The Sale of Champions is always a highlight at the Fair.

Plenty to look forward to at the Ohio State Fair

At the office, we all look forward to the fun of the Ohio State Fair, but we also work pretty hard at the event to promote the youth and agriculture that are showcased there. Our staff puts in a huge number of man-hours at the event and, over the years, we all have found a few things we look forward to enjoying at the Fair every year.

In my estimation, Dale Minyo almost single handedly keeps the iced tea vendors in business at the Fair. He says he only averages three to four per day. He points out the importance of keeping the same cup for the duration of the event to maximize the savings. Dale also really enjoys seeing what is new at the Ag. And Hort. Building each year.

Bart Johnson remains enamored with Smoky Bear in the conservation area. Every time he sees that familiar face he recalls how amazed he was as a child that Smokey knew his name. Do you know how he does it? Bart’s wife Sheryl loves the cotton candy and the dairy goat show.

Heather Hetterick loves the pork loin sandwich, a dairy milkshake, and all the old friends and familiar faces in the hog barn. And, occasionally during the fair, she tries to enjoy a day off. Beth Carper always looks forward to the Shorthorn Show, Rise Labig loves the Governor’s Cup and Kim Lemmon loves all things draft horse at the Ohio State Fair. Ty Higgins has a soft spot for the Butter Cow and taking the kids for a sky ride. Lori Lawrence loves everything about the Fair, especially all the livestock shows where she gets to talk to people she only sees once a year. Kirby Hidy looks forward to all the food from pizza in a cup to all of the commodity group offerings in the Ohio Food Pavilion and, of course, the Sale of Champions.

This year, I get the wonderful opportunity to again judge the incredible Rib-Off competition, which I have been looking forward to since I got to judge the last Rib-Off. I also love to visit the Marshall family on the north side of the grounds to get a delicious elephant ear topped with tasty homegrown berry preserves. I always frequent the Christmas tree display in the Ag. And Hort. Building and, at least once during every State Fair, I take a few minutes to enjoy the air conditioning and the Ohio artwork in the Cox Fine Arts Center. In addition, it just would not be an Ohio State Fair without a stop by the conservation area to catch the lumberjack show.

Chances are, no matter what your favorite highlights are at the Fair that starts later this month, someone from the OCJ or Ohio Ag Net staff will be close by, so be sure to say “Hello.”

Hope to see you there and that you have a great 2013 Ohio State Fair.

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