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Local Students Included Among Ohio State Fair Band & Choir

Article Presented By Rathkamp Financial

(Columbus)—The All-Ohio State Fair Band and the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir have announced their membership for the 2022 Ohio State Fair.  

On Friday, July 22, 197 talented young musicians from across the state moved into the Rhodes Center and began preparations for nearly 200 performances throughout the 12 days of the Fair. 

The All-Ohio State Fair Band is directed by Brian W. Dodd and made up of students grades 9-12. Members of the band learn and rehearse more than 50 pieces of concert music to prepare for the Fair, making sure to perfect John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever!” that closes each of their performances. 

The All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, directed by Dr. Jon C. Peterson, sings between six and eight concerts each day of the Fair. The singers march up to 10 miles a day to various performance sites around the 360-acre Ohio Expo Center. 

This year, Band and Choir members have the opportunity to reach an audience beyond the gates of the Fair. Led by Director of Operations Ed Gallagher, the young musicians will livestream concerts for Friendship Circle, an online summer camp for young adults with disabilities. 

On July 31 at 1 p.m., the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir will perform a free joint concert in the WCOL Celeste Center in addition to their daily performances. 

Below are the 2022 All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir members, listed by county: 


Choir: Lucas Ballinger, Daya Morgan 


Band: Jayden Holzaepfel, Kayleigh Ferraro 


Band: Jacob Cline 


Choir: Kyleigh Ritzman  


Choir: Ava Facemyer  


Choir: Haylee Leach 


Choir: Maggie McMahon 


Choir: Lacey Coleman 

The 2022 Ohio State Fair will run July 27 – Aug. 7. For more information, visitohiostatefair.com, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR.  

Natural Resources Park To Reopen at Ohio State Fair

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(Columbus) – The excitement of the great outdoors is back at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, thanks to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Families can find fun and free activities at the Natural Resources Park open to all in the southeast corner of the fairgrounds, every day from 10am until 7pm.

“People at the state fair may not realize how much outdoor adventure we have here in Ohio,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “That’s why we put it all in one place at the fair, letting people test their skills with a fishing rod or on the pond – and I hope this experience will inspire families to go out and discover all the amazing places we have all over the state!”

Children can stop by to receive a personal greeting from Smokey Bear before they go exploring.  The current Smokey animatronic character was installed in 2015 and continues his mission to teach fairgoers how they can prevent wildfires. Directly behind Smokey is the 71-foot-tall fire tower, emphasizing the importance of fire safety.

A new attraction at the park will highlight Smokey Bear’s legacy at the Ohio State Fair, among other Ohio facts.  The History Room, found at the pavilion, will take visitors on a journey through time – telling the stories of the Civilian Conservation Corps, notable women in ODNR’s history, and Ohio’s newest state park, Great Council State Park.

The Division of Parks and Watercraft is introducing a new Virtual Reality exhibit allowing visitors to paddleboard or kayak through some of Ohio’s most breathtaking water features. Participants will begin by choosing their watercraft and between the locations of Alum Creek, Lake Erie, Miami River, and the Ohio River. Guests will be fitted with life jackets, an Oculus headset and two controllers which simulate paddles. Video monitors will allow viewers to see what the participants are experiencing. 

The Division of Parks and Watercraft has also added a brand-new nature center. Like what you’d see when visiting one of Ohio’s 75 state parks, the nature center will be home to live animals, interactive games, and educational information about Ohio’s wildlife.  Located near the Division’s camper, yurt, and display about state park lodges, the nature center will be open to visitors throughout the day.

This year also marks the Ohio State Fair debut of the ODNR Division of Oil and Gas fully accessible playground.  Children can navigate through a maze of towering barrels or search for fossils at this easy-access area that will provide amazing, and low impact entertainment.

Other new sights and sounds inside the Natural Resources Park this year include upgraded structures along the Division of Wildlife boardwalk and a restored wetland area where families can learn about Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative.

Visitors to the Natural Resources Park will get an up-close look at the park’s newest resident, a life-size sculpture of Dunkleosteus terrelli, Ohio’s State Fossil Fish. This sculpture, affectionately known as “Daphne,” is a recent addition to the Geological Walk-Through Time exhibit.

Popular attractions, including the kayak pond and youth fishing, will be brought back this summer.  The amphitheater will come alive with free shows every day of the Ohio State Fair.  Guests can anticipate the must see, Great Lakes Lumberjack Show, featuring chainsaw carving, log rolling, and a whole lot of laughs.

