Don't Miss the Made In Oklahoma Store at the Oklahoma State FairSat, 18 Sep 2021 05:06:38 CDT
On the surface, fairs are a great place to spend a weekend where fun can be found for the whole family. But there is much more to fairs than the images of funnel cakes, corndogs, Ferris wheels and petting zoos. The definition of a fair is a competitive exhibition, usually with accompanying entertainment and amusements. The history of fairs goes back thousands of years, with the first recorded existence of fairs going back as early as 500 BC, according to the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.
Following ancient tradition, featured this year at the Oklahoma State Fair is the Made in Oklahoma store. KC Sheperd spoke with Meriruth Cohenhour, director of market development for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry (ODAFF), on the topic.
“In about 2015, we had a (small) booth, as a partnership with the State Fair, where we sold made in Oklahoma products,” Cohenhour said. “Now we have more than 3,000 feet or retail space, with 44 companies and more than 600 products showcased.”
There are more than 600 companies that participate in the MIO program, according to Cohenhour.
The MIO store is in the southeast corner of the new Bennett Building at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.
“You are going to see what looks like a building inside of a building,” Cohenhour said.
A smattering of everything can be purchased at the MIO store.
“Honey, salsa, BBQ sauce - all of that kind of thing - but then we have things like pottery and state fair t-shirts,” Cohenhour said.
Hit the LISTEN BAR below to hear more about what you can get at the MIO store at the Oklahoma State Fair from Meriruth Cohenhour and KC Sheperd.
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