Ways to Save at the Ohio State Fair

With advance sale tickets, special discounts on admission prices nearly every day, mobile discounts and more, there are plenty of ways to save money at the Ohio State Fair this year.

Special Days: All discounts not valid with other offers
Wednesday, July 24 is WBNS 10 TV Opening Day. Fairgoers receive $3 admission until 3 pm.
Thursday, July 25 is Kroger Feeds Ohio Day. When Fairgoers bring two canned food items per person to a booth outside the gates, they’ll receive a voucher good for $3 admission before 4 pm. All food donations will go to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Friday, July 26 is Meijer Day. Fairgoers who purchase two pairs of Falls Creek jeans at Meijer will receive a Catalina coupon printed after their in-store purchase good for free admission for up to two people.
Saturday, July 27 is AEP Ohio Day. Fairgoers who present a bill at a booth outside entrance gates receive $5 admission vouchers for everyone in their party before 5 pm.
Sunday, July 28 is Veterans & Military Day. Veterans and active military are given free admission with appropriate identification.
Monday, July 29 is NBC4 Family Value Day. Until 6 pm, adults will be admitted for the kids’ admission price of $8, and kids 12 and under will be admitted free. With the purchase of one wristband, a second rider can ride free until 6 pm with a hand stamp.
Wednesday, July 31 is QFM 96 Fair Attitude Wednesday. Fairgoers will enjoy $5 admission all day. It’s also Mattress Firm Day. Fairgoers can pick up a voucher at any participating Mattress Firm store throughout the state and receive one free admission with the purchase of one $5 admission.
Thursday, Aug. 1 is AAA “Show Your Card and Save” Day. AAA members can show their current membership card at a booth outside entrance gates to receive $4 admission vouchers for each member in their party. Also, one free scoop of ice cream will be given at the social tent from 2 – 4 pm in Central Park for AAA members!
Friday, Aug. 2 is Ohio Lottery Day. Fairgoers can present a non-winning Ohio Lottery ticket at a booth outside entrance gates to receive a $4 admission voucher.
Saturday, Aug. 3 is OhioSoybean Day. One Ohio soybean farmer or Ohio Soybean Association member will be given free Fair admission, with each member in their party receiving $4 admission with a voucher from Ohio Soybean magazine.
Sunday, Aug. 4 is Pepsi-Cola Day. Fairgoers can bring any empty Pepsi-Cola brand product to a booth outside the entrance gates for a $3 admission voucher for every member in their party before 3 pm.

Advance Sale Tickets and Coupons:
Tickets are just $6 at Kroger, participating AAA locations with AAA membership and Ticketmaster outlets through Aug. 4. Printer-friendly vendor coupons can be downloaded from ohiostatefair.com prior to visiting the Fair for discounts on everything from food to merchandise.

Free Entertainment / Activities:
The Fair also offers a variety of free entertainment. There will be free live music daily at various locations across the grounds with genres ranging from bluegrass and gospel, to country and pop.

There are also free educational activities at the Fair. Families can visit the Agriculture is Cool interactive education stations where they are able to milk a real cow, compare their weight to animals, spin wool and more. As a bonus, exiting fourth grade students and one chaperone can attend the Fair for free any one day July 24 through Aug. 4 to enjoy the Ag is Cool program by presenting a valid report card at the entrance gates.

No matter how families choose to spend the day, the Ohio State Fair is sure to supply hours of entertainment for only the price of admission. For one last way to save, text FAIR to 88588 for exclusive text-only discounts. 

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