2021 OFMA Junior Fair Conference “live discussion”

Ohio’s Junior Fair Board Members…

You are invited to join in a 2021 OFMA Junior Fair Conference “live discussion” on Saturday, January 9th at 10:00 a.m. It may not fully replace the excitement and interactions that you would have enjoyed if attending the OFMA Junior Fair Conference in person, but we certainly hope that it will provide an opportunity for your to share a few ideas from your fair – and pick up a few ideas from other fair from across the state. The live discussion will be held using a Zoom platform, with participants in breakout rooms to speak with fellow JFB members about a single topic. The topics, and a brief description, are listed below. We certainly encourage JFB members from a given fair to spread themselves out, if possible, in order to contribute on a number of topics.


Simply visit www.go.osu.edu/JFC2021Discussion and register for the topic of your choosing – it should only take a minute or two!… Selection of topics is listed below! We ask that you register by no later than noon on January 4th, so that we may prepare login and discussion materials for you. You’ll receive an email with details to login a few days in advance of the discussion. Session space is limited, so be sure to register early in order to get the topic of your choosing!  =)

  • CLOVERBUDS: They may be small, but they bring lots of excitement to the fair. Tell us how you include Cloverbud-aged youth in fair activities and fun. How do you keep them coming back until they are old enough to be an exhibitor?
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE: Thinking about service activities that can be created during the week of fair, what are some creative community service activities that you performed, or that you think that Junior Fair Boards should consider offering?
  • COVID CHANGES: How did you make social distance fun at your fair? Did you make some changes in 2020 by necessity, that you may keep moving forward?  Share your ideas for what activities we can safely plan for 2021 or easy modifications you can make to keep everyone safe while still providing the fun that everyone expects at the county fair.
  • DONOR RECOGNITION: Donors, sponsors and buyers play a very important role in the fair. How do you ensure that they know they are appreciated? What creative ways have you found to express appreciation?
  • EXHIBITOR FUN: What activities or event do you offer during fair week just for exhibitors? How do you introduce some fun amongst the many competitions offered at the fair? Tell us how to focus on fun during the fair!
  • FAIR AWARDS: What does your county do for awards, beyond rosettes and trophies? What have your exhibitors enjoyed most, and what new items have you introduced? Share ideas for creative award items that will get your junior fair exhibitors excited!
  • WISH YOU HAD KNOWN: Now that you have experience as a Junior Fair Board member, what do you wish you had known sooner? What would you share with other members to make their experience better or more impactful?
  • WHY DO YOU DO IT: Why do you love your role on the Junior Fair Board, and why do you love the work that comes along with being on the board? What makes the Junior Fair Board special?


In addition to the live discussion opportunity on January 9th, a variety of recorded informational sessions will be made available to you in the coming weeks. These sessions, which would have been presented to you during the annual Junior Fair Conference, will be recorded, posted online, and links will be shared with you. Your board may choose to view them individually, or they may be used as a part of your training meetings throughout the year. Just because we couldn’t bring you to Columbus for training, doesn’t mean that we can’t make the training available to you… We hope that you will find these resources to be valuable in preparing you to serve in your role as a Junior Fair Board member in 2021!

Wishing you the very best!

Lisa McCutcheon

Junior Fair Conference Planning Committee Chair

Extension Educator, 4-H – Licking County

740.670.5315 Main Line | 740.618.6333 Direct Line | mccutcheon.46@osu.edu  740.670.5317 Fax  |  www.licking.osu.edu   |  u.osu.edu/licking4h (blog)

Roger Smith

District 6 Director – Representing the Hartford Independent Fair

Junior Fair Conference Chair, Ohio Fair Managers Association



The Licking County Extension Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with reduced staffing patterns.  We encourage you to make an appointment in advance of arriving to our office when possible, and ask that you wear a facial covering while inside the office. We continue to work remotely, when not in the office.  I am scheduled to be in the office on Wednesday and Thursday each week.

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.

