Guidance on exhibitors under quarantine

An emergency meeting of the Hardin County Agricultural Society was held on September 5, 2020.

Board President Corey Ledley called the meeting to order at 9:30 am.  The Board discussed the need to develop and refine rules regarding confirmed reports of any individuals, exhibitors or otherwise, who have been issued a quarantine order from the Kenton-Hardin Health Department (KHHD.)

The Board discussed possible options to consider when an exhibitor notifies the Fair Board of an exhibiting individual or their household who have been issued a quarantine order from the KHHD.  Based on numerous opinions and options, the Board determined the following requirements:

  • Any individual or household, whether exhibitor or otherwise, who have been issued a quarantine order related to a positive COVID-19 test, from KHHD or any other authorized health authority, are not permitted to attend the 2020 Hardin County Fair.  This includes any quarantine order issued as a direct result of a positive COVID-19 test to an individual, or any quarantine order issued as a result of contract tracing caused by a separate individual testing positive for COVID-19 (e.g. someone determined to be close proximity to an individual testing positive for COVID-19, but who neither themselves been tested nor have a confirmed test result for COVID-19).  
  • Any exhibitor who has been issued a quarantine order, as described in the bullet above, who has a livestock animal(s) registered for a livestock show may have their animal(s) shown by an individual who meets BOTH of the following criteria:
  • Is a sibling of the exhibitor, and
  • Is him/herself an exhibitor at the 2020 Hardin County Fair
  • Any exhibitor meeting the criteria above, who is showing another exhibitor’s animal(s) because of an issued quarantine order, may also participate in the livestock sale in their place.
  • Any exhibitor who does not meet the criteria above may not participate in the livestock show. Their animal will not be allowed on the grounds at any time. The exhibitor is responsible for the marketing of the animal. The exhibitor will be allowed to sell in the Premium Sale – without being present – so long as the exhibitor’s parent(s) or legal guardian authorizes the Hardin County Fair Board to announce, at the time of the Premium Sale, that the exhibitor was unable to participate in the applicable livestock show because of uncontrollable circumstances related to an order issued by KHHD. A form must be completed by the exhibitor’s parent(s) or legal guardian, and that form will be maintained at the Hardin County Fair office. Exhibitors and families can request this authorization form by emailing [email protected]

It was moved and seconded to approve the bulleted items above.  The motion was passed.

The Board reiterated that these changes are being made solely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and all associated local and state-issued health orders.   

No new business was discussed and the meeting was adjourned.

Board holds September Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, September 2, 2020, for their September board meeting.  Twenty directors and sixteen guests were present.

Corey Ledley, Board President, called the meeting to order.

Roger Crowe, Hardin County Commissioner, stated the commissioners will be having their first Cares Act Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10th.

Mark Light, 4-H OSU Extension Agent, talked about their new 4-H App that is up and running.

A thank you from Klover Kids Clover Bud 4-H club was read.  They thanked the board for all of their hard work to have a JR Fair this year.

A correspondence from Mark Badertscher was read.  He stated the Hardin County Fair Carcass Show will be on Friday, September 18th at Jenkin’s Meats and will be a virtual show only.  An OSU meat science judge will evaluate the carcasses.

Judi Cronley, Hardin County Ag. Society Treasurer gave a report on refunds, donations, money rolling over to next year’s fair, and COVID expenses.  Money refunded for just the fair this year is at $35,973, donations for the fair is at $14,449, money being rolled over to next year’s fair is at $32,544.33 and COVID expenses so far are at $13,024.73.  So this year’s fair is already at a loss of $4,068.33, even after the $50,000 from the state was given.  The board is hoping that they will receive some of the county’s Cares Act money, to help alleviate COVID expenses. 

Kelly Buchenroth, chairperson of the Building & Grounds Committee noted that the new railing for the Community Building has been installed.  Barns will be sprayed/disinfected either Thursday or Friday this week.  Thanks to the County Engineer’s office and the Hardin County Commissioners some of the fairground roads have been ground and repaved.  The new sound system has been installed.  Winter storage begins Oct. 1st at $25 a month for vehicles and $10 per linear foot for boats, trailers, campers, RV’s, etc.

Meetings were held this week for each Junior Fair livestock show and there has been great attendance at the meetings.  If someone couldn’t attend their meeting, they should stop by the Secretary’s office before Tuesday, Sept. 8th to get their wristbands and back tags. 

Nancy Rickenbacher, JR Fair Board Advisor, stated that the Hardin County Community Foundation has granted the JR Fair Board the ability to use their grant money on something else for the Fairgrounds, and they have decided to purchase another picnic table.

