5 Quirky Competitions You Can Enter at the Ohio State Fair

Blue ribbons aren’t just for the best pies or premium livestock at the Ohio State Fair. We also recognize Ohioans with different, and sometimes unusual, interests and talents. Here is a list of five quirky Fair competitions we think you should enter.

1) Candy Bouquet Competition
Entry Deadline: June 20
Items must be delivered by July 15 (4 – 8 pm) and July 16 (11 am – 7 pm). 

You’d love to get a candy bouquet as a gift, but do you think you can make one? In this new competition, participants create the most original and creative candy bouquet in the state of Ohio. Can you turn your favorite candy into a work of art? All candy must be wrapped, but that’s probably a good thing- or someone might try to eat it before the competition! More information can be found here.

2) Old Familiar Beard Bash Competitionbeard comp 2
Entry Deadline: Aug.1
Event held on Monday, Aug. 1 from 2:30 – 4 pm at Showplace Pavilion. Registration is from noon – 2:30 pm. 

Now in its third year, this competition brings together the best beardsmen from across the Midwest to compete for the respect of their hairy brothers. Participants will compete in categories for natural and freestyle moustaches and beards, and even fake facial hair where absurdity reigns king (or queen)! Come show off your fantastic follicles in this wacky, hair-raising competition! Find out more here.

3) Slinging Aces Cornhole Tournament 
Entry Deadline: Aug. 5
Event held on Friday, Aug. 5 at Buckeye Sports Center. Registration/Warmups begin at 4:30 pm; tournament starts at 6 pm. 

We’re bringing this cookout favorite to the big stage. Sick of beating your friends at cornhole over and over again? Enter this tournament for the chance to face off against cornhole players from around the state. This doubles competition allows teams to go head-to-head in a double-elimination tournament. Make sure you arrive early enough to register and warmup. Start practicing now! Get more information here.

4) Brillo Pad Art Competition 
Entry Deadline: June 20
Items must be delivered by July 15 (4 – 8 pm) and July 16 (11 am – 7 pm). 

Think outside the box with our wild and wacky Brillo Pad Art competition! Participants can submit a float, an outfit or garment, a 3-D creation and more. Entries will be judged based on quantity of Brillo Pads used, creativity, originality, display and presentation. Free Brillo Pads will be provided by the sponsor on a first- come, first-served basis to the first 24 registered entrants to pick up the product at the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair store room during the week of June 20 – 24 from 9 – 11 am and 1 – 3 pm. Find out more here.

5) Artistic Upcycling Competition
Entry Deadline: June 20
Items must be delivered by July 15 (4 – 8 pm) and July 16 (11 am – 7 pm). 

Transform recycled items into something creative and fun in this series of environmentally-friendly competitions. Participants can create a decorative item, small furniture, a repurposed door, a recycled bowling pin or, new this year, a metal sculpture! More information can be found here.

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