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Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Ohio State Fair

 
 
The Ohio State Fair Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 11, 2007
1. The Ohio State Fair Marker
Inscription. First held in Cincinnati in 1850, the Ohio State Fair was organized by the Ohio Board of Agriculture to promote agricultural education and recognize achievements. The second fair was held in Franklinton (now part of Columbus) on the farm of Michael Sullivant. To increase interest and participation in its early years, the Ohio State Fair traveled to various locations around Ohio. In 1874, Columbus won a bid to host the fair for a five-year trial period. The fair remained in Columbus after the trial period and was held at the Franklin County Fairgrounds until the 37th Ohio State Fair began at this location. Conveniently located adjacent to major railroad lines, the Ohio State Fair grounds were dedicated on August 1, 1886.
 
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Ohio Expo Center, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 72-25.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 59.898′ N, 82° 59.479′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from East 17th Street west of Interstate 71. Touch for map. It is in the Ohio State Fairgrounds, on the Midway, across
Two Markers On the Midway image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 11, 2007
2. Two Markers On the Midway
from the Coliseum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus OH 43211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. All American Quarter Horse Congress (here, next to this marker); The Underground Railroad on University Land (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named The Underground Railroad on University Land (approx. 1.1 miles away); Old Ohio Union (approx. 1.1 miles away); Roy J. Plunkett (approx. 1.1 miles away); Browning Amphitheatre / The Outdoor Performance Center (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Ohio State University (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Underground Railroad on University Land (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Regarding The Ohio State Fair. The fair, conveniently located adjacent to the lines of the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad in the 1870s, was served by the trains of 16 railroad companies in the 1890s, ensuring easy access from most anywhere in Ohio. In the early days exhibits were transported without charge and exhibitors travelled for half-fare. In 1896 the Ohio State Fair became the first state fair illuminated by electric lights. The fair runs for
The Ohio State Fair Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 11, 2007
3. The Ohio State Fair Marker
two weeks in August and the 360 acre, 20-building complex is crammed with exhibits, food vendors, and entertainment.
 
Also see . . .  Ohio State Fair. (Submitted on August 11, 2007.)
 
Categories. AgricultureEntertainment
 
<i>Main and Administration Buildings, Ohio State Fair Grounds, Columbus, Ohio</i> image. Click for full size.
By The Valentine Souvenir Company, circa 1910
4. Main and Administration Buildings, Ohio State Fair Grounds, Columbus, Ohio
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,165 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on November 29, 2014.
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