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MARYSVILLE, OH — The Ohio State Fair is the summer’s highlight for many youth livestock exhibitors, and this summer was no exception for Ohio’s youth who won top honors at the Ohio State Fair, July 24-August 4.

Amanda Schnoor, California, lead judge and Scott Bush, South Dakota, associate judge, evaluated the 195 head of market animals. The top two market beef were auctioned at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions on August 4, 2019 at the Celeste Center. Steve R. Rauch Excavation and Demolition was the highest bidder, purchasing the Grand Champion Market Beef Animal for $50,000, exhibited by Elizabeth Heintz, Hardin County. Heintz received $22,000, a cap set by the Ohio Expositions Commission. The remaining $28,000 will go to the Youth Reserve Program which provides scholarships, competition awards and support to FFA and 4-H programs, benefitting other youth exhibitors. The Reserve Champion Market Beef Animal, exhibited by Delaney Jones, Allen County, Ohio, was purchased for a record setting $56,000 by Steve R. Rauch Excavation and Demolition, Mark Kvamme and family and Meijer. Jones will receive $11,000 with the remainder benefiting the Youth Reserve Program. To date, the Youth Reserve Program has awarded over $3.5 million to more than 40,000 youth exhibitors.

The Ohio Expositions Commission awards scholarships to junior beef exhibitors looking to further their education. This year, three scholarships were awarded to Caroline Blay, Portage County; Alana Hesler, Adams County; and Abbygail Pitstick, Madison County. The scholarships were made possible by the Youth Reserve Program and awarded at the Sale of Champions.

Jeff Dameron, Illinois and Chris Cassady, Iowa, evaluated the breeding heifers over a period of two sessions. The top five animals of the events were as follows:

Breeding Heifers

Grand Champion Heifer

Kathy Lehman – Richland County

Champion All Other Breeds

Parents: Angie and the late Gary

Reserve Grand Champion Heifer

McKala Grauel – Hardin County

Champion Shorthorn

Parents: Shane and Penny McCafferty

Third Overall Heifer

Addie Shaffer – Lake County

Champion Chianina

Parents: Katie Shanahan and Keith Shaffer

Fourth Overall Heifer

Kathy Lehman – Richland County

Champion Percentage Simmental

Parents: Angie and the late Gary

Fifth Overall Heifer

Margaret Davis – Gallia County

Champion Angus

Parents: Jon and Melissa

Market Animals

Grand Champion Market Animal

Elizabeth Heintz – Hardin County

Champion Maine-Anjou

Parents: Christopher and Michelle

Reserve Grand Champion Market Animal

Delaney Jones – Allen County

Champion Div. 3 Crossbred

Parents: Troy and Sara 

Third Overall Market Animal

Frani LeVan – Champaign County

Champion Div. 2 Crossbred

Parents: Louis and Melissa

Fourth Overall Market Animal

Elizabeth Heintz – Hardin County

Champion Chianina

Parents: Christopher and Michelle

Fifth Overall Market Animal

Cole Wharton – Wayne County

Res. Champion Div. 2 Crossbred

Parents: John and Jodi

Several other youth are recognized throughout the fair for their efforts. In the showmanship competitions, Samantha Wallace, Sandusky County was selected as the Breeding Cattle Supreme Showman for session 1 and Hudson Drake, Ross County was selected as the Breeding Cattle Supreme Showman for session 2. Caroline Blay, Portage County was selected as the Market Beef Supreme Showman. 

The Outstanding Breeding Beef Exhibitor (O.B.E.) and Outstanding Market Exhibitor (O.M.E.) awards are based on the exhibitor’s combined performance of skillathon, showmanship and class placing. The O.B.E. award recognizes the top three breeding exhibitors from either session before the selection of the champion breeding heifer and champion market animal. The O.M.E. award recognizes an exhibitor in each age division, 9-18, and the top three are announced at the Sale of Champions on the last day of the fair. 

Outstanding Breeding Beef Exhibitor

1st Place

Carly Sanders – Highland County

Age: 11

2nd Place

Sydney Sanders – Highland County

Age: 13

3rd Place

Dawson Osborn – Highland County

Age: 15

Outstanding Market Exhibitor

1st Place

Alex Linder – Ashland County

Age: 16

2nd Place

Sydney Sanders – Highland County

Age: 13

3rd Place

Allison Davis – Carroll County

Age: 17

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