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Ohio State Fair 4-H Avian Bowl Contest

Contest Information

  1. Each county may enter two (2) junior and two (2) senior teams of four (4) or five (5) contestants. One team member will be designated as the alternate if five contestants are entered. The team may be selected by any procedure the county deems appropriate.
  2. Team members must be 4-H members, but are not required to enroll in a 4-H Poultry Project to participate.
  3. SENIOR contestants must be at least 14 years of age on January 1, 2019, and not older than 18 years of age as of January 1, 2019.
  4. JUNIOR contestants must be at least 8 years old and in the third grade, or 9 years old regardless of grade, and younger than 14 years of age as of January 1, 2019.
  5. Teams of two (2) and three (3) members will be permitted ONLY IF a county does not have enough members to make a team of four (4) and CANNOT find members from another county to form a cross-county team. Cross-county teams of two (2) and three (3) members are NOT permitted.  Teams with five (5) members MUST designate one of those members as an alternate and ARE NOT PERMITTED to divide into teams of two (2) and three (3) members respectively.
  6. If one county does not have enough members to complete a team of four (4), cross-county teams are allowed to participate. For cross-county teams:
    1. Members must represent their county of 4-H enrollment.
    2. Members from one or more additional counties can make up a cross-county team.
    3. Cross-county team members do not need to be from neighboring counties with adjacent borders.
    4. One Extension professional from the county in which the team is registered must sign the registration form.
    5. One Extension professional from the other county (counties) where the cross-county team member(s) is enrolled must provide enrollment documentation in the form of a letter written on county Extension letterhead. This letter must be attached to the team’s entry form.
    6. Documentation will be confirmed upon receipt of entries.
  7. A junior individual may compete on a senior team; however, once a junior does compete as a senior, he/she may never move back to competing as a junior on a junior team. Note: This contest determines which contestants will represent Ohio at the National Avian Bowl Contest, which only allows senior team members. Therefore, if a junior is on a senior team, s/he is not permitted to participate in the national contest.
  8. Team members may only compete one year representing Ohio at the National 4-H Avian Bowl Contest. Therefore, those individuals are not eligible to compete in the Ohio 4-H Avian Bowl Contest in subsequent years.

Registration Information:

  • $15.00 per team, which includes fair admission, postmarked by Friday, July 5. NO LATE OR DAY-OF-CONTEST ENTRIES.

Study Materials:

  • National 4-H Avian Bowl Manual from Clemson University for $15.00
    • All questions and answers will come from the following material in the 2016 Study Packet:
      • Avian systems (Only Circulatory, Nervous, Excretory, Muscle and Skeletal) - pages 39-40
      • Breeds, varieties, and strains (AOSB and Miscellaneous only) - Pages 79-80
      • Raising game birds (All) - pages 81-99
      • Eggcyclopedia (Eggs from A-Z through Chantilly Meringue) AND (Sabayon sauce through Zeaxanthin) - pages 103-110 and 145-151B
      • Raising your home flock (All) - Pages 151C-161
      • Contributions of poultry to the development of science (All) - Pages 169-170
      • Avian influenza (All) - Pages 181-182