Musical Entertainment at Outdoor Stages
Promotional materials from musicians and bands wishing to perform at the outdoor stages during the 2020 Ohio State Fair will be accepted between September and October of 2019. After this time, no materials will be accepted. Materials can be sent to Brett Chance, Entertainment Director at 717 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43211, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Musical Entertainment at Outdoor Stages and Roving Entertainment
Promotional materials from non-musical entertainers wanting to play at the 2020 Ohio State Fair will be accepted between September and December of 2019 only. All non-music related entertainers wishing to be considered for the Ohio State Fair may email a promotional packet to Mark Sparks of Triangle Talent, Inc. at email@example.com between September and December of 2019 only. After this time, no materials will be accepted.
Listed alphabetically; all attractions are free unless otherwise noted
All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir
Performance times vary
The All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir and All-Ohio State Fair Band arrive just days before the Fair opens, learning all of their music in a limited time. They perform daily at various times and locations, with nearly 200 total performances held during the 12 days of the Fair.
9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Ohio Beer and Wine Pavilion
The Budweiser Clydesdales have been the symbol of Anheuser-Busch for more than 85 years. They were formally introduced on April 7, 1933, to celebrate the repeal of prohibition for beer. The Clydesdale hitches travel thousands of miles each year, and with each mile they cover, so continues the Anheuser-Busch tradition.
10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Meijer Kiddieland
Every day can be “Hump Day” during the Fair! Camel rides are offered for $7 per ride.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Natural Resources Park
Step inside an enclosed garden filled with fluttering wings of dazzling color. See a butterfly magically emerge from a chrysalis, dry its wings, and then feed on nectar provided by flowers.
Central Ohio Model Railroad Club Exhibit
9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Closes at 6 p.m. on Aug. 4), Kasich Hall, Hall C
Fairgoers of all ages will love the elaborate, functional model railroad exhibit including a special just-for-kids Thomas and Friends section.
FLIPPIN – The Aerial and Acrobatic Spectacular NEW!
South end of Mountain Dew Midway
Monday – Friday: 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
First Saturday and last Sunday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
First Sunday and last Saturday: noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m.
A team of acrobats, comedians and aerialists with five generations of family entertainment experience time travel from the past to bring you flying mechanisms, contraptions, body mechanisms and much more, giving you a peculiar and extraordinary presentation.
Human Cannonball Crusaders NEW!
Monday – Friday: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
This heart-pounding former Ringling Bros. circus act is loading up the cannon and bringing it to the Ohio State Fair. Human cannonball Brian Miser will be shot 40 feet high and 100 feet in distance as fairgoers watch from below.
9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Closes at 6 p.m. on Aug. 4), Lausche Youth Center
Kids can be inventors! Youth in grades K-12 and their families can learn about applying STEAM skills through inventing.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Natural Resources Park
Grab a life jacket and try out kayaking in a shallow pond, free during Fair hours.
Monster Mural, Central Park
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closes at 4 p.m. on Aug. 4)
Kids will jump at the chance to make their artistic mark on a giant Fair mural each day (with washable paint, of course).
Natural Resources Park
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (times of activities vary)
Enjoy free fishing for kids, kayaking, archery, a butterfly house, a watercraft simulator and so much more in this beautiful eight-acre park maintained by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Enjoy native Ohio wildlife, a geological walkway, a camping village and a tall grass prairie. The outdoor amphitheater hosts free music and entertaining programs, such as the popular lumberjack show, each day of the Fair.
Ohio Farm Bureau Land & Living Exhibit
10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Nationwide® Donahey Land & Living Building presented by Ohio Farm Bureau
This highly interactive exhibit is packed with agricultural education activities the whole family can enjoy. Visitors will see, experience and learn about caring for animals on the farm, how science and technology are helping farmers produce safe food while enhancing our environmental resources, how scientists are researching solutions to our biggest food and farming challenges and how young people can have careers in agriculture. Visitors can experience planting crops in a tractor simulator, shopping in an interactive grocery store and recording their State Fair memories with a free photograph before leaving the exhibit.
OVMA Veterinary Education Center
9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Wick Pavilion (closed on Aug. 4)
Witness the miracle of birth and visit new and expectant farm animal mothers and their young at this educational exhibit near the Dairy Products Building. You can even milk a real cow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.!
4 p.m. (no parade Aug. 4)
Fair mascot Butters D. Cow will be joined by local celebrities, honorees, costumed characters, entertainers and special guests in this tour through the Fair featuring the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir. The parade begins just north of Natural Resources Park and continues up the WNCI Food Highway, ending just north of 17th Avenue.
Pig Races presented by 99.7 The Blitz
Monday – Friday: 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., Meijer Kiddieland
Saturday – Sunday: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Three different breeds of swifty swine race around the track for a prize. Cheer on your favorite little porker!
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday), Meijer Kiddieland
The free Petting Zoo features more than 50 animals from around the world including goats, llamas, zebras, antelope, camels, kangaroos and much more.
10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Meijer Kiddieland
Pony rides are offered for $5 per ride.
Limited-time attractions – 2019
Listed by date
ACTOhio Construction Demo Days and Little Builders Zone
July 24 – 26, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Cardinal Patio
ACT Ohio and the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council are hosting a family-friendly Building Trades Demo Showcase at the 2019 Ohio State Fair. Skilled tradespeople from 10 construction trades will stage live demonstrations with building activities for children, young people and adults!
Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons
July 24 – 26, Cardinal Patio
Check out the various skills of plasterers and cement masons, enjoy an activity or two and ask questions.
WOSU Kids Day
July 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Central Park
Join WOSU Public Media from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Central Park for a chance to meet your favorite PBS KIDS® characters including Daniel Tiger, Katerina Kittycat, Clifford, Nature Cat, Jet Propulsion and Luna from Let’s Go Luna! Enjoy family-friendly activities and check out a live radio broadcast.
