Visitors can see chicks hatch as they learn about egg production in Ohio. File Photo

Meet us at the fair

Buckeye Farm News

Be sure to stop by the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building at the 155th Ohio State Fair July 29 through Aug. 9. Features include  a giant corn climbing wall, kiddie tractor course, chicks, ducklings, poults, the Our Ohio art display and a free plant for children under age 12.

Special events include squash carving demonstrations Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 with Gus the Squashcarver, and teachers will tour the building Aug. 7 as part of the “Agriculture, Your Link to Life” summer teacher program sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau. Also, “Farm Bureau Day at the Fair” is Aug. 7; special announcements will be broadcast throughout the fair inviting fairgoers to stop by the building.

This year’s state fair display will include a membership booth. Parents of children who participated in the corn wall and pedal tractor course last year will receive a postcard inviting them back to the building this year, with a request to join. Anyone joining at the fair will get their choice of a pair of work gloves or an oven mitt, plus two ice cream vouchers and entry into a drawing to win a pedal tractor.

This year’s puppy display will provide information to address the difference between local humane societies and the Humane Society of the United States.

Many of Ohio’s commodity groups will also participate in the exhibit. Displays and promotional pieces will represent nearly all of Ohio’s agricultural industries.

Sponsors of the Agriculture, Your Link to Life display at the state fair are the Ohio Soybean Council, the Ohio Corn Growers Association and Nationwide Insurance. Discount tickets are available through Aug. 10 at Kroger, participating AAA locations and participating Ticketmaster outlets.

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