Fair Board’s decision to pursue the planning of a Jr. Fair – What does this mean?

What is Jr. Fair as it relates to 4-H?

With the announcement that our Fair Board plans to pursue the planning of a Jr. Fair, we wanted to make sure you all understood what that meant.

Jr. Fair consists of all the different 4-H projects that are either judged, displayed, shown, marketed etc. at the County Fair. This means every youth enrolled in Portage County 4-H could have the opportunity to showcase what they learned this year with their 4-H projects. We know things continue to evolve and change daily, so this could change. But what we do know, is we are very appreciative and supportive of our Fair Board for wanting to move forward with the possibility that we can help showcase all of your hard work this year!

Many, many more things will now have to be decided like, how are life skills (non-livestock/non-animal projects) going to be displayed? How will shows look? Will it be show and go, or will animals be there over a few days? Who will be allowed to go the fair to watch? How many days and what are the fair dates?

We understand that sometimes making a decision like this brings up a hundred other questions, but just know that we will work very closely with the Fair Board and 4-H committees and appreciate their support of 4-H and the Jr. Fair!

Please continue to be patient and show grace during this time. We will let you know more information as soon as we can.

Portage County Randolph Fair UPDATE

June 3, 2020

The Portage County Board of Directors appreciates your understanding during these difficult times. We are uncertain what the future will hold for our County fairs as many questions are still unanswered.
At this time we have decided to proceed with planning for a Junior Fair following state, local and health guidelines. During this planning process safety of all remains our top priority. The Board of Directors will work with County 4-H leaders, numerous volunteers, local fire, health and sheriff’s departments.
Details will be determined over the next few weeks and communicated as soon as possible. We request your patience and understanding during this time.

Tracey Koszalka
President, Portage County Randolph Fair

No 4-H State Fair Project Judging – There will be a Showcase!

Due to COVID-19 and in alignment with the cancellation of the Ohio State Fair, there will be no 4-H state fair project judging this year.

However, we know how important it is to recognize 4-H members for the time and effort in completing their projects. While we are still working on the details, we are excited to announce there will be an Ohio 4-H Project Showcase. All members will be invited to submit a photo of themselves with their 4-H project. These photos will be added to a gallery page on the state 4-H website and we’re working on plans to highlight members in additional ways.

We’ll share the information about posting photos by June 15.

Do you have questions about your clothing and textiles 4-H project?

Have questions about your clothing and textiles 4-H project? 

4-H Master Clothing Educator Volunteers will be available live via Zoom to answer 4-H members’ questions and share sewing skills and techniques. They will also be available to answer questions about quilting basics and techniques.

Pam Montgomery, 4-H Extension Educator in Morgan County, who works with this group of 4-H MCE volunteers, has the following dates and times scheduled. She will be monitoring the meetings. There is no need to preregister. The Zoom connection information is below.


Dates and Times

  • June 4 (Thurs): 10:30 am- 12 pm
  • June 8 (Mon):  3:30 -5 pm
  • June 30 (Tues):  1-2:30 pm
  • July (Wed): 8: 1-2:30 pm


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Portage County Junior Fair Market Livestock Sale Exhibitor Scholarship

 Portage County Junior Fair Market Livestock Sale Exhibitor Scholarship

 This Scholarship was created through the donations of animals for resale/flooring at the Portage County Randolph Fair’s Market Livestock auction.  The Sale Committee has formed a scholarship fund to benefit market animal exhibitors.  High School Seniors and recent High School Graduates can apply to receive this scholarship only four (4) times beginning with the Class of 2000. The amount of the scholarship will depend on the amount of dollars from previous year’s sale scholarship designated funds, contributions and the number of applicants.


  1. Applicants MUST have participated in the Junior Fair Market Livestock Auction at the Portage County Randolph Fair.
  2. The applications MUST be received at the Portage County Randolph Fair Office by June 15th.
  3. Applicants MUST have at least a 2.25 accumulative GPA or above to receive the Scholarship and be enrolled/accepted at an accredited college or technical school.

Once awarded the scholarship: you MUST present a copy of a receipt/statement of account as proof of enrollment from the accredited college or technical school.  No money will be distributed until proof is submitted to the Sale Committee Treasurer.  NO checks will be issued before September 15th.  All receipts MUST be turned in for reimbursement by December 31st of the year in which the scholarship was granted.







Cell__________________ Home__________________ H.S. & Year of Graduation________________


College attending or been accepted into__________________________________________________


Most recent GPA (College or High School) ________ College Major or Intended Major______________


Years Participated in Jr. Fair Market Livestock Auction_______ # Years Applied______# Years Awarded_______



The following information must be attached on a separate page(s).

  1. List of activities and involvement in Junior Fair.
  2. List activities and involvement with community and school organizations.
  3. Discuss the advantages, opportunities, and learning experience that you received by exhibiting a market animal at the county fair. (approximately 150-200 words)
  4. Discuss your financial need for this scholarship. Include other financial aid, grants or scholarships awarded, and future educational plans.  (approximately 50 words)
  6. Most recent (Spring or Final HS of current year) accumulative grade card/report card (College or High School)
  7. The Personal Recommendation Form (in a sealed envelope from the person writing the recommendation) NOTE: The Personal Recommendation should NOT be written by a relative.


I,___________________________attest that all information included in this Portage County Junior Fair Market Livestock Sale Exhibitor Scholarship is accurate and I make no false representation of myself.  I know that if any information is found false, it will be at the discretion of the Portage County Sale Committee’s Sub-committee for this Scholarship to be removed and not included in the competition.

(If applicant under 18) the Parent/Guardian of ____________________ attest that all information included in this Portage County Junior Fair Market Livestock Sale Scholarship application is accurate and the applicant makes no false representation of themselves.  I know that if any information is found false, it will be at the discretion of the Portage County Sale Committee’s Sub-committee for this Scholarship to be removed and not included in the competition.                     2020

Personal Recommendation Form


The following information is needed to help the Scholarship Committee learn more about the individual that is applying for the Portage County Junior Fair Market Livestock Sale Exhibitor Scholarship.


Your Name______________________________ Applicant’s Name_____________________________


Community or School/College Organization or Club/Group you are involved in ____________________


Years you have known this individual _______     If applicable, Years as an advisor ________________


In what capacity have you worked with this individual and how well did they work during that time?



Do you know of any violation to the Portage County Fair Board’s Code of Conduct from this individual, if applicable? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Does this individual work well with others? (Explain)



Have you seen this individual mentor others and help them throughout the year?  (Explain)



Attach any additional information you wish to add!










Please return this form to the Portage County Livestock Sale Committee P.O. Box 213 Randolph, Ohio 44265

By deadline of June 15th                                                                                                                                              2020