Gov. Ted Strickland was not able to go this year. But he has plenty of memories of fairs from yesteryear.
“As a kid, I always looked forward to going to the county fair,” the Lucasville native said. “We got $3, me and by brothers and sisters, to go to the county fair. I remember being on the Tilt-a-Whirl and getting really sick.”
Once he got into public service, he would campaign and talk to fairgoers each year.
“The Scioto County Fair is certainly one of the grandest county fairs in the entire state of Ohio,” Strickland said. “It's something I think we all should be very proud of.”
He said the fair provides a place for people to gather.
“I always looked forward to gathering outside of the McDermott United Methodist food both, where I worked as a kid washing dishes,” Strickland said. “But even when I was older, I knew that was the one place I could go to and meet my high school friends.
“I may not have seen them for a year or three or four years at a time. But I always knew that when I went to the McDermott food booth, there would be some Northwest Mohawks there that were in my graduating class. These are wonderful memories.”
While Strickland has good memories of the county fair, he can't say the same for the state fair, where he had to spend one night last week.
“It was like 97 degrees,” he said. “I didn't realize they were going to leave those spotlights on in the barn all night long. So I felt like I was in an interrogation chamber. I would have admitted to anything to have gotten into an air-conditioned room.”
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