2023 Ohio State Fair

Ohio innovators highlighted in 2023 butter cow display

On behalf of Ohio’s dairy farmers, the 2023 butter cow display at the Ohio State Fair honors several notable Ohioans whose inventions improved lives around the world.

“Ohio has been home to many pioneers in science and technology over the last 200 years, and this year’s butter display celebrates that rich history of innovation by paying tribute to four inventors and their groundbreaking inventions,” said Jenny Crabtree, senior vice president of communications, American Dairy Association Mideast. 

Along with the traditional butter cow and calf, the display features butter sculptures of Thomas Edison with a light bulb and a phonograph, Garrett Morgan with a three-position traffic signal, Josephine Cochrane with a hand-powered dishwasher and James Spangler with a portable vacuum cleaner.  

This year’s buttery masterpieces were crafted from 2,000 pounds of butter, donated in part by Dairy Farmers of America, by a team of Ohio-based technical sculptors led by Paul Brooke of Cincinnati.… Continue reading

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Exhibitors weigh in on schedule changes for the 2023 Ohio State Fair

By Brianna Gwirtz, OCJ field reporter

When people think of summer, most of them imagine vacations, sunny days, and warm weather. However, for many 4-H families, summer means it’s time to prepare for showing livestock at the Ohio State Fair.

The 2023 Ohio State Fair will kick off on July 26 and run through August 6. Over the past three years, the schedule for the annual event has undergone several changes revolving around the junior livestock program. In 2020, the fair was canceled due to the pandemic. In 2021, it was only open to livestock exhibitors, and in 2022, there were schedule changes that resulted in some species showing on dates outside of the scheduled fair.

In 2021 and 2022, the Ohio State Fair featured two Grand Drive events in the Taft Coliseum for breeding and market exhibitors. Similar to other national shows, the Grand Drive was a grand production, including a tunnel that exhibitors walked through, lights, smoke, announcers, and a live video stream for viewers at home.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 309 | Strickler reflects on 30 years with Ohio State Fair

Long-time Ohio Expo Center and State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler is retiring after 30 years with the Ohio State Fair. In his tenure, major changes to the fair and junior livestock programs have taken place. In this podcast, Ohio’s Country Journal’s Matt Reese and Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood joins him to discuss the success of the Ohio State Fair under his charge, challenges along the way, and his perspective on leadership.

Other interviews in this episode of the podcast include…

Between the Rows highlight with Lawrence Onweller

Matt talks with Fulton County farmer Lawrence Onweller about the major rain variability in his part of the state and how the crop is shaping up in 2023.

Jed Bower re-elected to National Corn Board

Ohio Ag Net’s Dusty Sonnenberg hears from Fayette County corn grower Jed Bower about his re-election to the National Corn Board.

Farmhand Mike

Mike Less of Darke County, better known as Farmhand Mike on social media, joins Joel from the recent Fennig Equipment ride and drive event to introduce their new offering of Deutz-Fahr tractors.… Continue reading

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2023 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Goat results

Grand Champion Market Goat: Braxton Method, Auglaize County
Reserve Champion Market Goat: Ethan Davies, Wood County
Third overall: Jada Shroyer, Logan County
Fourth overall: Maya McCoy, Fayette County
Fifth overall: Braxton Method, Auglaize County
Sixth overall: Addie Foor, Licking County

Judge: Spencer Scotten, El Reno, OK

Addison Flynn from Lorain County. Photo by Caroline Endsley.

Light Weight Div.

  1. Braxton Method, Auglaize
  2. Anara Shroyer, Logan
  3. Taylen Thompson, Fairfield

Middle Weight Div.

  1. Braxton Method, Auglaize
  2. Maya McCoy, Fayette
  3. Addie Foor, Licking 

Heavy Weight Div.

  1. Ethan Davies, Wood
  2. Jada Shroyer, Logan
  3. Brylyn Bryant, Ashland

Champion Drive
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