Welcome to the Clinton County Agricultural Society & Fair Site!
Country Invasion @ Jeep Jam
Montgomery Gentry rescheduled for Saturday, August 15th.
Kansas City BBQ Competition has been rescheduled for August 15 & 16.
The Clinton County Agricultural Society would like to thank the Convention & Visitors Bureau for securing Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry and supporting another great event at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.
Ractopamine at the Clinton County Fair
The March 14th meeting has been cancelled. Please watch our Facebook page or website for a new date.
During the March Senior Fair Board meeting, the Board made the decision to not guarantee a terminal buyer for market hogs at the 2020 Clinton County fair in light of the current ractopamine controversy in the pork industry. The following options were considered:
- Require Clinton County to be ractopamine free in hogs that are exhibited at the Clinton County Fair
- Not requiring Clinton County to be ractopamine free and not offering a market outlet
This was discussed and researched at length and the Board approved option 2. Part of our decision to not declare Clinton County Fair ractopamine free is that if the rule is made we need to be able to enforce it. Some fairs are banning ractopamine and requiring exhibitors to sign an affidavit stating that the animal has never been fed ractopamine. We felt that it was not possible for most exhibitors to truthfully state this with 100% accuracy as the possibility of cross contamination is possible. This is a one-year decision and will be re-evaluated for 2021.
As a result of our decision exhibitors will be responsible for removal of hogs following the Jr. Fair Market show. Exhibitors are encouraged to make arrangements for slaughter of, or sale to a slaughter channel of their project. We are exploring options to assist in the marketing. Release time for the market hogs will be published at a later date. Exhibitors will still be eligible to participate in the Jr. Fair livestock sale for premium bid. All hogs will remain the property of the exhibitor except for the Grand and Reserve Champions which are still terminal by state mandate.
Please be advised that the pork industry is moving to a ractopamine free industry. Exhibitors are strongly encouraged to start adapting to a ractopamine free feed diet as The Ohio State Fair has published that they will be ractopamine free for 2020.
There will be an informational meeting for all participants, parents and advisors to provide additional information concerning this policy on Saturday, March 14 at 9:00 a.m. in Expo Hall.
Please contact the Senior fair office at 937-382-4443 with concerns or questions.
Thank you for working with us.
Scot Gerber, Clinton County Fair Board President