Junior Fair Program

We build champion kids in the Richland County Junior Fair program.

The Richland County Junior Fair currently consists of the following youth organizations: 4-H and FFA. Boys and girls affiliated with these eligible member/youth organizations in Richland County are eligible to exhibit subject to the rules of their respective organizations. Their last year of participation shall be the year the member turns 19.

The Richland County Junior Fair is intended to be the showcase of 4-H and FFA youth and their enrolled projects. In 2019, more than 950 youth exhibited one or more projects in the Junior Fair. Through the many programs, shows and activities offered during the Junior Fair, exhibitors have the opportunity to learn by doing and to compete with each other in a friendly, safe atmosphere.  Many local individuals, businesses and agencies support the Junior Fair via trophies, cash awards, banners, and other awards.

Junior Fair exhibitors shall conduct themselves in a courteous and respectful manner, exhibit good sportsmanship, and refrain from unethical activities. Exhibitors shall also uphold all Junior Fair rules and policies, carry a positive attitude about the Junior Fair, and represent the positive youth development of their respective organizations.

All Junior Fair enrollment (4-H and FFA) for fair participation is due in The Ohio State University Extension Office by deadline of May 1 (extended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus). Exhibitors must be enrolled in the project by this time or will be considered ineligible for fair participation (no exceptions). Fair entries must be made for all Junior Fair breathing animal projects by July 1 (unless July 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then deadline shall be the following Monday) or within the designated 4-H and FFA active advisor verification period (July 1-15).

To be eligible to show/exhibit/participate within any Richland County Junior Fair program/class or participate in the Livestock Sale, the exhibitor must: 1) be properly enrolled by the April 1 (May 1 in 2020) deadline, 2) have completed the required project requirements, 3) must complete Quality Assurance class, if applicable to project, 4) must have successfully participated in an official county interview judging experience by the required deadline time, 5) have submitted a complete fair entry by the deadline, and 6) have the exhibit on display for the entirety of the Richland County Fair (exception – see rules #27, #33 and #36).

The leadership for the Richland County Junior Fair is the Richland Couunty Junior Fair Board. This 46 member organization is comprised of 4-H and FFA members, ages 14 -19 years, representing 4-H members and/or vocational agriculture student exhibitors. The object of this group is to promote the welfare of Richland County boys and girls through their activities and exhibits at the Richland County Fair. Terms shall be one year and are renewable for successive terms upon completion of successful membership responsibilities. Membership in this organization is open to all interested persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, socio-economic level, or geographic location as long as previous  stipulations (listed above) are met. All members are assigned to a department. Service in a department is limited to two years. All members are expected to fulfill their department, committee and board responsibilities on an annual basis. Regular attendance is expected and required at meetings, workdays and Junior Fair Board functions.

2020 Junior Fair Board

President

Savanna Harriman

Vice President

Jacob Echelbarger

Secretary

Hayden Williams

Youth Treasurer

Colton Boyer

At-Large

Logan Harriman

General Superintendent

Dr. Judy Villard Overocker

Associate Superintendent

Beth Brown

Adult Organization Reps

Lisa Crain, Laura Ringler

Sr. Fair Reps

Amanda Lantz, Nick Fairchild, Matt Harriman

20202 Junior Fair Board Members

4-H

Carson Abbott

FFA

Raegan Alsept

FFA

Austin Barcroft

4-H & FFA

Braden Boyer

4-H & FFA

Colton Boyer

4-H

Tressie Carroll

4-H & FFA

Ryleigh Chase

4-H

Ashton Crider

4-H

Emily Dittman

4-H

Max Dittman

FFA

Aliya Echelbarger

FFA

Jacob Echelbarger

4-H & FFA

Alexis Eldridge

4-H

Cadence Fairchild

FFA

Olivia Fidler

4-H & FFA

Alexa Fulk

4-H

Jocelyn Fyffe

FFA

Susan Grube

4-H & FFA

Logan Harriman

4-H & FFA

Savanna Harriman

FFA

Jacob Harrison

4-H & FFA

Sarah Hoak

4-H

Aubrey Holly

4-H

Candace Kissinger

4-H

Courtney Kissinger

4-H

Thalia Kurtzman

4-H & FFA

Brandon Lewis

FFA

Lauren Mellott

4-H

Paige Mullins

4-H & FFA

Cory Myers

4-H

Haiden Newmeyer

4-H & FFA

Madison Perkins

FFA

Nicole Pickard

4-H

Kai Rowlands

4-H

Abigail Samsel

4-H & FFA

Sierra Schaffer

FFA

Maddy Schmidt

4-H

Joseph Sieving

4-H

Kelsey Snyder

FFA

Evan Stuart

4-H

Cheyenne Sumler

4-H & FFA

Caroline Tilton

4-H & FFA

Trinity Turner

FFA

Allene Watson

4-H & FFA

Geordan Wheitner

4-H & FFA

Hayden Williams