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By coordinator | June 7, 2018

Junior Fair Horses Offering 4 Great Learning Opportunity Clinics – July 9-12

Are you interested in learning a new discipline or tweaking your skills?  The Junior Fair Horse Committee is offering 4 daily clinics in July.  Space may be limited, so get your reservations in today!  Stark County participants will get first priority, but we are opening these opportunities to surrounding counties.  Please share with your friends!

For more information – Please contact Jessica Soehnlen, Trish Durkin or Shan Hough.

Monday, July 9

Tuesday, July 10

Wednesday, July 11

Thursday, July 12

By coordinator | March 25, 2018

For 4-H Youth: 4-H Officer Training, April 9th

From the desk of David Crawford:


Stark County Officer 4H Club Training

April 9, Monday 6:30pm

RG Drage auditorium- with OSU Collegiate 4-H



Please share with your clubs…  we need a minimum of 20 youth to offer this  GREAT opportunity!!  Please RSVP early!  We will have another opportunity to offer an Officer 4H Club Training for officers and those who want to be officers in future.


Event Details:

Stark County Officer 4H Club Training

April 9, Monday 6:30pm at RG Drage auditorium- with OSU Collegiate 4-H



Please confirm by April  5th, with Phyllis McMaster, how many members/parents will attend.  There is no limit.


4H Officer Resource Page- books, forms and videos about each position:


April 9, Monday 6:30pm at RG Drage auditorium–with OSU Collegiate 4-H


If you need 4H Officer material, David Crawford can email you attachments of the 4H Officer Books, email him a request  at



By coordinator | March 10, 2018

Spring Forward – Sunday March 11th

Don’t forget to change your clocks tomorrow!

Sunday, March 11th

By coordinator | March 8, 2018

2018 Fair Theme Announcement

The Junior Fair Board has chosen the theme for the 2018 Stark County Fair.

Your theme is: “County Fair with Ocean Air”

By Mindy | August 5, 2014

2014 Poultry Interview Judging is on August 10th

Just a reminder that Poultry Interview Judging is on

August 10, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Fairgrounds

We will be located behind the Jr. Fair Office in the Old Show Arena. Please bring your books, one page report (you must do a one page report for each poultry project you are taking) and anything else that you would like to have with you to tell us about what you have learned from taking your project(s). See the Poultry section of the website for book requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact a committee member.

By Mindy | June 19, 2014

2014 NPIP Testing for Poultry

A message from Pam Baad, Junior Fair Coordinator, regarding NPIP Testing

ATTENTION Jr. Fair Members taking a poultry project

We will be doing pullorum testing for fancies and layers on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the poultry barn at the fairgrounds. Cost will be $2.00 per bird.

You need to have a pullorum test done if the following applies:
You are doing Egg Layers and/or raising Fancy Poultry II.

If you are taking Pullets which were hatched after January 1, 2014; fancy poultry which were hatched after January 1, 2014; broilers that you receive from the committee; or market turkey that was hatched between April 25 and June 1, 2014, you DO NOT need to have your birds tested. But you do need to attach the NPIP paperwork that you received when you got your birds to your official entry form that is due July 25, 2014, to my office. If you do not attach the NPIP paperwork, your entry will not be accepted.

Any questions, feel free to contact Pam Baad at or call (330) 455-7856.

By horse | June 4, 2014

June Horse Committee Meeting TONIGHT

June Horse Committee Meeting tonight at 7pm in the Junior Fair Board Office at the Fairgrounds. All are welcome – see you there!! 🙂

By Mindy | May 4, 2014

Broiler Project Fee Due May 8th, 2014!

The last day to pay your Broiler Fee is Thursday, May 8th, 2014. Members of the Poultry Committee will be at the Junior Fair Office from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on May 8th, 2014 to collect your $25.00 per project fee. This deadline is absolute. No late fees will be accepted.

By Keith | March 6, 2014

AG SAFETY S.T.A.T. – Vol. 7 No. 3 Mar ’14

THOUGHTS FROM THE EDITOR – Safety and Health Programs Ready to Come to You – Dee Jepsen – State Agricultural Safety and Health Leader
This has been a winter for the record books in many areas of the state. While the snow was falling, the Ag Safety and Health Office was whirling to have new curriculum ready to be launched spring 2014. Read the three announcements below to learn how our activities can benefit farm families, gardeners, firemen, and agricultural employees in your rural communities.

Safety is a full time job. Don’t make it a part time practice.

The OSU Ag Safety Program has developed an “OSHA and AG” educational program to address the safety and health topics commonly found in the agricultural industry. The 1-day workshop will be offered in 5-9 locations around the state in response to the growing concern about farms and their OSHA workplace requirements. Although small family farms continue to be exempt from certain government regulations, the workshop will help farmers understand when they are and are not exempt, how to control for workplace injuries, obligation to provide a safe environment for employees, and other protection liabilities. If you are interested in being a host location, please contact Dee Jepsen for more details at 614-292-6008 or

ANNOUNCEMENTS – NOW SCHEDULING: Grain Bin Awareness Programs and Grain Rescue Trainings
The Grain CART (Comprehensive Agricultural Rescue Trailer) is now being scheduled for spring and summer programs. This 40-foot trailer is equipped with a fully functional grain bin, grain leg and gravity flow wagon to simulate several scenarios when grain is stored on the farm. The Grain CART was developed by OSU students in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering in partnership with the Ohio Fire Academy and other private donors.

