2018 Sale of Champions participants announced

The time has come for dedicated junior livestock exhibitors to take the stage during the 2018 Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions. The sale will be held tomorrow, Sunday, Aug. 5 at 2 pm in the WCOL Celeste Center. The 2018 sale will include 11 champions from 16 youth: Grand and Reserve Champion Market Beef,

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Ohio State Fair’s Five Wackiest Foods

For some, coming to the Ohio State Fair is all about the food and for others it’s about the adventure. Get a taste of both by trying the Ohio State Fair’s top five wackiest Fair foods. Deep Fried Cream Cheese Larvettes Did someone say mealworms? That’s right. The Bulk Candy Store located just south of

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Gluten Free at the Fair

For anyone following a gluten-free diet, there are plenty of options you can still enjoy when you visit the Ohio State Fair. Don’t forget to ask individual vendors about the risk of cross contamination or gluten exposure for kitchens that may serve items that do contain gluten. Fairgoers with gluten sensitivities and intolerances should use

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Guys and Gals Lead at the Ohio State Fair

A parade of exhibitors modeling wool fashion while leading sheep in sweltering summer temperatures may be a strange sight. However, it is part of a time-honored tradition at the Ohio State Fair known as Guys and Gals Lead.  The origin of this somewhat bizarre event is the need to share the story of agriculture and

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2017 Competition Results

2017 Competition Results 4-H non-livestock results 4-H Dog Show Agriculture and Horticulture Christmas Trees Nuts Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off Baton Beef Junior Commercial Cattle Junior All Other Breeds (AOB) Beef Junior Angus Junior Chianina Junior Gelbvieh Junior Hereford Junior Limousin Junior Maine-Anjou Junior Market Beef Junior Shorthorn Beef Junior Simmental Junior Supreme Heifer Open Angus Open

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Inspiring Innovation at the Ohio State Fair

David Brendel, a city guy at heart, never imagined the Ohio State Fair would be such a valuable stop on his educational journey. Growing up in Dayton, fairs were an unconventional experience for this OSU student. Seven years ago, Brendel was introduced to the statewide tradition of the Ohio State Fair. During high school, Brendel

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Family Fun for $50

Want a day full of family fun, but on a budget? With a little bit of strategic planning your family of four can enjoy the Ohio State Fair for just $50! Let the savings begin on NBC4 Family Discount Day, Monday, July 30. On this day, kids 12 and under enjoy free admission to the

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Family fun at the Fair for under $100

Updated: July 8, 2018 A day of family fun doesn’t have to break the bank. The Ohio State Fair provides endless entertainment at a bargain price. Bring your family of five and spend no more than $100! Here are some quick tips and tricks to a successful budgeted day of Fair fun: Buy in advance

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8 things you can only experience at the Ohio State Fair

The 165th Ohio State Fair will continue a proud and highly anticipated tradition July 25 – Aug. 5, 2018 at the Ohio Expo Center. This year’s event includes a wide range of food, entertainment, agriculture, livestock and art exhibitions. In addition, highlighted traditions and interactive displays will ensure a fun-filled trip for all ages. Although

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Christmas in July at the Ohio State Fair

  The Ohio State Fair offers unique events and competitions that showcase all the state has to offer. One of these unique events involves growing Christmas trees, an activity not typically thought about until Christmas. However, Christmas tree farms throughout Ohio think about it all year round. The Ohio State Fair has partnered up with

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Reimagining Waste

Chances are you’ve heard the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” once, twice or maybe a thousand times. Although it’s quite cliché, this pearl of wisdom is the entire basis of a popular concept called upcycling; taking used objects and giving them a new life as something useful or creative that is typically

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Blue Ribbon Baking

The Science Behind the Competition How does a pie earn a blue ribbon at the Ohio State Fair? We asked three different judges for their insight on food judging at the Fair to capture the science behind the competition. Richard Leiss, Mary Kay Pohlschneider and Marilyn Rabe all come from different backgrounds yet all are

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Beyond the Banner – What I learned from showing at the Ohio State Fair

By: Abby Motter, Richland County You’ve seen the pictures: a youth exhibitor with their face stretched into an enthusiastic smile holding a halter. The whole family crowded eagerly around a beautifully groomed livestock animal, a purple banner in a proud dad’s clenched hands, an Ohio State Fair background. You know what I’m talking about. Earning

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Five Tips & Tricks for Capturing your Pet’s Best Side

If you most commonly follow Instagram accounts based on cute puppies, kittens and baby zoo animals, you’re not alone. Doug the Pug, Grumpy Cat and Marnie the Dog didn’t collectively earn more than 7.6 million followers without your support! Next time someone claims the title of “cutest pet” you need to be prepared to counteract

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Win a blue ribbon this year

Whether you’re crafty and can upcycle anything into a masterpiece or you’re the best baker on the block, we’ve got a competition for you at the Ohio State Fair. Show off your blue ribbon best and prove to your friends, family and neighbors that you really are, in fact, the best in the state! Arts,

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2018 Ohio State Fair Homebrew winners announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2018 OHIO STATE FAIR HOMEBREW WINNERS ANNOUNCED Craig Davis from Columbus, Ohio receives best in show award COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Fair Homebrew Competition celebrated its 23rd year with 539 judged entries from 153 entrants in the divisions of beer, meads and ciders from Ohio homebrewers and homebrewers from neighboring states

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Farm to Table: Picking the Best Farm Fresh Ingredients

Do you enjoy using locally sourced ingredients? If so, the Farm to Table competition is the perfect contest for you. Using only food from your county, you’ll be challenged to create an unrivaled cold salad recipe to help support the local sustainable food community. All main ingredients in your recipe must be purchased from a

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