COLUMBUS — Are you ready for a “staycation” right in your Ohio backyard? Pack up your car and head to the fair — there are so many ways to turn a visit into a full day or weekend of fun.
The Ohio State Fair offers endless exciting activities, exhibits and attractions so it’s easy to plan a mini vacation or road trip to the Fair. Here are some ideas and tips to plan your visit to Columbus for the 2017 Ohio State Fair to be held July 25 through Aug. 6 at The Ohio Expo Center & State Fair, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus.
There are numerous discounts on admission and rides when you buy early for your trip to the fair. If you’re planning a weekend getaway, purchase your tickets online in advance to save time and money. Visit ohiostatefair.com/tickets-pricing/ for more information.
With 195 food vendors at the Ohio State Fair, there are options for every appetite. Your road trip can quickly turn into a food lover’s dream as you explore the countless options at the Fair from classic corn dogs to daring deep-fried buckeyes. On a budget? Coolers, food and non-alcoholic beverages are also permitted at the fair.
Before heading to the Fair for the weekend, it’s important to pack some essentials so your family can fully enjoy their experience. Here are a few items you won’t want to forget as your make your way to Columbus:
Sunscreen — Spending a few days in the hot Ohio sun can lead to some serious sunburns, so you won’t want to forget sunscreen for your weekend at the fair. Make sure to bring sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply frequently.
Comfy shoes — It’s easy to walk a many miles during your day at the fair, so make sure to pack comfortable shoes for your family members. Additionally, strollers, wagons, wheelchairs and lockers are available for rent just inside the Cardinal and OHIO Gates on a limited basis. Visit ohiostatefair.com/guest-services for more information.
Smart Phone — You won’t want to forget your phone at the fair. The fair offers a variety of charging stations so that your phone is ready to go for taking photos, using the fair’s new and improved Food Finder, finding the fair’s six new Snapchat filters and more.