Ohio State Fair Skillathon Information

2020 Ohio Youth SKillathons

The cancellation of the Ohio State Fair due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus also included cancellation of the 2020 Ohio State Fair Skillathons. We want to support the continued learning needs of youth livestock and companion animal exhibitors throughout Ohio, so Ohio State University Extension and the Department of Animal Sciences are pleased to offer virtual Skillathons this year. Our 4-H Animal Sciences team will conduct online Ohio Youth Skillathons this year with the opportunity to compete for the highest score; no cash awards will be involved. These Skillathons will include the same educational materials, by species, that are typically evaluated at the Ohio State Fair. Save the dates for the species you want to participate in and put your 4-H project knowledge to the test! All times TBD, details about rules and registration will follow. If you have questions about the Ohio 4-H Skillathon, contact us at 4hanimalscience@osu.edu.

  • Horse Skillathon: Thu 7/23/2020
  • Goat Skillathon: Fri 7/24/2020
  • Sheep Skillathon: Tue 7/28/2020
  • Dairy Skillathon: Thu 7/30/2020
  • Dog Skillathon: Mon 8/3/2020
  • Poultry Skillathon: Tue 8/4/2020
  • Swine Skillathon: Wed 8/5/2020
  • Beef Skillathon: Thu 8/6/2020
  • Rabbit Skillathon: Fri 8/7/2020

2019 Ohio State Fair Skillathon Information

Skillathons are open to any Ohio 4-H member, age 8 and in the 3rd grade, or 9 years old and older regardless of grade level, to age 18 as of January 1, 2020, and FFA members. 4-H and FFA members turning 19 on or before December 31, 2019, are too old to participate in skillathons. Youth do not have to be an exhibitor at the Ohio State Fair to participate or be enrolled in an animal project.



Youth participating in the market species skillathons (e.g., beef, goat, poultry, sheep, and swine) must bring a completed record book in order to receive the maximum, potential score on the skillathon. See the record book rules above. Below are examples of outstanding record books from past youth participants.These examples are guides for you to reference as you complete your own record book with your own information - DO NOT COPY!


Contact: Dr. Benjamin Wenner, Dept. of Animal Sciences, wenner.20@osu.edu or Lizz Share, Extension Specialist, share.8@osu.edu or 614.292.0589