Listed alphabetically; all attractions are free unless otherwise noted
Ag is Cool interactive education stations
10 am – 6 pm (closes at 3 pm on Aug. 9), various locations listed on map
Hands-on stations throughout the Fair allow you to learn about how agriculture impacts your daily life, giving you the opportunity to milk a cow, spin wool and much more.
Bass Bin NEW!
1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm (additional show at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday), North end of Natural Resources Park entrance
Learn fishing tips from a pro sitting atop this 4,000 gallon aquarium stocked with fish. Fairgoers will be able to witness casting demonstrations, learn how different lures work and find techniques to catch specific types of fish at this interesting and engaging demonstration.
10 am – 9 pm, Kiddieland
Every day can be “Hump Day” during the Fair! Camel rides are offered for $5 per ride.
Central Ohio Model Railroad Club Exhibit
10 am – 9 pm, east of the North Buckeye Health Plan SkyGlider access point
Fairgoers of all ages will love the elaborate, functional model railroad exhibit including a special just-for-kids Thomas and Friends section.
Central Ohio LEGO® Train Club display
9 am – 8 pm (closes at 6 pm on Aug. 9), Youth Center
Check out this year’s elaborate LEGO® display using thousands of bricks to create intricate working designs composed entirely of LEGO® pieces.
Jumbo Tic-Tac-Toe NEW!
11 am – 5 pm, Central Park
Families can play a gigantic version of the classic game featuring “X’s” and “O’s” with oversized letters on a game board painted on the grass in Central Park.
11 am – 5 pm
Kids will jump at the chance to make their artistic mark on a giant Fair mural each day (with washable paint, of course).
Natural Resources Park
9 am – 7:30 pm
Enjoy free fishing for kids, kayaking, archery, a butterfly garden, a watercraft simulator and so much more in this beautiful eight-acre park maintained by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. There are so many things to observe such as native Ohio wildlife, a log cabin, a geological walkway and a tall grass prairie. The outdoor amphitheater hosts free music and entertaining programs, such as the popular Great Lakes Timber lumberjack show, throughout the day.
Ohio Farm Bureau Land & Living Exhibit
10 am – 8 pm, Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building
This highly interactive exhibit is packed with interesting activities and games the whole family can enjoy. Young children will enjoy driving pedal farm tractors and families can record their State Fair memories with a free photograph before leaving the exhibit.
OSU Phun with Physics
Monday – Friday: 1:30 – 4:30 pm, Youth Center (Shows at 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm)
Saturday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm (Shows at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm)
Enjoy radically fun, in-your-face science with cool liquid nitrogen experiments, the Spinning Barf Wheel of Science, rocket launching and more.
OVMA Veterinary Education Center
9 am – 10 pm, Wick Pavilion (closed on Aug. 9)
Witness the miracle of birth and visit new and expectant farm animal mothers and their young at this educational exhibit near the Dairy Products Building. You can even milk a real cow from noon to 4 pm!
4 pm (no parade Aug. 9)
Fair mascot Butters D. Cow will be joined by local celebrities, honorees, entertainers and special guests in this tour through the Fair led by the All-Ohio State Fair Band presented by Buckeye Health Plan and All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir.
Pig Races presented by 99.7 The Blitz
Monday – Friday: 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, Kiddieland
Saturday – Sunday: 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Three different breeds of swifty swine race around the track for a prize.
10 am – 10 pm (open until 11 pm Friday and Saturday), Kiddieland
The free Petting Zoo features more than 50 animals from around the world including goats, llamas, zebras, antelope, camels, kangaroos and much more.
10 am – 9 pm, Kiddieland
Pony rides are offered for $4 per ride.
Wolves of the World presented by the Printing Association of Ohio • N. Kentucky NEW!
1 pm, 3 pm, 7 pm, Kiddieland
This educational demonstration will highlight the natural behaviors of the world’s only traveling wolf pack.
