Author: RandomOhio

The Virtual Ohio State Fair 2020

2019 Ohio State Fair Butter Cow

2019 Ohio State Fair Butter Cow

Today is the start of the start of The Ohio State Fair. Normally the fair is one of the largest in the country. Due to the current situation of the world the State fair of Ohio has gone virtual. Now anyone anywhere can attend.

Want some history of the Fair before you attend? the podcast has great backstories and information:

How to attend:

The Ohio State Fair has created a great website to visit the Virtual Fair:
The site contains links to a virtual midway, Entertainers and Attractions, Food Demonstrations, Fair Competitions, Music, Recipes, a Shop with many of the vendors that would be at the fair, and so much more. It even has a large selection of historical playlist and information.

Along with the virtual fair are links to the Fair’s Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram pages where much of the virtual fair including Contest, photos, videos, and more will be posted.

The Virtual Fair will run from July 29 – August 8th, 2020

Photo Hunt: Middletown

We love getting out and exploring the great state of Ohio. This time we went to Middletown. The city lies on the northern edge of  Cincinnati-Middletown, OH–KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area. The downtown is a great place to walk and view all the great art work. There are a few art galleries that have works as well as active studios. The oldest continually running glass studio , BeauVerre, is located downtown.  When we went the town had an animal safari / scavenger hunt going on.

July 4th #FireworksForever

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Drive-In Restaurants of Ohio

In the 1950’s Drive-ins were all the rage. A place where a family could take the kids without having to dress up. A place where teens could meet up and hang out. While the Drive-in movie theatre has updated with new technology and moved in to the modern area, many a drive-in restaurant has keep the look and feel of the early days.

The old fashioned atmosphere helps to make them less of a fast food joint and more of a community gathering place. Most of the drive-ins in Ohio opened in the 60’s or before and the old fashion decor is not just a gimmick but tradition. Unlike a drive through where there is another car waiting to be served and one must get it and go, these places are more about parking, being waited on by the friendly staff, and enjoying the good food and good times. The pace of life seems to take a breather as the nostalgia over comes the place.

So here is a list of a few places to find a good burger, fries, and of course a frosty root beer.


Cleveland and Northeast: (many locations from Columbus north)





And so many more:  Just look for one in any area of Ohio and chances are there’s one nearby.

In Ohio the weather can be unpredictable. Sometimes the winter is harsh and early. Sometimes it is mild and hard to find. Because it is hard to work in winter conditions, some of the Drive-ins are only open seasonally.

Drive-Ins of Ohio are now open

Cars at Drive in

Old Drive In

Since the beginning of the movie theater industry movies have been shown outdoors. The reasons have varied. Be it lack of indoor air conditioning or lack of a building all together. In 1933 someone decided to make it so that theater goers could watch a movie in the comfort of their own cars. Thus the Drive In Movie theater was born. Ohio, leader not a follower, was no late comer to the fad. In the heyday of the drive-ins Ohio was strong. During the decline, Ohio held strong.

The Drive-in is a right of passage for all Ohioans. From the first time one sees the screen through the front windshield to the moment the last frame is displayed the drive-in is an experience like no other. If a patron feels like talking, texting, running, sitting, or eating loudly this is okay because the Drive-in is a place of personal space. With the ability to personalize everything from the level of the sound to the temperature in ones car. Every vehicle is ones own private theater. Yet still the drive-in is  able to convey a sense of community. Exit the car and the sounds of the movie mingle with the sounds of nature and other patrons. As long as everyone keeps things with in reason the sky, literally, is the limit.

Some Tips for Drive-In Enjoyment:

  • Check the locations official website for rules. Some charge to bring in outside food others don’t. A quick check can prevent many problems
  • Visit the concession Stand at least once. The food is where a lot of the Drive-ins make their money. Also the food is reasonably priced and the selection quite large.
  • Plan for a late night. If two movies are playing, and the first one can’t start until dark, the last one won’t generally end till after midnight.
  • Bring a portable radio. Most places use radio transmissions for sounds delivery. A portable radio means you won’t miss any of the soundtrack on a restroom break or snack run.
  • Arrive early to get a good spot.
  • Most allow movement between the screens and time the movies so that if you want to see one from one screen and one from the other you can. Do not expect to get a great spot if you move to the more popular second movie.

