On a recent Saturday night, the Fat Babes Club of Columbus welcomed attendees with pool floaties and Lizzo tunes. Published for The Lily from The Washington Post
There was a time when the Ohio State Fair concert lineup was headlined by the likes of the Jackson 5 and the BeeGees in their prime.
Johnny Cash performed multiple times, including in 1969, when he won two Grammy Awards for his soulful hit “Folsom Prison Blues.”
Most of those acts had a song in the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles the same year they took the stage at the fair.
On Wednesday, the first act in this year’s concert series at the fair was Kidz Bop, a group of young performers who cover popular music without inappropriate themes or language. It was visiting for the third year in row.
Artifact hunting is a pastime for many people in rural Ohio. The state is home to the oldest and largest archaeological society in the United States with about 1,900 members, and the reason is simple, Schneider said. Ohio is a major source of flint, which prehistoric Native Americans used to create tools and weapons dating back 14,000 years. The state also has many rivers and streams that flow through it, transporting artifacts.
Matthew Dowling used to cover his face with dark sunglasses and a beard, the epitome of what he called a “big, bad veteran.” He didn’t want people to look at him. He was in his 30s, with a wife and two kids. But despite the 17 medications he was on, he was nearing a decision that too many veterans consider: suicide.
Instead of pesticides and chemicals, Canal Winchester is using a more-natural approach to get rid of pesky mosquitoes for the summer. Members of the city’s urban forestry department released 11,000 fathead minnows into five wetland areas and ponds around the city this week in hopes of decreasing the mosquito count during a particularly wet and hot season.
The legislation requires that every Ohio public school educates students on the positive effects of organ donation. It was an amendment added to House Bill 438, which outlines public school appreciation week.