Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Gov. Ted Strickland opened the first day of the Ohio State Fair by praising attractions throughout the grounds of the Ohio Expo Center, such as the Natural Resources area; expressing hope to break fair attendance records; and saluting the cultural and ethnic diversity of the citizens of the State of Ohio. Following his remarks, he and his wife pressed a ceremonial button officially opening the 154th fair. The event included concerts by the All-Ohio Youth Choir and Band.