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Funnel Cake, Corn Dogs, & Fried Twinkies Galore! Your 2018 County Fair Guide

It’s County Fair season, everybody!

Of course, most people have had the pleasure of visiting the Ohio State Fair at least once in their lifetime. But have you had the joy of wandering around a good, old-fashioned County Fair?

Heading out to the fairgrounds is a great way to hear live music, eat food, and people watch. If you’re anxious to fill your belly with carnival food ASAP, here are some county fairs near central Ohio that you won’t want to miss.

July

July 2-7 | Marion County Fair

Details: Daily admission at the gate goes for $8, and kids 10 and under get in free. Admission doesn’t include rides, so get a all-day ride pass for $14, or ride tickets for $1 each. Most rides cost three or four tickets each.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 51 miles
Where: Marion County Fairgrounds, 220 E Fairground St, Marion, OH 43302

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July 7-14 | Madison County Fair

Details: Adults get into the Madison County Fair for $7, kids ages 6-years-old to 12-years-old get in for $2, and kids 5-years-old and younger are free.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 28 miles
Where: Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St, London, OH 43140

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July 8-14 | Logan County Fair

Details: Ages 6 and up are $5 Monday-Thursday. Friday and Saturday it’s $7 to get in. Children 5 and under are free no matter what day of the week. Get an all-day ride pass for $12 or $1 per ride ticket.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 58 miles
Where: Logan County Fairgrounds, 301 E Lake Ave, Bellefontaine, OH 43311

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July 14-21 | Franklin County Fair

Details: Daily admission to the Franklin County Fair is $7. Children 2 and under are free. Individual tickets for rides are $1, or you can purchase a wristband for $10-$15, depending on the date.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 14 miles
Where: Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St, Hilliard, OH 43026

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July 16-21 | Fayette County Fair

Details: General admission, which includes rides and grandstand attractions, is $10. Kids 2-years-old and under get in free, unless they want to go on the rides. Those brave toddlers get in for $7.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 50 miles
Where: Fayette County Fairgrounds, 213 Fairview Ave, Washington Court House, OH 43160

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July 16-21 | Perry County Fair

Details: Daily tickets cost $10, and kids under 4-years-old are free. But in order to ride the rides you’ve got to have a ride pass which costs $7.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 55 miles
Where: Perry County Fairgrounds, 5445 OH-37, New Lexington, OH 43764

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July 20-27 | Clark County Fair

Details: Kids under 5 are free, general admission goes for $6. Ride wristbands are available for $16.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 42 miles
Where: Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S Charleston Pike, Springfield, OH 45505

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Dates TBD | Knox County Fair

Details: Last year, general admission tickets were $7 and kids 8 and under were free. More infor about this year’s fair has yet to be released, but you can stay up-to-date by following them on Facebook.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 55 miles
Where: Knox County Fairgrounds, 601 Fairgrounds Rd, Mt Vernon, OH 43050

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July 22-28 | Union County Fair

Details: Admission is $6 per person, unless you’re 5-years-old and under or 80-years-old and over. In that case, you get in free of charge. Rides are available for an additional cost.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 34 miles
Where: Union County Fairgrounds, 845 N Main St, Marysville, OH 43040

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July 29-August 4 | Greene County Fair

Details: Daily admission for guests 10-years-old and up costs $6. Wristband pricing for rides will be released shortly before the fair.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 64 miles
Where: Green County Fairgrounds, 120 Fairground Rd, Xenia, OH 45385

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August

August 3-10 | Champaign County Fair

Details: Prices for the Champaign County Fair are TBA.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 46 miles
Where: Champaign County Fairgrounds, 384 Park Ave, Urbana, OH 43078

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August 5-12 | The Hartford Fair

Details: The general admission prices for 2018 have yet to be announced. But the 2017 general admission went for $7 and kids 7 and under were free.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 34 miles
Where: Hartford Fair, 14028 Fairgrounds Rd, Hartford, OH 43013

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August 4-11 | Ross County Fair

Details: $5 a ticket for those ages 7 and up. Ages 6 and under are free. Ride the rides for free on Monday, August 7 from 12-5 p.m. if you’re 17-years-old and under.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 42 miles
Where: Ross County Fairgrounds, 344 Fairgrounds Rd, Chillicothe, OH 45601

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August 13-19 | Muskingum County Fair

Details: General admission is just $5, but litte ones 10 and under are free. Wristbands for unlimited rides are $15.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 56 miles
Where: Muskingum County Fairgrounds, 1300 Pershing Rd, Zanesville, OH 43701

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August 27-September 3 | Morrow County Fair

Details: Daily gate admission for 6-year-olds and up is $6. Ride wristbands are $10 a day.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 46 miles
Where: Morrow County Fairgrounds, 195 S Main St, Mt Gilead, OH 43338

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September

September 4-9 | Hardin County Fair

Details: Tickets are $8 per per person 9-years-old and up. Free admission for people under the age of 8, with special discount days for Veterans and Seniors.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 67 miles
Where: Hardin County Fairgrounds, 14134 Fairground Rd #140, Kenton, OH 43326

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September 10-15 | Hocking County Fair

Details: Admission is $7. More info on the fair will be announced closer to Labor Day.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 51 miles
Where: Hocking County Fairgrounds, Logan, OH 43138

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September 15-22 | Delaware County Fair

Details: Admission varies depending on age and day of the week. Ride wristbands go for $15.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 30 miles
Where: The Delaware County Fairgrounds, 236 Pennsylvania Ave, Delaware, OH 43015

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October

October 7-13 | Fairfield County Fair

Details: Anyone 10-years-old and over gets in for $5. 9-years-old and under get in free of charge. Get 12 ride tickets for $10. Kiddie rides will require three tickets and adult ride will require four.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 30 miles
Where: Fairfield County Agricultural, 157 E Fair Ave, Lancaster, OH 43130

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