#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.

#ShowboxSaturday | Goats | Meredith Bischoff

We visit newly relocated Goat Department for this edition of #Showbox Saturday. And our Junior Fair Expert is Meredith Bischoff.

Meredith is the Vice President of the Kenton-OHP FFA chapter and is a member of the Jumbo Junior Farmers 4-H Club. She has been showing at the Hardin County Fair for the past nine years.

She suggests keeping a spray bottle and brush handy in the show box. To avoid the risk fo illness, Meredith suggests spraying dirt spots on the animal and brushing them out, versus bathing them completely.

In addition to that, Meredith recommends having more than one show collar in the event one would break, or two animals are entered in the same class.

As far as advice goes for young exhibitors, Meredith said “I would encourage first year show men to watch the senior showmen class. It can really help you understand what to do.”

She also recommends asking questions to more seasoned showmen for clarification.

#ShowboxSaturday | Dairy | Laney Harpel

Laney Harpel takes instruction for 2018 Fair Honoree Jim Bidwell while showing her dairy heifer in 2015.


In this edition of #ShowboxSaturday, we go straight to the professionals. We met Dairy Princess Laney Harpel. She is a member of the Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter. Laney has been exhibiting dairy projects at the Hardin County Fair since the age of nine.

When it comes to the all-important show box, Harpel just recommends the basics:

  • Halters
  • Brushes
  • Bathing Supplies

Harpel also recommends a number holder, versus pinning an exhibitor number directly to a show shirt. She also said scissors will come in handy.

Harpel recommends studying up on the dairy industry and project information to answer any possible questions!

#ShowboxSaturday | Poultry | Chase Fleece

When it comes to the most exhibited project on the fairgrounds, it is also one of the easiest to exhibit.

In this edition of #ShowboxSaturday, we sit down with former poultry king, Chase Fleece. Fleece is a member of the Buckeye Shooters 4-H club, and a member of the Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter. He has been showing poultry projects at the Hardin County Fair for seven years.

Fleece said that first year showmen should trust in their ability to present their animal during a show. Chase also said that he encourages all members to participate in the showmanship contest to learn and experience more. Fleece said embracing that opportunity will lead future exhibitors to become a master of their craft.

Chase said that beyond the basics, a simple bottle of hand sanitizer is recommended. Fleece said that hygiene is important when it comes to being at the fair and handling livestock. He said keeping a disinfectant in your show box will help cut down on the risk of becoming sick.

In addition to his poultry production project, Chase has an Agricultural Communication SAE where he covers agriculture news and events for WKTN Radio. Fleece is also active in public service and athletics.

#ShowboxSaturday | Rabbits | Cami Lowery

Cami Lowery is the President of the Country Timers 4-H Club and a member of the Ridgemont FFA chapter. She has been involved in the Hardin County fair for 8 years and has shown, poultry, pygmy goats, horses, beef cows, dairy cows, and rabbits.

Lowery has always shown rabbits, and they have always been her favorite project. In addition to showing at the Hardin County Fair, she has shown at the State and National Levels where she has won showmanship.

Aside from the necessities of feed and water, Cami encourages showmen to bring water from home that the animals are used to. Lowery said that sometimes the city water that the fair uses can make the animals go off water, or make them sick. Lowery also brings grass hay for her rabbits.

Lowery also recommends bringing grooming supplies for the animals:

Rabbit Toenail Clippers
Show Sheen

For warmer temperatures (which can be expected following the Labor Day holiday) Lowery will place frozen water bottles in her animal’s cages to keep them cool.

Lowery recommends that all first-year showmen read and review the rabbit 4-H Guide Book that members should have received when they started their project. She said “It has an abundant amount of knowledge for beginners.”

Lowery said that utilizing veteran showmen is the best way to learn the trade.

“Observe older showman and if you have questions, feel free to ask them or the royalty.” Lowery said. “The main thing I try to convince kids of is to refrain from holding their rabbits, especially when it’s hot.”

Lowery said that rabbits can become overheadted very easily and can become agitated. She recommends leaving the animal in the cage as long as possible, or if an exhibitor wants to bring the animal to the arena, place them in a carrier with some water. Leaving the animal alone will make it much happier when it’s being shown.

The most important lesson of all, however, Lowery says is to have fun, and learn from your mistakes to make you better for the future.

#ShowboxSaturday | Swine | Garrett Thomas

Welcome to the first article in our “Show box Saturday” series. This series is designed to provide tips and tricks for incoming showman, young and old alike. We sat down with some seasoned showmen and junior fair board members to learn everything there is to learn about their respective species. 

We begin with Garrett Thomas who is an eight-year swine showman, a Hardin County Junior Fair Board member, and is the president of the Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter. Garrett says that the Hardin County Fair is one “like no other.”

Thomas said one of the keys to success is to “Just relax, have fun, and smile.”

“The first year is seeing what showing is like and meeting new friends…Trophies and ribbons will come with time and hard work!” said Thomas.

Thomas, spends the majority of his time in the swine barn, but notes the connection of all livestock barns is to credit for forming those friendships.

When it comes to handy things to have ready in the show box, Garrett has a few helpful tips.

“A spray bottle to keep your pig clean in the pen without having to take them out to wash everyday. Also, safety pins to pin your number on your show shirt.” said Thomas.

“The last thing that is always helpful is a small pocket brush and rag for the show arena, should you need to wipe something off your pig.” he said.

In addition to his swine operation, he has a Grain Entrepreneurship Supervised Agricultural Experience where he rents land to grow corn, soybeans, and wheat crops. He also serves on the Junior Fair Board’s Swine Committee.