Pork Food Stand in the Taste of Ohio Cafe at the Ohio State Fair.

As a food stand volunteer your group would receive: free admission and parking, an OH Pork shirt, a free meal, and a $100 donation to your club.

Volunteer shifts are at 10:30am-3:30pm and 3:30pm-8:30pm and there are currently open shifts on these days:

  • Wednesday, 7/27 @ 10:30 and 3:30
  • Saturday, 7/30 @ 10:30 and 3:30
  • Sunday, 7/31 @ 10:30 and 3:30
  • Wednesday, 8/3 @ 10:30
  • Thursday, 8/4 @ 3:30
  • Saturday 8/6 @ 10:30 and 3:30
  • Sunday 8/7 @ 10:30 and 3:30

If you have questions, please reach out to Kylie Ramirez at

I’ve Submitted My Fair Entries… Now What?

Hopefully you were able to submit your fair entries by the June 18th deadline. The next step will be to check your verification letters when they arrive. All entries (open and junior classes) will be mailed verification letters. Those letters will be going out in the mail late next week so please be sure to watch for them. Once they arrive, please take the time to review them to ensure that they are correct. If you find an error, you must contact the Hartford Fair Office before Friday, July 22nd to have the correction made. NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE AFTER JULY 22, 2022.

A few thing to keep in mind…

  • For Junior Fair Entries (4-H specifically), the address listed in 4-HOnline is the address that will be used to mail your entries. If you have moved since you completed your 4-H enrollment, if you forgot to update your address when completing your enrollment, OR if your mailing address is a PO Box but you have your physical address listed in 4-HOnline, you will need to correct that immediately. Please reach out to Adrienne Anderson at to have your address updated. She will then reach out to the fair office with your corrected address.
  • If you do not receive your verification letter or you will be out of town or unable to check your mail, please know that you can reach out to Beth at the fair office. She would be happy to provide you with the information so that you are able to confirm that your entries are correct.
  • We encourage members to have their advisors look over their verification letters to help catch any mistakes or issues.
  • PLEASE take the time to check and confirm that your entries are correct. Checking for and correcting mistakes now will set members up to have a good experience come fair time.

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Ohio State Fair Virtual Skillathon Registration

Registration is now open for the Ohio State Fair Virtual Skillathon Contests. These contests are a great way to participate in the Ohio State Fair skillathon program without having to attend the fair in person. Registration to participate is due by June 21st and can be completed be visiting Members are NOT required to be enrolled in a species project to participate so all 4-H and FFA youth are encouraged to participate!

Please note: outstanding breeding exhibitors (goat, sheep, swine, and beef) must complete the virtual skillathon to be eligible for OBE.

LAST CHANGE: Quality Assurance Requirement Due!

Licking County Livestock Project Members (beef | dairy | dairy feeder | goat | poultry | rabbit | sheep | swine)…

Please remember that all 4-H and FFA members taking livestock projects must complete their Quality Assurance requirement by June 1st of each year to be eligible to show at the Hartford Fair and/or the Ohio State Fair. If you have not attended a QA training, please know that your only option at this point to meet that requirement is to complete the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) online training course.

To complete the YQCA training course, please visit to register and complete the course. There is a $12 fee to utilize the YQCA training module. Instructions on how to do so can be found HERE. Once completed, please email a copy of your completion certificate to Lisa McCutcheon at so that we can give you credit for your QA requirement. If you utilize this option, PLEASE allow enough time to complete it before the June 1st deadline. The certificates are timestamped and any certificate with a June 2nd date or later will not meet our QA requirement.

If you are no longer planning to take any livestock projects this year, please reach out to Adrienne Anderson at to have those projects removed from your enrollment.