OHIO STATE FAIR

OHIO STATE FAIR

Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus 43211

614-644-3247, ohiostatefair.com

After the first Ohio State Fair, held in October 1850 in Cincinnati, the fair site rotated throughout the state until 1886. That's when it settled into its now permanent home at the Ohio Expo Center, where families can get their fill of fried foods and fairway fun every summer.

RUNNERS-UP: Ohio Renaissance Festival, Jack Hanna's Fall Fest

HONORABLE MENTION: The Arnold Sports Festival, Pickerington Violet Festival (gone now, but not forgotten!)