From Ohio History Central
Located in Ripley, Ohio, the Ohio Tobacco Festival commemorates the important role that tobacco has played in southern Ohio's economy since the nineteenth century.
Traditionally, the Ohio Tobacco Festival has taken place on the fourth weekend in August. The first festival occurred in 1982. Since its inception, the festival has continued to grow. In 2007, the Ohio Tobacco Festival included such events as a flea market, the coronation of a queen, drawings, carnival rides, music and other stage performances, a parade, a talent show, and educational activities related to tobacco. Originally, major tobacco companies helped to support the festival financially, but as opposition to tobacco's use increased, these companies withdrew their financial support. Local residents and businesses continue to support the festival due to tobacco's continuing importance to the community. Ripley also boasts the Ohio Tobacco Museum, the only museum dedicated to tobacco in Ohio.
- "26th Annual Tobacco Festival to be Held This Weekend." Maysville Ledger Independent. 19 August 2007.