They’re getting a chance to show
With the Monroe County Junior Fair’s cancellation, 4-H and FFA members faced not being able to show their animals and feel like they had truly completed their projects.
The Monroe County Youth Livestock Expo has since stepped in to arrange a show for them.
According to the organization’s Facebook page, goats and lambs will be shown on Friday, August 21. Cattle and poultry are scheduled for Saturday, August 22. The expo will close with hogs and rabbits showing on Sunday, August 23.
The show will take place at the Grizzle Ridge Arena, which will also host the Monroe County for Kids 4-H and FFA livestock sale on Thursday, August 27. The two sponsoring organizations and events are unrelated.
Exhibitors and their immediate family, as spectators, have been asked to follow the state’s COVID-19 recommendations, including social distancing and wearing masks. No more than 10 exhibitors may be in the ring at a time, and other groups should be limited to 10 people as well.
A one-way system will guide persons entering or leaving the grounds. Persons entering the arena grounds will be asked to sign a liability waiver.
All animals to be shown must have a fair tag or tat too. Exhibitors must have completed all the usual requirements for showing at the junior fair, including Skillathon, quality assurance and check-in.
Animals will be weighed for placement into the different classes but without upper and lower weight limits. All animals will be shown. For all species, showmanship classes will take place before the market and breeding classes.
Goats and lambs can begin arriving at 2 p.m. on show day. Scales will close at 5 p.m. Lambs will show first, beginning at 6 p.m., followed by goats.
The goat judge will be Marty Overholt, a Monroe County native and experienced multiple-species judge. After graduating from River High School and Ohio State University (OSU), he pursued a career in animal production. As the owner of Royal Livestock, of Big Prairie, Overholt produces and markets goat genetics. He is currently employed by the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service. Adam Coleman, of
Lakeville, will judge the lambs. Growing up, he successfully raised and showed purebred Dorset sheep and club lambs on the local, state and national levels. With his wife Margaret, Coleman breeds club lambs for sale across the country. Along with their herd of 100 ewes, they also operate a satellite flock for Duffey Club Lambs, of Roswell, New Mexico.
Poultry can begin arriving at 7 a.m. on show day, with animals to be kept in the exhibitor’s cage. Unlike the other species, poultry will not be weighed. The show is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
Judging poultry will be 30-year FFA and 4-H advisor Larry Lokai of Urbana. Lokai retired in 1996 from his alma mater, OSU, after 30 years in Agriculture Education.
This year marks Lokai’s 52nd year as a junior fair judge. He will be the official poultry judge at 17 shows in Ohio and Indiana this summer and has judged in 84 different Ohio counties and 97 shows nationally.
Lokai is a 36-year member of the National FFA Poultry Committee specializing in live bird selection. As a 4-H and FFA coach, 27 of his 4-H and FFA poultry judging teams have won Ohio team titles. From 1998 to 2001, Lokai coached the OSU Poultry Judging teams. Two of those teams placed in the national top three.
Cattle can begin arriving at 7 a.m. on show day. Scales will close at 10 a.m., with showing scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
Information on the show’s cattle judge was not available at press time.
Rabbits can begin arriving at 11 a.m. on show day, with animals to be kept in the exhibitor’s cage. Scales will close at 1 p.m., with showing scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
Amanda Hutcheson, of Pataskala, will judge the rabbits. A registrar for the American Rabbit Breeders Association, she holds office in several national or state breed clubs. She raises several breeds and is very active with her family in 4-H. Hutcheson has worked at the OSU Teaching Hospital in large animal and equine medicine for the last 15 years.
Hogs can begin arriving at 9 a.m. on show day. Scales will close at 4 p.m., with showing scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
The hog judge will be Danny Ahrens, of Ravenna, who helps his father manage their 30-sow crossbred herd. Ahrens also teaches 6th-grade math. He runs many clinics throughout the year, coaching exhibitors at the county, state, and national levels. He was a member of the 2003 Ohio 4-H livestock judging team and has judged throughout the Midwest and East Coast ever since.
Show registration opened on Monday, August 3, and will close on Monday, August 17. Registration forms for both market and breeding animals can be found on the Monroe County Youth Livestock Expo Facebook page.
Exhibitors are encouraged to contact Letisha Messenger at 740-310-1797 with any registration questions.