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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!

Columbus All-Breed Dog Agility

July 27 – 28, 11 am, 2 pm, 4 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 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 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 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

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.

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.

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.

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!