Steer Pool information UPDATES August 2020

Skillathon is on August 6th

Also the DUNF form is due on Friday, August 7th and must be submitted online!

From Licking County 4-H

Advisors | FFA Advisors | Steer Pool Advisors | Knox & Delaware County Families…

Let me begin with THANK YOU! Thank you for your patience, thank you for your grace, as we have moved through the planning process for the 2020 Hartford Fair! The Hartford Fair is blessed with families who value kindness and understanding, and we have really cashed in on those traits in 2020! Although this year has brought us much uncertainty, we continue to move forward, work within the guidelines, and provide the best opportunities possible to our Junior Fair youth (and their families)! Let’s not forget how very fortunate we are to call the Hartford Fair “our” fair!

Although I certainly can’t promise that there will be no additional changes after this update reaches your email inbox, I still want to share with you what I do know at this moment – in hopes that it will be of assistance to many of you! I ask that you read through the details carefully, and maybe review a second time, before you begin to reach out with additional questions. There is still much to be done, and we are working as quickly as we can to ensure that all is ready as your family arrives to the fairgrounds over the next week or so.

As we model for our children, let us stay positive and know that everyone is doing their best, always assume the best intentions, and give everyone an extra amount of grace as we move throughout the next two weeks. This spring and summer have not been easy for most of us, but the Hartford Fair has a great amount of normalcy to offer – if we look for it! Regardless of the facial coverings and social distancing, we’ll still be together with our fair friends, enjoying the opportunity to watch our youth exhibit, eating some fabulous fair foods, and making wonderful memories…. We have much for which to be grateful!

What I’m asking of you…

  • Wear your mask / facial covering (if you are medically able to do so).
    • No, it’s not always comfortable, but it surely beats the alternative of not being able to see our youth show at the fair…
    • If you aren’t wearing a facial covering, please step away from the barns, show arena and concessions, where larger numbers of people may gather.
    • Facial coverings are not expected within the show ring, but they continue to be welcome – especially in situations where social distancing is not possible.
    • 4-H members are reminded that while state guidelines do not require facial coverings for those under the age of 10, while 4-H guidelines require facial coverings for all 4-H members during 4-H-related events…
  • Daily symptom assessments: check your temperature, monitor for fevers, watch for a dry cough or trouble breathing, sore throat, headache, body aches, chills, and loss of taste or smell…
    • If you’re not feeling well, or experience the above-listed symptoms, please don’t come to the fairgrounds.
  • Don’t forget to social distance when near others from outside of your family. It’s for everyone’s safety and well-being.
  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently…
  • Remember that the exhibitor (and their family) should have no physical contact with their judge during shows, nor their buyer during sales.
    • Buyer thank you notes and any gifts of appreciation should be sent to the buyer following the fair.
  • Be mindful of what you share on social media – and how it represents our fair – and our 4-H and FFA programs!
    • Early fairs were not successful in using facial coverings and maintaining social distance, and many photos were shared as evidence of disregard for those guidelines. Now we find ourselves impacted by those decisions with additional limitations and guidelines. The fairs that are scheduled to take place after us in August, September and October are hoping to be as fortunate as us – to offer Junior Fair programming. If we don’t choose to do the right things during the Hartford Fair, they may pay the price. When we share photos or make posts online, we need to be sure to have a mask on, and show ourselves being responsible. Hartford is often held up as an example to other fairs across Ohio, let us again be a positive example of how to do what’s right!
  • If you have questions, or don’t understand, be sure to ask! We’re happy to help!

Fair Schedule…

  • You can find the fair schedule online at > Schedule. It is in the process of being updated, to remove all of the non-Junior Fair activities and events. The newest version should be posted within a day or so, feel free to check back often! An updated SPECIES SCHEDULE can be found online at
  • No open class events will be held – in any species.
  • Junior Fair llama / alpaca show has been cancelled, due to lack of entries.
  • Some changes have been made to department schedules. Those are listed by department further down in the email message…
  • 4-H Center and FFA Building will be open… Check schedule for hours and plan to drop in to see our 4-H and FFA exhibitor displays.
    • Details regarding set-up of 4-H Club booths was distributed on August 3rd to the lead advisor for each club.
  • 4-H Band will be performing at TARA throughout the week, with concerts on Sunday (3:00 p.m.), Monday (1:30 p.m.), Tuesday (6:00 p.m. in NRA near Pond), Wednesday 8:00 p.m. and Thursday (6:00 p.m.). Be sure to go listen…

Admission / Attendance…

  • There are currently no limits on who / how many may attend, but all publicity for the fair has been suspended so as to keep attendance to a manageable level.
  • No admission will be charged at the gate.
  • Junior Fair exhibitors and club/chapter advisors are asked to pick up their IDs on Thursday (1-7 p.m.), Friday (1-7 p.m.) or Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.) in B. Carr Family Arena.
    • IDs will still be used to pick up and cash premium vouchers.
  • By state guidelines, attendance in the sale arena during the sale will be limited to buyers and immediate family of exhibitor selling at that time.

