Entertainment and relationships have been found and made
stronger from attending lively musical performances and
riding on fair or amusement park rides. This year has
already been forecasted to be a hot summer, by the 2014
Farmer’s Almanac and meteorologists.
Where do you go that is not exorbitant in cost and get
the ‘most bang for your buck?’ The Ohio State Fair!
From July 23 – August 3rd…
I am sure that your area of the world may have wonderful
cultural events, festivals, zoos and botanical gardens
The CBS news broadcasters (Channel 10 in Central Ohio)
recently gave us the upcoming partial list of singers
and entertainers who will perform at the Ohio State Fair.
Here are a few of them:
Lady Antebellum will deliver a great country and popular
musical performance. They are easy on the ‘eyes’ and
‘ears.’ Their concert will be held on July 25, 2014.
Joan Jett will be bringing her excitement and enthusiasm,
along with some ‘retro style’ (of the 80’s) ‘rock and
Going even farther back in time, Aretha Franklin, The
Beach Boys, Nancy Wilson and Heart will be performing
for those who have nostalgia and deep pockets.
The American Idol night will include Scotty McCreary’s
deep vocalizations and country combined with pop style
music, (July 27, 2014) All the concerts will be held
in the air-conditioned Celeste Center.
I used to love to go to the Ohio State Fair, where
the coliseum and the bleachers were all one price.
Past personal experiences of fair entertainment was
so incredibly diverse. I have seen The Beach Boys,
Huey Lewis and the News, Kenny Rogers, Three Dog
Night, Alabama, Kenny Loggins, and many more singers:
All For Free, with the cost of Fair admission.
That time has been ‘long gone,’ sad to say!
There are many other directions other than music, to
go and see at the Ohio State Fair. There are all the
wonderful 4-H exhibits of crafts, cooking, domestic
animals, and even Rodeos! I enjoy the Amish hand-
crafted wagons, which are proudly displayed, along
with demonstrations of their skills in maneuvering.
I was lucky enough, to stumble across this with
an ex-boyfriend who loved horses. We sat and watched
several of these ‘programs’ in the Coliseum. It was
amazing to watch the beautiful horses showing both
obedience and majesty, with their heads held high
and their clopping hooves kicking up the sawdust.
I like to head towards the Natural Resources area as
the day gets warmer. There is a large prairie, filled
with original Ohio plant life. The Ohio animals display
includes wolves, coyotes, owls, songbirds, and other
interesting living native species to Ohio. There are
many trees, where you can feel refreshed, sitting and
listening to country style music, once you have toured
the area to see the ‘sights.’
Every year my children were young, they liked to go
see a huge Smokey the Bear, where there was a person
out front, who would ask questions about the children,
or they could ask Smokey ones, and the ‘helper’ would
help fill in the blanks to allow Smokey to talk to
the child. My children ‘fell’ for this for a few years,
then politely did not let my youngest daughter in on
the secret. It was like an Ohio trip to Disneyland,
where children are so in awe of the costumed actors
from their favorite fairy tales.
You may wish, in this Natural Resources area to view
loggers trying to stay on their logs, while there are
fishermen, (children can fish for free) on a man-made
lake in the center of this cooler, shady area.
There is even a place to ‘clean’ the fish and fry
them, if you should wish to!
One special area of the fair, that my brother Randy
used to enter his artwork,is the Fine Arts Building.
I always go to see our native Ohioans who are both
creative and artistic. It is air-conditioned and they
have a guided tour with ear phones, along with a kids’
packet that has the kids looking for certain details
and checking them off, very interactive!
Lastly, if you come to Ohio during midsummer, make
sure you come to see the Butter Cow, along with the
very unique and artistic butter sculptures that are
I think it is interesting that the butter sculptures
have included tributes to John Glenn with his space
craft, the Wright Brother’s and their airplane, along
with the Ohio Children’s Choir.
I am sure you can check out some examples of such fine
and varied artistic renderings out of butter on their
website. As an aside, have you ever seen the hilariously
funny, yet poignant movie the Midwest custom of having
butter sculpture competitions? This one is focused on
the Iowa State Fair.
The movie simply named, “Butter,’ has such recognizable
actors as Jennifer Garner.
Now, I cannot write about the upcoming Summer event of
the Ohio State Fair without reminding you that our
cooking demonstrations and fair food cannot be beat!
There are all cultures represented in their trailers
where FDA inspects and the BBB endorses all the foods
prepared there. I would write an ‘ode’ to such delights
as the deep fried Snickers candy bars, Oreos and even
enjoy the deep fried pickles, too. There cannot be a
food that is not included on this fair’s menu! If you
want simple ‘home cooking’ you can go to the Bob Evans’
If you would like to eat some Ohio/Lake Erie fish, you
can catch it yourself, as mentioned, or you can seek out
a Walleye Fish Sandwich. You can go to Schmidt’s that has
been around for over 100 years to get a Cream Puff or a
Brat sandwich combo with sauerkraut and/or German Potato
Salad. You may purchase beers and other alcoholic beverages
inside the gates, where your photo ID will be necessary
and our state law is must be 21 years or older to purchase.
I personally like the homemade ice cream and also, the
funnel cakes. I choose to eat a Greek gyro, which includes
sour cream or a special Greek garlic sauce, chopped lettuce,
tomatoes and onions, too. Mmmm! Good!
I have hopefully enticed you to try out your local fairs,
just for the memories you and your friends or children will
have afterwards! If you go to Kroger’s or another grocery
store, they usually have discount tickets and if you are a
Veteran, there is a free day, as long as you bring some form
Enjoy and looking forward to seeing you in my Home State: Ohio.
Let me know if you are coming!