Paulding County Junior Fairboard Applications Now Available

The Paulding County Junior Fairboard has released the Junior Fairboard application for all youth in Paulding County who participate in a youth organization within Paulding County.  Youth interested in applying must be 14 years of age as of 1/1/2021 or a freshman in high school.  This opportunity is a great way for youth to become more active in our community, meet friends from across the county, and learn skills that they will use for the rest of their life.  The Paulding County Junior Fairboard is the governing body of the Paulding County Junior Fair and oversees all Junior Fair related activities during the week of the fair.  The Junior Fairboard is also responsible for prepping the fairgrounds for all Junior Fair events.  All youth interested in this opportunity must complete an application which can be found below.  Please note that the deadline for applications is Monday, September 7th by 4:30 pm.  Youth or parents who have questions about the Paulding County Junior Fairboard can contact Tony Miller at 419-203-1673, Pam White at 419-551-1048, or Michael Schweinsberg at 419-399-8225.  Questions in e-mail format can be sent to

2020-2021 Paulding County Junior Fairboard Application

2020 Paulding County Jr. Fair Buyer Add-On Packet Now Available

The link below will open the 2020 Paulding County Jr. Fair Buyer Add-On packet.  On behalf of all Paulding County youth and volunteers, we thank you for your continued support of our 4-H and FFA youth.  Please note that the address for payment has changed for this year.  The address to send the form and payment is located on the add-on form.

2020 Buyer Add-On Packet

Important Information About the Final 2020 Animal Survey

This Saturday, June 6th at 11:59 pm is the hard deadline to submit the final animal survey.  If you do not submit the survey by the deadline you will not be eligible for add-on’s or premium money.  If you completed all the requirements to date for your livestock project you would have received an e-mail from 4-H Online with the link this past Tuesday morning.  If you did not receive the link please e-mail Michael and he can send you a new link.

Ohio Cheviot Breeders Association Jim Cluff Memorial Starter Flock Award

The Ohio Cheviot Breeders Association (OCBA) is seeking applicants for the Jim Cluff Memorial Starter Flock Award.

The OCBA started the contest in 1994 to award a Cheviot starter flock to an Ohio youth up to 17 years of age. The purpose of the award is to introduce the youth to the enjoyment of raising and owning a purebred Cheviot sheep, as well as encouraging the growth of new Cheviot breeders in Ohio.

The contest winner will receive the following: a one-year membership in the OCBA, one bred ewe the first year, one ram the second year and in the third year the youth will donate a lamb to continue the award.

The application deadline is September 30th. For an application and contest rules please contact the Ohio Cheviot Breeders Association Starter Flock Committee Chairperson, Tabitha Weisend, at 740-459-9751 or

Final Animal Survey Has Been Sent

If you have completed all of the requirements to date regarding the completion of your animal project, you have been sent an e-mail with the link to the final animal survey.  This survey is due no later than Saturday, June 6th at 11:59 pm.  Late submissions may not be accepted.  If we do not receive the survey, your name will not appear in the add-on listing.  If you completed all of your animal project requirements and did not get a survey e-mailed to you, please e-mail Michael at or call 419-399-8225.

2020 Online Skillathon

If you were registered for a livestock project on Wednesday, May 27th, you received an e-mail about Skillathon.  Completing Skillathon is a requirement for project completion.  Online Skillathon can be found by clicking on the tab above or clicking on the link below.  Skillathon must be complete by Sunday, May 31st by 11:59pm.  Not completing Skillathon by this date and time will make you ineligible for add-ons and premiums.

2020 Online Skillathon

Livestock Project Survey

If you are completing a livestock project for 4-H or FFA this year, you will need to complete the Livestock Project Survey, which is linked below.  This survey will help us to build our add-on list as well as help to identify how many animals we will be expecting for the packers.  This survey will need to be completed by Sunday, May 24th at 11:50 pm.  If you have decided to drop any of your projects for the year and have not already contacted Michael, please do so.  The best way to take care of this is by e-mailing

Livestock Project Survey


2020 Paulding County Junior Fair Contingency Plan Update

Please join Dan Howell, Tony Miller, and Michael Schweinsberg on Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 pm to learn about the 2020 Paulding County Junior Fair contingency plans for all livestock projects.  This update will be recorded for anyone not able to attend the meeting on Thursday.  The link for the meeting is below.

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Announcement About the 2020 Paulding County Junior Fair

Below is a video announcing the cancellation of the Paulding County Junior Fair for 2020.  This was an extremely difficult decision for all involved and many tears were shed.  We are Paulding County Strong and we will get through these times.  Please understand, 4-H has NOT been cancelled for this year.  We are still planning some amazing things for the summer.

Filly Give-Away


Picture of fillyWe are excited to announce a filly give-away in Paulding County.

All applications will be anonymously reviewed by a panel of judges that do not reside in Paulding County.  There is no up-front cost to apply but there are minimum requirements that must be upheld.  These requirements include:

  1. The applicant must be a Paulding County, Ohio resident who is 18 years of age or younger.
  2. The applicant must be a current 4-H or FFA member or be willing to become a member of one of these organizations.
  3. The applicant must complete the Horse Project in either 4-H or FFA and show the filly in at least one class at the 2021 Paulding County Junior Fair.
  4. The applicant must understand and be willing to assume complete care of the filly, including but not limited to: housing, feed, proper veterinary care, etc.

Applicants must complete this application form, including all required signatures, as well as answer all essay questions to the best of their ability.  Completed applications and essay answers will need to be e-mailed to by 4:30 pm on June 1, 2020.  The winning applicant will be announced on June 20, 2020.  Delivery of the filly will be arranged with the applicant and family on or before August 1, 2020.

