Ohio State Fair Archive

2022 Ohio State Fair Outstanding Breeding Exhibitors

Dylan Ely, 12, from Fayette County was the first place Outstanding Goat Breeding Exhibitor. Second place was Andrew Pontious, 17, from Fayette County. Third place was Adelyn Rupejko, 10, from Madison County.
Ephriam Fowler, 12, from Guernsey County was the first place Outstanding Sheep Breeding Exhibitor. Second place was Blake Martin, 16, from Huron County. Third place was Brett Martin, 14, from Huron County.
Owen Russell, 13, from Pickaway County was the first place Outstanding Swine Breeding Exhibitor. Second place was John Smock, 17, from Shelby County. Third place was Korbin Kaverman, 10, from Clark County.
Brady Evans, 12, from Tuscarawas County was the first place Outstanding Beef Breeding Exhibitor. Second place was Barrett Evans, 13, from Tuscarawas County. Third place was Delaney Chester, 14, from Warren County.

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Grand Drive breeding livestock results

The Grand Champion Percentage Doe was exhibited by Macie Elliott, Ross County.
The Res. Grand Champion Percentage Doe was exhibited by Bailey Brumfield, Ross County.
The Grand Champion Fullblood Doe was exhibited by Bailey Brumfield, Ross County.
The Res. Grand Champion Fullblood Doe was exhibited by Macie Elliott, Ross County.
The Grand Champion Fullblood Buck was exhibited by Macie Elliott, Ross County.
The Res. Champion Fullblood Buck was exhibited by Makayla Morris, Treble County.
The Supreme Champion Ram was a Southdown exhibited by Ephrain Fowler, Carroll County.
The Res. Champion Ram was a Horned Dorset exhibited by Keaton Snipes, Logan County.
The Supreme Champion Ewe was a Natural Colored exhibited by Bradyn Wolf, Wyandot County.
The Res. Champion Ewe was a Shropshire exhibited by Luke Raudebaugh.
The Grand Champion Breeding Gilt was a Yorkshire exhibited by Kylie Locke, Clark County.
The Res. Champion Breeding Gilt was a Yorkshire exhibited by Karly Miller, Wood County.
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Junior Breeding Sheep results

2022 Ohio State Fair Grand Drive

Rams

Cheviot: Jase Ritchey

Columbia: Courtney Copeland

Corriedale: Caleb Sachs

Dorper: Kellen Algire

Polled Dorset: Emily Stevens

Horned Dorset: Keaton Snipes

Hampshire: Blake Martin

Lincoln: Mallory Johnson

Merino: Emily Smith

Natural Colored: Laurie Baughman

Oxford: Jacob Lansing

Rambouillet: Chase Carpenter

Shropshire: Luke Raudebaugh

Southdown: Ephraim Fowler

Suffolk: Noah Mcallister

AOB Meat: Lauren Julian

AOB Wool: Josie Baird

2022 Ohio State Fair Grand Drive

Ewes

Cheviot: Victoria Kovacs

Columbia: Courtney Copeland

Corriedale: Carter Heibertshausen

Dorper: Kellen Algire

Polled Dorset: Tate Stevens

Horned Dorset: Campbell Reese

Hampshire: Blake Martin

Lincoln: Laurie Baughman

Merino: Megan Inbody

Montadale: Brianna Moeller

Natural Colored: Brayden Wolf

Oxford: Victoria Kovacs

Rambouillet: Chase Carpenter

Shropshire: Luke Raudebaugh

Southdown: Ephraim Fowler

Suffolk: Emily Stevens

Tunis: Madison Feehan

AOB Meat: Audrey Julian

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Ohio State Fair dairy results (week 1)

Holstein Junior Show

Junior Champion: Maci McLean, Columbiana County

Junior Res. Champion: Elizabeth Kiko, Columbiana County

Lizzie Kiko, Colmbiana County, had the Reserve Champion Holstein heifer in the Junior Show.

