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News Release
July 18, 2014
Alicia Shoults, 614-644-4011,


Pre-Fair photo opportunities announced







COLUMBUS – With the 2014 Ohio State Fair setup underway, the Fair’s Media Guide is now available online at www.ohiostatefair.com. Many opportunities for photos are available prior to the Fair’s official opening next Wednesday, July 23.

  • Friday, July 18
    • 9 am – noon, Natural Resources Park – Ohio native wildlife animals (great horned owl, groundhogs, red squirrels, kestrels, screech owls, great blue herons) are scheduled to arrive.
    • Throughout the day – The Youth Center, which consists of 4-H, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire, FCCLA, FFA, Girl Scouts and Technology Education exhibits, will continue setting up. Members of participating organizations will perform pre-Fair judging throughout the weekend.
  • Saturday, July 19
    • 7 – 7:45 am, Natural Resources Park – Animals are fed at this time each day.
    • 8 am, Brown Arena – The open llama show will take place.
    • 8 am, O’Neill Swine Building pres. by Ohio Soybean Council – The open dairy goats (milk and group classes) show will take place.
    • 9 am – 11 am, Rhodes Center – The 200 members of the All-Ohio State Fair Band will move into their dorms where they will be housed for the duration of the Fair.
    • 9:30 am, O’Neill Swine Building pres. by Ohio Soybean Council – The open wether sires and damns boer goat show, junior wether boer goat show and junior weather boer goat showmanship will take place.
    • Noon, JD Equipment Taft Coliseum – Light horse show including saddlebreds, hackney, Shetland, Friesian and Dutch harness will take place.
    • 1 pm, Kiddieland – The petting zoo and pony rides will arrive and begin setting up
    • Throughout the day – Vendors move into the Bricker MarketPlace Building, Shoppes at North Commercial, Heritage Crafts Building pres. by Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores and Antiques & Collectibles Pavilion. The Central Ohio Model Railroad Club will begin setting up their Fair exhibit.
  • Monday, July 21
    • 11 am – noon, Mountain Dew Midway and Kiddieland – Media will be able to witness ride inspections conducted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
    • Noon, Denny Hales Arena – Junior horse show, dressage classes
    • 6 pm, JD Equipment Taft Coliseum – Junior horse show, hunter hackney classes
    • Throughout the day, Kiddieland – Welde’s Big Bear Show presented by Printing Industries of Ohio & N. Kentucky will be available for photographs and interview opportunities today and tomorrow. This live bear show will be offering free performances throughout the duration of the Fair. 
  • Tuesday, July 22
    • 8 am, Denny Hales Arena – The junior western horsemanship will take place.
    • 8 am, JD Equipment Taft Coliseum – The junior horse show including hunter under saddle & over fences and regular hunter will take place.
    • 10 am – 3 pm, Brown Arena – Junior sheep skillathon will take place in the wool room.
    • Noon, Dairy Products Building – The butter cow, calf and the mystery sculpture will be unveiled
    • 1 pm, Brown Arena – The commercial Pen of 5 market lamb show will take place.
    • 2:30 pm, Brown Arena – The commercial yearling ewe and ewe lamb show will take place.
    • 5 pm, Brown Arena – The junior market lamb showmanship will take place.
  • Wednesday, July 23
    • 9 am, Cardinal Gate – The Kasich family and Ohio Expo Center & State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler will kick off the 2014 Ohio State Fair with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Opening Ceremony will include performances by the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir.

Additionally, the 2014 Ohio State Fair Media Guide is now available online atwww.ohiostatefair.com.

The 2014 Media Guide provides up-to-date information about all the excitement the Fair has to offer. If you plan to send reporters or photographers to the Fair, please pay special attention to the registration information listed in the Media Guide. All news releases are also available on our website.

To assist us in our preparation, we are asking that each station and publication send us a list of staff members who will cover the Fair. This list should be on company letterhead and include all reporters, photographers, etc., who might be given this assignment. The list can be faxed to us at 614-644-4031.

No credentials will be mailed prior to the Fair. A list of all registered media will be kept in the Media Center, which will be located west of the OHIO Gate on 11th Avenue. All working media should check in at the Media Center before entering the Fair. One of our staff members will register you and provide you with Fair admission.

The Media Center will be open every day of the Fair from 7 am – 8 pm. Special arrangements can be made for early morning or late night coverage. Please notify the public relations staff in advance and we will accommodate you.

For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at ohiostatefair.com.

The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With a spectacular midway, big-name entertainment, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior fair shows in the nation, the 2014 Ohio State Fair will run July 23 – August 3.


The Ohio Expo Center is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

Note to editor: working members of the media are asked to enter the grounds through the Media center located on 11th Avenue, just west of the OHIO Gate. Parking is available at the trailer, as are phones, a computer line and refreshments. Please review the on-site guidelines and if your station / publication has not already done so; please send a list of staff members who will be working the Fair to our Public Relations office. The fax number is 614-644-4031.

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