Skillathons are required for fair participation in the following areas: Beef, Sheep, Swine, Poultry, Rabbits, Goats, Horses, Dairy, Dogs, and Llamas/Alpacas

2023 Skillathon Dates: June 20 & 28

Sign up sheet coming soon!

2022 Skillathon Results

What is Livestock Skillathon? Check out the video below for details:



General Information

Requirement: All livestock exhibitors must participate in skillathon to be eligible to show at the Madison County Fair. 

Dress Code: All participants must come to skillathon dressed in appropriate show clothes for their species.

Skillathon dates: 

  • June 20 
  • & 28, 2023: 4:30-8:30pm - PRE-REGISTER BY JUNE 15 at the link below
  • Click here for Skillathon Information and Registration Links (2022)
  • Study Guides 2022 - Available below! (2023 Study Guides will be available in May)
  • ACCOMODATIONS REQUEST: Fill out a Winning 4-H Plan for and send to the Extension Office to request accomodations for your child (extra time, read aloud, etc.)
  • If you cannot attend the dates listed above, you will NOT be eligible to show at the Madison County Fair. Contact the Extension Office by June 1 to discuss any extenuating circumstances. 

What to bring:

  • Livestock Project and Record Book (for 1st year members) AND the PDF Livestock Records for additional years for each species
  • Come dressed in clothes that are required for your show (See Fair Book for details)
  • Be sure to study using the study guides listed below for your species!

Special Notes:

  • Most skills stations will be completed on a laptop computer (provided) via a quiz format where they will have to complete multiple choice, matching, selection, or fill in the blank type questions (much like they are used to using the posters) 
  • All families must register their youth for a time slot for each species skillathon required

Special Accomodations:

  • If your child needs certain accomodations to help them be successful, such as reading aloud, extra time, private judging, etc., please contact the OSU Extension Office to fill out a Winning 4-H Plan so we can discuss accomodations necessary!

2022 Study Guides 

Each species has a study guide which lists the stations and a description for the types of questions asked, where information can be found, etc. Please review the study guide and resources for each species you are exhibiting. 

Practice Quizzes are available here: Animal Science Virtual Learning Lab

Quality Assurance Study Help available here: QA Study Guide ALL GPP's

Species Study Guide Additional Resources (also linked in Study Guide)
Alpaca Alpaca Study Guide  
Beef (includes Dairy Beef Feeders) Beef Study Guide  
Dairy Dairy Study Guide  
Dog Dog Study Guide  
Goats Goat Study Guide  
Horse (Horseless Horse Projects do NOT participate in Skillathon) Equine Study Guide  
Poultry Poultry Study Guide

Biosecurity Tips to Prevent Poultry Disease

Protecting the Health of Your Flock

Meat Cuts Study PPT

Poultry Breeds

Rabbit (includes Pet Rabbit) Rabbit Study Guide

ARBA - Proper Posing


Sheep Sheep Study Guide  
Swine Swine Study Guide

Swine Showmanship

Swine Showmanship Tips

Biosecurity and Your Pig Project