The 2020 Ohio State Fair has been canceled. Although our office and facility are closed, our staff continues to work remotely and is available to serve you as needed.

Each year, the Ohio State Fair provides nearly a million ways to build your business. In 2019, we had 934,925 visitors and surveys show that 78 percent of our guests visit vendors in our commercial buildings. And thousands stop by booths located on our 400,000 square feet of outdoor exhibit and concession space. What are you waiting for?

Application Process

To apply for space, download a rental application by clicking below. Do not send money or samples with the application. If you have questions or need further information regarding space rental, please contact Rhonda Lawson or 614-466-8346.

Selection Process

Exhibitors and concessionaires from the previous year are usually offered the opportunity to return. New applicants are selected based on uniqueness of products/services, booth design (ability to set a professional and attractive display), application presentation, experience, availability of space and appropriateness of product type for available space. Completing an application does not guarantee space. The application will be held on file until all space is sold. Regardless of the status of the application, applicants are notified as soon as a determination has been made.

Contract and Payment

If you are selected to receive a contract, you will be given two weeks to return the executed contract along with one half of the rental fee. Acceptable methods of payment are, cashiers check, money order, Visa, Discover or MasterCard. Refunds are not given on canceled contracts after June 1. All balances must be paid on or before June 15.

2020 Forms:

Local Laws, Rules and Regulations:

As guests at the facility and the city, you must follow all local regulations, which are designed primarily to ensure public safety. You are required to comply with all federal, state and municipal laws and administrative rules, including but not limited to those relating to licenses and permits, property protected by copyright, work hours, work conditions, safety standards and payment of wages and taxes.

Building Floorplans:

2020 Fair Rental Rates

(Rates are for the duration of the Fair unless otherwise noted)
Visitors travel throughout the area to view exciting exhibits and enjoy some of the best Fair food in the country. With more than 400,000 square feet of outside exhibit space, there’s plenty of room for you to promote new products or to offer palate-pleasing food and beverages.

Outdoor Space:

Concession (Food)

  • $50 per linear ft. deposit
  • Concessions – 15%
  • $11 per linear ft. for ground service fees

Exhibit (Straight Sales)

  • Exhibitors (nonfood and beverage):
  • Lineup – $130 per front linear ft.
  • Centers – $130 per front linear ft. front of long side
  • $8 per linear ft. for ground service fees
Indoor Exhibit Space:

    MarketPlace Building

    With 152,000 square feet of retail space, MarketPlace is the ideal place to promote specialty items, gifts, fashions or the latest in consumer goods and services. MarketPlace visitors shop in air-conditioned comfort, dine at the International Food Court and visit unique, new exhibits located in the building. This modern facility offers you:

    Multiple booth sizes:

    • 10′ X 10′ – $850
    • 10′ X 10′ corner – $900
    • 16′ X 10′ – $1,350
    • 16′ X 10′ corner – $1,450
    • Bulk Space – $4.00 per sq.ft.
    • 8′ back drape, 3′ side drapes
    • Exhibitor’s lounge
    • Excellent location on the main mallway, directly across from the Celeste Center’s 10,200 seat concert facility.
    • MarketPlace Floor Plan

    Shoppes at North Commercial

    Located just inside the OHIO Gate, this historic building offers consumers a wide variety of fair time favorites- including cooking demonstrations, crafts and the latest products to simplify everyday tasks. The Shoppes at North Commercial offer:

    Extra large booths:

    Additional Information


    One 20 amp electrical circuit is included in space fee for MarketPlace and Shoppes at North Commercial. Additional charges will be incurred if more amperage is needed. Refer to application for services/fees.

    Admission Tickets (non-refundable)

    All concessionaires and exhibitors are required to purchase admission tickets to access the Fair each day. Single day tickets are $6 each; or a $50 all-fair pass can be purchased. Prices subject to change without notice.

    Parking Tickets (non-refundable)

    A permit does not insure the availability of a convenient parking space, but grants the privilege of parking in a specified area when space is available. You can purchase one-time entry, General Parking passes for $5 each; or a $40 Reserved North Lot pass. Prices subject to change without notice.

    Insurance Requirements

    A Certificate of Insurance in the amount of one million dollars listing the State of Ohio as certificate holder and additional insured is required (insurance_sample)

    Hours of Operation

    All indoor exhibits must be open, operating and adequately staffed from 10 am – 9 pm daily (except the last day when closing is at 8 p.m.); all outdoor concessions and exhibits are required to be open, operating and adequately staffed daily during the hours of 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (minimum).

    Decorating Service

    The contracted fair decorator can provide furniture, table skirting, carpet, banners, audio visual equipment, forklift and drayage services to assist in your professional display. Please click on the link for a complete decorating packet. Questions may be directed to Expo Services at (740) 454-1201. To download a decorating packet, click here 2020 Decorating Packet.

    Camping (Fair Only)

    Vendor-only camping information:

    Please visit for more information. VENDORS ONLY may begin to make their camping reservations by email only starting Monday, May 4, 2020. Reservations must be received no later than Friday, May 29, 2020. Reservation details must be emailed to and should include the following information. Payment will be due in June, not at the time you make your reservation.

    • camper length
    • model
    • license plate number
    • tow vehicle information
    • electrical requirements

    Directions to campgrounds only:

    From the North

    • Take Exit 112 (Hudson Street) from I-71-S
    • Turn right (west)  onto Hudson Street
    • Turn left (south) onto Summit Street
    • Turn left (west) onto 17th Avenue
    • Continue on 17th Avenue past Fourth Street toward the Ohio Expo Center. The campgrounds gate, Gate 11, will be the first gate on your left.

    From the South

    • Take Exit 110 (11th Avenue) from I-71-S
    • Turn left (west)  onto 11th Avenue
    • Continue past all gates onto the Ohio Expo Center grounds
    • Turn right (north) onto Fourth Street
    • Turn right (west) onto 17th Avenue
    • Continue on 17th Avenue toward the Ohio Expo Center. The campgrounds gate, Gate 11, will be the first gate on your left.

    Golf Carts

    All individually-owned or rented golf cart(s) must be registered in the Administration Building Lobby. You must provide proof of auto liability insurance and a valid driver’s license to obtain a Golf Cart Permit. The fee for the permit is $200. Participants operating golf carts without a permit will be subject to a $100.00 non-compliance fee and the $200.00 permit fee. Any participant violating this rule more than twice, will lose their golf cart privileges and the cart will be confiscated by the State Highway Patrol.  A limited number of golf carts are available for rent during the Fair. Contact National Carts for additional information.

    National Carts
    8899 Memorial Drive
    Plain City, OH 43064

    On-line reservation form:

    Customer Service Center: 800-940-8068

    National Carts will provide two-seat and utility carts at a rate of $225 for three days or $350 for the 12 days of the Fair. The daily rate before or after fair dates is $21 per day. The on-grounds golf cart rental location is just south of the O’Neill Swine Barn.

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