Public funding for many county fairs has declined in recent years and taxpayer money spent on the state fair has remained flat, but Ohioans still kick in millions of dollars for midway fun and the chance to chow down on a deep-fried Oreo cookie.
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Public funding for area county fairs
Note: The Ohio State Fair receives $250,000 in public funds to support the Junior Fair.
Source: Tax forms filed by county agricultural societies.