According to Wikipedia the Ohio State Fair is one of the largest in the country. From the 5 hours we spent there today we would have to agree that it is quite large. The first Ohio State Fair was held in 1850 and 1886 it moved to the its current location – the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds.
We arrived at the fairgrounds and were surprised to see Ohio State Highway Patrol Officers directing the parking of cars. We got parked and took the tractor pulled shuttle to the gate and started our exploration of fair. We headed to the Main Street Stage to watch part of the Sugardale Bac-on. The Bac-on is a cooking competition hosted by the Sugardale in which a main ingredient is bacon. Unfortunately the competition completed a bit early so we missed it all fun. We did however happen to pick up the recipes for the entries and some of them sound delicious. We can’t wait to try them.
After missing Bacon, we went to the Budweiser Clydesdales exhibit. One of the five traveling hitches is visiting the fair and puts on a display every day except Tuesdays. We watched them get the horse ready and hitched up to the wagon and then start their route through the fair. As we watched the trainers pull the wagon out from the tent to get it ready to hook up we wondered if the mighty Clydesdales laugh watching the humans pull the wagon. Clydesdales are striking animals and it was interesting to note that each one does have a unique personality.
After the Clydesdales we wondered thru part of the commercial area which was pretty much the standard fair products. After a break for some sausage from Schmidt’s we continued our walking thru the commercial areas. We then walked thru the main area of the fair and went through the horticulture building and looked at some beautiful gladiolas.
After walking about the fair a bit more we were ready to call it day and head back. We took the sky ride back to the other end of the fair and stopped by to say goodnight to the Clydesdales.
This is the time of year for state fairs – perhaps we find another to visit.