Livestock Checks Mailed Today

Junior Fair Livestock Sale premium checks were mailed today. Exhibitors should expect their checks to arrive in the mail in the coming week. Unfortunately, there were 49 exhibitors that had their checks withheld due to the fact that 14 buyers have not paid for their purchases.

As a reminder to all buyers, exhibitors will NOT receive their payment until their buyer has paid for their purchases. We kindly remind all buyers to be timely in settling their bill so our exhibitors can be rewarded for their year-long efforts.

Champion Carcasses Evaluated

OSU Meat Judge Jake Parkinson explains to Mckala Grauel carcass qualities of her grand champion market lamb during the carcass show held September 12 at Mt. Victory Meats.

The Hardin County Carcass Show of Champions was held Wednesday, September 12 at Mt. Victory Meats.  A group of adults and young people were on hand to hear judge and OSU Meat Judging Team member Jake Parkinson discuss the merits of the winning animal carcasses from the 2018 Hardin County Fair.  

The Grand Champion and Reserve Champion steers, barrows, gilts, lambs, and goats from the Hardin County Fair are sent to Mt. Victory Meats for holding and processing.  As in all county fairs, the winning animals are carefully tested by the Ohio Department of Agriculture for any illegal residues. These winning animals were again found to be drug free and of high quality.  

The project animals are evaluated in the show ring by experienced judges, who try to estimate which one will yield the highest quality of lean meat.  For the carcass show, actual measurements are taken of the weight, muscle, and fat to determine the quality and amount of meat that can be harvested from these market animals.  

The steers were evaluated for percent boneless trim retail cuts, as well as USDA quality grades.  The grand champion steer had a 16.5 square inch ribeye area, with 0.5 inches of back fat. The grand champion graded a choice quality grade.  This first place steer had yield grade of 2.5 (on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 has the highest cutability). The reserve champion steer had a 15.7 square inch ribeye area, 0.5 inches of back fat, and a yield grade of 2.4.  This second place steer graded a low choice quality grade. Overall on the rail, the grand champion steer’s carcass ranked higher than the reserve champion steer’s carcass.

The hog carcasses are evaluated based on the amount of lean muscle they will yield in combination with the amount of back fat.  Comparing the four hog carcasses in the show, the loin muscle areas ranged from 7.75 to 9.5 square inches, with the reserve champion gilt having the largest loin muscle area.  The grand champion gilt scored the highest percent boneless trimmed retail cuts (saleable product) with 7.84 percentage points higher than the grand champion barrow. The grand champion gilt had the lowest amount of back fat of any of the other hogs.  Overall, the grand champion gilt’s carcass ranked higher than the reserve champion gilt. The reserve champion barrow’s carcass ranked higher than the grand champion barrow’s carcass.

The grand champion lamb carcass had 47.2% boneless trim retail cuts while the reserve champion lamb carcass had 46.74% boneless trim retail cuts.  The grand champion lamb had 0.1 inches of back fat, while the reserve champion had 0.2 inches of back fat. Overall, the grand champion lamb was ranked above the reserve champion lamb when evaluated by the carcass show judge.

When comparing the goat carcasses, the grand champion goat’s carcass was 4 pounds heavier with 46.48% boneless trim retail cuts and had a ribeye area of 1.75 square inches.  The reserve champion goat’s carcass dressed out with 47.70% boneless retail cuts with a ribeye area of 2.25 square inches. Back fat was 0.1 inches on both the grand champion and the reserve champion goats.  In the end, the reserve champion goat’s carcass ranked higher than the grand champion goat’s carcass when all factors were considered.

The carcass show animals illustrate the high quality of meat animals being produced by Hardin County 4-H and FFA members.  These young people and their parents need to be commended on the outstanding job they are doing with the feeding and care of their project animals.  The complete carcass show data is available at the OSU Extension office and on Hardin County Extension’s website at

The Hardin County Carcass Show of Champions is organized by OSU Extension, and is sponsored by the Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association, the Hardin County Pork Producers, the Hardin County Cattle Producers, the Hardin County Fairboard, and Craig and Ed Powell at Mt. Victory Meats.

This story is thanks to Mark Badertscher, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator with Ohio State University Extension.

Premium Pickup Through September

The Hardin County Fair Board reminds all exhibitors to pick up their Open Class and Junior Fair premiums in the Secretary’s Office. The office is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Premiums not claimed by September 28th with be forfeited.

Concert Tickets Refunded

The Hardin County Fair will be issuing ticket refunds from the Dylan Scott and Brown & Gray Concert that was canceled due to safety concerns stemming from poor weather conditions.

Refunds for credit card orders will be issued immediately. These refunds may take up to five (5) business days to process.

Refunds for offline cash or check orders will be mailed to the purchaser this week (week of September 10th, 2018.)

Demolition Derby Cancelled

Due to inclement weather the Hardin County Fair Board has made the tough decision to cancel this evening’s Demolition Derby.

The week’s weather conditions, which are expected to continue throughout the day, have made the track unable to handle the weight of the equipment needed to set up the derby pit.

Refunds will be issued, Information concerning refunds are available in the Fair Office.

Rain Temporarily Changes Procedures

The Hardin County Fair board has made several changes to better accommodate fair goers and exhibitors.

Hour of Inspiration

The Hour of Inspiration will still be held, however it will be held in the show arena. Music starts 10:00 am, and the service will begin at 10:30am.

Swing Choir Show

The Hardin County Fair Swing Choir Show has been cancelled due to the same hazardous stage conditions as the concert.

Demolition Derby

The demolition derby will be held as planned. Parking and traffic flow will be modified to attempt to preserve the infield area as much as possible. Direction will be provided by fair directors and law enforcement.

Camper & Vendor Release

Due to the extremely muddy conditions, campers and vendor trailers will have the opportunity to stay on-grounds through Sunday, September 14th in order to give ample time for them to be removed. The board asks campers to attempt to conserve energy as they sit through the week. Campers, or any other exhibits, must remain on the grounds until 7:00pm Sunday.

Country Concert Cancelled

Due to inclement weather leading to safety concerns for our concert attendees, the Hardin County Fair Board has made the tough decision to cancel this evening’s Dylan Scott and Brown & Gray concert.

The week’s weather conditions, which are expected to continue throughout the day, have created unsafe conditions and potential safety hazards to the spectators, the acts and their crews.

Refunds will be issued, Information concerning refunds will be released following the closing of the fair.