So much to do and see! Check out my list of top special attractions for each day of the Ohio State Fair:
Don't Miss: General Ohio State Fair InformationAussie Kingdom
10 am - 8 pm with shows daily at 1 pm, 3 pm, 7 pm, South of Kiddieland
Take a journey Down Under at this interactive, educational show starring marsupial kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies along with other Australian wildlife.
Don't Miss: Ohio State Fair Discount Tickets & Discount DaysCentral Ohio Model Railroad Club Exhibit
10 am - 9 pm, North of 17th Avenue
Fairgoers of all ages will love the elaborate, functional model railroad exhibit including a special just-for-kids Thomas and Friends section.
Chocolate Farm - 200 Years of Impacting, Educating and Caring for our Fairtastic Community NEW!
10 am - 9 pm, DiSalle Center
The Columbus bicentennial will be commemorated with a sculpted farm and surrounding community constructed entirely of 500 pounds of American-made chocolate.
Civil War Encampment
10 am - 9 pm, Rhodes Center Lawn
Imaginations run wild at this open-air pavilion and air-conditioned gallery dedicated to creativity! Youth can participate in make-and-take crafts or performing arts activities, contribute to a large sidewalk chalk mural, browse artwork created by school-age Ohioans, and get their picture taken with interactive works of art as they are developed throughout the Fair.
Energy Efficient "Adobe" Building
10 am - 10 pm, North of 17th Avenue
Fireworks, July 25 - Aug. 4
Ohio Farm Bureau Land & Living Exhibit
10 am - 9 pm, Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building
OSU Phun with Physics
8 am - 8 pm, Ohio Connections Academy Youth Center
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 am - 10 pm, Wick Pavilion
Monster Mural, Central Park
11 am - 7 pm (closes at 5 pm on Aug. 5)
4 pm (except Aug. 5)
Local celebrities, honorees, entertainers, the Fair mascot, Cowman, and special guests will pass through the Fair led by the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir.
Petting Zoo presented by Tractor Supply Co.
10 am - 10 pm (open until 11 pm Friday and Saturday), Kiddieland
An enormous pile of 25 tons of sand will be transformed into a beautiful sculpture over the course of five days by Rock on Ice sculptors. Be sure to stop by for a photo any day of the Fair!
Time Warner Cable Technology and Engineering Education Showcase
8 am - 8 pm, Ohio Connections Academy Youth Center
Fairgoers of all ages will enjoy hands-on experiments and activities such as building rubber band powered rockets, racing air-powered dragsters, experiencing TV green screen technology, building with PVC pipes and more.
Carolina Carports Inc. Cover My Ride Tour
Northeast corner outside Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Bldg.
Check out the custom CCI Chopper, built by Paul Jr. Designs, featured on The Discovery Channel's "American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior." Also, don't miss your chance to meet the "Krew" from TruTV's "Lizard Lick Towing and Recovery," Aug. 2 - 5 only.
BP Olympic Experience
July 26 - 29, Near the Rhodes Center
The BP Team USA Experience features interactive games and activities to engage guests of all ages.
Oscar Mayer Weinermobile
July 26 - 29, North entrance of Mountain Dew Midway
Seattle's Best Coffee
July 27 - 29, In front of DiSalle Center
Take your taste buds for a ride with Seattle's Best Coffee. Come along and try a free taste of one of our delicious state fair-inspired iced coffees, such as the Elephant Ear Latte or the Cotton Candy Mocha. Then, spin the prize wheel, get your photo taken inside a giant red mug and take home some free samples.
Ohio National Guard
July 27 - 29, In of FFA Building
Don't Miss: Free Ohio State Fair ConcertsMillion Hearts Campaign Screenings
July 27, 10 am - 2 pm, Central Park
Omega Force Strongmen Demonstration
July 27 - 29, Youth Center Lawn
1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm
Boy Scouts "Scouting for Food" Drive NEW!
July 28, 11 am - 4 pm, Cardinal Gate
Many Ohioans are at risk for hunger, being forced to choose between utilities or food. Help give back by donating canned and non-perishable food to go to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, which provides more than 76,000 meals each day. Donations between 4 pm and 8 pm can be dropped off at the Boy Scouts booth in the Youth Center.
July 28, 10 am - 5 pm, DiSalle Center dock
Columbus All-Breed Dog Agility
July 28 - 29, 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, Rhodes Lawn
July 28, 7 pm, Main Street Stage
Following months of scouring the state for Ohio's best vocalists, the Ohio Idol top 10 will compete for the opportunity to tour Ohio through 2013 and win $10,000 in cash and a recording contract from John Schwab Recording Studio.
Ohio State Fair 5K
July 29, 8 am, Crew Stadium
Experience the Ohio State Fair from end to end as you walk or jog your way past rides and animals at one of the most unique 5K routes you'll find! All participants get free Fair admission, free parking, a SkyGlider ticket and a Fairtastic goodie bag with the race entry fee of $38 in advance ($45 race day).
Ohio Roller Girls Roller Derby
July 29, ShowPlace Pavilion
12:30 - 7:30 pm
Laurel and Hardy Film Presentation
July 29, 6 - 8 pm, DiSalle Center auditorium
Ohio Lottery Mini-Cash Explosion Game Show
The Ohio Lottery's Cash Explosion Game Show celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Meet the co-host of the TV Game Show for your chance to win more than $5,000 in cash and prizes. Registration for your chance to play the CE Mini Game starts at 11 am.
Ohio State Beekeepers Association NEW!
July 29 - Aug. 5
DiSalle Center Patio
Learn how to start and maintain your own beehive, as well as the importance of bees to our ecosystem while having fun!
50 Year Club Meeting
July 30, 8:30 a.m.,
Rhodes Center Auditorium
Did you attend the Ohio State Fair any time before 1962? If you answered yes, you're automatically a member of the 50 Year Club! Head to the Fair on Monday, July 30 for the club's annual meeting, featuring performances by the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir, the presentation of the esteemed Giant Step Award and more.
July 30, 10:30 am
DiSalle Center Auditorium
Local auctioneer Mike Clum will appraise and tell you if the collectibles you've been hoarding are treasure.
Rockin' the Fair Fest
Aug. 2, ShowPlace Pavilion
Noon - 9 pm
Nearly two dozen of Ohio's best up-and-coming teen bands will perform genres from rock to country.
Bring Back Recess
Aug. 3 - 5
North edge of Kiddieland Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield wants people of all ages to Bring Back Recess. Come play four square, basketball, jump rope and more.
Don't Miss: Ohio State Fair Headliner ConcertsBuckeye Sports Fest Aug. 4
Celeste Center 11 am - 1 pm
Catch all the action of Ohio State athletics. Meet and mingle with Ohio State athletes and coaches, get discounts on upcoming Buckeye sporting events and try out some of the Buckeye interactive activities.
Dancing the Day Away
ShowPlace Pavilion 11 am - 9 pm
A full day of dancing, presented by Habeeba's Dance of the Arts, Ltd., will feature all types of dance from tap to hip-hop.
Don't Miss:Scenes from the Ohio State Fair
Social Networking and the Ohio State Fair
The fair has gone social! Be sure to text "Fair" to 82672 to receive daily schedules, use the "Fair Food Finder" and receive coupons directly to your phone!