Fair Logo Released, Shirts On Sale

T-Shirts are on sale now for the 2017 fair featuring our new logo. hardin county fair(Judi Cronley)- 17.jpg

Shirts are jade in color, and are available in the Secretary’s Office.  They are being produced by T & L Graphics, and are a 50/50 blend of Cotton and Polyester.

Adult Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large $10.00

Adult 2XL:  $13.00

Adult 3XL:  $14.00

Hats:  $10.00

Wilson Visits Putnam County

Holly Wilson, the 2016 Hardin County Fair Queen visited the Putnam County Fair this past week.

Wilson said that she met the king of the Putnam County Fair, and Butler County’s Fair Queen.

She said she ate some delicious doughnuts, and enjoyed watching the horse races for the evening’s entertainment.

Where will Holly travel to next? Stay tuned to find out!

(Picture: Lori Wilson/Facebook)

Hardin County Fair Entertainer Doubles as Movie Star

That’s right! Did you know that Lauren Alaina stars in a movie called “Road Less Traveled?”

Check out the IMDB summary of the film. You can watch it on Amazon.

Country music singer Charlotte comes back home to Tennessee a week before she’s set to get married, hoping to borrow her late mother’s wedding dress from her grandmother. But when she runs into her high school sweetheart, Ray, sparks begin to fly. As emotions with Ray get complicated and her record label continues to pressure her to write a new hit song, Charlotte questions if she ever should have left Tennessee in the first place and if she’s even marrying the right man.

Hardin County Agricultural Society Holds June Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting, after not being able to hold a meeting on their regular scheduled date due to not having a quorum.  Thirteen directors and 5 guests were present.


Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.


Mark Badertscher, representing the OSU Extension Office, stated there were 102 sheep/lambs weighed in and tagged on June 10th.  

Roger Crowe, County Commissioner, stated he was looking forward to seeing a full fairground on the day GOBA visits and on the 4th of July.


Correspondence was read from the Marion County Fair Board.  They will be celebrating the retirement of their Fair Manager, Candy Tripp, on July 4th from 6-7pm at the Marion County Fair Picnic Pavilion.  

Howard also read an email received from OFMA, about AEP having a rep. available to help lower demand rates.  This letter was referred to the Ground’s Committee.  

Jami Dellifield, Family Consumer Science Educator from OSU Extension, had given the fair office flyers discussing an on line training about Occasional Quantity Cooks Volunteer Training.  For more information on this on line training you can pick up flyers at the Fair Office or call the extension office at 419-674-2297.


Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  It was noted the Hardin Community Foundation granted $500 for flowers, $500 for 20 vinyl chairs in the Community Building and $2500 for the new speaker system in the livestock barns.  The board moved to order 80 more chairs for the community building, to finish buying those.  Discussion was held on what was needed to be done for when GOBA visits next week.  


It was noted the Ag. Society is still waiting on the State Camping License.  There are currently 10 fair campers who have not paid for their camping spots for 2017.  Most of those are new campers for this year, but a few are past campers and those sites are being given to people on the waiting list.  Money for the camp sites were due on May 19th and they have been given an extra month to pay and no payment has been received by them.  The camping committee was able to accommodate around 15 new campers this year.  


Judi Cronley, gave an update on how ticket sales were going for the Lauren Alaina Concert.  Ticket sales continue on the Fair’s website through pay pal and in the office on Wednesday and Fridays from 9am-4pm.  The Fair Office will be open on July 4th for those wishing to purchase tickets that day.  Ticket sales have increased since Lauren received a CMT award for Breakthrough Video of the year.  The board moved to purchase $200 for a Facebook push for the Lauren Alaina Concert.  The board moved to give 2 track tickets for the concert, to the 50/50 raffle on the 4th of July.  The board moved to purchase cancellation insurance through Nationwide Insurance for the concert.  It was noted the Hardin County Fair Website has been updated.  The board moved to have Corey Ledley purchase a lap top to communicate to the TV’s in the Show Arena.   


