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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. Once you’re in the gate, it’s actually pretty easy to find free fun. Your admission ticket includes countless free activities and attractions, including the famed butter cow and calf, Smokey Bear, a petting zoo, an arts gallery, and fishing at the 8-acre natural resources park.
There are also free entertainment stages featuring live music, amazing hypnotists, impressive magicians, and wholesome family-friendly shows.
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 no-strings-attached free admission, you can put all your extra money towards some deep-fried Buckeyes and funnel cake!
- Adults (ages 13-59) – $10
- Youth (ages 6-12) – $8
- Senior (ages 60+) – $8
- Children five and under – Free
- General Parking – Free
- $30 — Ride-All-Day Wristband
- $25 — Advance-Sale Ride-All-Day Wristband (available online through July 26 only)
- $1 credits — Fairgoers can buy individual ride credits for $1 each. All rides require 3 or more credits.
Discounted Admission Days
Thursday, July 28
Telhio and Ronald McDonald House Charities Day
When you bring one of the following “wish list” items per person to a booth outside the gates, you’ll receive a voucher good for a BOGO free admission ticket before 6 p.m.: plastic zipper baggies, trash bags (kitchen or 60 gallon), aluminum foil, plastic food wrap, ready-to-eat meals (individual mac and cheese cups, precooked rice, soups, etc.), or canned food (protein appreciated). All donations will support families at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.
Sunday, July 31
Veterans & Military Day
Veterans and active military members can enjoy free admission to the fair with a Military id.
Monday, August 1
NBC4 Family Discount Day
Until 6 p.m., adults will be admitted for the kids’ admission price of $8, and kids 12 and under will be admitted free. With the purchase of one wristband, a second rider can ride free until 6 p.m. with a valid buddy pass. After 6 p.m., all riders will need either a wristband or vouchers to ride.
Tuesday, August 2
Have you been enjoying the fair for decades? If so, Senior Day is the day to go for you. Seniors ages 60 and up can enjoy free admission, Aug. 2 only, all day long! In addition, all fairgoers are invited to enjoy the free The Drifters concert presented by AARP Ohio in the WCOL Celeste Center at 1 p.m..
So break out your walking shoes, Columbus. It’s time to hit the fair!
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