2017 Information

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation

August 3, 10 am – 5 pm, ShowPlace Pavilion
Enjoy fun activities for kids, and obtain educational materials for adults, including information on the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District’s new Rain Barrel, Compost Bin and Native Plant rebate program.

Columbus All-Breed Dog Agility

July 29 – 30, 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, Rhodes Center Lawn
Watch as these local pups strut their stuff with as-seen-on-TV style agility!

Invention League / Invention Convention NEW!

July 30, 3:45 – 4:45 pm; View entries 5 – 6:30 pm, Cardinal Hall A
Kindergarten through eighth grade students will give Ohio’s young talented inventors and entrepreneurs the opportunity to be recognized and awarded with educational scholarships and prizes.

M. Nicholson Hip Hop Fitness

August 4, Registration – 6 – 7 pm, Event – 7 – 9 pm, ShowPlace Pavilion
Join us for a fitness experience like no other – Central Ohio’s top dance fitness program M. Nicholson Hip Hop Fitness will be having an event filled with fitness, fun, family, friends and surprises.

Zumba Hip-Hop Fitness Extravaganza

July 30, Registration – 6 – 7 pm, Event – 7 – 9 pm, ShowPlace Pavilion
This exciting two-hour fitness event will give fairgoers the opportunity to try out Zumba for free, burning major calories while dancing to the latest Latin, R&B, hip-hop and pop music. Stick around after the fitness fun for social time with dancing and music.

Ohio State Beekeepers Association

July 30 – August 6, Cardinal Hall, Patio
Learn how to start and maintain your own beehive, as well as the importance of bees to our ecosystem, while having fun! Don’t miss the exciting “Beard of Bees” demonstrations, held at the following times:

  • July 31 – 1 pm, 4 pm
  • August 4 – 1 pm
  • August 5 – 1 pm
  • August 6 – 1 pm

Old Familiar Beard Bash Competition

July 31, Registration – Noon – 2 pm; Event – 2:30 – 3:30 pm, ShowPlace Pavilion
The most moustachioed and best beardsmen in the Midwest will gather to show off their fancy follicles in this impressive and wacky hair-raising competition, now in its third year! Participants will compete in categories for mustaches, partial beards, full beards and even fake facial hair where absurdity reigns king (or queen)! In addition to the competition, visitors can peruse the moustache inspired art gallery, enjoy live performances by unshaven entertainers, and don a moustache to see how they would look in the Hall of Hirsute photo area. Registration for interested participants begins at noon.

Ohio’s Best Tattoo Competition

July 31, Registration – Noon – 2 pm; Event – 4 – 6:30 pm, ShowPlace Pavilion
See artistic masterpieces showcased on a different kind of canvas – skin – as tattoo artists and enthusiasts compete to be named the best tattoo in the state. Join High Street Tattoo, the Ohio State Fair and the Short North’s most charismatic character, Joey Knuckles, as the event’s emcee. Registration is from Noon to 3:30 pm for interested participants.

Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ Unions Great Lakes Apprentice Competition

July 27 – 29, Cardinal Hall Patio
The great Ohio State Fair will be home and host of the 2016 Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ Unions Great Lakes Apprentice Competition. This exciting event allows the apprentices of their respected trade to come together in this friendly competition to determine the best apprentice.

Pork Rib-Off

Aug. 1, 11:30 am, Central Park
The 20th Annual Pork Rib-Off returns with teams competing to be honored for the best ribs, pulled pork and barbecue sauce in the state. After celebrity judges have sampled the food, fairgoers will be able to enjoy free samples and cast their vote for People’s Choice Award.

Sunburst Beauty Pageant and Model Search

Aug. 5, Registration – 11 am – Noon; Event – Noon – 4 pm, Martin Janis 50+ Center
Contestants from children under age one up to 27 years old are invited to participate in this annual pageant judged based on beauty and personality. Registration for interested participants begins at noon.

Buckeye State Sanctioned Kiddy Pedal Tractor Pullers Championship – state championship finals

August 6, Registration – 10 am – 3 pm; Event – 3 – 7 pm, Brown Sheep Building
Throughout the 2016-2017 season, the top three winners from each gender and age group at approximately 60 different competitions throughout the state have qualified to come to the final statewide championship kicking off at 3 pm. At the end of the day, the top three in each class will qualify and be invited to the National Kiddy Pedal Tractor Pulling Championship held in September at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.