Ohio National Poultry Show Goes Virtual in 2020

This year’s Ohio National Poultry Show, the largest poultry show in the nation, has gone virtual! This gives open and junior exhibitors a new way to compete and still be a part of the Ohio National. Information, including the catalog, can be found on their website at www.ohionational.org and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheOhioNational.

The entry deadline is Saturday, October 17, with Class Champions announced Saturday, November 14 and the Show Champion announced Sunday, November 15. Show awards will be mailed the week after announcing the champions.  There is no cost to enter.

For Open Show questions contact Tim Johnson at tejpoultry@gmail.com or Newt Long at wnewtlong@gmail.com. For Junior Show questions contact Tim &  Mary Neviska at blackstumpfarm@aol.com or Clell Agler at cagler@columbus.rr.com.

Washington County Junior Fair Plans

Thank you for being patient as the Washington County Fairboard has worked out a plan with the Marietta Health Department to conduct a Jr Fair. Excitement is beginning to swell as we get closer to the event. All Livestock Exhibitors will be receiving the following letter in the mail outlining a detailed plan, expectations and revised fair schedule. Read this information carefully as everyone will be effected by the changes as well as the mask and social distancing requirements.

Washington Co Fair Exhibitor Letter – 2020

Barlow Fair Duck Weigh-in – Call to Schedule

The Barlow Fairboard will be conducting Duck Weigh-in accordingly:  In order to lessen the congestion that weigh-in brings, Gary Newlen will be scheduling a time for each exhibitor to bring in their ducks. In order to do this, weigh-in times will have to be changed to Thursday from 2-6 pm.  There will be slots every 10 minutes available. Exhibitors should call 740-629-2663 (Jenny Newlen) to schedule.

Due to COVID, Duck showmanship will go back to Friday at 9 am with market show to follow. This will take place on the little stage right outside the Poultry Barn.

Market Chicken and Market Duck Pick Up

SAVE THE DATE!  Market Chicken exhibitors will need to pick up their chicks on Thursday July 16th from 3 to 4:30pm at Heritage on Third Street in Marietta.  Market Duck exhibitors will pick up on Thursday July 23rd from 3 to 4:30pm.  Please mark your calendars and make arrangements for pick up.  Please also be aware due to shipping the orders may arrive a day early or a day later so prepare your pens and boxes to pick up your birds early just in case.  We will post the week of pick up with details on arrival and social distancing guidelines.  If you are in need of supplies or feed and are ordering through Heritage, then please call in your order prior to pick up so they may have your items ready. 

Poultry SPIN Club – Registration Limited

We invite youth ages 8-18 to learn about all things poultry! Sessions will cover breeds, basic knowledge, housing, equipment, handing, showmanship, common health concerns, biosecurity, and nutrition. We will take a virtual field trip, learn about careers, and marketing in the poultry industry. The club will meet Mondays and Wednesdays starting on Monday, June 8th – Wednesday, July 1st at 1pm. The cost is free and location is from the comfort of your own home/computer. To register go to go.osu.edu/poultrySPINreg. Once registered, participants will receive a zoom link for the sessions. Space is limited, and there is no time to waste!

Poultry SPIN Flyer

Turkey Pick Up

The market turkeys are scheduled to ship from the hatchery next week.  We are expecting them to arrive on Thursday, May 14 2020 in the afternoon.  If the turkeys arrive as scheduled we will hold pick up at Heritage Cooperative at 219 S. Third Street in Marietta from 3 to 4:30pm.  Social distancing measures will be in place and birds will be sorted and ready for pick up.  We ask that you remain in your vehicle and pick up will be held like a drive thru.  Any members needing to purchase feed or supplies from Heritage are encouraged to contact them and place your order prior to arriving for turkey pick up.  Members may also pick up these items prior to the turkey pick up day.  If you need supplies please call Heritage at 740-374-7741 and place your order.  We ask the members and families picking up turkeys follow social distancing guidelines and remain patient as we prepare for turkey distribution.  If you have additional questions please call the extension office at 740-376-7431 or email hartline.24@osu.edu

Chickquest Program on Facebook

We have been busy hatching chicks with our chickquest program.  Interested classrooms and members can view a live hatch and watch the chicks continue to grow.  Visit our facebook page at Ohio State – Washington County 4-H and learn how to set the incubator, prepare a brooder box, and watch a chick hatch.  You may continue to visit the site for updates on the chicks as they grow and develop over the next few weeks.  Want to learn more?  Email hartline.24@osu.edu for teaching materials that go along with the 21 day hatch program.