COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The annual Ohio State Fair has kicked off in Columbus.
The new attractions this year include a bear show, a gymnastics and dance performance on horseback, and foods such as the sloppy donut, banana dog, chicken dog and funnel cake sundae.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined general manager Virgil Strickler in opening ceremonies Wednesday. Kasich then toured parts of the fairgrounds with his wife, Karen, and their twin 14-year-old daughters, Emma and Reese. Ohio's governor routinely opens the event, but it is unusual to make it a family affair.
Kasich is seeking re-election this year. He faces Democrat Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive in Cleveland.
This is the 161st year for the fair.