Marsha’s Homemade Buckeyes of Perrysburg is making a 300-pound buckeye candy for the Ohio State Fair.
It will be there for the duration of the fair, which opens at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 25. Fair officials will do a ceremonial weighing so patrons can enjoy the spectacle.
“Why didn't we already do this?” said Matt Smith, who owns the business with his brother, Brad.
Matt Smith estimates they would use 75 pounds of peanut butter, 75 pounds of margarine, 10 pounds of chocolate and 150 pounds of powdered sugar.
The piece of candy will be about 4 feet wide and 4 feet tall.
“Forming it on the pallet is going to be a learning experience for everyone,” Matt Smith said.
The company is making the confection for Brian Shenkman, who serves up to 75,000 deep-fried Marsha's buckeyes every year at the Ohio State Fair.
“My thought was, OK, sounds like a cool idea,” Matt Smith said.
“It's so nice that we have this symbol made by an Ohio business,” said Alicia Shoults, a spokeswoman for the fair. “Marsha's Homemade Buckeyes was able to craft this incredibly giant confection for all to see.”
It will be transported by truck to the fairgrounds at 717 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus and enshrined in a glass case created by Shenkman.
It will not be eaten but rather will be a monument to one of Ohio's most recognizable icons, produced by Ohio's official tree, Matt Smith said.
“We don't want it back,” he said.
The 165th annual fair will be held July 25 through Aug. 5.
Fair admission costs $10 for visitors ages 13 to 59 and $8 for those 60 and older and children 5 to 12. Children 4 years old and younger will be admitted free.
Tickets purchased at Kroger grocery stores, participating O’Reilly Auto Parts stores and participating AAA locations with a AAA membership are $6. Discount tickets also can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com/ohiostatefair.
Parking costs $5 per vehicle.
For more information, including a schedule of events, go to www.ohiostatefair.com