So I didn’t just stop by the Ohio State Fair this year to write about it. I actually had the privilege of being invited to judge the Ohio State Fair’s Pork Rib Off. Ten barbecue shops around the state competed for top honors and the best ribs, the best pulled pork, and best barbecue sauce in the state, with serious bragging rights and some cash up for grabs.
I managed to head up to Columbus this year to have a taste of the Ohio State Fair in Columbus for the first time since I was about 4 years old. I never did fairs growing up, but I did manage to visit the Athens County Fair in 2010 and the Wood County Fair near Toledo in 2011, but no one bothered to tell me how immensely epic the state fair just happens to be. Seriously, I loved the other fairs, but this one really does feel like a statewide event in that it could easily house all the other fairgrounds combined. It goes without saying, but food was a-plenty.