Strickler inducted into Ag Council Hall of Fame


COLUMBUS – Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil L. Strickler of Lakeview was inducted into the 52nd Ohio Agricultural Council Hall of Fame during a ceremony Aug. 4. The Hall of Fame honors those who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm community.

Stickler has a lifetime of experience in the agricultural industry and is the longest-running general manager in the history of the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair. Raised on a farm in Fairfield County, he began his career as an agricultural leader.

In 1993, he was named Livestock and Agriculture Director of the Ohio State Fair and has been since 2004 general manager. In this role, Strickler is responsible for the management of the Ohio State Fair and the more than 185 events visited by 3.2 million individuals at the Ohio Expo Center each year, leading and directing the agency’s 60 full-time employees, managing the budget, overseeing more than 20,000 agricultural and livestock entries annually, and more.

Strickler has been passionate about supporting and educating Ohio’s youth about agriculture, as demonstrated through the 4th grade Ag is Cool program and the Youth Reserve Program for livestock participants, which created a multi-million dollar scholarship program. Strickler has created one of the top fairs in the nation, allowing the general public to better connect with the number-one industry in Ohio – agriculture.

“Our Executive Board is very pleased to be honoring such outstanding individuals, whose passion, creativity and hard work epitomize those qualities sought in inductees for the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame,” said Jim Chakeres, OAC president. “Each stands out individually for exceptional contributions, and their collective decades of service have truly impacted Ohio agriculture.”

Strickler and fellow 2017 inductees Dwight B. Beougher of Westerville, James J. Buchy of Greenville and Opal Holfinger of Troy make a total of 225 recipients honored with the state’s most prestigious agricultural award since the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame began in 1966.

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State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler of Lakeview, left, and Logan County Commissioner John Bayliss at the Ohio State Fair.
http://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/08/web1_IMG_20170804_080246040.jpgState Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler of Lakeview, left, and Logan County Commissioner John Bayliss at the Ohio State Fair.

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Submitted by the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair.

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