*Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Ohio State Fair. In exchange for promotion, I received complimentary tickets for myself and to giveaway. As always, all opinions are 100 percent my own.
Wow. You guys!!! We had such an amazing day at the Ohio State Fair this week. We attended with family and friends and we shut it down! We didn’t leave till it closed at 10:00. And then drove home! hahah. Columbus is about 2 hours from Cincy, so this was wayyyyy past my bedtime. But, it was so worth it. We certainly did our best to see and try everything. But, that’s simply impossible in one day. We can’t wait to go again next year! It’s a new favorite family tradition.
Did you know that the Ohio State fair has been opened and operating since 1850!? What? That’s a long time! And they have really perfected it.
There are so many things to do and such a variety of of activities and exhibits, that there truly is something for everyone. There are interactive educational activities, sporting competitions, an amazing fine arts show, free entertainment stages, a rocking parade, a free petting zoo, helicopter rides, a farm animal delivery room, roaming street performers, agricultural competitions, more than 60 fun rides, horse shows, an 8-acre natural resources park with free kiddie fishing and much more!
And of course food……so.much.delicious.fair.food! You will find all of your favorites since there are more than 200 food vendors!
My favorite things at the fair are all of the animals and the animal shows and animal competitions.
Just look at these cool Barred Rock chickens! Sam’s favorite kind.
Look at that sweet cow face!! Smoochie.
A fun horse show
The Budweiser Clydesdales are always huge and so impressive!
The kids loved watching these 4-H kids and their cute dairy cows get judged. It was really neat.
We even got to milk a cow, too! That was awesome.
And then, naturally, we headed straight to the Dairy Building to get some fresh ice cream!
And we checked out the Butter Cow and her calf. This is an interesting and long-standing Ohio State Fair tradition. The first butter cow and calf were featured at the Fair in 1903! A team of artists worked 500 hours and used 2,000 pounds of butter to create the masterpiece and its accompanying sculpture. This year’s other sculpture was in honor the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. It was fantastic.
I also really loved the street performers. This Yo-yo Guy was my favorite! He was chock full of fabulous 80’s fun!
And he involved my dad in his routine. That was hilarious.
So, now, let’s get onto the kids’ favorite parts. The FOOD and the RIDES!
Pork on a stick! Yes, it was amazing Ohio Pork. On A Stick. (well, on a bone anyway)
Smoked Turkey Legs. Yes, please.
Deep fried Buckeyes! No brainer.
I mean, were you even at the fair if you didn’t get a funnel cake? I don’t think so.
And this Dole Whip! So so good. Thanks for saving me a trip to Disney, Ohio State Fair!
Only the bravest and surest-of-stomach ride this one. Not me! But, Lucie did! Crazy Bird.
The giant slide is my ride.
Sam’s FIRST roller coaster! YAY!! So proud.
Seriously. If you haven’t been to the Ohio State Fair recently, you need to go again. We really can’t wait to get back next year.
There is so much we didn’t get to. Smokey Bear and the Natural Resources Park were closed by the time we realized.
The Natural Resource Park has free fishing for kids, kayaking, archery, a butterfly house, a watercraft simulator and so much more in this beautiful eight-acre park maintained by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Enjoy native Ohio wildlife, a geological walkway, a camping village and a tall grass prairie. The outdoor amphitheater hosts free music and entertaining programs, such as the popular lumberjack show, each day of the Fair!! These things close at 7:00.
Be smarter than me and check the schedule of events and plan your day. hahah.
We had a blast. So many great new memories. And new fish.