Farm Bureau Offers Interactive Agriculture Experiences at the Ohio State Fair

For Immediate Release

July 11, 2014

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 23 to Aug. 3. Presented by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and Nationwide, 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 interactive activities such as playing with local rescue dogs, watching chicks hatch and getting an up close look at young turkeys from the same flock that will be part of the 2014 Presidential Thanksgiving pardoning ceremony. Children can take a ride through the OFBF Country Cruise on pedal tractors, while parents enjoy learning about Ohio’s crops, animals and other important areas of Ohio agriculture. Families can also have a commemorative picture taken, compliments of OFBF and Nationwide.

The Land and Living Exhibit will feature many exhibits including the Country Connection stage that will feature demonstrations including agriscience experiments, sheep shearing, visits from Columbus Zoo animals and more. Squash carver Gus Smithhisler will be back again this year to carve two giant squash weighing more than 600 pounds each July 27 and July 30. A joint House and Senate Ag Committee Hearing will be held July 29.

Making its debut at the Land and Living exhibit this year is the OFBF combine simulator. The combine cab was removed from a fire damaged combine and retrofitted to create an interactive experience for children. This exhibit for youth provides the opportunity to plant and harvest crops just like Ohio’s farmers.

The Land and Living exhibit and Ohio State Fair showcase the beauty of agriculture in our great state,” said OFBF lead intern Kelsey Rumburg. “With so many fun activities, the Land and Living exhibit is exciting and educational for all ages.”

The Land and Living exhibit is supported by the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn Marketing Program and the Ohio Expositions Commision. Last year the exhibit attracted an estimated 300,000 state fair visitors. The Land and Living exhibit 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.


CONTACT: Maggie Dean

PHONE: (614) 246-8276

During Fair: (740) 262-5016

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