Annual Consignment Sale Set for March

The Hardin County Agricultural Society is hosting the 33rd annual Consignment Sale March 13th, 2021. A health and safety plan has been developed in collaboration with the Kenton-Hardin Health Department to keep guests safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We appreciate our continued partnership with the health department,” said Corey Ledley, Hardin County Fair Board President. “We’ve proven that this partnership’s planning and execution capabilities can keep people safe while we reopen to the public.”

Consignments will be taken March 10th 4 p.m. – Dark , 11th 9 a.m. – Dark and 12th 9 a.m. – Dark.  No consignments will be accepted on sale day. Consigners are asked to visit the office (now found in the Community Building) before unloading equipment as traditional locations have change from previous years.

Hardin County Fair Authors Top Health Plan

In a statewide review by the Ohio Fair Managers Association, the Hardin County Fair took home the top honors in the Health Plan evaluation. Volunteers spent an estimated 3,840 collective hours between committee meetings, planning sessions, outdoor meetings, and more.

“We are incredibly proud of our team for putting together a plan that has proven to keep our community safe and healthy amidst a global pandemic,” said Corey Ledley, fair board president. “We are not aware of a single case of COVID-19 linked to our fair. Having the top plan in the state only reinforces our commitment to the safe execution of our fair for guests and members.”

The board would like to thank all of the committee members, junior fair board members, and volunteers for their help in composing the plan. The board would also like to thank Jeryl Kissling, Kelsey Ralston, and Derek Dunson of the Kenton-Hardin Health Department for their assistance in drafting the plan.

Additionally, the fair won awards for COVID-19 signage and the fair’s quarterly newsletter.

CARES Act Provides Safer Restrooms

In order to provide a safer experience for guests and exhibitors, all public restrooms on the Hardin County Fairgrounds have been converted to touch-less. This is the fairgrounds’ latest improvement to improve the health and safety of fair guests and exhibitors. Touchless flush valves, faucets, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers have all been installed with the help of Dan King Plumbing in Kenton.

“We are thankful for the support of the Hardin County Commissioners and the Hardin County CARES Act Committee as we continue to work to make the Hardin County Fair as safe as possible,” said fair board President Corey Ledley.

An open letter to our community

Dear friends,

The sun has set on the 2020 Hardin County Fair. In a year unlike any other, one thing remains true no matter the year. Our community has supported us every step of the way. We are thankful. We are thankful for our exhibitors for wanting to exhibit their animals in a time where not having a fair was a very real possibility. Thank you to those exhibitors parents who accepted a risk greater than normal. We do this for the kids. Without exhibitors and their supporters, we wouldn’t have a reason to have a fair at all any year, including this one. We want to thank all of our elected leaders and county agencies. From our county Sheriff’s Office, Fire and EMS districts who make sure we are safe every year, to the Kenton-Hardin Health Department who provided key individuals that helped us put on a fair in the middle of a global pandemic. We need to thank all of the volunteers that support our committees, help with shows, volunteer with 4-H and make our fair possible year after year. We couldn’t do it without you. Our junior fair board has stepped up in a huge way to help us get the fair ready and then to execute it. Thank you, junior fair board members and advisors. Lastly, we want to thank our community that couldn’t be with us this year. It was painful to have to tell our friends in the community that we wouldn’t get to see them this year. We’re sure that it was equally painful to hear. Through all of that, through uncertainty, through changing guidelines and a collective 80 pages across two different health and safety plans, you stuck with us and supported us. We are thankful. 

We set out with two missions. Provide the youth in our community the opportunity to exhibit their projects and give our community something to rally behind together in a season of distance and isolation. Our team spent approximately 3,840 collective hours in meetings and even more on phone calls and sending emails planning to do just that, and we hope you feel that we’ve done the best job we can – we put forth our best effort. We know that this fair wasn’t ideal. It isn’t what anyone wanted – certainly not us. However, the exhibitors, their supporters, junior fair board and the community members took the turmoil and animosity in stride.

We have been on several statewide calls this year to hear what other county and independent fairs have done. Some couldn’t afford the financial strain and made the tragic choice to cancel. Some decided to ignore the rules. We feel that we put on the best fair we could while following all of the guidelines designed to keep everyone safe. That said, we are anxiously awaiting a new day when we can gather together for our county fair once again. We’ll see you all again very soon.

With thanks, gratitude, and sincerity,

The Hardin County Fair Board & Staff

Corey Ledley, President

Brad Murphy, Vice President

Justin Beale

Dan Beale

Dale Cockerell

Jake McFadden

Rob Wilson

Charlie McCullough

Mark Garmon

Craig Stump

Austin Eibling

Kelly Buchenroth

Paul Ralston

Andrew Scharf

Christa Rarey

Craig Decker

Steve Harpster

Jason Fulton

Jack McBride

Jeff Morris

Judi Cronley, Secretary/Treasurer

Pete Fout, Caretaker

Kolt Buchenroth, Marketing & Communication Director

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.

Fair announces streaming partnership

The Hardin County Fair is excited to announce a partnership with Walton Webcasting to bring “Livestock Like You’ve Never Seen Before” from the Hardin County Fair to the world wide web. The partnership comes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced the fair board to restrict access to the Hardin County Fair. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s Responsible RestartOhio order for County & Independent Fairs encourages the use of streaming technology.

“We realize that watching the live stream isn’t the same as being at the fair,” said Corey Ledley, Hardin County Fair board president. “However, we are thankful for the support of the CARES Act committee that will allow our community to watch the exhibitors show and engage in our fair virtually. Without them, we simply wouldn’t have the funds to do this.”

The funding for this project is being provided by the CARES act through the Hardin County Commissioner’s Office.

“Streaming the shows is an expense unforeseen by the fair board as a result of COVID-19, making it eligible for CARES Act funding,” said Commissioner Roger Crowe who sits on the CARES Act committee in the county. “This is a great use of the funds that shares the work our county’s youth put in all year long raising their projects for exhibition at the county fair.”

All livestock shows will be streamed free of charge for the community at

The Junior Fair King & Queen Contest and Junior Fair Livestock Sale will be streamed live on the Hardin County Fair Facebook page.

All shows remain terminal, logistics clarified

The Hardin County Fair Board is issuing clarification and guidance regarding terminal animals entering the food chain. All shows in 2020 will remain terminal like normal. Animals will be loaded to enter the food chain at the conclusion of their show day. Animals with timely harvest appointments scheduled must present proof at their respective species’ exhibitor meeting.

Animals going to custom harvest will remain on the fairgrounds through the close of the fair. Exhibitors will be responsible for caring for their animals through the close of the fair on Sunday at 7 p.m. Exhibitors will be given access to enter the fairgrounds, actively care for their animal, then promptly exit the grounds.

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.