Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair will have a new ride provider next summer after a fatal ride malfunction in 2017. 

Talley Amusements from Forth Worth, Texas begins a four-year contract to provide rides for the Ohio State Fair in 2019, according to fair officials. 

Attendance at the Ohio State Fair has been up compared to last year, when fair officials were dealing with the fallout from a deadly ride accident.

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State fairs are a lot about tradition: there's the food, the music, the competitions and the rides. And at the Ohio State Fair, there's a tradition that honors other traditions. This year's butter cow sculpture is paying tribute to a movie with deep Ohio connections.

A year ago this week, an 18-year-old Columbus man was killed on a thrill ride on the first day of the Ohio State Fair. There’s been legislation proposed to strengthen ride safety since then, but the law named for Tyler Jarrell hasn’t passed.

The Ohio State Fair starts Wednesday, July 25, one year after a ride malfunction led to the death of an 18-year-old man. State officials say they are implementing additional testing to prevent such tragedies this year.

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The Ohio State Fair on Tuesday announced country singer Lee Brice as the final addition to its summer concert lineup, which also includes the Beach Boys, Reba McEntire, TLC and "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah. 

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The Ohio State Fair has added three performances to its previously announced 2018 lineup. The Beach Boys, "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah, TLC and En Vogue are now joining Reba McEntire, The Commodores, Styx and Cheap Trick, among others, at the WCOL Celeste Center this July 25 - August 5. 

Ohio lawmakers will consider whether to increase oversight of carnival rides, including hiring more inspectors, following a deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair that flung riders onto the midway.

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Victims in last year's Ohio State Fair accident will not hold the state of Ohio financially responsible in court.

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Jim Rhodes, the late four-term governor of Ohio, could be a real pain in the neck.

He could also be a very funny man, in a Rhodesian, Southern Ohio kind of way.

I remember two days, both at the Ohio State Fair, where I experienced both Jims.

The first time was in 1994 and the second in 1998, long after Rhodes left office. Rhodes was getting up in years and couldn't walk the fairgrounds the way he did in the old days, when he was the grand poobah and chief architect of the annual summer event in Columbus.

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The company that made the ride that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair, killing one man, says "excessive corrosion" is to blame.

Dutch manufacturer KMG says in a memo the corrosion on a support beam led to a "catastrophic failure."