50 Year Club

Did you attend the Ohio State Fair in 1967 or earlier? If you answered yes, you’re automatically a member of the 50 Year Club! Head to the Fair on Monday, July 31, 2017 for the club’s annual meeting, featuring performances by the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir, the presentation of the esteemed Giant Step Award,
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Band & Choir

All-Ohio State Fair Band The All-Ohio State Fair Band has been a featured attraction of the Ohio State Fair since 1925. Their enthusiastic tunes have thrilled millions of fairgoers each year, including the performance of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever!” at the conclusion of each performance. The Band was known as the All-Ohio
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Butter Cow

In the early 1900s, The Ohio State University and the Dairy Processors of Ohio sponsored butter sculpting contests at the Ohio State Fair. The subjects of these contests were not restricted to specific things.  In 1903, the first butter cow and calf were featured at the Fair, sculpted by A. T. Shelton & Company, distributors of Sunbury
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Hall of Fame

The Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame was established in 1976 for the purpose of recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward making the Ohio State Fair one of America’s premier expositions. The Governor selects the inductees into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame each year. The nominating committee, whose task it is
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Mascot

Anyone who knows a thing or two about the Ohio State Fair can tell you the mascot is Butters D. Cow. The beloved bovine has been a familiar face at the Ohio State Fair since his “birth” in 2002. In 2012, the mascot celebrated his 10th birthday with a big change – a new name!
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Our History

In 1846, the Ohio Legislature created the 53-member Board of Agriculture. One of the Board’s first acts was to establish a District Fair. The resulting 1847 District Fair at Wilmington and the 1848 District Fair at Xenia were both successful, thus warranting a State Fair. The first Ohio State Fair was planned for September 1849,
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Smokey Bear

The Ohio State Fair is full of tradition. For many families, one notable tradition is to be greeted by name by the iconic Smokey Bear. Smokey Bear was brought into the wildfire prevention service in 1944 by the efforts of the U.S. Forest Service. Fifteen years after his debut, Smokey made his home here at
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Television Spots

Enjoy our 2014 Ohio State Fair Commercials!