The board accepted the Emergency Management Meeting Minutes from August 19th.

Under old business:

Season/Membership ticket combos can still be purchased in the secretary’s office for $22 until Oct. 14th.  This ticket will allow someone to run for a director position and vote for directors at the annual election.  JR Fair premium money will be mailed shortly after the fair.

Under new business: Petitions for the November Election for fair board directors are due by Friday, Oct. 30th at 4 pm.  Up for election this year are Goshen Twp. for a one year term, Blanchard, Cessna, Marion, McDonald, Taylor Creek, and two directors at large positions for 3-year terms.  Anyone wanting to run for one of those director positions need to have a 2020 membership ticket and needs to come to the Oct. regular board meeting to state your intentions for running.  Anyone interested in a petition needs to come to the secretary’s office to pick up a petition by Wednesday, Oct. 14th at 4pm.  The board moved to purchase a steer for employees and the 4 hogs for whole hog sausage.  The sausage will be sold to directors and then donated to a local charity.  The board agreed to only have JR Fair Board kids pass out awards in the show rings this year.  The board agreed to have a food vendor event either one or more nights in the near future.  The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7th at 7pm.

Preliminary Sale List Released

The Hardin County Fair Sale Committee is releasing a preliminary sale list for the 2020 Hardin County Fair. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sale will sell in alphabetical order by exhibitor. The traditional sale order will be used. Champions will sell at noon. It is encouraged that families ensure their exhibitor is on this list. If not, please contact Jack McBride, Sale Committee Chairman, at [email protected]

Please note, this is not in order of the sale, but in alphabetical order by species, then by exhibitor.

Meet the 2020 Hardin County Fair Royalty Candidates

Eleven youth are vying for the chance to be junior fair royalty at the Hardin County Fair. The Junior Fair King & Queen will be crowned on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 at 7 p.m. Due to the restricted attendance at the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony will be streamed live to the public on the Hardin County Fair Facebook Page.


Alyssa Wince

Alyssa Wince, the daughter of Jim and Anne Wince attends Ada high School. She has shown rabbits for four years, market goats for five years, dairy beef feeders for three years, and market chickens one year. She has also exhibited Sew Fun, Photography, and Horseless Horse.

Wince is the president of the Ada Barnyard Farmers 4-H Club, is a 4-H Camp counselor, is on Junior Fair Board.

In school, she is a member of the Ada High School Marching Band, Varsity Singers show choir, National Honor Society, and participates in various drama activities and productions.

“I want to represent the fair,” says Wince. “I want to make the fair a place of safety, positivity, hard work and fun.”

After high school, Wince plans to pursue education at an undecided university to become a large animal veterinarian.

Ian Dellifield

Ian Dellifield is the son of David and Jami Dellifield and attends Ada High School. He has been an exhibitor for eight years, has been a STEM activities leader in the 4-H Spark Lab On The Go and has volunteered in the Hardin County Homemakers Demonstration Area.

He is the treasurer of the Hardin County SharpShooters 4-H Club. He was the youth Ohio representative for the 4-H Google grant in Utah and has been a 4-H Camp Counselor.

At school, Dellifield plays varsity soccer, swims, participates in track and field, is in Varsity Singers show choir, varsity quiz bowl.

In the community, Dellifield is a member of Ada First UMC and praise band, Trinity UMC Mission Trip to Nashville, Wild Steelions Steel Drum Band, Volunteer at Hardin County Homemakers Christmas and Spring Achievement Days, Youth Soccer Referee and is a musician for the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

“I think it is important that people see that there is more that can be learned in 4-H than working with animals,” Dellifield said. “It is important that the entire junior fair feels represented by the king and queen.”

Dellifield plans to attend college in either Nashville or Los Angeles to study commercial percussion performance with a focus on drum set performance.

Hardin Northern

Maddie Grappy

Maddie Grappy is the daughter of Josh and Denise Grappy. She attends Hardin Northern High School. She has shown dogs for three years, chickens for five years, and rabbits for three years. She has also exhibited several non-livestock projects in art, FFA, 4-H, and FCCLA.

Outside of the fair, Grappy has been involved in Girl Scouts, 4-H where she has served in several leadership roles, and FFA where she has been the Student Advisor and Vice President.

At school, Grappy is a Student Council Member and a member of National Honor Society. She plays volleyball, softball, and basketball where she serves as team captain. She has earned several league and district awards in athletics.

