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Event includes a three-day trade show for vendors.

February 20, 2017

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MARK THE CALENDAR: The Ohio Beef Expo is March 17-19 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

The Ohio Beef Expo will be March 17-19 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The annual event, coordinated by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, includes a kickoff social, breed sales, shows and displays, an educational seminar, three-day trade show, and a competitive junior show.

The three-day show provides the opportunity for expo-goers to make a day trip to Columbus and experience all aspects of the event. The youth day events, including the judging contest and Beef Quality Assurance sessions, will move to the first day of the expo on March 17.

OCA members and exhibitors are invited to attend The Social, sponsored by Merial on the evening of March 16 at Crowne Plaza North. The kickoff event will auction items for OCA’s PAC fund, such as a one-of-a-kind copper kettle donated by the Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association. Other items to sell in a live auction at The Social is an original painting commemorating the 30th Ohio Beef Expo Anniversary by C.J. Brown. Proceeds from the painting will go toward a scholarship fund to be awarded to applicants through the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation. Prints commemorating the 30th Ohio Beef Expo will be available for attendees to purchase in C.J. Brown Studio’s booth in the trade show, as well as the OCA membership booth. Proceeds from each print sold will also benefit the scholarship fund.

March 17 lineup
March 17 will mark the official start of the expo with registration for the judging contest taking place in the Voinovich building’s upper mezzanine. Contest participants will meet at 8 a.m. for registration.

The breed shows and parades will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Evans Cattle Co. Arena (Cooper) and O’Neill buildings. At 10 a.m., cattle producers can attend an educational seminar, “Top 6 Ways to be Successful and Profitable with Cattle in Ohio.” All producers are invited to attend the session sponsored by United Producers Inc.

At noon, youth are invited to attend a fitting demonstration in the Voinovich building. The online feeder cattle sale will be March 17 at 1:30 p.m. As the sale takes place, judging contest awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m. and then youth can attend a BQA session at 3:30 p.m. before heading to the junior show’s welcome party at 5:30 p.m. and hearing from representatives with Weaver Leather Livestock for a cattle care demonstration.

Expo attendees can also visit the trade show with over 125 vendors from 18 states, which offer products and services beneficial to all cattle producers.

March 18 events
March 18 will host the breed cattle sales in the Voinovich building at 10 a.m. Prior to the first lot selling, a “Tribute to 30 Years of the Ohio Beef Expo” will take place in Sale Ring 2 with Angus, Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Shorthorn and Simmental cattle selling afterward. Breed sale catalogs will be posted online at as they become available.

The junior showmanship competition will begin at noon March 18 with over 400 participants competing for top honors in their respective divisions.

March 19 highlights
Junior exhibitors will begin showing at 8 a.m. March 19 in the Evans Cattle Co. Arena.

New this year, OCA will be offering 10 coupons valued at $50 to be used March 19 only with any vendor in the trade show. Coupons will be awarded to individuals that share an OCA Facebook post promoting the three-day trade show set to launch on March 1.

Download the Ohio Beef Expo app. Available for both iPhones and Androids, the Ohio Beef Expo app provides a complete list of trade show exhibitors, breed shows, seedstock sales, junior shows and educational events. The app also allows users to search for activities, view schedules, download sale catalogs and receive exclusive mobile alerts.

More than 30,000 visitors from 25 states and Canada routinely attend the Ohio Beef Expo. It is ranked as one of the top five largest events in central Ohio.

Source: Ohio Cattlemen’s Association


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