The July issue of Columbus Parent starts getting distributed today and you'll love the array of articles and ideas!

And you're also going to love the abundance of contests we're running this month. When we say we're giving it away, we are not kidding.

Starting today, on our website (right on that page that is conveniently linked to with the title CONTESTS), we'll be taking entries for our Ultimate Birthday Party package and for chances to win tickets to the Ohio State Fair. Later this month, we'll launch another contest for free tickets to the Dublin Irish Festival. It's like we're planning your whole summer for you!

The Ultimate Birthday Party package is just a cornucopia of cool stuff that will enable you to rise to the Perfect Parent status you so obviously deserve. One lucky winner will earn a party at The Chiller. With entertainment by Mr. Game Room. Food from Roosters. Even free transportation from Kidz Chauffeur! We'll take entries until July 27, and then announce our winner in the August issue of Columbus Parent.

The Ohio State Fair starts on July 27 and runs through Aug. 7. From today until July 20, we'll take entries for the ticket packages we'll give away on July 21: FIVE family four-packs of admission tickets; ONE four-pack of tickets (fair admission included) to the Aug. 1 David Crowder Band concert; and ONE four-pack of tickets (fair admission included) to the Aug. 2 Loretta Lynn and Oak Ridge Boys concert.

And then from July 15 to July 30, we're going to take entries for a whole swarm of tickets to the Dublin Irish Festival. So stay tuned for that!

And don't forget to check our Facebook page for other giveaways of interesting merchandise and tickets to cool events!