The Ohio State Fair is proud to announce that for the third consecutive year, the prestigious All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir will perform at the Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting, held this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2017, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

The Choir, directed by Dr. Jon C. Peterson of Canton, will perform a repertoire of traditional holiday music during this grand Ohio celebration at 6:30 pm. The group is comprised of alumni and singers from the nearly 200-member ensemble that performed during the 2016 Ohio State Fair. Alumni members of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir dating to its original formation in 1963 have been invited to join as vocalists at the performance.

The Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting marks the beginning of the holiday season on Capitol Square and throughout all of central Ohio. The indoor ceremony will take place in the Statehouse Atrium and consist of a short program, welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus, followed by the lighting of our historically decorated holiday tree. The festivities will then continue with refreshments, arts and crafts activities, games and special performances by local choirs. There will also be a free photo station available to capture your families’ moment with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The event is free and open to the public.

The 2016 All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir was comprised of students in grades 9 through 12 and represented more than 90 high schools and 50 Ohio counties. Membership is granted after an application process that takes place February-March each year and is based on a number of factors including student ability and recommendation from choral directors. Participating students gain a unique musical and educational experience, as well as an opportunity to build many lasting friendships during a two-week stay at the Ohio State Fair. Being a member of the Choir offers a valuable challenge to learn and perform music of varied genres, as well as an opportunity to work with a staff of talented and motivational music educators from across Ohio.

For more information, about the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, please visit For more information on the Ohio Statehouse, please visit

The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With a spectacular midway, big-name entertainment, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior fair shows in the nation, the 2017 Ohio State Fair will run July 26 – Aug. 6.