Attention 4-H Livestock Exhibitors Participating at OSF

Hello, Each year we display pictures of 4-H members exhibiting 4-H Livestock Projects at the Ohio State Fair in our local State Fair Recognition Booth. If you showed your 4-H livestock at the Ohio State Fair, please email a picture from your adventure to Bruce Zimmer at Pictures are needed by August 11 so they can be printed for the Waterford fair booth.

Market Animal & Breeding Animal Pen Reservations

Pen reservations for County Fair market animals and Barlow market animals were collected with a question during skillathon registration on Saturday, July 22. There are no paper forms to submit. Members were asked how many market animals/pens they will be bringing to the fair. Market animal reservations will also be taken a make-up skillathon on August 7.  No pen reservations are needed for Waterford Hogs.

Breeding pen reservations will still be collected by paper forms for County Fair and Barlow Fair. These are needed to register breeding animals and register for breeding classes. Forms are available in the Jr Fair Guide and here:

County Fair Pen Reservation forms – due August 7, 2023

Barlow Pen Reservation Forms – due Aug 18, 2023

Rabbit Tattooing – Monday, August 7

All Market Rabbit exhibitors are required to bring rabbits to the tattooing held on August 7 from 5 pm to 8pm at the Washington County Fair grounds near the Jr Fair Building. Exhibitor not required to be present, only animals. A special market tattoo is used.

May tattoo up to nine (9). All spares tattooed in after primary animals can be shared only by brothers and sisters. Pens for fair will consist of 2 rabbits.

REMINDER: Make-up Project Judging & Make-up Skillathon

Skillathon Make‐Up Date: August 7 – RSVP required with $20 registration fee. Sign up here to reserve your
spot: Make‐up Skillathon participants will not be eligible for premier exhibitor.

Makeup Judging will be held on Monday, August 7 starting at 6:00 pm in the Jr Fair Building for members not available to attend Project Judging. Signup here to reserve your spot for makeup judging:

Shadow a Washington County Jr Fairboard Member

Do you want to learn more about being a Jr Fairboard member? This is your opportunity to shadow a Jr Fairboard member during the 2023 Washington County Fair! You can choose from 13 different livestock shows to shadow a Jr Fairboard member. You will only shadow ONE show.

Open to:  current Jr Fair Youth ages 12-17

You would:

  • Observe a Jr Fairboard member during the livestock show
  • Help with show lineup
  • Help with awards

Length of shadowing: 1 ½ hours

Limit: only 2 youth per show will be selected to shadow

How do I sign up?


Night to Shine in the Show Ring – needing participants and mentors

A Night to Shine in the Show Ring is to give our special needs youth in the county the experience of showing a livestock animal in the ring at the fair.  Mentors will meet with their special needs partner on September 4th at 4:30pm in the show arena at the Washington County Fair for ice breaker games, meet your partner, and prepare for show.

Mentors and their partners will show the animal during our Night to Shine in the Show Ring on Monday, September 4th at 5:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Barn at the Show Arena.

A night to Shine Mentor Application 2022

A night to shine Participant Application 2022

Stock the Trailer – Food Drive

The Washington County and Barlow Junior Fairboards are excited to share that Washington County will be competing in the Farm Credit Mid-America and Rural 1st contest Fight Hunger, Stock the Trailer. The contest helps county fairs raise food donations for local food banks across Ohio by creating a friendly competition between county fairs.  Across the state of Ohio, the Fight Hunger, Stock the Trailer contest has coordinated nearly 200,000 pounds of donations to rural food banks.

Farm Credit Mid-America and Rural 1st will be awarding $10,000 in prizes based on the total pounds of food donated to county fairs in our area. All prize money awarded is intended to support youth fair activities in Washington County.

Ways you can be involved:

  • Bring nonperishable food items and bottled water to the Waterford Community Fair, Washington County Fair, or Barlow Independent Fair and place them in the trailer marked with a Stock the Trailer banner.
  • Have a community food drive with your 4-H Club members.
  • Take pictures of your club’s food drive and share them on social media or the local news paper.
  • Challenge neighbors and family members to get involved and support the campaign too.

All food collected at our three local fairs will be divided between ten local food pantries in Washington County. Including:

  • 3-C Food Pantry (Cutler Community Center)
  • Beverly-Waterford Food Pantry
  • Gospel Misson Of Marietta
  • Greater Marietta Community Food Pantry
  • Lowell Area Misson Basket
  • New Matamoras Food Pantry
  • Newport Community Food Pantry
  • Belpre Area Ministries (Bam)
  • Tri-County Food Pantry (Lower Salem)
  • Western Washington County Food Pantry (Vincent)


Washington County Junior Fairboard & Barlow Junior Fairboard

Free Beef A.I. Program – August 2

Flier: AI Final Flyer 2023

Join local educators for a FREE meal and an educational program provided by COBA/Select Sires on August 2nd at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta from 5:30 – 7:00pm.

Educational Topics include:

  • Health & Forages Update
  • Synchronization Programs
  • Technician Services
  • Genetics

Guest Speaker will be Kevin Hinds, COBA Beef Specialist.

Since this is a free event with dinner, registration is required.  To register, please call the OSU Extension office in Washington County, Marietta, at 740-376-7431

For questions, please contact OSU Educators Chris Penrose @ 740-962-4854 or Marcus McCartney @ 740-376-7431.

4-H Project Judging Results

Results from last night’s 4-H project judging are now posted at

State Fair Participation:

A member attending the July 13, 2023, judging event and scoring a superior (90-100) on their project will be considered for State Fair eligibility.

Members are also required to view the recorded State Fair orientation at


State Fair Delegates will need to pick up their State Fair information, tickets and packet before they leave for State fair.

They will be available by Wednesday, July 19th, at the OSU Extension Office – 1115 Gilman Ave – 2nd Floor.

If a selected member cannot attend state fair the alternate will be notified and given the opportunity to compete at State Fair.

Makeup Judging:

Makeup Judging will be held on Monday, August 7 starting at 6:00 pm in the Jr Fair Building for members not available to attend Project Judging on July 13. Signup here to reserve your spot for makeup judging:

All Project Judging must be completed on July 13 or on make-up day.

What Happens at our local fairs?:

Clubs will determine which fair they will display a booth. Members are encouraged to display their projects in their club booth and will receive a premium from the fair. (Waterford, County, Barlow)