Ray Davis announced who the goat show judge will be.  Howard Lyle discussed a USDA inspection that was recently done.  USDA forms were added to the retention policy in the office.  The issue with the Jr Fair Draft Horses was discussed.  It was noted having youth draft showmanship on both Wednesday and Friday, gives more exposure to draft horses.  Youth do not have to compete on the Wednesday Jr Fair Horse Show, they can just compete on Friday if they choose.  Youth draft horse exhibitors can compete on Wednesday and Friday is they choose.  Also there is no requirement for 4-H youth to participate at the fair, they finish their project at the interview judging.  Regular horse shows on Monday – Thursday during the summer were discussed.  Only horse shows being offered to youth are free during those days, if there are open classes, payment for the use of the arena needs to be made.  The horse arena is worked on Sunday of each week.  If there are youth horse shows being planned by clubs, the fair office still needs to be notified, so proper planning can be made.  

Livestock judges are still needed for the Wednesday Beef Show and Rabbit Show.


It was noted vendor and concession contracts deadline for payment was June 15th and follow-calls will be made next week.  There are several new vendors and concessions wanting spots and those people will also be called with available spots.


It was noted the Jr. Fair Board will be offering breakfast bags Saturday morning of GOBA.


It was also noted the Freedom Celebration on the 4th of July will begin at 12 noon with a full day of activities planned at the fairgrounds, right up to the fireworks display at 10pm.  This will be a day focused on honoring our veterans.  Mark Garmon stated Senior Citizen’s Day on Friday, Sept. 8th of the Fair will be the same as last year with the exception that Hardin Hills will be supplying the donuts.  


Under old business:  

Judi still needs judges for all non-livestock departments, except the flower dept. Box Seat letters were sent out at the end of May, with their due date being Friday, June 30th.  There were 3 directors and 1 guest who attended the District 2 meeting in Wapak. on June 10th.  


Under new business:

Jr. Fair entries can now be entered by going to the Fair’s website and they are due by July 31st.  The board moved to have a community group work as ticket takers for the grandstand events during the fair.  The board approved a design for the 2017 fair t-shirts.  The board moved to donate a fair t-shirt to the 50/50 drawing on the 4th of July.  It was noted Fair Work Day has been scheduled for Saturday, August. 19th.

The next regular board meeting will be Saturday, July 1st at 7:30pm.

Open Class Horse Show Bill Released

From the Hardin County Horse Council,


Horse Council President- Jared McNeely

Horse Show Committee— Stephanie Sheldon, Alesia Martin, and Brieanne Sullivan.
Judging: Saturday, September 9,

8:00 A.M.-Horse Show Arena


See General Regulations

Entry Fee: $5.00

Entries to be made day of show at the announcer’s stand.
All class entries will close two classes prior before the class goes in the ring. No Exceptions!
Superintendent may cancel classes due to time limitations with entry fee refunded for classes
cancelled. Scratched classes are non— refundable.

Contesting will start at 8:00 A.M. main arena.

Pleasure will start at 9:00 on track.
The Hardin County Agricultural Society requires horse helmets to be worn by all
participants age 19 and under in junior fair and open class horse shows. No
Exceptions! See 4-H horse rulebook for approved helmet requirements.

1. All open class exhibitors must have a membership or season ticket.

No stallions permitted to show except for foals of the current year.
No stall space provided for open class entries.
Walk/Trot classes that don’t permit cross entering in 3 gaited classes, are for the
horse/ rider combination.
4-H rules apply to open show.

Ponies must show all day as pony.
All bits are subject to a bit check from the judge at anytime.
Each horse/ rider combination needs a separate back number.
Age of exhibitor is 4—H age as of January 1 of current year.
5 or more shown $9, $7, $5
Ribbons to five places in each class.


