New Quality Assurance Deadlines in 2018

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, 2018 and for the Richwood Jr. Fair the deadline is July 1, 2018. 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

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.

2018 Approved Quality Asssurance Sessions 

2018 Approved QA Sessions - Union County 

List of remaining QA sessions throughout the state as of 5/17/2018:  Remaining QA Sessions 

Date What Where
Tues. May 8
7 - 8:30pm

Quality Assurance

Union Co. Fairgrounds (UCF)
Poultry & Rabbit Barn
May 9
7 - 8:30pm
QA North Union Elementary
420 Grove Street
Richwood, Ohio
May 10
7 - 8:30pm
QA (UCF) Poultry & Rabbit Barn
Fri, May 11
7 - 8:30pm
QA UCF Poultry & Rabbit Barn
Sat., May 12
Poultry Clinic & QA
(Followed by NPIP Testing)
UCF Poultry & Rabbit Barn


2018 Approved QA Sessions - Central Ohio 

Date What Where Contact/Cost

Mar. 6
Livestock QA
Ridgedale High School
Elgin High School
Marion Co. Extension
Livestock QA Champaign Co. Community Ctr Champaign Co. Extension
RSVP Required
ASE Feed Sponsored QA Tolle Career & Tech Ctr. Aud.
7877 SR 42 S.
Plain City OH
ASE Feed & Supply
To Register at the following link:
Goat Clinic and QA Champaign Co
Champaign Co Extension
Apr. 18

May 9
Livestock QA River Valley H.S.
Evers Arena,
Marion Co. 
Marion County Extension

Jun. 14
Livestock QA Hardin Co
*Does Not Meet UCF Deadline
Hardin County Extension

For other possible dates in the Central Ohio area, check other county websites:,, or

2018 Approved QA Session - Statewide

Date What Where Contact/Cost
Beef QA Ohio Beef Expo: Cooper Area
(ages 12 & Up) or
Ranahan's Cafe
(ages 8-11)
9am -
Mar 16
OSU Jr. Swine Day
JrSwine Day18
OSU, Animal
Science Building
2029 Fyffe Court
Columbus OH 43210
Dale Ricker or
call 419-523-6294
Cost: $10/person
Mar. 24 Ohio Rabbit &
Cavy School
Champaign Co.
Champaign Co Extension
Mar 24
Mar 9
Bi-State Youth 
Poultry Cinic
(Limited Space)
Wooster, OH
$20 Additional info
April 21
Dairy Palooza NE Wayne Co
Wooster, OH
$6 pre-registration by Apr 4 includes T-Shirt;
$10 after Apr 4 or at door


Test-Out Option for 2018

Youth ages 15 - 18 as of January 1, 2018, 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

Details and Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can’t attend any QA Program? If you don’t participate in a QA program in 2018, you are not eligible to exhibit in a Jr. Fair in 2018. (Unless you’ve “tested out” by passing the QA test previously, or choose to complete the Test-Out Option for 2018).

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 for 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.

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 18, 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: For QA questions related to Richwood Fair participation contact Scott McNamee at 740-225-8170. For QA questions reltated to Union County Fair participation contact Ruby Anderson at 937-243-3303.