Ohio State Fair Cancelled for 2020

With today’s announcement to cancel the 2020 Ohio State Fair, please keep in mind that in the coming weeks we will be sharing more information about a virtual format for State Level 4-H Special Interest Project judging. Bruce Zimmer



May 21, 2020

Today, the Ohio Expositions Commission announced that it will cancel the 2020 Ohio State Fair, originally scheduled for July 29 – August 9 in Columbus. Members of the Commission expressed concern for public health, as well as the financial feasibility of hosting a socially distant fair that would adhere to social distancing protocols and its impact on the long-term viability of the Ohio State Fair.

“After careful thought and deliberation, we have decided to cancel the Ohio State Fair. Knowing how easily the virus spreads in large groups, we believe it is the safest path forward for the health and safety of all Ohioans.” said Andy Doehrel, chair of the Ohio Expositions Commission. “The financial ramifications of hosting a reduced-capacity Fair would be too great, and we need to protect the great Ohio State Fair for future generations.”

“Our first priority is the safety of the hundreds of thousands of people involved in the Ohio State Fair each year. While this is a difficult decision, we feel it is necessary to protect the fairgoers, exhibitors, volunteers, vendors, partners, performers, concessionaires, youth leaders, employees and sponsors,” said Virgil Strickler, general manager of the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair. “I look forward to seeing my fellow Ohioans at the 2021 Ohio State Fair, when it is safer for us to enjoy our favorite traditions together.”

Last year, 934,925 people attended the Ohio State Fair during its 12-day run. These attendees came from each of Ohio’s 88 counties, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and Mexico.

The Ohio Expositions Commission is focused on developing a strategy to responsibly reopen its year-round facilities when appropriate, and to welcome guests back for the 2021 Ohio State Fair, scheduled for July 28 through August 8 of next year.

Horse Member Updates- State Fair Info

The Washington County Saddle Horse Committee met by Zoom virtual meeting on Monday May 4.  The committee rescheduled cancelled events and are preparing for the Washington County Fair Horse Show.  The educational equine sessions required for members to be able to participate in the county fair are scheduled for July 14  6:30-8:30pm at the Washington County Fair grounds for an open workout and August 1 from 10am to 12noon for trail obstacles.  Members are also reminded that the skillathon is scheduled for July 25 from 8:30am to 11:30am.

The State Fair has waived some requirements due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and has waived the PAS qualifying events.  Members wishing to take their horse to the Ohio State Fair must register on June 1.  More information to come on this process.  It is our understanding that preference will be given to graduating seniors or members who will age out of the 4-H program.  The State Fair horse show is limited to 850 participants and members wishing to attend must complete the county requirement to attend.  This year Washington County is requiring all members who are attending the State fair horse show to complete the EQUISTEP online training module or attend the first educational equine session being offered on July 17th.  Members may also be asked to send in a video of them riding.  If you are interested in completing the EQUISTEP online module you must email hartline.24@osu.edu to request the training.  The training module can only be obtained through the Extension Office at this time.

The horse packet is available online at washington.osu.edu and animal declarations are due June 1 to the Extension Office.  Also be aware that all Coggins test must be dated in the year 2020.  Tests given in 2019 will not be accepted, this is a state rule.  If you have questions please reach out to us via email or by calling the extension office at 740-376-7431.  The extension office remains closed however we are working from home to plan our summer events.

Virtual Livestock Quality Assurance Training Approved for 2020

Quality Assurance Training is still mandatory for 2020 for all youth taking market livestock and lactating dairy cattle/goat projects in order to be eligible to participate in junior fair events, shows and sales at the fairs.  Parents are encourage to attend the training with their child.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has given permission to OSU Extension to teach QA using a virtual platform such as Zoom for 2020 only. This virtual training has been approved by local fair boards for 2020 as well.

All trainings will be held during QA Week, the week of April 27 using Zoom.

April 27 – 10am, 3pm, 7pm

April 29 – 10 am, 3 pm

April 30 – 10am, 3pm, 7pm

Each session will hold a maximum of 40 participants. No more than two family members on one Zoom connection.

Participants must sign-up and reserve a training spot at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094EADA72CA1FD0-virtual . A Zoom link to attend the training will be emailed one day prior to the training time.

Attendance will be taken throughout the training session. If someone doesn’t attend the full training, the training will have to be repeated.

A face to face session will also be held after July 6 for members that are not able to attend a virtual training due to limited or no internet access. This date will be announced later.

How to attend a virtual training using Zoom:

Steps to attend a Zoom meeting on a computer

  • Click on the QA invitation link that will be sent via email one day prior to the training
  • You will need to allow your computer some time to download Zoom
  • Enter the meeting ID if necessary
  • Allow access to Camera & Sound
  • Your controls are at the bottom for microphone and camera
  • Need more help? Here is a quick video https://www.youtube.com/embed/hIkCmbvAHQQ?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1

Steps to attend a Zoom meeting on a mobile phone

  • Open App Store and download Zoom Cloud Meetings
  • Open App, sign-up, enter email address, first name, and last name, email will be sent, verify account, initial setup complete
  • Make sure Zoom App is downloaded and ready
  • Click on the QA invitation line that will be sent via email one day prior to the training
  • Enter the meeting ID if necessary
  • Allow access to Camera & Sound

Here is HUGE announcement about Livestock Quality Assurance Training. QA Week will be April 27, 29,30

Posted by Ohio State – Washington County 4-H on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

4-H Event Youth Assistant Apps to Help with Ohio State Fair

The 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA) applications are now available!  This is an opportunity for teens 13-18 as of January 1 to get a short term experience at the state level.  Applications are available at go.osu.edu/4HEYA and are due by May 15, 2020 to longo.79@osu.edu.