Intermediate Champion: Thomas Colton, Champaign County

Res. Intermediate Champion: Aubree Topp, Shelby County

Senior Champion: Hannah Griffith, Clermont County

Res. Senior Champion: Alaina Topp, Shelby County

Grand Champion: Hannah Griffith, Clermont County

Res. Grand Champion: Thomas Colton, Champaign County

Ayrshire Junior Show

Junior Champion: Ava Lahmers, Union County

Junior Res. Champion: Carli Binckley, Columbiana County

Senior Champion: Logan Topp, Auglaize County

Res. Senior Champion: Carli Binckley, Columbiana County

Senior Grand Champion: Logan Topp, Augliaze County 

Res. Senior Grand Champion: Carli Binckley, Columbiana County

Red and White Junior Show

Intermediate Grand Champion: Allison Francis, Darke County

Intermediate Res. Grand Champion: Lilly Elsass, Auglaize County

Senior Champion: Aaron Carl, Columbiana County

Res. Senior Champion: Wyatt Schlauch, Holmes County

Grand Champion Red and White: Aaron Carl, Columbiana County

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Grand Drive Events return for 2022 Ohio State Fair

By Matt Reese

Returning for the 2022 Ohio State Fair will be two Grand Drive events, showcasing all the champion drives for each species in the same event. 

Taking a cue from other national caliber livestock shows, the events are designed to showcase the youth with a bit more pomp and circumstance while drawing a larger crowd and some extra bells and whistles. The 2022 State Fair features a Grand Drive for the junior breeding livestock exhibitors on July 30 and a second Grand Drive for junior market exhibitors on Aug. 6. The events require a huge amount of planning and extensive coordinated effort from the barn staffs of the different species. The Grand Drive events also add an extra layer of excitement to the livestock shows leading up to them. 

Annie Saling, 14, from Noble County, had her sights set on the July 30 Grand Drive for breeding livestock exhibitors while she was getting ready for the Ohio State Fair this summer.… Continue reading

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From the show ring to the board room and back again

By Matt Reese and Dale Minyo

Kirt Walker has long known the value of agriculture and 4-H participation in his youth for preparing him for his current role as the CEO of Nationwide Insurance. This summer, though, his past 4-H experience has proven particularly valuable in the newest component of his job description as a steer exhibitor at the 2022 Ohio State Fair.

Walker will be circling the show ring with Dexter the steer on Aug. 2 as part of the Dean’s Charity Steer Show. Walker is teamed up with Dexter’s exhibitor, Maddie Brandt from Tuscarawas County, her family, and Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo for the event to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio.

“I really wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for farming. I grew up on a century farm in a small town in Iowa. My family raised hogs, cattle, soybeans, and corn.… Continue reading

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The cost (and value) of showing livestock

By Matt Reese

The cost of fuel is way up. Feed and supplement costs are up. The cost of dining out has spiked as well, and these are just a few of the myriad of costs that go into travelling to a livestock show.

These rising costs have shown up at fairs and livestock shows as some families are having to make tough decisions about finances. Maybe they are skipping some shows or switching to less expensive projects. Maybe they are not showing livestock this year. 

Braden Moore raises some cattle in Fairfield County with his wife Amy, and their three children Delaney, Sadie and Landon, to show and sell, and some for the freezer. Concerns about the rising costs have not been lost on the Moore family.

“We have a little brood herd of cows. Most of what we keep is stuff our kids have shown or that we’re going to try to sell to other 4-H kids in the county and anything we buy for show as well.… Continue reading

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Butter cow display breaks record, highlights agricultural heritage

By Matt Reese

The butter sculptors outdid themselves with the 2022 butter cow display at the Ohio State Fair. This year’s display features 10 life-size butter sculptures including the traditional cow and calf, a pig, a lamb and a chicken — all being proudly shown by fair exhibitors. The display was created by technical sculptors over hundreds of hours in a 46-degree cooler. While the butter sculptures typically weigh-in around 2,000 pounds, this year’s record-breaking, biggest-ever display includes 2,530 pounds of butter.

