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Concerts, Fried Food Return To State Fairgrounds

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Unusual food flavors, live music and even a hypnotist will be part of the Ohio State Fair this year. The entertainment begins Wednesday and will include live performances, arts and crafts, and new takes on old food staples, including funnel cakes that taste like pumpkin spice, chocolate brownie and pineapple-upside-down cake. Concerts at this year's fair include shows from Merle Haggard, Chicago, Kansas, the Doobie Brothers, Gavin McGraw, and Jason Aldean.

Fair officials announced Tuesday that this year's butter sculpture will be a birthday cake celebrating Columbus' bicentennial. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is scheduled to deliver opening remarks. Other events scheduled will include a stuntman trying to jam people into a 6-foot latex balloon for a world record and a singing competition modeled after "American Idol." More than 830,000 people visited the fair last year at the Ohio Expo Center. It runs through Aug. 5.