Ohio Bicentennial Commission releases schedule for final 17 barn paintings

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COLUMBUS – Ohioans in every region of the state will have a chance to see painter Scott Hagan in action in 2002, the final year of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission’s popular barn-painting program.

The schedule for the fifth and final season, released by the Bicentennial Commission, includes 17 stops.

Painting lineup. The first brushstrokes of the fifth season will be applied May 1-2 in Hamilton County. The final barn painting will be in Sandusky County in September.

In between, Hagan will paint barns in Clark, Fayette, Greene, Jefferson, Lake, Lawrence, Logan, Lucas, Marion, Morrow, Portage, Scioto, Shelby, Summit and Trumbull counties.

Hagan is painting the commission’s red, white and blue logo on the side of one barn in each of Ohio’s 88 counties as a way to build awareness and enthusiasm for the state’s 200th birthday in 2003.

The process. The 25-year-old Belmont County native has completed 71 barns since 1998. Hagan paints each barn in freehand style, using scaffolding.

The logo measures about 20 feet by 20 feet and takes approximately 18 hours and up to seven gallons of paint to complete.

The project has become the commission’s signature event and has proven to be popular with the media and, especially, with Ohioans.

Putnam County barn owner Jim Kidd put it best in 2001. “I think the gift Ohio has given us is just great,” Kidd said. “It’s beautiful. I’m very proud of it.”

2002 Barn Painting Schedule

* May 1-2 – Hamilton County

* May 23-24 – Morrow County

* June 3-4 – Trumbull County

* June 5-6 – Portage County

* June 17-19 – Lake County*

* June 20-21 – Summit County

* June 24-26 – Fayette County

* July 10-12 – Jefferson County

* July 16-17 – Marion County

* July 23-24 – Logan County

* July 30-31 – Lucas County

* Aug. 8-9 – Shelby County

* Aug. 19-20 – Greene County

* Aug. 21-22 – Clark County

* Aug. 26 – Lawrence County

* Aug. 27-29 – Scioto County

* Sept. TBA – Sandusky County

* The Lake County barn is tentative.

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