Quality Assurance Deadlines in 2019

Union County Fair Deadline - June 1 
Richwood Fair Deadline - July 1

To be eligible for participation in the Richwood Independent Junior Fair and the Union County Junior Fair, potential youth exhibitors must participate in one of the following Quality Assurance Education Programs. The deadline to complete QA Education for the Union County Fair is June 1, 2019 and for the Richwood Jr. Fair the deadline is July 1, 2019. Parent participation is encouraged, particularly for youth exhibitors, but not required.  Printer Friendly QA Flyer.    

The Quality Assurance Education requirement applies to the following livestock/animals:  

                     All Dairy Cattle   
                     Market Rabbits (Pen of 3)  
                     Market Poultry (Pen of 4 Broilers, Market Turkeys & Market Ducks)
                     Breeding and Market Sheep
                     Market & Dairy Goats, Breeding Goats
                     Beef (Mkt Steers, Beef Feeders & Breeding Beef) 
                     Dairy Feeder Calves
                     Swine

Jr. Fair Horse Exhibitors MUST attend the "Equine Safety & Sportsmanship" (ESSP) Program.  If you also have a Livestock Project, you must also attend a Livestock QA Session. The "Equine Safety & Sportsmanship" Program and QA Sessions are not interchangeable.

2019 Approved Quality Asssurance Sessions 

2019 Approved QA Sessions - Union County 
 

Date What Where
Mon. May 6
7 - 8:30 pm

Livestock
Quality Assurance(QA)

North Union Elementary
420 Grove Street
Richwood, Ohio
Tues, May 7
7 - 8:30 pm
QA Union Co Fairgrounds (UCF)
Poultry & Rabbit Barn
Wed, May 8
7 - 8:30 pm
QA UCF Poultry & Rabbit Barn
Thurs.,
May 9
7 - 8:30 pm
QA UCF Poultry & Rabbit Barn
Fri., May 10
7 - 8:30 pm
Rabbit QA UCF Poultry & Rabbit Barn
Sat., May 11
9 am
Poultry QA
Followed by NPIP Testing
UCF Poultry & Rabbit Barn

 

2019 Approved QA Sessions - Central Ohio 

Date What Where Contact/Cost
Jan. 12 11 am
 
Dairy Feeders Clinic & QA Champaign County Fairgrounds Champaign Co. Extension
937-484-1526

Feb 20
6 pm

 

March 5
6 pm

Livestock QA

 

Livestock QA

River Valley High School

 

Elgin High School

Marion Co. Extension
740-223-4040
Mar.23
9 am - Noon
Rabbit/Cavy Clinic & QA Champaign County Fairgrounds Champaign Co Extension
937-484-1526
Mar 28
6:30 - 8:30 pm
RSVP Required
ASE Feed Sponsored QA Tolls Career & Tech Center Aud.
7877 SR 42
Plain City

ASE Feed & Supply, LLC 
RSVP at the following:
www.asefeedandsupply.com  
614-873-4621

Apr. 6
 9 am
Goat Clinic & QA Champaign County Fairgrounds Champaign County Extension
937-484-1526
April 11
6:30 pm
Livestock QA Big Walnut High School
555 S Old 3C Road
Delaware County Extension
740-833-2030
April 16
6 pm
Livestock QA Ridgedale High School Marion County Extension
740-223-4040
April 20
9 am
Poultry Clinic & QA Champaign County Fairgrounds Champaign County Extension
937-484-1526
April 28
1 pm
QA, Poultry Clinic to follow Evers Arena, Marion Co. Fairgrounds Marion County Extension
740-223-4040
May 6
6:30 pm
Livestock QA Champaign County Community Center Champaign County Extension
937-484-1526

May 7
6 pm

Livestock QA Evers Arena Marion Co. Fairgrounds Marion County Extension
740-223-4040
May 8
6:30 pm
Livestock QA Buckeye Valley H.S.,
901 Coover Rd.
Delaware County Extension
740-833-2030
May 21
6:30 pm
Livestock QA Champaign County Community Center Champaign County Extension
937-484-1526
May 30
6:30 pm
Livestock QA
Make-up
Champaign County Coummunity Center $20 charge for May 30 Session
June 1   2 pm* Swine Clinic & QA
*Does Not Meet UCF Deadline!
Delaware Co Fairgrounds Pig & Lamb Barn Delaware County Extension
740-833-2030
June 8
10 am*
Lamb & Goat Clinic & QA
*Does Not Meeting UCF Deadline!
Delaware Co Fairgrounds Pig & Lamb Barn Delaware County Extension
740-833-2030

June 6
7-8:30 pm*

Livestock QA
*Does Not Meeting UCF Deadline!
Hardin County Fairgrounds Community Building Hardin County Extension
419-674-2268
$10 Charge
June 27
2:30 - 4 pm*
Livestock QA
*Does Not Meeting UCF Deadline!
Hardin County Fairgrounds Community Building

