: Signs for an exhibit at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus. The origins of the Ohio State Fair go back to the 1840s. In 1846, the Board of Agriculture was formed. The first state fair was scheduled for 1849, though it was delayed for a year by an outbreak of cholera. After another year of waiting, the fair was held in Cincinnati. Originally the fair was held in a different place every year, due to the difficulty in traveling long distances. When the year 1874 rolled around, it was decided there should be a permanent location for the fair. Columbus was chosen as it was the state capital, and this was made possible by much improved transportation. The fair has very rarely been cancelled, the only examples being a few years during the Second World War. During that time the fairgrounds was being used by the U.S. military. After 1945, things were business as usual. In 2003, the number of state fairs over the years reached 150. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL06670 Subjects
: Ohio State Fair (Columbus, Ohio); Animals; Snakes Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)