Junior Fair Entries Open

The Hardin County Fair is now accepting junior fair entries for the 2019 Hardin County Fair. Members of Hardin County 4-H clubs, FFA chapters, family & consumer sciences courses, high school art courses, Boy Scouts, or Girl Scouts, Farm Bureau Youth, or Grange Youth may enter projects into the 2019 Hardin County Fair. 

Entries must be completed online at hardin.fairwire.com by July 31st at 11:59 pm. Exhibitors with questions can contact their advisors or the Hardin County Fair by calling (419) 675-2396.

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.

May Meeting Held

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, May 1, 2019, for their May board meeting.  Eighteen directors and nine guests were present.

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

Mark Light, 4-H Extension Agent, stated the extension office has hired a program assistant and they will have 2 student interns for the summer.  Mark announced the 4-H extension program will be hosting a livestock workshop and quality assurance on Saturday, June 1st from 9:30am-noon in the show arena at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  The program is for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year livestock exhibitors – no matter what age you are.  Mark also announced that their livestock judging for 4-H is being changed to 3 different skill groups.  The exhibitors will be judged in either a beginner group, intermediate group or senior group, depending on how many years the livestock exhibitor has had a project.  

Under correspondence, Judi Cronley announced the Agricultural Society has been awarded a grant to help purchase a digital sign for the front entrance of the fairgrounds.  

The board moved to pay Classic Trophy and Engraving a deposit of $2500 to get started on making the trophies for the Hardin County Fair.  Brad Murphy, chairman for the Executive Committee and Matt Jennings discussed a preliminary strategic plan for the Agricultural Society. The board moved to go forward with developing a strategic plan for the society.  A date for the whole board to add their input to the plan was set for May 13th at 7 pm.  

Kelly Buchenroth, chairman of the ground’s committee, discussed the ground’s committee minutes from last week.  The Ag. Society board agreed to go with Tooman Roofing & Painting to paint the grandstand at a price of $51,000.  Work days for the summer were announced as June 15th, July 20th, and August 10th.  Projects to be done will be installing a fan, painting the racehorse barn roofs, drainage, horseshoe pit tear out and painting the beef restroom.

Judi Cronley stated all fair camping sites have been rented for the 2019 Hardin County Fair.

Rob Wilson, chairman of the Entertainment Committee, gave an update on harness racing for this year’s fair.  

Judi Cronley stated a beef judge for Wednesday of the fair is still needed, all other livestock judges have been acquired.  Livestock weigh license applications have been signed and will be mailed this week to the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture. The mandatory dairy beef feeder vaccinations and weigh-in is scheduled for Saturday, May 25th from 8am-10: 30 am at the fairgrounds. The maximum weight of 350 pounds will be enforced 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 Amanda Murphy, advisors for the JR. Fair Board, stated their next meeting will be Monday, June 24th to meet the senior fair board directors.  This will also be a cookout.

Judi Cronley, a member of the advertising committee, showed the coloring books that will be given to county preschool students to color and then bring to the Rotary booth for a free scoop of ice cream during the 2019 Fair.   

Under old business:

Corey Ledley and Judi Cronley attended the District I & II meeting and gave an update on the meeting.  Fair dates were a big discussion at the meeting. Judi Cronley stated judges are still needed for dogs, decorative painting, HS Art, woodworking, photography and crafts for the 2019 fair.  

Under new business:It was announced the Fair Premium book will be available to the public on Friday, May 10th.  Jack McBride raised his concern over the layout of the book.  He does not like the fair book ads that the Kenton Times receives for the book breaking up the categories and classes.  He said it’s very hard to follow when an ad disrupts the classes. The whole fair board agreed with him. Judi Cronley stated she has asked to have all ads put in the back of the book, but that was rejected by the Kenton Times.  Further discussion will be held for future fair books. Judi Cronley stated she has sent out the box seat letters for the 2019 fair. Judi also stated the audit for years 2017 and 2018 has begun. The next board meeting will be Wednesday, June 5th at 7:00 pm in the Fair Office.

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 hardin.osu.edu.

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

April Board Meeting Held

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, April 3, 2019, for their April board meeting.  Nineteen directors and eight guests were present.

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

Roger Crowe, Hardin County Commissioner, stated the buildings at the fairgrounds are going to be appraised in April.  Mark Light, 4-H Extension Agent, stated the deadline for registering for 4-H is April 15th.  Ray Davis discussed his concerns over how the board handled working on a contract with the horse shoe group.  

Brad Murphy, chairman for the Executive Committee, discussed the contract between Denny Hinton and the Ag. Society.  The Contract was changed to Ed’s TV and Electric, LLC. The contract was approved by the board. The credit card convenience fee was changed to a flat 4% fee, from the $5.00 flat fee.  Brad discussed that there will be a strategic planning meeting in April. A draft will be written up and then brought to the board for their input. The board moved to accept the 990 to be filed with the Dept. of Taxation.  

Kelly Buchenroth, chairman of the ground’s committee, stated he’s still receiving quotes for painting the grandstand.

