Outdoor Vendor Space Available

The Rides and Concessions Committee of the Hardin County Fair is offering grounds space to vendors wanting to engage with the Hardin County Community while supporting positive youth development at the fair. Outdoor grounds space is ideal for large or heavy machinery, a vending trailer, food concession trailer, or for accommodating any other equipment!

The Hardin County Fair offers a unique advertising opportunity by being the county’s premier event and social outing, bringing together the area’s youth, business, and community to invest in the future of Hardin County. The event draws around 55,000 guests annually, all ready to engage with your brand.

More information on applying for space can be found on our Concessions and Vendor Central located here.

Meet the 2019 fair honorees: Gary and Patti Casteel

Gary and Patti Casteel

The Hardin County Agricultural Society would like to honor Gary & Patti Casteel for their many years of service to the Hardin County Fair. In the early 1970’s Gary worked after hours from his day time job at United Rural Electric with setting poles and re-wiring jobs at the Fairgrounds. Gary started helping out with electrical work in May of 2007. Some of the major projects he assisted with were changing all of the outdoor lighting over to LED lighting and upgrading all of the electrical wiring in the merchant’s building. Patti has been mowing the fairgrounds and helping take care of the flowers on the grounds for many years.

Gary was a member of the Dunkirk Fire Department for 40 years and was their fire chief for 15 of those years. He worked for United Rural Electric (now Mid-Ohio Energy) for 34 years. Patti worked at Hardin Memorial Hospital as a surgery technician for 15 years and also drove a van for the Senior Citizen’s Center. In November of 2003 Gary and Patti sold their home in Dunkirk and in May of 2004 they started traveling full time in their R.V. They have visited every state in the United States, except Hawaii over the years. They say they have the best of both worlds by spending summers at the fairgrounds and winters in Apache Junction Arizona.

Gary and Patti have 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

Society Directors Hold July Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, July 10, 2019, for their July board meeting.  Fifteen directors and eleven guests were present.

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

Alesia Martin and Kelly Carder presented the Open Horse Show Bill for Saturday of the Fair.  It will be posted on the Fair’s website.  They also presented their liability insurance for the show.

Roger Crowe, County Commissioner, stated the whole county properties in the county will be going smoke free on January 1st, 2020.  He discussed options for the fairgrounds, since it is a county property. 

Mark Badertscher, OSU Extension Agent, stated the carcass show will be Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6pm.  It will be held at Jenkin’s Meats, formally Mt. Victory Meats. 

Steve Gliebe expressed his interest in having an item he made be auctioned off during the wood carving auction during the fair.  That money would then go to a charity.  The board suggested he talk to the charity of his choice and go through them directly about auctioning off an item, instead of it be auctioning off during the fair.

One part of the strategic plan is now done, with that being the internet structure in the buildings.

Kelly Buchenroth gave a report on what has been happening on the grounds.  The grandstand is now painted and the next work day on the fairgrounds will be July 20th.  A back flow preventer for the dump station at a cost of $900 will be purchased.  A contract for cutting and baling services with Dan Wagner was approved.  A school bus will be available for the week of the fair, for transportation, in case of parking lots being too wet to park. 

Judi Cronley stated the Ohio Good Sam’s Group has been enjoying their stay this week on the grounds.  They look forward to coming back next year.

Rob Wilson, chairman of the Entertainment Committee, stated ticket sales for Saturday night’s entertainment for the Hardin County Fair with Tyler Rich and Matt Stell continue to be on sale.  All ticket sales are done on line at www.hardincountyfair.org and if you don’t have access to a computer, you can obtain your tickets during Secretary Office hours on Wednesday and Friday’s from 9am-4pm.  Tickets are $25 for track, $20 for reserved and $15 for general admission and the concert starts at 7pm. 

Judi Cronley stated a beef judge for Wednesday of the fair is still needed, all other livestock judges have been acquired.  Rabbit tattooing is scheduled for Saturday, August 10th from 9-11am at the fairgrounds. Much discussion was had about livestock interview judging grades being carried over to the arena grade.  This discussion was had last year during the fair wrap up meeting, but was never discussed in a regular board meeting, so will not be enforced during the fair this year. 

Janie Seiler, chairman of the rides/concession/vendor committee stated there are booth spaced for the 2019 Hardin County Fair available, so if there are groups interested in a booth or ground space, submit an application of interest to the Hardin County Fairgrounds and those applications can be located at www.hardincountyfair.org

Nancy Rickenbacher and Sherri Beale, advisors for the JR. Fair Board, stated their next meeting will be Monday, July 29th

Kolt Buchenroth, Fair Communications Director, gave two quotes for fair yard signs.  The board moved to have Scioto Sign make the signs.  It was noted the new copier/printer is now in the office.  The Log & Jotters have also been delivered.  The Show Arena iPad has been purchased.    

It was noted that there is a need for gate workers on Thursday of the fair.  The group needs to have a 501c3 status and have around 30 people to man the gates.  Interested groups should contact the fair office at 419-675-2396 immediately. 

