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Ohio State Fair 2018

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2017 Ohio State Fair MaryAnna Moxley and state fair pig greeting people at fair grounds entrance

2018 Ohio State Fair Opens Tomorrow

COLUMBUS – The 165th Ohio State Fair is almost here! Ohio’s favorite summer tradition opens tomorrow, July 25, and will be offering new and old attractions, exhibits, competitions, Fair food and more. Fairgoers of all ages will find fun at opening day, and there will be plenty more throughout the 12 days of the 2018 Ohio State Fair.

Opening Ceremony: The Fair’s Opening Ceremony and ribbon cutting will take place at 9 am at the Cardinal Gate. Governor Kasich and Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler will be welcoming fairgoers and kicking off the 12-day event with music, performances and entertainment.

WSYX/WTTE Opening Day: Admission is just $3 until 3 pm.

Fair Trails: It’s the Year of the Trails in Ohio and to celebrate the Ohio State Fair has created 4 self-guided tours of the most popular places and events of the Fair. From butter sculptures to pig races, we’ve got a trail for everyone. For fairgoers feeling overwhelmed by all the Fair has to offer, be sure to try out one of these tours. An interactive map as well as information about each stop can be found at www.ohiostatefair.com.

Budweiser Clydesdales: Make your way to the Cardinal Plaza to visit the Budweiser Clydesdales from 9 am – 9pm every day of the Fair. The Budweiser Clydesdales have been the symbol of Anheuser-Busch for more than 85 years. The Clydesdale hitches travel thousands of miles each year, and with each mile they cover, so continues the Anheuser-Busch tradition.

Nerveless Nocks All American Stunt Show: Head over to the South end of the Mountain Dew Midway at 2pm, 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm to witness The Nerveless Nocks All American Stunt &Thrill Show. Generations of daredevils thrill audiences with unbelievable feats: climbing hand-over-hand to the top of sway poles, exchanging from pole to pole and free falling, headfirst, back to the ground; taking a motorcycle for a spin in the giant 17-foot steel Globe of Fear; and performing stunts on the revolving Wheel of Steel aerial pendulum.

Animal Competitions: The Ranch Pleasure and Western Pleasure horse and pony show will kick off the day at 8 am in the JD Equipment Taft Coliseum. In the Brown Sheep Arena, the market lamb show will also take place at 8 am. Then, at 8:30 am the open beef cattle show will take place in the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center presented by Ohio Soybean Council. Later in the morning the swine shows will commence at 10 am in the O’Neill Swine Building also presented by the Ohio Soy Bean Council.

WCOL Celeste Center Entertainment: The 2018 Ohio State Fair Concert Series will be opening with The Beach Boys. The show will begin at 7 pm and admission is $30. Tickets are still available and include Fair admission when purchased in advance. From humble roots in California to celebrating more than 50 years of famous harmonies and classic songs, The Beach Boys are regarded as the world’s favorite soundtrack to summer. Impressively, The Beach Boys continue to hold the Billboard record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (at 36). Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys remain iconic around the world.

Free Music: Ruvane from Reynoldsburg, Ohio will be performing a free modern acoustic concert at noon and 2 pm on the Gazebo Stage. At the Main Street Stage, Kayla Woodson will perform a variety of country rock tunes during her free performances at 5 pm and 7 pm.

Strolling Entertainment: There will be plenty of new strolling performers at the Fair this year including Allez-OOPS, T. Texas Terry, Plant Guy and more.
For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.ohiostatefair.com/osf/downloadbooks/marketing/2018/july25.pdf.

For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at ohiostatefair.com.

The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With big-name entertainment, educational activities, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior livestock shows in the nation, the 2018 Ohio State Fair will run July 25 – Aug. 5.


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