If the chance to see the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA championship immortalized in butter isn't reason enough to go to the Ohio State Fair, there's plenty of other family fun to be had.

The 163rd state fair kicks off today, July 27, and runs through Aug. 7. In addition to the usual midway rides and shows, there are numerous educational (yet fun) events for families, including trips to the milking parlor and animal barns, fishing and lumberjack shows in Natural Resources Park, STEM activities at the Youth Center and more. And, of course, don't miss the butter sculptures, which include the requisite cow and calf.

Soon-to-be fifth-graders can get free admission for themselves and an adult through the Ag is Cool program. Just show a valid fourth-grade report card at the gate. Pick up a passport and travel through the interactive stations to learn more about agriculture. A related essay contest will award four $500 scholarships.

If your crew gets hungry, food vendors are always in abundance. New items this year include a banana cream pie flavor of Velvet Ice Cream as well as bacon-wrapped deep-fried Oreos and maple bacon salted caramel funnel cakes.

The dog agility show and pig races are always popular with kids. New this year is the Arctic Olympics High Dive Show. Fans of Nickelodeon's Paw Patrol can meet some of their favorite pups in person July 29-31.

For more information and a list of admission and vendor discounts, go to ohiostatefair.com.