July 25–August 5, 10am–8pmWhere
Ohio Expo Center (Fairgrounds) 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Land and Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair will again demonstrate agriculture’s link to everyday life through many interactive displays and activities.
Presented by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nationwide, the exhibit offers family fun and a connection to rural Ohio.
Visitors to the exhibit, located in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort building, can participate in a variety of interactive opportunities such as playing with local rescue dogs, learning about nutrition in the reimagined grocery store display and watching chicks come out of their shells. The ever-popular Country Cruise pedal tractors are back for children to enjoy, as is the augmented reality sandbox, a water quality learning tool that has been enjoyed by many in years past. Throughout the building, everyone can 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.
In addition, the Land and Living Exhibit activities include the Country Connection stage that will feature demonstrations such as agriscience experiments, local entertainment, visits from Columbus Zoo animals and more. Squash carver Gus Smithhisler will be back again this year to carve giant squash and 50 pound blocks of cheese each on July 25, 28, 29, Aug. 1, 3, and 5. A joint Ohio House and Senate Ag Committee Hearing will be held Tuesday, July 31.
This year the OFBF grocery store inside the Land and Living Exhibit is more interactive than ever. Building on last year’s display, children can go through this child-sized store and pick out their own groceries. This exhibit for youth provides the opportunity to learn more about putting together complete, quality meals. Each child who visits the grocery leaves with a goodie bag that contains various coupons from Ohio restaurants and grocery stores.
The Land and Living Exhibit is supported by the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn Marketing Program and the Ohio Expositions Commission. The Land and Living Exhibit is located east of the giant slide and across from the south entrance to the midway. All exhibits in the building are free.