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WAUSEON, OH -- Please join the Fulton County OSU Extension and Ohio Homemaker Community Education (OHCE) for a fun filled afternoon at the Fulton County Fair. The Women’s Day program is open to all and will be on Wednesday, September 6 at the Veteran’s Pavilion, from 1 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. We will be offering presentations on:

1:00 p.m. “Fall” Into Fashion - Gloria Kuntz, Passion For Fashion

1:45 p.m. Basic Home Safety - Rachel Kinsman, Fulton County Health Department

2:30 p.m. Cake Decorating - Kristy Clouse, The Bake Shop

OHCE is also looking for women who want to be involved to strengthen family values, improve the community, and be informed and learn about new programs or ideas. OHCE has a variety of activities and charitable events to get involved in such as: Relay for Life, Women’s Day, collecting toiletries for those in need, silent auctions for charities, adopting a family at the holidays, and supporting the cultural arts. There are also opportunities to be involved in a regional and state level with this group. There are several groups in the Fulton County area, so attend Women’s Day to meet some of these lovely ladies and to receive more information on how you can join and get involved!

If you have any questions about the 2017 Women’s Day or joining OHCE please contact Ohio State University Extension, Fulton County at (419) 337-9210.

Beef, Sheep and Swine Skillathons

Once again junior fair beef, sheep and swine exhibitors will have a chance to compete in the youth skillathons that contribute to the Overall Market Exhibitor (OME) Award.  This year’s skillathons will be held on Wednesday, August 30th, from 4:00-8:00 pm in Spangler Arena on the fairgrounds.  Youth wishing to be eligible for the OME Award in their species, must compete in the skillathon. Registration for the skillathons is first come, first served on August 30th, no youth will be turned away if they arrive by 8 pm.  There is no cost to participate and all youth, clubs, and chapters are encouraged to participate and demonstrate their knowledge of the livestock industry.  Youth need to bring project record books to the event and they will be worth 4 pts of the total score. Youth can best prepare for the skillathons by completing their project books (they will be graded), reviewing the livestock learning kits (if your club does not have kits, they can be signed out at the Extension office), using university web resources and by working with your advisor. The key resource for each of these skillathons is the species Resource Handbook, available for purchase at the Extension Office. Cash awards will be granted to first ($50), second ($30) and third place ($20) Skillathon winners in each division.

BEEF and SHEEP DIVISIONS:

Junior Division – Ages 8-13 (as of January 1, current year)

Senior Division – Ages 14-18 (as of January 1, current year)

SWINE DIVISIONS:

Junior Division – Ages 8-11 (as of January 1, current year)

Intermediate Division – Ages 12-14 (as of January 1, current year)

Senior Division – Ages 15-18 (as of January 1, current year)

The 2017 stations…

Beef Station topics (Junior and Senior Divisions):

Management Practices

Nutrition & Feeding

Record Keeping Across the Project

Quality Assurance: Health Maintenance

Tiebreaker (any questions from Beef Resource Handbook or industry approved publication)

Sheep Station topics (Junior and Senior Divisions):

Carcass Evaluation and Meats

Quality Assurance

Record Keeping Across the Project

Reproduction and Genetics

Tiebreaker (any questions from Sheep Resource Handbook or industry approved publication)

Swine Station topics (Junior-Intermediate-Senior Divisions):

Nutrition and Feeding

Swine Selection

Record Keeping Across the Project

Pork Products (including Carcass and Meats)

Tiebreaker (any questions from Swine Resource Handbook or industry approved publication)

Furthermore, the skillathon score makes up exactly 1/3 of the total Outstanding Market Exhibitor Award along with the placing in one’s showmanship and market classes.  If there are multiple market classes (Beef and Dairy Beef– Saturday’s market classes only; Sheep – Jr. market or Born-n-Raised; Swine – barrow or gilt), a youth’s highest ranking will be used.  If there are multiple showmanship opportunities (Beef and Dairy Beef, steers and feeder calves), a youth’s highest ranking will be used.  The Outstanding Market Exhibitor for Beef, Sheep and Swine will sell third in the sale order (behind Grand and Reserve Champion) and will receive an industry sponsored gift and monetary award.

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