The 2015 Fair Commercials are Now Available!

This year’s Fair commercials are full of lavish llamas, pretentious potatoes, playful pigs and more! These commercials produced by Basecraft are sure to tickle your funny bone and get you and your family pumped for the 162nd Ohio State Fair! Check them out on YouTube. The 2015 Ohio State Fair runs from July 29 through

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2015 Fair Volunteer Spotlights: Eileen Goodin

Eileen Goodin has been a Girl Scouts program supporter for more than 30 years. Eileen received a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in 1977 and a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1980. She recently retired as a partner of the Columbus law firm Barkan Meizlish Handelman Goodin

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2015 Fair Employee Spotlights: Sandi Latimer

Sandi Latimer has written in the news field for nearly 60 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Kent State University in 1965 and has worked in a wide variety of areas in the journalism field including in radio, at a wire service, in medical communications and marketing, covering state government, as

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2015 Fair Employee Spotlights: Bev Price

Bev Price serves as the assistant superintendent for the Girl Scouts and is a lifetime Girl Scout member. She worked in finance and accounting throughout her career, including the 10 years she spent with the Central Trust Bank in Cincinnati, until she took time off to stay home with her two girls.  During this time,

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2015 Fair Employee Spotlights: Terri Brickles

Terri Brickles is a member of the Girl Scouts committee for the Ohio State Fair, as well as a member of the Western Ohio Buckeye Trails Region of the Girl Scouts, where she volunteers in many areas. She is a service team chair in her service unit, the co-director for Council Operated Troop Camp and

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All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir Announce 2015 Members

The All-Ohio State Fair Band and All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir have announced their membership for the 2015 Ohio State Fair. The All-Ohio State Fair Band was founded in 1925 and the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir was founded in 1963. The Band and Choir, composed of a total of 379 superior musicians (217 in

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#ThrowbackThursday Contest: Win tickets to Hairapalooza!

Get those penny loafers, bell bottom jeans and big hairdos ready – Thursday, Aug. 6 at the Ohio State Fair is #ThrowbackThursday! To celebrate this timeless tradition, we’re having some pretty sweet deals that will give you a blast from the past. Enjoy FREE parking (usually $5) and $1 small fountain sodas at select locations

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2015 Fair Employee Spotlights: Richard “Dick” A. Dieffenderfer

Richard “Dick” A. Dieffenderfer is the director of the Ohio State Fair Technology and Engineering Showcase and other STEM program event exhibits. Richard’s 49-year career began when he graduated from Trenton State College (now College of New Jersey) in 1962 with a degree in Industrial Arts.  His postgraduate formal education includes a master’s from Trenton

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Butters D. Cow is Out & About!

The Ohio State Fair is quickly approaching, which means that our friendly mascot Butters D. Cow is out and about! Come find Butters as he visits events all around Columbus to win coloring pages, pins and even Fair tickets! The friendly cow will be at the following events: –Dash for Donation: Come to Nationwide Arena

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Agriculture is Cool- learn about Ohio’s largest industry

What is “Agriculture is Cool”? Do you have a soon-to-be-fifth-grader that would like to get into the Fair for FREE? With the presentation of a valid report card, exiting fourth grade students (2014-2015 academic year) and one chaperone can get into the Ohio State Fair for free to participate in the interactive learning experience “Agriculture

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2015 Fair Employee Spotlights: Kaye Nickoloff

Kaye Nickoloff is currently one of the contest directors for the baton twirling competitions at the Fair, alongside her sister, Callene. Kaye was employed at Driscol Music Company in Lorain for 22 years as a band instrument repair technician and school educational representative. Due to the recent closing of Driscol Music Company, Kaye is now

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2015 Fair Employee Spotlights: Callene Derrick

Callene Derrick is currently one of the contest directors for the baton twirling competitions at the Fair, alongside her sister, Kaye. has held numerous positions with the United States Twirling Associations (USTA) local, state and regional councils. She has been a United States Twirling Association member since 1962, a coach for 40 years and a

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2015 Fair Employee Spotlights: Emily Hobson

Emily Hobson has been a Guest Information Services (GIS) representative at the Fair since 2008, working at the  info booth near Brown Arena and 17th Avenue. Emily grew up in Marion County on a farm east of Prospect, and competed in county and state fairs with Montadale sheep through the 4-H program. After high school, she

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2015 Fair Employee Spotlights: Jon C. Peterson, D.M.A.

Jon C. Peterson, D.M.A. was named director of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, a 200-voice mixed choir of high school students selected competitively from across the state of Ohio, in the spring of 2014 and is entering his second year at the Fair. Jon also serves as assistant professor of music and director of choral activities

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9 Quirky Ohio State Fair Competitions

Nine Quirky Ohio State Fair Competitions What do bowling pins, watermelon seeds, tattoos and duct tape all have in common? They’re all part of competitions offered at the Ohio State Fair! Here is a list of nine quirky Fair competitions that cater to different, and sometimes unusual, interests and talents. 1) Old Familiar Beard Bash

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Junior Poultry Exhibition competition details announced

In conjunction with Ohio 4-H and FFA, the Ohio State Fair has announced its junior poultry exhibition plans for 2015, including the opportunity for all of Ohio’s junior poultry exhibitors to have the chance to participate in the Sale of Champions. Youth Exhibition To begin, junior poultry exhibitors will be able to highlight their poultry knowledge

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Youth Arts Deadline Extended to June 20

Calling all youth artists grades 1 – 12! The Ohio State Fair is still accepting original artwork for this year’s youth arts exhibit. Have your masterpieces exhibited to more than 6,400 visitors and compete with some of the best youth artists in the state to win various prizes and scholarship opportunities! In addition to individual

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Get grilling with this 2014 Culinary Arts competition winning recipe

The Ohio State Fair offers a wide variety of competitions in the Culinary and Baking Arts division that allow Ohioans to show off their various cooking and baking talents. These competitions bring in some extremely talented men and women, and with them come some exceptional recipes. Entering one of the many Culinary and Baking Arts

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State Fair announces cancellation of 2015 poultry shows

OHIO STATE FAIR ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF 2015 POULTRY SHOWS Ohio Taking Proactive Effort to Remain Free of Deadly Avian Flu COLUMBUS – In conjunction with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio State Fair announced today that both junior and open poultry shows will not be held at the 2015 Ohio State Fair. In a

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2015 Homebrew Competition Award Winners Announced

The Ohio State Fair Homebrew Competition celebrated its 20th year by judging 528 beers, meads and ciders brewed across the state from Ohio homebrewers and any homebrewers from neighboring states who are active members of an Ohio homebrew club. The many experienced and highly qualified judges evaluated each entry based upon five different criteria including

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