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Rainy weather doesn’t bog down Rib Off

The rainy weather did nothing to hinder the quality of the incredible pork being served up at the 2018 Ohio Pork Rib Off. It was high quality across the board according to the judges for the 22nd annual Pork Rib Off competition at the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, July 31.

Bark Bros. of Columbus was awarded Grand Champion Ribs and Reserve Champion Pulled Pork. Red Pig Inn of Ottawa was awarded Reserve Champion Ribs, while Kyptonite BBQ of Hartville was awarded Grand Champion Pulled Pork and best Soybean Oil BBQ Sauce. Hickory River Smokehouse of Tipp City took home the People’s Choice award. There were nine contestants from across the state competing in the annual event.

The competitors were scored by a group of five judges, including: Virgil Strickler, Ohio State Fair General Manager; Senator Larry Obhof; State Representative Brian Hill; Matt Reese, Ohio’s Country Journal; and Steve Reinhard, Ohio Soybean Council.

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A closer look at the most popular 4-H projects

By Katerina Sharp, 4-H Youth Development Intern, Ohio State University

Thousands flock to county fairs and the Ohio State Fair each summer, and many of these are Ohio 4-H members who come to show their livestock and non-livestock projects. However, the large number of livestock and non-livestock projects that can be seen at the Ohio State Fair each year is only a small fraction of the total number of projects our members take throughout the state. Whether competing at the county or state level, it is hard to appreciate the vast number of projects taken by 4-H members.

In 2017, the most popular 4-H project was market hogs, with 11,679 total projects taken.

“Growing up on a hog farm and taking hog projects during my 4-H career, I’ve watched the number of youth taking hog projects grow and grow,” said Kiersten Heckel, 4-H educator in Tuscarawas County.

One reason for the popularity is the length of a hog project, which is only 3-4-months.

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Dairy photo highlights and results

Photos by Lea Kimley.

Holstein

Total animals shown: 111
Exhibitors: 65

 

YRP Grand Champion (Senior Champion)
Exhibitor: Kris Ackley
Animal: Chakelburg Evasion Kaught
Sire: Belthuis SG Envision- ETS

DOB: 2.21.2014

 

YRP Reserve Grand Champion (Senior Res. Champion)
Exhibitor: Taylor Birkemeier
Animal: Marste Gold Chip Cher
Sire: Mr Chassity Gold Chip

DOB: 03.01.2014

 

YRP Intermediate Champion
Exhibitor: Garrett Havens
Animal: Brookview Sid Loverslane
Sire: Pine-Tree Sid-ET

 

YRP Reserve Intermediate Champion
Exhibitor: Brennan Topp
Animal: Toppglen Defiant Wowwee
Sire: Scientific B Defiant-ET

 

Junior Holstein Champion

Exhibitor: Tim Gunkleman

Animal: Savage-Leigh Gotta Look-E

Sire: Pine Tree Sid- ET

 

Junior Holstein Res. Champion

Exhibitor: David Miley

Animal: Milry Avalanche Genessee

Sire: Dymentholm Mr App Avala

 

Senior Showmanship (15 and over)
1. Marrisa Topp

  1. David Miley
  2. Tim Gunkelman
  3. Victoria Deam
  4. Cole Pond

 

Intermediate Showmanship (12-14)
1. Olivia Finke

  1. Emily Deam
  2. Lauren Lameroux
  3. Logan Topp
  4. Grace Gunkleman

 

Junior Showmanship (11 and under)
1.

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2018 Junior Market Lamb Sale

 

All exhibitors in the 2018 Market Lamb Sale got at least $975 with contributions from the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and LEAD Council Banner Booster Program including Apex Clean Energy, Fowler Family Southdowns, Backwoods Farm, Reynolds Club Lambs, Black Thunder Breaking Donkey’s — Garrett Krasula, Emma Matthews Photography, Tom Butler Farms, Amstutz Club Lambs, Kalmbach Feeds, Umbarger Feeds, Elvin Elifritz Double E Dorsets, Johnson Show Lambs.

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2018 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Lamb results

 

Hampshire

Champ: Grant Johnson, Wayne Co.

Res. Champ: Weston Stevens, Ross Co.