In her community, she volunteers in the adopt-a-highway program and volunteers in a 3rd grade classroom.

“The Hardin County Fair is not only the week I look forward to all year, but also my favorite week out of the year,” Grappy said. “Becoming the queen of the fair would make me the same as the many past queens that I looked up to, and dreamed to be as a young child.”

After school, Grappy plans to attend an undecided university to major in Graphic Design and Marketing.

Lance Good

Lance Good is the son of Brent and Jennie Good. He attends Hardin Northern High School. He has shown market goats for eight years where he won Grand Champion in 2018 and serves on the Junior Fair board.

In School, Good is the president of the Hardin Northern FFA Chapter. He plays football where he is team captain, basketball, baseball, and track. He is also featured on the All-A Honor Roll and has been for four years.

In his community Good volunteers at the Hardin Northern Family Fun Day.

“I love the fair and everything that goes into it,” said Good. “I believe that if I am selected as fair king, I will have a better opportunity to meet people, help the community, and make the fair an even more enjoyable experience for many years to come.”

Good plans to attend an undecided college to major in finance.


Lenore Kohl

Lenore Kohl is the daughter of Michael and Amy Kohl. She attends Kenton High School. She is a nine-year 4-H member where she has exhibited a number of projects and earned several awards. She is also active in FFA, serving as an officer and chairing committees. Kohl has served as the 2019 Hardin County Horse Queen and serves on the junior fair board.

In school, Kohl is a member of the band, Key Club, GateKeepers Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Technical Honor Society, National Honor Society, is an ambassador and swims. She was also an Ohio Youth Capital Challenge delegate where she was on the second place team.

In her community, Kohl is a member of the First United Methodist Church. She volunteers for Ride for Life, Suicide Awareness Walk, SafeHaven and the Taylor Carder Memorial Horse Show, among others. Kohl has completed a number of 4-H affiliated service projects.

“I found my passion for agriculture through 4-H and FFA,” Kohl said. “I’m honored to be able to present myself in such respected organizations. Becoming Harding County Fair Queen would be a great honor for me, and would prove that my hard work, dedication, and passion of agriculture has been recognized.”

Kohl plans to to obtain a four year degree in Animal Sciences and Nutrition.

Carter Bays

Carter Bays is the son of Brian and Holly Bays. He attends Kenton High School. He has shown dairy heifers, chickens, and rabbits across his six years in 4-H and three years in FFA. He has helped paint barns at the fair, clean barns and tents during the fair, and has assisted in distributing the “I-Care for Ohio Livestock” T-Shirts.

In School, he participates in wrestling – where he as won several awards at the local and league levels. Bays also plays baseball, is a member of the National Honor Society, is a Kenton High School Ambassador, a membership of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was a band member and a member of the Kenton High School trap shooting club.

In his community, Bays is an umpire for the Kenton Little League, assists with Kenton Midget Football and is a member of Pheasants Forever.

“When I was young I was always at the fair showing animals, doing the petal tractor pull, riding rides, having an amazing time at the fair,” Bays said. “I have loved the fair for long time and I think becoming fair king would be the capstone of my experience at the fair.”

Bays plans to attend an undecided university to major in Wildlife Conservation.


Alli Underwood

Alli Underwood is the daughter of Luke and Holly Underwood. She attends Ridgemont High School. She has shown cattle – where she has won both grand and reserve champion steer, hogs, and horses. She is a member of both 4-H and FFA. Underwood has also won the showman of showmen contest.

At school, Underwood is a member of FFA where she has won leadership awards.

In her community, Underwood is a volunteer at the Hardin County Cattle Producers Steak Barn, Hardin County Pork Producers, and has completed a number of 4-H-affiliated service projects.

“I would like to interact with people and spread good news about what is going on at the fair,” said Underwood. “I would also like to represent Hardin County around the region.”

After high school, Alli plans to attend college and major in psychology or animal science.

Collin Wallace

Collin Wallace is the son of Russ and Paige Wallace. He attends Ridgemont High School. He shows cattle and hogs. Wallace is on the junior fair board. He is a member of FFA.

At school, he is the FFA Vice President. He has also won several FFA awards. He is a member of National Honor Society where he serves as the Historian, golfs, is president of the band and the percussion section leader.

In his community, Wallace has completed several FFA and National Honor Society affiliated community service projects.

“I would like to expand my horizons and overcome my shy personality and converse with fair attendants all over surrounding counties,” Wallace said.

After high school, Wallace plans to remain in the Hardin County area and start a show cattle farm where he plans to teach the younger generation about showmanship and a good work ethic.