The Fairgrounds…

  • The only area of the grounds open to attendees will be from the 4-H Center and Tara on the North, going East around the track to the Swine Barn. All areas to the South and West will be closed. (other than the SFB office)
  • Food vendors will be moved to the livestock barn area, with there being 10-15 vendors available. I’m sure that you’ll find some of your favorites!
  • Campgrounds will be limited to campers of exhibitors, advisors, SFB members, fair vet, etc.
    • If you need details about the campgrounds, be sure to reach our directly to the Fair Office.

General Notes…

  • Vouchers will be issued to exhibitors following completion of participation in each show.
  • The Bank will be open to cash vouchers, with hours posted on the Bank and in the Junior Fair Board office.
  • Curfew will be in place with everyone asked to vacate the barn / concession / office areas by 10:00 p.m. (or within 30 minutes of the conclusion of any event that ends after 10:00 p.m.).

Valuable Resources…

 Department Updates / Changes / Reminders: Updated SPECIES SCHEDULE –

(I apologize in advance if I missed a change or a change is made after this message is sent… Stay up to date with the Hartford Fair and Licking County 4-H websites and Facebook pages!)

Market Steer / Breeding Beef / Steer Pool

  • Steer Pool Vet Check will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday
  • Steer Pool Barn Meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday in the Kohman Wing.
  • Steer Pool will be released at 9:15 p.m. on Monday, following show. Packer truck arrives at 9:15 p.m. Monday for packer load out.
  • Feeder Calf show will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
  • Breeding Beef show will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
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Steer Pool information for the week leading up to the fair August 2020

Skillathon is on August 6th.

Also the DUNF form is due on Friday, August 7th and must be submitted online!


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July 20, 2020 Steer Pool Meeting at Hartford Fair Swine Barn, 7 pm

Monday- July 20, 2020 @ 7:00pm at Hartford Fair Swine Barn (Hog Complex) so we can be outside and social distance.

We will discuss the upcoming fair and try to answer all questions.  I am sure there are a lot of questions with all the fair changes this year and we will do our best to answer them.

If you feel sick or have symptoms of Covid 19, please contact a committee member and we will send you the information being provided at the meeting.

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Steer Pool Skillathon Thursday Aug 6, 2020- Register by July 15

Please see the information below. You MUST sign up to complete the beef skillathon by July 15. We will be getting scores by utilizing the virtual skillathon that is open to all 4-H exhibitors. I have copied the information from the website but also included the link below. Please contact a committee member if you have any questions!


It’s time to get signed up for Skillathon!

While Skillathon stations will not be offered in person during the Hartford Fair this year, we ask that you register for the State Skillathons – as we will use those contest scores to recognize Hartford Fair exhibitors during the fair! All youth who intend to complete a skillathon must register online by July 15th, with species skillathons being held on the designated dates / times listed below (all will be completed prior to the Hartford Fair)

Skillathon Dates (pre-registration required by July 15th):

Horse Skillathon:               Thursday, 7/23/2020                    10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Goat Skillathon:                 Friday, 7/24/2020                          10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Dairy Skillathon:                Saturday, 7/25/2020                     10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sheep Skillathon:              Wednesday, 7/29/2020                 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Dog Skillathon:                  Monday, 8/3/2020                         10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Poultry Skillathon:            Tuesday, 8/4/2020                         10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Swine Skillathon:               Wednesday, 8/5/2020                   10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Beef Skillathon:             Thursday, 8/6/2020                10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Rabbit Skillathon:              Friday, 8/7/2020                             10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

How to Register:

  • Registration is due by JULY 15, 2020.
  • Please register by visiting:
  • Please answer all of the survey prompts.
  • All exhibitors with need an email address specific to that exhibitor that can be used as your log-in credential (this is also where the first-time registration will be).

For example, a family with 3 children participating must have a unique email address for each child.

School email addresses are discouraged, as we have found that some school email systems block external emails generated by the Scarlet site.