No matter where you live in the state there is a drive in with in a reasonable drive.

Cincinnati: Starlite Drive-In

Cleveland and the northeast area: There are a lot of them. probably the most dense area.  (list of Drive-ins)

Columbus:  Skyview Drive-In

Dayton: Melody 49 Drive-In, Dixie Twin Drive-In

Hamilton: Holiday Auto Theatre 

Toledo: Tiffin Drive-In Theatre, Field of Dreams Drive-In Theatre, Sundance Kid Drive-In

Along with many others:

P.s. Most drive-ins offer double features with the price still lower than the average movie ticket.

U.S. Grant

The History Channel is airing a new 3 part series on Ohioan U.S. Grant this week. If you like the show and want o find out more about the man himself might we recommend visiting some of his homes in Ohio.|

Grant Birthplace
1551 State Rt. 232, Point Pleasant, OH 45153–historic-sites-by-name/grant-birthplace

A great place to start but very small Basically just a two room house.

US Grant Boyhood Home
219 East Grant Avenue, Georgetown, OH 45121–historic-sites-by-name/grant-boyhood-home

Bigger with better displays and even a movie. Down the street in the same town is

Grant Schoolhouse
508 S Water St, Georgetown, OH 45121–historic-sites-by-name/grant-schoolhouse

A one room school house where Grant started his education that would take him on to the Presidency.

Each site is managed by the Ohio History Connection, a local organization, or a conjunction of both. This makes each site able to be done with the membership program. Having local people take an interest in these sites is what makes them great. When you go to them you get a sense that each person there has taken and interest in Grant and his life. At each site you can take a tour and then look at the displays. None of the sites will take a long time, but each will have something to learn from. You can see the places restored to how they once were and some displays of artifacts of the period the building is restored to represent.  The sites are not big, but pack a lot of information. Each site is pretty easy to find and has free parking. You will learn about Grant’s family and their business, early American school, local people of importance, and about the life of President Grant.

After going to each site, one really understands they must be done together because this way you get the full effect of learning about Grant’s early life in Ohio.

Photo hunt of Ohio – Eaton

We love getting out and exploring the great state of Ohio. The museums, the events, the restaurants, the attractions. Sometimes, however, places are closed. When this happens we still love getting out and seeing the sights. Most old towns have a town square. Every county has a county seat and most have a historic courthouse. A lot of the beauty of a Ohio can still be viewed after hours.

This time we went to Eaton. The city was founded in 1806 by William Bruce. It is named after William Eaton, an early American General.

William Bruce Statue

William Bruce

Roberts covered Bridge is just down the way from the center of town. It is said to be the oldest covered bridge in Ohio and the oldest double-barrel bridge in the US.

We hope to get back soon and take more pictures. We can think of a few places to go, but if you can think of any in the Eaton area, or have photos to show us, email us at

Ohio in the round: COSI

As we have been working to bring you closer to the sights of Ohio we have felt like photos were missing something. Now we bring to you 360° photospheres of our state. They can be clicked and dragged, or any device with a motion sensor should be able to move around and track the photo.

We start with the Center of Science and Industry’s Progress Exhibit.


Not a video, a 360° photo. Click and drag to see more, or use mobile device and move device around.


Not a video, a 360° photo. Click and drag to see more, or use mobile device and move device around.

if this does not work in your browser here are the photos:

360 of COSI Progress Exhibit: 1892

360 photosphere of COSI Progress Exhibit: 1892

360 of COSI Progress Exhibit: 1962

360 photosphere of COSI Progress Exhibit: 1962