Ohio State Fair Archive

Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 215 | Ohio State Fair Recap

Dale, Dusty and Kolt recap the Ohio State Fair. Dusty talks to Abecka Ruggles of Huron County who exhibited the Reserve Champion pen of meat chickens at the fair. Matt sends back a report with Hainsley Hatfield of Muskingum County talking about her experience in the Grand Drive event. All of that and more thanks to Agrigold!

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2019 Junior Market Barrow Sale


In addition, the Champion Poland China exhibited by Cooper Stambaugh sold to Willson Farms, Tim and Glenda Huffman, Buckeye Barrow Boosters, Double B & S Cattle Co., Wallpert Livestock Trucking, Worthington Steel- Delta, and Morenci Chiropractic for $2,500.

The reserve champion exhibitors were: Berkshire: Zander Ivey, Bloomingburg; Chester White: Sable Ruhenkamp, Ft. Loramie; Duroc: Gracee Stewart, Sabina; Hereford: Mallory Liles, Wapakoneta; Hampshire: Madison Curless, Blanchester; Landrace: Madison Petro, Gallipolis; Poland China: Kasen Miller, Somerset; Spotted: Dane Wilt, Washington Court House; Tamworth: Liam Shellhouse, Sycamore; Yorkshire: Maya McCoy, Washington Court House; Light Cross: Grant Dunaway, Hamilton; Dark Cross: Lily Rees, Bidwell.

The Buckeye Barrow Boosters also supported each exhibitor in the sale. They include: CWKW Showpigs, John Regula Auctioneer, Korb Farms, Kimley Show Pigs, Ward Family Genetics, Genetic Edge, Ohio Pork Schop, Kremer Yorkshires, Ohio Ag Net/ Ohio’s Country Journal, Ohio Youth Gilt Sale, Ohio Hamp, York, Landracer and Crossbred Boar Sale, Larry Dore Family, Mark Butterfield Family, Ellwood Family, Bob Foster Family, LUS- Rusty Bingham, Bates Showpigs, Andy Warner Family, Fender Family Showpigs, Mike Fearon Family, Brandon Harris Family, Matt Foor Family, Ray Sponcil Family, Roger Hunker Family, 3N Livestock, Wendt Livestock, Scott Evans Family, Todd Price, Rusty Coe Family, Aiden Adams, Stewart Family, Yoder Family, Hancock Family, and the Swensen Family.… Continue reading

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2019 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Barrow Show results




Aug. 2 and 3

Judges: Travs Platt and Bryan Anderson


Grand Champion: Brett Zeedyk, Hicksville

Reserve Champion: Zander Ivey, Bloomingburg

Chester White

Grand Champion: Luke Johnson, Wilmington

Reserve Champion: Sable Ruhenkamp, Ft. Loramie


Grand Champion: Ava Genter, Archbold

Reserve Champion: Gracee Stewart, Sabina


Grand Champion: Wade Smith, New Vienna

Reserve Champion: Mallory Liles, Wapakoneta


Grand Champion: Zander Ivey, Bloomingburg

Reserve Champion: Madison Curless, Blanchester


Grand Champion: Logan Deel, Vinton

Reserve Champion: Madison Petro, Gallipolis

Poland China

Grand Champion: Cooper Stambaugh, Lyons

Reserve Champion: Kasen Miller, Somerset


Grand Champion: Ava Genter, Archbold

Reserve Champion: Dane Wilt, Washington Court House


Grand Champion: Gracie McHenry, South Charleston

Reserve Champion: Liam Shellhouse, Sycamore


Grand Champion: Ella Reed, Thornville

Reserve Champion: Maya McCoy, Washington Court House

Light Cross

Grand Champion: Riley Wendt, Dublin

Reserve Champion: Grant Dunaway, Hamilton

Dark Cross

Grand Champion: Eli Keplinger, Springfield

Reserve Champion: Lily Rees, Bidwell… Continue reading

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2019 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef Show results



2019 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Steer Show

August 3rd, 2019

Judges: Amanda Schnoor – Chowchilla, CA and Scott Bush – Britton, SD


Grand Champion – Elizabeth Heintz, Hardin County

Reserve Champion – Holden Levan, Champaign County


Grand Champion – Madison Frey, Wyandot County

Reserve Champion – Kendall Bishop, Clark County


Grand Champion – Elizabeth Heintz, Hardin County

Reserve Champion – Victoria Waits, Fayette County


Grand Champion – Ross Michael, Montgomery County

Reserve Champion – Logan Schroeder, Defiance County

Shorthorn Plus

Grand Champion – Alex Linder – Huron County

Reserve Champion – Tatumn Poff – Geauga County


Grand Champion – Libby Grossniklaus – Wayne County

Reserve Champion – Caden Wright – Allen County

All Other Breeds (AOB)

Grand Champion – Harrison Blay – Portage County

Reserve Champion – Sydney Sanders – Highland County

Market Heifer

Grand Champion –  Luke Fulton – Miami County

Reserve Champion – Kyle Kardotzke – Erie County


Division I Champion – Madison Paden – Guernsey County

Division I Reserve Champion – Allison Davis – Carroll County

Division II Champion – Frani Levan – Champaign County

Division II Reserve Champion – Cole Wharton – Wayne County

Division III Champion – Delaney Jones – Allen County

Division III Reserve Champion – Elizabeth Heintz – Hardin County… Continue reading

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2019 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Rabbit Barn Sale of Champions

In a new record for the rabbit barn, the Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen exhibited by Preston Christman, from Miami County, sold for $7,000 to the Ohio Market Rabbit Producers Association. The Reserve Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Josey Meeks, of Preble County, sold for $4,700 to Show-Rite Feeds and their network of dealers.

