50 Year Club

The 2020 Ohio State Fair has been canceled. Read more.  Did you attend the Ohio State Fair in 1970 or earlier? If you answered yes, you’re automatically a member of the 50 Year Club! Head to the Fair on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 for the club’s annual meeting, featuring performances by the All-Ohio State Fair
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Band & Choir

The 2020 Ohio State Fair has been canceled. Read more.  The All-Ohio State Fair Band and All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir feature the talents of 400 high school instrumentalists and vocalists from more than 150 high schools in nearly all of Ohio’s 88 counties.  Members are chosen through an application and recommendation process occurring each
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Butter Cow

The 2020 Ohio State Fair has been canceled. Read more.  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,
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Hall of Fame

The 2020 Ohio State Fair has been canceled. Read more.  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
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Mascot

The 2020 Ohio State Fair has been canceled. Read more.  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
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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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