Entry deadlines for the 2012 Ohio State Fair competitions are quickly approaching. Categories of competitions include agriculture and livestock, food and beverage, arts, crafts and fashion, academics and sports. More than $75,000 in awards is offered. Interested Fairgoers can register online at ohiostatefair.com by clicking on “competitions”.
Fine Art and Short Film competition – categories are available for both amateur and professional filmmakers.
Spelling Bee – participating schools may recommend two students in each grade level, third through sixth (for the 2011-2012 academic year).
Creative Arts – hundreds of different categories include youth creative arts, baking, sewing, fashion, jewelry, leather, holiday, needlework and more.
Homebrew Competition – Ohio home brewers and members of any Ohio homebrew club may enter.
Livestock – classes include beef and dairy cattle, llamas, rabbits, sheep, poultry, goats and swine; anyone can enter the open competitions, but junior competitions are open to Ohio 4-H and FFA members only.
Agriculture/Horticulture/Floriculture competitions – various classes are available for every gardener; other competitions in this category include floral design and Christmas trees.
Scholarships – awarded to Ohio high school juniors or seniors and graduates who are furthering their education at an accredited institution; applicants will be judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, county fair participation and financial need.
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.
Junior Horses – for more information, please visit www.4hansci.osu.edu/horse.
Baton competitions – many classes including, solo baton twirlers, duets/pairs, parade corps, twirling teams, dance twirl teams and show teams are available.
Culinary Arts competitions – various classes for every chef such as the Ultimate Breakfast Challenge and the Ohio Wines Love at First Sip.
Junior Dog Show – for more details visit www.4hansci.osu.edu/companion.
Boxing – held under the sanction of the Ohio Association of Amateur Boxing, this time-honored tradition features classes for men, women and children.
Plein Arts competition – artists can spend the day creating works of art from scenes at the Fair. The work must be completed at the Fair on Sat., July 28.
Street Painting competition – artists use chalk on asphalt at the Fair to create a unique work of art.
Cheer and Dance competitions – teams from all over the state perform routines of cheers, gymnastics and dance
Wrestling – classes include junior, open and master for men, women and children.
5K Run and Walk – allows competitors to experience the Fair from end to end; participants will receive Fair admission and parking, a SkyGlider ticket and a goodie bag with their registration fee
The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With a spectacular midway, big-name entertainment, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior fair shows in the nation, the 2012 Ohio State Fair will run July 25 – August 5.