2017 Ohio State Fair

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 21 | Reflections on the Ohio State Fair

The 21st episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast comes on the day after the Ohio State Fair has wrapped up its 2017 run. A time full of memories and busy schedules, the crew of Ty Higgins, Matt Reese, Bart Johnson, and Joel Penhorwood reflect on this year’s fair, the 50th Sale of Champions, and other unique happenings from the annual event.

Also in this podcast we talk advanced research going on right now with waxy corn, as well as the challenges involved in the barley malting world.

All that and more in the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, courtesy of AgriGold.

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50th Sale of Champions

The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions livestock auction, held on the last day of the Ohio State Fair in the WCOL Celeste Center, showcased Ohio’s premium livestock, premier Junior Fair exhibitors and generous supporters. On the sale bill were grand champion and reserve champion market lambs, market barrows and market beef, as well as grand champion market goat, grand champion and reserve champion market chickens, grand champion market turkey and a block of Swiss cheese to represent the seven dairy champions. In full, the livestock was auctioned for a total of $284,000. This year’s sale broke one record: Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow sold for $32,000, breaking the previous record of $31,000 set in 2013.

“The Ohio State Fair is rooted in agriculture, and each year we’re privileged to celebrate the hard work of our youth exhibitors. That’s what the Fair is all about,” said Virgil Strickler, General Manager. “I’m eternally grateful for our incredibly supportive buyers.… Continue reading

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Junior Market Barrow Breed Sale of Champions

The Buckeye Barrow Boosters also supported each exhibitor in the sale. They include: Ward Family Genetics, Jim Yeazel and Family, Ohio Hamp/York Crossbred Sale, Ohio State Fair Youth Gilt Sale, Korb Farms, Inc., Ohio Pork Schop, Kremer Yorkshires, Kimley Show Pigs, Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net, Moyer’s Genetic Edge, Rick Fogle, North Central Pig Sale, Isla Grande Farms, Bates Show Pigs, Mark Butterfield Family, Waits Family, Scott Evans Family, Michael Carson Family, Thompson Show Feed, Bryan Vaughan Family, 3N Livestock, Robert Keener Family, Roger Zeedyk Family, Wendt Livestock, and Nate Warner Livestock, Kaffenbarger Farms, Tony Nye Family, Ohio Spot Association, John Regula Auctioneer, Bob Foster Family, Fender Club Pigs, Fearon Family, Knecht Family, Dore Family, Kerby Wilcox Family, Jim Worley Family, Nathan Frey Family, Jason Adams Family, Scholl Family Ron Riley Family, Kevin Hancock Family, Chris Scott Family, Creager Family Farm, Kirk Swenson Family.

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Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef results


Grand Champion Angus Steer
Carly Sanders
Highland County

Reserve Champion Angus Steer
Maggie Pollard
Defiance County

Grand Champion Chianina Steer
Montana Hulsmeyer
Allen County

Reserve Champion Chianina Steer
Lane Underwood
Hardin County

Grand Champion Hereford Steer
Angie Distl
Clark County

Reserve Champion Hereford Steer
Hayden Smith
Holmes County

Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Steer
Elizabeth Heintz
Auglaize County

Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer
Colleen Minges
Butler County

Grand Champion Shorthorn Steer
Carter McCauley
Guernsey County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer
Tanner Cordes
Montgomery County

Grand Champion Shorthorn Plus Steer
Kinzee Shafer
Champaign County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Plus Steer
Kendal Widman
Crawford County

Grand Champion Simmental Steer
Caroline Blay
Portage County

Reserve Champion Simmental Steer
Madison Paden
Guernsey County

Grand Champion AOB Steer
Lindsey Pugh
Stark County

Reserve Champion AOB Steer
Danielle Whitted
Portage County

Grand Champion Market Heifer
Isaac Gehret
Darke County

Reserve Champion Market Heifer
Hannah Schroeder
Putnam County

Division 1 Crossbred

Champion: Zoey Shriners, Perry Co

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Junior Market Barrow Show at the 2017 Ohio State Fair

Junior Market Barrow results



Grand Champion: Ava Genter, Archbold

Reserve: Aaron Rolfe, Sabina


Chester White

Grand Champion: Lillian Rees, Bidwell

Reserve: Alexa Hawk, Harrod


Dark Crossbred

Grand Champion: Matthew Butterfield, Oxford

Reserve: Mason Creager, Wauseon



Grand Champion: Coby Hughes, Sabina

Reserve: Gracee Beth Stewart, Sabina



Grand Champion: Mason Creager, Wauseon

Reserve: Austin Hunker, Bellevue



Grand Champion: Cameron Shellhouse, Sycamore

Reserve: Jennifer Bittner, Hamilton



Grand Champion: Peyton Bumgardner, South Vienna

Reserve: Madelyn Harrison, Hamilton


Light Crossbred

Grand Champion: Ella Sprang, Lakeville

Reserve: Lea Kimley, South Charleston


Poland China

Grand Champion: Treanna Lavy, Pleasant Hill

Reserve: Ethan Wendt, Dublin



Grand Champion: Lindsey Dore, Galena

Reserve: Kaci Way, West Salem



Grand Champion: Liam Shellhouse, Sycamore

Reserve: Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky



Grand Champion: Levi Stauffer, Mt. Blanchard

Reserve: Madison Petro, Gallipolis


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2017 Market Rabbit Sale

Setting a new record at the Ohio State Fair, the Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Brittany Modra, from Monroe Country, sold for $6,800 to Direct Feeds and Show Rite Feeds. The Reserve Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Laramie Grubb, of Ross County, sold for $4,600 bought by Turner Oil and Gas Properties as well as the Ohio Market Rabbit Producers Association.

