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2014 Ohio State Fair - Guys & Gals Sheep Lead Contest

May. 5, 2014

Even though it is still winter, snowflakes are flying, and baby lambs are arriving, it is never too early to begin making plans for the upcoming Ohio State Fair Guys & Gals Sheep Lead Contest! Now is the perfect time to shop for wool garments, wool fabric, and wool accessories for this year’s outfit!

The objectives of the lead contest are to present a class of sheep in the most attractive manner, to give spectators an opportunity to view a wool style show, and to promote lamb and wool. This contest is open to all guys and gals who have an interest in sheep or wool fashion. Contestants will model a wool outfit on stage while a commentary is being read and lead a sheep at halter. The entrant does not have to own the sheep that is being shown.

This year’s contest will be held on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Check-in begins in the sheep barn office at 9:00 a.m., and the Lead classes will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the sheep barn arena.

Due to increased interest, an additional pairs class was added last year.  One pairs class will be specifically for entries where both participants are under 10 years old. The other pairs class is for pairs that include at least one participant over the age of 10.  A completely different outfit must be worn for each class entered.

Lead entries are submitted to the Ohio State Fair entry office and must be mailed and postmarked on or before the entry deadline of Friday June 20, 2014. Contest rules, classes, additional information and entry forms can be found on the Ohio State Fair website at  Any additional questions can be directed to lead contest superintendents Pat Myers (, Pat Wiford (, or Lisa Frost (