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Ohio Department of Agriculture | Ohio Agriculture is Cool!

Agriculture is Cool! - and it can get you into the Ohio State Fair for free!

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio State Fair and the buckeye state's agricultural commodity groups are again sponsoring the "Agriculture is Cool" program at the Ohio State Fair complete with exciting interactive stations like the opportunity to milk a life-like cow!

There are several great ways to participate.

  • Ag is Cool Creative Expression competition

  • Students K-12 can flex their imagination by creating agricultural works of art, videos and more (and yes, prizes are involved)!
    All entries will be judged by a panel that may include representatives from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Office of the Governor, the Ohio Expo Center, and professionals in the areas of video production, photography, drawing, painting and other visual arts. Judging will be based on the student's visual representation of the "Ag is Cool!" theme, if it accurately reflects 21st Century agriculture, creativity and use of Ohio images, and quality of work. Award winners will be recognized by the Office of the Governor and other state officials at the Ohio State Fair on July 25, 2018.

  • Ag is Cool for fourth graders

  • To see what makes agriculture cool, students in the fourth grade during the 2017-2018 academic year and a chaperone can attend the Fair any one day for free simply by presenting their report card at the entry gate. Better yet? Participants can win a $500 scholarship by writing an essay about what they learned.

2017 "Ag is Cool!" Scholarship Winners:

  • Gabby Bodo:   Photo   Essay
  • Adam Kauh:   Photo   Essay
  • Stella Geis-Moffitt:   Photo   Essay
  • Marissa Murphy:   Photo   Essay
  • 2016 "Ag is Cool!" Scholarship Winners:

  • Levi Barga:   Photo   Essay
  • Kieran Shaw:   Photo   Essay
  • Avery Shoffner:   Photo   Essay
  • Abigail Slack:   Photo   Essay
  • 2015 "Ag is Cool!" Scholarship Winners:

  • Belle Fockler:   Photo   Essay
  • Caroline Kauh:   Photo   Essay
  • Corinne Shull:   Photo   Essay
  • Phillip Stevens:   Photo   Essay
  • 2014 "Ag is Cool!" Scholarship Winners:

  • Aaron Brown:   Photo   Essay
  • Luke Jennings:   Photo   Essay
  • Amber Parker:   Photo   Essay
  • Alexis Wagner:   Photo   Essay
  • 2013 "Ag is Cool!" Scholarship Winners:

  • Dylan Bryan:   Photo   Essay
  • Shelby Jones:   Photo   Essay
  • David Leeth:   Photo   Essay
  • Reese Shull :   Photo   Essay

  • 2012 "Ag is Cool!" Scholarship Winners:

  • Andrea Rhodeheffer:   Photo   Essay
  • Dominic Antronica:   Photo   Essay
  • Morgan Loveday:   Photo   Essay
  • Wyatt Griffey:   Photo   Essay

  • 2011 "Ag is Cool!" Photos

    2011 "Ag is Cool!" Scholarship Winners:

  • Alexa Mier:   Photo   Essay
  • Katie Meier:   Photo   Essay
  • Phillip Wible:   Photo   Essay
  • Stanley Apana:   Photo   Essay