Ohio State Fair Archive

2019 Ohio State Fair butter sculpture celebrates Apollo 11’s 50th

The 2019 Ohio State Fair butter sculpture was unveiled Tuesday, and the highly anticipated mystery was revealed to be a salute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, famously led by Ohioan Neil Armstrong. Watch more in this video with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood as American Dairy Association Mideast’s Jenny Hubble, plus sculptor Alex Balz, comments on this year’s unique attraction.… Continue reading

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Showing at the Ohio State Fair is about the experience

By Matt Reese

Banners are nice. Success is great. But really, at the end of each Ohio State Fair, it is really about the experience, lessons learned and the people. Though Caroline Winter from Pickaway County has had some success in showmanship and breed shows, those are not the first things she shares about what she loves about the Ohio State Fair.

“I have been showing since I could walk. I love hanging out with my friends who are also my competitors,” the 17-year-old said. “In the show ring we compete, but if my friend beats me, I don’t hold it against them. Whatever happens in the show ring, we go get ice cream or play a game of cards — a very competitive game of cards.

“Spoons is my favorite card game at the State Fair. We’ll get a big game going and it is a lot of fun. And, for the ice cream, you have to go at the right time because if you don’t the line is wrapping around the building.… Continue reading

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Farm Bureau, partners unveil redesigned 2019 Land and Living exhibit at Ohio State Fair

One of this year’s must see attractions at the Ohio State Fair, July 24 to Aug. 4, will be the newly redesigned, highly interactive Land and Living exhibit featuring agriculture education activities the whole family can enjoy. Visitors to the Nationwide Donahey Land & Living Building will get in-depth, hands-on lessons about farming, food and high-tech agriculture.

Visitors to the exhibit will learn about how animals are cared for on the farm. They will also see how science and technology are helping farmers produce safe food while enhancing environmental resources, how scientists are researching solutions to the biggest food and farming challenges and how young people can have careers in agriculture. Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will have a major presence at the building this year, where research and careers in agriculture will be featured messages.

Another new exhibit is a sow birthing center brought to the fair by the Ohio Pork Council.… Continue reading

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Watch LIVE the 2019 Ohio State Fair Jr. Market Goat Final Drive

Watch here the 2019 Ohio State Fair Jr. Market Goat Final Drive. If you’re having issues watching this video, please refresh the page or click this link to watch it on our Facebook page.


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Jada Shroyer – Grand Champion Market Goat

Paige Pence – Reserve Champion Market Goat

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2019 Ohio State Fair Jr. Dairy Goat Show

Judge: Yvonne Blosser, Ohio


Senior Showmanship (15-18 yrs)

  1. Alexandrea Stewart, Chillicothe
  2. Seth Blake, Newark


Intermediate Showmanship (12-14 yrs)

  1. Hope Mann, Celina
  2. Ryan Shoemaker, Winchester

Junior Showmanship (8-11 yrs)

  1. William Dearing, Frazeysburg
  2. Addyson Stewart, Chillicothe

Grand Champion Alpine

Wyatt Baer, Kinsman

Reserve Champion Alpine

Wyatt Baer, Kinsman

Grand Champion LaMancha

Keagan Stewart, Chillicothe

Reserve Champion LaMancha

Margaret Donkin, New Waterford

Grand Champion AOB

Hope Mann, Celina

Reserve Champion AOB

Hope Mann, Celina

Grand Champion Nubian

Courtney Hubbard, Cortland

Reserve Champion Nubian

Courtney Hubbard, Cortland

Grand Champion Recorded Grade

Logan Lucas, Johnstown

Reserve Champion Recorded Grade

Wyatt Baer, Kinsman

Grand Champion Saanen

Lauren Gottfried, Tiffin

Reserve Champion Saanen

Taylor Gottfried, Tiffin

Grand Champion Toggenburg

Seth Blake, Newark

Reserve Champion Toggenburg

Logan Lucas, Johnstown… Continue reading

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Outdoors opps at the State Fair

By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio show

With the state fair opening Wednesday, July 24, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) begins welcoming folks to the Natural Resources Park with free interactive exhibits and displays. Located in the southeast corner of the state fairgrounds, the park will be open from 11-7 daily through Sunday, August 4.

Two wildlife buildings that made their debut at the 2017 Ohio State Fair include the Wild Ohio Shooting Range, which houses archery and air gun ranges for all ages. The second is the Fish Ohio Building, a redesigned fish house where Division of Wildlife staff offer fish filleting and cooking demonstrations. The building also houses refrigerated storage to temporarily hold fish caught in the youth fishing area until kids are ready to pick them up and take them home.

Another popular attraction is the Scenic Rivers touch pool, which contains many of Ohio’s native macro invertebrate species, plus a few crayfish and small stream fish.… Continue reading

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Ohio State Fair coverage slated

Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal have partnered with Kalmbach Feeds to “feed you the results first” with facebook live streaming of the final drives from the goat, sheep, poultry  swine, and beef shows. The junior fair broadcast schedule is:

  • Goats – Saturday, July 20th – Approximately 4:30pm
  • Sheep – Wednesday, July 24th – Approximately 4:00pm
  • Poultry – Thursday, August 1st – Approximately 3:00pm
  • Swine – Saturday, August 3rd – Approximately 5:00pm
  • Beef – Saturday, August 3rd – Approximately 5:00pm

Also again this year, the draft horse and pony show will be live streamed July 29th through August 2nd, including the Governor’s Cup. Each broadcast will begin around 5:00pm.

