New Weight Limit for Dairy Beef Feeder Weigh In

The Hardin County Fair Dairy Beef committee has introduced a new rule for dairy beef feeder exhibitors. According to the committee, to prevent having a maximum weight limit at the fair, a 350-pound weight limit will be enforced at the weigh in on Saturday, May 25th from 8:00 am to 10:30 am.

Fair veterinarians from Diamond M Veterinary Clinic will be at the weigh-in to administer the mandatory vaccines. They will also be providing castration and dehorning services.

Maximum Sheep Weight Change Reverted

There is a lot of confusion about the maximum weight of market lambs at our June 8, 2019, weigh in.  The information on the flyer that was handed out and posted in the sheep barn, as well as reiterated at the banquets did not make the fair book this year. The fair book is the official rules of our fair and cannot be altered after printing, therefore we will be following the rules as stated in the fair book.  The difference in wording was completely overlooked at the time of editing. I understand that this affects a lot of projects and I, as the chairman, take responsibility for this. It is not the intention of the sheep department committee nor my own to create problems but to try and create a “market project” and be fair to all.

This along with rules set in the past will be addressed. 

Please DO NOT call the fair office or the extension office to voice your opinions, this matter does not pertain to them and they CAN NOT answer any questions.

This is a sheep department issue and it will be resolved.

My apologies from myself ,the committee and the board.


Mark Garmon

Beef Feeder Tags, Shots Required by June 1st

Edited to reflect updated information regarding the tagging process.

Official Hardin County Fair ear tags for Junior Fair Beef Feeder projects are now available for pickup. Exhibitors can either transport their animal to the Diamond M Veterinary Clinic during normal office hours (Weekdays 8:00 am – 6:30 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm) or schedule a farm call. These tags, along with the first dose of vaccinations that must also be given by Diamond M staff, must be administered by the fair-wide June 1st livestock ownership deadline.

Sheep Exhibitor Registration

In order to maintain a uniform standard among the livestock species, the Hardin County Fair Sheep Department will be requiring registration before weigh-in and tagging of all market lambs exhibited at the Hardin County Fair. There will be a limit of four lambs registered per exhibitor and one family tag however; there will still be the limit of two per exhibitor for fair exhibition. 

Lamb weigh-in/tagging is being held at the Hardin County Fairgrounds on the second Saturday of June, June 8, 2019, from 8-10am. Participation in this weigh-in/tagging is required for exhibition at the Hardin County Fair. 
The June 1 ownership deadline is still required, while the deadline for registration will be the first Monday in June, June 3, 2019. Registration information will be sent via e-mail no later than April 19 and will be available on the OSU Extension website

Any questions or concerns are to be directed to the Hardin County Fairboard Sheep Committee at 419-679-6049.

CORRECTION: Beef Weigh In Times

The Hardin County Fair Beef Department is issuing a correction to the Hardin County Fair Premium Book.

According to beef department superintendent Dale Cockerell, The market beef weigh-in will be on Monday, September 3rd from 4:00pm to 5:00pm – beginning with beef feeders.

Page 25 of the fair book incorrectly states that beef feeders will be weighed from 6:30-7:30, and steers will weigh from 7:00-8:00. Again, those time are INCORRECT.

The beef department would also like to remind exhibitors that all beef projects must be in-place by 3:30 on Monday, September 3rd.

You can find scale times, contest rules, and more resources on our Junior Fair Exhibitor Information Page.

#ShowboxSaturday | Beef | Kody Buchenroth

For our next installment of #ShowboxSaturday, we visit the beef projects, and Kody Buchenroth, who is on the beef committee of the Hardin County Junior Fair Board. Kody is a member of the Boots & Buckles 4-H Club and the Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter. He has been involved in the fair for the past eight years exhibiting Dairy Beef Feeders.

Kody said that extra essentials are important to have in the show box.

“Some helpful items to have in your show box would be an extra halter, neck rope, feed pan and water bucket,” said Buchenroth.

Buchenroth also advised having additional items on hand for show day.

“Keep an extra scotch comb, show stick and paper towels or a rag. A spare change of show close won’t hurt either because you never know what may happen in the barn,” said Kody.

Kody said he would tell beginning members that all of their hard work will pay off.

“Keep your eyes on the judge and your smile ear to ear because next thing you know it will be your last year,” he said.