You can save big at the Ohio State Fair

The thought of taking the entire family on a trip of any kind can become overwhelming when thinking about the cost of admission, food and more. The Ohio State Fair comes once a year, and can be a very memorable and exciting time for the family; here is a breakdown of ways to save this year.

  • Advance-sale admission deals

There are many ways to make admission affordable for the whole family; one way is to buy tickets in advance. Tickets can be bought at Kroger, participating Ohio O’Reilly Auto Parts stores, AAA locations or at Ticketmaster retail outlets for just $6. If that doesn’t make the Fair affordable, there are special deals throughout the 12 day fair (scroll down for more details)

  • Free admission for soon-to-be fifth graders and chaperones 

The Fourth Grade Agriculture is Cool Program offers free admission to an exiting 4th grader (2015-2016 academic year) and one chaperone on any one day to enjoy the interactive Ag is Cool program. Just bring your report card to the entrance!

  • Check our special days calendar and plan accordingly: 

Wednesday, July 27

WSYX/WTTE Opening Day
$3 admission until 3 pm

Thursday, July 28

Kroger Feeds Ohio Day
Just remember 2-3-4: When you bring 2 canned food items per person to a booth outside the gates, you’ll receive a voucher good for $3 admission before 4 pm. All food donations will go to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

PBS KIDS®/WOSU Day
Join WOSU Public Media from 10 am – 3 pm in Central Park for a chance to meet your favorite PBS KIDS® characters including Daniel Tiger, Peg + Cat, Super Why and more! Enjoy family-friendly activities and check out a live radio broadcast.

Saturday, July 30

Molina Healthcare Day
Proudly providing affordable and quality healthcare to families and individuals covered by government programs for over 30 years, Molina Healthcare, welcomes its employees and their families, its members and all other guests to the Fair today.

Sunday, July 31

811 Day sponsored by Marathon Pipe Line LLC
Marathon Pipe Line LLC proudly welcomes everyone to the Fair today and reminds them to ALWAYS call 811 before digging!

Veterans & Military Day
Veterans and active military are given free admission with appropriate identification.

Monday, Aug. 1

NBC4 Family Value Day
Until 6 pm, adults will be admitted for the kids’ admission price of $8, and kids 12 and under will be admitted free. With the purchase of one wristband, a second rider can ride free until 6 pm with a hand stamp. After 6 pm, all riders will need either a wristband or vouchers to ride.

Tuesday, Aug. 2

National Church Residences’ Senior Day
Seniors ages 60 and up can enjoy reduced admission of just $4 at the gate all day long. In addition, all fairgoers are invited to enjoy a free performance of That Mancini Magic! paying tribute to the timeless music of Henry Mancini, featuring Mac Frampton, Cecil Welch and The Moon River Orchestra in the WCOL Celeste Center at Noon.

Wednesday, Aug. 3

QFM96 Fair Attitude Wednesday
Fairgoers will enjoy $5 admission all day.

Mattress Firm Day
Double your deal! Pick up a voucher at any participating Mattress Firm store throughout the state and receive one free admission with the purchase of one $5 admission on Wed., August 3 only.

Thursday, Aug. 4

AAA Member Day
AAA members: Show your current membership card at a booth outside entrance gates to receive $4 admission vouchers for each member in your party.

Friday, Aug. 5

Ohio Lottery Day
Patrons 18 and over may present a non-winning Ohio Lottery ticket at a booth outside entrance gates to receive one $4 admission voucher.

Saturday, Aug. 6

Ohio Soybean Day
One Ohio soybean farmer or Ohio Soybean Association member will be given free Fair admission, with each member in their party receiving $4 admission with voucher from Ohio Soybean News magazine.

Sunday, Aug. 7

Pepsi Day
Bring any empty Pepsi product to a booth outside the entrance gates for a $3 admission voucher for every member in your party before 3 pm.

  • Print off money-saving coupons 

What would the Fair be without mouth-watering food? Be sure to visit www.ohiostatefair.com to print off coupons for delicious food and shopping at the Fair. Coupons can be found to get discounts on sweet tea, soda pop, ice cream, pizza, mini donuts, household items, jewelry and so much more! There are more than 90 different coupons located on the Fair website.