State Fair sets agriculture attractions
COLUMBUS— With a rich history of celebrating agriculture, its products and those involved in the industry, the 2010 Ohio State Fair continues the tradition with an array of agricultural attractions on the schedule.
Fairgoers will see and experience Ohio agriculture at its finest with Fairtastic opportunities to explore exhibits and competitions in areas such as vegetable and livestock production, and horticulture. In addition, there are great interactive opportunities for fairgoers to learn more about the agricultural industry.
The Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building presented by Ohio Farm Bureau houses a diverse collection of displays representing Ohio’s agricultural industries including vegetable production, floriculture, scarecrows, nuts and Christmas trees. Visitors can browse the exhibits to see some of the fine products Ohio has to offer. Contests taking place during the Fair include amateur floral design and the new Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off.
Junior and open competitions at the Fair include both common and unique breeds of market beef and commercial cattle. In the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center presented by OCJ, fairgoers can view a wide range of breed competitions including Simmental, Hereford, Shorthorn, Angus and Limousin, as well as the highly competitive market beef show.
Cooper Arena will host a variety of dairy cattle shows throughout the Fair including Ayrshire, Milking Shorthorn, Holstein, Guernsey, Jersey and Brown Swiss. Fairgoers can also get a first-hand look at milk production in the Gilligan Complex’s fullyfunctioning milking parlor.
The line-up of horse shows at the Fair includes horsemanship, draft classes for cart, hitch and halter, junior showmanship and decoration, the Governor’s Cup 6-Horse Draft Hitch and more. Horse enthusiasts and interested fairgoers can drop in on one of these shows in the JD Equipment Coliseum.
Poultry & Rabbits
In the Rabbit and Poultry Pavilion, fairgoers will find open and junior division shows and showmanship classes for both species including a costume class for rabbits that allows exhibitors to get creative. In addition, there will be some unique birds to check out, as the Heritage Breeds Poultry Display makes its debut.
Opening day kicks off with the junior market lamb show in Brown Arena, which features sheep shows nearly every day of the Fair. Competitions include sheep shearing and breed shows such as Rambouillet, Columbia, Suffolk and much more. Fairgoers can also stop by to view the Sheep Breed Display.
The O’Neill Building is home to more than 25 swine competitions throughout the Fair. With open and junior shows for a variety of breeds including Duroc, Landrace, Yorkshire, Tamworth and more, there is sure to be something for every swine fanatic.
For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614- 644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at OhioStateFair.com.
The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With a spectacular midway, bigname entertainment, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior fair shows in the nation, the 2010 Ohio State Fair will run July 28 – Aug. 8.