2019 Events


ACTOhio Construction Demo Days and Little Builders Zone

July 24 – 26 (9 am – 6 pm), Cardinal Patio
ACT Ohio and the Ohio State Building & 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!

Invention League / Invention Convention

July 28, 3:45 – 4:45 pm; View entries 5 – 6:30 pm, Kasich 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.

Ohio Pork Council Rib-Off

July 30, 11:30 am, 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.

Ohio State Beekeepers Association

July 28 – Aug. 4, 9 am – 7 pm, Cardinal 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 pm
  • Friday, August 2, 1 pm
  • Saturday, August 3, 1 pm

2018 Events


M. Nicholson Hip Hop Fitness

July 26, 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.

Columbus All-Breed Dog Agility

July 28 – 29, 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, Rhodes Center Lawn
Watch as these local pups strut their stuff with as-seen-on-TV style agility!

Zumba Hip-Hop Fitness Extravaganza

July 28, 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.

Buckeye FPV Drone Race

July 29, ShowPlace Pavilion
Ohio’s young drone pilots will compete in an exciting netted obstacle course to show off their skills.

Old Familiar Beard Bash Competition

July 30, Registration – Noon – 2 pm; Event – 2 – 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.

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

July 25 – 27, Cardinal Hall Patio (July 25 and 26: 9 am – 5 pm; July 27: 9 am – 2 pm)
The great Ohio State Fair will be home and host of the 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.

Sunburst Beauty Pageant and Model Search

Aug. 4, Registration – 11 am – Noon; Event – Noon – 4 pm, Martin Janis 50+ Center
Entry Form
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.

Slinging Aces Cornhole Tournament

August 5 (1 – 4 pm), Buckeye Sports Center
This new doubles competition will allow teams to go head-to-head in a double-elimination tournament. Please download the forms and information below for information on how to register for the tournament. Registration begins at noon.