July 23, 2014

Ohio State Fair 1900
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) invites visitors to the 161st Ohio State Fair to extend their visit to the capital city and explore Capitol Square and the Ohio Statehouse.

The Ohio Statehouse kicked off fair festivities Tuesday (July 22) with a performance by the All-Ohio State Fair Band on the West Plaza of Capitol Square. Additionally, all 88 Ohio county flags will fly on Ohio Veterans Plaza throughout the Ohio State Fair that runs from July 23 to August 3, 2014.

Statehouse visitors will also see three models of State Fairs past on display in the Museum Gallery located on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse. The historical models depict the first fair held in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1850, the 50th fair held in Columbus, Ohio and the 100th fair, again, held in Columbus, Ohio. An interesting historical note, from 1850 to 1885 the fair was held in a number of Ohio cities—location of note are Cleveland, Cincinnati, Mansfield, Newark, Sandusky, Springfield, Toledo and Zanesville. In 1886 the Ohio State Fair was moved to its current home, the 360 acre Ohio Expo Center.

“The Ohio Statehouse and the Ohio State Fair are two beloved institutions in the ‘Buckeye State.’ There is no better way to connect with your inner Buckeye than to visit the Ohio State Fair, where the accomplishments of Ohio’s citizens are on display, and the Ohio Statehouse, where those citizens send their political proxies to work on their behalf,” said William Carleton, CSRAB executive director.

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