Governor Camps Out At Ohio State Fair

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Keeping a tradition going, Ohio's governor has spent a night immersing himself in the Ohio State Fair.

And, for a second year in a row, Gov. Ted Strickland has given the custom his own spin by sleeping in a tent within the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' exhibit area, instead of bedding down in a livestock barn.

Sleeping was not a big part of the governor's stay-over at the fair.

He says he got only about 3 1/2 hours after gathering with families around a campfire Thursday night to eat corn on the cob and toast marshmallows.

In the morning, Strickland was put to work in a horse barn, where he says he brushed the animals and shoveled "you-know-what," as he puts it, out of the stalls.

The fair continues through Sunday.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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