The Ohio State Fair is one of the biggest events all summer. But if you’re living on a budget, or you’ve just got a large family, it can get a little pricey.
If you’re looking to save some cash this year, there are tons of ways to cut the costs of attending the fair. From discounted admission to discounted ride wristbands to no-strings-attached free admission, you can put all your extra money towards some deep-fried Buckeyes and funnel cake!
$10 – Adults 13-59
$8 – Seniors 60+
$8 – Children 5-12
Free – Children under 5
Discounted Fair Admission
Until August 6, you can purchase $6 tickets at a variety of locations. Kroger, Ohio O’Reilly Auto Parts retailers, and participating AAA locations with your AAA membership!
Do you have an exiting fourth-grade kiddo? If so, your child and one chaperone can get into the fair for free on any day to take in the interactive “Ag is Cool” program. The program focuses on introducing kids to all things agricultural. All you have to do is bring a valid report card and show it at to attendants at the entrance gate!
Ride Prices & Discounted Wrist Bands
$25 – Ride-All-Day Wristband Vouchers
$20 – Advanced Sale Wristbands (available through July 25 only)
$1 coupons – select kiddie rides require one coupon; super kiddie and spectacular rides require two coupons; super spectacular rides require three coupons.
Discounted wristbands are available for $20, but only until July 25. To get yours, visit the Ohio State Fair website or buy them in person at Kroger.
Vendor coupons are available through the Ohio State Fair website and offer a variety of discounts on food, beverages, and more! Coupons must be printed and digital coupons on mobile phones or devices will not be accepted. You can print yours out here.
Discounted Admission Days
Wednesday, July 26
WSYX/WTTE & Allegiant Opening Day
Opening day of the fair may be one of the busiest, but it’s also one of the cheapest. Enjoy $3 admission until 3 pm.
Thursday, July 27
Kroger Feeds Ohio Day
If you bring two canned food items (per person) to the donations booth outside of the gates, you can get $3 admission before 4 p.m. The fair says, “Just remember: 2-3-4”! All donations will benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Friday, July 28
Are you an avid Meijer shopper? If you’ve spent $100 or more at Meijer between July 14 and July 28, you can present your dated receipt outside the entrance gates and receive two free entries to the fair!
Sunday, July 30
Veterans & Military Day
Veterans and active military members can enjoy free admission to the fair with a Military id.
Monday, July 31
NBC4 Family Value Day
I grew up in a family with 5 kids, so I know the value of free admission to the fair. NBC4 is sponsoring Family Value Day this year. Until 6 p.m., adults will be admitted for $8 and kids 12 and under get in completely free. In addition to the discounted/free admissions, purchasing one wristband will let the second rider on all the rides for free until 6 p.m.!
Tuesday, Aug. 1
National Church Residences’ Senior Day
Have you been enjoying the fair for decades? If so, Senior Day is the day to go for you. Those ages 60+ can get into the fair for $4 all day! There will also be a free tribute concert to The Carpenters in the WCOL Celeste Center at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 2
QFM 96 Fair Attitude Wednesday
Ready to rock out? Fairgoers can enjoy $5 admission to the fair all day long.
Mattress Firm Day
Snag a voucher at any participating Mattress Firm store in the state and get a free admission with the purchase of a $5 admission! Who doesn’t love a good BOGO deal?
Thursday, Aug. 3
AAA Member Day
If you are an AAA member you can show your current membership card at a booth outside the fair and get $4 admission vouchers for each member in your party.
Friday, Aug. 4
Ohio Lottery Day
Didn’t win the lottery this time? No worries. Save your ticket and show it at the booth outside the gates for a $4 admission voucher! This deal is only for fairgoers 18+.
Saturday, Aug. 5
Ohio Soybean Day
In the tradition of celebrating agriculture in the Buckeye State, Ohio Soybean farmers and Ohio Soybean Association members can attend the fair for free, while each member of their party will receive $4 admission. The voucher for discounted admission is available from Ohio Soybean News magazine!
Sunday, Aug. 6
Do you like to enjoy a cold Pepsi on your lunch break? Save the container and bring it to the fair for a $3 admission voucher before 3 p.m.
So break out your walking shoes, Columbus. It’s time to hit the fair!
For more information about The Ohio State Fair, please visit their website.