Mia Benitez

Mia Benitez is the daughter of Johnny and Kassie Benitez. She attends Riverdale High School. She is a 4-H member where she has won several awards and exhibited several non-livestock projects. She has been an officer in her 4-H Club and is currently a camp counselor.

In school, she is a member of Team Leadership Corps (TLC) which plans events beneficial to the community. She plays soccer, runs track and field, and is a member of both the varsity and competition cheer squads.

In her community, Benitez has been involved in planning and executing a number of TLC related events. She has also helped with the Mini Cheer Camp and has been a leader at her church’s Vacation Bible School.

“I think becoming Hardin County Fair Queen would be such an amazing experience,” Benitez said.

After school, Mia plans to attend the University of Toledo to major in Psychology to pursue a career as a school psychologist.

Upper Scioto Valley

Allison Moore

Allison Moore is the daughter of Roger and Melissa Moore. She attends Upper Scioto Valley High School. She has shown rabbits, chicken, goats and dogs. She has exhibited non-livestock projects in 4-H, FFA, and Girl Scouts. She is also a member of the junior fair board.

In school, Allison plays volleyball, basketball – where she is team captain, softball, and runs track. She is in the show choir, is a member of drama club, student council, prom committee, HOBY leadership conference, National Honor Society, Buckeye Girls State, is a Little Rams youth volleyball and basketball coach, is a library volunteer, and has several academic awards.

In her community, Moore is a member of the Alger First United Methodist Church. She has helped with Vacation Bible Schools at Alger First United Methodist Church, Alger Assembly of God, and Walnut Grove United Methodist Church. She has participated in a number of community service projects through church, girl scouts and 4-H.

“I fair queen because it is the highest honor and female leadership role in Hardin County for a young person,” said Moore. “The Fair has been the center of my activities my entire life.”

After high school, Moore plans to attends Bowling Green State University to earn an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology. She then plans to attend graduate school to ultimately pursue a career at an aquarium or research facility.

Collin Dyer

Collin Dyer is the son of Matthew and Melanie Dyer. He attends Upper Scioto Valley High School. He has shown market hogs and exhibited FFA non-livestock projects.

In school, Dyer is a member of FFA where he has held several offices, runs cross country, track and field, drama club, show choir, student council and Business Professionals of America.

In his community, Dyer is involved in his church and youth group.

“I think that it would be a great honor as well as privilege to be a part of the various fair activities supporting the exhibitors,” Wallace said.

After high school, Dyer plans to serve his country in the United States Army.

September Meeting Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Guests (3-5 minute speaking time allotted)
  3. Correspondence
  4. Minutes of last meeting and special board meeting on August 22
  5. Financial Reports
  6. Bills to Approve
  7. Committee Reports:
    • Executive Committee
    • Strategic Planning
    • Grounds Committee
    • Camping Committee
    • Entertainment Committee
    • Livestock Committees
    • Rides and Concessions
    • JR Fair Board Report
    • Advertising/Sponsorship Committee
    • Tech. Committee
    • Other Committees
  8. Old Business
  9. New Business

Health Plan Approved, Fair Moves Forward

The Hardin County Fair is announcing an approved version of the Health and Safety plan for the 2020 Hardin County Fair. This plan has been approved by both the Hardin County Fair Board and the Kenton-Hardin Health Department Board of Health.

“While we know this isn’t what anyone wanted for the fair this year – or any year for that matter – this plan will allow us to provide an opportunity for junior fair exhibition this year and keep everyone safe in the process,” said Corey Ledley, president of the Hardin County Fair Board. “We are thankful for the collaboration from the Kenton-Hardin Health Department as well as the hundreds of volunteer hours that went into forming this plan. We are looking forward to holding this year’s junior fair and returning to normal operations in 2021.

“On behalf of Kenton Hardin Health Department we want to thank the Hardin County Fair Board for working with us to bring a plan that kept the communities health a priority, while allowing the youth of the county to showcase the hard work they have put in on their projects. While we know this fair does not look like most, we are grateful to the many fair board members who spent hours planning and working to make this as safe as possible for all involved. We are looking forward to continuing the strong partnership that was developed during these hard circumstances. Thank you Hardin County Fair Board for your time and devotion and willingness to implement these important safety measures. We appreciate your dedication to the health and safety of our community,” said Board of Health Vice President Jeryl Kissling, Public Information Office Kelsey Ralston, Public Information officer, and Registered Sanitarian, Registered Environmental Health Specialist Derek Dunson.