Family Fun for $50

Want a day full of family fun, but on a budget? With a little bit of strategic planning your family of four can enjoy the Ohio State Fair for just $50! Let the savings begin on NBC4 Family Discount Day, Monday, July 30. On this day, kids 12 and under enjoy free admission to the

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Family fun at the Fair for under $100

Updated: July 8, 2018 A day of family fun doesn’t have to break the bank. The Ohio State Fair provides endless entertainment at a bargain price. Bring your family of five and spend no more than $100! Here are some quick tips and tricks to a successful budgeted day of Fair fun: Buy in advance

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8 things you can only experience at the Ohio State Fair

The 165th Ohio State Fair will continue a proud and highly anticipated tradition July 25 – Aug. 5, 2018 at the Ohio Expo Center. This year’s event includes a wide range of food, entertainment, agriculture, livestock and art exhibitions. In addition, highlighted traditions and interactive displays will ensure a fun-filled trip for all ages. Although

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Christmas in July at the Ohio State Fair

  The Ohio State Fair offers unique events and competitions that showcase all the state has to offer. One of these unique events involves growing Christmas trees, an activity not typically thought about until Christmas. However, Christmas tree farms throughout Ohio think about it all year round. The Ohio State Fair has partnered up with

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Reimagining Waste

Chances are you’ve heard the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” once, twice or maybe a thousand times. Although it’s quite cliché, this pearl of wisdom is the entire basis of a popular concept called upcycling; taking used objects and giving them a new life as something useful or creative that is typically

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Blue Ribbon Baking

The Science Behind the Competition How does a pie earn a blue ribbon at the Ohio State Fair? We asked three different judges for their insight on food judging at the Fair to capture the science behind the competition. Richard Leiss, Mary Kay Pohlschneider and Marilyn Rabe all come from different backgrounds yet all are

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Beyond the Banner – What I learned from showing at the Ohio State Fair

By: Abby Motter, Richland County You’ve seen the pictures: a youth exhibitor with their face stretched into an enthusiastic smile holding a halter. The whole family crowded eagerly around a beautifully groomed livestock animal, a purple banner in a proud dad’s clenched hands, an Ohio State Fair background. You know what I’m talking about. Earning

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Five Tips & Tricks for Capturing your Pet’s Best Side

If you most commonly follow Instagram accounts based on cute puppies, kittens and baby zoo animals, you’re not alone. Doug the Pug, Grumpy Cat and Marnie the Dog didn’t collectively earn more than 7.6 million followers without your support! Next time someone claims the title of “cutest pet” you need to be prepared to counteract

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Win a blue ribbon this year

Whether you’re crafty and can upcycle anything into a masterpiece or you’re the best baker on the block, we’ve got a competition for you at the Ohio State Fair. Show off your blue ribbon best and prove to your friends, family and neighbors that you really are, in fact, the best in the state! Arts,

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2018 Ohio State Fair Homebrew winners announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2018 OHIO STATE FAIR HOMEBREW WINNERS ANNOUNCED Craig Davis from Columbus, Ohio receives best in show award COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Fair Homebrew Competition celebrated its 23rd year with 539 judged entries from 153 entrants in the divisions of beer, meads and ciders from Ohio homebrewers and homebrewers from neighboring states

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Farm to Table: Picking the Best Farm Fresh Ingredients

Do you enjoy using locally sourced ingredients? If so, the Farm to Table competition is the perfect contest for you. Using only food from your county, you’ll be challenged to create an unrivaled cold salad recipe to help support the local sustainable food community. All main ingredients in your recipe must be purchased from a

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Ten Crafty Competitions at the Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State provides a great opportunity for artists from all facets of crafting. With more than 150 creative arts competitions you’re sure to find one that helps you channel your crafty side. Here are 10 creative arts competitions going on at the 2018 Ohio State Fair. The deadline to register for a creative arts

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“You’ve Been Chopped”

On Aug. 4, prepare to be sent to the chopping block at the Ohio State Fair’s “Chopped” Cook Off. Whether you’re a professional, amateur or just checking off an item on your bucket list, all are encouraged to participate in this food-tastic event and become the next Chopped champion. In the on-site, two-part competition, contestants

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Unique Agriculture Competitions at the Ohio State Fair

You might have guessed there was a cattle or swine show at the Ohio State Fair, but you probably didn’t realize the variety of unique livestock and agriculture exhibitions featured on the grounds. There’s something for everyone to enjoy with these LIVEly competitions. Be sure to check them out! 1. Lleaping Llamas What’s not to

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Big Free Concerts announced

Big Free Concerts: Sister Hazel, Love and Theft, Welshly Arms For the first time, the Ohio State Fair is adding big-name artists to the roster of talented musicians performing at its free Main Street Stage. Traditionally featuring Ohio-born musicians and up-and-coming performers from around the country, the Fair has added nationally-recognized groups including Sister Hazel,

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Engage in Glass Metal Art

Come one, come all glass and metal artists! It’s your time to shine. New this year, metal and glass artists will have the chance to sweep the competition and take home one of nine awards. Whether you’re new to the art or an expert, everyone’s welcome to participate. Since metal and glass art takes a

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Five Unique Plein Air Spots at the Ohio State Fair

It’s easy to find inspiration for the on-site Plein Air Competition at the 2018 Ohio State Fair. No matter your interest, there are plenty of scenes to capture and exciting new sights to challenge your skills! Consider using the Ohio State Fair as a unique destination to break out your inner artist with these top

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