Judi Cronley gave an update on fair camping.  There were 25 people who decided to not camp during the Hardin County Fair and Judi will be calling people on the waiting list of 40 people to take those spots.  Several current fair campers were able to move spots closer, since some campers decided to not camp again.

The board agreed to keep Saturday night’s ticket prices the same as last year – being $15, $20 & $25.  The Saturday night entertainer will be announced on Friday, May 24th, with on line tickets going on sale June 7th.  Rob announced music for the Hour of Inspiration will be offered by New Hope and the Church of the Nazarene.

Judi Cronley is requesting judges for all livestock shows be submitted as soon as possible.

Janie Seiler, chairman of the rides/concession/vendor committee stated there are several businesses who have decided to not come back for the 2019 Hardin County Fair, so if there are groups interested in a booth or ground space, to submit an application of interest to the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  Those applications can be located at www.hardincountyfair.org.

Nancy Rickenbacher, advisor for the JR. Fair Board, stated they had a bigger profit from concessions at the Consignment Sale this year.  There total profit was over $2500. Nancy stated the board will be doing some sponsorships for the fair again.

Kolt Buchenroth has been making follow up calls to past sponsors for the fair, since the deadline for sponsorships to be in the fair book is now.  

Janie Seiler, Chairman of the Gates/Admission’s Committee, stated they met with the group chair people of each day of the fair to make them aware of what is needed of them on each day of the fair.  

Brad Murphy discussed the Consignment Sale Report for this year.  He also showed how the sales have been doing over the past years in graph format.  It was determined some changes need to be made to the day, to make it more successful.  

Under old business:

Corey Ledley and Judi Cronley will be attending the District I & II meeting at the Wood County Fairgrounds on April 13th.  The Fair book text for 2019 has been submitted to the Kenton Times and they are currently working on putting the 2019 book together.  Judi Cronley stated non livestock judges also need to be submitted as soon as possible. Everyone was reminded all storage items, except vehicles, will be taken of storage and ready for pick up on Saturday, April 13th.  

Under new business:Everyone was informed the fairgrounds will be the drop off site for the city wide Spring Cleanup from April 22nd – April 25th.  The next board meeting will be Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00pm in the Fair Office.

April Meeting Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Guests
  3. Correspondence
  4. Minutes of last meeting
  5. Financial Reports
  6. Bills to Approve
  7. Committee Reports:
  • Executive Committee
    • Minutes from their meeting on March 28th.
    • Approve the 990 for the IRS
    • Credit Card usage fee
    • Grounds Committee
    • Camping Committee
    • There are 25 fair campers who have decided to not camp during this year’s fair.  Judi will be making calls to new campers after current campers get a chance to move to closer camping spots.  
  • Entertainment Committee
    • Saturday night’s concert prices
    • Livestock Committees
    • Judges are needed if not done so already.
    • Rides and Concessions
    • JR Fair Board Report
    • See reports attached
  • Advertising/Sponsorship/Tech Committees
    • Follow up calls need to be made to those who have been past sponsors of the fair and haven’t responded.
  • Gates/Admission’s Committee
    • Minutes from their meeting on March 20th
  • Other Committees
    • Consignment Sale Report
  • Old Business:
    • Non Livestock Judges are needed now, too.
    • Boats, Trailers and campers coming out of storage next Saturday, April 13th – reminders letters were mailed to everyone storing those items.
    • Judi and Corey will be attending the Spring District meeting in Bowling Green next Saturday, April 13th
  • New Business:
    • City wide cleanup is scheduled for April 22nd – April 25th
    • Next regular board meeting is Wednesday, May 1st at 7pm in the Fair Office.

Fair Camping Forms, Payment Due Today

Today is the final day for campers to submit their forms and payment for the 2019 Hardin County Fair. A notice was sent electronically to campers via email on February 13th, 2019. Forms and payment are set to be returned to the secretary’s office by the end of business today. The office closes at 4:00pm. Credit card payments can be taken over the phone by calling 419-675-2396.

March Meeting Agenda

  1. Call to order
  2. Guests – Lesa Heacock, Kenton Times
  3. Correspondence
  4. Minutes of the last meeting
  5. Financial Reports
  6. Bills to approve
  7. Committee Reports
    1. Executive Committee
    2. Grounds Committee
    3. Rides & Concessions
    4. Junior Fair Board
    5. Advertising, Sponsorship, and Technology
    6. Gates & Admissions
  8. Old Business
    1. Consignment Sale
    2. District Meeting
    3. Fair Book Changes
  9. New Business
    1. Judges Needed
    2. Radio Rental Proposal
    3. Restroom Cleaning Contract
    4. Winter storage ends for the season April 13th

The next regular meeting of the Hardin County Agricultural Society Board of Directors is set for Wednesday, April 3rd at 7pm in the fair office.