Zombie Acres NEW!
Help protect our great state from a zombie apocalypse in the new Zombie Acres attraction! Take down the live-action zombies and the zombie models in this exciting paintball course. Zombie Acres is located just south of the Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5. Fairgoers can get 100 shots for $15.
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Columbus All-Breed Dog Agility
Aug. 1 – 2, 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, Rhodes Center Lawn
Watch as these local pups strut their stuff with as-seen-on-TV style agility!
Zumba Hip-Hop Fitness Extravaganza
Aug. 2, 6 – 8 pm; Aug. 7, 6 – 8 pm ShowPlace Pavilion
This exciting two-hour fitness event will give fairgoers the opportunity to try out Zumba for free, burning major calories while dancing to the latest Latin, R&B, hip-hop and pop music. Stick around after the fitness fun for social time with dancing and music.
Ohio State Beekeepers Association
Aug. 2 – 9, 9 am – 7 pm, DiSalle Patio
Learn how to start and maintain your own beehive, as well as the importance of bees to our ecosystem, while having fun! Don’t miss the beard of bees show, held daily at 1 pm (with an additional show at 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday).
50 Year Club meeting
Aug. 3, 8:30 am, FFA Center
Did you attend the Ohio State Fair in 1965 or earlier? If you answered yes, you’re automatically a member of the 50 Year Club! The club’s annual meeting will feature the presentation of the esteemed Giant Step Award and more.
Old Familiar Beard Bash Competition
Aug. 3, 2:30 pm, ShowPlace Pavilion
The most moustachioed and best beardsmen in the Midwest will gather to show off their fancy follicles in this impressive and wacky hair-raising competition, now in its second year! Participants will compete in categories for mustaches, partial beards, full beards and even fake facial hair where absurdity reigns king (or queen)! In addition to the competition, visitors can peruse the moustache inspired art gallery, enjoy live performances by unshaven entertainers, and don a moustache to see how they would look in the Hall of Hirsute photo area. Registration for interested participants begins at noon.
Ohio’s Best Tattoo Competition NEW!
Aug. 3, 5 pm, ShowPlace Pavilion
See artistic masterpieces showcased on a different kind of canvas – skin – as tattoo artists and enthusiasts compete to be named the best tattoo in the state. Registration begins at noon for interested participants.
Aug. 4, 11:30 am, Central Park
The 18th Annual Pork Rib-Off returns with teams competing to be honored for the best ribs, pulled pork and barbecue sauce in the state. After celebrity judges have sampled the food, fairgoers will be able to enjoy free samples and cast their vote for People’s Choice Award.
Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience NEW!
Aug. 6 – 9, 10 am – 9 pm, North of 17th Avenue in front of Rhodes Center
Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience is an interactive mobile exhibit offering guests the opportunity to experience the innovation and curiosity of Les Paul like never before. Explore music, sound and technology innovations in a hands-on, entertaining experience as you mix and share music.
Backyard Conservation & Gardening
Aug. 6, 10 am – 6 pm, ShowPlace Pavilion
Come and learn how you can improve your gardening and decrease your carbon footprint by using compost bins, rain barrels and more at this event presented by Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District. Kids activities will be held at 10 am, and a rain barrel will be raffled at 4 pm!
Sunburst Beauty Pageant
Aug. 8, 1 pm, National Church Residences Martin Janis 50+ Center
Contestants from children under age one up to 27 years old are invited to participate in this annual pageant judged based on beauty and personality. Registration for interested participants begins at noon.
Ohio Lottery Fan Appreciation Day
Aug. 8, Central Park
Meet the co-host of the TV game show for your chance to win cash and prizes. Get there early – registration for your chance to play starts at 11 am.
Ohio Christian Association Music Showcase
Aug. 9, Noon, 3:30 pm, 7 pm, ShowPlace Pavilion
Talented Ohio musicians will perform Christian songs throughout the day.