Ohio State Fair 2014 festival

The Ohio State Fair 2013 festival is held annually in Columbus will be one of the largest state fairs in the US. The events will be July 24 – August 4, 2013.

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Ohio State festival at dusk

 

Expected Attendance: over 800,000

In 2012 Ohio State Fair concluded its 12-day run with an estimated approximation of 840,306 attendees, an increase of just under one percent from 2011. This marks the second largest 12-day Fair since 2004. In 2011, attendance was 833,000, the fair’s highest attendance since 2004.

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Dates:  July 24 – August 4, 2013

Fair Location and Ohio Map:

Ohio Expo Center
717 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

The Ohio Expo Center is home to over 150+ festivities annually.  It is also the site of great state tradition, the Ohio State Fair, which will be held July 24 – August 4, 2013 and will feature exciting attractions, a fantastic Midway, educational exhibits, food, animals and more.

Festival events:

2013 Concert series

July 24

Jeff Dunham

July 25

Ladies Night Out Tour with Eric Benet, K’Jon and Noel Gourdin

July 26

Martina McBride

July 27

Will Downing, Lalah Hathaway

July 28

Midwest Rock and Roll Express

  • Styx
  • REO Speedwagon

July 29

Justin Moore, The Farm

July 30

Austin Mahone, Jake Miller

July 31

Carly Rae Jepsen with special guest Hot Chelle Rae

August 1

Steve Miller Band

August 2

The Oak Ridge Boys, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Crystal Gayle

 

Following the passing of country legend George Jones on April 26, Ohio State Fair officials have announced that the above acts will perform at the Ohio State Fair on Aug. 2. Ticket holders may use their current ticket for the show and do not need to exchange it for a new ticket. For those interested, original tickets already purchased for this show will be refunded at the original point of purchase.

August 3

Hillsong Live

Free events at the Ohio State Fair

July 27

Buckeye Sports Fest– Buckeye fans catch all the action of Ohio State Athletics. Meet and mingle with Ohio State athletes and coaches, get discounts on upcoming Buckeye sporting events and try out some of the Buckeye festivals and interactive activities.

July 28

All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir

July 30

Salute to America presented by the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir*

August 4

Livestock Auction

History of the Ohio State Fair festival

In 1846, the Ohio Legislature created the 53-member Ohio State Board of Agriculture. One of the Board’s first acts was to establish a District Fair. The resulting 1847 District Fair at Wilmington, Ohio and the 1848 District Fair at Xenia, Ohio were both successful, leading to the planning of a State Fair.

The first Ohio State Fair was planned for September 1849, but an outbreak of Asiatic cholera forced cancellation of those plans.[citation needed] The following year, autumn dates were chosen to lessen the risk of cholera. Even so, the superintendent of grounds, Darius Lapham, died of the disease just a few weeks before the opening date.[citation needed]

Camp Washington, Cincinnati (two miles north of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio) was the site for the first Ohio State Fair, October 2–4, 1850. The site was described as 8-10 acres with grassy slopes, shade trees, and numerous tents. The grounds were enclosed by a 10-foot (3.0 m)-high board fence. Cattle were tethered to a railing along the carriage road.[citation needed]

The railroads offered strong support to the early state fairs. Special rates were offered whereby exhibits were transported without charge, and the exhibitor rode for half fare. Several Central Ohioans contributed to the support of the first State Fair, including the owner of the Columbus and Xenia Railroad.

Cash premiums at the first Fair did not exceed $20, with the exception of an award of $50 given to essayists on the topic “Improving the Soil.  During the early state fairs, winners received medals, not ribbons, as awards. In 1850, the silver medal was valued at $3.

The public was admitted only on the second and third day of the first Fair. Day one was devoted to setting up and judging. Admission was twenty cents, but exhibitors could buy a $1 badge for admission of their families. A visitor could also buy a $1 badge, which admitted one gentleman and two ladies. The two-day attendance was estimated at 25,000 to 30,000 people.[citation needed]

From the very first Fair held in Cincinnati in 1850, which lasted only three days, to the 12-day exposition of today, the Ohio State Fair has celebrated Ohio’s products, its people and their accomplishments.

In 1846, the Ohio Legislature created the 53-member Board of Agriculture. One of the Board’s first acts was to establish a District Fair. The resulting 1847 District Fair at Wilmington and the 1848 District Fair at Xenia were both successful, thus warranting a State Fair.

The first Ohio State Fair was planned for September 1849, but an outbreak of Asiatic cholera forced cancellation of those plans. The following year, later dates were set to lessen the risk of cholera. Even so, Darius Lapham, the superintendent of the grounds, died of the disease just a few weeks before the opening date.

Camp Washington was the site of the first Ohio State Fair, Oct. 2 – 4, 1850. The site was described as eight to 10 acres with grass slopes, shade trees and numerous tents. The grounds were enclosed by a 10-foot-high board fence. Cattle were tethered to a railing along the carriage road.

The railroads offered strong support to the early state fairs. Special rates were offered whereby exhibits were transported without charge, and the exhibitor rode for half fare. Several Central Ohioans contributed to the support of the first Fair, including Alfred Kelley, owner of the Columbus and Xenia Railroad Company.

Cash premiums at the first Fair did not exceed $20, with the exception of an award of $50 given to the winning essayists on the topic “Improving the Soil.” During the early state fairs, winners received medals, not ribbons, as awards. In 1850, the silver medal was valued at $3.

The public was admitted only on the second and third days of the first Fair. Day one was devoted to setup and judging. Admission was 20 cents, but exhibitors could buy a $1 badge for admission for their families. A visitor could also buy a $1 badge for one gentleman and two ladies.

The two-day attendance was estimated at 25,000 to 30,000 people.

Transportation around Ohio was difficult. Therefore, the majority of exhibitors came from close proximity to the Fair. Officials reasoned that moving the Fair should increase interest and attendance.

Over the next 22 years, the Fair was held in the following cities:

  • 1851 – Columbus
  • 1852 – Cleveland
  • 1853 – Dayton
  • 1854 – Newark
  • 1855 – Columbus
  • 1856 – Cleveland
  • 1857 – Cincinnati
  • 1858 – Sandusky
  • 1859 – Zanesville
  • 1860 -1861 – Dayton
  • 1862 – 1863 – Cleveland
  • 1864 – 1865 – Columbus
  • 1866 – 1867 – Dayton
  • 1868 – 1869 – Toledo
  • 1870 – 1871 – Springfield
  • 1872 – 1873 – Mansfield
  • 1874 – 1885 – Columbus

Finally, in 1886, the Fair moved to its current home at what is now called the Ohio Expo Center. The main entrance to the site was at the southwest corner of the grounds along Woodward Avenue. The OHIO Gate entrance is currently located at 11th Avenue.  Transportation around Ohio was difficult. Therefore, the majority of exhibitors came from close proximity to the State Fair. Officials reasoned that moving the Fair ought to increase interest and attendance.  From 1874 until 1885, the site of Columbus’ Franklin Park served as home to the Ohio State Fair 2013 festival. Finally, in 1886, the Fair moved to its current location to what is currently called the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds. The main entrance to the site was at the southwest corner of the grounds along Woodard Avenue. It is now along 11th Avenue.

From the very first 3-day fair in 1850 in Cincinnati to the 11-day exposition of today (at one time the fair lasted 17 days), the Ohio State Fair 2013 festival has celebrated Ohio’s products, its people and their accomplishments for more than 150 years.

Ohio State Fair 2013
Ohio State Fair 2013 is one event not to miss late July to August 4th.
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Ohio State Fair 2013 is rated 5 out of 5 stars and should be a great event for the Ohio community.
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