- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik), his family and state officials have kicked off the 163rd state fair at the fairgrounds in Columbus.

The fair opened Wednesday. It features a variety of new attractions, including a show by a team of expert acrobatic divers and candy bouquet and recycled metal sculpture competitions.

Over 190 food vendors are attending this year’s fair. Some new food items include banana cream pie ice cream and shrimp and beef kebabs. Pogo professionals and ventriloquists have been added to this year’s entertainment.

Ohio Department of Agriculture inspectors started safety checks of the fair’s 76 rides last week and worked through 90-degree temperatures to complete those inspections in time for the fair’s opening. Inspectors will continue monitoring rides through the end of the fair on Aug. 7.

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