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Ohio State Fair, Dry Since 1880s, To Allow Alcohol

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State Fair visitors will be able to
sip on wine and beer this summer for the first time since the
1880s.

The Ohio Expositions Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to
allow alcohol consumption at two locations at the Ohio Expo Center
in Columbus during the July 27 to Aug. 7 fair.

Commission spokeswoman Alicia Notestone says wine made with at
least 90 percent Ohio-grown grapes will be available at the Taste
of Ohio CafDe, and wine and Ohio-produced beer will be sold at the
Celeste Center during adult concerts.

Notestone says the commission hopes to give new opportunities to
Ohio breweries and wineries.

She says alcohol was served when the fair was held at a site
that is now Franklin Park, but has not been permitted since the
fair moved to the Expo Center in 1886.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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