Deadline to enter the Ohio State Fair’s Fine Arts Competition: May 31, 2017

This year, the Ohio State Fair is offering an interesting competition in the Fine Arts Exhibition – sidewalk chalk art! There will be $850 of awards offered to winners. The first 15 artists to enter will receive an incentive package including an honorarium of $50. The deadline to enter is fast approaching, so be sure to submit your entries by May 31, 2017. Here are 10 Ohio landmarks and tourist attractions we would love to see drawn in sidewalk chalk at our exhibition!

1. Ohio Stadium

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This American college football stadium located in the heart of Columbus would look great on the sidewalks of the Fair. We can only imagine the patience it would take to create all 104,944 seats in “the Shoe” in chalk form.




2. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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This downtown Cleveland attraction has been a favorite of Ohioans and tourists for many years. We think images of inductees would rock at the Fair’s sidewalk chalk exhibition.






3. John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge

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This bridge connects Cincinnati, Ohio, to Covington, Kentucky. At its inception in 1866, it held the title as the longest suspension bridge internationally. Today, it could be the longest suspension bridge drawn in chalk.






4. Cedar Point

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We would love to see a sprawl of roller coasters drawn in chalk form. Cedar Point prides itself with miles of roller coasters, so artists have a lot of potential to get creative.



5. Lake Erie

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Lake Erie holds the title as the fourth-largest Great Lake. Spanning 9,940 square miles, this would be a beautiful addition to a sidewalk chalk art gallery.







6. Hocking Hills State Park

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Located in Hocking County, Ohio, this park boasts beautiful views of waterfalls, cliffs, caves and rock formations. Old Man’s Cave might be the most well-known part of the park, but a chalk artist would have a hard time picking just one beautiful scene to capture on the sidewalk of the Fair!





7. German Village

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This neighborhood is located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio, and is famous for its historical cobblestone roads. We think those red bricks would look great at the Fair!






8. The Ohio Statehouse

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This building is filled with history as it has been a working statehouse since 1861. Crafted in the Greek Revival style, this building would look beautiful drawn in sidewalk chalk.








9. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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With an abundant number of mammals, amphibians, fish and more, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a favorite among locals and tourists. Their carousel is a historical marker. Some furry friends would look great in a sidewalk chalk gallery at the Fair!






10. National Museum of the United States Air Force

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Located near Dayton, Ohio, this museum is part of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Images of U.S. aircraft would look gorgeous on the Fair’s sidewalk chalk exhibition!






Let your creativity shine in this unique exhibition as the Fair searches for Ohio’s talented sidewalk chalk artists. Be sure to register by May 31, 2017. Download Fine Arts Information for additional award categories, how to enter and more.

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