How To Go To The Ohio State Fair For Cheap (Or For Free!)

Originally published 7/24/17. Updated 7/25/19.

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!

Admission Prices

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$10 – Adults 13-59
$8 – Seniors 60+
$8 – Children 5-12
Free – Children under 5

Discounted Fair Admission

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Until August 4, you can purchase $6 tickets at a variety of locations including Kroger and participating AAA locations with AAA membership.

Ride Prices

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$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.

Vendor Coupons

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

Friday, July 26

Meijer Day
Are you an avid Meijer shopper? If you’ve spent $100 or more at Meijer between July 12 and July 25, you can present your dated receipt outside the entrance gates and receive two free entries to the fair!

Sunday, July 28

Veterans & Military Day
Veterans and active military members can enjoy free admission to the fair with a Military id.

Monday, July 31

NBC4 Family Discount 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.! If you want to save a little extra, you can support NBC4’s Stuff the Backpack Drive for a deeper discount. Each adult that brings a backpack stuffed with back-to-school supplies (like highlighters, pencils, crayons, and paper) will get in for $4 instead of $8.

Tuesday, July 30

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 John Denver featuring Ted Vigil in the WCOL Celeste Center at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31

Union Carpenters and Millwrights Day
All Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters members who present their membership card to a booth outside the entrance gate will receive vouchers for each member in their family for a discounted admission of $4 each.

Thursday, August 1

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, August 4

Ohio Lottery Day
Patrons 18 and over may present a non-winning Ohio Lottery ticket at a booth outside entrance gates to receive one $4 admission voucher.

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.

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