Officials hope that when the 2016 Ohio State Fair opens, its newest building will feature a state-of-the-art exhibit featuring new and exciting ideas from Ohio companies in a number of areas including agriculture, aerospace, automotive, medicine, technology and others.

“The Expo Commission’s vision for this area is to highlight innovative ideas, products and technologies that Ohio companies or those with Ohio ties are pioneering,” explained Ohio Expositions Commission Chair Tom Price. “Our nearly one million visitors to the Ohio State Fair include many youth that we hope to strengthen their interest in the STEM Learning Network (i.e. science, technology, engineering and math). I believe this initiative fits very well with the discovery themes of The Ohio State University. The Ohio State Fair continues to be a unique educational experience for all and an opportunity for businesses and institutions to be a partner in that effort.”

Cardinal Hall, the yet-to-be constructed home of this exhibition, will open just in time for the 2016 Fair and will be used for a number of events held at the Ohio Expo Center throughout the year. The building will offer customized settings in exhibit halls ranging from 12,500 to 75,000 square feet, along with six different meeting rooms to hold a combined 200 individuals. Cardinal Hall will feature modern finishes, built-in technology, and an on-site café and patio. During the Ohio State Fair, a minimum of 25,000 square feet will be dedicated to this innovative feature highlighting Ohio’s latest and greatest ideas and products.

The exhibition will allow companies to highlight their trailblazing developments directly to Ohio’s consumers. In a multi-discipline initiative, this exhibition will invite exciting demonstrations and displays including, but not limited to:

  • Agricultural innovations in food science, production, new products, etc.
  • Aerospace, Ohio’s second largest industry
  • The automotive industry showcasing the newest equipment in travel, from green initiatives to “smart” technology in vehicles
  • Hospitals and researchers highlighting the latest in healthcare such as robotic surgical techniques, radical equipment and prescription drug development
  • Companies introducing their groundbreaking innovations

A committee including representatives from the Ohio Expositions Commission and independent industry experts is currently accepting applications from companies wishing to be a part of this exhibit. Information collected will include:

  • Company location
  • Idea/product
  • Visual presentation concept and exhibit space requirements

Applications are available online at http://www.ohiostatefair.com/osf/downloadbooks/gm/CardinalHall_RFP.pdf. For more information, interested companies are asked to contact Tom Price at tom.price2@icloud.com or 614-644-4070.

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