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Ohio Farm Bureau exhibit offers family attractions at Ohio State Fair

Published Jul. 15, 2009 | Discuss this on Facebook

For Immediate Release July 15, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) - Family fun and a connection to rural Ohio are just two of the many reasons for visitors to stop by the “Land and Living” exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, July 29 to Aug. 9, 2009. Presented by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), the exhibit demonstrates agriculture’s link to everyday life.

Visitors to the exhibit, located in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort building, can participate in a variety of activities such as climbing a giant corn wall, watching chicks, ducks and turkeys hatch, and planting a flower to take home. Children can take a ride in the OFBF Country Cruise, a pedal tractor course that highlights green energy, conservation practices, Ohio crops and animals and other areas of Ohio agriculture. Families may also have their picture taken, compliments of OFBF.

Making its debut this year in the building will be the Our Ohio Expert Stage where agricultural experts will enlighten guests in areas such as plant and animal science. The Expert Stage will also serve as the platform for Gus Swisshisler, as he carves a giant squash weighing more than 600 pounds from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 8. COSI on Wheels will also present its show “Lunchroom Live” at 3 p.m. daily.

Bob Evans Farms will also be taking part in the “Land & Living” activities this year. Highlights will include the distribution of free recipe and coupon booklets and the live announcement of the winners from the Ohio Farm Bureau and Bob Evans Recipe contest Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Our Ohio Expert Stage.

“The 'Land & Living' exhibit definitely has something for everyone in the family,” said OFBF Promotion Specialist Cara Lawson. “The building is full of fun activities that will leave visitors with a better understanding of Ohio agriculture and a greater appreciation for Ohio farmers.”

Returning this year is the Our Ohio Growing a Masterpiece collection. This exhibit will feature 88 uniquely decorated giant post cards, representing each of Ohio's counties. Fairgoers will have the chance to vote for their favorite piece and several awards will be given at the fair.

“Land and Living” is supported by the Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Corn Marketing Program. Last year, the exhibit attracted an estimated 350,000 state fair visitors. “Land and Living” is located east of the giant slide and across from the south entrance to the midway. There is no additional charge for visiting the building or any of its displays.

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CONTACT: Cara Lawson PHONE: (614) 246-8238 DURING FAIR: (614) 940-6206 E-MAIL: clawson@ofbf.org

Photo Captions: Photo 1 - Corn Wall: Visitors to the 'Land and Living' exhibit, located in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort building, can participate in a variety of activities such as climbing a giant corn wall.

Photo 2 - Flower Planting: Children can plant their very own flower to take home from the 'Land and Living' exhibit.

Photo 3 - Country Cruise: Children can take a ride in the OFBF Country Cruise, a pedal tractor course that highlights green energy, conservation practices, Ohio crops and animals and other areas of Ohio agriculture. Families may also have their picture taken, compliments of OFBF.

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