Any youth wishing to exhibit an animal at the fair in 2024 is required to complete Quality Assurance. Quality Assurance for exhibition at the Brown County Fair must be completed by July 1st. Any youth wishing to exhibit at the Ohio State Fair MUST complete Quality Assurance by June 1st.
For QA purposes an animal project will be defined as any animal project that is exhibited at the fair EXCEPT: Horses** and Companion Animals: dogs, cats, and projects taken through the Pocket Pet or Pet Rabbit project. If you are unsure if your project is required to take QA, please contact the Extension Office for clarification. Ask yourself - does my animal stay overnight at the fair? If you answer yes, you need to complete QA. 
**Horse QA Requirement - Refer to the horse letter for requirements for ALL horse exhibitors for 2024. All horse exhibitors will be required to complete and pass the Ohio 4-H Horse Program’s Equine Safety, Training, and Education Program (EquiStep) program by July 1st for eligibility to exhibit at the 2024 Brown County Fair. Any youth wishing to exhibit at the Ohio State Fair MUST complete EquiSTEP by June 1st, 2024. To access CLICK HERE TO ACCESS EQUISTEP. The Livestock QA options below do NOT meet the requirements for horse exhibitors, nor does EquiStep meet the requirements for livestock exhibitors. 

2024 Quality Assurance Dates

QA will be taught in person this year. You should plan to arrive at least 5 minutes early. Youth will be required to sign in and sign out.

  • February 19, 2024 @ 2:00p.m. In-person Rhonemus Hall, no pre-registration required 
  • April 27, 2024 @ 10:00a.m. Large Animal Focus; In-person Rhonemus Hall, pre-registration is strongly encouraged and can be completed at
  • May 9, 2024 @ 6:00p.m. Small Animal Focus; In-person Rhonemus Hall, no pre-registration required 
  • May 28, 2024 @ 6:00p.m. In-person Rhonemus Hall, no pre-registration required 

Self-Paced Online Option: For 2024 all youth may complete the YQCA online modules for Quality Assurance. The age requirement of 12+ has been waived by ODA for 2024. Youth must complete the modules and this is the only online option available. There is a $12 fee per exhibitor that is the exhibitor's expense. 

Not sure if you completed QA for 2024? Wanting to check your status?  After the April 1st enrollment deadline we will begin entering QA trainings. Once they are all entered and for any after April 1st, we try to enter QA completion within one business day of completion or receiving the information from another source. You can log into your 4HOnline profile at and check. Your QA must expire AFTER  Oct. 1, 2023, to qualify for the 2024 Brown County 4-H year. 

Test Out Opportunity: If a youth is 15+ as of January 1, 2024, they are eligible to take the test out option. They have one opportunity to pass the test each year; if they pass the test they are exempt from QA for the rest of their 4-H career. If you are interested in testing out, please contact the Extension Office to schedule an appointment to take the test. 

2024 Quality Assurance Dates through other counties:

Other Dates:  
      Tuesday, April 9, 2024 @ 6:30pm: Gallipolis FFA; Gallia Academy High School (2855 Centenary Rd, Gallipolis, OH 45631)  

      Sunday, April 14, 2024 @ 3:00pm: Pairs & Sapres 4-H Club; Hannan Trace Elementary (9345 OH-218, Crown City, OH 45623

      Tuesday, April 16, 2024 @ 5:30pm: Pike County Rabbit Clinic and QA; Multi-Purpose Building on the Pike County Fairgrounds (394 Midway Ave, Piketon, OH 45661)  

      Thursday, April 23, 2024 @ 5:30pm: Pike County Poultry Clinic and QA; Art Hall on the Pike County Fairgrounds (311 Mill St, Piketon, OH 45661)

      Thursday, April 30, 2024 @ 6:30pm: River Valley FFA; River Valley High School (4280 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd., Caledonia, OH 43314