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Please check back later for 2023 Ohio State Fair information. See you at the 2023 Ohio State Fair July 26 - Aug. 6!

Livestock animal ownership dates

In order to be more consistent with statewide livestock exhibition ownership rules, the Ohio State Fair has listed animal ownership dates below:

The deadline to enter livestock exhibitions was 1 p.m. on June 21, 2022, with the exception of the Junior Horse Show, which closed at 1 p.m. on July 1, 2022.

Market animals -

  • Market beef – January 1
  • Market swine – May 26
  • Market lambs – May 26
  • Market goats – May 26
  • Dairy feeders – May 26
  • Market rabbits – June 1
  • Market poultry – within 5 days of hatch

Breeding animals -

  • Breeding Beef – June 1
  • Breeding Swine – June 1
  • Breeding Sheep – June 1
  • Breeding Goats – June 1
  • Breeding Poultry – June 1
  • Breeding rabbits – June 1
  • Dairy Cattle – June 1

See the full livestock schedule here.

Livestock Competition Information

Online entry helpful hints

  1. All entries must be submitted online.
  2. Please allow time to complete the entry process, as the system will shut down at 12:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. Entries will be locked automatically at 1 p.m.
  3. Late entry fees will be charged ($75.00) beginning June 21 and late entries will be accepted through July 15. Late entries must be emailed to Barb Prince, Entry Department (b.prince@expo.ohio.gov). Upon receipt of the email the entry department will make contact to secure credit card information. Please reference your department division for more details and to see if late entries are accepted.
  4. All junior livestock exhibitors must provide their date of birth. Date of birth is not required for open entries.
  5. Junior 4-H exhibitors must list the county in which the project is registered (in some cases, this is not the same as the county in which you live). You must list your county educator or extension agent as the contact to verify your entry, NOT your 4-H advisor.
  6. Junior FFA exhibitors must list the county in which the project is registered (in some cases, this is not the same as the county in which you live). You must list your FFA teacher/instructor as the contact to verify your entry.
  7. All junior exhibitors should include their shirt size.
  8. Reminder – All exhibitors who win more than $499 in premiums must use this link to visit the Ohio Supplier website. In the past, exhibitors were required to submit Vendor Information Forms and W-9 forms; this new process has been in place for the last couple of years. If not completed, your premium payment cannot be processed. If you have registered using the Ohio Supplier website in previous years and nothing has changed (such as your address or banking information), then it is not necessary to update this information or attempt to register again.


Boer Goats


Dairy Cattle

Dairy Goats

Dog Show

Horse Show

Judging Teams



In conjunction with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio State Fair is closely monitoring developments in the poultry industry related to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The Ohio State Fair is committed to creating a safe environment for both fairgoers and livestock; and will post updates, if any, regarding the progression of poultry participation in the 2022 Ohio State Fair.




Exhibitor Information and Supplemental Forms

All below documents will be updated by mid-May.

In-Person & Virtual Ohio Youth Skillathons

Open to any Ohio youth, age 8 and in the 3rd grade, or 9 years old and older regardless of grade level, to age 18, this is a separate virtual event to allow broader participation in 2022. You do not have to exhibit a particular species to participate in that species Skillathon. Virtual Skillathon participation does not qualify a youth participant for outstanding market exhibitor awards. Registration for the Virtual Skillathons is due by June 21st, 2022.

Golf Cart Permits

Download the 2022 Ohio State Fair Golf Cart Application
Once you have completed the application and attached the supporting document, please send to Andi Hershey at a.hershey@expo.ohio.gov.

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