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2012 Ohio State Fair

Butter cow unveiled at the Ohio State Fair

The butter cow display at this year’s Ohio State Fair highlights the bicentennial birthday of Columbus, Ohio. The display features a five-foot by six-foot birthday cake made from 2,400 sticks of butter. The cake features ornate carvings of notable city landmarks.

This year the butter cow will tweet and update Facebook from the fair. The cow will be milking this opportunity for all it’s worth. Representing more than 268,000 real dairy cows across Ohio, the butter cow will be promoting not only the new butter sculpture at the fair, but also highlighting all of the great things about Ohio’s dairy community.

The Ohio State Fair runs from July 25 until August 5 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. Social media users are encouraged to follow @OHDairyFarmers on Twitter, and “like” Ohio Dairy Farmers on Facebook. The butter cow will be tweeting and posting about various topics, including dairy trivia and state fair facts.… Continue reading

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Ohio State Fair sees increase in Jr. Fair livestock entries, changes made to beef show

By: Heather Hetterick

This year you’ll see more animals in the poultry and rabbit barns.

“We are up overall in our junior livestock entries,” Alicia Shoults, Marketing & Public Relations Director for the Ohio State Fair said. “Poultry is up with the most. We have  79  more entries this year in the junior show so we are up to  714 total entries in poultry.”

The open poultry show has more than 500 additional entry’s this year.

Rabbits entries are up significantly as well.

“Rabbits are up 55, which is a significant jump, so we’re up to 527 entries,” Shoults said.

Hogs, sheep, beef and horse entries remain around the same.

Shoults said there are more than 1,600 hogs and 1,300 lambs entered in each of those Jr. Fair shows.

The Jr. Fair beef show will see several changes this year.

There will be four additional heifer divisions, Lim-Flex, MaineTainer, ShorthornPlus and Percentage Simmental, that will be eligible to compete in the supreme champion beef breeding female competition on Saturday, Aug.… Continue reading

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Jr. Fair Goat Show Results

Jordan Fledderjohann, Shelby County, won Grand Champion Market Wether.
Reserve Champion Market Wether: Levi Criswell, Marion County.




Ty Higgins visits with Fledderjohann shortly after winning Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2012 Ohio State Fair.

Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat exhibitor Levi Criswell visited with Ty about the challenges 2012 brought to raising a goat.


View more photos from the Jr. Fair Goat show.

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Ohio State Fair to induct nine into Hall of Fame

The Ohio State Fair will induct nine new Hall of Fame members on July 26 in the Rhodes Center Auditorium. The 2012 inductees are as follows:

Lisa Frost, Fayette County
Bernard (Bernie) M. Heisner, Franklin County
Bryan Hetterscheidt, Morrow County
Dr. Bobby Moser, Franklin County
Kay Quinton, Miami County
Ken & Janet Stiverson, Marion County
Carl D. Williams, Morgan County
Betty Wingerter, Montgomery County

Lisa Frost has actively worked at the Ohio State Fair for 18 years in the sheep department; Lisa is a supporter of the Fair and gives many hours of her time planning and working for the Fair. Lisa has received both the Ohio State Fair Star Performer Award and the 2007 Appreciation of Support Award for her work.

Bernie M. Heisner has been a supporter of dairy cattle at the Ohio State Fair for 19 years. Over the years he has contributed financially and through man power to the Fair.… Continue reading

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