Governor Kasich, state officials to help open Ohio State Fair

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Governor John Kasich plans to join state officials to help kick off the Ohio State Fair.

The Republican governor and presidential hopeful will tour the grounds after opening the fair Wednesday morning in Columbus.

Kasich and other fairgoers will see several changes at the fair this year.

The state has canceled all poultry shows as part of an effort to protect Ohio’s $2.3 billion poultry industry from a deadly bird flu virus.

State fair officials also announced earlier this month that vendors won’t be permitted to sell Confederate flag merchandise at the event.

Fairgoers will be welcomed by a new animatronic Smokey Bear with arms and a head and mouth that moves. The fire prevention icon has greeted visitors by name since 1959.

The fair runs through Aug 9. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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