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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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Nothing like it use to be

I use to go to the fair every summer, every day it was going on, in the past 15 to 20yrs, the place has just lost that family feel, too many druggies, drunks and thugs running... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Sailor W
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Lenore, West Virginia
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Lenore, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I use to go to the fair every summer, every day it was going on, in the past 15 to 20yrs, the place has just lost that family feel, too many druggies, drunks and thugs running around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great venue for one of the largest classic car shows in the US. been going to this show for the past six years.

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Sedalia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there for a car show but the grounds and buildings are amazing! Well maintained! It is a very impressive area and would love to attend their State Fair at some point.

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Madison, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have gone to the fair many times. If you are not interested in fun then this is not for you. The food offerings are always interesting. be sure to get into as much as you can without getting sick, which I have done. We love the agricultural element that the fair offers. My favorite is the horse competitions. It... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are into agriculture, this is the place for you. Otherwise it is a great midway of rides and attractions, with food seeming to be the biggest draw.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lived in Columbus 25+ yrs so my family has gone to the fair dozens of times. Grew up on a farm, my children get to visit the country regularly but we still visit the fair and look forward to it. Of course the kids loved the rides and visiting all the animals but we have our favorites we MUST see... More 

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Methuen, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Visiting from MA, first time at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Went with my two teen boys. We had a blast and tried as much of the local fare as we could. It was a hot day and the barns were in need of Lysol. Did some rides and walked thru the convention area's, cause the were cooled by A/C! Our... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

I grew up attending this fair every single year with my family. Then it was really local. You had homemade cookies being sold by church ladies. The girls scouts and boy scouts had booths. It was exactly like the movie State Fair. You had a sense that you were at a simple festival that was homegrown. A couple of years... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

As fair as a fair goes, this is a clean one. There's lots to do for all ages and the concerts are great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Now attended the State Fair twice and ways have a fun time. We enjoyed seeing the many arena events like hog chase and horse events. Lots of hands on fun and animals to see. Thanks Ohio for a fun State Fair experience:)

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