Contests & Games
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Contests and Games tent keeps the whole family busy.
Money, t-shirts and other prizes can be won at The Oldtime Farming Festival Contests and Games tent.
Check the list below to see who won at the 2017 Festival!
Apple Peeling Contest
All ages. Apples and paring knives are provided. The object is to peel as long a peeling as possible without breaking it. Contests & Games helper will measure peeling with a yardstick. Winner is usually around 70-72 inches.
Arm Wrestling Tournament
Gender divisions. Ages 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17, 18-up. Standard arm wrestling rules using right  hands. Winner in each division gets a t-shirt.
Bale Toss
Gender divisions. Ages 9-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-up. Contestants throw a standard size bale of straw from behind a designated line. The point where the bale hits the ground first is marked as the distance of the throw. Contestants are allowed two attempts. A t-shirt is given in each age/gender division.
Bubble Gum Bubble-blowing Blowout
5-under, 6-10, 11-13, 14-adult. Each contestant is provided one piece of bubble gum. After a period of time for all to soften their gum by chewing, contestants may blow a bubble to be measured from side view with yardstick by contest helper. The biggest bubble (usually 3.5 inches) in each age group wins a t-shirt.
Cake Walk
All ages. .25 entry fee. Each entrant is given a large numbered mat; mats are placed on the ground in a circle outside the games tent. When all 30 numbers are given out, or when no more people want to enter, music is played for all entrants to walkin a circle. When the music stops,each entrant finds a number to stand on and a number is drawn from a container. Whoever is standing on the chosen number may choose one of the cakes baked as a prize. Sometimes more than one number may be drawn and more than one cake given for one "walk". There is no limit the number of times one person may enter.
Chicken Dance Contest
All ages. "The Chicken Dance" will be played for all entrants to dance. The music will repeat and continue to play until the judges are satisfied. Entrants are encouraged to create some type of chicken costume prior to entering.
Ciphering Match
$5 prizes given in each of grades 1-4, $10 in grades 5-8, $50.00 high school, and $100 adult. Two contestants at a time in each division work age-appropriate addition problems on a chalkboard. First contestant to get the correct answer wins the heat. Contestants in each age or grade division are eliminated one at a time until one remains as the winner.
Euchre Tournament
18 and older. $3 fee. Regular rules for Euchre; some special terms may be announced prior to play. First, second, and third places each day get cash rewards.
Husband-calling Contest
Contestants "call a husband". Judges decide which is the most effective. First prize gets a t-shirt.
Jigsaw Puzzle Contest
Amateur Class (team of two people) and Master Class (team of up to three people). Four puzzles are available for the Amateur Class and two puzzles are available for the Master Class. Master Class teams may use two card tables. Time is recorded when team begins and finishes. Team in each class with the best time will win t-shirts and MasterClass winners will be given one of the puzzles and t-shirts.
Longest Beard Contest
Contest helper will measure from bottom of chin to end of longest beard hair with yardstick. Longest beard wins a t-shirt.
Nail-driving Contest
Gender divisions. 5-under (styrofoam board), 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-up. Contestants race each other two at a time by pounding a nail into a board. Hammers, nails, and goggles are provided. The first contestant to drive his or her nail all the way into the board without it bending is the winner. Contestants are eliminated one at a time until there is one t-shirt winner in each age/gender division.
Old-fashioned Oratory Competition
Youth and adult divisions. Each contestant will give a speech of five minutes or less on any topic concerning rural life. Judges will award $50 prize in each age division.
Rolling Pin Throwing Contest
Women. Contestants are chosen in order of sign-up. Each contestant stands behind a marked line to throw a rolling pin into a large container. If more than one contestant gets the rolling pin in the container, the throwing distance is increased and the successful throwers compete again. This is repeated until only one person succeeds. If no contestant gets the rolling pin in the container in the first round,any contestant whose throw hits the outside of the container will compete again. A t-shirt is given to one winner.
Sack Races
6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-up. Each contestant is given a burlap sack to race in. The contestants in each race line up to wait for the start signal. At the signal, the racers hop to a goal (usually a folding chair), hop around the goal, and return to the starting line. First one over the finish line is the winner. If there is a large number of racers, the age division may be split into two or more heats. A t-shirt is given in each age division.
Spelling Bee
Grade 6-adult. Single elimination. Words are given from a standard fifth-grade spelling list. Contestant may ask to have the word repeated, used in a sentence, or defined. A t-shirt is given to one winner.
Seed-spitting Contest
5-under, 6-12, 13-up. Each contestant receives two seeds and is allowed two "spits". The "spitting field" is made up of sheets, tablecloths, and/or blankets spread on the ground. Spitters take turns standing at the edge of the spitting field to spit their seeds one at a time as far as possible without crossing the edges of the field. The better of the two spits will count. The contestant that is able to spit his or her seed the farthest is the winner. A t-shirt is given in each age division.
Three-legged Races
6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-up, adult with child age 10 or younger, teams of two. Each team receives a burlap sack. One member of the team puts right foot and leg in sack; other member, left foot and leg. The two legs in the bag must operate as one leg. Rules are similar to Sack Races. Teams with two members in more than one age division must compete at level of older member of the team. Winning teams receive t-shirts.
Wrench Throwing Contest
Men. Same rules as those for Rolling Pin Throwing Contest.
last update 11162017
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Questions can be directed to Anna Smith: 740-358-2256
Betsy Rogers
girls 5-under:
boys 5-under:
girls 6-8:
boys 6-8:
girls 9-11:
boys 9-11:

