Registration forms, weigh-in information and deadlines are provided and determined by Hardin County Senior Fair Board.  They are posted here on this page to better serve the communities access to this information.  The OSU Extension, Hardin County office will try to answer all questions and concerns or you may also refer to the current year's fair book, with the understanding that all final decisions are made by the Hardin County Senior Fair Board.

On this page you will find information concerning registration, weigh-in, and deadlines associated with beef cattle. (steers, beef feeders and dairy steers)

Please follow the links below to registration forms and other helpful information.

Registration Form for Beef Feeders

Registration Form for Market Steers, Market Heifers, and Dairy Steers

State Fair DNA Requirements and Directions

The Market Beef Registration form must be Completed by December 23, 2020.  This deadline will be strictly enforced.


Market Steer, Market Heifer, and Dairy Steer Weigh-In will be held on january 2, 2021 at the Hardin County Fairgrounds from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ever changing COVID-19 situation, please monitor your email and social media for any updates or changes on the Hardin County Steer Weigh-in scheduled for January 2. Facial coverings will be REQUIRED at all times while on the fairgrounds (indoors and outdoors). Social distancing protocols will be in place and sanitizing stations will be available.



New for the Ohio State Fair 2015

FYI – State Fair Beef will require a DNA hair sample along with Electronic Tagging

From: "Shoults, Alicia" <>
Date: October 20, 2014, 4:30:51 PM EDT
To: Undisclosed recipients:;

Subject: News Release: Ohio State Fair announces market beef identification protocols for 2015

October 20, 2014

Alicia Shoults, 614-644-4011,


COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Fair Beef Department has adopted new protocols for identifying market beef animals beginning with the 2015 Fair, July 29 through August 9. These protocols include the use of an electronic identification (EID) ear tag that has a unique 15-digit number and a DNA sample that will be submitted for all market beef animals that exhibitors plan to enter in the 2015 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef show.

The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair sample that will be submitted to the Ohio State Fair by January 15, 2015 to meet the ownership deadlines for market beef animals. Along with the DNA hair submission, each market animal’s 15-digit EID tag must also be included on the DNA packet. DNA packets may be picked up at an exhibitor’s local Ohio State University Extension Office or at any Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST sanctioned show prior to the January 15 deadline.

“The market beef exhibitors in the Buckeye state have set a tremendous precedent in their desire to be young stewards of the beef industry,” said Ohio State Fair Beef Department Director Bill Tom. “The decision to use a more modern means of technology for livestock verification was an easy one, because I am confident that the juniors and their families will make a seamless transition with the new DNA and EID requirement.”

Any market beef animal that is expected to be show at the Ohio State Fair that has a pre-existing EID tag, such as an RFID tag, will not need to have an additional EID tag placed in the animal’s ear for State Fair purposes. For example, if the calf was purchased from a breeder that already included a 15-digit RFID tag in the animal, or if the animal has been to an OCA BEST show where an EID tag was placed in its ear, a new tag is not needed. The animal’s existing 15-digit identification number will also serve as the animal’s Ohio State Fair identification number. Exhibitors of animals not shown at an OCA BEST sanctioned show should contact their county extension office for an EID tag.

More information about the DNA collection process and submission to the Ohio State Fair will be available in November.

Exhibitors who have questions or would like additional information about the new identification protocols are asked to contact Stacey French at the Ohio State Fair by calling 614-644-4049 or by emailing at

For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at

The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With a spectacular midway, big-name entertainment, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior fair shows in the nation, the 2015 Ohio State Fair will run July 29 - Aug. 9, 2015.