If the child completed the 2020 QA Test-Out on Scarlet in May, please feel free to use their same email address, as they will already have an account…

Skillathon Rules:

  • All Skillathons are open to any Ohio 4-H member, age 8 and in the 3rd grade, or 9 years old and older regardless of grade level, to age 18 as of January 1, 2020, and FFA members.
  • You do not have to exhibit a particular species to participate in that species Skillathon.
  • Any specific rules for an individual species will be outlined on the testing site.
  • Skillathons will be delivered through Scarlet, a university-approved distance learning site. You must have access to a mobile device or computer with ability to access the internet.
  • Even though the Skillathons are online this year, each Skillathon must be taken by the youth only without assistance from family or friends.
  • There will be 4 stations in each Skillathon that will make up 4 separate, timed modules. Each station will have a time limit (typically 5 minutes per station).
  • If your child requires any testing accommodations, please contact us in advance at and we will work with you to make accommodation arrangements.
  • Results will be posted for each age category, age division, and overall after the Skillathon is completed. Participants will receive an email with a link to view the results.
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Hoof Trimming and Hartford Fair Entry Form

Don’t forget to save a spot if desired for hoof trimming this Saturday at the Fairgrounds. We also need to collect fair entries. The link is attached. It can be brought to hoof trimming, mailed to Rod Bemiller (12176 Edwards Rd Johnstown 43031) or electronically sent to Rachel Heimerl. Lots more information will be coming out at the end of the week. As always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to a committee member!

Hartford Fair Entry Form



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Steer Pool 2020 Hoof Trimming and Fair Entries

Steer Pool will be having the 2020 hoof trimming at the Hartford Fair on Saturday, June 20, 2020.

Please contact David Woosley (740-817-1487) to reserve a time.

Set up will be around the beef barn at the Hartford Fair where there is room to social distance.  Cost $30/head

We are hoping fair entries will be available for exhibitor to complete.

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Licking County 4H and FFA Quality Assurance Info for 2020

Please be checking your emails for the up to date information for Licking County 4H/FFA members enrolled in Livestock Projects.

Emails are going out regarding QA Test Out and QA training for 2020.

Rachel Heimerl has been forwarding emails from OSU Extension to this years steer pool exhibitor’s on April 23, April 24, and April 28, 2020 containing the latest information regarding Quality Assurance testing which is still required for all exhibitors this year.  Please take a look at those emails and if you haven’t received those emails or unsure of what to do, please contact one of the committee members and we will try to help.

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Steer Pool home visits and meetings suspended until after April 20, 2020

Attention steer pool exhibitors.  All remaining home visits and meetings are suspended as of now through April 20, 2020.

Ohio State University Extension   Please remember – all 4-H events, programs, and activities scheduled between now and April 20 will be held virtually, postponed, or cancelled.

Any steer pool exhibitor having project questions or would just like to have a phone or virtual home visit, please contact one of the committee members listed on the website contacts page.  While most kids are home during this shutdown, this is a excellent time get outside and work with their animals.  The warm weather is providing an opportunity to wash your animals and even brush up on your clipping skills on that old winter hair.


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Steer Pool Meeting at AMaysing Meats

The March 24, 2020 meeting at AMaysing Meats has been cancelled which comes to no surprise to everyone.  Stay safe and now is an excellent time to spend some quality time in the barn with your steer, completing your project book, and brushing up on the upcoming skill-a-thon with the online material found on the website.

We will keep everyone posted as to when we will have to next meeting but I don’t see anything in near future.  Hoof trimming is schedule for June and more info at a later date.

If you or your family are needing anything during this time, please reach out to one of us and we will try to assist in any way.


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Steer Pool Meeting on Sunday Jan 19, 2020 at Park Lanes Heath

Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and also had time to work with their steers especially during this nice weather.  Sunday, January 19, 2020, from 3-5 pm is our next meeting.  The meeting will be a fun time with your friends and a chance to get to know the other exhibitors.  Your family and friends are invited.  Everyone bowling will pay $10 at door which includes 2 hours of bowling, along with a large pizza, drinks, and shoe rental per lane.  There will be 6 bowlers per lane.

Location: Park Lanes Bowling 701 Hopewell Dr. Heath, Ohio 43056

Also if your home visits are not completed, it’s time to be getting those done.  This will be a oportunity for you to ask questions about your steer projects. The attached home visit form needs to be completed and on hand during the visit. Once completed, place in your project book.

Steer Pool Home Visit Form

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