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Some Ohio bicentennial logos on barns are fading

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The logos celebrating the state’s bicentennial painted in 88 barns more than a decade ago have begun to show signs of age.


Logan County’s Bicentennial barn is located at 14485 N. State Route 235, Lakeview. (EXAMINER PHOTO | RICK PITTS)

The Columbus Dispatch reports some of the wall-size logos have faded, others have been retouched and others have vanished altogether.

The signs, which prominently show the word Ohio and the contour of the state, were painted in one barn in each of Ohio’s counties.

A member of the commission that coordinated the bicentennial celebrations told the newspaper the paintings were a cost-effective marketing campaign and were not intended to last forever.

Stephen George says painting each barn cost around $1,500. The rent for a billboard at the time was about $2,000.

Scott Hagan of New Jerusalem, who is now 36, painted the barns.

At least one was signed by former Gov. Bob Taft.



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