COLUMBUS — It’s fair time for counties all across the state — and the Ohio State Fair will kick the season off.
The Ohio State Fair will started Wednesday and will continue through Aug. 7, and will offer fair-goers food, fun and all the animals one can imagine — some even from Miami County.
The fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, with the commercial exhibit buildings open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The following is a list of information to help make your fair experience a great one:
General admission prices
$10 — Adults 13-59
$8 — Seniors 60+
$8 — Children 5-12
Free — Children under 5
$6 — Advance sale tickets
$25 — Ride-All-Day Wristband Vouchers
$20 — Advanced Sale Wristbands (available through July 26 only)
$5 — Parking
Discounts on admission and ride wristbands
Save up to $4 off gate admission prices with $6 tickets available through Aug. 7 at Kroger, participating AAA locations and participating Ticketmaster retail outlets (not online). Purchase ride-all-day wristband vouchers (to be redeemed at the fair for a wristband) for $20 at Kroger and Ticketmaster retail outlets (not online) through July 26 only. Advance-sale tickets are not available online.
Rides open daily at 10 a.m. and remain open until 11 p.m. daily, except on Fridays and Saturdays where they remain open until midnight.
$1 coupons — select kiddie rides require one coupon; super kiddie and spectacular rides require two coupons; super spectacular rides require three coupons. Special ride-all-day wristbands are available for $25.
Listed alphabetically; all attractions are free unless otherwise noted
• Ag is Cool interactive education stations
10 a.m. — 6 p.m., various locations
Hands-on stations throughout the fair allow you to learn about how agriculture impacts your daily life, giving you the opportunity to milk a cow, see baby animals and their mothers, learn the difference between hay and straw and more.
• Arctic Olympics High Dive Show
Sunday — Friday: 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., south end of Mountain Dew Midway
Saturday: 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Prepare to be thrilled as a team of expert acrobatic divers perform unbelievable feats from an 80-foot high diving board into a pool at the south end of the Mountain Dew Midway. Their performance will tell the tale of how several elite penguins are trained for the upcoming Arctic Olympic Games, until things get a little haywire and the penguins (cleverly dressed as humans) decide to instead have fun and frolic on the boards.
• Camel rides
10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Kiddieland
Every day can be “Hump Day” during the fair! Camel rides are offered for $5 per ride.
• Central Ohio Model Railroad Club Exhibit
10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Cardinal Hall, Hall C
Fair-goers of all ages will love the elaborate, functional model railroad exhibit including a special just-for-kids Thomas and Friends section.
• Jumbo Tic-Tac-Toe
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central Park
Families can play a gigantic version of the classic game featuring “X’s” and “O’s” with oversized letters on a game board painted on the grass in Central Park.
• Monster Mural, Central Park
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. monster mural
Kids will jump at the chance to make their artistic mark on a giant fair mural each day (with washable paint, of course).
• Natural Resources Park
9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy free fishing for kids, kayaking, archery, a butterfly garden, a watercraft simulator and so much more in this 8-acre park maintained by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. There are so many things to observe such as native Ohio wildlife, a log cabin, a geological walkway and a tall grass prairie. The outdoor amphitheater hosts free music and entertaining programs, such as the popular lumberjack show, throughout the day.
• Ohio Farm Bureau Land & Living Exhibit
10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building
This highly interactive exhibit is packed with agricultural education activities the whole family can enjoy. Young children will enjoy driving pedal farm tractors, planting corn in a tractor simulator, harvesting wheat in a combine simulator and fa.m.ilies can record their state fair memories with a free photograph before leaving the exhibit.
• OSU Phun with Physics
Enjoy radically fun, in-your-face science with cool liquid nitrogen experiments, the Spinning Barf Wheel of Science, rocket launching and more.
• OVMA Veterinary Education Center
9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wick Pavilion (closed on Aug. 7)
Witness the miracle of birth and visit new and expectant farm animal mothers and their young at this educational exhibit near the Dairy Products Building. You can even milk a real cow from noon to 4 p.m.
4 p.m. (no parade Aug. 7)
Fair mascot Butters D. Cow will be joined by local celebrities, honorees, costumed characters, entertainers and special guests in this tour through the Fair featuring the All-Ohio State Fair Band presented by Buckeye Health Plan and All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir. The parade begins just north of Natural Resources Park and continues up the WNCI Food Highway, ending just north of 17th Avenue.
• Pig races
Monday — Friday: 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., Kiddieland
Saturday — Sunday: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Three different breeds of swifty swine race around the track for a prize.
• Petting zoo
10 a.m. — 10 p.m. (open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday), Kiddieland
The free Petting Zoo features more than 50 animals from around the world including goats, lla.m.as, zebras, antelope, ca.m.els, kangaroos and much more.
10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Kiddieland
Pony rides are offered for $4 per ride.
• Sea Lion Splash
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Shows at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.), Kiddieland
Watch as these sea lions and their handlers perform a.m.azing tricks in this educational, family-friendly show. When they aren’t performing, the sea lions are blowing bubbles and playing with their toys in the underwater viewing tank.
• Zombie Acres
Help protect our great state from a zombie apocalypse in the new Zombie Acres attraction. Take down the live-action zombies and the zombie models in this exciting paintball course. Zombie Acres is located just south of the T-Mobile Main Street Stage.
But don’t forget the Miami County Fair, which opens shortly after, Aug. 12-18, with many attractions, fair foods and 4-H members who raise their projects right here in the county.
More information can be found at http://ohiostatefair.com/