The Ohio State Fair is a little more than a week away from kicking off its 2017 run. Concluding this year’s fair is the 50th Sale of Champions, held August 6 at 2 p.m. at the Celeste Center.
Together with the Ohio Expo Center, we dug through our archives and found pieces of the rich history of the unique event down the years. Its tradition of being filled with lively individuals interested in the future of young people continues today.
This video sees appearances by the late Ed Johnson, Bob Evans, auctioneer Merlin Woodruff, and Governor James Rhodes. We also spoke with current SOC auctioneer Johnny Regula as well as Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler on the sale, its history, and its benefit to agriculture’s youth.