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The Ohio Expo Center & State Fair

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Address: 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211-2494
Phone Number: +1 614-644-3247
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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Country Living Fair 2016 Columbus

This was my first time at the Country Living Fair. It did not disappoint. I thought it was fabulous!!! There were different choices in food compared to other types of events... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Melonie W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first time at the Country Living Fair. It did not disappoint. I thought it was fabulous!!! There were different choices in food compared to other types of events. I had an amazing time. I will attend next year and bring friends!!!

Thank Melonie W
Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

State fair seems to be lacking something each year, less celebrity performers for concerts and the rides they keep just adding the same ride, so some have 3 of the same thing. I prefer county fairs, more fun with rough truck and stuff.

Thank Q6253IHericab
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The fair offers all things fair's should have with numerous activities, shows, and other entertainment options. Animals, cooking demos, crafts, shopping, eating etc. A full day affair if not more.

Thank Christopher F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

Saw Dolly Parton 34 years ago at fair and went back specifically to see her again this year. Still a fun entertainer and worth the trip. Rest of the fair was just as enjoyable with good food, free shows and a large midway.

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Botkins, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

Ohio to me has one of the nicest State Fairs in the country. They have nice livestock barns, a midway that has a lot to choose from, good looking animals, as well as a Nature Center that includes bald eagles, kayaking, jet ski POV, shooting, archery, nature trails, fishing, and an amphitheater! I defiantly recommend the dairy barn ice cream... More 

Thank D W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

The state fair has something for everyone, and every one I know has different areas of the fair that are their favorites. I love to get an ice cream cone in the dairy area and then go to the place where the horse shows are, and just sit and watch the horse shows. I love seeing ALL the animals throughout... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

Plan on spending the whole day. This is definitely not a 2-3 hour visit. There is so much to see and do it would be impossible to list them all here. Of course the food is excellent, what else can you say about fair food. Absolutely worth the time and the price. A great tradition to attend every year.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Try new foods. Say no to everyone who wants you to join their mailing list. My expectations maybe should have been lower and I would have rated higher.

Thank tonyalee777
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

Entry fee is 10$ and then there was all types of free attractions - Cows, pigs, rabbits, horses - the layout of the fair was convenient. there are lot of games for kids and lot of food stalls to choose from. don't miss the famous 'Butter Cow' - Cow and other Ohio mascots made out of butter! Also try the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

My 8 year old and I had a wonderful time at the fair. We traveled a couple hours, but well worth the fun. The next day we headed to Zip Zone and continued a weekend of excitement in Columbus! Perhaps we will visit again next summer.....

Thank Melissa H

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