The top 30 exhibitors from the show were awarded premiums. Third place received $750, fourth place received $400, fifth place received $275, places six through 15 received $250 and places 16 to 30 received $125.… Continue reading

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Ohio State Fair inducts six into 2019 Hall of Fame

The Ohio Expositions Commission inducted six members into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame during the Ohio State Fair.
The inductees are: Stacey French, Grove City, Ohio (Franklin County); Cindi Grover, South Solon, Ohio (Fayette County); Bill Isler, Prospect, Ohio (Marion County); Ronald Mack, Seville, Ohio (Medina County); Fred Wilkes, Pataskala, Ohio (Licking County); and Jim Zehringer, Fort Recovery, Ohio (Mercer County).

Stacy French
French has been an Ohio Expo Center employee for the past 29 years, beginning as a secretary in the special events office and moving up to executive secretary in 1995. In recent years, she has coordinated all agriculture and livestock competitions for the Ohio State Fair.


Cindi Grover
Grover has been an active supporter, exhibitor and employee of the Ohio State Fair for 51 years. She began her journey at the Ohio State Fair when she was 8 years old showing livestock and has been involved ever since.… Continue reading

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Ohio Agricultural Council inducts Hall of Fame

Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm community were honored Friday, Aug. 2, by the Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC), when they were inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

The Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC) inducted Bryan Black of Canal Winchester, Charles A. “Al” Holdren of Ashland, Lewis R. Jones of Grove City and Robinson “Rob” W. Joslin of Sidney, into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame during a special breakfast ceremony held in Kasich Hall at the Ohio State Fair. The 54th annual event will attract more than 600 guests to honor these four professionals for their lifetime of service and dedication to Ohio’s agriculture community.

“This is a very special class of inductees, and I am so pleased to recognize their expansive contributions to Ohio agriculture,” said Hinda Mitchell, OAC President. “With representation from state agencies to agribusiness to those who spent their lives working a farm, our 2019 inductees have given of their time, talent and leadership to advance the interests of Ohio agriculture and to serve our farm community with distinction.”… Continue reading

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Bash at the Barns

By Matt Reese

To celebrate a decade of success, the Ohio Youth Swine Committee blew off the barn doors last night at the 2019 Bash at the Barns.

“This is 10 years for the Ohio Youth Swine Committee in the swine barn to enhance the show for our children. We wanted to open up to the other exhibitors the blessings we have in this barn. We fed some of the dairy kids, some of lamb kids, and Bill Tom opened up the steer barn so we could bring in some acts,” said Michelle Kuhlwein with the Ohio Youth Swine Committee. “We wanted to show 4-H is about family and it doesn’t matter what barn you’re in. Kalmbach Feeds, Apex Clean Energy and Beck’s Hybrids helped make this possible, along with 10 other food sponsors. I hope everybody had a great night.”

The event featured the bands Jason Nutt & Highway 70 that performed their ode to showing livestock, “Purple Banners” and North to Nashville.… Continue reading

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2019 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Poultry results




Chicken Champion Drive exhibitors were: Myah Jones, Clinton Co., Allison Stacklin, Union Co., Marshall Jackson, Logan Co., Campbell Reese, Fairfield Co., Jozie Jones, Clinton Co., Anessa Ruggles, Huron Co., Deloris Corcoran, Ross Co., Emily Reed, Wayne Co., Ava Hester, Clinton Co., Alex Kinney, Logan Co., Delaney Johnson, Jefferson Co., and Marian Woodruff, Hardin Co.


The Turkey Champion Drive exhibitors were: Marian Woodruff, Hardin Co., Jonathan Woodward, Coshocton Co., Campbell Reese, Fairfield Co., Isabel Henderson, Logan Co., Kalyn Strahley, Paulding Co., Hailey Ballah, Madison Co., Alex Schaub, Logan Co., Alivia Kinney, Logan Co., Jonah Goddard, Fayette Co., Maria Henderson, Logan Co., Ava Hester, Clinton Co., Maribeth Pozderac, Knox Co., Parker Reese, Fairfield Co., Alex Kinney, Logan Co., and Lillian Conrad, Hancock Co.



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BBQ draws a crowd for Ohio Pork Council’s 2019 Pork Rib-Off competition

Fairgoers gathered at the 23rd annual Pork Rib-Off competition to watch as barbecue chefs competed for top honors in the ribs, pulled pork and barbecue sauce categories at the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Ale Yeah BBQ of Delaware was awarded Grand Champion Ribs, while Smoke’m If You Got’em of Middleport earned Grand Champion Pulled Pork.

Kryptonite BBQ of Hartville walked away with numerous accolades — Reserve Grand Champion Ribs, Reserve Grand Champion Pulled Pork and Best Overall Barbecue Sauce containing soybean oil. Hickory River Smokehouse of Tipp City earned the coveted People’s Choice award for the second year in a row.

The barbecue competitors were scored by a group of four judges, including: Virgil Strickler, General Manager, Ohio State Fair; Senator Bob Peterson, President Pro Tem, District 17; Susan Crowell, former editor, Farm and Dairy; Steve Reinhard, Chairman, Ohio Soybean Council.

“The Ohio Pork Council looks forward to partnering with the Ohio Soybean Council to host the Rib-Off competition every year at the Ohio State Fair,” said Drew Eckert, District 4 Director, Ohio Pork Council.… Continue reading

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