Power Show Ohio kicked off on Friday with a wide range of new agricultural, construction, and outdoor power equipment from more than 600 companies.
The show sprawls over more than 300,000 square feet in four buildings at the Ohio Expo Center: the Voinovich Center, Celeste Center, Coliseum and Bricker Building. There are also a number of additional cooking and educational seminars covering topics including farmland preservation, small engine maintenance, crop nutrient management and its effects on bodies of water, barn rehabilitation, farm safety, and more.
And, it wouldn’t be the Power Show without the National Kiddie Tractor Pull held in the Coliseum on Saturday and Sunday for children between the ages of three and eight. Here are some photo highlights from the show. Stop by and see us at the Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net booth in the Celeste Center.
The 2011 fair season wrapped up last week with the Fairfield County Fair. As always we got some great photos through the season highlighting the excitement from fairs around the state. As the last of the fair photos from this year roll in during the next few weeks, we will be compiling them and selecting our favorite as this year’s winner. Stay turned for that.
Here are some of the more recent photos we’ve gotten. For more, see the mid-October issue of Ohio’s Country Journal.
The final day of the Farm Science Review had the most cooperative weather and attendance was 28,774. The total attendance over three days was 134,734 visitors. Corn yields were in the 160- to 170-bushel range and moisture levels were generally around 33%. The harvest conditions and the grounds could best be described as soggy, but the damp conditions did little to dampen the show and the high spirits of those visiting.
Hopefully you got a chance to stop by and visit us at Ohio’s Country Journal and the Ohio Ag Net. Here are some photos for a review of the Review.
Session 5 was the grandest of them all at the 83rd Ohio FFA Convention and was highlighted with laughter, recognition of achievements and and few tears. Session 5 included:
* A touching tribute to long Steve Gratz from the many past state officers he worked with through his years of service to the Ohio FFA.
* A dynamite retiring address from State President Amy Jo Frost who encouraged all FFA members to lean on each other for support. She sang with some great backup singers telling the crowd of 6,022 to “Lean on me.”
* LA Comedian turned Highland County farmer Drew Hastings entertained the crowd with his misadventures of a city boy on the farm.
* State FFA Degrees were handed out.
* The new state officer team was announced.
* Excellent performances from the FFA Band and FFA Choir.
The Fourth Session (and the talent show that proceeded it) gave many more Ohio FFA members the opportunity to shine. Here are some highlights:
* The Secretary’s Award
* The Treasurer’s
* The Reporter’s Award
* Tiffany Rogers, the National FFA Eastern Region VP, shared the importance of being yourself.
* The CDE winners were recognized.
• Kathleen Seeley, Benjamin Logan, was named the Agriscience Student of the Year.
The Third Session of the Ohio FFA Convention was packed with highlights including:
* 5,374 guests were registered at the Convention.
* Jodi Hassan, with the Ohio FFA Alumni Association, provided an update of how the organization is working for students.
* Lucy Whitehead, with the National FFA Alumni Association, announced that the FFA, Carhart, and Tractor Supply Company worked with Harvest for America to get nearly 1 million pounds of food to those in need. Top chapters in Ohio for this effort were Upper Sandusky, Felicity Franklin and Evergreen (the top chapter) that donated 21,289 pounds of food.
* The top chapter in Ohio was Ridgemont. Other top chapters included: Wauseon (chapter development), Norwayne (community development), and Miami East (student development).
* Ohio farm boy and former state officer Rick Metzger gave the keynote address highlighting the four rules to success; drink from the fountain of happiness, steal time for kindness, swear to do your best, and lie down at night and be thankful that you live in the U.S.