Ohio State Fair

Heart of Ohio Tole, Inc. organizes, judges, and sponsors the cash prize awards and the Best of Show awards in the Decorative Painting category (4213) within the Arts, Crafts and Fashion competition held each year at the Ohio State Fair.

Anita Bergman teaching a class of first timers at the 2018 Ohio State Fair. The project was a flower on card stock using the one-stroke method. Lots of students dropped by to learn and went home with a greeting card/envelope.


The Ohio State Fair 2019 schedule has been posted their website:  https://ohiostatefair.com/arts-crafts-fashion

The fair dates are July 24 – August 4

Entry deadline is June 20.   Shipped entries must be delivered to the fairgrounds by July 8-12.  Delivered in person July 18-19.

Judging will take place July 20 after which, entries will be put on display for the duration of the fair.  All entries must be picked up on August 5.

Hoot is the sponsor for the Decorative Painting Series 4213.  Prizes are $25, $15, $10 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and a $50 Gift Card and Rosette is award to the Best of Show in each class Non-professional (youth and adult) and  Professional (adult only).

To enter the fair, the processing fee is $10 and $1 entry per item.  The five classes are 1. Animals, 2. Floral (realistic-free flowing) 3. Seasonal/Holiday, 4. Landscape/Seascape, 5. Still-life Fruits and Vegetables, (Same titled classes #6-10 for professional class).

I would like to extend my help to you so we can have a great participation in the fair.  We want to continue to spread the word about HOOT.  I am here to be of assistance to you.  I know that it may be difficult for some of you that don’t live in the area or will be in HOOT Convention mode.  If you can get your entry completed on line and would like for me to deliver your items to the fair, I can do this.  You will need to have your items labeled with your tags and wrapped in bubble wrap.  Bring them to the next HOOT Seminar or meeting, May 16,17 or 18.

If you are planning to attend the HOOT Convention July 15 -19, you can bring your entries to the Monitor’s Station and someone will take your items for safe keeping.  I will collect your items and transport them to the Ohio State Fair. I have done shows in the past and I do know a thing or two of how to transport and display works of art.

Remember the Ohio State Fair Celebrating the 80th Year of the Wizard of Oz.  “Back To OZ”  Using our brains and share all that we know. We are HOOT and have a heart.  Be courageous and enter the OHIO STATE FAIR.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me and I will do the best I can to be of assistance.

Krista Ebling
Ohio State Fair Chair

2018 Ohio State Fair Decorative Painting Awards

Non-Professional Category1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
#1 AnimalsSara BertschCindy BrydenSandy Ford
#2 FloralSandy FordGinny MentorCindy Bryden
#3 Seasonal/HolidaySara BertschSandy FordLorena Schrader
#4 Landscape/SeascapeLynn JosephKathy DaftCindy Bryden
#5 Still Life/Fruits or VegSally DaftKathy DaftJanet Rose
Best of Show Non ProfessionalSara Bertsch
Professional Category1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
#1 AnimalsNancy BatemanSuzanne OlsonLinda Rose
#2 FloralPhyllis GibbsSuzanne OlsonNancy Bateman
#3 Seasonal/HolidayBev RileySuzanne OlsonPhyllis Gibbs
#4 Landscape/SeascapePhyllis GibbsBev RileySuzanne Olson
#5 Still Life/Fruits VegPhyllis GibbsNancy BatemanLinda Rose
Best of Show ProfessionalPhyllis Gibbs

Photos of the 2018 Ohio State Fair Decorative Painting Exhibit

Ohio State Fair2018 Photos