Clean sweep for the winner of the Ohio State Fair Rib-off



Armed with pork and ready to impress an audience and judges, seven teams from across Ohio, gathered in Columbus for the 15th annual Ohio Pork Rib-Off. This event invites teams to prepare both ribs and pulled pork that are evaluated by a judging panel for taste, tenderness and appearance.

This year, those challenged with selecting Ohio’s top teams were Woody Johnson, 92.3 WCOL; Shelley Mann, Columbus Crave Magazine; Virgil Strickler, General Manager, Ohio Expo Center and State Fair; Corporal Craig Sinclair, Clear Channel Radio Traffic and Johnny DiLoretto, Fox 28.

John DeSando of WCBE served as the competition emcee and announced the following award winners:

Grand Champion Ribs: Hickory River Smokehouse, Tipp City

Reserve Champion Ribs: Tony’s Restaurant, Findlay

Grand Champion Pulled Pork: Hickory River Smokehouse, Tipp City

Reserve Pulled Pork: Wally’s Great American BBQ, Tiffin

People’s Choice Award Winner: Tony’s Restaurant, Findlay

Best BBQ Sauce containing Soy: Hickory River Smokehouse, Tipp City

In addition to $3,000 in prizes, top teams received commemorative banners and silver serving trays.… Continue reading

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State Fair Butter Sculpture Unveiled

The 2011 butter display at the Ohio State Fair, July 27-Aug.7, pays tribute to our nation’s space program and recognizes the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle program.

Each year, the American Dairy Association Mideast selects an icon or theme to feature in butter that is non-political, non-controversial and reflects optimism and broad audience-appeal.  This year’s theme is no exception as Ohio’s dairy farmers recognize that our state has made significant contributions to flight and space exploration.

The retirement of the space shuttle program marks the end of an era.  Throughout most of the history of the space program, Ohio produced more astronauts than any other state. In fact, twenty-four astronauts have called Ohio home, including space pioneers John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, who we previously honored by sculpting in butter. Ohio’s dairy farmers also previously paid a butter tribute to the Wright Brothers, Ohio’s fathers of aviation.

The 2011 butter display is one of the most complex displays ever sculpted at the Ohio State Fair and features the interior of a space shuttle cockpit with intricate details such as flight controls, dials, gauges and display systems. … Continue reading

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