Virtual Tag-In for Sheep, Goat, and Swine 2020

Since OSU has suspended face-to-face meetings until July 6th, and with the current stay-at-home orders, our Jr. Fair livestock tag-in will be completed through the below google docs for May 16th. The DEADLINE is May 16th by 8pm for this virtual tag-in.

Please note, a picture of your animals identification scrapie tag (goat and sheep), or ear notch (swine) along with a side view of animal is needed as well as personal information for this virtual tag-in.

If you have any questions, please contact your advisor, a committee member for your respective animal, or Emma George – Jr. Fair Coordinator. Please go to the link for more information.

Market Goat Tag-In: www.go.osu.edu/goattag2020   
For questions contact Rhonda Procaccio – rhopro9@gmail.com

Market Sheep Tag-In: www.go.osu.edu/sheeptag2020
For questions contact Patty Shircliff – pas1013@yahoo.com, or Chuck Campbell charles750@centurylink.net

Market Swine Tag-In: www.go.osu.edu/swinetag2020  
For questions contact Ryan Kisamore – rkisamore.4@gmail.com

Jr. Fair Coordinator – Emma George – egeorge@randolphfair.com

Portage County Randolph Fair 2017

  • Hubbard Building Booth Reservation Form – Due to the Extension Office by August 14th. Spaces are available to all clubs/committees. (Rules and the score sheet for your review – we will have copies for the judges)
  • Bake Sale rules – open to all 4-Hers (including Cloverbuds)!
  • Jr. Fair Buddies are back! Open to all Cloverbud-age kids!  Here is the registration form. Please note that this form goes to the Fair office.
  • Small Animal Check-in: Sunday, August 20th 11 am – 7 pm is Small Animal check-in. All poultry will be accepted during  that time! (there was an error in the Fair book)
  • Gold Medal forms are due to the Extension Office by September 8th at noon. (they can be turned in at Fair, emailed or dropped off at the office) *Additional copies will be in fair packets.
  • Packet Pick Up: Wednesday, August 16th 5-7 pm and Sunday, August 20 2-4pm ADVISORS:  you will be required to bring a list of youth in you club that will be camping. It can be a list from 4-H Online with campers names highlighted or a handwritten list. You will NOT get camping passes for your youth without it.
  • Attention all COMMITTEES:  You must email us an updated list of members in order to get your name badges for the Fair!
  • This year there will be no bulk/group pick up of committee name badges. Each committee member will have to pick up their own badge.
  • Committees still in need of shavings for Fair? Centerra in Ravenna has a special deal available:  Buy 30 bags and get 20 bags free! Delivery is available for $0.50/bag. Contact Brittany 330 269-3424

Donation to Portage Co 4-H from Drs. Belli & Streit!

Date: 08/19/2016Belli Streit logo

ATTN: Ashley Hughey, Portage County 4-H Extension Educator

Press Release for 4-H blog and Facebook page from the orthodontic office of
Dr. Stephen Belli and Dr. Laura Streit, Kent OH


We wish to thank the many 4-H members who invited us to attend the 2016 Portage County Randolph Fair Livestock Auction.  For over ten years, it has been and continues to be our passion at Belli Streit Orthodontics to show support of 4-H by purchasing animals from several members.  In the past, this expression of support, though very important, has benefited only a few.

This year we have chosen instead to make a monetary donation to the Portage County Extension Office that will be of benefit to each of the 850 members in all branches of 4-H.  We believe this is the best choice in expression of our heartfelt support of the goal of 4-H, which is to “develop citizenship, leadership, and responsibility in all individuals who participate.”

We are currently working with Ashley Hughey, Portage County 4-H Extension Educator, to decide the exact designation that will make the greatest impact for everyone.  A public announcement will be made from Mrs. Hughey when the contribution is finalized.

In light of our sincere interest in your accomplishments and our wish to share it with the community, we encourage you to post pictures and descriptions of your projects on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/belliOrthodontics.  In doing so, you will help us all to realize the diversity and talent that exists in all branches of 4-H.

Congratulations on the completion of your chosen projects for this year.  Our team at Belli Streit Orthodontics looks forward to seeing you at the fair.