Where: Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, Ohio 1-888-OHO-EXPO
When: Wednesday, July 25 - Sunday, August 5, 2018; Hours 9 am – 10 pm.
Directions: Take I-71 North or South to 17th Avenue/Exit 111 to the Ohio Expo Center fairgrounds.
The Ohio State Fair 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 25 to Sunday, August 5, 2018.
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.
Tickets to the fair traditionally range from $10 for adults to $8 for kids and seniors, with children under 5 allowed in free.
2018 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.
The 2017 Ohio State Fair concert lineup included
Alabama, Cole Swindell, Rascall Flatts and Pentatonix.
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 will be announced in March as concert tickets go on sale ranging from $20 - $45. Tickets are usually available at Ticketmaster and include admission to the Fair:
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:
2018 Ohio State Fair - Check out 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.