Application for the Filly Give-Away: 2020 Filly Give-Away

This filly give-away is generously sponsored by Haviland Drainage Products.

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Virtual Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge

Do you have a Cloverbud in your home?  If so, this is a great activity for them to keep busy.  The message below came from Ohio 4-H.  The linked website gives all the necessary information to complete this challenge.

With the new restrictions on programming in June, we have shifted gears and are now offering the Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge for all Cloverbuds to participate individually instead of as a team/club – no registration required. Individual Cloverbuds can construct their models with LEGO’s or whatever kind of interlocking blocks they have available. Then they can send a picture to us for display in a virtual gallery on the state 4-H website. A certificate will also be emailed to each participant. The deadline is June 13, 2020.

Please share this information with your families. This is a great opportunity for Cloverbuds to participate since they don’t have projects to work on right now. All the details can be found at the website:

Market Rabbit Projects

I have been asked to clarify the possession requirements for all market rabbit projects.  Market rabbits do not have to be in the possession of the youth until May 19th.  On this date, a rabbit identification form will be made available and youth will have until May 22nd to complete the form and submit the required pictures.  Rabbit tattooing will take place during fair move-in.

Quality Assurance

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has waived the face-to-face Quality Assurance rule for this fair season.  This does not mean that livestock participants get a free pass.  All youth livestock exhibitors are still required to complete Quality Assurance prior to the start of the Paulding County Junior Fair.  To complete the Quality Assurance requirement, we have been authorized to conduct virtual Quality Assurance trainings for all exhibitors that did not complete the QA training in January.  These trainings will take place using ZOOM and are limited to 40 registrants at a time.  The following dates and times are available in Paulding County: May 5th at 9:00 am, May 7th at 2:00 pm, May 11th at 9:00 am, May 13th at 3:00 pm, and May 16th at 9:00 am.  The link below will take you to the registration page where you will register for your preferred training date.

Quality Assurance Registration

Livestock Identification

Many questions have been received regarding Livestock Tagging for the Paulding County Junior Fair.  The first scheduled tagging date was postponed until April 18th due to the stay-at-home order.  Now that the stay-at-home order has been extended until at least May 1st, the Paulding County Livestock Committee has decided that tagging will once again be postponed.  Tagging will now take place at fair move-in.  Youth were still required to have their market project animal in possession on April 4th.  To ensure that youth have their project animal identified, a form will need to be completed by the exhibitor.  This form asks for basic identification information and requires the submission of 2 pictures.  One picture is of the youth with their animal and the other picture is a close-up view of an identifying mark on the animal.  The form has more information on what to take a picture of.  This form can be found by clicking the link below or clicking the link at the top of our blog site titled “Market Livestock Identification Form”.  A password is required to open the form for security purposes.  The password will be e-mailed to all youth who need to complete the form.  If you do not have the password, please contact Michael or your club adviser to obtain it.  The following projects are required to complete this form no later than Friday, April 17th:  Market Hogs, Market Goats, Market Sheep, All Feeder Projects.

Market Livestock Identification Form

Project Book Update and Open Project Enrollment

Ohio 4-H has asked all counties to re-open the project enrollment date for 2020.  Starting immediately, all currently enrolled 4-H youth in Paulding County are able to make changes to the projects they have selected.  If you would like to fill your time working on an additional project or two, ordered your project book but did not receive it before the stay-at-home order went into effect, have found that completing the project you have selected is not able to happen due to the stay-at-home order, or the financial risk of completing the livestock project you selected is too great, we have some amazing opportunities for you.  Ohio 4-H has made some pretty awesome project books available for free for all Ohio 4-H members for this year.  You can check out these books by visiting to find the perfect stay-at-home project for you.  If you are interested in adding one of these projects or dropping one of your current projects, please contact Michael via e-mail as

If you previously selected a project and are determined to complete it, Ohio 4-H and University Publishing are working on finding ways for you to obtain your project book.  Books are able to be purchased directly from University Publishing but at a higher cost than ordering through our Extension Office.  Ohio 4-H is currently working on trying to get coupon codes in order to bring the cost down.  If you are interested in ordering a project book directly, please hold off until the coupon codes are made available.  A blog post will be made as soon as the coupons are available.

Still Project Update

Due to the University enforcing a no contact order until July 6th, we will not be holding Still Project judging the week of the Paulding County Junior Fair.  Decisions on how and when Still Project judging will take place are continuing to be discussed.  At the earliest, all still projects will be judged the week of July 6th.  A defined schedule will be developed regarding specific project judging times.  Also changing this year is how project judging will take place.  Instead of in-person interviews, all still projects will be judged utilizing ZOOM.  If you have registered for a still project this year you will be receiving more detailed information on specifics as we enter the summer months.  If you registered for a still project and did not receive a book before the stay-at-home order went into effect, please read our blog post titled “Project Book Update and Open Project Enrollment” for more information on possible solutions for you.

Livestock Project Cost

We understand that COVID-19 has made a major impact in our lives.  From being told to stay at home to the uncertainties of finances, we are all under a lot of stress.  At this time, the Paulding County Agricultural Society is planning for the Paulding County Junior Fair.  While planning is taking place and everyone is hopeful that we will be able to exhibit our livestock, we all need to be mindful of the possibility that the fair could be cancelled by our state leaders.  We are not able to make decisions for you regarding your livestock project but we do want to be sure you have taken the time to think about the financial impact of your project.  Are there ways you will be able to cut the cost of raising your livestock project in 2020?  This could mean that you switch from show feed to a less costly option, decide to stick with the old show equipment and attire instead of getting new, or learning how to clip and shear your livestock project on your own instead of paying someone to do it. With all of the unknowns and no guarantees of having a fair or livestock sale, it is very important to consider these and other questions as you work toward project completion.