The Ohio State Fair opens next week, here are some pics and stories to get you ready.
SMOKEY THE BEAR- The entrance to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources area is dominated by a 15 foot tall, animatronic, talking Smokey the Bear. Smokey debuted at the fair in the late 1940s.
Smokey speaks to all the children who visit him. He addresses them by name and warns them about fire safety.
Smokey knows all children’s names because of MAGIC. (He went to Hogwarts when they admitted giant, animatronic, talking bears.)