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The Ohio Expo Center & State Fair

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Address: 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211-2494
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+1 614-644-3247
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Chinese Lantern Festival!

It was beautiful and we had a blast. I wish it would have been less crowded so I could have took my time and really enjoyed the displays.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was beautiful and we had a blast. I wish it would have been less crowded so I could have took my time and really enjoyed the displays.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are in town visiting family and there isn't much to do during the winter. We got there just before five. There was no line to get tickets. We got the family four pack which is a reduced rate. Since we were there early, we were able to see all the lanterns in about thirty minutes. I got lots of... More 

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Loxahatchee, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very happy that they still had many of those carnival food business open during the horse show

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Xenia, Ohio
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended the Chinese Lantern Expo on Jan. 3rd, 2017. The ticket line went on forever. Ticket price was too high, my opinion. I got the senior discount and still paid $12. They could have easily opened another ticket office. The event was entirely outside. The restrooms for 2 or 3 thousand people were your standard 'Port-Potties'. There were modern... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have attended each of the past 3 years since moving from Rochester NY. The fair here is smaller bit ht ere seems to be more to do. The buildings are close enough together to enjoy all the fair has to offer. We enjoy the concerts in the Celeste Center. There is a wide variety of shows for all taste.... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have gone nearly every year for the past 30 years. It is an Ohio tradition. I am now taking my own kids there. We always went on a budget and took in the free shows and exhibits, maybe treating ourselves to something from the "Dairy Barn". I think maybe once did we ride any rides. And we played none of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic! The lanterns were awesome and the show was amazing. Buy tickets online or there is a long line to get in.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So couple of pointers 1. Lines to buy tickets long so buy online prior 2. It is not clear but there was one line for online purchases and one purchased on site Once you need to enter ( separate from lines where tickets purchased ) 3. Very muddy 4. The parking is crazy and there is only 1 lane to... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our daughter visited this twice and insisted we should visit - glad we did. Amazing collection of brilliantly colored figures in all shapes and sizes (up to a 200 foot dragon). It was sort of a cross between Macy's Thanksgiving floats and 'Finding Nemo'. It is all outdoors on the fairground, and also features food, trinkets and entertainment.

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Franklin Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival November 25, 2016 - January 2, 2017 Event Navigation « Buckeye Quarter Midget RacingUnited Ford Owners Presents Fall Super Swap Meet » Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival November 25, 2016 – January 2, 2017 A 5-week celebration of Chinese culture will come to the Ohio Expo Center. Get ready to experience Columbus in a whole new light... More 

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