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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 members of an Ohio homebrew club). This year’s competition will be held on Saturday, June 15. 

May 29

  • Fine Arts – Ohio artists and filmmakers are invited to enter the Fair’s fine arts division, which includes a short film division.

June 7

  • 4-H Spelling Bee – Participating schools may recommend two students in each grade level and participating 4-H county extension offices may recommend one student for each grade level, third through sixth (for the 2012-2013 academic year). The competition is open to both 4-H and non-4-H members.

June 10

  • Youth Arts – Ohio students from pre-kindergarten through high school can enter up to four works of art in dozens of categories. 

June 20

  • Arts & Crafts, Antiques & Fashion –  There is something for everyone with hundreds of different competition classes and thousands of dollars in prizes! Enter your best sewing, quilting, fashion, jewelry, leather, needlework and more. Get wild and wacky when you enter the Duck brand duct tape or Brillo pad art contest – both of which offer free supplies for your creations!

  • Cooking, baking and decorating – Think you make the best pie in town? Put your baking skills to the test by entering your best home-baked goods in the Fair’s various classes of baking competitions that offer thousands of dollars in prizes. 

  • Livestock – Some of the Ohio State Fair’s livestock classes include beef and dairy cattle, llamas, rabbits, sheep, poultry, goats and swine. Anyone can participate in the open classes, but junior classes are open only to Ohio 4-H and FFA members. Late entries (with late fees charged) are accepted through the Fair. 

July 1

  • Agriculture/Horticulture/Floriculture – Show us your gardening skills by entering your home-grown flowers, fruits and vegetables in the Agriculture and Horticulture competitions at the Ohio State Fair. Other categories for competition include floral design and Christmas trees.

  • Scholarships – High school juniors, seniors and graduates who are continuing their education at an accredited institution in an undergraduate course of study in a field of their choice are eligible to apply. Applicants will be judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, county fair participation and financial need. Scholarships will be awarded to junior exhibitors during the Ohio State Fair. 

  • Horse Show – Equine lovers can participate in several classes, including Percherons, Belgians, Clydesdales, Shires, Hackneys, American Miniature Horse, American Show Pony, Shetlands, Haflingers and Saddlebreds. Open classes are available for everyone to participate.

July 10

  • Baton – Since 1966, baton twirlers have twirled their way to victory at the Fair. See if you have what it takes enter one of the Fair’s 11 classes including various struts, solo, duets/pairs, two/three batons and freestyle/rhythmic twirl.

July 12

  • Boxing – The tournament, with classes for everyone, is held under sanction of the Ohio Association of USA Boxing. It’s sure to be a big hit.

July 19

  • Cheer and Dance – Teams from all over the state will perform their cheer and dance routines as they compete for top titles in this Americheer event.

July 22


  • Plein Air – Artists can spend the day creating works of art from the scenes of the Fair, plein air style. The work must be completed at an outdoor location at the Fair

  • Street Painting – Get Chalking! In a 4 x 4 or 8 x 8 asphalt area on the grounds, street artists statewide will chalk it up on the Fairgrounds.

July 24

  • Wrestling – Top wrestlers in each age division of the folkstyle and freestyle tournaments will be awarded with medals. 

July 26


  • Taekwondo – The Buckeye Classic State/Regional Taekwondo Championships for taekwondo, the most popular martial art in the world and an ancient Korean martial art, will be held at the Fair for the second consecutive year. 

July 27

  • Sunburst Beauty Pageant – Will you or your child be named the next queen or king? Every participant receives a crown and trophy!

July 28


  • 5K run and walk – Experience the Ohio State Fair from end to end as you walk or jog your way past rides and animals at one the most unique 5K routes you will find, the Ohio State Fair 5K on Sunday, July 28. All participants receive free Fair admission and parking, a SkyGlider ticket and a goodie bag. Enter online in advance or on race day.

August 3

  • Power lifting – This American Powerlifting League event will feature men and women from a novice skill level to master participating in bench press, deadlift and curl. 

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