Hardin County Extension
419-674-2268
$10 Charge

For other possible dates in the Central Ohio area, check other county websites: delaware.osu.edu, marion.osu.educhampaign.osu.edu, madison.osu.edu or hardin.osu.edu
 

2019 Approved QA Session - Statewide

Date What Where Contact/Cost
Mar.15
3:30 pm
Beef QA Ohio Beef Expo: Cooper Area
(ages 12 & Up) or
Ranahan's Cafe
(ages 8-11) 

www.ohiobeefexpo.com

614-873-6736

Mar.30
9 am -
3 pm
RSVP by
Mar 22
OSU Jr. Swine Day
http://agnr.osu.edu/events/2019-junior-swine-day
OSU, Animal
Science Building
2029 Fyffe Court
Columbus OH 43210
Dale Ricker
ricker.37@osu.edu or
call 419-523-6294
Cost: $10/person
April 13  Youth Poultry Clinic
(Formerly known as Bi-State Youth Poultry Cinic)
ATI, Wooster TBA
April 27
8 am
Dairy Palooza NE Mahoning County
Fairgrounds
(Canfield)
7265 Columbiana-Canfield Rd.
South Cattle Complex

ohiodairypalooza.com/northeast.html

Registration deadline TBA; $6 pre-registration fee, $10 at the door

 

Test-Out Option for 2019

Youth ages 15 - 18 as of January 1, 2019, may choose to "test out" of Quality Assurance attendance. Exhibitors can choose a Large Animal or Small Animal QA test. Exhibitors receiving an adequate score will meet QA attendance requirements for the remainder of their 4-H or FFA career.  To schedule a time to test out, please contact Christy Leeds at leeds.1@osu.edu.

Details and Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can’t attend any QA Program? If you don’t participate in a QA program in 2019, you are not eligible to exhibit in a Jr. Fair in 2019. (Unless you’ve “tested out” by passing the QA test previously, or choose to complete the Test-Out Option for 2019).

I am showing 2 different species at the fair. Do I need to attend 2 sessions? 4-H Members only need to attend one QA session, even if you are showing multiple species.

How do the Fair Boards know which program I’ve attended? If you attend one of the Union County Programs listed, Fair Board Representatives will be present to collect your verification form at the end of each session. If you attend a program elsewhere, it is your responsibility to adhere to whatever documentation system is used. Some programs provide certificates of attendance, some use a sign out system and you will have to request that they forward information to your Fair Board.

Other Options: To utlize any other option (session not listed) for completing QA Education you must: #1: Obtain advance permission from the Fair Board for the program you wish to attend and #2: Provide written vertification to the Fair Board, from the program, of your attendance.

Where can I find out about other QA Programs that are being offered? You can find other QA Programs throughout the state by looking at County 4-H websites.  Search OSU Extension (Name of County) to find each county's site. Read the list carefully.  Most programs are open to out-of-county attendees, some are not.  Note that in addition to your travel expense, there is sometimes a fee. Be prepared to pay at the door.

What is the final date to attend a QA program outside of Union County?
Regardless of where you attend your QA program, it MUST be completed at least 45 days prior to the start of the fair.  This is a state rule, and not a county rule.  For Union County Fair, the final meeting you can attend is June 4. For Richwood Fair, July 13 is the final date.  The Fair Board CANNOT approve any QA session being held after that date.

How do I know if a program is a Quality Assurance Program? The QA programs listed on other OSU Extension websites are all acceptable programs for Quality Assurance eligibility for Union County. BE VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT OTHER PROGRAMS: Not every clinic, feed company program, fitting and showing session, etc. is a QA Program.  There are many other good educational programs being offered which ARE NOT Quality Assurance Programs. If in doubt, DO NOT ASSUME that just because you attend something, the Fair Board will consider it a QA Program.  It is your responsibility to gain permission, prior to attendance, for any program other than those listed.

What if I have a Horse Project? Jr. Fair Horse Exhibitors must attend the "Equine Safety & Sportsmanship" (ESSP), March 31, at St. John's Lutheran School.  Time: 3 - 5 PM.  If you also have a Livestock Project, you must also attend a Livestock QA Session. The Equine Safety & Sportsmanship Program (ESSP) and Livestock QA sessions are not interchangeable.

This QA Education reqirement does not apply to: Saddle Horses, Dogs, Cats, Pygmy Goats, Fancy Poultry, Pet Rabbits, Breeding Rabbits, Exhibition/Fancy Ducks & Geese, & Small Animal Projects (like guinea pigs).

Who do I contact for questions about Quality Assurance? For questions about the programs listed, contact the Union County Extension Office at 937-644-8117 or email at: leeds.1@osu.edu. For QA questions related to Richwood Fair participation contact Scott McNamee at 740-225-8170.