When a “state fair” comes to mind, many will flashback to nostalgic memories filled with carnival rides, prize-winning farm animals and fried food. While the Ohio State Fair offers these staples, fairgoers are encouraged to enter into our selection of competitions to showcase what they have to offer.

CULINARY ARTS Deadline to enter: June 20

If you’re a self-proclaimed master chef, enter one of our culinary competitions:

  • Whether you think you’ve perfected the art of grilling or just want to share a family recipe that deserves attention, we want you to enter one of our cooking and baking competitions.
  • For fans of the Food Network, a “Chopped”-style competition allows contestants to create meals using two specific ingredients given by the judges, as well as 10 ingredients that contenders choose.
  • Creative designs your forte? Enter our “Cake Design Competition”! Three levels ranging from beginner to advanced are available. Care more about the taste of a cake than the design? Make sure to enter our “Ugliest Cake Decorating” competition!
  • Learn more by clicking on the link here!

CREATIVE ARTS Deadline to enter: June 20

If you can successfully complete Pinterest craft tutorials, enter one of our Arts, Crafts and Fashion competitions:

  • Art takes multiple different forms. The Fair offers some eccentric crafty competitions such as:
    1. Scrapbooking
    2. Handmade art
    3. Fashion
    4. Photography
    5. Jewelry and beading
    6. Artistic upcycling
    7. Ohio-themed art
    8. NEW! Tie-dye
    9. Origami
    10. Stained glass
    11. Doll art
    12. More!

LIVESTOCK AND ANIMALS  Deadline to enter: June 20

Our roots are in agriculture so it is no surprise that livestock competitions are a classic staple.

  • There are classes for many species including:
  • Goats
  • Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Rabbits
  • Llamas
  • Poultry
  • Swine
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Learn more by clicking here!


Have a green thumb? Show off your backyard best in classes such as:

  • Floral arts
  • Container grown plants
  • Garden display tables
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Nuts
  • Christmas trees
  • Giant pumpkin weigh-off

Though rules vary by class, this competition allows contestants to share their creativity through nature. Find the specifics here.



From wrestlers to baton twirlers, both individuals and teams of varying different sports have the opportunity to showcase their skills. Your cousin is a 10 year-old wrestling champ? Enter! Your sister’s dance team is looking to bring home a title? Enter! You want to see if those boxing lessons really payed off? Enter!

  • Whatever your ability, we want to see a turnout of athletes of all different ages, skill sets and sports compete! Deadlines vary by sporting event. Some offer day-of registration. See a full list of sporting events and entry deadlines here.


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