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Bicentennial Barn - A Signature Event for Every Ohio County

Artist Scott Hagan painting the logo on a barn
Bicentennial barn artist Scott Hagan sketches and paints each logo by hand.

The Ohio Bicentennial Commission’s barn painting program started as a unique means of getting free, highly visible advertising. It grew into a cultural phenomenon, with nearly 2,000 Ohio barn owners volunteering their barns for painting, and scores of people traveling across the state to visit as many of the barns as possible.

By September 2002, artist Scott Hagan will complete his five-year mission of painting the Bicentennial logo on at least one barn in each of the 88 counties.

Festive local ceremonies mark each barn’s completion. Schools and scout troops schedule field trips to see them; families picnic and communities turn out to celebrate their day in the state spotlight.

Each red, white, and blue logo measures about 20-feet-by-20-feet. Hagan draws them freehand before painting, ensuring that each barn’s logo is unique. Each barn requires approximately 18 hours and seven gallons of paint to complete.

In 2003, Hagan will paint the Bicentennial logo in a series of special projects that will continue through the end of the year.

A list of official Bicentennial barns, photos, and their locations appears on this site.

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