Even though a report by the Columbus Dispatch showed that a majority of the Ohio Expositions Commission (OEC) was prepared to vote Thursday to allow beer and wine to be sold at the Ohio State Fair this year, Gov. Ted Strickland announced ahead of the vote that he would block the move.
The OEC was set to consider four different proposals. In the Dispatch survey, six of the 11 members of the OEC said they would support the sale of alcohol, while four said they had not yet decided. The proposals ranged from allowing the sale of Ohio beer and wine at the food pavilion to allowing alcohol sales at non-youth oriented music concerts.
The 12 day fair opens on Aug. 1st.