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The Ohio Expo Center & State Fair

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Address: 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211
Phone Number: +1 614-644-3247
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The 360-acre Ohio Expo Center is one of the most dynamic event venues in...

The 360-acre Ohio Expo Center is one of the most dynamic event venues in the Midwest. Located in the heart of Columbus, its 20-building complex provides more than one million square feet of event space under multiple roofs, complemented with parking for 14,000 vehicles. The Ohio Expo Center has been home to the famed Ohio State Fair since 1886.

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Gluten free Expo

My husband and I went to the Gluten Free Expo to see the new products and taste some of the samples. We had a wonderful time. A little hard to get to the correct building but we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Woodsfield, Ohio
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Woodsfield, Ohio
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15 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I went to the Gluten Free Expo to see the new products and taste some of the samples. We had a wonderful time. A little hard to get to the correct building but we managed and had an informative visit.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was an exhibitor at the Columbus Golf Show at the Ohio Expo Center and show was well attended. Facility we were in was acceptable but alittle old. Understand that a new facility is being built and we will be there in January 2017 for Golf Show. Should be much better!

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Thank Dick B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice facility for the camper and boat show. This was the first time we visited The Ohio Expo Center. It was smaller then I anticipated so I was a little disappoint in the number of campers on display. However, they did a nice job offering a shuttle bus from one building to another. Food was available as well as entertainment.

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Thank Janice L
Columbus, Ohio
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

My family likes to go to the fair every year, but I can only stand it about every 3 years. Completely concrete except for a natural resources area, it is usually unbearably hot. Alternatively it may be thunderstorming. There is never an ideal weather day. Everything is getting more and more expensive, like any other state fair, I suppose. I... More 

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Thank mbrown46
Blacklick, United States
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I took my daughter and her friend to the fair to see a concert.I was surprised at how clean the area was. I do have to say wear good walking shoes and bring lots of cash.

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Thank Tahirih C C
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

My daughter loves to go there and play every year actually I enjoy the rides too :) the food is not bad but the only is the bathroom too stinky

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Thank roro l
COLUMBUS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Fun for the whole family, when the fair is going on, usually in August. You will find the typical fair foods with the exception of the Schmidt German food tent. They are world famous for their Bahama Mama sausages and brats. Be sure and get the cream puff, they are to die for. There is a lot of famous entertainers... More 

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Delaware, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Ohio State Fair is one of the best fairs in the United States,plenty of fun things to do,lots of food and is a great time for your family.

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Thank Terrie6997
Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

The Ohio State Fair is always so much fun! So many different foods and experiences to enjoy! I do feel like it has gotten smaller over the years and more expensive but what hasn't?

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Slatington, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Disappointed at the cost of parking pass. Should offer weekly price rather than the month long fee. We were there for 4 days and paid the $70.00 which is for the entire Congress horse show and if you pay for one day you may not leave and come back in the one day timeframe.

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