Columbus is a fairly large city, at least compared to the cities and towns that I usually frequent.

However, this past weekend I felt right at home as nearly everywhere I went, I was surrounded with the sights and sounds of cattlemen and cattlewomen.

The Ohio Beef Expo was held March 16-18 at the Ohio State Fairgrounds and it seemed like there were beef cattle and livestock trailers everywhere. Even at night, when I left for my hotel on East Dublin Granville Road, I saw four-wheel drive trucks and livestock trailers parked outside.

Elizabeth Harsh, the executive director for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, told me they usually see 30,000 or so people attend. She wasn’t sure of the final numbers as of Monday afternoon, but had good reason to believe it was another full house.

I was surprised to learn how much the Expo means across not only Ohio — but to cattlemen from across the Midwest. It was encouraging to read the different license plates in the parking lot and see so much diversity.

I’ve posted a lot of my pictures from the event to Facebook, and you can view and even purchase those here.

I’m also posting some video clips of the action. The noise from the fans and announcers flooded out my efforts to do live interviews, but I captured some of the sights and sounds.

It was another great Expo, and the weather was probably as comfortable as it’s ever been in the show’s 25-year history.

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
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