Shropshire

Champ: Chase Eisenhauer, Huron Co.

Res. Champ: Craig Schiff, Clinton Co.

Southdowns

Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.

Res. Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.

Suffolk

Champion: Jordan Collom, Clinton Co.

Res. Champion: Carter Lampe, Wood Co.

Dorset

Champion: McKala Grauel, Hardin Co.

Res. Champion: Alaine Brenke, Lorain Co.

Oxford

Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.

Res. Champion: Hayden Harriman, Richland Co.

AOB

Champion: Jacob Roeth, Miami Co.

Res. Champion: Linsey Eddy, Union Co.

Brockle-face

Champion: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co.

Res. Champion: London Reichert, Darke

Natural Colored

Champion: Ian Johnson, Union Co.

Res. Champion: Caleb Stone, Miami Co.

Grade

Champ: Bailee Amstutz, Union County

Res. Champ: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co.

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2018 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Lamb photo highlights

 

Photos by Lea Kimley.

Judge Gene Winn, New Mexico sorted through more than 750 market lambs in nine breed classes and the grade crossbred lambs. Here are the results.

Grand Champion Market Lamb: Grant Johnson, Wayne Co. (Champion Hampshire)

Res. Grand Champion Market Lamb: Bailee Amstutz, Union Co. (Champion Grade

Third Overall: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co. (Res. Champion Grade)

Fourth Overall: Ian Johnson, Union Co. (Champion Natural Color)

Fifth overall: Weston Stevens, Ross Co. (Res. Champion Hampshire)

Hampshire

Champ: Grant Johnson, Wayne Co.

Res. Champ: Weston Stevens, Ross Co.

 

Shropshire

Champ: Chase Eisenhauer, Huron Co.

Res. Champ: Craig Schiff, Clinton Co.

 

Southdowns

Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.

Res. Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.

 

Suffolk

Champion: Jordan Collom, Clinton Co.

Res. Champion: Carter Lampe, Wood Co.

 

Dorset

Champion: McKala Grauel, Hardin Co.

Res. Champion: Alaine Brenke, Lorain Co.

 

Oxford

Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.

Res. Champion: Hayden Harriman, Richland Co.

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Friendly Fair faces: Gerald Harkness

By Matt Reese

With delicious fair food, hard working youth exhibitors, extensive entertainment options, and countless other attractions, there is plenty to enjoy at the Ohio State Fair. Among my very favorite things, though, is seeing the familiar faces each year and stopping for a few minutes to chat in between livestock shows and the many other happenings of the Fair.

For those in the draft horse barn, there are not many faces more familiar than Gerald Harkness, who has exhibited Belgians at the Ohio State Fair for an astonishing 72 years.

“My grandpa and dad started showing in the late 30s or early 40s. I was born in ‘38 and I started showing horses at 8 years old,” Harkness said. “It was great to show horses and back then the draft horse people would have a big barn party. The people who showed draft horses were great people.

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Junior Fair Dairy Goats 2018

Alpines

Grand: Kolton Baer, Trumbull Co.

Reserve: Alexandrea Stewart, Ross Co.

 

LaMancha

Grand: Heather Cade, Delaware Co.

Reserve: Abigail Donkin, Columbiana Co.

 

All Other Breeds

Grand: Hope Mann, Mercer Co.

Reserve: Alexandrea Stewart, Ross Co.

 

Nubian

Grand: Hunter Dye, Morrow Co.

Reserve: Cole Spitler, Darke, Co.

 

Recorded Grade:

Grand: Heather Cade, Delaware Co.

Reserve: Heather Cade, Delaware Co.

 

Saanen

Grand: Autumn Knox, Madison Co.

Reserve: Jenna Johnson, Delaware Co.

 

Toggenburg:

Grand: Seth Blake, Licking Co.

Reserve: Cole Spitler, Darke Co.