Educational opportunities are located throughout the Natural Resources Park. At the Scenic Rivers Touch Pond, visitors can learn about crayfish and small stream fish found throughout Ohio’s streams and rivers. Head over to the Butterfly House and witness the life cycle of around 400 butterflies. Or just walk along the pathways to learn about varieties of native trees found across the Buckeye State.

The ODNR information booth will offer natural resources literature, and the gift shop will showcase a wide array of souvenirs, clothing, and toys available for purchase including our State Parks Passport.

On the fair’s opening day will honor 11 people for their commitment to conservation of Ohio’s natural resources.  The Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame program honors people – past and present – who have made significant contributions to preserving and protecting the state’s water, soil, woodlands, wildlife, and mineral resources. ODNR will also be handing out cardinal awards during a ceremony at the Natural Resources Park amphitheater. The public is invited to attend this event on July 27, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Ohio State Fair Selects Junior Fair Board

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COLUMBUS – The 2022 Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board has been announced. The Junior Fair Board (JFB) is comprised of brilliant young leaders from across the state who contribute to the success of the Ohio State Fair. Each member is selected to represent their respective organizations, including 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts of America, Farm Bureau, and Tech Ed. The individuals from these organizations represent thousands of involved youth throughout Ohio.

An addition made in 2019 that will continue for years to come is the integration of members at large. Members at large are selected regardless of organization. This position affords all youth involved in the previously mentioned organizations an equal opportunity to be represented on the Ohio State Fair JFB.

The JFB’s contribution to the success of each Ohio State Fair is irreplaceable.

Virgil Strickler, general manager of the Ohio State Fair, recognizes the impact of these ambitious youth, saying, “The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is comprised of eager young leaders who have demonstrated their dedication to the state of Ohio through their respective organizations. This opportunity will help these youth expand upon their leadership skills and contribute to the success of this year’s Ohio State Fair.”

Throughout the 12 days of the Fair, July 27 – Aug. 7, 2022, the 19 JFB members can be spotted throughout the grounds in their blue polo shirts welcoming officials to livestock shows, performances, the daily parade presented by AAA Ohio Auto Club, and other exhibits. JFB members can also be found throughout the Fair helping with the Monster Mural, assisting with the Little Farmers exhibit, and selling Fair memorabilia. In addition to these tasks, the JFB adds an instrumental level of helpful customer service, friendly faces, enthusiastic personalities, and a fresh perspective to each day of the Fair.

This year’s Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is comprised of 19 highly accomplished individuals ages 16 – 20 from across the state, including a handful of second-year members (listed alphabetically):

Whitney Bauman, Vice Pres. (FFA); 2nd Year; Otway (Scioto County)

Sia Bavish, Public Relations Officer (At-Large); 2nd Year; Westlake (Cuyahoga County)

Riley Bronnert, (Tech Ed); 2nd Year; Hamilton (Butler County)

Josie Burke, (FFA); Waterford (Washington County)

Grant Dunn, (Tech Ed); 2nd Year; Hamilton (Butler County)

Elizabeth Fannin, (4-H); Jackson; (Jackson County)

Carter Freeman, (Boy Scouts); Grove City (Franklin County)

Haven Hileman, President, (4-H); 2nd Year; Stout (Scioto County)

Marissa Johnston, (Girl Scouts); Lewis Center (Delaware County)

Julia Joos, (Tech Ed); Dublin (Franklin County)

Melina Matics, (4-H); Marietta (Washington County)

Adrianna Meyer, (Farm Bureau); Swanton (Fulton/Lucas County)

Sara Newsome, (4-H); Hillsboro (Highland County)

Erica Patterson (At-Large); Findlay (Hancock County)

Zach Romero, (4-H); McComb (Hancock County)

Emily Scaff, (At-Large); McDermott (Scioto County)

Landon Shelpman, (FFA); Springfield (Clark County)

Matthew Swearingen, Secretary, (At-Large); 2nd Year; West Union (Adams County)

Zachary Zweibel, (Farm Bureau), 2nd Year; Lima (Allen County)

Toby Keith, Battling Stomach Cancer: Cancels Ohio State Fair Appearance

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On his Twitter page, Country Music’s Toby Keith stated he was diagnosed with stomach cancer last fall.
“I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery” Keith said in the tweet. “So far, so good. I need time to breath, recover and relax.”

Sunday afternoon’s announcement was coupled with an announcement on the Ohio State Fair’s twitter page: “Our hearts go out to Toby Keith as he courageously battles cancer. Tickets purchased from Ticketmaster for his #ohiostatefair show on July 28, which has been cancelled, will be automatically refunded. Any information about an alternate concert on July 28 is forthcoming.”

The Ohio State Fair opens July 27th and runs through August 7, 2022. Get complete details on this year’s fair by visiting https://www.ohiostatefair.com/