Mid-Ohio Marauders Cowboy Mounted Shooting
July 26 – 27, Taft Coliseum
Watch as cowboys hop on their horses and participate in his fast-action event in which they shoot specially-formulated blanks at targets, like balloons
Back to the Wild
July 27, 4 p.m., Natural Resources Park
See all kinds of different animals, like a barred owl or bald eagle, who make Ohio their home. Did you know that there are 286 nesting pairs of bald eagles now in Ohio? The animals you see on display are overseen and cared for by the Back to the Wild Wildlife Rehabilitation & Nature Education Center.
Fun with Columbus Zoo Animals!
July 26, Aug. 1 – 2, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., Nationwide® DonaheyLand & Living Building presented by Ohio Farm Bureau
Get up close and personal with animals at the Columbus Zoo Live Animal Show presented by Nationwide.
July 27 – 28, Aug. 3 – 4, 11 a.m., Natural Resources Park amphitheater
Jack Hanna’s crew will have audiences of all ages captivated with the Columbus Zoo Animals show.
4-H Spelling Bee
July 27, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. (grades 3 and 4), 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (grades 5 and 6), Martin Janis 50+ Center
Ohio students will spell their way to the top at the Ohio State Fair 4-H Spelling Bee! Participating schools may recommend two students in each grade level, third through sixth (for the 2018-2019 academic year). The competition is open to both 4-H and non 4-H members.
Columbus All-Breed Dog Agility
July 27 – 28 (11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.), Rhodes Center Lawn
Watch as these local pups strut their stuff with as-seen-on-TV style agility!
Ohio State Beekeepers Association
July 28 – Aug. 4, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Kasich 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 (yes, it is exactly what it sounds like!), held at the following times.
- Monday, July 29, 1 p.m.
- Friday, Aug. 2, 1 p.m.
- Saturday, Aug. 3, 1 p.m.
Zumba Hip-Hop Fitness Extravaganza
July 27, 7 – 9 p.m. (registration from 6 – 7 p.m.), 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.
Buckeye FPV Drone Racing Cup
July 28, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., ShowPlace Pavilion
Team drone pilots will navigate through obstacle courses in the Fair’s timed drone racing competition coordinated by Buckeye FPV Drone Racing.
Sunburst Beauty Pageant
July 28, 1 – 4 p.m. (registration noon – 1 p.m.), Martin Janis Senior Center
Contestants 27 years of age or younger are invited to participate in this annual pageant judged based on beauty and personality.
Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Competition
July 28, Kasich Hall, Hall A
Ohio’s young talented inventors and entrepreneurs from kindergarten through eighth grade will have the opportunity to be recognized and awarded with educational scholarships and prizes.
50 Year Club Meeting
July 29, 8:30 a.m., Rhodes Center Auditorium
Did you attend the Ohio State Fair in 1969 or earlier? If you answered yes, you’re automatically a member of the 50 Year Club! The club’s annual meeting will feature the presentation of the esteemed Giant Step Award, exclusive historical video and an interview with “A Fair to Remember” podcast host Vince Tornero.
Old Familiar Beard Bash Competition
July 29, 2:30 – 4 p.m. (registration from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.), ShowPlace Pavilion
The most mustachioed 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 fourth 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 mustache inspired art gallery, enjoy live performances by unshaven entertainers and don a mustache to see how they would look in the Hall of Hirsute photo area.
UnitedHealthcare Talent Show
July 30, Martin Janis 50+ Center presented by National Church Residences
Do you have a talent? If so, join us for the talent show presented by UnitedHealthcare! Sing a song, play an instrument, do your dance or whatever your talent may be. Win prizes, enjoy live entertainment! It’s fun and free! Don’t miss it!
Dean’s Charity Steer Show
July 30, 2 p.m., Voinovich Beef Cattle Building presented by Tractor Supply Company
Join Cathann Kress, Vice President for Agricultural and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, along with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Telhio Credit Union, for an event featuring local celebrities showing 4-H steers to raise funds to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Ohio.
M. Nicholson Hip Hop Showcase
July 30, 6:30 – 8 p.m., ShowPlace Pavilion
Join us for a fitness experience like no other – exciting dance fitness program M. Nicholson Hip Hop Fitness will be having an event filled with fitness, fun, music, friends and surprises.
Joint Legislative Agriculture Committee Meeting
July 30, 9:30 a.m., Nationwide® Donahey Land & Living Bldg.
Join the Ohio House of Representatives Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Ohio Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee as the bicameral group showcases the work they’ve accomplished and interact with the public.
Ohio Pork Council Rib-Off
July 30, 11:30 a.m., Central Park
Pork and barbeque lovers alike are invited to join the Ohio Pork Council for their 23rd Annual Rib-Off at the 2019 Ohio State Fair. Central Ohio’s finest chefs will compete to be honored for the best ribs, pulled pork and barbeque sauce in the state. After celebrity judges sample the food, fairgoers will have the opportunity to enjoy free samples and cast their vote for the highly sought-after People’s Choice Award.
Sensory-Friendly Morning NEW!
July 31, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
We’ve turned down the lights and volume to make the Ohio State Fair more sensory-friendly in partnership with OCALI. Ride the rides with no flashing lights or music, visit the Fair’s many educational and sensory activities, take a break in a quiet room, or use our sensory accessibility guide to find a Fair opportunity that suits you.
Ohio Lottery Cash Explosion Cash Fest
Aug. 3, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Central Park
Meet the co-host of the Ohio Lottery TV game show for your chance to win cash and prizes! Get there early-registration for your chance to play starts at 11 a.m.