The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is made up of our great state’s best and brightest young leaders, hand-picked to contribute to the success of the Ohio State Fair each year. Selected to represent their respective youth organizations, these students serve on behalf of thousands of students across Ohio. As ambassadors for 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Farm Bureau, Grange and Tech Ed, they are able to share their experiences and emphasize the value of the Junior Fair with patrons throughout the 12 days of the Fair.

For these dedicated Junior Fair Board members, the passion for the Fair is in their blood. They have risen through the ranks over the years, spending their childhood summers caring for livestock animals, exhibiting their projects at both the county and state level, attending group meetings, assuming leadership roles, taking part in summer camps and growing, all while these organizations have shaped their lives.

These students, ages 16-20, come together for two weeks of hard work, building enduring friendships and professional relationships along the way. Their personalities and experiences provide a youthful and fun perspective as they fill the roles of welcoming officials at livestock shows, Smokey Bear’s courteous assistants, friendly faces working at the Monster Mural and enthusiastic companions of our Fair’s mascot, Butters D. Cow.

What is the Junior Fair Board?

The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is made up of Ohio’s best and brightest young leaders, hand-picked to contribute to the success of the Ohio State Fair each year. Selected to represent their respective youth organizations, these students serve on behalf of thousands of students across Ohio. Goals of the Junior Fair Board include:

  • To serve the people of the Ohio State Fair
  • To interact with fairgoers and provide the best experience possible
  • To help other agencies and organizations with their tasks, booths, etc. at the fair
  • To gain networking experiences and special opportunities

Which skills should a Junior Fair Board member have?

Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board members are dedicated leaders with outstanding characteristics such as:

  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Flexibility
  • Responsibility
  • Adaptability

What are the requirements?

In addition to being an outstanding leader, prospective members should meet the following general criteria:

  • 16-20 years old
  • Currently a member of 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Farm Bureau, Grange or Tech Ed
  • Highly involved members in their organization
  • Significant accomplishments within the organization (i.e. competition at the state and/or national level, leadership experiences, community service/volunteer experiences, etc.)
  • Leadership experience with the potential and desire to continue to grow as a leader
  • Very responsible, respectful and professional
  • Members are only eligible to serve one two year term on the JFB representing one organization

What is the time commitment?

Junior Fair Board members commit approximately 2 weeks of time to the Ohio State Fair, arriving the Monday prior to the Fair’s Wednesday opening. First year Junior Fair Board members are paid a flat-rate stipend of $750 for their service; returning members will receive a $900 stipend for their second year of service.

Where will I stay?

Housing, as well as complimentary meals, are provided by the Ohio State Fair. All Junior Fair Board members will stay in dormitories located at the Ohio State Fair in the Rhodes Center building.

How do I apply?

Apply through your organization, such as 4-H, Boy Scouts, Farm Bureau, FFA, Grange, Girl Scouts or Tech Ed.

In addition, one member at large will be selected each year regardless of the organization of which they are a member.

Click here to download the at-large membership application.The application is due no later than March 1 annually. 

If you don’t know who your contact is for the state of Ohio or are interested in becoming the member at large, please contact Junior Fair Board Advisor Alissa Belna-Muhlenkamp at a.belna@expo.ohio.gov. Applications are due no later than March 1 each year.

Questions?

For more information, please email Junior Fair Board Advisor Alissa Belna-Muhlenkamp at a.belna@expo.ohio.gov.

Junior Fair Board responsibilities include:

  • Welcoming guests and thanking sponsors at the beginning of livestock shows, performances, and other exhibits
  • Facilitating the “Monster Mural” and “Jumbo Tic-Tac-Toe” free family activities
  • Assisting at the Smokey Bear exhibit, Kayak Pond, and Wildlife Fishing Pond at the Natural Resources Park
  • Serving as a mobile customer service resource to fairgoers
  • Helping with line-up and announcing at the parade
  • Ushering concerts each nights
  • Being the best representative of your organization you can be!

How are Junior Fair Board members selected?

Youth organizations who participate in the Ohio State Fair each select representatives from their organizations to serve on the Junior Fair Board using their own selection criteria or applications, so please apply directly to your organization. Organizations are encouraged to select members who are:

  • Between 16 and 20 years old
  • Highly involved members of their organizations based on their accomplishments (i.e. competition at the state and/or national level in their organization, leadership experiences, community service experiences, etc.)
  • Candidates who truly want to serve in this role
  • Very responsible youth who are respectful to their organization’s advisors

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