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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Enter a Livestock Competition!

Considering entering a competition at the Fair this year? The Ohio State Fair would like to invite you to enter one of our many livestock competitions: For those with access to livestock, the Fair offers many different showing opportunities for any breed or species including horses, dairy cattle, llamas, rabbits, sheep, swine, beef and dairy

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Reminder to Apply for Scholarship Competition

The deadline to enter the 2015 Ohio State Fair Scholarship Competition is June 15. Applications must be postmarked by that date. Individuals can also fill out the application online and send in supplemental materials no later than June 15. The scholarship program was established to recognize the outstanding youth of Ohio and to assist them

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Final Fair Concert Series Act Announced

“Girl Meets World” star Sabrina Carpenter will be joined by Columbus-area band Liberty Deep Down in the Ohio State Fair’s Hyundai Concert Series on Thursday, July 30 at 7 pm. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 6, are just $15 and include Fair admission when purchased in advance. Carpenter, 15, plays the rebellious Maya Hart

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Demolition underway at the Ohio Expo Center

Three buildings to be demolished to construct a new multipurpose exhibition hall Demolition of the DiSalle Center, Heritage Building and Adobe Center has started at the Ohio Expo Center to make way for construction on a nearly 100,000 square-foot multipurpose exhibition facility to open in 2016. The new, $23 million multipurpose exhibition facility will be

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Scholarship applications available now

The Ohio Expositions Commission is offering more than $25,000 in scholarships to outstanding Ohio youth in an effort to recognize their accomplishments within the junior fair and provide support for furthering their education at an accredited institution in in any undergraduate field of study. High school juniors, seniors and recent graduates are eligible to apply for

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Fair on national TV

Rodney Miller and Jann Carl of the original television show Small Town Big Deal spent two days visiting the Ohio State Fair in 2014. From checking out livestock shows, meeting members of the All-Ohio State Fair Band to learning about the fair’s longest running vendor, Schmidt’s, they learned that the Ohio State Fair is, in

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Concerts announced

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Youth artists honored

Ohio First Lady recognizes three Ohio State Fair youth artists in “Spotlight” program Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich heralded the talents of three Ohio youth artists at a special event held at the Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden on January 22. Jason Bai of Columbus, Yijun Kang of Upper Arlington, and Sarah Mitchell of

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