Attractions New and Old Mark Annual Event

The 164th Ohio State Fair is officially underway.

The fair runs July 26 to Aug. 6 at the Ohio Expo Center. There’s plenty of family fun to be had, including rides, parades, exhibits, agricultural activities, a petting zoo, camel and pony rides, pig races and more. Outdoor-loving kids can participate in fishing, kayaking, archery and other activities at Natural Resources Park.

New attractions include the iFlip Aerial Acrobatics show, Wild About Monkeys, an extreme pogo stick jumper, magicians, Las Vegas juggler Michael Goudeau and ugly cake, invention and tie-dye competitions.

Don’t miss this year’s butter sculpture, which features student athletes and a bottle of chocolate milk alongside the traditional cow and calf.

Hungry? Pick from 195 food vendors, 32 of which sell some type of edible on a stick. Velvet Ice Cream’s annual fair flavor this year is Honey Grahams Cereal & Milk, which was chosen by company executives and foodie judges from more than 700 social media contest entries. The winner was Kari Childs of Delaware.

WOSU Kids Day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27, will include characters from PBS Kids shows such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Super Why! and Clifford as well as activities and live radio broadcasts. A free lunch for children will be offered through the Columbus Summer Food Service Food Program. 

Family-friendly concerts include the Kidz Bop Kids: Best Time Ever Tour, which takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. July 27, and the free All-Ohio State Fair Band and All-Ohio State Fair Choir show at 1 p.m. July 30.

General admission tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors and $8 children ages 5-12. Children younger than 5 are admitted free. Plenty of discounts are available; check the fair’s website for details. Rides, concerts and some other attractions require separate tickets.

For more information, go to ohiostatefair.com.