The Ohio State Fair has been a long tradition in Ohio. Like most events the fair has changed with the times. However, the one constant is that the fair is, at its heart, an agricultural show-place for Ohio's leading agricultural products and livestock.
For those not interested in Ohio's fine agricultural offerings, the Ohio State Fair offers a crowded midway of rides that includes all of the major travelling carnival rides, exhibits, and games of "skill". There is also a second area specifically devoted for the smaller folks.
Each year a must see exhibit is the Butter Cow in the Dairy Products exhibit. Everyone wants to get their picture taken in front of the creamy cows. This traditional exhibit was first started in 1963 by Dan Ross of Columbus who sculted the first butter cow. He continued this tradition for 36 years. Each year a different theme is presented, but the cow and calf are the regular stars, weighing in at around 1500 pounds, the cow and calf are real stars.
There's no shortage of places to dine, no matter what your taste. Whether it's chocolate covered bacon, or deep fried anything for that matter, to the more refined taste of anything on a stick, you'll be able to find it at the Ohio State Fair. There is one center, the Taste of Ohio Cafe, that offers all the major food groups of Ohio's agricultural associations.
Another part of the fair is the display of amateur and professional art works in a duried exhibit at the Cox Fine Arts Center located at the southern side of the fairgrounds. This exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to see a variety of expressions in various media.