The week’s coverage will wrap up with the Sale of Champions, broadcast live on the Ohio Channel and on our Facebook page at 2:00pm.… Continue reading

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2018 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Barrow Sale


The Buckeye Barrow Boosters also supported each exhibitor in the sale. They include: Jim Yeazel and Family, Ohio Hamp/York Crossbred Sale, Ohio State Fair Youth Gilt Sale, Ohio Pork Schopp, Ward Family Genetics, Mark Bodey and Family, Korb Farms, 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, Scott Mihalik Family, Michael Carson Family, Thompson Show Feed, Bryan Vaughan Family, Andy Warner Family, Abt Family, Sponcil Family, Sharrett Family Farms, Tim Barney family, Scholl Family, Todd Price Family, Rusty Coe Family, Josh Overmeyer Family, Wendt Livestock, Nate Warner Livestock, Keplinger Farms, Bob Foster Family, Fender Club Pigs, Fearon Family, Dore Family, Stewart Family, Genter Show Stock, Jason Adams Family, and Ron Riley Family.… Continue reading

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2018 Ohio State Fair Market Beef Show results


Judge Brandon Callis, Oklahoma


Class 1 Angus

Champ: Carly Sanders, Highland

Res. Champ: Erica Snook, Noble


Class 2 Chianina

  1. Caroline Blay, Portage
  2. Taylor Poff, Geauga


Class 3 Chianina

  1. Delaney Jones, Allen
  2. Kimberly Winner, Darke


Champ: Delaney Jones, Allen

Res. Champ: Kimberly Winner, Darke


Class 4 Hereford

  1. Alexis Shaw, Tuscarawas
  2. Caroline Vonderhaar, Preble


Class 5 Hereford

  1. Franklin Kinney, Logan
  2. Adeline Kendle, Tuscarawas


Champ. Hereford: Franklin Kinney, Logan

Res. Champ Hereford: Alexis Shaw, Tuscarawas


Class 6 Maine-Anjou

  1. Elizabeth Heintz, Hardin
  2. Austin Sorgen, Van Wert


Class 7 Maine-Anjou

  1. Colby Watson, Champaign
  2. Harrison Blay, Portage


Champ. Main-Anjou: Elizabeth Heintz, Hardin

Res. Champ Maine-Anjou: Colby Watson, Champaign


Class 8 Shorthorn

Champ. Shorthorn: Kate Hornyak, Geauga

Res. Champ Shorthorn: Taylor Muhlenkamp, Mercer


Class 9 Shorthorn Plus

Champ: Kassidy Thompson, Miami

Res. Champ: Mallory Peter, Defiance


Class 10 Simmental

Champ Simmental: Carter McCauley, Guernsey

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2018 Jr. Fair Barrow Results

Here are more results for the 2018 Ohio State Fair Jr. Barrow Market Show.

Dark Cross

Matthew Butterfield, Oxford – 280 lbs

Grant Adams, Celina – 268 lbs

Other Cross

Kamryn Kreis,  Adamsville -248 lbs

Whitney Miller, Shreve – 274 lbs


Grand Champion – Zander Ivey, Bloomingburg- 250 lbs

Reserve Champion – Travis Durst, Tipp City- 242 lbs

Chester White

Grand Champion – Lily Rees, Bidwell-275 lbs

Reserve Champion – Lily Rees, Bidwell-278 lbs


Grand Champion – Kayla Scott, Mineral City- 275 lbs

Reserve Champion – Destiny Reed, Ashville- 274 lbs


Grand Champion – Ethan Wendt, Dublin- 277 lbs

Reserve Champion – Maya McCoy, Washington Court Housr-260 lbs


Grand Champion – Wade Smith, New VIaenna- 280 lbs

Reserve Champion – Jennifer Bittner, Hamilton- 236 lbs


Grand Champion – Madison Petro, Gallipolis- 241 lbs

Reserve Champion – Madelyn Harrison, Hamilton- 267 lbs

Poland China

Grand Champion – Conner Smock, Jackson Center- 258lbs

Reserve Champion – Claire Winkle, Hillsboro- 255 lbs


Grand Champion – Lindsey Dore, Gelena- 250 lbs

Reserve Champion – Dalton Bull, Xenia- 270 lbs


Grand Champion – Grant Kaffenbarger, New Carlisle- 274 lbs

Reserve Champion – Kayla Mosby, Minerva- 236 lbs


Grand Champion – Claire Winkle, Hillsboro-259 lbs

Reserve Champion – Eme Sprow, Ney- 266 lbs

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Rabbit Sale breaks records again at Ohio State Fair

Setting a new record at the Ohio State Fair, the Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Josh Morgan, from Ross Country, sold for $6,900 to Show-Rite and Hubbard Feeds, Inc. and their network of dealers. The Reserve Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Colin Tackett, of Miami County, also set a new record and sold for $4,600, bought by Turner Oil and Gas Properties and Antero Resources and 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.… Continue reading

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