Emily Hackett
Blake Talbot
Evelyn Hackett
Kenon Meyers
Margret Hennell
Clayton Vandyke


girls 12-14:
boys 12-14:
girls 15-17:
boys 15-17:
women 18-up:
men 18-up:



Sheldon Hardwick
Savannah Gammell
Blake Vandyke
Savannah Gammell
Clinton Vandyke
girls 5&under:
boys 5&under:
girls 6-8:
boys 6-8:
girls 9-11:
boys 9-11:
Pricilla Smith
William Hardwick
Lily Bishop
Steven Bishop

Shawn Wolfe
girls 12-14:
boys 12-14:
girls 15-17:
boys 15-17:
women 18-up:
men 18-up:
Melanie McLaughlin
Sheldon Hardwick
Hannah Primozic
Daniel Hardwick
Angel Cail
Doug Bashed
5-under:
6-10:
11-13:
14-adult:

Ellie Brittenham
Anna Slate
Lydia Knapp

best dancer:
most resembles a chicken:
group or couple:
had the most fun:
Francy Zembo
Cooper Zembo
Casey, Madison and Autumn Kennedy
Kathleen and Lindsey Kennedy,
Kevin and Nancy Louden
grade 1:
grade 2:
grade 3:
grade 4:
grade 5:
Madeline Grace Banta
Miles Bishop
Moriah Alatis
Caris Knapp
Megan Funk
grade 6:
grade 7:
grade 8:
high school:
adult:
Alex Riegel
Shelby Morris
Abigail Wagner
Sydney Hoskins
Jennifer Gertler
Saturday
first place:
second place:
third place:


Steph Ross
Fred Wade
Pauline Snow
Sunday
first place:
second place:
third place:

Kathryn Wade
Homer S
Teresa Krammer


winner:
Hannah Primozic
amateur class:
master class:
kids:


girls 5-under:
boys 5-under:
girls 6-8:
boys 6-8:
girls 9-11:
boys 9-11:
Remy Bishop
Auden Miller
Elizabeth Musgrave
Matthias Knapp
Carris Knapp
Peter Russo




girls 12-14:
boys 12-14:
girls 15-17:
boys 15-17:
women 18-up:
men 18-up:
Hope Brady
Andrew Banta
Anna Brittenham
Reuben McLaughlin
Heather Knapp
Zach Winnings

17-under:
adult:
Ellen Banta
Darius Hardwick
Sharon Shuff
ages 5-under:
ages 6-8:
ages 9-11:
ages 12-14:
ages 15-adult:
Brennan Feicht
Nathan Bossard
Bethany Breaker and Rosalie Bradley
Melanie McLaughlin
Ellen Banta
ages 5-under:
ages 6-12:
ages 13-adult:
Amber Rudy
Miles McLaughlin
Brad Brittenham
ages 5&under:
ages 6-8:

ages 9-11:
ages 12-14:
ages 15-adult:
adult & child 10 or under:

Pricilla Smith & Samuel McLaughlin
Kenon & Julian McLaughlin,
Matthias & Maddie Grace Knapp
Cooper Zembo & Julian McLaughlin
Melanie & Wyatt McLaughlin
Olivia Banta & Levi Knapp
Ellie & Sandra Brittenham
Gauge Stepp
Andrew Alatis & Lauren Banta
See the Festival Schedule page for dates and times.
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Cornhole Tournament
winner:
Longest Ponytail
winner:
Hope Brady
winner:
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Kent & Levi Knapp
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Donut Eating Contest    New in 2017!
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6&under:
7-10:
11-15:
women:
men:
Griffin Zembo
Cooper Zembo
Ben Riegel
Regan DeVictoria
Andy Wingert
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winner:
Michael Funk
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