The top 30 exhibitors from the show were awarded premiums. Third place received $1,000, fourth place received $600, fifth place received $400, places six through 15 received $250 and places 16 to 30 received $125.

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2017 Ohio State Fair Jr. Dairy Show Results

Here are results from the 2017 Ohio State Fair Jr. Dairy Show. Further results will be made available as the shows progress.


Total animals shown: 115
Exhibitors: 58

YRP Grand Champion
Exhibitor: Kris Ackley
Animal: Ms Brookview Scaredycat
Sire: Butz-Butler Atwood Brady

YRP Reserve Grand Champion
Exhibitor: David Miley
Animal: Miley Gold Chip Gazella-T
Sire: Mr Chassity Gold Chip

YRP Junior Champion
Exhibitor: Marrisa Topp
Animal: Toppglen Awesome Wildflower
Sire: Luck-E Awesome-Red

YRP Reserve Junior Champion
Exhibitor: Emily Deam
Animal: OH-River-SYC-Soloman
Sire: Walnutlawn Soloman-ET

YRP Senior Champion
Exhibitor: David Miley
Animal: Miley Gold Chip Gazella
DOB: 9/7/12

YRP Reserve Senior Champion
Exhibitor: Kris Ackley
Animal: Craggan Goldwyn Zing (Aged Cow)
DOB: 9/2/10

Senior Showmanship (15 and over)
1. Logan Schlaugh
2. Brandon Sugg
3. Victoria Deam
4. Lindsey L’Amoreaux
5. 5.Ashley Hawvermale

Intermediate Showmanship (12-14)
1. Olivia Finke
2. Cole Pond
3. Emily Deam
4. Garrett Havens
5. Hayden King

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Crowd, judges agree on top BBQ at 21st Pork Rib-Off

The sweet, smoky aroma of barbecue welcomed Tuesday’s Ohio State Fair-goers as the 21st Annual Pork Rib-Off enjoyed another successful go, crowning the latest round of Ohio cooking champions.

Five officials were on hand for the blind judging of the day’s food, including Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler, Ohio Expo Commission Chair and Ohio Soybean Council’s Steve Reinhard, Representative Brian Hill, Senator Bob Peterson (President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate), and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels. All noted fine entries from each participating organization.

Red Pig Inn of Ottawa, Ohio was the big winner of the day, taking home the titles of Grand Champion Ribs, Reserve Champion Pulled Pork, and the People’s Choice Award.

The hometown restaurant had won the event in the past, though had not entered for 10 years. Steven Wagner accepted the awards on behalf of the Red Pig Inn and said it had been a long day of cooking the pork to perfection, but it was all worth it in the end.… Continue reading

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State Fair legends

Quietly whistling to himself, the judge strolled by Mike’s steer, giving it a long look. Mike was nervous, but he’d had a good day. He was in the hunt for champion — the last paring down of more than 350 steers. He clutched the halter of his clear favorite, the one he’d had his eye on all year.

Mike’s father started a 4-H club with a focus on showing cattle and he and his brothers had done just that from their earliest 4-H days. They were like most 4-H families and there was always the issue of who would get what animal and Mike had spent his show career picking and choosing with his older brothers. This year, though, was different because Mike’s brothers were older and off to college. Mike got first and last choice.

The steer he led around the show ring at the command of the whistling judge had come from South Dakota.… Continue reading

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2017 Ohio State Fair Draft Horse Show

Check back daily for photos and results from the 2017 Ohio State Fair Draft Horse show.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Afternoon Show Photos

Evening Show Photos

Official Results from Monday’s Show


Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017

Official Results from Tuesday’s Show


Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

Official Results from Wednesday’s Show


Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

Official Results from Thursday and Friday Shows


Official Results from Friday Evening


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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 20 | State Fair Livestock Legends, Dairy and the 2018 Farm Bill

For the 20th edition of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, Ty Higgins, Joel Penhorwood and Bart Johnson visit about the first case of southern rust detected in Ohio this summer.

As the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions celebrates 50 years, some of the greatest stories about the sale aren’t told nearly as often as they should be. Matt Reese wrote one of those classic stories down and Ty Higgins narrates it.

And much needed changes are possibly coming for the dairy industry in the 2018 Farm Bill. Senator Sherrod Brown talks about some of the adjustments that need to be made to the Margin Protection Program (MPP) in order to make it a viable safety net program.

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