The Ohio Beef Expo to showcase Ohio’s beef industry is set for March 19-22 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. This annual event, coordinated by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, includes a kickoff social; breed sales, shows and displays; beef quality assurance sessions; a multiday trade show; and a highly competitive junior show.
The Ohio Beef Expo kicks off with the opening of the trade show at 3 p.m. March 19. This is the second year for the Expo to open on Thursday, allowing more time for attendees — especially those who exhibit cattle at the Expo — to visit with vendors in the Voinovich building.
The Expo trade show features more than 140 vendors from 25 states offering products and services beneficial to all cattle producers. OCA members and Expo exhibitors are invited to attend a social the evening of March 19 at the Expo headquarters hotel, the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Columbus. Items will be auctioned off for OCA’s Political Action Committee fund.
Sponsorships for the 2020 Ohio Beef Expo are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sponsors are recognized with signage at the Ohio Beef Expo, in the Expo program or on the Expo website. To receive recognition in the Expo program, sponsorships must be received by Feb. 1. New for 2020: Those seeking to become a partner of the Ohio Beef Expo can view sponsorships and even pay online at ohiobeefexpo.com.
For the first time in Expo history, the Ohio Beef Expo will use Taft Coliseum for the junior show, showmanship and judging contest. With the growth of the Ohio Beef Expo, it has become necessary to secure a new facility that accommodates more youth and cattle. The coliseum will provide a larger area for youth to exhibit and evaluate cattle and more seats for spectators. An addition for 2020 is a Miniature Hereford sale, which will be held at the Ohio Beef Expo at 4:30 p.m. March 21 in the Voinovich building.
Registration for the judging contest on March 20 will take place in Taft Coliseum. Contest participants will meet at 7 a.m. for registration. The breed shows and parades will begin at 9 a.m. in the Cooper Arena and O’Neill buildings. At 12:30 p.m., youth are invited to attend the Youth Beef Quality Assurance session. The online feeder cattle sale will be held at 2 p.m. March 20 in the Voinovich building. As the sale takes place, judging contest awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m., and then youth can attend the junior show welcome party at 5:30 p.m.
A crowd gathers for a cattle showmanship contest at last year’s Ohio Beef Expo.
Breed cattle sale
The breed cattle sale is set for March 21 in the Voinovich building, starting at 10 a.m. with Angus, Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Miniature Hereford, Red Angus, Shorthorn and Simmental for sale. Breed sale catalogs will be posted online at the Ohio Beef Expo website. The junior showmanship competition will begin at noon March 21 in Taft Coliseum, with more than 400 participants competing for top honors in their respective divisions. On March 22, junior exhibitors will begin showing at 8 a.m. in Taft Coliseum.
More than 30,000 visitors from 25 states and Canada routinely attend the Ohio Beef Expo. Visit ohiobeefexpo.com for more information.