 

 

 

 

Showmanship

Sr. (15 and up)

 

  1. Seth Blake, Licking
  2. Heather Cade, Delaware
  3. Cole Spitler, Darke
  4. Abigail Donkin, Colombiana
  5. Alexandrea Stewart, Ross

 

Int. (12-14)

  1. Taylor Gottfried, Seneca
  2. Hope Mann, Mercer
  3. Lily Lehman, Wayne
  4. Arika Zeiter, Fulton
  5. Margaret Donkin, Columbiana

Jr. (8-11)

  1. Eric Lehman, Wayne
  2. Derek Zeiter, Fulton
  3. Addyson Stewart, Ross
  4. William Dearing, Muskingum
  5. Caroline Bryan, Hancock
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Big numbers for the big horses at the Ohio State Fair

By Matt Reese

Cattle people love cattle shows and hog people love hog shows but pretty much everyone loves draft horse shows. And, fortunately for those in Ohio, the Ohio State Fair has five impressive days showcasing the largest livestock on the grounds.

The Ohio State Fair draft horse competitions are among the top in country.

“It truly is outstanding. I see it grow every year. I am so proud of it and I think it is great entertainment for all of our visitors who come to the Fair,” said Virgil Strickler, Ohio State Fair manager. “They get those horses decked out in their harnesses and the wagons they are pulling — that is just something you don’t see every day. And to see those six-horse hitches out there in the coliseum at one time for the Governor’s Cup is just phenomenal.”

In the background of those impressive horses at the Ohio State Fair is Ron Mack, who has served as the Ohio State Fair Draft Horse Superintendent since 2001.

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The State Fair’s quiet side

By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman

One of my favorite mid-summer destinations, the Ohio State Fair gets underway July 25 though Aug. 5 at the Ohio Expositions Center in Columbus, where the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) offers a welcome quiet space that for decades has served as a great place for taking a break from the midway and other traditional fair attractions. Located at the Natural Resources Park on the fairground’s southeast corner, the area is a popular “green space” with outdoors-minded families looking to “take five” or to take part in some hook and bullet activities. The channel cats that used to prowl the popular kiddie fishing ponds have been replaced with easier-to-catch sunfish and the portable kayaking pond has become a permanent fixture. Kids can try their hand at several shooting sports, and there are ongoing wildlife programs and demonstrations, as well as displays of live birds and animals, to entertain and educate all.

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Ohio State Fair; a place to get “meals served by the Ohio farmers who grow it!”

By Stan Smith, Fairfield County PA, OSU Extension

 

The free market system will ultimately have a significant voice in how our farm animals are managed . . . the bottom line is that our clientele wants to know more about the food we are producing.

Those words were shared eight years ago by John Grimes as he discussed the 2010 agreement that initiated the creation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Little has changed today in that regard, and little is expected to change anytime soon. With the majority of our consuming public two, three, or even four generations removed from the farm, whether we like it or not, public concern for how our food is produced, by whom, and the sustainability of methods we use is the reality of the world we presently live in. As we consider how best to share with consumers our story regarding the daily care and efficient production of livestock and the wholesome nutrition it provides the diet, perhaps one of the best opportunities we have begins next Wednesday with the opening of the Ohio State Fair.

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2018 Ohio State Fair Draft Horse Show will be streamed live

New for 2018:

All evening performances during the 2018 Ohio State Fair Draft Horse Show will be streamed live on the Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net Facebook page as well as at ocj.com.

The list of classes that will be streamed live is listed below.

Click here to download a complete schedule of all classes including those that will not be streamed live.

Monday, July 30, 2018 at 5:30  p.m.

Registered Percheron Six Mare Hitch
Belgian Six Horse Hitch Open No Registered Mares
Belgian Four Registered Mares
Reg. Percheron Stallion/Gelding Unicorn
Registered Belgian Mare Cart, Lady To Drive
Percheron Mare Team Driven By A Lady
Belgian Team Driven By A Lady
Percheron Team Driven By A Lady, Stallion/Gelding

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Belgian Mare Six Horse Hitch
Registered Percheron Open Six-Horse Hitch **
Open Belgian Unicorn – No Registered Mares
Reg. Belgian Cart Mare, Gentleman To Drive
Percheron Single Cart Mare, Lady To Drive
Open Belgian Team No Registered Mares
Percheron Single Cart Stallion/Gelding, Gentleman To Drive
Percheron Registered Mare Four Hitch
Open Belgian Single Cart, Lady To Drive
Registered Belgian Mare Team
Percheron Cart Mare, Gentleman To Drive
Percheron Stallion/Gelding Cart, Lady To Drive

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

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