2022 Ohio State Fair Quickly Approaching

Article presented by Chillicothe VAMC

COLUMBUS – The 2022 Ohio State Fair is just two weeks away. Beginning Wednesday, July 27, those attending the Ohio State Fair can enjoy many free activities included with admission. At no additional charge, fairgoers can enjoy all of the following free activities and exhibits at the Fair:

  • The butter cow display
  • Natural Resources Park, featuring kayaking, fishing, archery, an accessible playground, the talking Smokey Bear, and more
  • The Dog House featuring daily performances by the Marvelous Mutts, rescue dogs who perform agility, dock diving, and more
  • Performances by Lady Houdini, a daredevil escape artist
  • Free entertainment stages featuring live music, amazing hypnotists, impressive magicians, and wholesome family-friendly shows
  • Pig races
  • Livestock shows
  • A fine arts gallery
  • Free petting zoo
  • Hands-on educational exhibits and activities in the Youth Exploration Space, including exhibits by COSI and youth organizations, a library reading nook, a tiny town, giant board games, and more
  • Pop-up entertainment performances like stilt walkers, costumed characters, break dancers, a strolling piano, barbershop quartets, and more
  • A daily parade presented by AAA Ohio Auto Club, beginning at 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting, except for Aug. 7
  • Agricultural education in both the Land & Living Building at the new Little Farmers exhibit

Additionally, there are four free shows in the WCOL Celeste Center, included with Fair admission:

  • Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. see Generation Radio with special guest Alex Miller
  • Sunday, July 31 at 1 p.m. see the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir
  • Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. see The Drafters presented by AARP Ohio
  • Sunday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. see the Sale of Champions

A full list of events and attractions with times and locations can be found at https://www.ohiostatefair.com/events. Advance-sale discount admission tickets are available for $8 through July 26 only, as well as Mountain Dew Midway Ride-all-Day wristbands for $25, at ohiostatefair.com.

Butter Sculpture Unveiling, Dairy Products Building, Cow, Calf. Courtesy Ohio State Fair

OHSAA Football Updates and Season Calendar

Article presented by Classic Brands

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fall sports practices officially begin on Monday, August 1 for member schools of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, including 712 schools that will compete in 11-man football. Football scrimmage dates are August 5-13 and the regular season begins the week of August 15. The first Friday night is August 19.

MaxPreps Statewide Football Schedules: https://www.maxpreps.com/news/EDSsG5Qyv0Kr-i98Hx5WUQ/ohsaa-2022-ohio-high-school-football-schedules.htm

TWO SCHOOLS CHANGE DIVISIONS

Following the OHSAA’s June 13 announcement of the 2022 divisional breakdowns and region assignments, two schools have been reassigned to new divisions and regions due to errors in enrollment data submitted. Youngstown Ursuline was initially placed in Division IV, but has been moved to Division III (Region 9). Oregon Cardinal Stritch Catholic was initially placed in Division VII, but has been moved to Division VI (Region 22).

Updated divisional breakdowns and region assignments are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2022

2022 OHSAA Football Calendar

July 18-31: Five-Day Acclimatization Period Can Be Completed (see note below)

August 1: First Day of Practice

August 5-13: Scrimmage Dates

August 15: Regular-Season Begins (First Friday is August 19)

Sept. 6: First Weekly Associated Press State Polls (after week 3)

Sept. 13: First Weekly Computer Points Released (after week 4)

Oct. 22: Regular-Season Ends

Oct. 23: Final Computer Points and Playoff Qualifiers Announced (top 16 schools in each region)

Oct. 28: First Round Playoff Games – Higher Seeded Team Hosts

Nov. 4: Regional Quarterfinals – Higher Seeded Team Hosts

Nov. 11-12: Regional Semifinals – at Neutral Sites (Div. I, II, III, V on Friday; Div. IV, VI and VII on Saturday)

Nov. 18-19: Regional Finals – at Neutral Sites (Div. I, II, III, V on Friday; Div. IV, VI and VII on Saturday)

Nov. 24: Thanksgiving

Nov. 25-26: State Semifinals – at Neutral Sites (Div. I, II, III, V on Friday; Div. IV, VI and VII on Saturday)

Dec. 1-3: State Championships in Canton at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

CHANGE TO PRESEASON ACCLIMATIZATION PERIOD REGULATION

The sport of football includes a five-day acclimatization period for all student-athletes. In the past, that five-day period began on the first day of practice. New this year, the five-day period may be completed beginning July 18, although attendance cannot be mandatory until official practice begins August 1. Football players who complete acclimation in July may then participate in full contact on August 1. All players joining the team for the first time at any point during the season after the first day of mandatory practice must participate in a five-day acclimatization period prior to any contact drills. During practices within the acclimatization period, players may wear helmets only on the first two days. On days three and four, helmets and shoulder pads are allowed. From day five onward, full pads are allowed. Full contact is not permitted until the acclimatization period is completed. During these acclimation days, athletes may engage in conditioning, speed, strength, agility drills and may use large pads for drills and walk-through practices.

OHSAA INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

A modification to the OHSAA’s inclement weather policy went into effect in 2019, which states, “At night under certain atmospheric conditions, lighting flashes may be seen from distant storms. In these cases, it may be safe to continue an event if no thunder can be heard and the flashes are low on the horizon.” Otherwise, if thunder is heard or lightning is seen, outdoor activities shall be suspended for 30 minutes and all personnel, athletes and spectators shall evacuate to available safe structures or shelters. The full policy is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/inclementweatherpolicy

HEAD, HEAT AND HYDRATION

The OHSAA has many resources and guidelines for schools to take precautions in extreme heat. In addition, the OHSAA reminds student-athletes and coaches to follow the proper medical regulations when there is any chance a concussion may have occurred. Those regulations and other helpful tools are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/sportssafety

Additional Reminders for All Schools, Coaches and Student-Athletes

  1. All student-athletes must have a pre-participation physical: http://www.ohsaa.org/medicine/physicalexamform
  2. All coaches, paid and volunteer, must be certified by the Ohio Department of Education: http://www.ohsaa.org/Coaches-Corner
  3. Mandatory preseason parent meetings information: http://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources
  4. The month of August is a no-contact period for coaches in the sports of basketball, softball, baseball, ice hockey, boys volleyball and lacrosse.