There are two types of classes using the Grain CART. A 6-hr course conducted by the Ohio Fire Academy (course # 1954) is specifically for firemen and other first responders to learn and practice rescue techniques. A Grain Bin Awareness program is taught by the OSU Ag Safety Program and is designed to teach farmers, farm families, community members and first responders about the many hazards associated with stored grain. Each class has separate fees.

To learn more about the program, and how to schedule the Grain CART for your community safety program, please contact Dave Torsell, Program Manager for Emergency Management and Agricultural Rescue, at or 614-292-9455.

Does your county office or agricultural partners have responsibility for conducting annual safety programs to meet Workers’ Compensation requirements? If so, there are curriculum kits available to help you. There are 12 different topics for you to choose, each one with Power Point presentations (with speaker notes) and evaluations for your audience to give us feedback about the content. Please contact the Ag Safety Office to learn more about these pilot programs and how they can be used at your local safety event. Kathy Mann, Program Coordinator, at 614-292-0622 or

INJURY PREVENTION – Safety around the Barnyard Babies – Kathy Mann – OSU Agricultural Safety and Health Program Coordinator
Spring is right around the corner bringing new life on the farm. Who doesn’t love seeing the cute and cuddly baby animals? Although some farm animals are pets, most animals on the farm are considered livestock. And while livestock may look cute and cuddly, they can pose a hazard when working around or handling them. It is important for children to have adult supervision whenever they are near livestock.

Livestock exhibit certain behavioral traits. Recognizing and understanding these traits can help prevent injuries. The first trait is maternal. To mothers of young farm animals, you are a dangerous predator. When they feel their young are in danger, they will snort, kick, or charge.
Livestock are unpredictable. They can become scared, tired, hungry, or irritated quickly without warning. It is important to always remain alert when working around mothers with their young.

Another behavior trait is territorial. Just like us, animals want their own pen, stall or space. Cows tend to walk into the same stall day- after-day. When people invade or try to remove them from this area, they may feel threatened.

In addition to the behavioral traits, animals give visual signs when they feel unsafe or nervous. Just as our faces show our feelings, livestock use body language to communicate feelings. For example:
-When animals lower their heads, paw at the dirt, bellow, or snort, they are getting ready to charge. Likewise, animals that pace their stall or circle around their baby may charge if you try to approach.
– Ears that are laid back against the neck or head means animals are mad and will likely try to kick or bite.

While enjoying the new babies on the farm this spring, remember to stay alert, watch for visual discomfort signs, and make sure children are always supervised when around livestock.

For more information about Working Safely With Livestock (AEX-990-08), visit

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – Get Ready to NOT be Blown Away – Dave Torsell – OSU Program Manager, Emergency Management
This is the time to get busy preparing for the severe weather that will follow our unpredictable OHIO winter! The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather has set dates for several events that will be of great interest to all of our readers and all of us should take advantage of the time we have to prepare!

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is March 2-8.
National Flood Awareness Week is March 16-22.
Ohio’s Statewide Tornado Drill is Wednesday March 5 at 09:50 a.m.

Keep in mind that preparation is key to survival in severe weather conditions and time to prepare ahead is a blessing. Make the best use of your time and develop a safety preplan that you and your family can follow to lower your chances of being injured.

Something to consider is to tie down or secure any materials that could become flying weapons if they are picked up by the wind. Keep tree limbs trimmed away from roofs and power lines. A professional may be needed to do this safely!

When high winds hit or a tornado warning is issued, the safest place you can be is in your basement. No basement, then get to a small room such as a closet or bathroom near the center of your home. Stay away from windows and, as the Committee for Severe Weather awareness encourages us to do, DUCK!
D-Go DOWN to the lowest level.
U- Get UNDER something.
C- COVER your head.
K- KEEP in the shelter until the storm has passed.

Floods are another severe weather danger that can result from thunderstorms, heavy rains and the thawing snow that we have all been hoping for.

Flowing water is a strong advisory and it takes only inches to sweep you off of your feet. Just two feet of water can move vehicles and a wave of water can destroy buildings. Your action should be to get to higher ground if possible, or if authorities have said to stay off of the roads then follow their direction.

If you don’t know if you live in a floodplain then contact your Designated Floodplain Administrator (DFPA). This person can be found at

For more information on what to prepare for severe weather, including printable materials, go to

Take the time to PREPARE NOW! You never know when severe weather will strike. Being prepared is your best defense to keep you and your family safe. Take care and COME ON SPRING!

For more information about Emergency Management contact Dave Torsell, Program Manager for Emergency Management and Agricultural Rescue, at or 614-292-9455.

Ag Safety S.T.A.T. – Safe Tactics for Ag Today is an e-mail newsletter prepared by Dee Jepsen, Extension Agricultural Safety Specialist and team members from the State Safety Office, in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at OSU. The primary goal of this monthly newsletter is to help you stay connected to everyday safety news and activities that may be used in your own newsletters or programs. If you have safety-related questions or program ideas that you would like to share, please contact Dr. Jepsen at

By horse | March 26, 2013

Stark County Horse Advisor’s Meeting 4/3/2013 7pm

There will be an ADVISOR’S MEETING on Wednesday, APRIL 3rd at 7pm. It is highly suggested that an advisor from each club (or a representative of each club – if an advisor is unavailable) be at this meeting. We will go over important changes and updates to the horse program for the 2013 4H Show Season. We look forward to seeing all of you and are prepared to answer any and all questions that you may have.



Have Questions?
Email a committee member.