Deadlines are approaching for numerous contests and competitions for the 2010 Fair and the time to enter is now. Completed entry forms must be postmarked as follows:
Spelling Bee presented by the Ohio Lottery – The first 50 contestants for each grade level, 3rd through 8th – will be accepted into this annual competition. Monetary prizes provided by The Ohio Lottery.
Livestock Division – Some of the Ohio State Fair’s livestock classes include beef cattle, dairy cattle, llamas, rabbits, goats, sheep, poultry, wool and swine. Junior shows are open only to Ohio 4-H and FFA members, while anyone can participate in the open classes.
Junior Fair Division – Non-livestock junior competitions open only to Ohio youth include 4-H, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire USA, FCCLA, FFA, Girl Scouts, Ohio Grange and Time Warner Cable Technology and Engineering showcase.
Creative Arts Division – Hundreds of competition classes including youth creative arts, baking, sewing, antiques, jewelry, fashion, food preservation, needlework and more will distribute thousands of dollars in premiums to winners.
Homebrew Competition – Open to all home brewers (or members of an Ohio homebrew club) with 28 classes, including light and dark lager, fruit beer, numerous ales and more.
Agriculture, Horticulture & Floriculture Division – Entries in the categories of floral design, homebrewed beers, vegetables, scarecrows, Christmas trees and more will be welcomed and honored in this set of competitions, open only to Ohio residents.
Largest and Specialty Exhibits – The bigger, the better. New class this year: largest and best field pumpkin. Returning classes include watermelon, cabbage, tomato, zucchini squash, cucumber and green bean.
Baton Twirling Competition – An Ohio State Fair tradition, the Baton Twirling Competition gives solo baton twirlers, duets / pairs, parade corps, corps, twirling teams, dance twirl teams and show teams the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding talents.
Horse Show – Equine lovers can participate in several classes, including Percherons, Belgians, Clydesdales, Shires, Hackneys, American Miniature Horse, American Show Pony, Shetlands, Haflingers and Saddlebreds. Open classes are available for everyone to participate.
Cheerleading – This annual non-mount AmeriCheer and AmeriDance competition is open to Ohio squads.
Boxing – The James “Buster” Douglas Boxing Tournament, held under sanction of the Ohio Association of Amateur Boxing, is sure to be a big hit.
Bench Press / Dead lift – Men and women from novice to master are invited to show their strength with the bench press and dead lift competitions. Entries are accepted through the day of the event, July 31.
Ohio State Fair 5K Run and Walk presented by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association – Returning for its third year, the Ohio State Fair 5K allows participants to see the Fair from end-to-end. Entries are accepted through the day of the event, Aug. 1.