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Ohio State Fair

Columbus, Ohio

Jul 19 2021 - Aug 08 2021

Price: No admission fee

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If you're a fan of wholesome family fun, the Ohio State Fair is a fantastic experience. Originally created as a three-day, Cincinnati-based event in 1850, the Ohio State Fair quickly evolved into a major cultural happening for people all across the tri-state area and beyond. Having moved to many major cities within the Buckeye State, the fair now calls Columbus its home on a more permanent basis. The 2021 Ohio State Fair will not be open to the public, and will instead focus on agricultural and educational competitions for exhibitors, their families, and guests. Many of the typical things associated with the Ohio State Fair – rides, concerts, entertainers, live music, food vendors, and shopping – are expected to return in 2022.

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT

The 2021 Ohio State Fair will be limited to exhibitors and family members for youth and senior livestock competitions, along with educational project judging for non-livestock competitions, such as 4-H. No walk-ins will be permitted.

For 2022, the Ohio State Fair will have a ton to offer guests when they arrive. From the moment you walk through the gate, you'll be greeted by plenty of attractions and food vendors. Classic carnival rides like drop towers, Ferris wheels, giant slides and more are there almost every year. Bands like REO Speedwagon, Foghat, and more have all held concerts at the fair. If you're hungry, snag some of your delicious festival food favorites like pizza, funnel cake, and more at any of the numerous concessions stands around the fairgrounds. Some vendors have gluten-free options, too. If you like animals, enjoy the camel rides or meet and greet with the Budweiser Clydesdales.

LOCATION

The Ohio State Fair is always held at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds. Here is the full address:

Ohio Expo Center & State Fair

717 East 17th Avenue

Columbus, OH 43211

RVING AT THE EVENT

Exhibitor camping will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations will not be required or accepted.

Rate - The rate will be $50 per day.

Locations - Camping will be available in the Korbel East, North, and West Campgrounds and in a designated area on the grounds.

Arrival & Payments - Enter through the main plaza off of 17th Avenue. Pay at the gate upon arrival for the number of expected nights you plan to be on-site. No reservations or pre-payments accepted.

Hook-Ups - Korbel East and Korbel North are full-service lots. Korbel West is water and electric only. There is a dump station on-site and a pumper available, if needed, for a fee.

WHERE TO STAY

Best Western Port Columbus

1450 Airpointe Dr, Columbus, OH 43219

614-337-8400

Call and ask for the Ohio State Fair rate of $109+tax/night!

Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus New Albany

4796 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43230

614-855-9766

Call and ask for the Ohio State Fair rate of $109+tax/night or click here to book your room!

Varsity Inn OSU South

1445 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43212

614-291-2983

Call and ask for the Ohio State Fair rate of $40+tax/night!

Aloft Columbus University District

1295 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

614-294-7500

Call and ask for the Ohio State Fair rate of $89+tax/night room rate or click here to book your room!

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus University Area

3160 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43202

614-268-8700

Call and ask for the Ohio State Fair rate of $89+tax/night room rate or click here to book your room!

HOW TO GET THERE

You’ll find the fair in Columbus, just north of downtown on 17th Avenue off I-71. To reach us:

  • From the North
    Take I-71 South to 17th Avenue/Exit 111. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.
  • From the South
    Take I-71 North to 17th Avenue/Exit 111. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.
  • From the West
    Take I-70 East to I-71 North. Take I-71 North to 17th Avenue/Exit 111. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.
  • From the East
    Take I-70 West to I-71 North. Take I-71 North to 17th Avenue/Exit 111. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.

PARKING

Parking is $50 for a six-day pass and $75 for a full-run pass. Access to parking is available off of 17th Avenue.

TICKETS & PRICING

The 2021 Ohio State Fair will be limited to exhibitors and family members for youth and senior livestock competitions, along with educational project judging for non-livestock competitions, such as 4-H. There will be no admission fee for the 2021 Ohio State Fair.

No walk-ins will be permitted.

WRAP UP

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Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.