Kids Events at County Fair

Make it and Take it—Sunday, 10:00am to 12noon, Junior Fair Building

Any youth attending the fair may complete a make it and take it item during this event.  Participants will be offered a craft option with all supplies provided.  Most supplies are donated by Joann Fabrics through the Kids in Need Program.  Items may vary and are available on a first come first serve basis.

4-H Cloverbud Activities—Monday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Jr. Fair Building

All 4-H Cloverbud members and any youth between the ages of five and seven are eligible to participate in the 4-H Cloverbud Activities. These activities are educational and exciting. 4-H Volunteers and Jr. Fair Board members will guide each activity station and encourage the youth to participate. Activities will be interactive, hands-on and free!

Face Painting – Sunday, 2:00 to 4:00 in the Jr Fair Building – Sponsored by Oak Grove Christian School


Corn Hole Tournament at County Fair

Corn Hole Tournament—Saturday, 7:00pm, Junior Fair Building (K – Adult)

The county fair Cornhole Tournament is open to all residents of Washington County ages 5yrs old and up.  Cornhole rules apply as follows:  Teams will consist of 2 players each. Play to score of 21, if a team goes over 21 then they drop back to a score of 11. 1 point for each bean bag on the board, 3 pts if the bean bag goes through the hole.  Boards are placed at official distance of 27ft between the front of the boards.  Players may not go over the foul line when tossing the bean bags.  A foul will be called and no points earned for that throw.  Tournament will follow a single elimination bracket play and scoring and board distance may be adjusted for younger players.  Awards will be given in to Participants.  Participants must register by  6:00pm  Saturday before the tournament.


Cake Decorating Contest at County Fair

Cake Decorating Contest—Saturday, September 3 at 5:00 pm, Jr. Fair Building

Cup Cakes (limit 2): 7 years and under

Traditional Cakes: Ages 8-12, Ages 13-15, Ages 16-18

Specialty Cakes: Ages 8-12, Ages 13-15, Ages 16-18

  1. Contestants may enter only one cake; except cupcake category (limit 2).
  2. Youth participating in the cupcake category (7 years and under) will receive participation ribbons (No premiums).
  3. Youth participating in Traditional and Specialty Cakes categories will receive premium awards as follows: 1st place $5.00; 2nd place $4.00; 3rd place $3.00; 4th place $2.00; 5th place $1.00.
  4. Contestants must be residents of Washington County or a member of a Washington County youth organization.
  5. Age division is determined by age as of the event.
  6. Entries are to be made one hour before the event at the 4-H Jr. Fair Board Office.
  7. Time limits: ½ hour for 2 cupcakes and 1 hour for traditional and specialty cakes.
  8. Tables and chairs will be provided for participants.
  9. Parents/adults may not help the child during the contest, however, they can help set-up and clean up.


  1. 1. Cupcakes
  2. Limit 2 per contestant c. Any size cupcake (regular or large size).
  3. Miniature cakes – one serving size mini-cakes – limit 2. d. Time limit – ½ hour.
  4. Traditional Cakes
  5. Sheet cakes, round cakes; can be one or two layers. d. Cakes in this category cannot be cut to
  6. Two layered cakes must be layered during the contest form new shapes.
  7. Time limit – 1 hour.
  8. Specialty Cakes
  9. Shaped cakes (ex: Christmas Tree shaped pan, etc.), or,

Cake that is cut to form a shape (ex: round cake cut to make a rabbit).

  1. All cutting must be done during the contest.

The cake cannot be cut prior to the contest or contestant will be disqualified.

  1. Time limit – 1 hour.


  1. Home-made icing, bag and tips or icing purchased in tubs, cans or tubes with tips may be used. (TIP: homemade icing is preferred for more successful results considering the hot, humid environment of the Jr. Fair Building. Contestants may place purchased icing in a bowl and add powdered sugar for a more firm and desirable consistency.)
  2. Icing may be colored prior to the contest.
  3. Cakes in all classes must be iced during the contest.



  1. The primary decorations should be made from icing.
  2. Additional edible items, such as candy, pretzels, cookies, etc. may be used along with icing decorations, but should not be the primary decoration. (Example: decorate long pretzel sticks with icing leaves to use as palm trees, etc.).
  3. All decorations must be edible with the exception of a doll pick. Non-edible decorations are not permitted.


Lemon Shake Schedule – Help Still Needed

Help for the Hervida Lemon Shake stand at the Sternwheel Festival is still needed:

  • Saturday, 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Setup on Thursday at 6:00 pm
  • Tear down on Sunday at 4:00 pm

Also need donations of sugar or money for lemons, ice, etc.

Contact Jane Lennox 740-568-8044 to volunteer

Jr Fair Royalty Announced at Waterford Fair

The royalty coronation ceremony was held on Thursday August 18, 2022 at the Waterford Community Fair.  There were 12 candidates for 2022 Washington County Junior Fair contest and the final six were announced at the fair kick-off.

2022 Washington County Jr. Fair Royalty:

Queen Kenzie Smith, Oak Grove Explorers and Bulls Eye 4-H Clubs. Daughter of Brad & LeeAndra Smith of Marietta and she attends Marietta High School and the Washington County Career Center.

Princess Josie Burke, Running Wild 4-H Club and Waterford FFA. Daughter of Donald & Shawna Burke and attends Waterford High School and Washington State Community College.

Jr. Princess Madison Biehl, Warren Wranglers 4-H Club & Warren FFA. Daughter of Dan & Erica Mason and Scott & Jennifer Biehl. She is a Sophomore at Warren Local.

King Travis Morris, Fur & Feather and Bulls Eye 4-H Clubs. Son of Thomas Morris and Colleen Michaels of New Matamoras and Travis is home schooled.

