: Two photographs show Smokey Bear, who made his debut at the 1944 Ohio State Fair in Columbus. Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the bear "talks" to kids about fire prevention. Smokey Bear stands 14.5 feet tall. The slides measure 2" x 2" (5.08 x 5.08 cm). The Ohio State Fair provides an important opportunity for farmers to promote their crops and livestock and to learn about advances in agricultural machinery. The first state fair was held in Cincinnati in 1850. In the ten years that followed, Newark, Sandusky, Zanesville and Cleveland hosted the fair, before it settled permanently in Columbus. View on Ohio Memory.
: Om3062_3670073_001 Subjects
: Agriculture; Arts and Entertainment; Fire prevention; Safety; Expositions and fairs; Bears Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)