Judging: Saturday, September 9, 8:00 A.M. – Horse Show Arena

Contesting will begin at 8:00 A.M. main arena, and pleasure will begin at 9:00
A.M. on track.

Entry Fee- $5:oo
Pay Out- $9, $7, $5
Judge- Amy Joseph
Contesting begins at 8:00 A.M.
1. Poles 13 & under
2. Poles 14 & over
3. Barrels 13 & under
4. Barrels 14 & over
5. Driving Barrels all ages
6. Down & Back all ages

Pleasure begins at 9:00 A.M.
7. Open Halter weanlings & yearlings
8. Open Halter Mares
9. Open Halter Geldings
10. Open Halter Ponies
11. Western Showmanship Horse/ Pony 13 & under
12. Western Showmanship Horse/ Pony 14—18
13. English or Western Small Fry Showmanship 8 & under
14. Adult Western Showmanship 19 & over
15. Lead line 8 & under (in the arena)
16. Pleasure Driving
17. Open English Equitation
18. Open Hunter Under Saddle
19. Youth Hunter Under Saddle 18 & under
20. Western Horsemanship Horse/ Pony 18 & under
21. Open Horsemanship
22. Walk Trot Pleasure Horse/ Pony 18 & under (N0 3 gaited)
23. Youth Western Pleasure Horse/ Pony 13 & under
24. Youth Western Pleasure Horse/ Pony 14—18
25. Open Ranch Pleasure Horse/ Pony
26. Open Western Pleasure
Horse Council is not liable for lost or stolen property.

2017 Fair Honoree, Ray Davis

The Hardin County Agricultural Society would like to honor Ray Davis for his many year of service to the Hardin County Fair.  Ray has served as a director-at-large since 1979 to present. He has served as President and Vice President of the society and on many committees including goat, draft horse and beef Superintendent, grounds, entertainment, concession and rides, adult showmanship, shuttle and executive & budgeting.  Ray always enjoying attending the Ohio Fair Managers Convention, where he attends many educational sessions and has helped with their annual auction and registration. He also has attended the International Association of Fairs and Expositions convention in Las Vegas.

Ray attended Mount Victory-Dudley school for 10 years and graduated from Kenton High School in 1957.  He was a 9 year 4-H member and 4 year member for the FFA and showed hogs, sheep and dairy cattle at the fair.

He retired from Rockwell in 1997 after 33 years of employment and owns the family farm south of Kenton where he raises goats, cattle and grain crops.  Ray is Past President of the Ohio Dairy Goat Association, member of the Hardin County Draft Horse Association, Hardin County Cattle Producers and in 2003 received the Hardin County Cattle producer award, Hardin County Coon Hunters, 60 plus year member of the Painter Creek Grange and the Kenton Elks Lodge 157 where he was named Elk of the Year in 1978 for his work in calling their Bingo events for 5 years.

Ray attends the Ridgeway Church of God.  He is a 32 year 4-H adviser for the Hootenanny 4-H Club. He is a past member of the 4-H council. Ray enjoys fishing at the Hardin quarry

Ray’s wife Dolores, who passed away in 2010, was also active in the fair helping in the antique department, planting flowers and driving the shuttles.  They have three sons Craig (Darla) Shaw of Mount Victory, Curt (Peble Click) Shaw and Ernie (Amy) Davis of Kenton, three grandsons Jeffery Shaw, Isaac and Seth Davis and one great grandson Owen Shaw.


BREAKING NEWS: 2017 Hardin County Fair concert act Lauren Alaina won Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2017 Country Music Television Awards!

Don’t miss out your chance to see her live in concert at the 2017 Hardin County Fair! Tickets on sale right now!

AWARD ALERT: Lauren Alaina Nominated, Set To Perform on CMT Awards

Rising country music star Lauren Alaina is nominated for two Country Music Television Awards.

Road Less Traveled is nominated for Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year!

She is also set to perform.

Watch or set your DVR Wednesday at 8pm!