Tentative Consignment Sale Bill Released

Tractors, Combines:

  • ’51 Oliver #66 Row Crop, live hydraulics, 12-volt system, newer paint
  • JD #7800 (5600 hrs), Power Quad, MFWD
  • IH #843 Corn Head, 4 x 30”; Snouts for #1063
  • Farmall “A”; Minneapolis Moline “Z”; Gleaner “F”, gas, w/15’ platform Corn Head, 4×30”
  • IH #674 D (2220 original hrs), 3pt new rear rubber – good condition
  • ‘97 Ford NH #4835 4WD (2834 hrs), w/#7310 loader
  • Massey Ferguson #T035
  • IH #1586 w/cab, no T/A


  • ’97 Chevy #3500 HD, 2WD Service Truck w/ Stahl II Bed, 454 Gas
  • ’97 Timpte 42’ grain hopper trailer


  • JD #7000 6-row Corn Planter w/7 Row splitter w/bean units
  • JD #750 Drill, 15’, 7½” rows
  • JD #230 Wing Disk, 30’
  • Hardi HG#950 Sprayer, 950gal 60’ hyd boom, Hardi controller
  • Unverfurth 22’ Rolling Harrow; Westfield Auger – 10’x61’
  • Livestock Equipment:
  • New Holland #679 Manure Spreader, tandem axle, double beater, slop gate
  • Rollover Hoof-Trimming Cattle Chute
  • New Idea #272 Cut-ditioner hay bine
  • (2) JD #3960 Silage Choppers w/hay heads
  • Miscellaneous:
  • Tahoe Generator TP 8000 w/Honda engine
  • Bestland Rock Picker; 3pt Hydraulic Blade
  • 8’x8’ Tilt-bed Trailer

Always lots of hay & straw, always a large assortment of wagons from large to small!

First 2019 HCAS Meeting Successful

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, February 6, 2019, for their February board meeting.  Fourteen directors were present and thirteen guests were present.

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

Doris Kissling made an announcement that this will be her last year working in the fair office, she then thanked everyone for the work they do for the fair.

Mark Badertscher, county extension agent, stated all board members are invited to the many livestock banquets that are coming up.  A new change is that the dairy beef feeder exhibitors have been included in the dairy banquet and those livestock exhibitors can apply for the dairy scholarships, too.  

Kenny Kearns asked about having the draft horse show again during the fair.  The board moved to have the draft horse show during the fair.

Roger Crowe, County Commissioner, stated that the $10,000 appropriations for the fair were approved and the check is in the mail.

Steve Searson, representing the Pork Producers, asked the board about adding a few items to their menu during the fair.  The board approved them to add pork wings and nachos with cheese and BBQ pork.

The board moved to keep the prices for box seats, gate admission and open class entries the same as last year.  Gary and Patty Casteel were nominated as the 2019 Fair Honorees.

The board moved to keep camping rates the same as last year.  

It was announced that there will be KOI drag racing on Wednesday night of the fair.  Free entertainment during the fair will be the Columbus Zoo on Friday and Sunday, COSI on Saturday, a Petting Zoo Tuesday – Saturday, Team Zoom Dog Show Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Bear Hollow wood carver Thursday – Saturday.

Minutes from the Junior Fair Livestock Sale Committee Meeting were discussed.  Buyers will have the opportunity to purchase add on bids through the Fair’s website using Pay Pal.  

Janie Seiler, chairman of the rides/concession committee stated ride prices through Durant Amusements will stay the same.  

Sherri Beale, JR Fair Board Advisor, stated the first Jr. Fair Board Meeting will be Monday, February 25th at 8pm in the Community Building.  

Minutes from the advertising/sponsorship/tech committee meeting were discussed.  Wireless equipment will be installed around grounds of the fair grounds. There will be an 8 hour use per sign in to use the internet during the fair and after the 8 hours, the person using the internet will need to sign in again.  There will be a sponsorship glossy portfolio used this year. Golf cart sponsorships have been increased to $200 this year. A new promotional item will be started this year, being a Log & Jotter booklet. Brochures will totally be redone this year, making them a color/glossy fold out.  It was also noted a new battery back for the office needs to be purchased. Lastly, the 2019 advertising budget was approved

The Gates/Admission’s Committee stated they will be having a meeting with the volunteer gate groups in the next 6 weeks.  

Janie Seiler stated a meeting was held with the Fine Arts committee and the Open Class Home Economics Committee about the fair book.  She said many changes are going to occur this year with the fair book related to those departments.

Under old business:

There was a signup sheet for directors to sign up for jobs during the consignment sale discussed.  The Consignment Sale is set for Saturday, March 9th, starting at 9am.  Items being consigned can be dropped at the fairgrounds Wednesday – Friday of that week between the hours of 9am-5pm.  

Under new business:Judi Cronley stated that those purchasing membership tickets in the office this year, will have to give their home address and email address.  All fair book changes need to be turned into the office by the end of February. It was noted the District I & II meeting is scheduled in Bowling Green at the Wood County Fairgrounds, Saturday, April 13th at 10am.  Please let Judi know by the end of March if you want to attend.   The next board meeting will be Wednesday, March 6th at 7:00pm in the Fair Office