Sandcastle contest at the Ohio State Fair, Columbus.

Moderate weather and a grounds beautification program helped the Ohio State Fair, Columbus, not only best last year’s attendance by 7.55 percent but also gave the event its highest gate number since it went from 17 days to 12 days in 2004.

Attendance for the July 24-Aug. 4 fair was 903,824, over last year’s 840,306.

“We started the 12-day fair in 2004 when I took over as general manager and that was our best year...


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