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What's your favorite Ohio State Fair memory? How many years have you been visiting the Ohio State Fair? We all have fond memories of riding the giant slide, eating caramel apples and watching all the great performances. What is your favorite memory of the Ohio State Fair? Was it from your childhood or just last year? Take a minute to share with us by adding your comment below.

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  • Comment Link Sunday, 28 July 2013 12:53 posted by Connie.

    We loved, loved, loved Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War re-enactment! It was history come to life. We met General Sherman who talked about the hardships of war and listened to Mr. Lincoln recite his Gettysburg Address...how stirring it was to hear those words that we have read for years. My 12-year-old grandson is fascinated with American history and this was his favorite part of the Ohio State Fair. We would love to be able to "meet" more historical figures!

  • Comment Link Sunday, 28 July 2013 12:53 posted by Christie

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  • Comment Link Friday, 26 July 2013 02:04 posted by the McAdow Family

    I've been going to the Ohio State Fair for over 40 years now and have so many fond memories. Our entire family would attend every year, we'd bring along neighbors and friends who had never been to "the fair". They were always so surprised at how much fun they had. We'd tour through the buildings and get all the "free" stuff, maps, pencils, yardsticks, band aids, anything that was free. Then we'd head to the animal barns to watch the 4H children showing the pigs and lambs, always such fun to see. Usually at least one pig would wiggle free and the chase was on. An ice cream cone from the dairy barns/butter sculpture area was just the thing to cool down. We would take the ice cream cones into the horse arena to enjoy whatever horse show was taking placing, ponies or barrel racing all so very impressive. The Natural Resource Show was an absolute must see, we loved the chain sawing competition and log rolling. And the day was not complete without a Bahama mama and a cream puff from Schmidt. Over the years my children and my nieces and nephews were so excited when Smokey the Bear knew their name and would wave hello there so and so. And now for the first year I am taking my grand son! Along with and my Mom who is approaching 90 and my daughter, we are so excited for our little guy to see the fair. And of course as a teenager the fair was such a great adventure, free concerts, The Fifth Dimension, Al Green, Bob Hope, Grand Funk Railroad, to many to name. And of course we discovered the rides as teenagers. But I kept my kids off the rides too until they were older. My daughter also interned there her junior year of college. The fair is such fun, everyone should go and if you go once you'll be back ! It is sad how short it is now and how there is barely any advertising anymore, too bad people are just missing out.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 25 July 2013 18:45 posted by Robyn Cordle

    My Sister adn Her Husbad took mea nd one of my other sisters back in the early 80's. it was the first time I had ever went. I had only been to our local fair in Hocking county and this was HUGE to me. Me had so much fun. I was afraid to ride the rides as I still am today but my sister talked me into and we had a blast. The best thing form the whole day to me was getting our picture taken at the place that made us look like we were back in the old west days, then we got one done where we were centered on a 100 dollar bill. I am planning to go this year and it will only be my 3rd time in my life of going and I can not wait to go. hope everyone that goes has a wonderful and safe time. god bless to all.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 25 July 2013 02:08 posted by the McAdow Family

    I've been going to the Ohio State Fair for over 40 years now and have so many fond memories. Our entire family would attend every year, we'd bring along neighbors and friends who had never been to "the fair". They were always so surprised at how much fun they had. We'd tour through the buildings and get all the "free" stuff, maps, pencils, yardsticks, band aids, anything that was free. Then we'd head to the animal barns to watch the 4H children showing the pigs and lambs, always such fun to see. Usually at least one pig would wiggle free and the chase was on. An ice cream cone from the dairy barns/butter sculpture area was just the thing to cool down. We would take the ice cream cones into the horse arena to enjoy whatever horse show was taking placing, ponies or barrel racing all so very impressive. The Natural Resource Show was an absolute must see, we loved the chain sawing competition and log rolling. And the day was not complete without a Bahama mama and a cream puff from Schmidt. Over the years my children and my nieces and nephews were so excited when Smokey the Bear knew their name and would wave hello there so and so. And now for the first year I am taking my grand son! Along with and my Mom who is approaching 90 and my daughter, we are so excited for our little guy to see the fair. And of course as a teenager the fair was such a great adventure, free concerts, The Fifth Dimension, Al Green, Bob Hope, Grand Funk Railroad, to many to name. And of course we discovered the rides as teenagers. But I kept my kids off the rides too until they were older. My daughter also interned there her junior year of college. The fair is such fun, everyone should go and if you go once you'll be back ! It is sad how short it is now and how there is barely any advertising anymore, too bad people are just missing out.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 18 July 2013 20:00 posted by Warren Appleman

    Growing up in the '60's we never had much but Mom would save year round so we could go to OSF! It is by all means my favorite memory from childhood! I wish I could remember the guys name that used to do stunts hanging from the bottom of a helicopter, he was awesome! Also saw so many great celebrities in the old Grand stand. Saw Bob Hope 3 times but many others as well. Sonny and Cher, Mac Davis, Telly Savalis, Art Linkletter, Lou Rawls, to name a few. Also remember getting Bob Evans pork sandwiches (Smokey Boys and Farm Boys) for 25 cents each! Wow they were good. Had my 1st Wendy's Old Fashion Hamburger there too. God I miss the old days. Have been going for 50 years and going again this year with my son to relive the days he and I used to go! God Bless the Ohio State Fair!!

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 03 July 2013 14:12 posted by Ronda Bivens

    Thank you. I remember the cardinal singing Happy Birthday to me, but I've never seen the talking cardinal mentioned any place so I thought maybe I was crazy.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 02 July 2013 02:05 posted by Lauren Miller

    Have only missed one or two fairs in my lifetime. I was in the AOSFB (All Ohio State Fair Band) for four years. I look forward to revisiting the fair each year, and now I take my daughter.

  • Comment Link Monday, 24 June 2013 20:05 posted by LindaSDF

    I started coming to the Ohio state Fair in high school, when our Band played. One year we stayed to see the Osmonds. But the year that stands out is 1975, the first year girls were invited to join the All-Ohio band, and I played bass clarinet. I got sunburned bad, got blisters on my blisters, and I had the time of my life.

  • Comment Link Friday, 03 August 2012 05:27 posted by Mary

    This was our first year attending but will now make sure we go every year. Wonderful family time.

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