Where: Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, Ohio 1-888-OHO-EXPO
When: Wednesday, July 26 - Sunday, August 6, 2017; Hours 9 am – 10 pm, except August 3 until 8 pm.
Directions: Take I-71 North or South to 17th Avenue/Exit 111 to the Ohio Expo Center fairgrounds.
The Ohio State Fair, located in Columbus, is one of the most well attended state
fairs in the USA, and for good reason.
With 11 full days of attractions, food and entertainment, attendance for the
fair has been upwards of 800,000 visitors for several years now, and continues to grow. This year, the fair runs from Wednesday, July 26 to Sunday, August 6, 2017
The original fair, which dates to just before the year 1850, was a three day event that showcased blue-ribbon livestock and cattle from miles around, along with the best of regional recipes and local entertainment.
As the fair grew, it became more and more popular and it wasn't long until entertainment was a major part of the fair. Soon enough there were kid's attractions, live music, and a Queen of the Fair contest.
Today, the fair is a modern mega-event with athletic competitions such as martial arts, boxing, cheerleading, and BMX stunts, along with food tastings, live music, monster amusement park rides, and exhibitors making up just a portion of the huge variety of entertainment options available.
In 2016, the Ohio State Fair opens on Wednesday, July 27th and runs through August 7, 2016. Tickets to the fair traditionally range from $10 for adults to $8 for kids and seniors, with children under 5 allowed in free.
2017 Ohio State Fair concert lineup
Every year, the concert lineup is one of the most anticipated announcements, featuring star headliners who are scheduled to appear at the fair.
In the past, the lineup has included such stars as Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Melissa Ehteridge and Kelly Pickler, to name only a few.
This year's concert schedule was announced in March as concert tickets went on sale ranging from $20 - $45. Tickets are usually available at Ticketmaster and include admission to the Fair:
The 2017 Ohio State Fair concert lineup includes
Alabama, Cole Swindell, Rascall Flatts and Pentatonix.
Wed., July 26, 7 pm - Hometown Sounds featuring McGuffey Lane and Ohio-born musicians
Thurs., July 27, 6:30 pm - The KIDZ BOP Kids: Best Time Ever Tour
Fri., July 28, 7:30 pm - BWB Jazz Jam starring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown
Sat., July 29, 7 pm - Alabama
Sun., July 30, 1 pm - All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir Concert*
Sun., July 30, 7:30 pm - Gabriel Iglesias FluffyMania: 20 Years of Comedy Tour
Mon., July 31, 7 pm - For King & Country with special guest Zach Williams
Tues., August 1, 1 pm - The Carpenters Tribute featuring Michelle Whited
Tues., August 1, 7:30 pm - Cole Swindell with special guest Jenny Tolman
Wed., August 2, 7 pm - George Thorogood and The Destroyers / 38 Special
Thurs., August 3, 7 pm - Rascal Flatts: Rhythm & Roots Tour
Fri., August 4, 7:30 pm - Joe with special guests Ro James and Kevin Ross
Sat., August 5, 7 pm - Pentatonix
Another particularly popular attraction at the modern Ohio State Fair is the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir, which was first established in 1963 and provides part of the free live entertainment for the fair every year.
And animals, of course, are still a huge part of the fair (don't miss the annual pig races!) which can be found either winning ribbons or fascinating kids and adults alike in the hands-on petting zoo.
More about the Ohio State Fair around the Web:
2017 Ohio State Fair - The official site with information on admission and ticket prices, nearby hotels, current lineup of competitions, concerts, entertainment, and attractions with directions, map,
Experience the Ohio
State Fair - Check out this guide with a brief overview plus more detailed information on what to see, getting around, and staying safe.
Ohio State Fair - Wikipedia - Complete information on the history of the fairgrounds including a timeline of major highlights from 1853-present, photos, resources.