Everything You Need to Know About the Marion County Fair!

Aside from 4-H camp, the county fair was one of the annual highlights of the summer for me. It’s an exciting time of year, but also a little hectic, too. Below is a link of important information that you’ll need to know about the upcoming activities to help plan for the 2017 Marion County Fair. The PDF does allow you to click various hyperlinks to provide additional information.

It’s a great time to remember what 4-H is all about, along with the purpose of the county fair. The fair is full of ribbons, trophies, and winners, but most importantly it’s a place of learning.

The 4-H program isn’t about making the first place project, but it’s about creating a first place kid! Winners at the fair and project judging are those who make an effort to make new friends, those who help a younger or less-experienced exhibitor and work to “make the best better.”

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the upcoming activities, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of your club advisors, adult volunteers, follow 4-H members or the Extension Office.

Through 4-H,

 IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ADVISORS, 4-H MEMBERS & PARENTS

 

 

Changes to Fair Check-in Traffic Flow for Goats, Sheep and Swine Projects

In hopes of improving the efficiency of show program preparation for various species and also to help the traffic flow in the afternoon during fair check-in, the following changes have been made:

General Information:

Trailers must ONLY enter through the West Gate from N. State Street and exit from the south end of the fairgrounds. Traffic patterns for each species are available here: goat; sheep; and swine.

  • The vet will look at every animal. Blankets must be removed from sheep and goats prior to vet inspection and scrapie papers must be completed. Scrapie forms are here.
  • If your trailer will have multiple species (hogs, sheep and goats), hog projects must be unloaded first and sheep and/or goat projects may be haltered and walked to the designated barns.
  • Each trailer will have no more than 10 minutes to unload animals.
  • We strongly encourage that tack be brought in prior to check-ins on Saturday, July 1 or Sunday, July 2 after 8 p.m.
  • Due to the traffic pattern for check-in, tack and tent areas will not be permitted to set-up until 8 p.m. Sunday, July 2.

Project Check-in Times:

  • Sheep check-in will take place 8 – 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 2.
  • Goat check-in will take place 8 – 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 2.
  • Swine check-in will take place 7:30 a.m. – Noon on Sunday, July 2.

Project weigh-in and exhibitor meetings are the same as past years. Check your 2017 Marion County 4-H Master Calendar!

If you have any questions, please contact Mark McCabe 740-360-1103 or your project advisors.

 

 

Special Opportunities for Teen 4-H Members

There are many opportunities to add to your 4-H experience. Below are just a few of the ways to be more involved with the county 4-H program and be recognized for your hard work!

 

Outstanding 4-H Boy and Girl
Applicants must be 16 or older as of January 1, 2017

The Outstanding 4-H Boy and Girl Award winners will soon be selected.  In an effort to include everyone eligible complete the enclosed cover page and include it as the first page in your 4-H Member Record Book and  return it to the Marion County Extension office no later than Friday, June 16, 4:30 p.m.  Interviews will be Tuesday, June 20, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the OSU Extension office, on a first come, first served basis. The winners receive $100 and a very unique award annually for the ”Outstanding Marion County 4-H Girl and Boy.” This award can only be won one time. Click here for the application.

 

Marion County Jr.Fair King and Queen
Applicants for King and Queen must be 16 or older as of January 1, 2017

Please complete the application and return it to the Extension office no later than Friday, June 16, 4:30 p.m. Interviews will be Tuesday, June 20, starting at 7:00 p.m., on a first come first served basis, at the Extension office. Up to five king finalists and five queen finalists will be selected at the interviews. Jr Fair exhibitors will vote on these finalists on Saturday, July 1, and Sunday, July 2 at the Junior Fair Board Office. Click here for the application.

 

Marion County Jr. Fair Prince and Princess
Applicants for Prince and Princess must be 13-15 as of January 1, 2017

Please complete the application and return it to the Extension office no later than Friday, June       16, 4:30 p.m. Interviews will be Tuesday, June 20, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the OSU Extension office and will be on a first come first served basis. Up to five princess and five prince finalists will be selected at the interviews.  Junior fair exhibitors will vote on these finalists on Saturday, July 1, and Sunday, July 2 at the Junior Fair Board Office. Click here for the application.

 

Fair Board Superintendent
Applicants must be 14 or older as of January 1, 2017

The Jr. Fair Board needs young adults that: 1) are dedicated to working to organize, conduct and improve Jr. Fair events; 2) must be able to attend all Jr. Fair Board meetings (September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May and June) for the full two year term; 3) will be able to be at the fair daily and complete the department responsibilities before and during the fair for both years of the 2-year term; 4) possess the confidence and leadership skills to conduct related department responsibilities before and during the fair; and 5) be at least 14 years of age as of January 1, 2017. They must also be a member at time of application and maintain active membership in one of the youth organizations participating in Jr. Fair. If you meet these qualifications’, complete the application and return it to the OSU Extension office or to the Jr. Fair Board Office by the completion of fair week.  Selections are made after the fair. Click here for application.

 

4-H Outstanding Seamstress & 4-H Outstanding Nutritionist

Eligibility: Members must have completed at least six years of their respective 4-H clothing or food projects. The judges will select the awards based on past experience, present project quality, efforts in teaching others, and knowledge of subject areas.

Outstanding Nutritionist interviews will be Monday, June 27. Outstanding Seamstress interviews will be Tuesday, June 28. A time schedule will be sent with nutrition and clothing judging information. Applications available at the Extension office.

Fair Shirt Order Forms are Now Available

The fair shirt order form is now available! This year’s shirt will be purple with white ink. Click here to download a copy.

Prices:

  • Youth sizes small-large are $10
  • Adult sizes small – Xlarge are $10.
  • Adult 2X are $11.
  • Adult 3X are $12.

Turn this form and payment in to the Marion County Extension Office located at 222 W Center St. by June 9, 2017.  Checks payable to:  Marion Co. Junior Fair Board

 

Information Regarding the 2017 Marion County Jr. Fair Livestock Sale

The 2017 Marion County Jr. Fair Livestock Sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 8 at 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Evers Arena on the Marion County Fairgrounds. Click here for more information about the Jr. Livestock Sale and information to share with local businesses, family and friends!

 

 

 

 

Registration Open for Cloverbud Day Camp

Marion County 4-H Cloverbud Day Camp is scheduled for Thurs., June 15 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Registrations must be returned to the Marion County Extension Office by May 31. The cost to participate is $15.00.

  • Cloverbud Day Camp is for youth ages 5-8 (kindergarten to second grade as of Jan. 1).
  • This year’s them is “Kitchen Chemistry.”
  • Campers will need to bring a sack lunch the day of camp.
  • Click here to print off a registration form.

A minimum of 15 campers is required for camp to be held. Click here for event flyer.

For more information, contact the OSU Extension Office in Marion at 740-223-4040 or visit marion.osu.edu.

 

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