The Ohio State Fair: Quite an Affair

First, let me say, I didn’t really know what to expect because I’d only been to county fairs before. We purchased student tickets $3 a piece instead of the usual $8 and we parked at our usual free spot in the ghetto to avoid the $7 parking fee.

That being said, I still wasn’t sure we’d get our money’s worth when we walked in and were assaulted with this:

Call me crazy, but fried cheese on a stick, short people on display, and tilt-a-whirls just weren’t what we were hoping for.

We pressed on and were pleasantly surprised to encounter Smokey the Bear and a nice little forest to walk around in and learn about habitats and observe butterflies. Oh and we stopped and watched the Senior Ohio Choral Club doing their thang.

We thought it unlikely that we could top that performance, so we were headed to exit when we found a barn full of rabbits. So, we caught the “youth showmanship” competition:

We wore out the camera battery trying to capture all the cool bunnies in action.

This was my favorite:

Next it was on to the birds. You’ll be glad to know, we giggled at this turkey for a good five minutes:

We actually have a bit of a history with feather-footed fowl because we first saw them in the Czech Republic:

Who knew birds could be so expressive?

Sick of pictures yet? Good, because we didn’t get many in the swine barn. Those pigs were trotting around so fast, it was hard to keep up! One pig in particular was determined to be free and kept dashing past us to the exit. It brought up an important topic of conversation between Scott and I… how do you stop a grain-fed prize porker once it gathers momentum? Not easily, we concluded as we watched the hog farmers of Ohio unite in herding this pig back to his pen.

Let’s see, we also saw some big old beef cows:

We got a milkshake and admired the 2 ton butter sculptures in the dairy barn.

Then we saw a really fun horse show where they pranced around the ring to live organ music, pulling shiny rigs and looking all gussied up. I enjoyed it more than Scott. He’s not into gussied horses, I guess.

It was a really fun day, and we ended with admiring the quilts and cakes and canned chicken (no, not kidding). After an afternoon full of adventure, we were stopped in our tracks when we saw this sign:

Not only did someone think up the concept of a “hot beef sundae” but they actually sold them right there at the fair next to the deep fried ravioli and candy bars. Oh, and for future reference, they are available in the freezer section of the local supermarkets here in Ohio.

If nothing else, we learned from this experience that here in Ohio, people are serious about their meat. A whole section of the rabbit barn was dedicated to “meat rabbits” and a young boy told us very matter-of-factly that we were welcome to buy one of his bunnies and um, you know… eat it.

I managed to keep my milkshake down, and we walked home exhausted but happy, munching on a banana and clutching a nice bag of salt water taffy.


About beanland

Scott is a family practice doctor and Anne is a full-time mother and teacher to three beautiful girls and one boy.
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