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Nicole Steinmetz is the Hancock County Fair Jr Fair Coordinator.

Phone 419-423-1373, send email, or FAX 419-429-7346 to contact Nicole.

Link to Hancock County Fair website

2019 Jr Fair Board Application - due ____ to the Junior Fair Office

Beef Queen Application - due February 15 to Senior Fair Office or Hancock County Extension Office

Lamb & Wool Queen Application - due March 15 at 4pm to Senior Fair Office or Hancock County Extension Office

Junior Fair Royalty Application - due August 5 to the Junior or Senior Fair Office by 5pm

Duke and Duchess Application - due August ___ to the Extension Office by 6pm at time of interview

Canine Royalty Application - due August 5 to the Junior or Senior Fair Office by 5pm

Dairy Feeder Royalty Application - due August 5 to the Junior or Senior Fair Office by 5pm

Draft Horse Royalty Application - due July ___, see application for address

Goat Royalty Application - due August 5 to the Junior or Senior Fair Office by 5pm

Poultry Royalty Application - due August 5 to the Junior or Senior Fair Office by 5pm

Rabbit Royalty Application - due August 5 to the Junior or Senior Fair Office by 5pm

Swine Royalty Application -due August 5 to the Junior or Senior Fair Office by 5pm

 


Message from Nicole Steinmetz, Hancock County Junior Fair Coordinator:

This year’s fair theme is: “Let theGood Times Grow at the Hancock County Junior Fair”

Don’t be afraid to ask me any questions. If I don’t know the answer, I know I can find someone that does.

Nicole Steinmetz

Junior Fair Coordinator
Office: 419-423-1373

Participation guidelines

4-H members who have participated in 4-H project judging or livestock interviews are eligible to participate in Hancock Co. Jr Fair.

Participating in the Hancock County Fair is NOT a completion of the 4-H project. The fair is an opportunity to share the accomplishments of each member/exhibitor with fair visitors. The Hancock County Agricultural Society, the Jr Fair Premium Book, the Code of Ethics, and the Code of Practices, govern the Junior Fair. All Jr Fair rules are printed in the Hancock Co. Jr Fair Premium Book.

Online Entry Instructions

Click here for JR FAIR LIVESTOCK ENTRY instructions

Entries are due July 19, 2019 at midnight.

Link to fair instructions & weigh-in schedule, also info on livestock exhibitor poster contest

Drug Use Notification Forms

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has mandated that Drug Use Notification Forms be required for market steers (including dairy), hogs, lambs, goats, and poultry; also veal calves, and lactating goats and dairy cattle.

Jr Fair Premiums

All livestock premiums are paid out during the fair. (1-4 pm daily, next day after the completion of all shows for that department) Premiums not picked up by fair end are considered forfeited.

Quality Assurance & Sportsmanship Requirements

Quality Assurance training must be attended by all Hancock County youth livestock exhibitors by July 13, 2019. Test-out was available for members age 15+ as of 01/01/19 by contacting the 4-H office in February. Members scoring 75% or higher can gain exemption from QA training for the duration of their 4-H career.

All first year Jr livestock exhibitors AND a parent/guardian must attend  a Good Sportsmanship Workshop provided by Hancock Co. Jr Fair.

All returning Jr livestock exhibitors AND a parent/guardian must indicate awareness of Jr Fair Sportsmanship as part of their online entry process.

Animal Date of Ownership Requirements (2019) - check Hancock County Junior Fairbook for updates

  • Jan. 1 - Market steers (mandatory registration/tagging 1st Saturday of January at the Fairgrounds)
  • April 1 - Dairy Feeder Calves (registered via 4-H enrollment; tagging, vaccination & weigh-in on June 6 at the Fairgrounds)
  • April 30 - Pullets, Cockerels
  • June 1 - Poultry (except meat chickens)
  • June 1 - Turkeys (hatched no earlier than May 15, banded by July 26)
  • June 1 - Beef Breeding & Beef Calves
  • June 1 - Dogs
  • June 1 - Goats (tagged & weighed June 6)
  • June 1 - Horses & Ponies (ID cards & leases due to 4-H office by 6/1); All members must submit liability waiver & sign the safety & ethics form prior to riding at a 4-H event
  • June 1 - Llamas (lease agreement to 4-H office by 6/1 if applicable)
  • June 1 - Market Hogs
  • June 1 - Market Lambs & Breeding Sheep (weigh in & tagged June 6)
  • June 1 - Rabbits other than meat pens (tattooed June 2)
  • 7-9 weeks prior to fair - Meat Chickens
  • Aug. 1 - Rabbit Meat Pens (tattooed Aug. 6, at the Fairgrounds)
  • Aug. 1 - Beef Feeders tagged at the fairgrounds

All 4-H livestock projects must be owned and cared for by the 4-H member with the exception of horses & llamas. (If the member prefers, horses and llamas may be leased.) All 4-H livestock projects (including horses & llamas) must be under the exclusive care of the member by June 1.

Livestock Substitution

No substitution of livestock may be made after June 1, with the exception of all steers which must be selected & on feed by January 1 each year and no changes can be made after that time.

Project Entries

Livestock project entries are due July 19, 2019.

No entries are required for non-livestock projects (4-H staff will convey project grade information to Jr Fair staff). Projects are displayed in the Youth Building in the miscellaneous or the member's club booth. To receive a Jr Fair premium your project must be judged & grade submitted to 4-H office by August 1; and you must exhibit the project at the fair.

Youth who exhibit their projects will receive:

  • $3 premium for Superior or Outstanding
  • $2 for Good or Needs Improvement