OFBF exhibit at state fair

Staff report

Family fun and a connection to rural Ohio will be part of the “Land and Living” exhibit at the Ohio State Fair presented by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nationwide Insurance.

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 re-imagined grocery store display, and watching chicks and turkeys come out of their shells.

A popular exhibit feature, Country Cruise pedal tractors, are back for children to enjoy, as is the augmented reality sandbox, a water quality learning tool that made its successful debut last year. Visitors can also enjoy learning about Ohio’s crops, animals, and other important areas of Ohio agriculture. Families can have a complimentary commemorative photo taken.

“Land and Living” activities include the Country Connection stage that will feature demonstrations such as agriscience experiments, local entertainment, and visits from Columbus Zoo animals. Squash carver Gus Smithhisler will carve giant squash weighing more than 600 pounds each on July 26, 29, and 31, and Aug. 2. A joint Ohio House and Senate Ag Committee Hearing will be held Aug. 1.

At the child-sized OFBF grocery store inside the exhibit, children can pick out their own groceries. The exhibit provides youth the opportunity to learn more about putting together complete, quality meals. Each child visiting the grocery leaves with a goodie bag.

“With so many exciting activities, the ‘Land and Living’ exhibit is informational and interactive for all ages,” said OFBF intern Abby Pozderac. “We hope visitors leave with a better understanding of the many facets of agriculture in Ohio.”

The Land and Living Exhibit, located across from the south entrance to the midway, is free and supported by the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, and the Ohio Expositions Commission. Last year, the exhibit attracted an estimated 300,000 state fair visitors.

Staff report