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Here at 1812Blockhouse we bring you occasional day road trip ideas within easy travel distance of Richland Countians. As always, we do so by reminding our readers that there are dozens of attractions and incredible events to experience right here, close to home.

Visit the website of Destination Mansfield – Richland County for the latest on those.

Did you know that the largest show in America related to chicken takes place annually right here in Ohio? In 1956, a group of passionate Ohio poultry breeders came together to form the Ohio Poultry Breeders club. This led to the inception of the Ohio National Poultry Show, a platform that invited poultry enthusiasts from across the nation to showcase their prized birds.

Initially held in Marion, the show later moved through Springfield and Circleville before finally settling in Columbus in 1962. Over the years, the event has been hosted in four different Ohio State Fair buildings, with the Voinovich Livestock Arena being the latest venue.

The 150th Anniversary: A Milestone Worth Crowing About

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the American Poultry Association, and the Ohio National is pulling out all the stops. With over 10,000 birds on display, including large fowl, bantams, ducks, geese, and turkeys, the event promises to be a feast for the eyes and a treasure trove of information for poultry aficionados. Exhibitors are flying in from all corners of the United States, Canada, and even Europe to participate.

Mark Your Calendars

The Ohio National Poultry Show is scheduled to take place on the second weekend of November, with the following timings:

  • Friday, November 10: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 11: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, November 12: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Admission and Parking

The event is open to the public, with an admission fee of just $5. Children aged 13 and under, as well as active and veteran military members, can enter for free. Parking at the Expo Center is available for $7 for a one-time entry, making it an affordable day out for families and poultry enthusiasts alike.

Why You Should Attend

The Ohio National is more than just a poultry show; it’s a celebration of a shared passion and a testament to the rich history and diversity of poultry breeding in America. Whether you’re a seasoned breeder, a curious onlooker, or someone interested in diving into the world of poultry, this event offers something for everyone.

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