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Heart Of It All Open Show

Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, Ohio

Special Announcements

Breed Qualifications  

New for 2012-13 BEST exhibitors may provide breed registrations electronically at the time of check in. This rule is for BEST participants only. Although electronic papers are permitted, exhibitors are encouraged to have registration papers in hand at time of check in. All registrations meeting their national junior show breed association’s eligibility requirements will be accepted. No copies will be accepted. The animal’s registration must be in the name of the junior exhibitor who is exhibiting the animal. For BEST points, no family farm names will be permitted. New for 2012-13 at the first three (3) BEST sanctioned shows; Heart of it All, AGR Holiday Classic and the Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown, BEST participants, who have not received their completed registrations, may still nominate their animals as a declared breed. (i.e. – if you have a Hereford steer and declare his breed at the Heart of it All, either a completed registration paper or electronic registration must be given to BEST officials at AGR)  Proof of registration MUST be provided at the BEST sanctioned show immediately following the show where the animal’s breed was declared whether or not you exhibit cattle at the show.  Failure to do so will result in the animal being dropped from the BEST point standings; additionally, any showmanship points garnered with the animal will be forfeited. Once proof of registration is provided, the animal may be re-nominated for the BEST program; however, no points will transfer. The BEST committee reserves the right to evaluate all breed steers and heifers for breed standards.

New for 2012-13, any breeding heifer may also be shown as a market heifer.  BEST participants may also nominate the heifer twice and track points in both the breeding and market heifer divisions.

New for 2012-13, all Chianina animals must be at least 6.25%.  This change follows the American Chianina Association's national junior show eligibility requirements.

Showmanship Divisions

Age divisions are as of January 1, 2013

Beginner Division - 10 and under
Junior Division - 11 to 13
Novice Division – 11-16 (see below for more details)
Intermediate Division - 14 to 16
Senior Division - 17 to 21

BEST shows may close showmanship to BEST only participants.  The Novice showmanship division is offered exclusively to first or second year BEST participants ages 11-16.  In addition to being in their first or second year, they can’t have previously finished in the Top Ten Overall Novice Market Animal, Heifer or Showmanship points standing.  11-16 year old Novice BEST participants may choose to compete in either their designated age division OR the Novice division; however, they must choose one or the other, not both.

Reminder - No Farm Tags or Identifying Marks. No identifying tags or marks on exhibitors will be permitted at a BEST sanctioned show. This means no farm tags, special show harnesses or marked show shirts are allowed. Only BEST tags, county fair tags, EID tags and brands will be permitted. This rule applies to all animals and exhibitors entered in a BEST sanctioned show, including animals and exhibitors not in the BEST program. If an animal enters the ring with an unacceptable tag or identifying mark it will be disqualified from the show and will earn no points if they are a BEST animal. Show staff and/or OCA BEST staff will not remove any tags. This is the responsibility of the exhibitor.

Allen County Fair - www.allencountyfair.org

Allen County Fair, Allen County Visitors Bureau

For More Information

Brandon Jordan  614.452.1554  anfdm@hotmail.com
Brad Winegardner  419.303.3399  
Jay Begg  419.228.7141 

**Saturday: Heifers (2 rings) and showmanship (1) will follow the heifer show.  Market animals (2 rings) will show Sunday**

Friday, November 23
8:00 a.m. - Cattle may arrive - Entry cards will be sold in grandstand office
*BEST Sign-up will take place starting at 12:00 Noon on Friday, prior to check in.  BEST exhibitors are encouraged to complete BEST paperwork before bringing cattle to the check-in line.*

4:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Check-In - All Heifers must be checked in by 8 p.m.
Showmanship sign up can be done in grandstand office.

Saturday, November 24
11:00 a.m. - Showmanship signup closes in grandstand office
9:00 a.m. - Heifer Show Ring A Begins
9:30 a.m. - Heifer Show Ring B Begins
TBA - Showmanship begins 30 minutes after the completion of the Ring B Heifer Show (2 rings will be used)
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Steer Check-In. Entry cards can be purchased in grandstand office.

Sunday, November 25
9:00 a.m. - Steer Show Ring A Begins
9:30 a.m. - Steer Show Ring B Begins



Heifer Premiums
Ring A: Champion $1,000, Reserve $500, 3rd Overall $300, 4th Overall $200, 5th Overall $100
Ring B: Top 5 Awards will be prorated based on entries

Steer Premiums
Ring A: Champion $1,000, Reserve $500, 3rd Overall $300, 4th Overall $200, 5th Overall $100
Ring B: Top 5 Awards will be prorated based on entries

Other Information

  • Entry fees. Bedding available for sale. Entry cards for both shows will be sold starting on Friday in grandstand office.
    •  $50 for one ring, $95 for both rings
    • At check-in, the BEST Committee will reimburse $5 per animal, per ring to the exhibitor for each entry nominated for the BEST program.
  • Class payouts are: $50, $20, $10. 
  • Steer and market heifers born on or after 1/1/12
  • Breed heifers born on or after 9/1/11
  • Steers and crossbred heifers shown by shoulder height
  • Breed heifers shown by age. Registration required for all breed cattle.
  • All cattle must have legible tattoos the first time through the chute. If the tattoos are not legible then the animal will be placed in the crossbred division
  • Health papers required for all out-of-state cattle
  • In case of inclement weather, the show committee reserves the right to prorate all premiums and payouts.

Hampton Inn - 419.225.8300
Howard Johnson ("Old" Holiday Inn) - 419.222.0004
Holiday Inn & Suites - 419.879.4000
Econolodge - 419.222.0596
Travelodge - 419.227.2221
Country Inn & Suites - 419.999.9992
Courtyard by Marriott - 419.222.9000
Days Inn - 419.227.6515
Comfort Inn - 419.228.4251

2750 Harding Highway Lima, Ohio

The Allen County Fairgrounds is conveniently located right off Harding Highway (State Route 309) which is just minutes away from I-75.

From Dayton/Cincinnati
Take I-75 North to exit 125. Follow St. Rt. 309 East for 1 mile. The Allen County Fairgrounds is one mile east of I-75 on the right-hand side of the road.

From Detroit/Toledo
Take I-75 South to exit 125A. Follow St. Rt. 309 East for 1 mile. The Allen County Fairgrounds is one mile east of I-75 on the right-hand side of the road.

From Fort Wayne
Take St. Rt. 30 East to I-75 South. Get off at Exit 125A. Follow St. Rt. 309 East for 1 mile. The Allen County Fairgrounds is one mile east of I-75 on the right-hand side of the road.

From Marion/Kenton
Take Harding Highway (St. Rt. 309) west. The Allen County Fairgrounds is located on the left-hand side of the road on Harding Highway.

From Columbus 
Take St. Rt. 33 North to St. Rt. 117 North. The Allen County Fair is located on the right-hand side of the road on St. Rt. 117.