Under old business:

Judi Cronley stated the fair premium book is available on line at www.hardincountyfair.org and in the fair office.  Judges are still needed for photography and crafts for the 2019 fair.  Jr. Fair entries for any kids in 4-H and FFA need to be entered by July 31st.  Enter those entries on the Fair’s website.  Fair t-shirts are still available for purchase in the fair office. 

Under new business:

It was announced Open Class entries can be entered from August 1st – 16th, by going to the fair’s website.  The fair office will start to be open on Monday, August 5th from 9am-5pm – 5 days a week until the fair and will also be open the Friday before that on August 2nd from 9-4pm.  Season ticket sales will go on sale in the community starting August 5th.  Tickets for reserved seats, for the grandstand shows, during the fair will go on sale Friday, August 2nd.  The board moved to purchase a digital sign from Signs Ohio.  Christa Rarey stated Boy Scout Troop #150 is interested in doing a flag raising during the fair, in which the board stated there would be many opportunities they could have for that.  The board approved to allow a car show to be held on the fairgrounds at a cost of $250.  The next board meeting will be Wednesday, August 7th at 7:00pm in the Arts/Crafts Building.

Open Class Horse Show Scheduled, Show Bill Attached

Taylor’s Way Hardin County Fair Open Horse Show In Memory Of Taylor Carder Saturday September 7, 2019

Contesting Starting at 8:30 am Halter Classes Starting at 9:00 a.m.
All Classes $5.00 {Show clothes are optional- Shirt, Boots, Jeans, and Helmet are Required}

Main Arena: 8:30 am

  1. Barrels 13 & under
  2. Barrels 14 & over
  3. Poles 13 & under
  4. Poles 14 & over

Track – 9:00 until arena is available

  1. Open Halter, weanlings & yearlings
  2. Open Halter Mares
  3. Open Halter Geldings
  4. Open Halter Ponies
  5. English or Western Showmanship Horse/Pony 13 & under
  6. English or Western Showmanship Horse/Pony 14 -18
  7. English or Western Small Fry Showmanship 8 & under
  8. Adult Showmanship 19 & over
  9. Lead Line 8 & under- will be in the arena Lunch Break — TBD
  10. Pleasure Driving
  11. Open English Equitation
  12. Open Hunter Under Saddle
  13. Youth Hunter Under Saddle 18 & under
  14. Youth Horsemanship 18 & under
  15. Open Horsemanship
  16. Open Walk /Trot Contesters
  17. Open Walk /Trot Horse/ Pony 18 & under
  18. Open Walk /Trot 19 & over
  19. Youth Western Pleasure Horse/ Pony 13 & under
  20. Youth Western Pleasure Horse/ Pony 14-18
  21. Open Western Pleasure
  22. Ranch Pleasure

NO RFUNDS FOR SCRATCHED CLASSES ONCE ENTERED
TAYLOR’S WAY AND HARDIN COUNTY AG SOCIETY ARE NOT LIABLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN PROPERTY.

July Meeting Postponed

The July meeting of the Hardin County Fair board of directors which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, July 3rd has been postponed due to an anticipated lack of quorum.

That lack of quorum is due to the majority of the board of directors that are farming. The postponed meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 10th at 7pm in the fair office on the fairgrounds.

Grandstand receives a new coat of paint

An employee of Tooman Roofing and Painting rolls a fresh coat of paint onto the north side of the grandstand.

In order to maintain and preserve the iconic Hardin County Fair grandstand, the Hardin County Fair Board is investing $51,000 in painting the grandstand structure. Each side of the block walls, as well as the roof of the grandstand, will all receive a fresh coat of paint. The iconic letters that read “Hardin County” will be hand painted back on following the completion of the project.

We want to be sure that the grandstand is here and looking it’s best for generations to come. It is an icon recognized around the state, and we are committed to preserving it.

Corey Ledley, Hardin County Fair President

The work is being completed with funds from the Hardin County Agricultural Society’s capital improvement fund in collaboration with funds from the Hardin County Commissioners. The project is being done by Tooman Roofing and Painting of Leipsic Ohio.

Board holds June meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, June 5, 2019, for their June board meeting.  Seventeen directors and ten guests were present.

Brad Murphy, Board Vice President, called the meeting to order.

Alesia Martin and Bob & Kelly Carder expressed their interest in hosting an Open Horse Show during the Saturday of the Hardin County Fair.  It would be in memory of Taylor Carder (Taylor’s Way).  The board moved to allow the horse show contingent upon receiving liability insurance and using a waiver. 

Mike Comstock was present to thank the board for their cooperation in allowing the fireworks to occur at the fairgrounds, along with having a 4th of July parade. 

Under correspondence a thank you was read from the OSU extension office in regards to allowing them to have their first beginner livestock boot camp in the show arena.  They had over 60 in attendance and all comments about the event have been positive.

The board approved the strategic plan for the fairgrounds, with the fair board reviewing it on a monthly basis. 

