Ohio State Fair Kicks Off In Columbus

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The Ohio State Fair is officially underway in the Buckeye State.

The annual event kicked off Wednesday in Columbus. The new attractions this year include a bear show, a gymnastics and dance performance on horseback, and foods such as the sloppy donut, banana dog, chicken dog and funnel cake sundae.

Opening day is also 10TV Day at the fair. There will be a special admission price of $3 before 3 p.m. 10TV will broadcast live from the fairgrounds during newscasts, and sports anchor Dom Tiberi will be the parade marshal on Wednesday.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined general manager Virgil Strickler in the opening ceremonies on Wednesday. Kasich also toured parts of the fairgrounds with his wife, Karen, and their twin 14-year-old daughters, Emma and Reese. Ohio's governor routinely opens the event, but it is unusual to make it a family affair.

Despite the wet conditions, fair officials were proud to bring together the state’s finest, including the All Ohio State Fair Youth Band. 

For band member Robert Root, he says the fair is a time to make friends and have fun.  “I made so many friends.  (I) never thought I would have, and that’s what it’s all about; it really is,” Root exclaims.

For others it was a chance to experience the unusual, including seeing the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales.

This is the 161st year for the fair.

See videos of the 1952, 1955 and 1963 Ohio State Fairs from the 10TV Video Vault.

Take a live look at the fairgrounds with the Ohio State Fair Cam Ohio State Fair Cam.

Check out more historic pictures from the 10TV Vault at the Ohio State Fair.