Prince Steven Anderson, Fur & Feather 4-H Club & Warren FFA. Son of Paul and Petina Anderson of Marietta.  Steven will be a junior at Warren High School and the Washington County Career Center.

Horse Princess Madison Starkey, Trail Blazers 4-H Club. She is the daughter of Matt & Kristi Starkey and attend Marietta High School.


Waterford Community Fair Hog Results

2022 brought another successful Junior Fair at the Waterford Community Fair and the show judge was Nick Barney from Monclova, OH.  190 hogs were purchased by 127 buyers on Saturday, August 20. The total Market Hog sale was $316,225. The average price per head was $1664.

Market Hog Champion, Reserve & Premier Exhibitor

Champion Market Hog & Premier Exhibitor: Katelynn Valandingham, Churchtown Shining Stars 4-H Club ($3,100), purchased by Farson Street Carwash – Belpre. Premier Exhibitor award was sponsored by Jeremiah’s Coffee House.

Reserve Market Hog: Kara Schaad, Churchtown Community Crew 4-H Club 4-H Club ($2,500), purchased by Hilltop Butcher Shop

Market Hog Class Winners:

Class 1: Blake Nibert, Churchtown Busy Bunch 4-H Club

Class 2: Finnegan Lauchard, Churchtown Shining Stars 4-H Club

Class 3: Jeffrey Hayes, Frontier FFA

Class 4: Madison Hiener, Waterford FFA

Class 5: Austin Greene, Running Wild 4-H Club

Class 6: Sydney Barnes, Fort Frye FFA

Light Weight Champion: Sydney Barnes

Light Weight Reserve Champion: Finnegan Lauchard


Class 7: Alyssa Mooney, Running Wild 4-H Club

Class 8: Brody Jones, Backyard Jones 4-H Club

Class 9: Alyssa White, SL Homemaker LS Boys 4-H Club

Class 10: Mason Strahler, Churchtown Shining Stars 4-H Club

Class 11: Kailee Cline, Final Drive 4-H Club

Class 12: Kara Schaad, Churchtown Community Crew 4-H Club

Middle Weight Champion: Kara Schaad

Middle Weight Reserve Champion: Brody Jones


Class 13: Landon Giffin, Cutler Clovers 4-H Club

Class 14: Karli Schaad, Churchtown Community Crew 4-H Club

Class 15:  Katelynn Valandingham, Churchtown Shining Stars 4-H Club

Class 16:  Megan Beaver, Frontier FFA

Class 17:  Jennessa Lang, Churchtown Shining Stars 4-H Club

Class 18:   Aidan Woodruff, Warren FFA

Class 19: Adalyn Eichmiller, Churchtown Shining Stars 4-H Club

Class 20:  Syd Skinner, Churchtown Shining Stars 4-H Club

Heavy Weight Champion: Katelynn Valandingham

Heavy Weight Reserve Champion: Syd Skinner



Market Hog Skillathon Winners:

Junior –Connor McCartney, Churchtown Shining Stars 4-H Club

Intermediate- Aubrie Lang, Churchtown Shining Stars 4-H Club

Senior- Sydney Barnes, Fort Frye FFA

Skillathon Medallions sponsored Triple I Trucking


Market Hog Showmanship Winners:

Junior- Jayce Kenney, Palmer Lads & Lassies 4-H Club

Intermediate – Carly Kesterson, Cutler Clovers 4-H Club

Senior- Katelynn Valandingham, Churchtown Shining Stars 4-H Club


 Hog Poster Contest Winners:

1st Place: Mariska Benedict

2nd Place:  Jaxon Schott

3rd Place:  Maggie Fulton

Poster Awards sponsored by Triple I Trucking

County Fair Market Exhibitor Letters

Exhibitors taking a market project or dairy cow to the Washington County Fair should check their email for a letter regarding procedures, times and how to complete the online DUNF .

There is lot of information in the letter as well as a reminder of the new W-9 form.

Clean Stall Awards at County Fair

Clean Stall Awards

Washington County Farm Bureau will be awarding Clean Stall Awards. Exhibitors with market projects will be considered for the awards. The pens will be judged on Saturday September 3rd. The winners will receive a certificate and a voucher to a food vendor.

Volunteers Needed to help Stuff County Fair Buyer Letters

We are looking for volunteers to help stuff Washington County Fair Sale buyer invitation letters on Tuesday, August 23 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the OSU Extension Office. We have over 400 packets needing stuffed for the mailing.

The office is located at 1115 Gilman Ave, Marietta on the 2nd floor of the Job & Family Services Building.

If you are available, please email Bruce Zimmer at


Ohio 4-H Health HEROS program

The Ohio 4-H Health HEROES program is back! This statewide teen healthy living advocacy group are called HEROES because they serve as Health Education Resources for Outreach, Engagement, and Service. Youth will learn about current issues and topics in healthy living, will be tasked to create an action plan to create change in their local community, and will be a part of a statewide cohort who cares about the health and well-being of Ohio youth.

Benefits of becoming a 4-H Health Hero are:

  • Learning about a variety of healthy living topics
  • Gaining valuable leadership and communication skills
  • Meeting other 4-H youth from across Ohio who are invested in healthy living
  • Leaving a positive impact on your family, friends, and community
  • Promoting the 4th H!

In previous years we have had youth focus on making change in health topics such as; mental health, vaping, opioids, and more.

Youth who are passionate about health and in grades 9 through 12 may apply! For more information, important dates, and expectations, you may check out Application is due Sunday, September 11th, 2022 by 11:59 pm.

Any questions, you may contact Justin Bower, State 4-H Healthy Living and Ohio Military Kids Educator at or at 614-247-1979.