Here is a basic overview of the opportunity:

  • What: 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA)
  • Who: Individuals age 13-18 (as of January 1 of the year of application) and have at least 1 year prior 4-H experience.
  • Timeframe: Apply by May 15, selection, training, service to OSF, and evaluation.  Complete responsibilities by August 31, 2020.
  • Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):
    • Training-Must attend one of the options for training (July 8 or July 14)
    • Events-Must work a minimum of 3 events at the Ohio State Fair; may work more if desired
  • Program Fee: $25/person for first year members; $10 for 2nd or more year members
  • Teens Receive:
    • 4HEYA Polo & Nametag
    • State Fair admission, parking ticket, and meal ticket(s)
    • Optional State Fair housing in the Rhodes Center (if desired)
    • Experience of working events at the Ohio State Fair
    • Opportunity to enhance leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program
  • What about the Teen Leadership Council? YES, these members may apply for 4HEYA AND TLC this year, if desired.  TLC applications will be available in June and will be due the Friday following the Ohio State fair.  Their term is September 1, 2020-August 31, 2021.  Current TLC members are not eligible to apply for 4HEYA, as they are already fulfilling obligations at the Ohio State Fair.
  • Questions? Contact Hannah (epley.24@osu.edu), Kayla (oberstadt.1@osu.edu), Sarah (longo.79@osu.edu) or Frances (nicol.115@osu.edu)

Market Steer Announcements

2020 State Fair Market Beef Registration

DNA sample kits and EID tags are available from the Extension Office. All samples must be received at the Ohio State Fair by January 15, 2020

Market Steer Tag-in & Weigh-in for 2020

Tag-in for 2020 Market Steers to be taken to the Washington County Fair will be Saturday, December 14 from 8-10 AM at the NFO Building on SR 339 near Waterford.


Ohio State Fair Results….So Far (Congrats Everyone!)

Here are the results for 4-H Project Judging results for the Ohio State Fair (as of July 31)

  • Melina Matics – Cat 1 – Outstanding of the Day
  • Hannah Seevers – Pet Rabbit – Outstanding of the Day
  • Ava Gebczyk – Self-Determined-Companion Animals – Outstanding of the Day
  • Kesselyn Bigley – On the Cutting Edge (Vet Science) – Outstanding of the Day
  • Leo Milazzo – Robotics 1 – Outstanding of the Day
  • Jason Schultheis – Measuring Up (Woodworking) – Outstanding of the Day
  • Melina Matics – Cake Decorating-Beginner/Senior – Clock Trophy Winner!
  • Sierra Sinclair – Beyond the Grill – Clock Trophy Winner!

Ohio State Fair Orientation – Sunday, July 21

4-H members who are selected to represent Washington County at the Ohio State Fair, should plan to attend the State Fair Orientation on July 21, 2019, 1:30pm at the Extension Office. This is a time for members, parents, and advisors to become familiar with State Fair judging, directions to judging venues, plus ideas on how to take projects to a new level for State Fair interviews and judging will be shared.  Photos for the media will also be taken.

4-H members selected as State Fair representatives at County 4-H Project Judging will receive notification of their project judging day and time at the State Fair. If you are selected as a State Fair representative, it is very important for you to let the office know as soon as possible if you are able to participate. If you are able to participate, we need time to get you the details,    tickets and maps you will need for your State Fair trip. If you are unable to participate we will need time to contact alternates. The Ohio State Fair can be an awesome experience for the whole family!

Going to the Ohio State Fair as a county representative can be a wonderful opportunity. It is a time to meet others from around the state, learn more about your project interest, and gain useful interviewing skills. Many 4-H’ers feel they are not ready or too nervous to take this opportunity but it can be a fun adventure filled learning experience. We hope the State Fair Orientation and encouragement from parents and advisors will give those members selected for Sate Fair the tools they need to take the adventure!


July 16 4-H Project Judging & Public Speaking Results Announced

The results from the July 16 4-H Project Judging are now posted!

If you were selected as a state fair qualifier you will be expected to attend State Fair Orientation on Sunday, July 21 at 1:30 at the Extension Office. If you are not planning to attend you will need to notify the Extension Office at 740-376-7431 so we can contact the state fair alternate. Media pictures will be taken at Sunday’s orientation so please wear a nice shirt.

Here are the results with State Fair Dates:

July 16 Judging Results

Winner List of Speaking Contest

Here is Ohio State Fair Calendar when each project gets judged:

2019 OSF Calendar for Project Judging

4-H’s Got Talent Show – July 27 at State Fair

Location: Main Stage of the Lausche Youth Center at the Ohio State Fair

Date/Time: Saturday, July 27th at 6:00pm

Eligibility: Any Ohio 4-H’ers

Categories: Vocal, Instrumental, Dance, & Miscellaneous (Individual or Group)

Application Deadline: July 15th

For More Info and Application: www.go.osu.edu/OH4HTalent

Flier: 2019 4-H’s Got Talent flyer