Quality Assurance and Skillathons for Junior Fair Exhibitors

April 24, 2017 - 10:52am -- rowe.316@osu.edu

Quality assurance certification programs for Junior Fair exhibitors of all species who have not yet attended a qualifying session or who have not successfully tested out of the program will be held in Adams County on May 3 and 4. Participation in an approved quality assurance program or successfully testing out of quality assurance is required for 4-H and FFA members enrolled in beef, dairy, goat, poultry, market and breeding rabbits, sheep, and swine projects who wish to exhibit animals in the 2017 Adams County or Ohio State Fairs. Participation in quality assurance is not required for members enrolled in dog and horse or horseless projects.

Quality Assurance will be conducted in conjunction with the annual Skillathons at the OVCTC. Skillathons are required for 4-H members enrolled in the following projects: beef, dairy, goat, horse, poultry, market and breeding rabbits, sheep, and swine projects. Skillathon participation is optional for horseless horse project members and is not required for dog, cat, pet rabbit, pocket pet, or other small animal projects. 4-H members must participate in the skillathon in order to exhibit that species at the Fair. Participation in skillathons is optional for FFA members. However, those FFA members who wish to compete for Outstanding Market or Equine Exhibitor awards must complete the appropriate skillathon.

Skillathons will be offered from 3:30-7:30 p.m. on both May 3 and 4 at the OVCTC on a first-come, first served basis. Quality Assurance sessions will be conducted in two 90-minute sessions each night. Youth may attend any session.

Quality Assurance and Skillathon Schedule:
Skillathons: 3:30-7:30 p.m. May 3 and 4, OVCTC
Quality Assurance: 5:00-6:30 and 7:00-8:30 p.m., May 3 and 4, OVCTC Cafeteria.

A make-up session for anyone missing the regularly-scheduled skillathons will be held on June 12 at the Extension Office from 4-7 p.m. There will not be a scheduled make-up session for quality assurance. Anyone who misses the Adams County quality assurance will need to attend a qualifying session in another county. Youth who attend a program in another county will need to provide OSU Extension Adams County with documentation on or before June 1 at 4 p.m.  that they attended a qualifying session in order to exhibit their animals at the Adams County Fair. Call the Extension Office at 937-544-2339 with questions about the upcoming quality assurance and skillathon opportunities or about qualifying quality assurance being offered in neighboring counties.