UPDATE: Aretha Franklin Eyes State Fair Confections

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 7/29/2014 4:05 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - There's something beyond delivering a set packed with her hits that's got Aretha Franklin jazzed about fair season: the elephant ears.

The Queen of Soul says she's looking forward to tracking down one of the powdered sugar-covered confections while she's at the Ohio State Fair to perform on Thursday. There may be plenty of opportunities for fried treats ahead, given that her 2014 tour also includes performances at the Wisconsin and Minnesota state fairs in August.

After some health issues, the 72-year-old R&B diva says she's feeling as good as she did in her 50s. She's taking French lessons and studying classical piano with a Julliard graduate.

She said she plans to perform many of her hits and selections from an upcoming CD.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The annual Ohio State Fair kicked off in Columbus.

The new attractions this year include a bear show, a gymnastics and dance performance on horseback, and foods such as the sloppy donut, banana dog, chicken dog and funnel cake sundae.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined general manager Virgil Strickler in opening ceremonies Wednesday. Kasich then toured parts of the fairgrounds with his wife, Karen, and their twin 14-year-old daughters, Emma and Reese. Ohio's governor routinely opens the event, but it is unusual to make it a family affair.

Kasich is seeking re-election this year. He faces Democrat Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive in Cleveland.

This is the 161st year for the fair.

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