Kelly Buchenroth gave a report on what is happening with the grounds at the fairgrounds.  The grandstand has been power washed in preparation for it being painted.  It was noted when the spray painting occurs the secretary office will have to be closed, which should only be for a day.  A reassessment with the insurance group has started for every building on the fairgrounds.  A workday for the fairgrounds is set for Saturday, June 15th.

Judi Cronley showed the camping rules that have been attached to the offseason campsite agreement.  Craig Stump, Camping chairman, has started working on square footage for camping during the offseason.

Rob Wilson, chairman of the Entertainment Committee, stated ticket sales for Saturday night’s entertainment for the Hardin County Fair with Tyler Rich and Matt Stell go on sale this Friday, June 7th.  All ticket sales are done online at www.hardincountyfair.org and if you don’t have access to a computer, you can obtain your tickets during Secretary Office hours on Wednesday and Friday’s from 9am-4pm.  Tickets are $25 for the track, $20 for reserved and $15 for general admission and the concert starts at 7 pm.  The board agreed to have a 42” playback screen (video board) during the Thursday evening harness racing.  The board agreed to purchase cancellation insurance for the concert on Saturday night of the fair and to research having rain insurance, too.  Rain Insurance may also be purchased for Sunday of the fair, for the demo derby.   

Judi Cronley stated a beef judge for Wednesday of the fair is still needed, all other livestock judges have been acquired.  It was noted the sheep weigh-in is scheduled for this Saturday, June 8th from 8am-11am and the goat weigh-in is also scheduled for this Saturday from 10am-11am.  This year’s livestock from the fair will be slaughtered at Jenkin’s Meats, formally Mt. Victory Meats. 

Janie Seiler, chairman of the rides/concession/vendor committee stated there are booth spaced for the 2019 Hardin County Fair available, so if there are groups interested in a booth or ground space, submit an application of interest to the Hardin County Fairgrounds and those applications can be located at www.hardincountyfair.org.  Current renters for booth and vendor spots have until June 15th to pay for their spot.

Nancy Rickenbacher and Sherri Beale, advisors for the JR. Fair Board, stated their next meeting will be Monday, June 24th at 7 pm to meet the senior fair board directors.  This will also be a cookout.  The JR Fair board also received $600 from the Hardin County Community Foundation for the COSI exhibit during the Hardin County Fair.

Kolt Buchenroth, Fair Communications Director, talked about the fair yard signs and the board agreed to have 25 new signs made with the fair logo.  The board agreed to update the phone system at the fairgrounds to voice over IP.  The board also agreed to lease a copier from Perry Pro Tech.  The copier will also handle all of the printing from the 5 computers in the office along with faxing/scanning.  One board member opposed the lease option.  The board also agreed to purchase an IPad to be used in the show arena.  

Under old business:

Judi Cronley stated the fair premium book is available online at www.hardincountyfair.org and in the fair office.  Judges are still needed for dogs, decorative painting, HS Art, woodworking, photography and crafts for the 2019 fair.  It was announced that the Fairground was awarded $2500 from the Hardin County Community Foundation to help purchase a digital sign for the front of the fairgrounds. 

Under new business: It was announced fair t-shirts have been ordered with the fair logo on them.  The 2019 Commemorative Fair Signs of the Fair Premium Cover have been ordered from Scioto Sign.  New fair directors were reminded to order their shirts for the fair.  It was announced JR Fair entries for the fair can now be entered through the fair’s website at www.hardincountyfair.org.  All non-livestock and livestock projects have to be entered by Wednesday, July 31st to show at the fair.  The next board meeting will be Wednesday, July 3rd at 7:00 pm in the Fair Office.

June Board Meeting Set

  1. Call to Order
  2. Guests
  3. Correspondence
  4. Minutes of the last meeting
  5. Financial Reports
  6. Bills to Approve
  7. Committee Reports:
    1. Executive Committee
    2. Strategic Planning
    3. Grounds Committee
    4. Camping Committee
    5. Entertainment Committee
    6. Livestock Committees
    7. Rides and Concessions
    8. Junior Fair Board Report
    9. Advertising/Sponsorship/Tech Committees
    10. Other Committees
  8. Old Business:
    1. The Fair Premium Book is available online at www.hardincountyfair.org and in the fair office.
    2. Judges needed for Dogs, Decorative Painting, HS Art, Woodworking, Photography, and Crafts
    3. Hardin Community Foundation awarded a grant for digital at the front entrance of the fairgrounds for $2500.
  9. New Business:
    1. Fair t-shirts are being ordered this month.
    2. Commemorative 2019 Fair Signs of the Fair Premium Cover have been ordered.
    3. Junior Fair entries for the fair can now be entered through the Fair’s website at www.hardincountyfair.org.  All non-livestock and livestock projects have to be entered by Wednesday, July 31st.
    4. Pit wristband workers for Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights of the fair.
  10. Next regular board meeting is Wednesday, July 3rd at 7 pm in the Fair Office or does it need to be moved up a week (June 26th)?

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.