Butter sculpture unveiling

Nearly 8,000 sticks of butter make up the butter cow, calf and surprise sculpture at the Ohio State Fair. The surprise sculpture will be unveiled on Tuesday, July 23 at noon and has been kept top secret leading up to the Fair. The butter cow and calf will also be revealed on Tuesday, July 23.

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Ways to Save at the Ohio State Fair

Ways to Save at the Ohio State Fair With advance sale tickets, special discounts on admission prices nearly every day, mobile discounts and more, there are plenty of ways to save money at the Ohio State Fair this year. Special Days: All discounts not valid with other offers Wednesday, July 24 is WBNS 10 TV Opening

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City streets to close for Fair

News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2013  Contact: Alicia Shoults, 614-644-4011, a.shoults@expo.state.oh.us  CITY STREETS TO CLOSE FOR OHIO STATE FAIR     COLUMBUS –  Several city streets will close in preparation for the 160th Ohio State Fair, which will run from July 24 – Aug. 4, 2013. The streets will close at 7 am

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Fourth graders get in free

Ag is Cool lets kids learn about agriculture From July 24 through August 4, exiting fourth grade students (2012-2013 academic year) and one chaperone can attend the Fair for free any one day, upon presentation of a valid report card. Students can learn firsthand from interactive stations and find out what makes agriculture cool from

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Maple Bacon Ice Cream

Velvet Ice Cream creates Maple Bacon Ice Cream for Ohio State Fair Velvet Ice Cream today announced it has launched a new flavor: Maple Bacon Ice Cream. This quirky new flavor is available exclusively at the Ohio State Fair, which opens July 24 and runs through August 4. This one-of-a-kind ice cream features creamy maple

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Fair starts in one week

Countdown: The Fair is one week away! The Fair is place rooted in tradition. There’s something so sweet about grabbing a familiar funnel cake or a classic corn dog. However, the sweet familiarity of the Fair is complemented by the new and thrilling features the Fair offers each year. With only seven days until the

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Butters is on the move!

The Ohio State Fair’s beloved mascot, Butters D. Cow, will be out on the town this week!    He’ll be making his first appearance at Sunny 95’s neighborhood block party on July 16. Butters D. Cow will be giving away four free Fair tickets and a free parking pass at the block party, so be

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Homebrew results available now

The Ohio State Fair Homebrew Competition celebrated its 18th year with a record 544 beers, meads and ciders entered from across the state. The many experienced and highly qualified judges evaluated each entry based upon five different criteria including aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel and overall impression. Michael Creveling of Akron took home the Best of

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Enter Fair competitions

Don’t forget! Competition deadlines are fast approaching. It’s already mid-June which means that deadlines for many Ohio State Fair competitions are coming up soon! The Fair hosts contests and competitions in a wide array of categories, so there is something to suit the skill levels and interests of everyone. Have you entered yet? Upcoming deadlines: June

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Accepted Fine Arts entries

Congratulations! Congratulations to the Ohio artists whose works have been accepted into the 2013 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition! Please scroll down for a list of accepted entries. Please note you must have an official entry tag attached to your work at the time of drop-off. Please email Pam O’Loughlin p.oloughlin@expo.state.oh.us if you did not receive

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Calling all cooks!

You can have your cake and eat it too this year at the Ohio State Fair. There are more than 150 cooking, cake decorating and baking competitions being held throughout the Fair. From pies, to cakes, to jams and more, the Culinary and Baking Arts divisions have classes for every amateur baker and cook. With

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Create, Craft, Compete!

Do you love to be creative? Or do you have hundreds of “pins” on your Pinterest boards that you have been meaning to try? Whether its fabric flowers or a purse made from a map, there’s no better reason to begin creating than the 300+ arts and crafts competitions at this year’s Fair! From woodworking to weaving,

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Commission member inducted into Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame

  OhioExpositions Commission Member Inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame Doug White honored by the Ohio Agricultural Council for lifetime of service to Ohio Agriculture Ohio Expositions Commission Member Doug White will be honored by the Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC) on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, when he is inducted into the Ohio Agricultural

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Enter a competition

Enter now!  You could win a blue ribbon at this year’s Fair Mark your calendar today – many Fair entry deadlines are quickly approaching: May 28 Homebrew Competition – Whether you brew ales, porters or lagers, there’s a class for you in the Fair’s homebrew competition. This competition is open to all Ohio home brewers (or

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Play with your food

  Fair seeks professional and amateur food artists and chefs to “play with their food” Kids are told not to play with their food, but the Ohio State Fair wants to make up for lost time with the popular Food Art Competition! The Fair is currently seeking talented professional and amateur food artists and chefs

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Oak Ridge Boys, Gatlin Brothers and Crystal Gayle to perform

  Oak Ridge Boys, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers and Crystal Gayle will perform in place of George Jones on Aug. 2 Following the passing of country music legend George Jones, Ohio State Fair officials have announced that The Oak Ridge Boys, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, and Crystal Gayle will perform at

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George Jones has passed away at age 81

  Today country music lovers are mourning the loss of the legendary George Jones. Jones’ tour was slated to make a stop at the Ohio State Fair on Friday, Aug. 2 with special guest Crystal Gayle. Ohio State Fair officials are currently evaluating alternate entertainment for the WCOL Celeste Center on Aug. 2, which may

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Top musicians sought

  The Ohio State Fair is looking for talented young musicians for membership in the prestigious All-Ohio State Fair Band and the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, traditions that date back to 1925 and 1963, respectively. Dedicated high school musicians in grades 9 through 12 are encouraged to apply for membership, which is granted based

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$20,000 in scholarships available

  The Ohio State Fair offers scholarships to high school students and recent graduates in an effort to recognize their accomplishments as junior fair exhibitors. Applications for the 2013 scholarships are currently available online now. High school juniors and seniors during the current (2012-2013) academic year, as well as recent high school graduates who are continuing their

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Fair’s soybean education program receives international recognition

The Ohio State Fair, in conjunction with the Ohio Soybean Council, has received an award of distinction in the inaugural Soybean and Environmental Sustainability Awards competition from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) for its soybean education program at the 2012 Fair. In addition to receiving first place in its attendance division for

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