“This year the display pays tribute the fair’s agricultural history, and there is a lot of butter in there,” said Jenny Crabtree, with American Dairy Association Mideast. “When fairs began, farmers gathered and brought their livestock and learned from each other. Today the agricultural presence at the fair is still as important as it was then. After not having a fair for a couple of years, it seemed appropriate to take the butter cow tradition and honor another a tradition with the fair’s agricultural heritage.”… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 262 | Dean’s Steer Show – Good Steers, Good Cause

Matt, Dusty, and Dale sit down with Dean Cathann Kress, who is the Dean of the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Science at The Ohio State University to talk about the Dean Charity Steer Show at the Ohio State Fair. Dale also catches up with Kirt Walker, CEO of Nationwide, to discuss his role in the Dean Charity Steer Show. The GrowNextGen Staff of the Ohio Soybean Council talk with Dale about their activities at the Ohio State Fair. Matt then chats with Braden Moore who is a 4-H Dad in Fairfield County and Delaney Moore who is a 4-H and FFA Member also in Fairfield County about the importance of showing livestock amid growing input cost. All this and more thanks to AgriGold! 

0:00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update

0:25:19 Kirt Walker – CEO Nationwide

0:31:33 GrowNextGen Staff

0:41:43 Braden Moore – 4-H Dad

0:52:14 Delaney Moore – 4-H and FFA Member

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 261 | The Ohio State Fair is Here Again

On this week’s podcast Alicia Shoults, Assistant General Manager of the Ohio State Fair and Laura Wuebker, Ohio Ag net Intern, sit down with Matt to discuss all things Ohio State Fair. Matt also catches up with Harley Jackson, who is an auctioneer. Luke Crumley and Ben Klick both of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association talk with Matt about the recent Corn Congress. All this and more thanks to AgriGold! 

00:00 Intro and OCj/OAN Staff Update

24:50 Harley Jackson – Auctioneer

33:41 Luke Crumley – Ohio Corn and Wheat

46:43 Ben Klick – Ohio Corn and Wheat

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2022 Ohio State Fair Draft Horse and Pony Show

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 – noon:

https://www.facebook.com/ohioscountryjournalandohioagnet/videos/1017627978938399/

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 – 3 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=external&v=1588372811582645

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 – 5:30 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/100026563460519/videos/5178754375536054

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 – 2 p.m.:

Part 1: https://www.facebook.com/ohioscountryjournalandohioagnet/videos/578414713909920

Part 2:

Part 2: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=587203496226675

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 – 6 p.m.:

https://www.facebook.com/ohioscountryjournalandohioagnet/videos/772860784068248

Thursday, July 14, 2022 – 2 p.m.:

https://www.facebook.com/100026563460519/videos/761904515008775

Thursday, July 14, 2022 – 5 p.m.:

https://www.facebook.com/100026563460519/videos/456359772625736

Thursday, July 14, 2022 – 6 p.m.:

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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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2021 Outstanding Market Exhibitors from the Ohio State Fair

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Zane Ortman, 17, from Perry County was the first place Outstanding Market Poultry Exhibitor. The other Poultry Outstanding Market Exhibitors were: Alia Hester, Clinton Co., 9; Ty Woodward, Coshocton Co., 10; Alivia Kinney, Logan Co., 11; Alivia Addis, Darke Co., 12; Alexandria Kinney, Logan Co., 13; Isabel Henderson, Logan Co., 14; Johnathan Woodward, Coshocton Co., 15; Allison Kinney, Logan Co., 16; and Aiden Hester, Clinton Co., 18.
Paige Gehret, 13, from Darke County was the first place Outstanding Market Lamb Exhibitor. The other Lamb Outstanding Market Exhibitors were: Brock Shearer, Wayne Co., 9; Brynn Huntsman, Mercer Co., 10; Ephraim Fowler, Guernsey Co., 11; Delaney Dudte, Wayne Co., 12; Olivia Seaburn, Madison Co., 14; Morgan Evans, Union Co., 15; Griffin Johnson, Union Co., 16; Hanna DeLong, Champaign Co., 17; and Hainsley Hatfield, Muskingum Co., 18.
Kelsey Pettit, from Fayette Co., 16, was the first place Outstanding Market Goat Exhibitor.
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2021 Sale of Champions!

