Quality Assurance Deadlines in 2020

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, 2020 and for the Richwood Jr. Fair the deadline is July 1, 2020. Parent participation is encouraged, particularly for youth exhibitors, but not required.  Printer Friendly QA Flyer.    

4-H & FFA Members in these projects must attend Quality Assurance Education:  All Dairy Cattle, Market & Dairy Goats, Breeding Goats, Market Rabbits (Pen of 3), Beef (Mkt. Steers, Beef Feeders, Breeding Beef), Dairy Feeder Calves, Swine, Breeding and Market Sheep, Market Poultry (Pen of 4 Broilers, Mkt. Turkeys and Market Ducks)    

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.

2020 Approved Quality Asssurance Sessions 

2020 Approved QA Sessions - Union County
Contact: OSU Extension, Union County, 937-644-8117.  There is no fee for these sessions 

2020 Approved QA Sessions - Union County
Date What Where
May  4
7pm to 8:30pm
Livestock Quality Assurance (QA) Union Co Fairgrounds (UCF)
Poultry & Rabbit Barn
May 5
7pm to 8:30pm
Poultry & Rabbit Barn
May 7
7pm to 8:30pm
Poultry & Rabbit Barn
May 9
Poultry Clinic and QA UCF
Poultry & Rabbit Barn

2020 Approved QA Sessions - Central Ohio
Date What Where Contact/Cost
Feb 18
Livestock QA River Valley High School Marion Co. Extension
March 19
6:30 - 8:30pm
RSVP Required
ASE Feed Sponsored Quality Assurance Tolles Career & Tech Center
7877 S.R. 42 S., Plain City
ASE Feed & Supply, LLC
 asefeedand supply.com
March 19
6:30 - 8pm
Livestock QA Big Walnut High School Delaware Co Extension
March 21
Registration: 8:30am
Program: 9am
Rabbit & Cavy Clinic Champaign Co Community Center, 1512 US 36, Urbana

Champaign Co. Extension

April 4
Goat Clinic & QA (Followed by Sale at Noon) Champaign Co. Fairgrounds
384 Park Ave
Champaign Co. Extension
April 11
3pm QA
Heritage Show Ring Success Seminar (QA at 3pm) Madison Co. Fairgrounds
205 Elm St., London
Madison Co. Extension
April 14
Livestock QA Evers Arena, Marion Co. Fairgrounds Marion Co. Extension
April 14, 15, and 16
6 - 8pm
Livestock QA Madison Co. Fairgrounds
205 Elm St., London
Madion Co. Extension
Thursday, April 16
6:30 - 8pm
Livestock QA Buckeye Valley High School
901 Coover Road
Delaware Co. Extension
Saturday, April 18
Reg 8:30a
Program 9a
Poultry Clinic & QA Champaign Co. Fairgrounds Champaign Co. Extension
April 26
Rabbit Focus QA Delaware Co. Fairgrounds Delaware Co. Extension
May 2
Reg 9:30am
May 12
Reg. 5:30pm
Livestock QA Champaign Co. Community Ctr.
1512 US 36, Urbana

Champaign Co. Extension

May 14

Livestock QA Evers Arena
Marion Co. Fairgrounds
Marion Co. Extension

May 21
6:30 -8pm

Livestock QA Delaware Co Fairgrounds Delaware Co. Extension
June 6
10am - 11:30am
*Lamb & Goat Clinic and QA
Delaware Co. Fairgrounds  Delaware Co. Extension


*Saturday, June 6 does not meeting Union County Fair Deadline

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

2020 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) 


9 am -
3 pm
Mar 20
OSU Jr. Swine Day
OSU, Animal
Science Building
2029 Fyffe Ct.Columbus OH 43210
Dale Ricker
ricker.37@osu.edu or
call 419-523-6294
Cost: $15/person
April 18  Bi-State Youth Poultry Clinic OSU ATI, Wooster http://go.osu.edu/PoultryCalendar
April 25
8 am
Dairy Palooza NE Mahoning County
7265 Columbiana-Canfield Rd.
South Cattle Complex


Registration deadline TBA


Test-Out Option for 2020

Youth ages 15 - 18 as of January 1, 2020, 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 2020, you are not eligible to exhibit in a Jr. Fair in 2020. (Unless you’ve “tested out” by passing the QA test previously, or choose to complete the Test-Out Option for 2020).

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 9. For Richwood Fair, July 18 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), date TBA. 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.