Ohio boasts 94 county fairs, along with the Ohio State Fair

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More than 6 million people attended a county fair last summer in Ohio.

Fair officials expect that number to increase this year, with high fuel costs limiting travel options for individuals and families. 

“If you go back in history, whenever we’ve had difficult period of time with high gas prices, people have stayed home. They have not traveled as far,” said Howard Call, executive director of Ohio Fair Managers Association.

There are 94 county fairs in the state — plus, the Ohio State Fair — that take place over a five-month season. The season opens June 11 in Paulding County. The last fair takes place in Fairfield County in early October.

The state fair starts July 27.

“I grew up in 4-H and came through the Summit County Fair,” Call said. “To me, (the fair) is a chance to allow our youth to exhibit their projects. And it gives people a chance to see agriculture.”