The Grand Champion Swiss Cheese, produced by Pearl Valley Cheese County, representing the seven dairy champions and supreme dairy showmen The exhibitors were Grand Champion Ayrshire: Logan Topp, Auglaize County; Grand Champion Brown Swiss: Madicyn Rupp, Wayne County; Grand Champion Guernsey: Aubree Topp, Shelby County; Grand Champion Holstein: Kayla Cring, Huron County; Grand Champion Jersey: Blake Greiwe, Shelby County; Grand Champion Red and White: Lily Elsass, Auglaize County; Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn: Aubree Topp, Shelby County; Supreme Showman, Week 1 – Exhibited by: Tim Gunkleman, Wayne County; and Supreme Showman, Week 2 – Exhibited by: Madelyn Topp, Auglaize County. The cheese was purchased by AG Boogher and Son and S&S Volvo for a record-setting bid of $33,000.
The Grand Champion Market Turkey was exhibited by Johnathan Woodward of Coshocton County and purchased by Cooper Farms, OKI, Tim and Glenda Huffman, Event Marketing Strategies, and Concessions by Cox for a record-setting bid of $20,000.
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Grand Drive Junior Market Beef results

Champion: Carson Shafer, Eaton (Crossbred Division III Champion)
Reserve Champion: Delaney Jones, Harrod (Champion Chianina)
Third: Frani Levan, Woodstock (Reserve Champion Chianina)
Fourth: Caden Jones, Harrod (Crossbred Division III Reserve Champion)
Fifth: Essie McGuire, Urbana (Crossbred Division II Champion)

Champion: Carson Shafer, Eaton (Crossbred Division III Champion)
Reserve Champion: Delaney Jones, Harrod (Champion Chianina)
Third: Frani Levan, Woodstock (Reserve Champion Chianina)
Fourth: Caden Jones, Harrod (Crossbred Division III Reserve Champion)
Fifth: Essie McGuire, Urbana (Crossbred Division II Champion)
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Grand Drive Junior Market Hog results

Champion: Aiden Knecht, Fayette Co. (Champion Dark Cross)
Reserve Champion: Cade Peterson, Ottawa Co. (Reserve Champion Dark Cross)
Third: Reagan Gross (Champion Yorkshire)
Fourth: Maya McCoy, Fayette Co. (Champion Light Cross)
Fifth: Madelyn Fearon, Darke Co. (Reserve Champion Light Cross)

Champion: Aiden Knecht, Fayette Co. (Champion Dark Cross)
Reserve Champion: Cade Peterson, Ottawa Co. (Reserve Champion Dark Cross)
Third: Reagan Gross (Champion Yorkshire)
Fourth: Maya McCoy, Fayette Co. (Champion Light Cross)

Fifth: Madelyn Fearon, Darke Co. (Reserve Champion Light Cross)

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Grand Drive Junior Market Lamb results

Champion: Bailee Amstutz, Union Co. (Champion Grade)
Reserve Champion: Kaitlyn Zeedyk, Defiance Co. (Reserve Champion Grade)
Third: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co. (Champion Natural Color)
Fourth: Addilyn Bryant, Ashland Co. (Reserve Champion Natural Color)
Fifth: Nevah Powers, Fulton Co. (Champion Hampshire)

Champion: Bailee Amstutz, Union Co.
Reserve Champion: Kaitlyn Zeedyk, Defiance Co.
Third: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.
Fourth: Addilyn Bryant, Ashland Co.
Fifth: Nevah Powers, Fulton Co.
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Grand Drive Junior Market Goat results

Champion: Paige Pence, Clark Co.
Res. Champion: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co.
Third: Briley Ashcraft, Athens Co.
Fourth: Coby Frey, Wyandot Co.
Fifth: Anara Shroyer, Logan Co.
Sixth: Adrionna Phillips, Highland Co.

Champion: Paige Pence, Clark Co.
Res. Champion: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co.
Third: Briley Ashcraft, Athens Co.
Fourth: Coby Frey, Wyandot Co.
Fifth: Anara Shroyer, Logan Co.
Sixth: Adrionna Phillips, Highland Co.

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